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this kind of water. we also know the water will rise way above that in some cases to perhaps 9 feet or even above that. homes and businesses could be completely submerged, and clearly in many cases, this is just not survivable. so please, this is exactly why we tell you to follow the advice of the officials from the national weather service and the local officials to evacuate. do so, please, if ordered. now, also make sure you stay tuned to the weather channel on cable and streaming for all the latest updates on ian. norah, back to you. >> that storm surge, such an issue. greg and jackie, thank you so much. and because of this hurricane, tomorrow's january 6th committee hearing was postponed, but the highest profile trial in the january 6th investigation did get under way today. the head of the right-wing group the oath keepers and four others are facing charges of seditious conspiracy, rare charges and among the most serious in the investigation into the assault
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on the capitol. here's cbs's scott macfarlane. n court in washington just steps away from the site of the january 6th attack, a group of five oath keepers, including ch with seditious conspiracy for allegedly plotting to block the peaceful transfer of power, staging rifles and ammunition ss the river in vi attack on the capitol. defense attorneys plan to argue that rhodes, who was not in the capitol, and his subordinates were only preparing to act on trump's behalf, waiting for him to invoke the insurrection act. washington democratic congresswoman pramila jayapal hid in the house chamber during the attack. >> this is a terrifying part of this whole puzzle is the affil affil affiliations, direct courting and affiliation between the trump white house, donald trump himself potentially, but certainly his top people, and these extremists, violent
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extremist groups. >> reporter: according to court documents, text messages show rhodes spent months after donald trump's loss calling for action from his members. just two days after the election, warning, we aren't getting through this without a civil war. trump ally roger stone, who was allegedly protected by oath keepers ahead of january 6th, is under new scrutiny tonight for comments made just before the election revealed in a soon to be released documentary. he's also heard arguing trump's team should declare victory before the results are fully counted. >> is the key thing to do possession is nine-tenths of the law, no, we won. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, roger stone says the video clips don't prove he had anything to do with the events of january 6th. meanwhile, the secret service says it has collected two dozen cell phones from agents and given them to an internal inspector as they probe missing text messages from january 6th. norah. >> scott macfarlane on the hill for us. thank you, scott. russia.
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but the referendums are being dismissed by u.s. officials. he told us the russian dictator is making reckless decisions in the war on ukraine. >> based on your analysis, do you think he'll be able to mobilize 300,000 troops? >> it remains to be seen. even if he's able to mobilize
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300,000 troops, it's not as if throwing people like cannon fodder toward the front, many of whom are not going to be well-trained, many of whom are not going to have the kind of equipment they need or the logistical support that they need as well. his military has a lot of other problems, manpower is only one of them. >> do you see any signs that putin is moving towards using those nuclear weapons? >> well, we have to take very seriously his kind of threats given everything that's at stake. and, you know, the rhetoric that he and other senior russian leaders have used is reckless and deeply irresponsible. we don't see any practical evidence today in the u.s. intelligence community he's moving closer to actual use, that there's an imminent threat of using tactical nuclear weapons. but as i said, we have to take it very seriously. >> so is he bluffing? >> it's very hard to say at this point. as i said, what we have to do is take it very seriously, watch for signs of actual
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preparations, and also -- and this is the role of policymakers, and i'm no longer a policy maker, but to communicate very directly the severe consequences that would flow from any use of nuclear weapons. >> much more of our interview with cia director bill burns will air here and this weekend on "cbs sunday morning." on "cbs sunday morning." the "cbs overn ♪♪ here goes nothing. hey greg. uhh...hello? it's me, your heart! really? yes! recording an ekg in 30 seconds. tada! wow, that was fast. you know it! kardia offers the only personal ekgs that detect six of the most common arrhythmias in just 30 seconds. so you can manage your heart health from home, or on the go. your heart rhythm is normal. no arrhythmias in sight. i wonder what my doctor would say. ooh! let's find out! with kardia, you can email your ekg directly to them or send it to a cardiologist for review.
