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normal municipal government would fall to orange county with zero additional revenue. >> and manny joins us now. manny, there's also another bill with national implications that just passed in florida, right? >> reporter: that's right, norah. amid protests by some lawmakers who even staged a sit-in, the house gave final approval to the governor's redrawing of the state's congressional map, which is expected to give the gop four additional seats while dismantling two districts which are currently held by black members of congress. norah? >> manny bojorquez, thank you. let's turn now to the pandemic and some big news for parents with kids under 5 years old. the fda could reportedly authorize the first covid vaccine for young children in june. and it comes as the fight over masking on planes, trains, and rideshares continues. earlier we spoke with white house covid-19 response coordinator dr. ashish jha and asked why the cdc thinks a mask
is still necessary on public transportation. >> what the cdc scientists said about a week ago or so was that you know, we have this new variant, ba.2, a subvariant, and they needed time to assess whether that was going to end up having a big impact on hospitalizations and deaths and they thought in this period of time we should continue masking up. and i thought it was a very reasonable determination by the cdc. >> you don't have to wear a mask at school. you don't have to wear a mask ao so why do i have to wear a mask on a plane or a train or any kind of public transport? >> first of all, travel is one of the few times where you're bringing people together from all over the country or all over the world into one area. you know, when you go to school, you don't have a school full of people from everywhere in the world. that will happen on travel. second -- and i always remind people, when you're traveling, you don't get to decide who's sitting next to you. and if you sit down and the person next to you is coughing, sneezing, doesn't have a mask on, not so easy for you to get up and move. not so easy for you to get out of that way. >> let's talk about boosters
because there's a lot of confusion about when to get that fourth shot. >> first and foremost, that first booster, the third shot, that is critically important. it's absolutely critically important that every adult get that if they're five months out from their second shot. now, if you've gotten that first booster, the question of should you get a second shot or not? shot, e know from the data from astanal decline in not ion but more of a judgment call. and there you can get it, you're eligible. probably worth having a conversation with your physician, assessing your own risk and making a determination. for that 50 to 59-year-old group. >> you know, i had one friend say that a doctor told them under the age of 50 don't get that second booster shot or that fourth shot, but wait until the fall because the likelihood is in the fall there will be a new shot that could also protect against the omicron variant. >> if you're over 60 and you're
more than four months out from your booster, you should go out and get that second booster. i think that will offer a high degree of protection, and i've been very clear that i think the evidence is there for that. for people who are under 50, first of all, right now the fda has not authorized it. i don't think we have much evidence. the key is make sure you're vaccinated, make sure you've gotten that first booster. that's the best way to protect yourself. >> our interview with dr. ashish jha. all right. tonight we've got an update for you on that story we've been telling you about involving a string of deaths related to an aircraft carrier. today cbs news can report a total of seven sailors from the "uss george washington" have died over the past year. and in the most recent three were all apparent suicides within days of each other. we're just learning the names of those who died. mikhail sharp, natashia huffman, and xavier sandeddor. the ship has been docked in newport news, virginia and undergoing extensive maintenance. the navy is investigating
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aassociation is out with its annual state of the air report that found more than 40% of americans, that's 137 million, are living in areas with unhealthy levels of dirty air. in our continuing series on climate change, "earth 365," cbs's ben tracy has a special "eye on america" that takes a look at the people impacted by pollution. >> reporter: imelda ulloa sweeps her patio three times a day. but she can't keep up with the dirt and exhaust from the stream of semis rolling past her los angeles home. have you ever counted how many trucks go by? >> i'm counting for two hours, and it's 350 trucks pass by here. >> reporter: and it's just nonstop. >> nonstop. >> reporter: the trucks are heading to the nearby ports and container yards that have sprung up because of supply chain issues. ulloa has lived here for 25 years but says she now feels like a prisoner. >> because windows, doors, everything is closed.
