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always has been. doing events like this is really special. >> there was a contest with the most decorative easter egg barnett . be >> diaz: tonight, russia takes aim. new air attacks hit western cities, kyiv and lviv among the latest targets, this as the kremlin aims to seize the east, today claiming to control the city of mariupol. civilians, including children, in the firing line. >> reporter: i'm holly williams in vinnytsia, ukraine. this country's military is outgunned by russia's, but it's trying to make up for it with grit and creativity. >> diaz: also tonight, travel surge. the struggle to meet demand this holiday weekend. plus, tax deadline: time to pay up as the i.r.s. struggles to keep up. stuck ship: it's trapped in the chesapeake and not budging.
>> reporter: i'm scott macfarlane. a month of work to get this major cargo ship finally unstuck and removed from a major american waterway. >> diaz: panda diplomacy: celebrating a historic arrival with cake. and later, grannies with game. they're showing age is just a number. >> way to go, guys! >> this is the "cbs weekend news" from chicago with adriana diaz. >> diaz: good evening. today, russia reminded ukrainians and their western allies that the whole country remains under threat. its forces pounded multiple targets across ukraine. new strikes also shook the cities of kyiv and lviv, both in the west. in the northeast, missiles rained down on the city of kharkiv. once again, civilians and neighborhoods were hit. and in the southeast, russia today claimed its forces now control urban areas of mariupol.
already, the strategic port city has largely been reduced to rubble and ruins. today, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy praised the courage of ukrainians and described the russian invasion as absurd and suicidal. all of this as russian forces pivot to a new battlefield in the now-eight-week war. cbs' holly williams is in ukraine with the latest. >> reporter: good evening, adriana. president zelenskyy said in a video message last night that the length of this war and how many ukrainians are killed will be decided in part by how quickly ukraine's friends supply it with weapons. it's not just ukrainian civilians in the firing line, but their children. nina shevchenko lost her 15-year-old son, artem, in a russian attack. "please," she says, "open your eyes, my bunny, please."
ery anxious, and people began to flee the country. more than four million ukrainians have now fled the country. but for those people who have stayed ieaian cution, 'vese sho, restaurants reopening, people taking their children to playgrounds. it's as if they want to live as normal a life as possible, almost as a point of pride. >> diaz: holly williams and our cbs crew in ukraine. thank you. to columbia, south carolina, now, where gunfire erupted today inside a mall. at least 10 people were wounded by the gunfire. police have detained three people. they don't believe it was a random attack. and a rush of travel this holiday weekend, and pent-up demand caused by the pandemic threatens to overwhelm the
nation's airports and airlines. cbs' lilia luciano is at l.a.x. tonight with more. lilia. >> reporter: good evening, adriana. there are long lines here at l.a.x. and at airports nationwide. that's proof that the holiday travel rush is on, and with it, of course, the masks. spring break travel is almost back to pre-pandemic levels, with millions of fliers facing jam-packed airports, higher prices, and concerns about covid. >> i just try to be as careful as i can. >> reporter: more than two million travelers went through t.s.a. checkpoints friday, a jump of nearly 55% from 2020. the increased demand is leading to some flight cancellations, with pilot shortages and protests over working conditions. we ha the same concerns and frustrations as the flying public. it leaves us stranded without answers. we are dealing with the angry passengers. >> reporter: the holiday weekend rush comes as new covid daily infections nationwide have jumped 32% in a week. and while there's a slight
uptick in hospitalizations, health officials remain optimistic. >> if things go as we expect, the hospitals will remain quiet, and that's really what the power of the vaccines and the immunity force field is. >> reporter: some travelers say they're prepared to deal with airport crowds and covid. >> i wear a mask out in public all the time now. and i'm probably not going to get-- stop doing it for a while. >> reporter: with covid cases rising, the federal mask mandate on public transportation that was supposed to be lifted on monday has now been extended for another two weeks at least. adriana. >> diaz: all right, lilia luciano, thank you. those of us not on the move may be working on our taxes before monday's deadline. cbs' debra alfarone is at the white house with more. debra, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, adriana. and the last minute is officially here. if you think you're behind on your paperwork, the i.r.s. may have you beat. they have about three million returns they are still working on, and that may mean that people's refunds could be a
little bit delayed this year. ah, taxes. if you have a refund coming, it may take a while. blame it on budget cuts and staffing levels, which are the lowest since 1974. still, as of april 8, more than 70 million refunds have been issued, and the average refund is up almost 10% from last year. it's now close to $3,200. but no refund for the president and first lady. they reported income of over $600,000 and paid $150,000 in federal income tax. vice president kamala harris and the second gentleman earned almost triple what the bidens did, $1.6 million, and they paid over $500,000 in taxes. the biggest thing slowing your return down or your refund down, rather, is the fact that 16 million americans are still using pen and paper to file their taxes. and that's really leading to a big issue there with the already-strapped i.r.s. workforce.
