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>> tonight, the wait for formula continues as the biden administration says the crisis could last for 30 days, and america's largest city declares a state of emergency to crack down on price gouging. a c17 military plane with enough formula to feed 27,000 babies and toddlers for a week arrives in the u.s., destined for hospitals and doctors' offices. tonight, when a second flight of supplies could land in america. protecting taiwan: the confusion after president biden says the u.s would defend the island if china ever attacks. more monkeypox cases, concern about the rare disease as experts say transmission is not likely to be widespread. sex abuse scandal: a coverup for
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almost two decades from america's largest protestant denomination. tonight we hear from survivors. >> i was called a liar, i was called mentally deranged. >> dickerson: vaccinating america's youngest, the important news for parents, how soon could you child under five be eligible for a covid shot? tonight's other top headlines, the manhunt for the suspect accused of killing a man on a new york city subway. a warning about elder fraud scams. meet the nun responsible for a woman's sports dynasty. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> dickerson: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us. i'm john dickerson in for norah. tonight, help for some of america's most vulnerable, babies, is on the way.
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but for many families, the shelves are still missing the form whether they need to feed their children. an air force plane with tons of hypoallergenic formula landed in indiana and a second flight will land in virginia wednesday. these are two first flights of operation fly formula as the biden administration eased the shortage. abbott nutrition hope to open the shuttered michigan plant in two weeks but could take up to two months for that formula to be available. we have lots to get to. meg oliver will start us off from new york, good evening. >> reporter: good evening. as desperate families nation wide wait for baby formula to arrive, the mayor of new york city issued a state of emergency to prevent price gouging. this massive air force c17 plane landed in the u.s. sunday carrying precious cargo, 78,000 pounds of hypoallergenic formula from switzerland. the shipment of formula is
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enough to feed 27,000 babies and toddlers with an allergy to cow's milk, about half a million bottles per week. this batch will go to hospitals and doctors' offices in the most impacted regions. how much formula do you have left? >> we only have a few days left. >> reporter: cecelia perkins is frantic to get formula for her 3 year old son. he survives on a special formula. >> he needs a specific hypoallergenic formula. if we were to switch and it doesn't work, he will hospitalized. >> reporter: most states, hospitals are out of stock. >> we're desperate. >> reporter: mark corkins treats children who depend on special formula.
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>> the biden administration and the f.d.a. are trying to help but they're trying to fill the gap and it's a start but it's not enough. >> reporter: this comes as abbott the largest maker of formula in this country apologized for worsening the shortage, saying, "we're sorry to every family we've let down." the company's c.e.o. says it expects to resume production at its michigan plant by the first week in june and full protection but the end -- production but the end of the month. >> we don't know if my son will eat tomorrow or next week. this is very scary. >> reporter: getting more formula on store shelves will take ramping up production at home. the white house moved two formula makers to the front line for ingredients held up in the supply chain to help abbott boost production by 30%. john. >> dickerson: meg oliver in new york, thank you. tonight, the biden administration is trying to untangle comments made by the president after a question from
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our own nancy cordes. the president said the united states was willing to use force to defend taiwan against any chinese aggression. china responded to the president's saying the united states is "playing with fire." here is cbs' nancy cordes. >> they're already flirting with danger right now -- >> reporter: it's not just what the president said but where he said it, in japan, not far away from china or taiwan. are you willing to get involved militarily to defend taiwan if it comes to that? >> yes. >> you are? >> it's a commitment we made. >> reporter: those comments were a sharp departure from the decades-long u.s. policy of "strategic ambiguity" when it comes to taiwan, a self-governed island that china views as its territory. within minutes, mr. biden's warning had ricocheted around the world, and across the sea of japan. a top chinese spokesman urged the u.s. to be prudent in its
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stance on the taiwan issue and refrain from sending the wrong signals to taiwan independence separatist forces. this isn't the first time mr. biden has vowed to protect taiwan. >> yes, we have a commitment. >> reporter: each time the white house has tried to walk his comments back. today they insisted our policy has not changed and that the president is simply committed to provide taiwan with the military means to defend itself, as he has in ukraine. fears of a chinese takeover of taiwan have grown after its crackdown in hong kong. the day president biden arrived in asia last week, china sent 14 warplanes into taiwan's air defense zone. >> but the idea that it could be taken by force, just taken by force is just not appropriate. it will dislocate the entire region and been another action similar to what happened in ukraine.
