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they were unveiled today. among the texts a suggestion from members of congress that president trump declare martial law and use the military to remain in office. cbs' robert costa has more. >> reporter: on january 6th as rioters stormed the capitol, white house chief of staff mark meadows was bombarded with messages from republicans. even the president's son, urging the president to intervene. donald trump, jr. warned they will try to expletive his entire legacy on this if it gets worse. from south carolina congressman william timmons, the president needs to stop this asap. and from georgia congresswoman marjorie taylor green, please tell the president to calm people, this isn't the way to solve anything. the newly unveiled texts first reported by cnn and confirmed by cbs news are among the thousands meadows provided to the house committee investigating the capitol attacks. they also reveal house republicans were discussing martial law, using the military to keep trump in power. just days before president biden's inauguration. on january 17th, green texts meadows.
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"in our private chat with only members, several are saying the only way to save our republic is for trump to call for martial law. i don't know on those things, i just wanted you to tell him." that text raises new questions about her testimony last week. under oath during a court challenge to keep her off the ballot. >> did you advocate to president trump to impose martial law as a way to remain in power. >> i don't recall. >> so are you not denying, you did it, you just don't remember. >> i don't remember. >> reporter: sources close to the committee members tell cbs news that the committee will continue to probe the role of house republicans in the coming days as it moves closer to public hearings and a final report. norah? >> o'donnell: robert costa, thank you so much. and this breaking news just coming in, a federal judge is temporarily blocking the biden administration from ending a trump era pandemic restriction that allowed u.s. immigration officials to quickly expel
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migrants, that was supposed to happen on may 23rd. 21 republican lead states filed suit to block the termination of this rule known as title 42. let's turn now to new mexico where the sheriff's office today released never before seen videos and photos of its investigation into that deadly shooting on the set of alec baldwin's western, "rust." cbs' omar villafranca shows us the evidence and has the new details. >> reporter: tonight for the first time we're seeing actor alec baldwin holding the infamous gun before the tragic incident that killed cinematographer helena hutchins. >> she came in here and went across her chest. >> reporter: new body camera video released by the santa fe sheriff's office show the frantic moments after the shooting with hutchins on the ground surrounded by first responders. photos of the gun and baldwin's hands after the shooting were also released. after the shooting, baldwin is seen telling two deputies that he didn't pull the trigger of
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the .45 caliber prop gun while rehearsing the scene and didn't know who put a live round in the weapon. >> i take the gun out, the barrel cleared, i turned and cocked the gun and the gun goes off. >> the video also shows director joel sousa lying on the ground injured by the same bullet that killed hutchins. a separate report about the working conditions on the "rust" film set found the "rust" management knew that firearm safety procedures were not being followed on set and demonstrated plain indifference to employee safety by failing to review work practices and take corrective action. baldwin was also a producer on the film but he doesn't blame himself for the accident. >> i feel that, that someone is responsible for what happened and i can't say who that is, but i know it's not me.
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>> reporter: investigators are still waiting for phone records and ballistic information before they wrap up the criminal investigation. baldwin has not been charged. norah? >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you.
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at least one child has died. cbs news chief medical reporter jon lapook reports on the cases here in the u.s.. >> reporter: the cdc's nationwide alert is warning doctors to look for severe inflammation of the liver in otherwise healthy children. from october to february nine children in alabama were diagnosed, two requiring liver transplants. two other cases were found in north carolina. all 11 are doing well and three more suspected cases were just reported today from illinois. >> dr. marcus buchfellner is one the treating doctors at university of alabama at birmingham. >> reporter: do you think this is a new problem that hasn't really existed before or we just didn't know about it. >> it could be either. it say little bit too soon for us to tell. i'm really hoping that our investigation into this will spur on more patient stories being submitted to us.
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>> reporter: many of the children had a common infection called adenovirus it is not known to cause hepatitis in healthy children. the first cases were discovered in the u.k. where alan raine daughter tested positive for adenovirus in march and soon needed a liver transplant. >> we were told it is not a matter of days but hours. so it was absolutely vital that we got this process as quickly as physically possible. >> reporter: raine gave half of his own liver to his daughter who is recovering well. got to love a parent's love. since adenovirus usually causes respiratory or g.i. symptoms and not inflammation of the liver, they are looking for other possible culprits none of the 11 children in alabama and north carolina were vaccinated against covid or had evidence of covid. >> o'donnell: that is scary,
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thank you so much. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the supreme court tackles the case of a former high school football coach who prayed on the field and a risky stunt goes horribly wrong after two daredevil pilots try to swap planes mid air.