>> reporter: diesel trucks are 5% of traffic on the nation's roads but account for 50% of harmful nitrogen dioxide pollution. low-income neighborhoods and communities of color are exposed to 28% more of this because industrial facilities are often located in poorer areas. >> you try to be happy, you know? your life is hard. and with this problem it's more. >> reporter: health experts say long-term exposure to diesel exhaust can worsen asthma, lead to lung disease, and increase cancer risk. imelda ulloa's husband now has asthma. he was at the doctor when we visited. >> his doctor said that it was because of the pollution. >> reporter: omar ulloa is worried about his dad. >> to see him struggling just to even get a breath of air is heartbreaking and -- it's a really scary thing that i can possibly lose my dad over this. >> reporter: the epa's new clean trucks plan will force the
industry to use cleaner vehicles to cut nitrogen dioxide emissions by up to 60% by 2045. >> we have a death sentence. we have no escape. >> reporter: jesse marquez runs an environmental justice organization fighting for zero emissions trucks. he says communities of color often lack the political power to force change. >> that's why we've had to organize politically, to change some of these laws and to support emerging technologies. >> reporter: local elected officials tell cbs news they're trying to fix the truck problem. imelda ulloa hopes someone will listen. >> can you hear me? please, i'm here. i'm hispanic people, but i'm here. >> reporter: because she just wants to feel safe standing in her own yard. for "eye on america," ben tracy, los angeles. >> those are the stories we cover here at cbs. still ahead, an arrest in the deadly stabbing of a mother found in a duffel bag. what
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incriminating statements in connection with the murder of orsolya gaal. the new york city mother of two whose body was found early saturday inside a duffel bag less than a mile from her home in queens. authorities say the two knew each other and had a violent argument in gaal's basement just after midnight saturday morning. >> mr. bonola is a handyman who was employed by mrs. gaal. they had been having an intimate affair for approximately two years. >> reporter: police believe bonola used this knife, recovered at the scene, to stab gaal more than 55 times. >> mr. bonola placed her in the bag, and as video showed was seen rolling the body down the sidewalks. >> reporter: police say gaal's 13-year-old son was upstairs when she was killed. her husband and eldest son were out of town. >> i'm going to miss her. i'm in shock. and we cannot believe that this is happening. >> reporter: bonola is facing several charges including second-degree murder. authorities say there are no
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britain's longest-reigning monarch, queen elizabeth, turned 96 today. a photograph was released of the queen with two of her horses. they're called fell ponies and will appear in the upcoming royal windsor horse show. buckamosd af a 2-year-old princ elizabeth from 1928. cute picture, huh? the duke and duchess of cambridge, william and kate, shared a photo of the queen and the late prince philip with seven of their great grandchildren, calling the queen an inspiration to so many around the world. the queen celebrated today with family and friends at her norfolk estate, sandringham, and her official state celebration with the annual trooping the color ceremony will be in june. and we will be right back.
