tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS August 19, 2022 6:30pm-7:01pm PDT
♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> brennan: tonight, a dire warning: fears of a nuclear accident in ukraine grow, and the consequences could be grave. shelling of europe's largest nuclear power plant sparks international concern of a catastrophe. cbs' charlie d'agata is in ukraine tonight. former president trump's lawyers are considering whether to release security footage of the f.b.i. search of mar-a-lago, while former vice president mike pence talks about potentially testifying before the january 6 committee. cbs' catherine herridge with the latest. vanessa bryant's heartbreaking testimony. kobe bryant's widow in court today, talking about the emotional impact of learning first responders shared graphic
photos of the crash that killed her husband and her daughter. cbs' jonathan vigliotti is at the courthouse. and, a 12-year-old baseball player is out of the i.c.u., taking his first steps, as his team pays tribute at the little league world series. cbs' nikki battiste speaks with his dad. >> he just keeps defeating the odds, and the only way to explain that is by miracles. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> brennan: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us. i'm margaret brennan, in for norah. tonight, the u.s. will, for the first time, give ukraine scan eagle surveillance drones, mine-resistant vehicles, and mine-clearing equipment to mount a military counteroffensive against russian forces. a senior defense official tells cbs news that the nearly $800 million package is to help ukrainian forces regain
territory, as the war nears its sixth month. shelling around a key nuclear plant in ukraine is drawing international concern. the u.n. secretary-general called today for a demilitarized zone around europe's largest nuclear power plant, which first came under russian control back in march. we have a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs' charlie d'agata will start us off from kyiv. good evening to you, charlie. >> reporter: good evening to you, margaret. that arms package can't come quickly enough for field commanders that we've spoken to. and what has already been supplied is making a huge difference on the battlefield. but the main focus today has been rising tensions over that nuclear power plant. tonight, the threat of a nuclear disaster at europe's largest nuclear power plant has justgest nuclear power plant has jus gone next level-- ukraine accusing russia of preparing to stage a false flag incident today; russia accusing ukraine of
trying to trigger an accident at the complex. russian forces even ordered employees to stay home, according to ukraine's state-run energy firm. the brinkmanship follows two weeks of intensive shelling, both sides trading artillery strikes and accusations. the u.n. secretary-general has called the attacks on the plants called the attacks "suicide." >> if you demilitarize, as we propose, the plant, the problem will be solved. >> reporter: in an effort to show just how seriously ukraine is taking the threat, emergency workers, dressed head-to-toe in protective suits in the city of zaporizhzhia, held nuclear disaster drills, scrubbing down volunteers posing as radiation- exposed victims. a stage-managed performance for the cameras, maybe-- but the risks are real. russian forces captured the plant in the early days of the war back in march, but fighting
has escalated drastically this month, part of an offensive that has seen cities like kharkiv seen cities like kha come under bombardment that's killed dozens of civilians in the past two days alone. but fighting over a front line nuclear power plant risks catastrophic collateral damage that extends far beyond these battlefields. a dramatic new development tonight comes out of the office of french president emmanuel macron. following a phone call, russian president vladimir putin has agreed for a team of independent inspectors to visit the plant. margaret. >> brennan: charlie d'agata, on the ground in ukraine. a trial is under way against los angeles county today, regarding gruesome photos taken following the helicopter crash that killed n.b.a. legend kobe bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others.
today, bryant's widow, vanessa, took the stand and gave emotional testimony. cbs' jonathan vigliotti reports. >> reporter: vanessa bryant entered the courthouse looking determined, testifying emotionally about grisly photos that were taken, then shared, by first responders after the helicopter crash that killed her husband kobe, daughter gianna, and seven others. bryant says she felt blindsided, devastated, hurt, and betrayed. >> it's going to be incredibly emotional. i mean, a lot of people crying because of how important her testimony was. >> reporter: just weeks after the crash, the l.a. county sheriff admitted at least eight deputies had shared graphic photos of the scene, and court documents claim the images appeared on at least 28 department devices. in the lawsuit, bryant cites emotional distress and invasion of privacy. attorneys for l.a. county argued that bryant and other victims' families "cannot be suffering distress from accident site photos that they have never seen
and and that were never publiclyer b disseminated." vanessa bryant has rarely appeared in public since her husband's death. she spoke at his memorial. >> "we love you both, and miss you forever and always. mommy." >> reporter: and last year, when kobe bryant was inducted into the basketball hall of fame. >> "dear kobe, thank you for being the best husband and father you could possibly be." >> reporter: on the stand, bryant said she has panic attacks, and lives in constant fear that the images will appear online. >> she was really able to kind of paint a picture for, i think, jurors and for everyone in the courtroom, as to how all these events have changed her life. >> reporter: and the lawsuit does not specify a dollar amount-- that will be up to a jury to decide. legal analysts tell me, ultimately, this case is not about money. it is about accountability. margaret. >> brennan: jonathan, thank you. there's a tropical storm warning in effect tonight for portions of south texas.
