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>> the vaccines felt like a light at the end of the tunnel especially for those who do have small kids. >> reporter: and the fda has said it will move fast on moderna's application and moderna tells us that once authorized, the vaccine could be available starting in late spring or early summer, norah. >> so important for parents. nancy chen, thank you. now to a milestone decision by the fda which announced a plan to ban all menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars in the united states. the move is being called the fda's most aggressive action against the tobacco industry in history, and would impact nearly 20 million cigarette users. cbs's omar villafranca has more. >> reporter: the food and drug administration says the proposed menthol ban could prevent more people from getting addicted and could save as many as 654,000 lives over the next 40 years. >> if there is data that has
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shown that smoking cessation leads to improved survival from lung cancer. >> reporter: dr. raja flores with mount sinai school of medicine says he supports the ban because many of the patients, particularly people of color, are addicted to these cigarettes. >> it's a big source of profit. it's the same population that does worse with lung cancer, that gets less access to treatment, and their survival is much worse. so to me it's a no-brainer. >> reporter: the fda says menthol's cooling effect make it easier to start smoking and harder to quit. menthols make up 37% of the cigarette market. they're the choice of 85% of black smokers compared to just 24.6% of whites. and more than half of young smokers choose menthol. menthol cigarette sales made more than $30 billion. >> when i actually want to go and find the cigarettes and i can't find them, it will give me an extra push to not smoke any
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more. >> reporter: a spokesman for the maker of newport cigarettes told cbs news, quote, we do not believe the public science supports regulating menthol cigarettes differently from nonmenthol cigarettes. experts say it could be a year or two before this ban goes into effect. norah? >> omar villafranca, thanks so much. now too big news the steps the navy is taking following our recent reports on the suicides among sailors, assigned to the aircraft carrier uss washington. the ship often lacking running water and working bathrooms. here's cbs's david martin. >> reporter: when the aircraft carrier george washington moved into the shipyard at newport news, virginia for overhaul, it was the beginning of a nightmare. today the navy acknowledged three more suicides occurred in 2019 and '20. bringing to 7 the number of sailors who took their own lives while a ship has been in
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overhaul. the three most recent deaths, all of them young and low ranking, occurred in the space of a week earlier this month. last week when the master chief petty officer of the navy visited the george washington, the entire crew was wearing hard hats. a sure sign the ship is still in overhaul, which because of covid and unexpected repairs, is now in its fifth year. during a question and answer session, a member of the crew listed his complaints about life in a construction zone. >> cold water, hot water, living standards that aren't necessarily up to par. >> reporter: the navy senior up enlisted replied, those are just the realities of shipyard overhaul, and things could be worse. >> you're not sleeping in a fox hole like a marine might be doing. and some of the [ bleep ] you have to go through logistically would drive you crazy. >> reporter: captain kenneth strong, the commanding officer
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in 2019 and '20, was forced to step down three months early due to what the navy calls individual incidents of poor judgment. despite his early departure, strong was awarded the legion of merit at the ceremony in which he was replaced by the ship's current commanding officer. one of the ship's crew told cbs news, it feels like big navy has left us out to dry. nobody cares. big navy, meaning the admirals who run the navy, has now directed that all 360 sailors living aboard the ship while it's still in overhaul, be allowed to move ashore if they want. the navy would pay for the housing, but first it has to find suitable a congrccommodati. norah? >> david martin, thank you. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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but in tonight's "eye on america," cbs's jim axelrod looks at a philadelphia program that's working to change that. >> reporter: every day that joseph harris shows up for work at the high school he attended in south philadelphia, he addresses his past and these kids' futures. >> i see myself again as some of these students. i've had the same struggles. yeah, you about to graduate. i feel pain like these students. >> reporter: harris who was pre-law is now working toward a teacher certificate. how many male teachers of color did you have growing up? >> i didn't have a black teacher until my 9th grade year. >> reporter: do you think it matters? >> oh, for sure. >> reporter: in fact, one study shows just one teacher of color in third through 5th grade reduces a student of color's chances of dropping out before
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graduation by up to 39%. but black men make up just 2% of teachers in america. something sharifa mackie is on a mission to change. >> nothing is more effective than black kids having black teachers. >> absolutely. >> reporter: he runs the center for development, aimed at attracting more black men into the teaching field. >> if a black child has a black educator, they are less likely to be expelled, suspended or even referred for disciplinary actions and more likely to have a higher sense of belonging in the classroom and within the school. and we say teachers of color are also important for white students as well. >> reporter: at the charles f. patton middle school in suburban philadelphia, amir williams is a student teacher. now a college sophomore. he didn't have a black teacher until mr. anderson taught him history in 6th grade.