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we turn now to the poisoning of america and a major crackdown on fentanyl tracking in the u.s. the justice department revealed today 36 million lethal doses of fentanyl have been taken off the streets in recent months. we get more now from cbs's jeff pegues. >> reporter: fentanyl overdoses cause violent convulsions. >> you just overdose? >> reporter: that in this case stopped after officers administered the drug narcan. but the number of dead is spiking despite what attorney general merrick garland says are record dea seizures over the last four months. >> we seized over 10 million fake pills and 982 pounds of fentanyl powder. that's enough to kill 36 million americans. >> reporter: no matter how much is taken off the streets, the mexican cartels pump up their shipments across borders. it's almost like the floodgates
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are open. why is that? >> what we're trying to do is take down the cartels. >> reporter: increasingly fentanyl is rainbow-colored and appeal to younger americans. >> when you just look at it, you can see it's meant to look like it is safer, like it's candy, like it's more of a toy. >> reporter: the cartels are showing no mercy in states like colorado, where there has been a 70% increase in deaths, more than 900 last year. fentanyl killed max osterman, a smart and athletic 19-year-old became addicted to drugs. his mother, kim, says law enforcement hasn't cut off the supply, nor has it held enough people accountable. >> they're not prosecuting these drug dealers, and they have no incentive to stop. >> reporter: the dea says that it has formed two counterthreat teams, whose mission is to take down the sinaloa and jalisco cartels. but u.s. investigators have been trying to accomplish that for
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finally tonight, philadelphia sports fans are known as some of the most passionate in the country. now they have a new sport to love. here's cbs's anne-marie green. >> keep your eye on the ball. >> reporter: it's everything you expect from polo in an unexpected place. >> give us some love, philadelphia. >> reporter: north philadelphia. >> it was an opportunity to learn more about polo. >> it was super dynamic. it was awesome. >> we're out here saying, oh, it's lit. >> reporter: the philadelphia polo classic is a dream come true for champion kareem rosser. he learned the sport for free
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through a local program called work to ride, which took him from rough neighborhoods to ritzzy polo grounds. >> i'm participating in so many polo events around the world. it's finally time to bring something to our own neighborhood. >> reporter: he brought friends to like nacho figueres, dubbed the david beck handle of polo. and a shariah harris, a former captain at cornell university, along with her mom. can philly be a polo town? >> oh, most definitely. we do it philly style. >> in your dreams when people think of philly and sport, will they think of the eagles and the phillies and the flyers and polo? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: polo, an old sport with a new audience in the city of brotherly love. anne-marie green, cbs news, philadelphia. that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings. you can follow us online anytime at cbsnews.com. reporting from tampa, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm wendy gillette in new york. president biden and florida republican governor ron desantis have finally spoken as hurricane ian approaches the state's gulf coast. they discussed preparations for the storm. desantis is a potential contender for president in 2024. in the past few days, president biden had talked with the mayors of tampa, st. petersburg, and clearwater. lyft has put the brakes on all hiring in the u.s. through the end of the year ahead of a possible recession. the rideshare company has nearly 5,000 employees. maroon 5 is the latest musical act to announce a residency in vegas. it will kick off in march at the park mgm and run through august.
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tickets go on sale monday. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm wendy gillette, cbs news, new york. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news," reporting tonight from tampa, florida. florida is a state on the edge tonight as it prepares for what could be the biggest storm in years. the major news tonight is that the path of the hurricane has shifted, pushing the storm to an earlier landfall and further south than where we are tonight. 2.5 million residents are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders as the outer bands of hurricane ian reach the southern parts of the state. florida's director of emergency management said more than 100 nursing homes and hospitals in
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the tampa area have been evacuated. grocery stores up and down the coast are packed as residents rush to grab last-minute supplies, but many are finding nothing but empty shelves. hurricane ian slammed into cuba as a category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles per hour, knocking out power to more than a million people. and the storm is gaining strength in the open waters of the gulf of mexico. check out these satellite images showing the eye of the storm packed with lightning. one of the biggest concerns is that ian could dump record amounts of rain and cause dangerous storm surge across 600 miles of coastline. we have got team coverage tonight, and we want to begin with cbs's omar villafranca right here in tampa with us. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. tampa hasn't taken a direct hit from a hurricane since 1921. and even though the city may dodge ian's bullet, people here aren't taking any chances.