this is "cbs news flash." i'm tom hanson in new york. eastern ukraine is bracing for another day of violence as the russian assault on the region escalates. the united nations now reports that 15.7 million ukrainians are in need of urgent humanitarian support. philadelphia is ending its indoor mask mandate just days after reinstating it. the city did not say when that will happen, but the board of health for the city cited decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts as the reason why. and mike tyson is being investigated after he reportedly punched a passenger on a jetblue flight. tmz sports released footage of the incident. a representative for tyson says the passenger threw a water bottle and was harassing the
former professional boxer. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." tonight, the battle for mariupol has entered a new stage with russia's vladimir putin claiming victory even as he ordered his troops not to take the risk of storming an isolated steel plant. thousands of troops and innocent civilians remain trapped inside a steel plant in the city surrounded by russian forces. putin ordered his troops to seal off the plant to try and starve the ukrainians. meanwhile, west of mariupol new satellite images show more than 200 mass graves with what a ukrainian official estimates are 3,000 to 9,000 bodies. president biden announcing new funding for ukraine today, with
$800 million worth of aid and military weapons. that includes 72 howitzers, ammunition, and so-called ghost drones. those are newly designed for ukraine to take out high-value targets. the pentagon said these will effectively create five new ukrainian artillery battalions. the president paraphrased teddy roosevelt in a message to russia saying "sometimes we will speak softly and carry a large javelin because we're sending a lot of those." we have a lot to get to tonight starting with cbs's charlie d'agata from eastern ukraine. good evening, charlie. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. in his late-night address moments ago president zelenskyy said he was grateful to the united states for the new package, the support and defense tools for his military, and considering the circumstances they can't get here quickly enough. after pummeling mariupol for weeks and resistance still holding out, president putin ordered forces, "don't storm the
steel plant but block it off so tightly not even a fly can escape." with smoke rising above the complex, about 1,000 civilians remain trapped in the darkened maze of tunnels below it. a young mother says they're running out of food and water, and hope. ukrainian troops are in desperate need of the military support pledged by president biden today. >> putin has failed to achieve his grand ambitions on the battlefield. >> reporter: his new ambition -- capturing parts of eastern ukraine across a 300-mile front line, including kharkiv, ukraine's second largest city. kharkiv has been the target of constant russian bombardment since this conflict began. and while we've been here we've heard explosions throughout the day. the damage is everywhere. that is the administration building. the target of one of the first audacious rocket attacks in the early days of the war.
exhausted residents in the firing line of putin's aim to capture the city. sophia has taken shelter in a subway train since the war began. >> [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: "two months." two months. the russians want to take kharkiv over. "if it happens, it will be terrible," she said. "we were born here. everything was good. we have little left of our lives." on the platform pavel fedosenko hands out pizzas to excited children and their weary parents. pizza orders placed by complete strangers. donations from all over the world. "people who left kharkiv want to feed those left behind," he said. "foreigners who want to treat emergency crews and paramedics." word of mouth spread quickly, and now his daddy's pizza has a paypal account for donations and
hundreds of happy customers. how does that make you feel? "joyful," he said. "bringing a little slice of happiness here, seeing kids laugh, to bring a taste of normal life, it feels fantastic." now, we saw bomb-damaged buildings all over kharkiv today. the streets were virtually deserted. yet despite nearly two months of near constant bombardment that city remains under ukrainian control, at least for now. norah? >> charlie d'agata, thank you. let's turn now to florida, where the governor has gone to war with the magic kingdom. today republicans targeted disney, the state's largest employer, after the company publicly condemned a new law that critics believe targets lgbtq students. here's cbs's manuel bojorquez. >> 70 yeas, 38 nays. >> so the bill passes. read the next bill. >> florida's legislature made
good on the governor's threat today. the move strips disney's special improvement district, which allows it to govern and tax itself, to build roads, provide power and some emergency services around its theme parks. it's been that way since 1967. >> we call it epcot. >> reporter: but things soured when disney publicly criticized florida's parental rights in education law, which opponents call "don't say gay," because it prohibits public school instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades k through 3. >> we're certainly not going to bend a knee to woke executives in california. >> reporter: this week governor ron desantis asked lawmakers to dissolve disney's special district. >> is this retaliation? >> no, i don't think so. but i think that when you kick the hornet's nest i think sometimes issue rise up that you weren't aware of. >> reporter: republican state representative randy fine wrote the house bill. >> disney's charter allows them to build a nuclear power plant. these are not things that may make a lot of sense. >> reporter: he says taxpayers won't have to foot the bill with