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>> o'donnell: tonight just two days before the schedules execution of a texas woman an appeals court stepped in amid growing doubts about whether she fatally beat her 2 year old daughter, a lower court will review melissa lucio's claims that she took a fatal fall back in 2007. at the supreme court oral arguments began today in one of the most important school prayer cases in more than a decade. the case involved a former football coach at a small public high school in washington state who prayed at mid-field after every game. the school district told him to stop after several parents complained that their kids felt pressured to pray. the f.a.a. is investigating a stunt gone wrong high above the arizona desert. two cousins both daredevil pilots and skydivers planned to swap planes in mid-air. one made it safely into the other's plane. the other pilot missed his plane but parachuted safely. it turns out the f.a.a. rejected the pilot's request to do this stunt in the first place.
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>> okay, coming up next, pianos for ukraine, how musicians from around the world came together for the war-torn country. ;;;;c block >> o'donnell: a
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>> o'donnell: a 6weekend benefit concert for ukrainian refugees hit all the right notes as it live streamed around the world. here's cbs' ed o'keefe. >> reporter: this battle for the people of ukraine is not fought with weapons but the power of music, 50 piano pieces by ukrainian composers played by 50 piano players raising nearly $90,000 so far. >> my piano family. >> reporter: the concert arranged by polly van der linde who runs the sonatina piano camp in vermont that i attended as a kid. when you put the call-out for volunteers, what was their reaction. >> they're like what can we do. we need to do something that makes us feel good, that gives back. and show this music took us over and we said we got to do this. >> reporter: the ukrainian
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pieces performed by professionals and beginners. the oldest performer, 92 years old. the youngest, 16 year old ben wilson, his father boris was born in crimea. >> when we reach out across the ocean, i know that this is for those fighting to survive. >> reporter: president zelenskyy at the grammy awards earlier this month. >> fell it in your music, today to tell our story. >> reporter: these 50 piano players heard the message and they're playing like the world is listening. ed o'keefe, cbs news, washington. that is the "overnight news." you can follow us online any time, at cbs reporting from the nation's capitol, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is a cbs news flash, i'm tom hanson in new york. u.n. secretary general is set to meet with russian president vladimir putin in an attempt to broker a ceasefire in ukraine. and later he will meet with the ukrainian president zelenskyy. oral arguments will be heard about the stay in mexico policies. and warren buffett will auction off one more charity lunch to raise money for the homeless. every winning bid since 2008 has
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topped $1 million. for more, download your cbs news app on your phone or connected tv. ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." tonight the world's richest man elon musk is set to control one of the most influential social media platforms and both lawmakers and wall street are waiting to see what happens next. the tesla and spacex c.e.o. is worth $268 billion and now will take twitter private. the outspoken billionaire says the platform isn't living up to its potential as a place for free speech. some are celebrating the deal. others are concerned the hands-off approach to content will make twitter a haven for dis information and hate speech. musk has used the platform to bully critics and reporters who have written articles about him
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or his companies. the network has nearly 400 million users. someone not on twitter, donald trump. a little over a year ago the former president was banned from the site but even with new ownership, trump told fox news he will not rejoin and instead stick with his own social media platform. cbs' news nikki battiste will start us off from new york. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: good evening, it was a rocky court with threats and count threats but if this deal ultimately goes through, elon musk will have complete control of a huge social media platform, already entrenched in a debate over free speech. it took 11 days before twitter's board unanimously approved billionaire elon musk's bid for the company. immediately after musk tweeted to his nearly 84 million followers, free speech is the bed rock of a functioning democracy and twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated. an elon musk owned twitter could look significantly different, with fewer ads, less content
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oversight and some type of edit button. owning twitter would also give him the power to address one of the biggest criticisms of the social media platform, its limits on free speech which he addressed in this recent ted talk. >> we want to be just very reluctant to delete things and have-- just be very cautious with permanent bans. >> reporter: musk's initial offer was met with resistance. twitter even voted to adopted what is called a poison pill to prevent musk from gaining a majority stake. but proof of financing and no better offer lead to a deal. >> this makes elon musk at the top of mind of every one in the world. twitter isn't the biggest social network in the world but it's certainly the buzziest and maybe the most influential. >> reporter: musk's own behavior on twitter has gotten him in trouble.
