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of minor league games. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's wednesday, april 20th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." mask free for now. after a judge strikes down a federal mask mandate on planes and mass transit, the justice department could appeal the decision. breaking overnight, wall of fire. flames as high as 100 feet tear through northern arizona burning structures and forcing hundreds of people from their homes. culture clash. why florida governor ron desantis is going after walt disney world. good morning. i'm diane king hall in for anne-marie green. the decision on whether to appeal a judge's ruling to end
the federal mask mandate on planes and mass transit is apparently in the hands of the cdc. the justice department says it will not fight the decision unless federal health officials believe the maskrequirement is still necessary. some health experts fear ending the mandate could lead to rising numbers of covid cases. bradley blackburn is in new york with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. flyers have now had a chance to go mask free again for the first time in two years, but for how long -- it could be up in the air. the biden administration is waiting to hear from the cdc if it should fight to reinstate the federal mask mandate for airlines and public transit after a judge struck it down earlier this week. cdc officials are now weighing the impact on public health, assessing the threat from omicron's subvariant ba.2. >> mr. president, should people continue to wear masks on planes? >> that's up to them. >> reporter: yesterday lyft and uber joined the major airl
roppg mask requirements. driver andy crawford says he'll copy what his passengers do. >> as far as me having an issue with the customers not really, if they don't wear it, i don't wear it. >> reporter: while many celebrated the end of the mandate, some with a cautious optimism -- >> if you cough one time -- >> reporter: others are worried about what's ahead and will continue to mask up. >> i had cancer, and also my mom, her health issues is not good. >> reporter: health experts say everyone should take their surroundings into account. >> just because you can doesn't mean you should. i'm not saying at all that you shouldn't worry about it. i think for many people who may be at higher risk, older age, immunocompromised conditions, that are still very vulnerable to infection. >> reporter: according to johns hopkins, more than 2,900 americans died from covid-19 in the past week. we do know that some airlines were celebrating this change. they were not happy to enforce a
mask mandate in the air. according to the faa, 70% of unruly passenger incidents on planes in the last year were related to masking. diane? >> now, you were at the airport. what was the feeling there like? >> reporter: yeah, it was so interesting to be there yesterday because people were learning the news as they got to the terminal to board planes. so they were reacting in real time trying to figure out what their plan was. we saw some people that immediately took off their masks and said "we're done with it," but others, like you heard in the story, said, "you know, i'm going to hold on to this while i board the plane even though it's not required anymore." >> bradley blackburn in new york. thank you. >> reporter: thanks, diane. ahead on "cbs mornings," we'll talk with former cdc director dr. tom frieden about staying safe while traveling. breaking over, firefighters in rural northern arizona are battling a fast-moving wildfire with flames as high as 100 feet. 50 mile-per-hour wind gusts have
helped fuel the fire that spread to more than 5,700 acres near flagstaff. at least two dozen structures were destroyed, and more than 760 homes have been evacuated. officials have declared an emergency. >> we do know some houses did born in our neighborhood, in our vicinity. the fire jumped our house and burned a house down the road. and so yeah, it's pretty surreal. >> flames shut down a major highway and grounded fire-fighting aircraft. the cause of the fire which started sunday in a pine forest is not known. overseas, the head of the u.n. is calling for a four-day cease-fire in ukraine to allow citizens to escape and aid to be delivered. it comes as russian missiles and artillery bombarded targets across a 300-mile front line in eastern ukraine yesterday. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy made a plea to the international community for more military aid to fight off the new round of attacks. as natalie brand reports,
ukraine fighters are still hanging to a key port city. >> reporter: the next phase of russia's war on ukraine is under way as russia began assaulting the east early tuesday with more than 1,200 missile and rocket strikes. >> now the war has changed because the russians have prioritized the donbas area, and that's a whole different level of fighting, a whole different type of fighting. >> reporter: defense officials believe the larger ground battle is still to come. >> the intense concentration of forces and firepower makes this inevitably more violent, bloody, and destructive. >> reporter: russia's goal is to capture the donbas region where fighting has been under way for eight years, as well as the besieged city of mariupol. ukrainian fighters have been pushed back to a steel factory in the port city. russia says it will enact a cease-fire to allow the soldiers to leave. the ukrainians are still fighting. the latest round of u.s. defense assistance for ukraine including
the artillery has begun to arrive in the region in with training with ukrainian forces expected in the coming days. will you be sending more artillery to ukraine? >> yes. >> reporter: president biden spoke with allies tuesday about next steps including continued security assistance. following the call, the german chancellor announced his country will send a new round of support to ukraine including anti-tank weapons. natalie brand, cbs news, the white house. two men accused of impersonating federal homeland security agents have been indicted by a federal grand jury. prosecutors say the men offered gifts and free apartments to secret service officers to gain favor with them. it included an agent assigned to protect the first lady. fbi agents raided a luxury apartment building in washington, d.c., earlier this month where the men lived. authorities say they found firearms, body armor, gas masks, and handcuffs.
the feud between florida governor ron desantis and disney is growing. yesterday he asked the state legislature to repeal a 1967 law allowing disney to operate a private government for its properties in the state including disney world. the governor and disney have been at odds since the company announced its opposition to the state's so-called "don't say gay" law. the law prohibits instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. actor johnny depp is expected to be back on the stand in virginia in his civil case against ex-wife actress amber heard. depp is suing for $50 million over an op-ed in "the washington post" alleging she was a survivor of domestic abuse. the article did not mention depp by name, but he says it damaged his career. yesterday depp told jurors he never hit heard. >> never did i myself reach the
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dede robertson was 94. brooklyn nets star kyrie irving was hit with a fine, and there are new details in a michigan police shooting. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." the "detroit free press" says an independent autopsy report ordered by patrick lyoya's family shows the 26-year-old black man was shot in the back of the head. police body cam video shows him struggling with a white grand rapids, michigan, police officer after a traffic stop earlier this month. he was facedown on the ground when he was shot. >> from the second he pulled the weapon until he shot and killed patrick was milliseconds, as ben said. never gave a verbal warning which is required under the federal law. >> attorneys for patrick lyoya's family say the officer may have racially profiled him when he was pulled over. the video of the shooting sparked demonstrations. the official autopsy report has not been released yet.