disney out. >> what he's saying is absurd. >> reporter: but scott randolph, orange county's tax collector, says residents could be stuck with a roughly $163 million bill. >> for the citizens of orange county you're talking a financial fiasco. anything that comes with a normal municipal government would fall to orange county with zero additional revenue. >> and manny joins us now. so manny, there's also another bill with national implications that just passed in florida, right? >> reporter: that's right, norah. amid protests by some lawmakers, who even staged a sit-in, the house gave final approval to the governor's redrawing of the state's congressional map, which is expected to give the gop four additional seats while dismantling two districts which are currently held by black members of congress. norah? >> manny bojorquez, thank you. all right. tonight we've got an update for you on that story we've been telling you about involving a string of deaths related to an aircraft carrier. today cbs news can report a
total of seven sailors from the "uss george washington" have died over the past year. and in the most recent three were all apparent suicides within days of each other. we're just learning the names of those who died. mikail sharp, natasha huffman, and xavier sandor. the ship has been docked in newport news, virginia and undergoing extensive maintenance. the navy is investigating whether there are any underlying causes that led to the sailors to take their own lives. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jan crawford in washington. thanks for staying with us. today arth y. across the world up to a billion people are expected to take part in marches, clean-ups, and other events designed to protect the environment. in new mexico one community is going to the extreme. the drive for sustainable housing has them living off the grid in what they call earth ships, made out of materials you might find in a junkyard. janet shamlian paid a visit. >> reporter: along a rural road in northern new mexico they rise
from the dusty desert with futuristic shapes resembling something from another planet. but these are what's known as earth ships. off the grid homes built into the ground, made mostly from recycled materials. what some would call garbage. like used tires tightly packed with dirt for insulation and structural walls. and old bottles that become part of the interior. >> it's kind of like stained glass but we're using all recycled bottles. >> reporter: there are no power lines, water lines or sewage lines connected to this earth ship under construction. electricity is generated from solar panels. water is collected on the roof, then filtered. and the treated sewage nourishes plants and trees. >> this is the outer greenhouse. >> reporter: 76-year-old architect michael reynolds is the grandfather of the earth ship concept. >> so this is kind of the inner part of the building. >> reporter: building the first one in 1979. and teaching others ever since.
there are more than 100 earth ships here. potentially many more soon. >> are you able to quantify the increase in inquiries that you're getting? >> oh, i would say it's doubled. >> in the last couple years? >> no, in the last couple of months. >> reporter: skyrocketing energy prices and a growing desire to live sustainably amid climate change are fueling demand for homes that generally don't use fuel. >> what's it like to live in an earth ship? >> it was a very, very small leap. what you're told at the beginning, oh, my goodness, you're off grid, that's got to be the worst thing in the world -- >> reporter: john lasela spent 40 years living and working in new york city. >> i love the way this house functions. >> reporter: he bought this earth ship five years ago for about $300,000 and says he hasn't looked back. >> you practice what we all should be practicing, which is conservation. so if there's clouds for three days you don't turn on the inverter, which means you have electricity for the primary stuff but your computer and your stereo can't plug in.
this room was built by the original owners. >> reporter: his 100-square-foot home has no microwave and no clothing dryer. on the other hand, the propane to heat water costs him about $90. a year. >> no regrets? >> no. none at all. i wouldn't live any other way. >> reporter: a way others are considering. >> we have a few things going on today to finish the house. >> reporter: this is the earth ship academy. a four-week immersive class where people from all over travel to the community, about a 30-minute drive from taos. learning like this hollywood productioning designer, bianca farrel, how to build an earth ship. >> every job we build all our sets and then throw everything in the trash. so i've just found over the years that in my free time i just want to combat that in some way. i want to find solutions. >> reporter: this home is already sold to a florida couple. the students live in an earth ship while they learn. >> you just have to come and see and experience it. i've been living in one for
almost a month. >> reporter: you don't need a class to check out life off the grid. >> so this is just a master bedroom with a walk-in closet down below. >> reporter: homes like this are available on vacation rental sites. it's a chance to test drive a lifestyle of extreme sustainability. just don't bring a hair dryer. what would you say to someone who's looking around and interested in potentially living this way? >> your typical human still lives for the american dream, in my custom home with my dressing room that has room for 60 pairs of shoes and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. those days in my mind, i'm already seeing it, are gone. >> reporter: earth ships are an oddity. but amid renewed interest in living untethered, a surge of ecofriendly construction here. and for those who've already made the lifestyle choice, validation. >> it's kind of like a conspiracy of enlightenment. you know, everybody's their way but they live here all for basically the same reason. they want to be off grid.