so they've got two words for you if you want to get your refund soon-- file electronically. adriana. >> diaz: all right, news you can use. debra alfarone, thank you. today marks 34 days since a massive container ship ran aground in chesapeake bay. the 1,100-foot ship is wedged near a shipping channel outside baltimore. cbs' scott macfarlane got a close-up look aboard a coast guard cutter. >> reporter: the cargo ship "ever forward" is not living up to its name, stuck in least 10 feet of mud since mid-march when it departed the port of baltimore and crews didn't make a proper turn. this feels like the shipping equivalent of driving a car off the road and getting stuck in the woods. >> so that's a good analogy. if you have ever been in a marsh and stepped in the marsh with your boot ,and you try to pull it out and your foot comes out but not boot, kind of the same thing on a grander scale. >> reporter: the coast guard is investigating how the ship went off course but first must figure out how to get it free.
its owner, evergreen line is removing 500 of the nearly 4,900 containers on board to lighten its weight. they've dredged the bay floor, and they're preparing tugging vessels to pull the "ever forward" free. the company has some experience with this. its sister ship, "ever given," was stranded about a year ago in the suez canal. the "ever forward" isn't block the shipping lanes off maryland but is costing an estimated tens of millions of dollars in expenses. and local officials worry about the salvage. >> the 750,000 gallons of diesel fuel on this particular ship are of great concern. but if 50,000 gallons of diesel fuel get into the bay ,that could mean permanent economic damage. >> reporter: environment groups say dredging of the bay could already have had consequences on aquatic life. >> i hope that they're able to unstick it with this plan. i'm still a little skeptical. >> reporter: teams will check the hull of this ship for damage and then try to replace some of the many containers that have
been removed to lighten the load, which means it will be a while longer until this ship is finally headed to its next destination. scott macfarlane, cbs news, on the chesapeake bay, in maryland. >> diaz: today, chicago firefighters battled new flames at a historic church. the antioch missionary baptist church on the city's south side caught fire on good friday, just hours after services. the intense flames caused the roof to collapse. investigators say the fire was accidentally sparked by roofers using a propane torch. in new mexico, all that's left of this home is the fireplace. the house, along with 200 others, was destroyed by a wind-driven wildfire. two people were killed. today in china, three chinese astronauts returned to earth after a record-setting mission. their shenzou 13 capsule landed in the gobi desert. the crew spent six months aboard china's new orbital space station, china's longest crew mission.
to california now, where two police deputies responded to a noise complaint this week by joining the celebration. it happened at a punjabi wedding. the family told members of the san joaquin county sheriff's office that they would turn the volume down if deputies danced one song. those are good moves. straight ahead on the "cbs weekend news," pandaversary. these giants at the national zoo mark a historic date with plenty of cake and bamboo. f cake and bamboo. to keep me moving the way i was made to. it nourishes and strengthens my joints for the long term. osteo bi-flex. available at your local retailer and club. from the very first touch. pampers, the #1 pediatrician recommended brand. available at your local helps keep baby's skin drier and healthier. so every touch will protect like the first. pampers
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national zoo in april of 1972, a gift from the chinese premiere to then-first lady pat nixon. >> i think they're adorable, endearing creatures. >> reporter: that means it's been exactly half a century since giant pandas first tumbled, chomped, waddled, flopped, and wrestled their way into the hearts of washingtonians. >> and it's 50 years of one of the world's most successful conservation program. >> reporter: but success took a while. the first pandas, ling ling and tsing tsing, didn't mate for more than a decade, and none of the five cubs they did produce survived for more than a few days. national zoo director brandie smith says those early heartbreaks led to some crucial discoveries. >> females are only viable for about two days a year. >> reporter: wow. >> and so, to study that and understand it, it's not a big window. and now we literally track the
hormones. so we watch the hormones change, and we can pinpoint to the minute when the best time for this panda to reproduce is. >> reporter: the result was tai shan in 2005, bao bao in 2013, bei bei in 2015, and xiao xi ji, in 2020. >> more pandas! >> reporter: they've all grown up under the watchful eye of about two million visitors each year, and millions more who tuned in to the zoo's round-the-clock panda cam. to celebrate the half-century mark, zookeeper nick shiraldi let us help as he whipped up the panda's favorite treat. >> we're going to make each panda their own personal 50 cake. >> is that enough? >> maybe a little more. >> reporter: a cake made of frozen fruit juice, apples, pears, sweet potatoes. >> should we do three stars like the d.c. plaque? >> yes. >> reporter: and of course... >> how about here? >> reporter: ...lots of bamboo. >> there you go.