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floridians are on the move. >> they say mandatory evacuation, it's time to go. >> reporter: all along florida's gulf coast, thousands of residents are heading inland, heeding the call to evacuate as hurricane ian inches closer. >> it is a big storm. it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in, and you're going to end up with really significant storm surge. you're going to end up with really significant flood events. and this is the type of storm surge that is life-threatening. >> reporter: ian is expected to make landfall in florida in the next 36 hours after bat iring western cuba with 125-mile-an-hour winds. the florida keys will feel the early edges of the storm this evening, with high winds and heavy rain. president joe biden said his administration has already sent aid to the region ahead of the storm. >> fema is also proposing and pre-positioning 3.5 million liters of water, 3.7 million
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meals, and hundreds of generators. >> reporter: residents are rushing to fill sandbags and stock up on emergency supplies. some shelves are already running bare. jason hood, the owner of a tennis equipment shop in clearwater, is boarding up. >> you can't prepare enough really, so we're just out here getting ready. better safe than sorry. i just hope everyone takes the right precautions to do what they need to do to stay safe. >> reporter: it is also a scramble for tampa-area hospitals, which started air lifting patients out of the danger zone. >> none of us know what we're going to get as far as the hurricane's concerned. >> reporter: ian's massive size was captured by the international space station. the approaching storm forced nasa to postpone the artemis moon launch again. overnight, the rocket was rolled back into the hangar for safety. the tampa airport is closed. the fort myers airport will close this evening. the orlando airport, which rarely shuts down, will cease operations tomorrow. even disney world will shut down
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their parks wednesday and thursday because of the storm. norah. >> state of emergency here in florida. omar villafranca, thank you. well, the latest track we got in just a few hours ago shows the storm is shifting. it now puts fort myers in the bull's-eye of this strengthening hurricane. that's where manny bojorquez is. good evening, manny. >> reporter: good evening, norah. we are starting to see some of those initial signs of ian here in the fort myers area. one indication of the level of concern for florida's west coast is the amount of resources that have already been deployed. we're talking about 5,000 of the state's national guard troops already activated as well as 2,000 more from georgia, tennessee, and north carolina. also as we drove into fort myers, we noticed a caravan of power crews coming down i-75. we're told nearly 26,000 utility workers will be staging at more than 20 sites. and the american red cross is
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staging in orlando, where volunteers are prepping shelters with things like cots, blankets, and flashlights. the bottom line is this. they, of course, want to get all of those resources out of harm's way but still close enough to what will be the affected areas because come tomorrow, places like where i'm standing near the water could be underwater. norah. >> manny bojorquez, thank you very much. there is new information tonight on hurricane ian's expected landfall. let's bring in meteorologist jackie jaris with our partners as the weather channel. hey there, jackie. >> good evening, norah. ian remains a major hurricane and very powerful after making landfall over cuba. it's been intensifying once again and will continue to do so all the way up to landfall. there you can see the current wind speed, 120 miles per hour, a category 3 storm, and it's moving in a northerly direction and today we've had a little bit of an adjustment to the right,
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or to the south of the previous track. so that brings this in as a more powerful hurricane, and it comes in a little bit sooner. so any preparations need to be rushed to completion, and that will continue to move up to the north. storm surge is the deadliest part of the storm. here's our storm specialist dr. greg postel with our exclusive immersive reality to show you what the storm surge will look like. >> extremely danger hurricane ian continues to close in on florida's west coast. we know there will be destructive winds but also a life-threatening storm surge. we could see water rise above normally dry ground in some cases up to 10 feet. let me show you what that looks like as we bring the water levels up, let's say, to 3 feet. by the time the water gets this high, it's oftentimes too late to evacuate. who knows what's in this water? there could be floating objects, bad chemicals. cars can float away easily in this kind of water. we also know the water will rise way above that in some cases to perhaps 9 feet or even above
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that. homes and businesses can be completely submerged, and clearly in many cases, this is just not survivable. so please, this is exactly why we tell you to follow the advice of the officials from the national weather service and the local officials to evacuate. do so, please, if ordered. now, also make sure you stay tuned to teath channel on cable and streaming for all the latest updates on ian. norah, back to you. >> that storm surge such an issue. greg and jackie, thank you so much. well, earlier we spoke with tampa mayor jane castor about the dangers the city faces from hurricane ian and what she's telling residents tonight. how are you feeling about the latest track? >> well, i'm feeling better about the latest track. you know, you never want to wish anything negative on your neighbors, but the scenario of hurricane ian stalling right outside of tampa bay is the worst case. you can hide from the wind, but
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff pegues in washington. thanks for staying with us. there was a 12th day of violent protests in iran o in p cdy of c irancela demonstrators dfs say at least have been killed. nearly 1,000 injured and hundreds of human rights
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workers, lawyers and journalists arrested. the family of mahsa amini says she was tortured and killed by the notorious mortality police. amini was an ethnic kurd, and spanned revolutionary guards to bomb villages across the border in iraq. ramy inocencio has more from london. >> reporter: there have been protests happening outside of iran's embassies really around the world, including like here in london. you can actually take a look and see the red paint that's splattered on the facade right here. all of this really doesn't matter when it comes to iran's government. they really don't care. they're still cracking down and it was all sparked by the death of one young woman. [ applause ] with defiance and despair, family, friends, and village neighbors in the thousands buried 22-year-old mahsa amini. her family tells cbs news police killed her. he was tortured according to eyewitnesses" says air fawn
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die. she was tortured in the van after her arrest, then tortured at the police station for half an hour, then hit on her head, and shecollapsed. police claim from a heart attack. an official coroner's report pending. her father says she was beaten to death by morality police, enforcers of iran's strict dress code. her head covering reportedly too loose. mahsa amini's death has since become a rallying cry, sparking protests across dozens of cities and towns. women removing their required head coverings and burning them. their embers and emotions rising into the night skies. men joining them to protest a regime they all denounce as repressive on top of crushing sanctions, rising inflation, and rampant poverty. many chant "death to the dictator," iran's supreme leader. iran's military says they are ready to deal with its enemies. are the people protesting
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enemies of the government? "the people of iran want human rights, a peaceful country, and regime change. of course this is how they're treated." videos show what appear to be live ammunition, tear gas, and water cannons, and mounting access tnt feopl oinan i i a usc arithrl the protests against iran's regime have formed from atlanta to istanbul, paris, and london. if you could tell the ayatollah one thing, what would it be? "the old dictator is in his last days." an international condemnation continues to rise. president biden has already sanctioned the morality police in iran, but iran for its part is actually blaming the west, especially the united states for its troubles. >> that was ramy inocencio
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reporting from london. world leaders traveled to japan for the state funeral for shinzo abe, the country's longest-serving prime minister, who was assassinated three months ago. the ceremony took place at tokyo's famous budokan arena. vice president kamala harris led the u.s. delegation, but while the ceremony was solemn, outside the arena there were loud protests. elizabeth palmer tells us why. ♪ >> reporter: shinzo abe's widow carried his ashes into the funeral hall, dominated gianf j guests paid their respects to a man who was proud of his friendship with successive u.s. presidents. today vice president kamala harris was inda o behalf of the american people. abe was shot with a homemade gun in early july by 42-year-old at the time sue yi yamagami.
