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xfity mobile with unlimited data. switch today! ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, a nationwide railroad strike averted. president biden announces a tentative deal between unions and the rail companies, avoiding what could have cost the u.s. economy $2 billion a day. the president calls it a win for america. cbs's nancy cordes on the marathon 20-hour negotiations. migrants sent to martha's vineyard. florida's republican governor accused of playing politics after flying nearly 50 asylum seekers to the liberal enclave. >> ron desantis is a coward. only a coward uses women and children for their own political gain. >> o'donnell: plus the governor of texas buses 100 migrants to the vice president's d.c. residence.
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indiana's abortion ban, the strict new law outlawing the procedure goes into effect today. cbs's adriana diaz is at one clinic which just saw it's last patient. the queen's funeral. what we're learning about the new roles for william and harry at the final goodbye. plus the prince and princess of wales greet well-wishers. cbs's charlie d'agata. >> from here, they have been told that the journey will take more than eight hours. >> o'donnell: and the unlikely friendship between her majesty and an american cowboy. 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 busy thursday night. tonight, the labor deal that prevented a catastrophic railroad shutdown. rail companies and union leaders reached a tentative agreement less than 24 hours before
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workers were set to walk off the job. president biden announced the deal after an all-night negotiating session. the deal avoids a shutdown of the nation's freight trains and passenger traffic that could have devastated the already fragile economy less than two months before the midterm elections. amtrak is scrambling to restore service after the company canceled all long distance routes ahead of a possible work stoppage. we have a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs' nancy cordes starts us off from the white house. good evening nancy. how did this deal come together? >> reporter: lots of coffee, norah, some late night nudging by the president and a meeting between union leaders and rail owners that was not allowed to end until they shook hands. >> yes, i am very pleased to announce a tentative labor agreement -- >> reporter: standing in the rose garden, president biden hailed a deal to head off what would have been the first rail strike since 1992.
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>> this is a win for tens of thousands of rail workers and for their dignity. >> reporter: the agreement was a product of marathon 20-hour talks, led by labor secretary marty walsh. >> we aren't getting out. i told them you're not getting out of this room. >> reporter: walsh said a strike would have cost the u.s. economy $2 billion a day. >> we have food and grain and corn waiting to be transported across the country that wouldn't have got there, that would have rotted. we have other supplies that are going on trains. it would have been devastating. >> reporter: 12 unions secured the largest wage increases for workers in more than four decades. a raise of 24% over five years. they also secured one more day of paid leave and for the first time, the right to take unpaid leave to attend medical appointments. >> railroads were not particularly keen on giving us more time away from work because that means you need more employees to run your operation.
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so i think it's a victory. >> reporter: that victory so close to the deadline did come at a price. amtrak had already canceled some long distance trains, and g.m. anticipating auto parts shortages, had been prepping to close some plants. why did it get to this point, the eve of a strike? couldn't that have been averted? >> what i asked at the end of the conversation last night when everything was done to the companies and the union, let's not repeat this, let's get to the table earlier next year. >> reporter: this standoff was a big test for a man who has frequently billed himself as "the most pro-union president ever." and the test isn't quite over yet, norah. this deal still has to be voted on by more than 100,000 rail workers, a series of votes that will take place over the next few weeks. >> o'donnell: they are so critical to our economy. nancy cordes, thank you. well, tonight, florida governor ron desantis is under fire for using taxpayer dollars to organize flights of asylum
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seekers to martha's vineyard. the backlash comes as the democratic governor of california gavin newsom is asking the justice department to pursue kidnapping charges against republican governors who are sending migrants to democratic-run cities. cbs's elaine quijano is in martha's vineyard. >> reporter: the 48 asylum seekers mainly from venezuela landed in martha's vineyard wednesday afternoon aboard two planes from texas and organized by florida's republican governor ron desantis. luis fonseca says he left venezuela to look for a better life for his three children who are still there. he didn't know he would end up here. "they told me there was a work opportunity," he says. "we were going to a city, but we ended up staying here." democratic massachusetts state representative dilan fernandes called the move by desantis disgusting. >> ron desantis is a coward. only a coward uses women and children for their own political gain.
