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our exclusive reporting by cbs' more hearings as new evidence pores in as cbs news obtained these new images from a never- before-seen documentary. the desperate search for survivors. a deadly earthquake his afghanistan, killing over 1,000, and injuring more than 15 money 1,500 more. dangerous heat waves. record-high temperatures from texas to south carolina. outrage grows in uvalde. our interview tonight with the father who lost his nine-year- old daughter, and said he's disappointed with the investigation. >> it hurts, you know. >> o'donnell: our cbs news investigation. a look into an online mental health provider accused of over- prescribing drugs like adderall. tonight's other top headlines: a shark attack off the california coastline. plus, yellowstone, one of the country's national treasures, reopens. ♪ ♪ ♪ 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 on this wednesday night. tonight, with filling up at the pump becoming an expensive trip for all americans, president biden hopes suspending the federal gas tax will help, but some economists aren't so sure. the president needs congress to do it, and we're hearing tonight from members of both parties who aren't sure this is such a great idea. for his part, the president says temporarily lifting the federal gas tax would give americans energy industry forf breathing room, and he criticized the energy industry for prioritizing prfits over production. the national average for a gallon of regular is now $4.96. that's $1.89 more than it was one year ago. and today, the fed chair told congress he's trying to avoid a recession, but there is a possibility. cbs' nancy cordes starts us off tonight from the white house. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. with gas prices bumping up against $5 a gallon, the president is facing mounting pressure to do something. but the controversial move he proposed today landed with a thud on capitol hill, and it's not at all clear he has the votes.
it's a move the white house has been mulling for months, the prsident calling on congress today to halt a key tax for three months. > by suspending the 18 cent gas tax, federal gas tax, for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief. >> reporter: how little? well, the typical small s.u.v. with a 15-gallon gas tank costs about $74 to fill up right now. eliminating the federal gas tax would only bring that cost down by $2.70. and that's assuming gas stations lower their prices to reflect the full tax cut. they're under no obligation toix would only bring that cost down do so. >> i don't think the data reflects that the consumers benefit. >> reporter: lawmakers from both s rakey. we need to call it what it is. >> reporter: lakeemora orphe
says she'll take it.a orphe she runs a transportation service in d.c.. >> i would say, honestly, yes, every bit helps. but it would be nice if it was more help. >> reporter: to increase savings, the white house is now urging states to cut their own gas taxes. a hand full of states have already done so, and analysts found a modest benefit for drivers. >> we're going to use every lever that we have. >> reporter: energy secretary jennifer granholm. what do you say to lawmakers who are already calling this federal gas tax holiday a gimmick and saying best-case scenario, it will save drivers about 20 bucks a month? >> well, there's no doubt, this is a modest-- if it were justt the federal gas tax, right, the federal gas tax, right, 18 cents is, you know, is a modest, you know, modest amount. but we're hopeful that we will start to see this come down, and this is one step in that direction. >> reporter: another step: she's going to be sitting down tomorrow with oil companyl compy c.e.o.
c.e.o.s to urge them to boost tt production. but some of these com production. but some of these companies actually shut down refineries during the pandemic, and as a result, u.s. crude refining capacity is actually at its lowest level in eight years. norah. >> o'donnell: you explain it so well. nancy cordes at the white house, thank you. well, now to some exclusive reporting ahead of tomorrow's january 6 hearing. cbs' news has learned that the committee has gained access to footage from inside the trump white house, both before and after the attack on the capitol. cbs' robert costa joins us now with the details. wow, what have we learned? >> reporter: there are new, breaking developments on the january 6 front. the committee announced today it will hold additional hearings in july because it keeps gathering new evidence. some of that new evidence comes from british filmmaker alex holder, who is going to meet with the committee tomorrow morning in a private deposition. cbs news has exclusively obtained two images from his upcoming three-part series called "unprecedented." one shows him interviewing