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>> they walk in and hearing the words come from his mouth was really liberating. it gave me a lot of confidence. >> reporter: had anyone ever said that to you before? >> no. >> reporter: that is exactly why he wants to quadruple the number of black male teachers over the next ten years. >> it's as simple as if you can see it, you can be it. you have someone, a black male who you look exactly like, and then it makes you think that if they can do it, why can't i? >> great job today. >> reporter: which may be the most important lesson these kids can ever learn. >> have a good one. >> reporter: for "eye on america," i'm jim axelrod in philadelphia. there's a lot more news ahead on the "cbs overnight news." an update on that introducing the all-new gillettelabs with exfoliating bar. it combines shaving and gentle exfoliation into one efficient stroke, for a shave as quick and easy as washing your face.
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wives are on a mission to help military families say yes to the dress.
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it's that time of the year for proms and graduations which can be a challenge for some of our military families on tight budgets. unless they're one of more than a dozen bases with a very special store. here's cbs's janet shamlian. >> reporter: there can be issues when dress shopping for a special event. but at this boutique on the fort hood army base, price isn't one of them. >> any specific color that you want or -- >> army green. >> okay. >> reporter: major lisa northrop chaplain is looking for a ball gown. when she finds it, she'll take it home free. all military members and their families are browsing here. >> the cost of a dress which can sometimes be 2, 3, $400, is the difference between buying food and going to a ball.
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rte she cofounded operation deploy your dress, accepting donations of clothes and cash to make possible moments like this. now on 13 bases, over seven years giving away almost 18,000 dresses. >> trying to find some yellow. >> reporter: for chaplain north way, it can be heavy, a chance to step away. what's it like to come in here and just have a slice of festiveness? >> it's like getting to join life's party. you do have reasons to celebrate and to cheer each other on. >> reporter: saying yes to the dress. >> it feels like it was made for me. i did not expect that. >> reporter: the gift of more than a gown. janet shamlian, cbs news, fort hood, texas. and that is the overnight news for this friday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings. you can follow us online any time at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm diane king hall in new york. another state follows in the footsteps of texas with tough abortion restrictions. oklahoma lawmakers have approved a bill banning abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. the bill heads to the governor next. congress is moving to empower the federal trade commission to crack down amid sky high gas prices. law makers say the ftc needs fines and penalties. one proposal doubling penalties two per day per violation. james corden announced he is leaving the late, late show in spring of 2023. his contract was originally set to expire this august. no word on who will bring the
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chuckles next. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm diane king hall, cbs news, new york. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." tonight a clear sign from the white house that the war in ukraine will likely drag on for months or even years. president biden today asking congress for an additional $33 billion to support ukraine's defense against the russian invasion. the proposal includes more than $20 billion in military assistance, such as artillery and armoured vehicles. the war ramped up again with russia launching a barrage of attacks including five missile strikes on the capital city of kyiv. explosions could be heard during president zelenskyy's meeting with the u.n. secretary-general in the capital.
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we'll get to cbs's chris livesay in ukraine in a moment, but first let's start with cbs's weijia jiang at the white house. good evening, ouija. >> reporter: good evening, norah. this massive funding package stresses the biden administration's belief that there is a long road ahead before this war comes to an end. today the president vowed that as long as the atrocities and assaults continue, the u.s. will keep providing military help. >> basically we're out of money. >> reporter: president biden urged lawmakers to move quickly on a new aid package for ukraine because money for military support, including heavy weaponry needed on the battle field, is almost depleted. >> the cost of this fight is not cheap, but taming aggression is more costly if we allow it to happen. >> reporter: the president is asking congress for $33 billion for economic, humanitarian, and defense funding. on top of the 13.6 billion already approved last month.