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>> reporter: the president added that he does not exact china to invade taiwan, after russia was ostracized for invading ukraine. but, john, between the president's assertions and the white house walk-back, it's still unclear whether the u.s. is truly prepared to engage in a military conflict with the world's second largest superpower. >> strategic ambiguity, more ambiguous. thank you, nancy. now to the growing concern over the monkeypox virus. the c.d.c. food said there are four more specked cases being investigated in the u.s. in new york, florida and two in utah. that's in addition to the confirmed case in massachusetts. cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook has the latest. >> reporter: monkeypox infections are popping up around the world. the greatest number of confirmed cases are in spain, portugal and the united kingdom. so far, there have been at least
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92 confirmed cases in twelve countries and no reported deaths. the biden administration is preparing to deploy vaccines and anti-viral medications if needed to combat the spread in the u.s. >> i think people should be careful. i think we do have enough to deal with the likelihood of the problem. >> reporter: monkeypox is found in rodent and monkeys. when it infects people, symptoms include, fever, headache, aches, pains, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and a worsening rash that lasts two to four weeks. until now it's rarely been seen outside central and western africa. dr. anne rimoin is a doctor of epidemiology in the school of health. she says infection can be deadly especially in areas with poor health care. however -- >> we've never seen a death from monkeypox from west africa in any person in a high resource setting. >> reporter: the virus is spread through skin and droplets.
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many infected identify as gay and bisexual men but emphasized anybody can develop and spread monkeypox. >> the transmission is happening from close physical, skin-to- skin contact. it's quite different than covid in that sense. >> reporter: monkeypox is caused by a virus we've known about for more than 60 years. we have vaccines, treatments and decades of experience taking care of infected patients. still, public health officials are being careful to say we have a lot to learn about this unusual outbreak. jon. >> dickerson: doctor jon lapook, thank you, jon. the u.s. could be a step closer to providing covid shots for kids under five. the only group of americans still not eligible to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. today, pfizer said its three- dose vaccine for kids as young as six months is 80% effective against illness from the omicron
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variant. the f.d.a. will meet on june 15th to discuss vaccinating america's youngest. now to a shocking claim that one of the country's largest christian denominations suppressed, ignored and stonewalled sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades. a scathing report commissioned by the southern baptist convention describes extensive coverups by senior leaders singularly focused on avoiding liability. here's cbs' nikki battiste. >> reporter: at just eight years fath, a southe baptistams, says pastorbegan sexually abusing her. >> i disclosed to s.b.c. leadership and was promised it would be taken care of and it would never happen again, but it did. >> reporter: now a 7-month independent investigation revealed for almost two decades survivors of abuse contacted the southern baptist convention executive school committee to report child molesters and other abusers only to be met with
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resistance, stonewalling and hostility. the 288-page report found the s.b.c. kept a secret running list of accused baptist ministers to avoid being sued authority to create such a list. more than 400 people on it were believed to be affiliated with the s.b.c. at some point. and allegations of abuse went up to the very top, including a sexual assault claim against former s.b.c. president johnny hunt, which he denied in a facebook post sunday night. >> reporter: as a survivor, what would you like to see changed? >> i would like to see leaders taking the recommendations of outside experts, not as attacks on their beliefs, but as tools to protect those in their care. >> reporter: in a statement, the s.b.c.'s executive committee said it was reviewing the report and is "committed to doing all we can to prevent future
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instances of sexual abuse in churches." williams filed a lawsuit friday. >> i was called a liar, mentally deranged, incompetent, an "enemy of god." >> reporter: we reached out to williams' father but have not heard back. in the last few months, i've spoken with about a dozen other men and women who say they were sexually abused by church leaders between ages of nine and 14, but the statute of limitations in their cases have expired, john. >> dickerson: nikki battiste, thank you. to the war in ukraine. a captured 21-year-old russian soldier sentenced to life in prison today after pleading guilty to killing a civilian. it was the first war crimes trial held in kyiv since the invasion started. u.s. defense secretary lloyd austin assessing the fight today said ukraine still mostly needs ground artillery.