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this 2020 tweet lead to his electric car company losing billions in value. and these 2018 tweets ran him afoul of the sec. is there any danger in a twitter owned by elon musk? >> misinformation and disinformation could be amplified considerably, so the reality of an elon musk-owned twitter is that a number of these bad actors could run rampant across the social network. >> reporter: tonight we are hearing the c.e.o. of twitter has told employees that if the sale goes through, the future of the social media firm is uncertain. we do know the sale is expected to be approved this year, set to a vote of twitter shareholders and regulatory approval, twitter stock was up 5.6 percent at the close of trading today on wall street. norah. >> o'donnell: quite a story, nikki battiste, thank you. now to ukraine which received its biggest show of solidarity yet, with the visit from the highest ranking u.s. delegation. the risky trip was kept under wraps including a ten hour train ride into the capitol. >> traveling by train to a secret underground location, handshakes, even a couple of hugs began high stakes talks in ukrainian's capitol, a symbol of solidarity from secretary of state blinken and defense secretary lloyd austin, safely back across the border in poland. the secretary of state said russia's attempt to subjugate
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ukraine has failed. >> we don't know how the rest of this war will unfold. but we do know that a sovereign, independent ukraine will be around a lot longer than vladimir putin is on the scene. >> reporter: hours after the delegation crossed out of ukraine, russian air strikes pounded five train stations in the space of an hour, including a strike on lviv, the region they had just left. at the besieged steel plant in mariupol today the russian military announced a unilateral cease-fire to evacuate thousands of civilians who have been sheltering in bunkers for nearly two months. but ukraine denied that a deal had been struck. those who managed to escape from
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mariupol and other russian-held territories arrive here, a tent outside a shopping center in zaporizhzhia. it took iririna osadchaya and her children 13 hours to travel a hundred miles by bus. >> reporter: she said every one on the bus cried when they reached the first ukrainian held checkpoint. volunteer ekaterina marchenko said those arrive from mariupol had suffered more than most. >> we understand how it is hard for them. we understand that they leave in the hell, it was hell. >> reporter: at a nearby hospital turned combat trauma ward we find 27 year old nazar gnativ, the radio host from lviv volunteered when the war began,
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>> you want to fight again. >> yeah, of course. of course, because it's my land. it is my country it is my motherland. >> tomorrow secretary general heads to moscow to meet with president putin in person for the first time since this war began. he then travels here to ukraine to meet with president zelenskyy in the hope of a diplomatic breakthrough. norah. >> o'donnell: charlie d'agata, thank you. former president donald trump was held in contempt of court today in order to pay a fine of 10,000 dollars a day. a new york judge made the ruling against trump for failing to adequately respond to a subpoena from new york's attorney general. cbs' major garrett is with us, this was a startling decision. >> reporter: it was indeed, the
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decision was blunt and swift. the judge didn't even wait to write the order, he delivered it from the bench. he said this today; "mr. trump, i know you take your business seriously and i take mine seriously. i hereby hold you in civil contempt." now this is about a long-running feud over documents related to mr. trump's business holdings, golf courses, buildings with his name on and the like. and what the new york attorney general leticia james says were gimmicks, tricks and financial slight of hand that trump or the trump organization used she alleged to either inflate or hide their true value. why? to get loans, pay lower taxes and obtain better insurance rates. >> o'donnell: has there been a response yet from mr. trump? >> reporter: not from trump but his attorneys late today said they will appeal this contempt holding in part, because they say the subpoena documents simply don't exist. trump's attorney said that she went to mar-a-lago, interviewed
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♪ ♪ this is the "cbs overnight news." thanks for staying with us. the supreme court is set to rule on a case on prayer in private schools. the justices heard arguments involving a football coach and whether he could say a prayer at midfield after the game. the school district told him not to, because it could look like they are endorsing religion. but the coach said that they are