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but as yamagami awaits trial for murder, the fallout from his crime has ignited an epic scandal around the right-wing unification church, also known as the mooneys. yamagami told police he killed shinzo abe for his political links to the unification church. and this was this 2021 video of abe speaking to and praising the group that set him off. the mooneys are best known everywhere for elaborate mass weddings, but they also pressure members to make lavish donations, and that, says yamagami, is what happened to his mother. she gave them so much money, she bankrupted the family. now the church is under intense and hostile media scrutiny though it says it later returned about half the money. but in this tabloid spread, yamagami's supporters call his action revenge. in tokyo, demonstrators protested against the cost of abe's funeral.re alsooutr b
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what they've learned about how the unification church gets money from the vulnerable in donations or for merchandise like $20,000 for this urn and $30,000 for a book of the founder's teachings. >> for the church itself, it will be very bad. >> reporter: jeff hall lectures in japanese politics and culture. >> the church will forever be tarred by this scandal, and it will have a lot of trouble getting new recruits in japan. >> reporter: so in a way, at the time sue yi yam gama got what he wanted. but in his determination to hurt the church, he killed one of the most powerful, significant leaders of modern japan. i'm elizabeth palmer in tokyo.
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steve hartman and his adorable kids are back with the latest installment in their series "kindness 101." today's lesson, perseverance. >> reporter: good morning. this is my daughter, mer the, and we're here to persevere. >> that's right, because we have perseverance. for definition, let's go over to my brother at the dictionary desk. >> i think that perseverance is to keep trying even when there's repeated obstacles or failures. >> good. so we all know the tortoise beat the hare, right? >> mm-hmm. >> but do you know why? was he more talented. >> no. >> did he cheat? >> no. >> so how did he do it? >> the tortoise, despite all odds, even though he was pretty convinced that he was going to lose, still tried. >> that's the point. he still tried. >> mm-hmm. >> perseverance allows you to
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win in life even if you're not the fastest, smartest, or most talented person in the race. all you've got to do is learn to love a claj and never give up no matter how many setbacks you encounter. and of course i have a story to illustrate, a story pulled from our archive of amazing americans about the power of perseverance. >> reporter: kittridge elementary in north andover, massachusetts, was honoring three former students. alex gamble, kyra braun, and celia desalvo had just graduated from high school, but the present they left behind when they were here is still all anyone can talk about. the kids started working on this gift unwittingly. it was ten years ago. they were in second grade, and out here on the playground during recess, when one of them saw this little rock, or what looked like a little rock, sticking up out of the ground. >> so we kind of thought, we were like, oh, we found some sticks. let's just dig this out of the
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ground. >> they were out there every recess. >> reporter: richard cushing was principal during much of the excavation. >> and i have to tell you, their hearts were broken when the first frost appeared because they had to stop. >> reporter: but year after year, they returned to the project, digging mostly with sticks and plastic spoons, they got from the cafeteria, the kids dug down through second grade, third grade, fourth and fifth, until finally just before moving on to middle school, they finished. varsz the principal brought in heavy equipment to lift it out of the hole for them. that was 2008. and now these three are like rock stars around here. >> it was just in the ground sticking out a little bit. >> reporter: partly because of the accomplishment itself. >> try digging out something like that with just a plastic spoon. >> reporter: but mostly for what the rock has become. >> it's evolved into something we never could have imagined. >> reporter: today, some kids say this rock has the magical power of making friends. >> it's a beacon to some of the
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students out there who get picked on. >> and they like go and sit on the rock and like by the end of recess, someone will go sit with them. >> i waited there, and then eventually some kids came, and that changed my life forever. >> reporter: walter is a firm believer in the power of the rock. >> when i made those friends, it felt magical. i thought i would just sit there alone at recess. then friends came by. >> this is an amazing rock. >> mm-hmm. it is. >> you'll never forget that rock? >> no. not as long as i live. ♪ >> reporter: when those three started digging, they say they used to wonder if one day they would uncover a buried treasure. and now we know. they did. and, of course, none of that magic would have happened if those three hadn't persevered. joining us now, alex, kyra, and celia. hello. >> hi.