a strong system is moving through the gulf of mexico right now. for more, let's bring in dr. rick knabb from our partners at the weather channel. good evening to you, rick. >> reporter: well, margaret, the national hurricane center has written advisories now for the first time in a month and a half, this time it's on potential tropical cyclone four. not a depression or storm yet, but expected to become one. and, we've got tropical storm warnings up for northeastern mexico, and all the way up to port mansfield, texas. that's because we're expecting this to become a tropical storm and make landfall, perhaps in northeastern mexico, late on saturday night. and this will bring strong winds and some moisture into south texas, and this will contribute to flooding farther to the north, well into next week. and look at the monsoon in the southwest, which is juiced up by a previous tropical system. and then this one will be becoming northward, and over the next few days, flash flooding will be a significant risk in arizona and new mexico, and all that moisture headed
toward texas. margaret. >> brennan: thank you. tonight, the department of justice is working under a deadline to submit proposed redactions of the affidavit used to authorize the f.b.i.'s search of former president trump's florida home. here's cbs' catherine herridge. >> reporter: two sources close to the former president tell cbs news, his legal team is thinking through how to handle security footage that captured the f.b.i. search at mar-a-lago, as speculation builds about the contents of more than two dozen boxes, including 11 sets of classified records on this f.b.i. inventory. the justice department now has less than a week to tell a federal judge in florida what information should be blacked out from an affidavit that justified the search. >> they have to look through the entire document, go over it with a fine-toothed comb, painstakingly, meticulously. it's literally on a word-by-word base. >> reporter: tom dupree is a former senior justice department official. >> i think americans from all ideological sides want to understand what led the
justice department to make this momentous, historic decision to go into mar-a-lago. people want to know. >> reporter: in this recent department argued thatice department argued that blacking out sensitive investigative information "would be so extensive as to render the remaining unsealed text devoid of meaningful content, and would not serve any public interest." as the legal battle over the pu. as the le affidavit builds, former vice president mike pence speaking to reporters in iowa again laid out conditions for a possible appearance before the january 6 committee, saying he would conider a formal invitation. margaret. >> brennan: those talks with congress, still ongoing. >> reporter: that's right. >> brennan: thank you, catherine. today, the highest-ranking isis terrorist ever to go on trial in the u.s. was sentenced to life in prison. el shafee elsheikh was convicted of conspiracy in the kidnapping, torture, and murders of four american hostages in syria: journalists james foley, steven sotloff, and humanitarian workers kayla mueller, and peter kassig.