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violating his right to express his religious beliefs. >> the decision is to where to draw the line. the coach sai all he wanted to do was say a prayer on the field and the students could make a decision whether to join him. >> it started by myself. saying a silent prayer on the 50 yard line. >> reporter: he said a short prayer after every game on the field. >> i took a knee and thanked god. >> reporter: his players noticed. >> a couple of the students asked me, what are you doing? and i said, i was thanking god -- >> reporter: you didn't say we are going to pray after the game? >> no, the school has one rule in the policy saying you cannot encourage or discourage kids in
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prayer. >> reporter: the prayer grew to a huddle. was it in jesus's name or a general prayer? >> i said in your name, because we have kids of all faiths. >> reporter: the on field prayer i part of what he said was a covenant with god to give thanks. but some parents complained. >> he is pressuring them to pray. students and parents came forward and said so much. >> reporter: the school district in the small down west of seattle told him in a 2015 letter to stop. >> the coaches are authority figures, kids admire them, they want to please them. and that's why the courts have been so careful to protect the religious freedom of students. >> this is about the game -- >> reporter: kennedy temporarily stopped praying on the field and then had a change of heart leading to the suspension, he
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sued and now the case is go approximating to test the bounds of the constitutional rights of religious freedom. the coach said they are pr prohibiting his rights by restricting prayer. a circuit courtaidngaginnprayer but in public speech in an o overtly religious prayer. >> the students can pray, it's when a teacher or coach gets involved and pressures them, then it's coercive. >> reporter: how should the court draw the line? >> the line is prayer. if you want to pray on your own, that's fine. even on duty. >> it's where the big rub was. they are telling me where i can actually practice my faith. >> reporter: obviously whatever the court decides can go beyond
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the football field, and set new rules. in recent years conservative justices are signaling they think the pendulum has gone against prayer, and amounts to hostility against religion in public schools. >> the shake-up continues for leadership in the texas national guard that was ordered by governor abbott to patrol the border. lonestar gave up his command six months after the post. and just last month, another top general was removed and the next day his civilian chief of staff retired. the move comes as border officials reported more than 221,000 encounters in march, along the texas, mexico border. that is about a 28% increase from the previous year. since the texas national guard can't deport the migrants they encounter, some texans accuse the governor of wasting billions of dollars of taxpayer
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dollars of what they describe as a re-election publicity stunt. we have the story from mission, texas. >> reporter: we have been touring the border to get a deeper understanding of how operation lone star works and why is texas spending $3 billion of taxpayer money on efforts that are mostly under the jurisdiction of the federal government? something that critics of governor abbott have called an expensive political stunt and the governor said it's necessary to secure the border. where are you headed? >> so now, we are, one of the troopers got an alert. so we are responding to it, to another ranch. >> reporter: that is a lieutenant in the texas department of public safety, he is part of lone star. it's been launched last march to deter migrants from crossing the border. >> for the most part, a lot of them that we talk to, say they are trying get to san antonio or houston and they are looking for work.
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but of course, within those groups you have criminals. >> reporter: because the federal government and not states have the power to enforce immigration law, state troopers and this team can only arrest people fortress p-- for trespassing in certain private property when they cross the border. using all different ways to coordinator on the ground. >> they are headed east. >> reporter: these men were handcuffed and charged with trespassing, a misdemeanor. >> we have to keep the ranchers safe. that's the most important thing. >> reporter: it's a security for the ranchers? >> well, not just ranchers too but for the entire country, we know the individuals are not staying in texas. >> reporter: governor abbott said that dps is meant to protect texans. >> they have apprehended more than 200,000 migrants so far. they have arrested more than 11,000 including cartel members. drug smugglers and cop killers.