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>> hi, guys. >> hello. >> i think a lot of kids would have given up when they started to see how big that rock was. what kept you going? >> you know, we weren't really thinking about the big picture at the time. we were just taking it one step at a time. >> and we had to see it through because we're those type of people. >> what were the obstacles you faced? >> so many of the people at school kept telling us we couldn't do it. so that gave us the motivation to prove to them that we believe in ourselves even if you don't and we're going to get this done. >> what's the difference between perseverance and obsession? because it seems like you guys were kind of walking a fine line here. >> i think it is the fine line that you need. it's like if it's a creative dream, you really have to be obsessed in order to have the level of, like, perseverance to get through and like make it out on top. >> if i'm ever locked up in alcatraz, i know who i want in my cell with me. >> we're here for you. >> thank you for joining us. i really appreciate it. >> it was great to meet you
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guys. >> you know, if perseverance can give you the power to dig a boulder out of the ground with a plastic spoon -- >> you can probably d anyt when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of god, in due time he will exalt you. hi, i'm joel osteen. i'm excited about being with you every week. i hope you'll tune in. you'll be inspired, you'll be encouraged. i'm looking forward to seeing you right here. you are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that's been designed for you.
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finally this half hour, a nursing home in minnesota was looking for a high-tech solution to its staffing shortage. what it found was a path for residents to take a trip down memory lane. omar villafranca has the story. >> reporter: 83-year-old jill breckenridge has a new friend at her minnesota nursing home. >> hi, pepper. >> reporter: it's not a person. >> it's great to see you. >> reporter: it's pepper, a special robot that can talk. >> i hope you are having a wonderful day. >> reporter: and even dance with the residents to keep them active. but pepper's special power is using new technology to bring up old memories. >> here is your brother holding your puppy. >> reporter: jill was diagnosed with alzheimer's. but when pepper shows her
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pictures of her past -- >> and i had red hair. >> reporter: -- the memories come flooding back. >> i loved my horse, lucky strike. >> warms my heart. >> reporter: sharon fen is jill's daughter. >> she was smiling. >> i know. i could tell from the back when i was watching her. she was beaming. >> reporter: ar shia khan with the university of minnesota duluth is the brain behind the robots. when you saw jill with pepper, what did you learn? >> i was almost in tears. it was like that is what i wanted. we are taking them back in time. they have lost that time. it's gone, forgotten. but i'm able to bring that back to them, at least for a little while. >> reporter: but you don't need a ph.d. to see the real benefits of a robot. >> oh, thank you, pepper. i like you to. >> reporter: -- with a heart. >> bye-bye. >> reporter: omar villafranca, cbs news, roseville, minnesota. and that is the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for
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"cbs mornings." and don't forget, you can follow us online anytime at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues. this is cbs news flash. i'm wendy gillette in new york. president biden and florida republican governor ron desantis have finally spoken as hurricane ian approaches the state's gulf coast. they discussed preparations for the storm. desantis is a potential contender for president in 2024. in the past few days, president biden had talked with the mayors of tampa, st. petersburg, and clearwater. >> lyft has put the brakes on all hiring in the u.s. through the end of the year ahead of a possible recession. the rideshare company has nearly 5,000 employees. maroon 5 is the latest musical act to announce a residency in vegas. it will kick off in march at the park mgm and run through august.
