tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS June 20, 2022 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
>> they all need to be in the moment. oh, my goodness. look at that. >> the crowd went into a frenzy. >> these are your ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the scary moment in new york city when a taxi umps the curb, injuring six pedestrians. what happened? plus, the story of more than a dozen new yorkers helping trying to lift the cab off of two women. the investigation tonight after a taxi loses control and plows onto the sidewalk just blocks from the empire state building. the new details tonight. travel chaos at america's airports -- this couple missed a father's day celebration in las vegas. instead, they slept on the floor of the philadelphia airport. plus with the pain at the pump, what president biden is saying about a possible gas tax holiday. americans fighting in ukraine -- our exclusive interview with a soldier who fought alongside the
two men captured by russian separatists. >> i definitely feel a bit guilty. >> o'donnell: january 6th hearing and the fake electors, as mike pence speaks in chicago today, our new reporting on what day four of tomorrow's hearing will focus on. our cbs news investigation tonight, some of the deadliest mass shootings in history were financed with credit cards, how the financial industry is resisting an effort to flag those suspicious purchases. a violent weekend across america. in new york city and the nation's capitol. and as we celebrate juneteenth, a forgotten pioneer of cycling who rode into the history books is finally being recognized. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us as we start a new week together.
tonight, a beautiful day in new york city turned into a nightmare, for people in the heart of manhattan. police say a yellow cab collided with a cyclist before jumping the curb and then striking several people who were eating outside a bagel shop. authorities say a group of good samaritans rushed to help. six victims, including the taxi driver, were taken to a hospital for treatment. three people have life- threatening injuries. we have a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs's meg oliver is going to start us off. she's there at the scene. good evening, meg. >> reporter: norah, good evening. the horrific scene played out during a busy lunch hour this holiday. you can see the debris in front of the bagel shop where the taxi jumped the curb and plowed into a group of people. >> it's a mass casualty incident. >> reporter: in just seconds, a bustling sidewalk on the flatiron popular flatiron district because the scene of carnage and chaos. the yellow taxi turned left on to broadway, hit a cyclist,
slowed down, then jumped the curb, sped up, careening into a crowd offenders. >> multiple injuries. >> reporter: police say the taxi pinned two women against a building wall, a woman was trapped underneath the car. >> a remarkable scene took place about 15 to 20 new yorkers attempted to pick this cab off these women. >> honestly the gruesomest thing i've ever seen. >> reporter: jean marc and garrett orpin saw the aftermath. >> knee down and a compound fracture on her ankle. the other lady was face down, her left leg was pretty bad. >> reporter: in all, six people were hurt, including the driver. bystanders helped before paramedics arrived. >> we were getting ice out, got a belt out to provide a tourniquet. you feel for the people around you. it was very, very traumatizing. >> reporter: one witness says the cab driver crawled out of the car and appeared disoriented. he was later treated at a
hospital. meantime, the police say that this may have been an accident, but the investigation continues norah. >> o'donnell: just awful. meg oliver, thank you. tonight, airlines are working to get back on track after another weekend of travel nightmares due to weather and staffing shortages. airlines have canceled more than sh 5300 flights and delayed more than 32,000 others since thursday, leaving passengers frustrated and looking for answers. cbs' michael george is at new airport with the latest. >> it's terrible to fly now. >> reporter: mackenzie roberts should have spent her holiday weekend in las vegas, celebrating a wedding, two birthdays and father's day.hday instead, she and her boyfriend spent it sleeping on the philadelphia airport's floor after their american airlinesire flight was canceled, rebooked then canceled again. >> we cried, we were frustrated. it was terrible. i mean, we went home. we had no other choice.