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>> reporter: today, governor desantis defended the flights paid through a $12 million tax fund initiative. >> we take what's happening at the southern border very seriously, unlike some and unlike the president of the united states. president of the united states. >> reporter: the move follows similar steps taken by texasen x governor greg abbott. today about 100 migrants from texas were dropped off near the vice president's naval observatory residence. so far, abbott has bused over 10,000 migrants to new york, chicago 10,000 migrants have been bused to chicago, new york and washington, d.c. the mayors in those cities called the action political and shameful. in south florida, a group of venezuelan americans criticized desantis. >> we demand him to stop using our pain, our suffering and our desperation for his political gains. >> reporter: republicans on capitol hill defended the florida governor's actions today. as for the migrants who are here
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legally seeking asylum, officials here are looking into temporarily housing them at a military base in cape cod. norah. >> o'donnell: elaine quijano, thank you. well, today, russian president vladimir putin met in person with china's leader xi jinping for the first time since the invasion of ukraine. putin acknowledged china's concerns about the war, while xi promised to support the two countries' core interests. tonight, ukraine's president zelenskyy say authorities found a mass burial site in a newly liberated city in the kharkiv region. cbs' debora patta is in ukraine. >> reporter: volodymyr zelenskyy braving liberated towns near the front line, paying tribute to his soldiers. in striking contrast, vladimir putin desperately needing allies, has yet to visit his troops on the ground. but putin has exacted his revenge, sending missiles to zelenskyy's hometown of kryvyi
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rih that smashed into a dam flooding surrounded areas. zelenskyy says it's the battle of a weakling. civilians have paid the price of long months of russian occupation. izyum was shelled for weeks on end and everywhere we've gone there's been utter devastation. this behind me is the local city hall. and over there, a hospital. clearly, not a military target. the kremlin attempted to erase every trace of ukrainian identity. "they've burned our books, destroyed our schools, removed our tv channels and put on moscow's propaganda," yulia koziubenko told us. some even collaborated with russian forces, like her ex- husband, who she's denounced as a traitor saying he's dead to her. ukraine is now trying to extend
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its counteroffensive toward the east. zelenskyy has called on western countries to continue supplying weapons. now they've proved they know how to use them effectively. norah. >> o'donnell: debora patta, thank you again. your superb reporting. let's turn now to london where we learned today queen elizabeth had a personal request for her funeral on monday: that her grandsons, prince william and harry once again walk side-by- side behind her coffin to its final journey to westminster hall. that coffin will be carried on the same gun carriage used in the funerals of her father king george vi and sir winston churchill. here's cbs's charlie d'agata. >> reporter: prince william opened up to well-wishers today, adding that walking behind the queen's coffin brought back memories, alluding to the funeral of princess diana. he and the new princess of wales kate greeted mourners outside the royal residence of sandringham.
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while back in london, crowds have grown to epic proportions. a pilgrimage to pay tribute to their queen. >> the whole walk for six and a half hours. if i have to, i'll do it again. >> reporter: even visitors from the u.s., lon and bob ehmke, are from illinois. >> she's such a great woman. >> she's a special person, and we've known her for 70 years. >> reporter: this sea of people known her for 70 years. >> reporter: this sea of winding their way through the park, right in front of the palace, are nearly at the end of their journey. yet, as we speak, thousands more are just starting. we made our own journey to find out just how far back it stretched-- a good five miles. this is the very beginning of the line. in the few minutes we have been here, it's already grown by more than 500 yards. people here have been told it's going to take at least eight hours to get there. an army of volunteers and
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portable toilets matched only by an actual army tightening security with marksmen on the roofs and sniffer dogs on the streets. security teams are now facing one of the biggest challenges this country has ever seen. norah, we have been speaking to people in the crowd here tonight. they say they have been walking around seven and a half hours to spend 60 seconds with the queen. >> o'donnell: just extraordinary, charlie d'agata, thank you. tonight, in an explosive new interview, former president trump warns there could be trouble if he's incited over those top secret documents seized from mar-a-lago. here's cbs's major garrett. >> reporter: former president trump says "he can't imagine being indicted over his handling of classified documents after leaving office," and he warned of unrest if charges were brought. >> i think you would have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we've never seen before.
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i don't think the people of the united states would stand for it. >> reporter: democrats slammed the remarks. >> inviting the mob to return to the streets is exactly what happened here january 6th, 2021. >> reporter: trump also said he declassified the sensitive documents found in unsecured locations at his mar-a-lago residence. this, trump suggested, should absolve him. >> i have the absolute right to declassify. absolute. the president has the absolute right. >> reporter: trump's attorneys have not made this argument in court filings. legally speaking, it may not matter. >> whether or not a document is classified is irrelevant. it's a question of mishandling national security information, even if they have been declassified. >> reporter: meanwhile, trump's former chief of staff mark meadows, having been subpoenaed, is now, according to cnn, cooperating with the justice department investigation into january 6th. at least 40 trump associates have been subpoenaed in recent weeks, part of a widening probe into efforts to overturn the presidential election.
