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news" from new york. here is jeff galore take care captioning sponsored by cbs >> glor: the worst season since at least 2009. and getting worse. new numbers on the flu, and dr. jon lapook will explain. also tonight-- >> he says he's innocent, and we absolutely wish him well. >> glor: the president defends the job performance of the staff secretary forced to quit after two exwives accused him of abuse. north and south korea shake hands at the olympics but the vice president stays away from the dictator's sister. did a sheriff give orders to shoot a suspect to protect a patrol car. >> glor: and the teacher who says what all teachers wish they could. >> you got to do two things to
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have a short meeting-- shut up! >> glor: good evening. the c.d.c. said today one in 10 deaths in this country is currently being caused by the flu or pneumonia. it is already one of the worst seasons on record, and it may not peak for several weeks. the flu has sent more than twice as many people to the hospital than at this time last year. one in 13 doctor visits last week was for flu symptoms. numbers like this haven't been seen since the swine flu pandemic of 2009. dr. jon lapook has more. >> reporter: 14-year-old gabriella chabot of thousand oaks, california, became the latest flu-related death in what's shaping up to be among the worst seasons in a decade. in a facebook post her father, michael, called her "my angel who is now in heaven." today, the c.d.c. reported 10
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more pediatric deaths, bringing the total to 63 this year, compared to 20 at this point last year. the c.d.c. also reported that 10% of all deaths last week were caused by the flu or pneumonia. >> in a bad season, like 2014-15, 56,000 americans died from flu. we're on track right now to likely reach that level, and potentially exceed it. >> how are you doing? >> reporter: the flu is overwhelming dr. michael tugetman at his american family care clinic in the bronx, new york. >> we're seeing an average of about 150 patients a day. we've been spiking up into the 170s. we've actually seen 184 the other day. >> reporter: that includes 16-year-old lindsey ruiz. her mother and younger brother have already had the flu. >> they just got over it about two weeks ago, and then i started feeling symptoms around tuesday. at school, i got dizzy and nauseous. >> reporter: that made her a prime candidate for an
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unpleasant flu test. >> ahh! >> reporter: her nasal swab gets in line behind all the other flu tests in this bustling office. the c.d.c. says the number of patients may reach record levels, and we have not yet hit the peak of flu season. >> in 2014-15, 710,000 americans were hospitalized from flu. if things continue like they are right now, we will have even more hospitalizations this year. >> reporter: the c.d.c. says to seek immediate help if you develop flu symptoms that include persistent high fever, breathing problems, rapid heart beat, confusion, or if you start to get better and then suddenly get worse, because that could mean a secondary infection like pneumonia. >> glor: i know how many cases you've been diagnosing just yourself, jon, so much more to come on this. >> reporter: it's a brutal season. >> glor: president trump broke his silence today on rob porter, the staff secretary who resigned wednesday amid reports he had abused two former wives. as the white house faced more questions today about how his
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case was handled. chip reid is at the white house. >> reporter: in the oval office today, president trump had kind words for former senior adviser rob porter. >> but we certainly wish him well. it's a, obviously, tough time for him. he did a very good job when he was in the white house. >> reporter: as for allegations by porter's exwives that he abused them, the president appeared to give porter the benefit of the doubt. >> as you probably know, he says he's innocent. and i think you have to remember that. >> reporter: chief of staff john kelly, who was in the room as the president spoke, has been at the interest of the response to the porter controversy, which the white house concedes has been mishandled. poart told white house counsel don mcgahn more than a year ago that his background check for a security clearance might reveal unflattering information but provided few details. this past november, porter himself told kelly that his ex-wives had made accusations that porter denied. when the abuse allegations
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became public tuesday, kelly came to portery defense stating, "rob porter say man of true integrity and honor." on wednesday, photos surfaces of one of poart's ex-wifes with a black eye. secretary sara sanders that afternoon. >> the chief of staff has full and trust in his ability and performance. >> reporter: she later announced porter would resign. that night, kelly finally said he was shocked by the new allegations but he also stood by his previous comment of the "rob porter that i have come to know." this was kelly in october. >> you know, when i was a kid growing up, a lot of things were sacred in our country. women are sacred, looked upon with great honor. that's, automobile, not the case anymore. >> reporter: today in south korea, vice president mike pence said he became aware of the accusations wednesday. >> i was appalled when i learned of the allegations. there's no tolerance in this white house, no place in america for domestic abuse. >> reporter: cbs news has learned that kelly told the