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top republicans today signalled they support the measure. >> they've earned it. they've shown their will to fight stronger than the morale of the russians. >> reporter: with some russian officials arguing the risk of nuclear war is now brewing. president biden today called that claim irresponsible. >> no one should be making idle comments about the use of nuclear weapons or the possibility they would use that. >> reporter: meanwhile, trevor reed is back in the u.s. after landing in san antonio overnight as part of a prisoner swap. reed, a marine veteran, spent nearly 1,000 days in a russian prison, and now undergoing a medical evaluation for his declining health. the wife of wnba star brittney greiner, who has been detained in russia since february, posted that her heart is overflowing with joy for the reed family. and paul who has been in russian custody since 2018 for alleged
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espionage, said he was thrilled, too, but in a statement he asked, why was i left behind? why hasn't more been done to secure my release? whelan's twin brother david. >> my goal is to be home to see our parents before they die. and that's a little bit grim, but that's the reality that gets me up every morning. >> reporter: and as the war rages on, today president biden announced he is creating new expedited procedures to seize properties from russian oligarchs like yachts and luxury homes, then liquidating those assets and using the funds to rebuild ukraine. norah? >> weijia jiang, thank you. on the ground in ukraine, the u.n. secretary-general said he was shocked by how close the missiles landed how close to the hotel he was staying. he called the attacks by russia an effort to intimidate nato.
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chris livesay tonight from the capital. >> reporter: in the crosshairs after five missile strikes on the same day in the same city the head of the united nations witnessed the russian devastation with his very own eyes. >> there is no way a war can be acceptable in the 21st century. look at that. >> reporter: from irpin and bucha, antonio guterres visited where these bodies once lay. and mariupol, hundreds of soldiers and civilians, many of them wounded, continue to resist bombardment inside this steel mill. nearby in the black sea, russian forces fire cruise missiles at ukrainian positions they say striking weapons supplied by foreign countries like the u.s. weapons ukraine desperately needs as the battle intensifies in the eastern donbas region. north of kyiv, ukrainian soldiers show us the open
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terrain that now typefies the warfare they're facing. this is a tangled aftermath of a russian position that was completely taken out by ukraine's long-range artillery. it's what they need more of in the donbas region, and they desperately hope to get it from the united states. but it's not only weapons they need. >> night vision? >> night vision. >> reporter: plus drones, medical kits, and other crucial equipment for the ukrainian military from the nonprofit comeback alive. they've raised $100 million since the start of the war. >> in a war, even a printer and a telephone, those are deadly weapons. guns win battles, but logistics win wars. >> reporter: the u.n. secretary-general also met with president zelenskyy. both said they were optimistic about reaching a deal with russia to rescue those trapped inside the mariupol steel mill. moments later is when the
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russian missiles hit here in the center of kyiv. norah? >> chris livesay in the capital tonight, thank you. back here at home, parents with young children got the vaccine news they've been waiting for. moderna today asked the fda to authorize its two-dose covid vaccine for children as yuck as six months. that means 18 million more children could soon be eligible to get a covid shot. here's nancy chen. >> reporter: moderna's vaccine is a step toward protecting the nation's youngest children. how would you characterize this step in the fight against the pandemic as a whole? >> it's a key step. these kids represent medical aid. >> reporter: it would be administered in two doses a month apart. the strength would be a quarter of the adult dose. moderna's trial included nearly 7,000 participants between six months and five years old. it found the vaccine was effective against symptomatic infection, from nearly 40% to 50% depend on age. what do the rates of efficacy
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say to you? are they high enough? >> we think the vaccines will be highly protective against hospitalization and death in kids. >> reporter: still, some parents seem reluctant to get their children vaccinated. currently only 28% of kids 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated. this as overall cases are rising in 39 states, up more than 19% week over we're. week over week. >> all other age groups have access to vaccines. it's nerve-racking. >> reporter: ann rodriguez from deerfield, wisconsin, enrolled her twins theo and sam into moderna's trial to protect not only high-risk family members, but the boys them selves. >> it felt like a light at the end of the tunnel, especially for those who do have small kids. >> reporter: and the fda has said it will move fast on moderna's application, and moderna tells us that once
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jan crawford in washington. thanks for staying with us. there is a new effort to help millions of americans who are suffering from long covid. that's when some symptoms like body aches and fatigue can last for months or even years. virginia senator tim kaine says he is also suffering from long covid two years after he first tested positive. he spoke to our scott macfarlane about his experience and what congress can do to help others still struggling with the long-term effects of the virus. >> the day i got covid, i just felt like my nerve endings all woke up.
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they had all had five cups of coffee and they were just tingling and buzzing 24/7. and that's never gone away. >> reporter: tim kaine came close to being the heartbeat away from the presidency in 2016. and in spring 2020, the former democratic vice-presidential nominee and current virginia senator became one of the first prominent politicians to test positive for covid. now nearly two years later, he's still fighting it. what does it feel like? >> you feel like you drop an alka-seltzer drops in the water. >> reporter: in your hands and feet? >> i i can feel it in the tops of my legs. >> reporter: his symptoms are distinctive. pa patients reporting long covid are not unique. brain fog, permanent loss of taste or smell affecting up to 23 million americans. >> i used to exercise with my dad every morning at 5:00 before i went to work. it was a whole routine.