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>> reporter: but according to a pro publica texas tribune, more than 2,000 of those charges stopped being counted because they were unrelated to illegal activity at the border. meanwhile, operation lone star cost texas taxpayers $2.5 million per week. and 10,000 texas national guard members have been sent to the border to aid in apprehensions under the program with no end in sight. still, some private property owners are taking matters in to their own hands. this whole long wall was built by a private property owner. the owner of the land built it up and on theinga, that's where and the texas national guard are s surveilling. they are patrol the rio grand river. >> the goal is to keep them from entering the u.s. and making it in to the interior. >> reporter: that sounds like
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border enforcement and that is not up to states. it's up to the federal government. >> it's a comprehensive border strategy because the federal government has not taken action or made a strategy. >> reporter: but it may not be working. this is the fourth time trying come in this month. why do you keep coming? they told us they were not intending to skmit crimes and all they have left a broken dream. >> your dream has ended. what was that dream about? >> to help yfami toavegon the ridelongs now for years theder wi border paas the massive numb troopers that are deployed from all over texas in to just a handful of counties to do these trespassing arrests within only
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the ranches that they are permitted to by the owners. so, you have to wonder if they are not there, they still have to call border patrol whether they encounter asylum seekers or in areas they are not authorized, this they were not there, would border control come in and detain the same amount of people. >> the over knnight news is bacn two minutes. auto we hit the bike trails every weekend
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>> not because of mort. he knew he wanted to marry her rom day one. >> it was just like that, it was instant for me. >> but for her, not so. >> i did not have any idea that it was going to go anywhere. >> mort was a sailor and after the first date, he went to sea, and where on the bridge of the ship he wrote a song for susan. >> and my feelings were that i missed you more each day since you have gonna way. >> reporter: the song was called my love and it worked its magic. >> and then it went in a drawer and it stayed there, enter my grandson. >> and i was like what's that? >> reporter: he saw it and shared it with friends. >> everyone was like, damn, this is that hit, this is great. >> reporter: matt works in the music industry and he was able to gather thst stuo musicians in the country and
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together they made the dusty old love song sing. mort's love song, originally intended for an audience of one has been played more than a million times on social media. >> i was floored. >> running up and down the hall. it was unbelievable. >> reporter: and that is just the beginning. this fall, mort, now 82, will grace the cover of an album, featuring my love and other collaborations. perhaps a grammy next year but for mort and susan. like couples everywhere. the song of the year will always be their song. ♪ ♪ steve hartman, on the road. in pennsylvania.
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some boy scouts in florida could be in line for a merit adle ai. >>old a new rales. generacorals just ting to ow we arns so the tank. >> reporter: and these are some of the young scouts helping to care for them. >> right now, i'm checking the salinity of the water. >> reporter: at the boy scouts of america sea base, young men and women have been learning to scuba dive for decades where they see up close where the reeves under threat. >> it is time to be f■rank. it's due to a number of factors, changes in water temperature,
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quality, and human interaction. >> mike johnson thought scouts could be part of the solution, using a technique called frntatagn.iome in to tiny pieces that grow 50 times faster than in nature. the scouts plant them underwater to rebuild the reef. this is what they look like after five years. >> do you think there's a coral restoration merit badge on the horizon? >> i hope so. >> even woupt a badge, these kids know they are making a difference. >> when i remember my biggest accomplishment in scouting it would probably be the sea program. >> reporter: the nursery has grown 10,000corals and part of a ten year program to help the reef. >> he said they are helping the sea and future scouts. >> it's going to make an everlasting change and benefit for future generations. >> reporter: a scout service project for mother nature, building a operator future under the sea.
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bradley blackburn. cbs news. and that's the overnight news for this tuesday, reporting from the nation's capitol. ♪ ♪ this is cbs news flash. u.n. secretary general, is set to meet with russian president vladimir putin in an attempt to broker a ceasefire. he will later meet with president zelenskyy. in a few hours the supreme court will hear oral arguments over the remain in mexico policy. the trump era rule requires migrantso wait outside the u.s. for their asylum hearings. and billionaire warren buffett will auction off one last charity lunch for the homeless. it will be the last time to bid for the world's most expensive lunch. every winning bid has topped $1
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million. for more news, download the cbs news app. i'm tom hansen, cbs news, new york. it's tuesday, april 26, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." nuclear war threat. russia's top diplomat warns ukraine against starting world war three. why he accuses nato of prolonging the war. january 6th text messages. what lawmakers and president trump's son told mark meadows as rioters stormed the capitol. movie set shooting. body camera video is released moments after alec baldwin fatally shoots a cinematographer during the filming of "rust." good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. troubling words.


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