they like the isolation of it. they like the stunning beauty of it. and they think this is a better way to go. >> reporter: other-worldly homes designed to protect earth. janet shamlian at the earth ship community in new mexico. >> many homeowners are doing their part for conservation by going off the grid with solar-powered homes. some even sell their excess power back to the electric company. but there's a new push to change the rules. barry peterson has the story. >> when i say save you say solar. save -- >> solar! >> reporter: if you think there's nothing controversial about the value of solar energy -- ♪ please don't take our sunshine away ♪ -- welcome to california. >> yeah. well, anybody who's getting such a sweet deal doesn't want their sunshine taken away. >> reporter: uc berkeley professor severon borenstein studies the economics of renewable energy. and yes, this controversy is all about money. >> well, if an industry turns
out to be not cost effective, we really need to recognize that and find other ways to cost-effectively address climate change. >> reporter: when it comes to turning the sun into electricity, california leads the way. powered by laws like the one mandating that all new homes must have solar power. but critics say owners get paid too much for the power they sell back to the grid and pay too little to keep the grid maintained and upgraded, a stance the solar industry disputes. so people who have solar, do they in any way contribute to helping with the grid? >> well, absolutely. they reduce the strain on the grid. >> reporter: nate otto is president of hot purple energy. his company recently installed a solar system on my palm springs home. he believes power companies want solar users to pay much more each month because they are losing income to solar.
>> i believe the utilities need to look at a different model. you had the blacksmiths that needed to change and start making wheels for cars. and all they wanted to do was keep making horseshoes. and so they're upset that they're not going to make their profit on their horseshoes. >> reporter: solar sells on the promise that owners save enough money that in roughly eight years the system will pay for itself but keeps generating free power for decades more. and the sales pitch works. the industry is booming. solar jobs increased 167% over the last decade. and now employs more than a quarter million american workers. and making solar users pay more could make solar less attractive, and some say that would wallop the industry. what does that mean for the industry and the people you employ? >> well, it's going to reduce it. there's going to be some sort of industry there. it's going to be a cottage industry. rather than the growing, thriving industry that's really
providing good, well-paying jobs for a lot of people. >> reporter: but electric companies say there's a big problem. take my experience. my electric bill averaged about $500 a month before solar. that included money to maintain the power grid. today, after spending more than $60,000 on a solar system, it's about $10 with pretty much nothing going for the grid. >> here's an interesting statistic. >> reporter: barry moline is executive director of the california municipal utilities association, made up of non-profit power companies. he believes solar owners should pay a monthly fee to keep the grid going. >> well, another way to look at it is if you own a car it's like paying taxes for the roads. if you don't pay your taxes, pretty soon the roads are going to have potholes in them and they're going to crumble. everybody needs to pay their fair share of the roads. in this case everybody needs to pay their fair share of the grid. >> reporter: so at the moment
the solar people are getting the car but they're not paying for the roads? >> exactly. >> reporter: and solar owners ng rates non-solar users, who must make up the difference. many are low-income people who can't afford solar systems. berkeley professor borenstein. >> all the data showed that the customers who are putting solar are disproportionately wealthy. so when customers install solar, they are generally shifting costs onto people who are poorer than they are. >> reporter: and that's exactly what the reverend frank jackson jr. sees in his faith-based community development work in southern california. >> a child, a spoiled child. you know, that's been receiving this great allowance, you know, all of his life and now at 18 is being told that it's got to start sharing. change is hard for everybody. if you've been used to getting this and now all of a sudden someone is coming in and telling you you've got to now pay your