>> reporter: boston's logan airport and new york's la guardia saw some of the worst cancellations. among the airlines, delta topped the list, canceling over 900 flights, more than it canceled all of last summer. but it seems like no airport or airline was immune. >> they lost my bag two days, so i ended up trying to find a hotel. >> we drove five hours to get here, now we are delayed and struggling with this. >> reporter: the airlines blame pilot shortages and bad weather in the midst of soaring demand. staffing shortages will likely get worse before it gets better says cbs news senior travel advisor peter greenberg. >> you can't hire a pilot to kick the tires, sit in the cockpit and fly the plane. training takes time. >> reporter: meanwhile, gas prices are still sky high, though the national average dropped a few cents. since reaching $5 a gallon. mackenzie roberts says they will take their next vacation by car. >> i need to stay away from flying.t >> reporter: you can't risk losing another vacation. >> i can't risk losing another
vacation. >> reporter: president biden says he will decide this weekend whether to have a federal gas tax holiday. federal gas tax that could save drivers 18 cents gallon. you could save yourself headaches at the airport but not checking bags, avoiding connecting flights and buying travel insurance. norah. >> o'donnell: a lot of people hoping this gets sorted out before the fourth of july weekend. thank you, shocking words from the kremlin, commenting for the first time since two u.s. military veterans were captured in ukraine. putin's spokesman says they can't guarantee the men won't face t face the death penalty and that the americans should be held responsible for what the country calls crimes against russia. here's cbs's chris livesay. >> reporter: new footage and new signs of life, the interrogations of captured american fighters andy huynh and alex drueke shown on russian media, and now a fellow american in ukraine has come forward, insisting on hiding his identity with americans more than ever
more at target. anything you would say to andy and alex? >> i would apologize, because they sort of followed me out here.gize i definitely feel a bit guilty. we should have taken a closer look at more humanitarian options or training options. they wouldn't be in the situation they're in. >> reporter: in the latest russian video, drueke says he's been repeatedly beaten and at one point the two were bound, blindfolded and forced on their, knees. drueke says he thought they would be executed.ced on earlier this month, a court in ukraine's separatist east sentenced a moroccan and two brits to death for fighting alongside ukraine, and today speaking to nbc news, vladimir putin's press secretary said drueke nd huynh would not be afforded the protections of the geneva convention. >> they're soldiers of fortune f involved in illegal activities on the territory of ukraine and they were involved in firing and
shelling our military personnel. >> reporter: are american volunteers making a difference in this conflict? >> i would like to think so. people need to realize howpe intense it can be. >> reporter: intense is the word, especially here in the kharkiv area, where they were fighting. we've witnessed increased shelling, you can hear the air raid sirens as we speak. down south on the black sea in odesa, russia has struck yet another food warehouse. norah. >> o'donnell: please stay safe, chris livesay. thank you very much. back here in washington, attention is focusing on the january 6th committee with another round of public hearings sit to get underway tomorrow. and today we heard from the former vice president for the first time since we learned how close that violent mob got to mike pence. cbs' robert costa attended the speech in chicago for us tonight. so bob, did mike pence respond to president trump at all? >> reporter: good evening, norah.
he did not. in his first speech since last week's hearing, the former vice president ducked the topic and instead briefly called january 6th a tragic day and he did not address how the former president has in recent days said he didn't have the courage to overturn the 2020 election. it was an effort by pence to try to pivot away from january 6th, as he moves toward a possible 2024 presidential campaign. but doing so will be difficult. the house committee said today it still wants to hear from pence, and might consider issuing him a subpoena. tomorrow's hearing will focus on the pressure campaign led by trump and rudy giuliani on state republican lawmakers. one key witness will be the republican state house speaker from arizona. cbs news learned that he will testify about how he resisted giuliani and followed the rule of law. two georgia republican officials will testify the same.
and talk about how trump asked them to go find more than 11,000 votes and swing the election to trump. norah. >> o'donnell: and we will be covering those hearings tomorrow. cbs news' robert costa, thank you. it was another violent weekend of mass shootings in america. here in d.c. a 15-year-old boy was killed and three adults including a police officer were wounded, when shots were fired at an unsanctioned music festival. and in new york city, just this morning, 21-year-old darius lee, a star basketball player at houston baptist university was killed and eight other people wounded when gun fire rang out at a gathering in harlem. we turn now to a new effort to curb rising gun violence. our cbs news investigation tonight revealing an effort that could track suspicious gun and ammo purchases is being blockeds here's cbs's jim axelrod. axelr. >> reporter: some of the ( radio transmission ) >> rep deadliest mass shootings in history and all financed with
credit cards. the shooter who terrorized a movie theater in 2012 charged colorado movie theater? 2012 charged more than $9,000 worth of guns, ammo and tactical gear in two months. the man who shot up the pulse nightclub in orlando spent more than $26,000. a shooter who killed 59 at a music festival in las vegas charged almost $95,000. people aren't brining sacks of cash. >> they use credit cards. >> reporter: priscilla sims brown, c.e.o. of amalgamated bank, said the bank could run software to identify suspect gun purchases in the same way it detected other suspicious activity like fraud and human trafficking. but it was missing a key piece of information -- a unique merchant code banks and credit d card companies could use to cres could use informa identify firearm sellers. while even shoe shine parlors have their own merchant code the nearly 9,000 stand alone gun sellers also do not. so amalgamated tried to create one. >> you apply to a panel, a committee of sorts. it includes credit card
companies. >> reporter: master card, visa, american express, they all have representatives on this committee. >> correct, that's right. >> reporter: documents obtained by cbs news show the committee rejected amalgamated's application twice. the bank was told a code for gun and ammo sellers wouldn't identify the sales at sporting good stores and the burden primarily would fall on small retailers. >> if i wanted to get a merchan. if i wanted to get a merchant code for something else, it wouldn't be a problem. there's a problem with this one. >> reporter: just because it's guns. >> reporter: according to a statement, the card industry reps only advise the committee t in a personal capacity, yet visa, master card and american express all did not say if they supported creating a merchant code for firearm sellers. master card said it was up to elected officials to address the issue of gun violence. what do you think of credit card companies who say it's not our responsibility? >> well, this is our responsibility.