>> reporter: how long will it take a panda to devour a cake like this? >> it really depends not just on the species but on the individual. the baby loves the cake. it's a new thing. he gets to smash them and throw them around and-- >> reporter: get it all over his face. >> get it all over his face. loves to dye his fur red. >> reporter: this baby, like the others before him, will have to return to his ancestral home before his fourth birthday, per the zoo's agreement with the chinese. but with any luck and a lot of science, we'll be falling for a new baby brother or sister some time soon. nancy cordes, cbs news, washington. >> diaz: nancy got to help make the cake. still ahead on the "cbs weekend news," historic recordings. the sounds of our times preserved for posterity. ♪ ♪ ♪
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latin-flavored influences that all came together to create the latin music explosion. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ she will wear you out livin' la vida loca ♪ >> reporter: that's culturally significant. that's why the national recording industry wants the song in its archives. is this the most significant song you've written? >> well, i have to say now that we're going into the library of congress, you don't know the emotion and the pride that i have being an american, also being a latino, to have this kind of success. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: some moments strike a chord. that's la vida loca. mark strassmann, cbs news,a vid. atlanta. >> diaz: next on the "cbs weekend news," over 50 and still in their prime. the granny shot with a whole new meaning.
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down there. >> reporter: ...the scoreboar >> way to go, guys! >> reporter: has nothing on the hardwood warriors... >> they can really go. >> reporter: ...who make the shots. >> they don't miss. >> reporter: so it's not a rocking chair world. more than 400 women nationwide play in the granny basketball league. >> some of them do things you wouldn't believe they do. >> reporter: players must be at least 50 years old. >> i didn't get started til i was ... >> reporter: but theerot reaquit >> reporter: ...the better. >> some of them are, like, in their 80s, 85. >> hey, way to go! >> reporter: the uniforms and rules are also old school. >> 1920 girls ruled in iowa. you're not supposed to be running. you're not supposed to be jumping. you can only dribble three times. >> reporter: there is no physical contact, and players must pass the ball down the court. >> oh, that's all right. >> that is the three-pointer here in this game. >> reporter: offense is key. so is staying on your feet.
>> balance at our age isn't as good, so people just fall. >> reporter: and when they do... >> baby down! >> reporter: ...they don't stay down for long. up. >> now with knee replacements they're good to go. eats like putting on a new tire on a car. >> keep it up, guys. >> a bead of sweat. >> reporter: these grannies have game. >> this is a game. it's for real. >> reporter: for cbs news, i'm amy dupont, viroqua, wisconsin. >> diaz: finally, this footnote-- 60 years ago tonight, walter cronkite became the anchor and managing editor of what was then called "the evening edition of cbs news with walter cronkite." and that's the way it was, april 16, 1962. and that's our broadcast for this saturday, april 16, 2022. i'm adriana diaz in chicago. good night.
live, from the cvs bay area studios, this is kpix 5 news. >> a rare but holy experience for three of the world's most followed religions. a late spring surprise, snow in the sierra and your easter forecast. an inspiration to many, here from the 100-year-old park ranger calling it a career. history at adjacent to the warrior start there playoff run, we hear from the excited fans. >> we begin with breaking news in san francisco. investigators on the scene of something that could snarl saturday night traffic. the city is telling i'm sorry, police are telling people to avoid to 80 southbound at 101.
police have not said exactly what they are investigating, but to avoid the area because of police activity and as soon as we find out more, we will let you know. it's the rare religious experience passover, easter and ramadan all happening in one weekend. we haven't seen this in more than 30 years. how the muslim community is bringing back its large gatherings during the holy month. >> the islamic center of san francisco here in the upper now heights neighborhood -- members here are grateful for the chance to have traditional celebrations again, for the first time since the pandemic. a time of reflection and the chance to become closer with your religion. >> we are starting to see the