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tickets go on sale monday. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connect tv. i'm wendy gillette, cbs news, new york. tonight, we're on the ground here in florida. the entire state bracing for hurricane ian. the fierce storm could hit here as a devastating category 4. the dire warning tonight for people to get out now. the monster storm pictured from space as millions are told to evacuate. schools and airports close. we visit the emergency command center here in tampa and speak with the city's mayor. >> you will not ride out this hurricane. >> plus, the forecast and the latest details on the storm's new path and when ian could make landfall. gas pipeline sabotaged? european leaders blame russia after explosions damaged nord stream. plus, our cbs news exclusive
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with the director of the cia. >> do you see any signs that putin is moving towards using those nuclear weapons? and america's fentanyl crisis. the rainbow pills made to look like candy infiltrating u.s. streets. cbs's jeff pegues on the front lines of the battle to combat the deadly opioid. >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news," reporting tonight from tampa, florida. florida is a state on the edge tonight as it prepares for what could be the biggest storm in years. the major news tonight is that the path of the hurricane has shifted, pushing the storm to an earlier landfall and further south than where we are tonight. 2.5 million residents are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders as the outer bands of hurricane ian reach the
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southern parts of the state. florida's director of emergency management said more than 100 nursing homes and hospitals in the tampa area have been evacuated. grocery stores up and down the coast are packed as residents rush to grab last-minute supplies, but many are finding nothing but empty shelves. hurricane ian slammed into cuba as a category 3 storm with winds of 125 miles per hour, knocking out power to more than a million people. and the storm is gaining strength in the open waters of the gulf of mexico. check out these satellite images showing the eye of the storm packed with lightning. one of the biggest concerns is that ian could dump record amounts of rain and cause dangerous storm surge across 600 miles of coastline. we have got team coverage tonight, and we want to begin with cbs's omar villafranca right here in tampa with us. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. tampa hasn't taken a direct hit
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from a hurricane since 1921. and even though the city may dodge ian's bullet, people here aren't taking any chances. floridians are on the move. >> they say mandatory evacuation, it's time to go. >> reporter: all along florida's gulf coast, thousands of residents are heading inland, heeding the call to evacuate as hurricane ian inches closer. >> it is a big storm. it is going to kick up a lot of water as it comes in, and you're going to end up with really significant storm surge. you're going to end up with really significant flood events. and this is the type of storm surge that is life-threatening. >> reporter: ian is expected to make landfall in florida in the next 36 hours after battering western cuba with 125-mile-an-hour winds. the florida keys will feel the early edges of the storm this evening with high winds and heavy rain. president joe biden said his administration has already sent aid to the region ahead of the storm.
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>> fema is also proposing and pre-positioning 3.5 million liters of water, 3.7 million meals, and hundreds of generators. >> reporter: residents are rushing to fill sandbags and stock up on emergency supplies. some shelves are already running bare. jason hood, the owner of a tennis equipment shop in clearwater, is boarding up. >> you can't prepare enough really, so we're just out here getting ready. better safe than sorry. i just hope everyone takes the right precautions to do what they need to do to stay safe. >> reporter: it is also a scramble for tampa-area hospitals, which started air lifting patients out of the danger zone. >> none of us know what we're going to get as far as the hurricane's concerned. >> reporter: ian's massive size was captured by the international space station. the approaching storm forced nasa to postpone the artemis moon launch again. overnight, the rocket was rolled back into the hangar for safety. the tampa airport is closed. the fort myers airport will
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close this evening. the orlando airport, which rarely shuts down, will cease operations tomorrow. even disney world will shut down their parks wednesday and thursday because of the storm. norah. >> state of emergency here in florida. omar villafranca, thank you. well, the latest track we got in just a few hours ago shows the storm is shifting. it now puts fort myers in the bull's-eye of this strengthening hurricane. that's where manny bojorquez is. good evening, manny. >> reporter: good evening, norah. we are starting to see some of those initial signs of ian here in the fort myers area. one indication of the level of concern for florida's west coast is the amount of resources that have already been deployed. we're talking about 5,000 of the state's national guard troops already activated as well as 2,000 more from georgia, tennessee, and north carolina. also as we drove into fort myers, we noticed a caravan of power crews coming down i-75. we're told nearly 26,000 utility
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workers will be staging at more than 20 sites. and the american red cross is staging in orlando, where volunteers are prepping shelters with things like cots, blankets, and flashlights. the bottom line is this. they, of course, want to get all of those resources out of harm's way but still close enough to what will be the affected areas because come tomorrow, places like where i'm standing near the water could be underwater. norah. >> manny bojorquez, thank you very much. earlier, we spoke with tampa mayor jane castor about the dangers the city faces from hurricane ian and what she's telling residents tonight. what have you learned about the track of the storm? >> it seems to be taking somewhat of a more easterly trajectory, which means landfall possibly a little bit south of us. >> are people heeding the call for these mandatory evacuations? >> yes. people that i have talked to, you know, used to have the old,
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oh, we can just wait this out and see what happens. and we're talking 10 to 15-foot tidal surge. nobody can withstand that. there's no waiting that out. >> based on the latest track, could that mean no electricity for this whole area? >> yes. the electricity, electric power will probably go out. nothing can really sustain or survive through saltwater intrusion, and that's the worst thing that can happen for our electric grids. >> how are you feeling about the latest track? >> well, i'm feeling better about the latest track. you know, you never want to wish anything negative on your neighbors, but the scenario of hurricane ian stalling right outside of tampa bay is the worst case. >> so are you shutting down tampa in advance as a precautionary measure? >> yes, without a doubt. we always use the adage, you can hide from the wind, but you need to run from that water.