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president he'd be willing to submit his resignation if the president thought that would be a good idea. but a senior white house official tells us resignation is unlikely, at least for now. jeff. >> glor: chip reid at the white house tonight. chip, thank you very much. the president signed a budget deal this morning that ended a brief government shutdown. the house approved it just before dawn. passage in the senate was delayed for hours by kentucky republican rand paul, who objected to raising spending caps by about $400 billion. the specifics of the final plan will have to be worked out in about six weeks or the country could face another government shutdown. the white house has still not said when or if it will release a second classified memo about the russia investigation. this one was drawn up by democrats on the house intelligence commit. it is said to counter the republican memo that alleges anti-trump bias at the f.b.i. the olympics are under way in pyeongchang, south korea, a town of just 44,000, 50 miles from
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the north korean border. athletes from 93 nations paradedly into the olympic stadium for the opening ceremony in what will be the largest winter olympics in history. there was pomp but politics may have been the big drama. ben tracy is in pyeongchang. >> reporter: the pyeongchang olympics opened with dazzling visuals and a barrage of fireworks. team u.s.a. was led by luge athlete aaron hamlin, and the tongan flag bearer from the rio olympics, staged a repeat. but all eyes were on the koreans, both north and south marching under a unified flag, something recent polls show a majority of south koreans oppose. "i don't think it's right to use the unifeud flag," this man told me. "we should use our flag because it's our country." in a historic moment, south korean president kim jong-in shook the the hand of kim yo-jong, the sister of north
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korean leader kim jong-un. stuck in the middle of it all was vice president mike pence, seated just one row and one seat away from her. the two never spoke. an awkward diplomatic dance band gan when kim landed in seoul friday morning as the americans and north koreans seemed determined to avoid each other. >> north korea has to accept change. they have to abandon their nuclear ambitions. they have to end the day of provocation and menacing. >> reporter: mr. pence is here to counter what he calls north korea's olympic propaganda. but the opening ceremony was designed as a show of unity, even if the seating chart could use a little work. vice president pence has repeatedly said that if he did interact with the north koreans during his trip, he would deliver a tough message, but a senior administration official conceded that doing that at the opening ceremony of the olympics would have been inappropriate, adding, "you don't talk geopolitics over speed skating."
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jeff. >> glor: all right, ben tracy, thank you. across the american heartland, it was a snow day. plow trucks were out in force in south bend, indiana, clearing about eight inches off the road there. in kalamazoo, michigan, dozens of vehicles piled up on interstate 94. dean reynolds has more on it all this. >> reporter: for much of the day a stroll down state street was an arctic adventure as the inches piled up and chicago fought the first big snowfall of the season. >> it's going to be a beautiful spring and summer! >> reporter: 285 plows were on the move, clearing streets and spreading tons of salt. some dimwits did donuts in the drifts, but a five- to eight-inch buildup took much of the fun ow out of driving. spinouts were a common sight. the airlines scrubbed more than 1,000 flights at o'hare and midway airports. caprisha perteete was in a hurry to go nowhere. >> i had to push my flight back
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first, and then the bus was late because of the snow, which was okay, because we were running late as well. my car was actually stuck in the driveway. and then we got here and my flight has been delayed about an hour. >> reporter: chicago closedly its public schools, ditto for detroit, milwaukee, most of iowa, and nebraska. mayor rahm emanuel: >> this is more reflective of what we kind of think about when we have in our mind's eye, what does a chicago winter look like? >> reporter: the wintry blast that befell the windy city actually stretched from montana to michigan with another couple of snowbands to come this weekend. the national weather service cautions that travel will be extremely difficult across the midwest for several hours even after the snow stops falling, whenever that is. jeff. >> glor: dean reynolds, who will not be doing donuts on the way home tonight. dean, thank you very much. it has been a month since mudslides killed at least 20
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people and destroyed more than 100 homes on the california coast. torrential rain washed out hillsides, torched bear by a massive wildfire. as carter evans reports tonight, some neighbors say insurance companies have been slow to connect the disasters and cover the victims. >> feels like a nightmare they just don't wake up from. >> reporter: beth prince had endured the torrent of mud that plowed into her montecito home. so you were standing inside looking out at mud up to here. >> yes. and the water had gone to four feet in the back of the house in 20 minutes. >> reporter: the damage was extensive, but when she called her insurance company, usaarg a, this was the response: >> he said we don't cover this type of problem. and that was it. >> reporter: she is not alone. at a community meeting last night in santa barbara... >> how many people are fighting with their insurance companies? is there a particular company? >> u.s.a.a. >> u.s.a.a. >> u.s.a.a., they're notorious. >> nationwide. >> nationwide. allstate? all right. >> it is frustrating for homeowners. i feel that frustration.