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>> reporter: maddy smith is one of them. the marian virginia mom of three boys, a traveling nurse, says more than three years after contracting the virus, says it's a fight to lift herself out of bed each morning. >> the worst part for me is covid fatigue. that was one of the worst symptoms i had when i had covid. i guess i kept thinking it would get better, and it's never gotten better. >> reporter: smith needs an inhaler for breathing troubles but for months wouldn't tell anyone, worried she would be viewed as a complainer. you're suggesting people with long covid may be hesitant to say it? >> absolutely. >> reporter: concerned about the reaction? >> i think they're concerned they won't be taken seriously. >> reporter: earlier this month the white house announced plans to boost research into long covid and possible treatments. senator kaine has proposed a new law that goes further, to fund more research and compile a more accurate count of long covid patients and how people get access to care. including in rural america, just over the virginia border in eastern tennessee, nurse
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practitioner pam says her long covid patients often need to see neurologists for memory problems, or cardiologists for heart symptoms. in an area where specialists are difficult to find. >> we have so many patients that need to be referred to specialists, but the waiting lists are long. >> reporter: there is another hurdle in this area. vaccine hesitancy remains rampant. and many are reluctant to seek tests or care for symptoms that aren't life-threatening. senator kaine says his legislation would require the cdc to reach out to people experiencing potential long covid symptoms and encourage them to seek treatment. >> some don't even want to aid mitt admit it. covid was bad enough. maybe i did tell somebody and they didn't believe me. they told me it was just anxiety. >> reporter: it's in your head. >> yeah. somebody told me, i told my doctor, i lost my sense of taste or smell, haven't gotten it back in a year. how about an anxiety medication? i'm not anxious. i just can't smell or taste anything. >> reporter: congress is still dead locked over a separate covid bill.
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a $10 billion bill to pay for therapeutics and treatments and emergency needs. so this new long covid legislation could be a very long political fight as well. now to the war in ukraine where russia has intensified its attacks on the eastern and southern parts of the country. meanwhile russian president vladimir putin is said to be waging a war of misinformation inside russia to maintain his grip on power. here's cbs's holly williams. >> reporter: this is the russian media's version of atrocities committed by russian forces in ukraine. they've labelled videos and floated civilians fake. and even claimed the massacre in the town of bucha was perpetrated by ukrainian forces. it's not surprising russia brought in new laws last month making it a criminal offense to report anything that contradicts the government's version of events about the invasion.
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and while some russians have risked arrest to protest against the war, vladimir putin's approval rating went up to 83% after the invasion according to one poll. this russian man says ukraine should be wiped off the face of the earth and poland could be next. we'll take this land for ourselves, says this woman. it used to be that way before. russia's outlandish claims that these videos were somehow staged or carried out by ukrainians were quickly debunked, including with satellite images. >> if you're repeating the propaganda, the russian government and president putin, you're on the wrong side of history. >> reporter: but it has been repeated on social media, planting seeds of doubt in the minds of some outside of russia. >> they're trying to -- >> reporter: samuel is an expert on russian foreign policy who told us it's classic russian disinformation. >> they're trying to enable
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anti-establishment voices in the far left and the far right. an alternative version of events. they've been stoking these conspiracies amongst those groups for years. they're also trying to erode public trust in government institutions, liberal democracy and the media. >> reporter: the u.s. has been warning about russian lies since before the invasion, including unfounded accusations that ukraine is committing genocide. >> just straight out of the russian playbook, and they're not fooling us. >> reporter: even vladimir putin's justification for his war is disinformation. this month he doubled down on his claim that he's trying to rid ukraine of nazis despite the fact that volodymyr zelenskyy is jewish and he repeated the allegation that russian atrocities were somehow faked. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the most powerful weapon against russian lies may
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come from ukraine itself. it's shown a light on the horrors of russian attacks. it's given journalists wide ranging access to the conflict zone. >> this is more than a collection of terrible deaths. >> reporter: president zelenskyy showed graphic videos while demanding justice at the united nations, and has demanded more weapons from the west. >> he's a master communicator, master persuader. a kind of international opinion effectively. the russians are losing the information war in part because of zelenskyy. >> reporter: alongside russia's brutal invasion of ukraine, there is a war being fought against disinformation. pitching a young democracy against an authoritarian-minded regime. holly williams, ukraine.