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>> tampa has not had a hurricane like this in 100 years. >> mm-hmm, 100 years. my wish is 100 more. i'll take it.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news," reporting tonight from tampa, florida. there is new information tonight on hurricane ian's expected landfall. let's bring in meteorologist jackie jarvis with our partners at the weather channel. hey there, jackie. >> good evening, norah. ian remains a major hurricane and very powerful after making landfall over cuba. it's been intensifying once again and will continue to do so all the way up to landfall. there you can see the current
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wind speed, 120 miles per hour, a category 3 storm, and it's moving in a northerly direction. now, this is the latest track, and today we've had a little bit of an adjustment to the right or to the south of the previous track. so that brings this in as a more powerful hurricane, and it comes in a little bit sooner. so any preparations need to be rushed to completion, and that will continue to move up to the north. storm surge is the deadliest part of the storm. here's our storm specialist dr. greg postel with our exclusive immersive reality to show you what the storm surge will look like. >> extremely dangerous hurricane ian continues to close in on florida's west coast. we know there will be destructive winds but also a life-threatening storm surge. we could see water rise above normally dry ground in some cases up to 10 feet. let me show you what that looks like. as we bring the water levels up to, let's say, three feet, by the time the water gets this high, it's oftentimes too late to evacuate. who knows what's in this water?
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there could be floating objects, bad chemicals. cars can float away easily in this kind of water. we also know the water will rise way above that in some cases to perhaps 9 feet or even above that. homes and businesses could be completely submerged, and clearly in many cases, this is just not survivable. so please, this is exactly why we tell you to follow the advice of the officials from the national weather service and the local officials to evacuate. do so, please, if ordered. now, also make sure you stay tuned to the weather channel on cable and streaming for all the latest updates on ian. norah, back to you. >> that storm surge such an issue. greg and jackie, thank you so much. and because of this hurricane, tomorrow's january 6th committee hearing was postponed, but the highest profile trial in the january 6th investigation did get under way today. the head of the right-wing group the oath keepers and four others are facing charges of seditious conspiracy, rare charges and among the most serious in the
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investigation into the assault on the capitol. here's cbs's scott macfarlane. >> reporter: on trial in federal court in washington just steps away from the site of the january 6th attack, a group of five oath keepers, including leader stewart rhodes, charged with seditious conspiracy for allegedly plotting to block the peaceful transfer of power, staging rifles and ammunition across the river in virginia, and helping coordinate the attack on the capitol. defense attorneys plan to argue that rhodes, who was not in the capitol, and his subordinates were only preparing to act on trump's behalf, waiting for him to invoke the insurrection act. washington democratic congresswoman pramila jayapal hid in the house chamber during the attack. >> this is a terrifying part of this whole puzzle is the affiliations' direct courting and affiliation between the trump white house, donald trump himself potentially, but certainly his top people, and
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these violent extremist groups. >> reporter: according to court documents, text messages show rhodes spent months after donald trump's loss calling for action from his members. just two days after the election, warning, we aren't getting through this without a civil war. trump ally roger stone, who was allegedly protected by oath keepers ahead of january 6th, is under new scrutiny tonight for comments made just before the election revealed in a soon to be released documentary. >> [ bleep ] the voting. let's get right to the violence. >> reporter: he's also heard arguing trump's team should declare victory before the results are fully counted. >> is the key thing to do is to claim victory. possession is nine-tenths of the law. no, we won. >> reporter: in a statement to cbs news, roger stone says the video clips don't prove he had anything to do with the events of january 6th. meanwhile, the secret service says it has collected two dozen cell phones from agents and given them to an internal inspector as they probe missing text messages from january 6th. norah. >> scott macfarlane on the hill for us. thank you, scott.
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tonight, european leaders are accusing russia of sabotaging two underwater gas pipelines in the baltic sea. ukraine is calling it a terrorist attack. authorities are investigating the leaks in the nord stream 1 and 2 pipelines, a vital source of natural gas for europe. there was a sudden drop in pressure on monday. video shows bubbles where the leaks occurred after underwater explosions were detected. and tonight, pro-russian officials in several occupied territories in ukraine claim residents have voted to join russia. but the referendums are being dismissed by u.s. officials as a sham. we want to turn now to our exclusive interview with cia director bill burns. burns is the last u.s. official to have met with vladimir putin, and he told us the russian dictator is making reckless decisions in the war on ukraine. >> based on your analysis, do you think he'll be able to mobilize 300,000 troops? >> it remains to be seen.
