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captioning sponsored by cbs >> cordes: tonight, saying good bye to the victims of the texas school shooting. funeral services begin for the first of the 21 victims-- 19 children and two teachers. the justice department looking into law enforcement's slow response to the shooting. the push for gun safety legislation-- republicans and democrats try again to find a compromise. will things be different thi ti?s holiday travel woes: bad weather bamed for thousands of delays and cancellations, as the cost of that family vacation continues to rise. severe weather threats, the first hurricane of the year makes landfall, while thunderstorms and possible tornadoes threaten the northern plains. where the storms are headed
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next. the war in ukraine-- fighting intensifies, as russia steps up its offensive in the eastern part of the country. strawberry recall-- the f.d.a. warning of a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis a infections linked to the fruit. ( playing taps ) and a memorial day tradition, honoring our fallen heroes one note at a time. t this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> cordes: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us on this memorial day. i'm nancy cordes in for norah. tonight, the nation pauses to remember the heroes, veterans and gold star families who served and sacrificed for our freedoms. this afternoon, the president laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery.
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less than 24 hours earlier, president biden was in texas, visiting families of the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in an elementary school shooting last week. tonight, the community of uvalde is preparing for the victims' funerals, and the justice department has announced it will conduct a critical incident review of the police response to the massacre. lilia luciano starts us off tonight from uvalde. lilia, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, nancy. over the last week, i have been talking to children who survived the shooting and parents, and they tell me they can't think of a scarier thought than the end of the summer, when they will have to come back to school. well, they may not have to come into this building, at least. during his visit yesterday, president biden vowed to have everything he can to have the school demolished and rebuilt. mourners gathered at this funeral home, just steps from robb elementary school, it's the same building where the gunman
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initially began shooting before his deadly attack on the school. today it's where a grieving community attended visitation for amerie jo garza, also remembered today maite rodriguez, the first of the 21 killed last week. did amerie jo's family tell you anything? >> they were very kind. we just cried together. >> reporter: sunday president biden and first lady dr. jill biden placed flowers at a memorial with crosses bearing the names of the victims, and later attended a church mass. as they left the service, crowds gathered outside urging the president to do something. he made this vow -- the department of justice at the request of the uvalde mayor announced it will conduct a review of the police response to the shooting but noted it is not a criminal investigation. police are trained to confront an active shooter immediately. yet as angry parents begged for help, the on-scene police
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commander gave instructions to wait, despite multiple 911 calls from children who were trapped inside. a federal tactical team took it upon themselves to storm the room about 75 minutes later. >> of course it was not the right decision. it was the wrong decision, period. there's no excuse for that. >> reporter: state senator roland gutierrez says the mother of a victim told him she believes her daughter bled to death after being shot in the back and could have survived had police immediately gone in. >> everybody that was here has some level of responsibility for their failure to act. that is a systemic failure. >> reporter: for jessie rodriguez, the pain of losing his ten-year-old daughter annabell and anger over the delayed police response is way too much to bear. who do you blame? >> i blame everybody, all the officers that were there. even i, unarmed, no chest piece, i would have entered to try to
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do something, not stand behind a wall. even if he would have killed me, at least i tried. >> reporter: that schooleportert district police chief who was in charge of the police response was voted into city council several weeks ago. today we learned from the mayor that, although nothing can be done at this point to prohibit him from being sworn in, at least the city council meeting set for tomorrow night will no longer take place as planned. nancy. >> cordes: tough week for that community. lilia luciano in uvalde, thank you so much. across the country, violence continued over the holiday weekend, with at least 13 mass shootings resulting in eight deaths. back here in washington, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying again to reach even a modest compromise on new gun safety legislation. there are, however, some glimmers of hope this time. here's cbs's scott macfarlane. >> reporter: well, the week that begins after another string of weekend mass shootings from
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tennessee to oklahoma and with a breakthrough on federal gun control legislation. at the white house, president biden expressed optimism, even invoking senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and texas republican john cornyn who has been tasked with joining bipartisan discussions. >> well, i think there's a realization on the part of rational republicans, mitch mcconnell and john cornyn as well, i think there's a realization on the part that the nation can't continue like this. >> reporter: senators led by connecticut's chris murphy planned virtual meetings tomorrow saying proposals could include tightening background systems used for some gun purchases and providing federal money for states to set up red flag laws to allow judges to order guns seized from people deemed dangerous. >> right now, parents and kids in this country are desperate for us to do something. they are frightened and anxious
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and we'll add to their anxiety if nothing happens again. >> reporter: murphy and republicans say they are skeptical there are enough votes to ban high capacity magazines or raise the age for purchasing assault rifles. >> ar-15s were around 40 years before they were ever used in any type of mass killing or attack, and, so, it is about the human heart, it is about identifying the culprits and going after them. >> reporter: there are these preliminary discussions. does that give your organization optimism? >> it does. i think this is the most momentum we've ever had in terms of likelihood of getting 60 votes in the senate. it's still an uphill fight. >> reporter: senator murphy told cbs news he doesn't just want a political messaging bill that shows the differences, he wants a compromise. but senate majority leader chuck schumer says one way or another there will be votes on gun control legislation when the senate returns here next week.