elsheikh is one of the so-called "beatles"-- a name the hostages gave to their captors due to their british accents. foley's mother welcomed the life sentence, but demanded the u.s. "do more" to bring american hostages home. >> we must have accountability. we must have justice. and with today's verdict, we finally have a bit of justice. >> brennan: today is the eighth anniversary of james foley's beheading. in the courtroom, his mother told elsheikh, "james would want you to know that you did to know that you did not win not win." cbs news has obtained an internal message sent by c.d.c. director rochelle walensky to staff this week, in which she acknowledged that the health agency made pretty dramatic, mis pretty public mistakes. dr. walensky called it a watershed moment, and said the c.d.c. has to make systemic changes to protect the safety,
health, and security of all americans. with the midterm elections less than three months away, some voters are finding themselves in newly-drawn congressional districts, and even though many of the maps were found to be illegal in some courts, they'll still be used this time around. cbs' robert costa goes in-depth. >> reporter: powder springs, georgia, a majority black georgia a majority community north of atlanta, has long been represented by a black democrat in congress. but not likely for much longer. >> what they've done is take a predominantly african american area and combined it up with north georgia, and, so, to dilute our strength. >> reporter: now, powder springs wll be part of georgia's 14th district, represented by congresswoman marjorie taylor greene... >> we've got to put america first, and get this country right back on track. >> reporter: ...a trump ally who has been criticized by democrats and some republicans for expressing conspiratorial views. the upheaval was caused by the the upheaval was caused by state g.o.p.-controlled
legislature, which redrew the lines of the state's political map last year, following the census. greene has criticized state republicans for meddling with her district, but said she welcomes the additions. >> i'm excited to have them in my district, and we're happy to help, and i hope people'll give us a call. >> reporter: many democrats say the new maps here and nationwide, carved by republican state houses, are unfair the alarm extends to capitol hill. >> i would say they give racial advantage, in the guise of giving partisan advantage. they're taking race into account, but, not to be fair, ft not to be inclusive, but to do just the opposite. >> reporter: house majority whip james clyburn is the highest- ranking black lawmaker in congress. >> what i think is taking place today is the beginning of a process. where will it end? >> reporter: and democrats are facing their own questions about how they have drawn the lines in blue states. >> they overreached.
they attempted to gerrymander the republican party out of existence. >> reporter: for now, anger and apprehension remain in places like georgia over who is representing who in washington, just weeks ahead of the midterm elections. >> there was no logical way that marjorie taylor greene can come into cobb county unless you gerrymander the district. >> reporter: ultimately, the supreme court could have the final word on just how far state legislatures can go with redistricting. a major case is set to be heard in the coming year to decide how and when state courts can weigh in and reject or accept the way districts are drawn. robert costa, cbs news, atlanta. >> brennan: a utah little leaguer is on the road to recovery. why his dad calls it a miracle. that story, in 60 seconds. ortan. b is for belief that there may be more you can do. just remember that k is for kidneys and kerendia. for adults living with ckd in type 2 diabetes,
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while they lost today's game, there is some good news about their teammate. here's cbs' nikki battiste. >> reporter: it's that swing... ( bat cracks ) ...that landed 12-year-old easton oliverson on his field of dreams, the chance to play in this year's little league world series. >> and these kids have been through something really traumatic. >> reporter: but as the santa clara, utah, team-- the first in the state to ever qualify-- played in the tournament today, oliverson laid in a nearby hospital. early monday, he rolled off the top bunk bed while asleep in the little league's dorm in williamsport, pennsylvania, fracturing his skull. >> they have no explain as to why he is still alive. he showed every signs of-- of passing away. >> reporter: jace oliverson, easton's father and the team's assistant coach, says his son's brain injury was so severe, he was minutes from death. but a few days after emergency surgery, oliverson is starting to eat and talk again. >> so good, easton.
>> reporter: today, he took his first steps. >> he asked me if he was able to play on friday. and i was like, "i'm sorry, bud. you can't. you got to be here and get better." and, just, the pure sadness coming out of his eyes and his facial expressions, it's so heartwrenching. >> we dedicate this entire broadcast to the continued improvement of easton oliverson. >> reporter: and this afternoon, after a pregame tribute, 10-year-old brogan oliverson stepped in to take his big brother's place on the roster. >> driving here with my other son, knowing that he's going to get to play for his bro, youhiso can't make this stuff up. i mean, it is absolutely incredible. >> reporter: the little league says the bunk beds do not have guardrails, and they have all been removed from the dorms. one of easton's doctors tells me tonight he is in fair condition, and he is expected to make a near-complete recovery. margaret. >> brennan: that's incredible. thank you, nikki. still ahead, a massive fire at a
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>> after the deadly plane crash, pallets are speaking out. i mary lee. i will tell you the deeper insight they have in the christ. > >> a group of bay area students come together for a special program. > >> state goes toe to toe with the city of oakland. the question is, who is responsible for the housing of hundreds of people who live there? > >> please be advised, we have ae of accidents. > >> right now on kpix 5 and streaming on cbs news bay area, for the first time, we are hearing audio recordings from the pilots moments before the deadly collision. i am ryan yam.
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