ivanka trump, the president's eldest daughter, the other shows him interviewing president trump. he talked to trump both before and after january 6. it reveals the access he had to the inner, inside of the trump inner circle during that period. tomorrow we're going to hear at the hearing from former top justice department officials about trump's pressure campaign on them to buy into his movement, that stop the steal idea. they're going to talk about a dramatic moment in the oval office where many of it them threatened to resign if trump got his way. >> o'donnell: some new tapes in this particular-- that we're probably going to hear from. robert costa, thank you. the tobacco giant that own a huge snake juul e-cigarettes saw its stocks vaporize by more than 9% today, nearly $7 billion up in smoke, after reports that thz f.a.a. is set to pull the once- top-selling vaping product off the shelves across the country. cbs' nikki battiste tonight has all the new details. >> reporter: tonight, juul e-
cigarettes are the biggest sellers at this smoke shop in astoria, queens. after hearing today that the f.d.a. might ban juul, did you get an influx of customers? >> yeah, my sales went up likeoe f.d.a. could order juul to stop selling its products across the country after a nearly-two-year review of data the company presented to keep selling too flaved pods. >> 70% is juul sales. >> reporter: two years ago, the f.d.a. banned all sweet and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes. officials began investigating juul for targeting teens as underaged vaping skyrocketed. in a one-year period, the number of young people using juul more than doubled. >> even today, the best estimate is that about a million kids are using these products. juul single-handedly made these products popular among our nation's adolescents. >> reporter: juul, launched in 2015, touting its product as a safer alternative to cigarettes, but researchers say a standard 5% juul pod has as much nicotine as a 20-pack package of regular
cigarettes. >> if f.d.a. continues to ban the sale of flavored e- cigarettes that are so popular to kids, we have the opportunity to reduce the use of e-cigarette products before it becomes a long-term problem. >> reporter: the f.d.a. did announce plans to require tobacco companies to drastically reduce nicotine levels in terrible cigarettes to make them less addictive, but that proposal could take years to go into effect. norah. >> o'donnell: nikki battiste, thank you for all that new information. in afghanistan, rescue efforts are under way, and international aid organizations are rushing to the scene following a powerful 5.9-magnitude earthquake in a rugged mountainous area the country's southeast region. more than 1,000 people are dead, and at least 1,500 more injured. here's cbs' charlie d'agata. >> reporter: a desperate search for survivors with bare hands. they haven't got anything else.
entire villages wiped out in a single, dreadful moment in the dead of night. with no paved roads, helicopters transport the injured to the hospital, where our bbc colleague secunder kermani spoke to survivors. "there was a rumbling and my bed began to shake," shabir tells us. "i'm sure seven or nine people from my family who were in the same room as me are dead." >> reporter: at the hospital in the city of sharana, patients are treated for their wounds. there's a fight to save lives. >> foods, medicine, you know. i mean, human... things are really, really s essential. >> reporter: one-year-old saidullah was struck on the head by a piece of debris. "three of our relatives were trapped under the rubble" says shamira, his grandmother. "there's nothing left of our house. the shock has yet to turn to mourning in a tragedy that has the shock has yet to turn to turn to mourning in a tragedy that has struck one of the
poorest provinces in one of the poorest countries in the world. the taliban has issued an urgent plea for international aid agencies to provide support, but many fled the country during last year's taliban takeover. making matters worse, search- and-rescue efforts are being hampered by thunderstorms and torrential rain tonight. norah. >> o'donnell: seems so cruel. charlie d'agata, thank you. back here at home, airlines have canceled more than 1,000 flights due to severe thunderstorms. watches and warnings are up across seven states from ohio to maryland. flash flooding is a concern tonight as up to five inches of rain could fall in some areas by tomorrow. to the south, a dangerous heat
wave is gripping 50 million americans. heat advisories are in effect in 14 states where record temperatures are 10 to 20 degrees above normal. that's from texas to florida. >> school chief of police pete arredondo has been put on administrative leave. tonight, cbs' omar villafranca reports it comes as the uvalde mayor is blasting one of the probes. >> reporter: almost one month after the uvalde massacre, there is anger and confusion. texas state troopers are leading the investigation, and state senator roland gutierrez is now suing them. he says they're not sharing information with the public, while pointing the finger solely at uvalde school police. >> they want to give us snippets of body cam footage from the local police, but they want to hold on to their own body cam footage. we found out yesterday there was 91 officers on site from the department of public safety.