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nancy. >> cordes: the votes will be closely watched. scott macfarlane at the capitol, thank you. the summer travel season got off to a rough start over the holiday weekend thanks to weather delays and cancellations. cbs' errol barnett reports that whether you're flying or driving, it's going to cost you more this year to get away. >> it's been a great day to get out and fly. >> reporter: travelers across the country are venturing home tonight after one of the busiest travel weekends of the pandemic. >> i did see a good bit of traffic out there. >> reporter: the estimated 35 million holiday drivers are still facing record gas prices, hitting above $4.61 a gallon today. >> being a single mom of three kids, that takes a toll on us. >> the average cost to fill up increasing 15 to $20 over what gas prices were a year ago, so it's certainly a significant pinch. >> reporter: fuel data website gasbuddy suggests higher costs are not dramatically changing holiday plans.
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>> more americans are going to hit the road this summer versus last summer. >> reporter: part of the reason, air fare prices have also spiked, with april seeing the largest one-month increase on record, and the largest annual jump since 1980. >> the prices were high. everything is way more expensive. >> reporter: from thursday to sunday, more than 8.8 million flyers took to the skies, that's 9% fewer passengers than the same holiday weekend in 2019. for some, vacation plans have downsized. >> normally we probably would have stayed three to four days. now we're only staying two days. >> memorial day weekend is a great predictor for summer travel. folks are going to travel and it's going to stay busy through labor day. >> reporter: and for those who have yet to make travel plans, a.a.a. says the time to act is now. >> there are still deals to be found right now, but they are disappearing fast. book as soon as you can.
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>> reporter: now, we've tallied more than 2,700 flight cancellations since friday and over 400 today alone. delta, the most impacted, is pointing to weather and air traffic control actions in florida as some of the reasons, but this underscores how fragile some carrier schedules are as we roll into the summer. >> cordes: errol barnett, hope they can get home by tomorrow, thank you.or tonight, the first hurricane of the season has made landfall on mexico's pacific coast, while parts of the u.s are facing extreme heat and the threat of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. let's bring in meteorologist chris warren from our partners at the weather channel. good evening, chris, what are we looking at? >> reporter: nancy, it is rare to have a hurricane this strong this early on the pacific coast of mexico. category 2 hurricane. the threats now will be the possibility for some flash flooding and some mudslides in
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the mountainous terrain here of mexico, and whatever is left of this, the moisture in particular, we're going to have to watch this once it gets on the other side of mexico and we'll continue to track what may or may not develop there. we know that there is an ongoing developing severe weather threat here in the upper midwest, intense, long-track tornadoes are possible, giant hail is also a big concern out of this. it is likely there's going to be severe weather, and there will be another hot day on the way for the northeast. nancy, back to you. >> cordes: chris warren, thank you. now to the war in ukraine. the fighting has intensified in eastern ukraine, where russian troops are pushing further into a key city. meanwhile, in a major blow to vladimir putin, e.u. leaders have agreed to a partial ban on imports of russian oil to that 27-nation block. that covers two-thirds of the
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europe's imports from russia. imtiaz tyab has more from inside ukraine. >> reporter: as moscow's brutal offensive only widened, we visit villages in eastern ukraine, now in near ruins. at this one, we meet mykola shepelenko, who shows us the remains of a russian missile that landed near his home. it must be so hard to live like this. "we don't know whether we'll live or die," he says. "last night a tank started firing on us, so we went to bed with explosions and we wake up with explosions." it's a similar scene in sievierodonetsk in the eastern donbas region as russian forces inch closer to capturing the city, life for those who are left is a misery. 90% of the city is damaged, power and cell phone services are knocked out and food is in short supply. yet in a show of strength, volodymyr zelenskyy was on the ground in the northeastern city
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of kharkiv, which was recently wrestled back from russia. the president hasn't been seen outside the kyiv region since russia's invasion began over three months ago. but as russia wages its war of attrition, ukraine has a secret weapon: its people. these women are stitching together body armor vests on the front line. >> hello.or >> reporter: while at another volunteer center, others weave together camouflage netting to be used in the battlefield. volunteer valentyna kryvda says, as a ukrainian, it's her duty. really you're just doing anything you can to help. >> absolutely. >> reporter: "absolutely," she says. "i have been working here three months without a single day off because we need to do this." now, despite promising long- range artillery to ukraine president biden said he will not be sending munitions powerful enough to reach russian territory. nancy. >> cordes: and the ukrainians have been asking for the weapons. imtiaz tyab in ukraine, thank you.