the "associated press" reports moderna says it hopes to offer an updated covid booster in the fall to help protect against the omicron variant. moderna announced it is working on combining its original vaccine with one that specifically attacks omicron. the company says before omicron emerged it was studying a combination shot that added protection against another variant called beta. moderna says people given that vaccine produced more antibodies capable of fighting several variants including omicron. and espn says brooklyn nets guard kyrie irving was fined $50,000 by the nba for flipping off boston celtics fans. the league says irving was fined for making obscene gestures and directing profane language toward the crowd during sunday's game. one playoff loss to the celtics. irving said he was responding to jeers from fans that he said crossed the line. he played for the celtics for two seasons before joining the nets. game two is tonight. still to come, netflix
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technology, retail travel, and health care stocks. the dow gained 499 points. the nasdaq rose 287 points. the s&p 500 was up 70. netflix stock plunged 25% after news the streaming service lost some 200,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2022. this is the first time netflix has lost subscribers in a decade. it also projected a loss of another two million subscribers in the current quarter. netflix is hoping to increase revenue by minimizing password sharing and offering a lower priced plan with ads. chicken chain popeyes announced a major expansion. it plans to open more than 200 new restaurants in the u.s. and canada this year, as well as more international locations. the company says more than half of the new locations will feature double drive-throughs to help customers in and out in less time. popeyes will also open a new flagship location here in new york city in times square.
and the san diego padres will become the first major league baseball team to sell advertising on their uniforms. starting next season, the padres will have patches with a motorola logo on the sleeves of their jerseys. a new collective bargaining agreement between major league baseball and the players association signed last month gave teams the right to sell ads on uniforms and helmets. diane? >> elise, we need to rewind a plant to netflix. netflix and no chill? excuse me, with the crackdown on password sharing, what's up with that? >> i know. change in the times. i remember when netflix used to just rent out dvds. we've seen a lot. >> this is true. we'll see what's next. it's a page turner i guess. all right, elise preston in new york. thank you. up next, countdowns and curveballs. why major league baseball may enforce pitch clocks next year. .
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inmates can earn an associate of arts degree. >> they're not just giving you an education. they're -- they're giving you hope. you know, they're giving these individuals up in here hope. you know, in a place where it's basically hopeless. >> the college's $5 million annual budget is fully funded by private donations. any general population inmate with a high school diploma or ged certificate is eligible to attend. coming up on "cbs mornings," "daily show" contributor jordan klepper stops by the times square studio to tell us about his new special on the political climate in hungary. i'm diane king hall. this is the "cbs morning news."
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our top stories this morning -- the justice department says it will not appeal a judge's ruling to end the federal mask mandate on planes and mass transit unless the cdc thinks it's still necessary. when asked yesterday if people should continue to wear masks on planes, president biden said, quote, that's up to them. lyft and uber joined the major airlines in dropping mask requirements. and firefighters in northern arizona are battling a fast-moving wildfire with flames reaching up to 100 feet. 50 mile-per-hour winds have helped fuel the fire that's burned more than 5,700 acres near flagstaff. at least two dozen structures were destroyed, and more than 760 homes have been evacuated.
prices are on the rise for just about everything. and now certain industries are being hit even harder because of the war in ukraine. nichelle medina explains. >> reporter: farmers are facing growing costs at tri-county fertilizer in richmond, kentucky. prices are way up. >> fertilizer up $300 to $400 a ton. in some cases, $500 to $600 a ton. >> reporter: much of the price hikes are due to gas prices driving up shipping costs. now the war in ukraine is having an effect. >> russia is the second largest exporter of fertilizer. with the sanctions and trade embargoes that we have, it's limiting the supplies of fertilizer that's on the marketplace. >> reporter: patrick penfield is a professor of supply chain practice at syracuse university and says that's making it more expensive to grow crops. >> to exasperate matters we have this other issue where ukraine is not farming, they're not
producing anything, they're not being able to ship the stuff out. the world's leading suppliers of wheat, corn, and other grains used in countless products we eat every day. those supply shortages will likely make the high price of groceries here at home even higher. businesses like new jersey's four city brewing are also paying more. >> grain has gone up 18, 20, 25 cents a pound. you're talking about hundreds, maybe 1,000 pounds per batch. it's a lot of money. >> reporter: the price of cans is going up. that's because russia is a major exporter of aluminum. >> i think the problem in the ukraine is going to ripple. it's not going to affect us right now, but it's going to affect us in general over the time. >> reporter: the company hasn't raised prices for their customers yet, but the owners believe they'll eventually have to. nichelle medina, cbs news, los angeles. >> coming up on "cbs mornings,"
in the series "earth 365," ben tracy takes us to northern minnesota where scientists are studying an experimental forest to learn about a vital ecosystem. plus, tips for your next job interview. bestselling author vanessa van edwards tells us about her book "cues: master the secret language of charismatic communication," and "daily show" contributor jordan klepper stops by to talk about his special on the political climate in hungary. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thank you for watching. i'm diane king hall. have a great day. hungary. that's the "cbs morning news" for this wednesday. thank you for watching.