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climate change is causing sea levels to rise and has cities all over the world looking for ways to protect their coastlines. ben tracy reports on how houston is preparing for the next flood. >> how high did the water go? >> it was over eight feet high. where those little waves are. >> reporter: bill merrill will never forget the night he spent trapped inside this building in galveston, texas. as hurricane ike slammed ashore in 2008. the storm caused $30 billion in damage. >> ike was probably a 30-year storm. there's a lot worse storms out there. >> reporter: merrill, an oceanographer at text tx a&m, was reminded of the giant flood gates he had seen in the netherlands. >> these are gates you can see from space. these are movable objects you can see from space. they're huge. >> reporter: he sketched out a texas version which came to be known as the ike dike. and this is where it may soon stand guard. galveston bay, home to the nation's largest export harbor and the biggest petrochemical complex in the western
hemisphere. what was the initial response to this idea? >> oh, ridicule. craziest idea they ever heard. >> reporter: that crazy idea is now part of the army corps of engineers' $29 billion plan to defend a large part of the texas gulf coast. it calls for massive gates designed to fend off 22 feet of storm surge and 33 miles of sand dunes to protect against hurricanes. >> if we want to live here on the coast, then we have to provide a level of defense. >> reporter: kelly burks copes with the army corps says this would be the largest infrastructure project in the nation and take up to 20 years to design and build. >> and the intent here is to keep the surge that comes with hurricanes out in the gulf and not let it into the bay. >> reporter: if congress funds the project, the federal government will pick up 65% of the cost. texas would pay the rest. >> building this one time is going to pay for itself over and over again. >> reporter: state senator larry taylor says with climate change making storms more intense there's no time to waste. >> it's not a matter of if we
the nba playoffs resume tonight with three games on tap. but none will likely live up to the excitement amy dupont found on a basketball ko iame driven y numbers -- >> they're talking to each other down there. >> reporter: -- the scoreboard -- >> way to go, guys! >> reporter: -- has nothing on the hardwood warriors who make the shots. >> they don't miss. >> so it's not a rocking chair world. >> reporter: more than 400 women nationwide play in the granny basketball league. >> some of them do things you wouldn't believe they'd do. >> reporter: players must be at least 50 years old. >> i didn't get started until i was 65. so --
>> reporter: but the older -- >> i'm not ready to quit yet. >> reporter: -- the better. >> some of them are like in their 80s. you know, 85. >> way to go! >> reporter: the uniforms and rules are also old school. >> 1920 girls rules 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. >> 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 they don't stay down for long. >> then they help her up. >> now with knee replacements you're pretty good to go. it's like putting on a new tire of a car. >> keep it up, guys. you can do it. >> reporter: these grannies -- >> look at the bead of sweat. >> reporter: -- have game. >> this is a game. it's for real. >> reporter: for cbs news i'm
ay dupont, veroco, wisconsin. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jan crawford. enjoy your weekend. this is "cbs news flash." i'm tom hanson in new york. eastern ukraine is bracing for another day of violence as the russian assault on the region escalates. the united nations now estimates that 15.7 ukrainians are in need of urgent humanitarian support. philadelphia is ending its indoor mask mandate just days after reinstating it. the cityot say when that will happen, the the board of health for the city decreasing hospitalizations and a leveling of case counts as the reason why. and mike tyson is being investigated after he reportedly punched a passenger on a jetblue flight. tmz sports released footage of the incident. a representative for tyson says the passenger threw a water bottle and was harassing the
former professional boxer. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new yo . it's friday, april 22nd, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." new phase of war. the u.s. is rushing more weapons to ukraine after president biden says the conflict with russia is now in a, quote, critical window of time. reversing course. philadelphia's ending its indoor mask mandate. why city officials changed their mind just days after enacting the policy. airplane altercation. video appears to show mike tyson punching another passenger. what led to the scuffle. good morning. i'm diane king hall in for anne-marie green. president biden says russia is setting the stage for a critical