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now to the fight against covid. while the death rate is down, the number of daily case is more than five times higher than this time last year. medical researchers are investigating so-called covid rebound, a reemergence of symptoms after patients take a popular anti-viral pill. here's cbs's news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook. >> reporter: as covid cases continue to rise, paxlovid is being prescribed to try to keep high risk patients out of the hospital. but now, the c.d.c. is warning of potential covid 19 rebound after a five-day course of the treatment. >> if you take paxlovid you might get symptoms again. we haven't yet seen anybody returning with symptoms needing to go to the hospital, so generally a milder course. >> reporter: after a patient recovers, rebound is reported to occur two to eight days later. still, the c.d.c. says the benefits of taking paxlovid far outweigh the risks.
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among unvaccinated people at high risk for severe disease, it reduced the risk of hospitalization and death by nearly 90%. >> i managed to avoid covid infection for over two years. >> reporter: infectious disease expert dr. david ho tested positive for covid after attending a covid conference. he took paxlovid and his symptoms went away. were you surprised when you got symptoms again and tested positive? >> i was totally shocked. i did not expect that, and that's because i had tested negative six consecutive days, including two p.c.r. >> reporter: pfizer, the maker of paxlovid, says it's currently seeing a rebound rate of about 2%, but is continuing to monitor patients. it sounds like the risk isn't so much they could get very ill again but they might unknowingly go out and infect somebody else? >> exactly. >> reporter: and if covid does return, dr. wallensky has this advice: >> they should test, put their
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mask back on, and if positive, restart the isolation program. >> reporter: dr. jon lapook, cbs news, new york. >> cordes: still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," a warning from the f.d.a. about organic strawberries. what you need to know. and, a world famous masterpiece rgak we'll explain when we come back. people with plaque psoriasis, are rethinking the choices they make. like the shot they take.
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outbreak possibly linked to organic fresh strawberries. there have been 17 cases in california, minnesota and north dakota, with at least a dozen people requiring hospitalization. the strawberries were sold in march and april at wal-mart, trader joe's and other stores under the brand names heb and fresh kampo. if they're in your freezer, throw them out. there was a bizarre attack on one of the world's most famous paintings. witnesses say a man disguised as an old woman at a wheelchair threw a piece of cake at leonardo davinci's mona lisa, at the louvre museum in paris. the man also shouted, "think of the earth." the cake hit the glass barrier and did not damage the masterpiece. up next, musicians from coast to coast hit all the right notes to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. ( playing taps )
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and it continued today -- americans lifting up their instruments to remember the fallen. here's cbs's steve hartman. ( playing taps ) >> reporter: in a country that often seems divided, this felt like a minor miracle. in red states and in blue, from our city centers to our nowhere middles, americans of every kind came together for this one-of-a- kind memorial day tribute: "taps across america." since 2020, we at cbs have been calling on musicians, horn players, especially, to honor the fallen by playing taps at 3:00 p.m., the national moment of remembrance. our ultimate goal is that, some day, the true meaning of memorial day will be
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inescapable, that no matter where you live, at 3:00 local time, you will hear taps lofting over your neighborhood. and just based on the videos already rolling in this year, we're well on our way. we got videos of people on their back decks, and the deck of the u.s.s. yorktown. we heard taps around the track at churchill downs, and off the metal roofs of every loews in the country. it was performed by children like noah bates who played with his vietnam veteran grandfather, and it was performed for children. eagle scout ricky lazaro played in uvalde, texas. but no matter the audience, no matter the setting, the message carried across this land loud and clear -- ( playing taps ) we will never know how many played this year or how many heard, but we do know taps across america has been widely embraced in all 50 states -- a
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tradition to remember. steve hartman, cbs news. >> cordes: what a beautiful tribute. we'll be right back. cbs news. ♪ ♪ oh, my brother don't you worry ♪ ♪ don't you worry about me ♪
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it's a pill that treats differently. for psoriasis, you can achieve clearer skin with otezla. for psoriatic arthritis, otezla is proven to reduce joint swelling, tenderness, and pain. and the otezla prescribing information has no requirement for routine lab monitoring. don't use if you're allergic to otezla. otezla can cause serious allergic reactions. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. otezla is associated with an increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or if these feelings develop. some people taking otezla reported weight loss. your doctor should monitor your weight and may stop treatment. upper respiratory tract infection and headache may occur. tell your doctor about your medicines and if you're pregnant or planning to be. otezla. show more of you. >> cordes: on tomorrow's "cbs evening news," airlines are facing the biggest pilot shortage in recent history. how it could affect more than just your summer travel plans. and that's tonight's "cbs evening news." for norah o'donnell, i'm nancy
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