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on the road to clean energy. here's cbs's tina kraus. >> reporter: the winds of change are moving faster than ever, with 50 countries, including the u.s., generating more than 10% of their electricity last year from wind and solar power. >> countries have realized it is an essential part of the system. >> reporter: researchers at the energy think tank ember say the fastest transformations are happening in the netherlands, australia, and vietnam. all three switched a 10th of their power from fossil fuels to green sources in the last two years. in 2021, all sources of clean energy accounted for 38% of the world's power supply, even more than coal. do you believe we are on the road to a cleaner future? >> we're moving completely in the right direction. we just need to keep that momentum and that growth going. >> reporter: as the world's economies bounce back from the pandemic, demand for energy soared, causing a surge in coal power, mostly in china and
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india, driving rates to the highest levels since 1985. with gas prices skyrocketing spurred on by the war in ukraine, analysts warn reliance on coal could escalate as european countries look for alternatives to russian oil and gas. experts hope the burst of popularity in wind and solar power will be the turning point toward a greener future. tina kraus, cbs news, london. when we think of protecting the environment, we think of options like recycling or conserving water. but some are choosing to go green, even in death. cbs's danya bacchus explains. >> she was very strong and put up a really good fight. >> reporter: donna lost her mother to bladder cancer last april. >> i knew that she wanted to be cremated and have some of her remains spread with my father's remains. >> reporter: instead of the traditional cremation, donna
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decided to go with an eco friendly cremation or aqua mation. it uses water to decompose the body. >> it does not putty missions in the air. >> reporter: the president of white rose cremation in escondido, california, water cremation uses 90% less energy than flame cremation. how do people get ashes from this process? >> at the end of the process you still have the bones. the bones are run through a processing machine that basically turns it into a very fine powder. >> reporter: aqua mation is one approach to environmental friendly barriers. some turn their body into compost. >> what body composting is, is a managed biological process that occurs inside of a vessel. >> reporter: seth is the manager of the natural funeral in lafayette, colorado. colorado, oregon and washington are three states where body composting is legal.
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the funeral home has a composting vessel that turns remains into soil. >> inside that vessel, we place wood chips, alfalfa, straw, and then a microbial brew of both bacteria and fungal agents. and over the course of about four to six months, the body along with those other organic bulking agents are converted into a beautiful, rich living soil. >> reporter: the soil is then given to the family or donated to sanctioned farms. he says most of his clients want to give back to the earth as their final act, a way to protect the environment after life. danya bacchus, cbs news, escondido, california. the "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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giving young people a chance to dream big and reach for the skies. here's cbs's kris van cleave. >> release the brakes. >> reporter: 18-year-old alicia arnold's dream of flying for an airline began to soar after a chance encounter with a woman pilot. >> if men could do it, i saw her and i said, yeah, i can do it, and now here i am. >> reporter: arnold and 40 others age 8 to 18 spend their saturdays at fly compton in southern california introducing inner city kids to aviation. are there kids in your class you expect to see in an airline cockpit one day? >> i would say 40 to 50% of the kids, i will see them in the cockpit for sure. >> reporter: alaska airlines pilot ron norman is one of fly
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compton's founders. the idea came early in the pandemic as a way to pay their aviation successes forward. >> you're up. the message is you can do it. guy like me, in california, making it to this point, you definitely can do it. >> reporter: 93% of u.s. pilots are white and only about 5% are women. less than 1% are women of color. >> seeing someone just like me it's like, wow, i can be part of this community and hopefully make it grow as well. >> reporter: soaring to new heights and proving the sky is her only limit. kris van cleave, cbs news, compton, california. and that's the overnight news for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings. and follow us online any time at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jan crawford.
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this is cbs news flash. i've diane king hall in new york. another state follows in the footsteps of texas with tough abortion restrictions. oklahoma lawmakers have approved a bill banning abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy. the bill heads to the governor next. the trade commission will crack down more on gas companies amid sky high gas prices. lawmakerers say the ftc needs tools like heftier fines and penalties. one proposal, doubling penalties to 2 million per day per violation. karaoke is coming. james corden announces he is living the late, late show in spring of 2023. his contract was set to expire this august.
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no word on who will bring the chuckles next. download the news on it's friday, april 29th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." attack on kyiv. russia strikes the capital of ukraine as president biden asks for tens of billions of dollars more to support the war-torn country. targeting big oil. how some lawmakers are pushing for a federal crackdown on high gas prices. because this has been the hardest decision i've ever had to make. really has. >> signing off. why james corden is leaving "the late, late show" next year. well, good morning, and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy is calling for a


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