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cbs' imtiaz tyab reports from the battlefield. >> reporter: through the battered streets, barely two miles from russian forces we made our way to a front line trench. we can't say where for security reasons. almost everywhere you look around here is signs of war, signs of devastation. this village was once home to 3,000 people. most of them have all left. vasyl has called this area home for 30 years and can't bring himself to leave. russian forces are just a few miles that way. does that concern you? >> ( translated ): yes, it worries me. it's so disturbing to see the village like this. >> reporter: just a few yards away is a maze of trenches. this man fought here since march. we're getting used to it. our guys are tough and we're holding our ground. like this: a ukrainin military drone captured the moment nearby russian forces were
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targeted, then showered with artillery fire. this village is no stranger to war. they fought the nazis in world war ii, according to this memorial. now it's the russians who is must be fought off. as we were led to a bunker where ukrainian soldiers take cover, there was more shelling. down below, it's dim and grim, but for these battle-weary fighters, it's a sanctuary. andre grew up near here. a lot of people lost their homes, he said, so i try to put myself in their shoes, and it just makes me sad. now, in the three months since the start of this war, ten people have been killed in that village, with president zelenskyy warning the country could lose up to 100 people a day. john. >> dickerson: imtiaz tyab in ukraine for us, thank you. now to a growing problem facing
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thousands of american families - - elder fraud. the number of scams targeting americans over age 60 exploded during the pandemic with upwards of 92,000 victims in 2021 alone. some lost more than $100,000. now the f.b.i. is warning about an even more effective scam. here's cbs' jeff pegues. >> reporter: three years ago, sherri, who asked us not to use her full name, got a phone call warning that her bank records had been found in a car loaded with illegal drugs. did you believe them? >> i went into a state of shock. >> reporter: the caller told her he was a d.e.a. agent and he wanted cash or else she was going to be in trouble. >> all i can remember is sending money all over the country. >> reporter: how much did you turn over? >> hundreds of thousands of dollars. >> reporter: 200,000? higher. >> reporter: 400,000? higher. >> reporter: it was all a scam.
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like this one. >> we will have to arrest you if i give the order to them. >> reporter: f.b.i. agent ronald miller who was chasing the scammers showed up to warn sherri. you remember that first knock on the door? >> yes, i remember it well. >> reporter: according to a recent f.b.i. report, older americans like sherri were scammed out of $1.7 billion in 2021, a 74% increase in one year. >> i was the target of an elder fraud scheme. >> reporter: even former f.b.i. and c.i.a. director william webster was scammed. >> if it can happen to me, it can happen to you. >> reporter: they're lonely, they're trustworthy, they believe it's legit. >> how much of have the scammers stolen? >> in the investigation i'm working currently $10 million to date. >> reporter: the scammers work overseas with u.s. collaborators who move the cash. >> we are in the process that gives you legally --
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>> financially, i'm ruined. >> reporter: right now, there are about 5,000 other sherries out there and only a few arrests have been made. jeff pegues, cbs news, chesterfield, virginia. >> dickerson: still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," newly-released images of a new york city subway killers, as the manhunt continues. ay killers, as the manhunt continues. you are surrounded by people who are all younger than you. i had to get help somewhere along the line to stay competitive. i discovered prevagen. i started taking it and after a period of time, my memory improved. it was a game-changer for me. prevagen. healthier brain. better life.
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yes on h. recall chesa boudin now. >> dickerson: as we approach >> dickerson: as we approach the 50th anniversary of title ix which bans sex based discrimination in school athletics, we want to high light one of the trailblazers of women's sports. here's cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: at xavier college prep, a dynasty in arizona high school sports, the real champ is a 78-year-old nervy nun. >> this is what savior's all about, right? ( cheering ) >> reporter: sister lynn winsor. you have a force of personality. fair to say?
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>> i would say. >> reporter: that energy is what you threw behind these sports. >> more opportunities for girls is what it's all about. >> reporter: sister lynn, a 1961 alum here, became xavier's athletic director in 1977, determined to put title ix into action. >> and, so, we sat down and we said we've got to make things change. >> reporter: you put in a lot in sports. yes, so how about soccer and beach volleyball. >> reporter: this month xavier softball team won it all, the school's 145th state championship across a dozen sports since sister lynn took charge. >> we don't win everthing. >> reporter: doesn't look it. senior riley flynn will pitch for harvard this fall. >> her attitude is contagious and you know she's got that champion attitude, we're going to win. >> her motto is women of faith pursuing excellence. so when we get into something from day one we want to excel. ♪ ♪ ♪ having fun and making friends, for girls is the most important thing. >> reporter: this nun turned
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in our nation's capitol. good night. ♪
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right now at 7:00 -- >> brush fires break out across the bay area. the triple threat firefighters are already facing in may. >> the wind is still quite a challenge, the fuel is a challenge, and the topography. >> and it's only going to get hotter. >> that is right. temperatures are going to be hitting 100 degrees inland. we've got red-flag warning, heat advisories. the forecast is coming up. we're here in the castro where the parade is going to be next month. controversy about who's participating is in full swing. becoming a exclusive. san francisco's mayor to late toast opt out of the pride parade. and the mayor demanding answers. he


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