>> reporter: while angry reads continue to fall for the firing of pete arredondo's for his department's lack of response,es mayor don mclaughlin is slamming state authorities mayor, when was the last time you were actually briefed by d.p.s. on the latest on the investigation? >> may the 25th at about 9:20 in the morning. >> reporter: have they contacted you? >> i contact them every day. i don't get a damn thing out of them. >> reporter: even family members, like javier cazares, whose nine-year-old daughter, jacklyn, was killed, feel lost. >> it's always been mixed messages and, yeah, it's frustrating. as a dad, it's just-- it hurts, you know. >> reporter: today in austin, state lawmakers are focusing on gun safety and mental health issues. yesterday, the state's top cop, steven mccraw, said the shooter was on a pathway to violence. >> he had asked a family member to purchase him a weapon who rfused. he was 17 years old at the time, after he dropped out of high
he was 17 years old at the ti school on october 28. >> reporter: there won't be any more classes at robb elementary. the mayor of uvalde sails it's his understanding that this building will be demolished, adding he couldn't ask a child or teacher to go back. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca with those tough questions. thank you. we turn now to a cbs news investigation into the online mental health provider cerebral. the company exploded in popularity during the pandemic, but it's now facing a department of justice investigation over how it prescribed drugs like adderall. cbs' anna werner sat down exclusively with the company's new c.e.o. to address concerns raised by our investigation and that d.o.j. probe, which the company is cooperating with. cerebral is extremely easy to use. >> reporter: cerebral is the largest of a number of online mental health companies that advertise medication management for conditions like a.d.h.d. heavily on social media. >> stigma and anxietiey sometimes prevent people from seek help. >> reporter: cerebral c.e.o.
dr. david mou says he stands by their clinical quality. >> i really trust our clinical program. as chief medical officer, i came in with the mandate of bringing in quality and safety, and i did just that. >> reporter: and he says he's not worried about the justice department's investigation into his company's prescribe regular practices. so you're feeling confident that the d.o.j. is not going to find any problems. >> yeah. i'm confident that our clinical programs are very, very good, and if anything, they're above standard of care. >> reporter: but documents obtained by cbs news show cerebral knew about risks, like duplicate patient accounts, which meant multiple controlled substances could be over- prescribed to the same individual, a concern they called a patient safety issue. then there's this internal log
showing staffers flagged nearly 1,200 instances of prescribers being unresponsive.er forget. >> reporter: costar signed up, missouri mother rachel costar told us it happened to her. >> they just really gave me a bad experience that i'll never forget. >> reporter: costar signed up, met with a prescriber and got medication all in a single day.t hold of their prescribers but after that? >> every time i needed her help, she was never available. >> reporter: wouldn't it be dangerous if patients cannot get hold of their prescribers and, therefore, can't get their medications or they're not using them correctly? >> so, i will say, i will definitely take a look into seous abcontinus we're very improvement here. >> reporter: dr. mou insists cerebral helps many patients. >> you have to take this in aggregate. and for many of our patient,s he aren't living in aggregate, right? you're talking about individual lives here. >> i would hope that-- so, i refer my close friends, my family members to use cerebral.
our commitment here is the quality of care, and now that i'm c.e.o., we're going to double down and triple down on that thesis. >> reporter: now, cerebral says keeping track of things like nonresponsive prescribers is part of its safety check systeml last month, the company didto nn announce it will stop prescribing drugs like adderall and xanax to new patients. company apologized to rachel and after our interview, the company apologized to rachel costar, saying her clinician did not follow their procedures and is no longer working with cerebral. norah. >> o'donnell: anna werner, thank you. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," what we're learning about a terrifying g major injuries. swimmerca and new details on that fiery plane crash landing in miami. and that's when she said yess to adding linzess. linzess is not a laxative. it helps you have more frequent and complete bowel movements. and is proven to help relieve overall abdominal symptoms-belly pain, ot givs to css than o. it mayarm them.
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family was in mortal danger. >> they were fighting. they were killing people. it was bad. they killed my father's two brothers. josephine's fami >> reporter: at great risk, angela's parents hid josephine's family for a year. you ever think about what your father did for her family? >> oh, yes. it was the best thing you could ever do. >> reporter: after the war, both families moved to baltimore and remained the best of friends, but angela's family would never accept any payment. 80 years later, finally, a way to give back, after vasiliose lost the first restaurant, josephine's family pooled their money to help him open a new one. >> i was stunned. i was speechless. >> my son will never forget and they are going to continue for another 80 years. >> reporter: a lifetime of friendships for two families, through tragedy and triumph. jan crawford, cbs news, cockeysville, maryland. >> o'donnell: what a beautiful story. up next an update on one of the country's most popular national treasures. one of the
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