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even if he's able to mobilize 300,000 troops, it's not as if throwing people like cannon fodder toward the front, many of whom are not going to be well-trained, many of whom are not going to have the kind of equipment they need or the logistical support that they need as well. his military has a lot of other problems. manpower is only one of them. >> do you see any signs that putin is moving towards using those nuclear weapons? >> well, we have to take very seriously his kind of threats given everything that's at stake. and, you know, the rhetoric that he and other senior russian leaders have used is reckless and deeply irresponsible. we don't see any practical evidence today in the u.s. intelligence community that he's moving closer to actual use, that there's an imminent threat of using tactical nuclear weapons. but as i said, we have to take it very seriously. >> so is he bluffing? >> it's very hard to say at this point. as i said, what we have to do is
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take it very seriously, watch for signs of actual preparations, and also -- and this is the role of policymakers, and i'm no longer a policymaker, but to communicate very directly the severe consequences that would flow from any use of nuclear weapons. >> much more of our interview w will air here and this weekend on "cbs sunday morning."
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we turn now to the poisoning of america and a major crackdown on fentanyl tracking in the u.s. the justice department revealed today 36 million lethal doses of fentanyl have been taken off the streets in recent months. we get more now from cbs's jeff pegues. >> reporter: fentanyl overdoses cause violent convulsions. >> you just overdosed. we had to make sure you were okay. >> reporter: that in this case stopped after officers administered the drug narcan. but the number of dead is spiking despite what attorney general merrick garland says are record dea seizures over the last four months. >> we seized over 10 million fake pills and 982 pounds of fentanyl powder. that's enough to kill 36 million americans. >> reporter: no matter how much is taken off the streets, the mexican cartels pump up their shipments across borders. it's almost like the floodgates are open.
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why is that? >> what we're trying to do is to take down the cartels. >> reporter: increasingly fentanyl is rainbow-colored and appeal to younger americans. >> when you just look at it, you can see it's meant to look like it is safer, like it's candy, like it's more of a toy. >> reporter: the cartels are showing no mercy in states like colorado, where there has been a 70% increase in deaths, more than 900 last year. fentanyl killed max osterman, a smart and athletic 19-year-old who became addicted to drugs. his mother, kim, says law enforcement hasn't cut off the supply, nor has it held enough people accountable. >> they're not prosecuting these drug dealers, and they have no incentive to stop. >> reporter: the dea says that it has formed two counterthreat teams, whose mission is to take down the sinaloa and jalisco cartels. but u.s. investigators have been trying to accomplish that for
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27,000 feet up. the 49-year-old mountaineer from telluride, colorado, is a team captain for the north face. the outdoor gear company says it is supporting the search and rescue effort. coming up next, the incredible views as a spaceship slams into an asteroid millions of miles away. nasa scientists are celebrating their ultra long distance target practical shot an an asteroid.
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finally tonight, philadelphia sports fans are known as some of the most passionate in the country. now they have a new sport to love. here's cbs's anne-marie green. >> keep your eye on the ball. >> reporter: it's everything you expect from polo in an unexpected place. >> give us some love, philadelphia. >> reporter: north philadelphia. >> it was an opportunity to learn more about polo. >> this was super dynamic. it was awesome. >> we're out here saying oh, it's lit. >> reporter: the philadelphia polo classic is a dream come true for champion kareem rosser.
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he learned the sport for free through a local program called work to ride, which took him from rough neighborhoods to ritzy polo grounds. >> i'm participating in so many polo events around the world fi bring something to our own neighborhood. >> reporter: he brought friends too, bliek nacho figueras, dubbed the david beckham of polo, and shariah harris, a work to ride alum and former captain at cornell university, along with her mom. can philly be a polo town? >> oh, most definitely. we do it philly style. >> in your dreams when people think of philly and sport, will they think of the eagles and the phillies and the flyers and polo? >> oh, absolutely. >> reporter: polo, an old sport with a new audience in the city of brotherly love. anne-marie green, cbs news, philadelphia. that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings. you can follow us online anytime at cbsnews.com. reporting from tampa, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm wendy gillette in new york. president biden and florida republican governor ron desantis have finally spoken as hurricane ian approaches the state's gulf coast. they discussed preparations for the storm. desantis is a potential contender for president in 2024. in the past few days, president biden had talked with the mayors of tampa, st. petersburg, and clearwater. lyft has put the brakes on all hiring in the u.s. through the end of the year ahead of a possible recession. the rideshare company has nearly 5,000 employees. maroon 5 is the latest musical act to announce a residency in vegas. it will kick off in march at the park mgm and run through august.
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tickets go on sale monday. for more news, download the cbs news app o it's wednesday, september 28th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." breaking overnight, hurricane ian closes in. we're seeing the first signs of damage as the storm is set to make landfall in southwest florida today. >> i think i was pretty ready when they said hurricane. yeah. i'm not a trooper. race to evacuate. residents pack up and hit the road. how many people are being urged to leave the area. cuba blackout. the island country loses power after being hit by hurricane ian leaving millions of people in dark. good morning, and good to be with you.

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