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that is also the focus in georgia, where a grand jury is investigating trump-led maneuvers to undercut the state's 2020 results. the district attorney told "the washington post," "if indicted and convicted, people are facing prison sentences." on yet another legal front, cbs news has learned new york's attorney general rejected a plea deal proposed by trump's attorneys to settle a long- running investigation into possible financial fraud perpetrated by the trump organization. this development, norah, suggests a civil suit could soon be filed against trump and possibly one of his children. >> o'donnell: major garrett, thank you so much. tonight, tropical storm warnings are in effect in the eastern caribbean. tropical storm fiona is expected to strengthen as it approaches the leeward islands tomorrow. fiona could drop up to 10 inches of rain on the u.s. virgin islands and puerto rico this weekend. a near total ban on abortion takes effect in indiana. what it means for women and healthcare providers. that in 60 seconds. d
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>> o'donnell: a sweeping new abortion ban went into effect in indiana today, outlawing the procedure with limited exceptions. the state was the first in the nation to pass legislation after the supreme court overturned roe v. wade in june. cbs's adriana diaz is there. >> this is an area that would normally be full of patients. >> reporter: most of the lights are now off at women's med, an indiana abortion provider. >> as a physician, i get mad because insurance companies deny claims. i get mad because my patients are being stripped of their human rights. >> reporter: the clinic is among two indiana providers slated to close. the state's five remaining clinics will still offer limited healthcare. dr. kate mchugh says patient loads doubled as abortion laws were passed in the states. >> we were able to support the states around us and take their patients and provide the care they needed. that all happened till yesterday.
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>> reporter: indiana is now one of 13 stays with a near total ban or that outlawed abortions after six weeks. >> it's an exciting day for indiana. >> reporter: sue liebel is with susan b. anthony pro-life america. >> now it's back in state hands. it's going to be messy and different in every state, but closer to the people and the will of the voters. >> reporter: women's med will now send indiana patients to its sister clinic in dayton, ohio, more than 100 miles away, where just yesterday a county judge temporarily restored ohio's abortion access. when you look to the future, what do you see? >> i see so much harm on these populations that will not be able to access abortion care, and i think about the generational damage that will be done to these patients and their families. >> a judge declined a request to temporarily block the ban while lawsuits play out but that could change at a hearing on monday. meanwhile, women's med plans to keep its doors open to be available to answer patients' questions at least for the next
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concerns remain about copper and lead levels in the city'sper and led levels in troubled water system. families are urged to use bottled water to make baby formula. we learned today president biden will meet with families of wnba star brittney griner and fellow american paul whelan at the white house tomorrow. both remain jailed in russia. it will be the president's first face-to-face meetings with the families. his administration has been trying to negotiate a prisoner swap to get them released. meanwhile, former ambassador to the u.n. bill richardson held meetings with russian leaders in moscow this week. up next, roger federer is out. why tennis legend roger federer is calling it quits. calling it. you know, cancer, chemo, covid, that kind of away.
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>> o'donnell: a fast food worker in florida is being called a hero after saving man from a carjacking. a man snatched a woman's keys as she was getting into her car with her baby at a chick-fil-a in fort walton beach. the worker then wrestled the suspect to the ground and held him till police arrived. tennis great roger federer announced he's hanging up his
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racket. he said, "tennis treated me generously, and i must recognize when it's time to end my competitive career." the 20-time grand slam winner has been sidelined by injuries. his last match is at the labor cup next week in london. and we'll be right back with the story of the queen and the cowboy. and the cowboy. so, you're 45. that's the perfect age to see some old friends, explore new worlds, and to start screening for colon cancer. yep. with colon cancer rising in adults under 50, the american cancer society recommends starting to screen earlier, at age 45. i'm cologuard, a noninvasive way to screen at home, on your schedule. and i find 92% of colon cancers. i'm for people 45+ at average risk for colon cancer, not high risk. false positive and negative results may occur. ask your provider if cologuard is right for you.
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>> o'donnell: queen elizabeth's lifelong love of horses was well known, and although she lived in a palace, she felt at home in the stables. that passion led to an unlikely friendship with a california cowboy. here's cbs's mark strassmann. >> and this is the queen's hallway. >> reporter: improbably, indelibly, monty roberts became >> her majesty has treated me as if i was a younger brother. >> reporter: roberts revolutionized horse training, taming horses using a silent language of kindness. in 1989, the queen, with her life long love of horses, invited him to her stables at windsor castle. >> i thought she was a groom. i said, nice to meet you. and i stepped back and i went, oh, my -- oh! you're the queen! yes, last time i checked. >> reporter: handwritten letters
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and annual christmas greetings framed their three-decade relationship. did you consider her a friend? >> i would call her her majesty, but the friendship was deep. >> reporter: did you ever think to yourself what am i doing hanging out with her majesty? >> only two or three times a day, and every night when i went to bed. >> reporter: on monday, monty roberts will go to the funeral of a friend, still in shock. >> i said, no! what?! and i don't want to let her go. she's going to be with me every instant that i'm alive. >> reporter: a dark horse friendship, the california cowboy and the queen. mark strassmann, cbs news, california. >> o'donnell: an extraordinary friendship. that is tonight's "cbs evening news." remember, if you can't watch us live, set your d.v.r. so you can watch us later. i'm norah o'donnell in the nation's capitol. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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