we have an obligation to address crime facilitated through our system. >> reporter: jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: fascinating, right? well, it will certainly feel like the first day of summer tomorrow, as much of the nation gets ready for another round of brutally hot temperatures. heat warnings and advisories are in effect across the midwest ase in effect acr dangerous heat is in the forecast from minnesota to south carolina. more than 100 new record highs could be broken and several major metropolitan areas could hit triple digits before the end of the week. areas today, the country marks juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in 1865, but the march toward racial and economic equality continues. in fact, a new study says white american wealth is six times greater than that of black americans. cbs's adriana diaz looks at how one city is trying to narrow the gap. >> reporter: this is what trying to narrow the wealth gap can look like.
ramona burton is one of 16 eligible residents picked in a lottery to receive $25,000 in reparations. is it enough for reparations? is >> it's a start, but i don't think it's enough for all minorities have been put enoughr through. >> reporter: in 2019, evanston, illinois was the first in the nation to implement reparations an effort to address harms from slavery to discriminatory housing policies. the money could only go toward mortgages or repairing homes in an effort to increase minority property value. how long have you been wanting to get this roof fixed? >> it's been a while. >> reporter: robin ruth simmons championed reparations here. she now runs first repair, helping other communities do the for people who don't understand why black americans should receive compensations or restorations, what do you say to them? >> the united states has harmed the black community for 403 years.
eras of terror and harm. so repair is necessary. equity has not been enough. >> reporter: economist laura, one to have the authors of the study wealth of two nations, says, without change, the gap will grow wider. >> black americans are concentrated at the bottom of the income and wealth distributions in the u.s., and, so, as a group, have not shared equally in these gains in the economy in the past 30 or 40 years. >> reporter: so are these your new windows here? >> yes, that's a new one. that's a new one. >> reporter: burton used some of her grant money to replace her windows, but says the repairs are largely emotional. >> it's kind of a way of an apology or admitting we have been wronged in the past. it doesn't wipe away what my ancestors had to go through, but, you know, it doesn't hurt. >> reporter: an attempt to restore after a history of harm. adriana diaz, cbs news,
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>> o'donnell: as americans celebrate the newest federal holiday, juneteenth, the city of indianapolis is honoring a hometown hero. major taylor was a superstar in the world yc ng barancords nearly half a century before jackie robinson. here's cbs's elise preston. >> reporter: every push of these pedals is a tribute to marshall "major" taylor, who in 1899 became the first black american to win a sports world championship. >> he won against all odds during a time where he wasn't supposed to do that as a black man. >> reporter: born in indianapolis shortly after slavery's end, forced by racism to compete overseas, he became a
cycling superstar. >> it's all these world records and no one had even heard of him. >> reporter: then in 1979, these biking buddies from ohio happened across taylor's story and dedicated their club to him. >> his spirit was one of inclusiveness. let's bring everyone together. >> reporter: now there are almost 90 clubs worldwide now name promoting cycling in communities of color. his hometown now honors him. the indiana state museum has one of taylor's only bikes on display.aini he wasn't even drawn like a human. >> right. he kept not only this type of material but different articles, one that talks about him being choked. >> reporter: this juneteenth weekend, hundreds rode wearing his name. >> my goal was to get people together so we could talk. i never knew that this would be what would come out of it. >> reporter: a tour de force about the road behind and ahead. elise preston, cbs news, indianapolis. >> o'donnell: such an incredible story.
>> o'donnell: you won't want to miss tomorrow's "cbs evening news." our story "america's nursing homes in crisis": how staffing shortages, financial distress and unsafe conditions are putting the elderly at risk. and this programming note, we'll have full coverage of the january 6th committee's fourth day of public hearings right here on cbs tomorrow at 1:00
p.m. eastern. that's tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell. >> right now at 7:00. >> the dub nation salutes the golden state warriors. a shower of confetti to celebrate the nba champs. >> jordan, how you doing? >> absolutely amazing. >> and bay area transit put to the test. the glitch that left many parade goers stuck in long lines at b.a.r.t. >> plus the fun cut short for some fans who fell ill in the heat. there is a lot more of it on the way. >> tuesday is a first lert weather day with triple digit heat likely for inland parts of the bay area. i'm tracking how long the heat will stick around in the first alert forecast. >> a sea of warrior fans surrounding klay thompson as he holds up the larry o'brien
trophy. dub nation celebrating a fourth nba championship title in eight years in san francisco today. you know what? it just never gets old. >> really doesn't. the crowd estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands and showed up just to get a glimpse of the champs as they made their way down market street. and the players were equally as excited with some hopping off buses to celebrate and take pictures with the fans. such a great day. >> the oft. l. >> reporter: a fun warriors parade this afternoon but at the end complete chaos. the barricades were completely torn apart as fans rushed into the parade route. >> these are your 2022 nba world champion golden state warriors. >> with the larry o'brien trophy in hand it was time to kick off the party of the year. >> i don't know. what you all want me to tell you, that we're better than everybody? >> this guy's maturity level is a third