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>> reporter: california insurance commissioner dave jones says most who lost their homes to wildfires were fully covered, while homeowners with mud damage are still waiting because they didn't buy flood insurance. but state law is clear: when one disaster leads to another. >> the indications are that the fires did cause the mudslideses and that they should pay claims. >> reporter: and no one's brought you any other evidence to say otherwise. >> absolutely not. >> reporter: richard wax's home survived the fires, but then came the wall of mud. when you look at this, what's the rough damage assessment? >> probably $15 million to $18 million. >> reporter: that's a lot of money. >> a hell of a lot of money. >> reporter: you're expecting this to be covered? >> yes, i am. i think that they know it's caused by the fire. >> reporter: many companies are now beginning to accept claims. as for beth, after weeks of hearing nothing, the advocate she hired made one more call to u.s.a.a. >> he said, "you know, hey, our client is going to talk to the news." >> reporter: and you got a phone call this morning? >> they changed their mind and
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they will cover me now. >> reporter: while insurance companies continue to investigate these claims, homeowners are now bracing for another round of storms. there is more rain in the forecast next week, and authorities say this could easily happen again. jeff. >> glor: carter evans. thank you for that reporting from california. now to some other stories we're following in tonight's evening newsfeed. another wild day on wall street. the dow ended the day gaining 330 points. it was down 5% for the week with investors worrying about rising interest rates and inflation. uber settled a lawsuit today, agreeing to pay goog's self-driving car company waymo about $245 million. waymo had accused uber of stealing technology trade secrets. uber denied any wrong wrongdoint is promising to use its own research. there is much more ahead on tonight's cbs evening news.
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>> reporter: a tennessee sheriff stuns his community by what he said at the scene of an officer-involved shooting. it was all caught on tape. >> get on the ground! ( cheers ). >> glor: fumble on the play, and the fans recovered. >> reporter: eddie brown was just a regular, old grade school teacher. >> she speaks spanish. >> reporter: until he started telling jokes only teachers could truly appreciate. now he speaks for an occupation♪ i've always wanted to share a special moment with my mom. i think surprising her with a night ski trip would just be the biggest gift i could give her. let's make that happen. she's gonna be so excited. ♪ take me where i want to be. ♪ ♪ let me dream, oh, let me dream... ♪
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michael dial led department depa 50-mile-per-hour chase. his alleged crime-- driving with an expired license. deputies rammed his truck and trailer trying to force him off the road. when it did work, sheriff oddie shoupe issued an order: reserve deputy adam west, who was driving his personal vehicle, drew his weapon, and as deputies spun the suspect out of control, deputy west fired repeatedly. michael dial died after being shot in the head. he was unarmed. when sheriff shoupe arrived at the scene, he was caught on a deputy's bodycamera saying this dial's family is suing, alleging the sheriff preferred to shoot and kill mr. dial rather than risk damaging his patrol cars.
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>> reporter: and then the sheriff added this: sheriff shoupe, who has been in office for 12 years, has decided not to run for re-election. he wasn't at home today when we knocked, and his office staff said he was out of town. the day of the shooting, the sheriff seemed unfazed as the deputy who shot dial looked emotional. i finally got the sheriff on the phone tonight. he told me, "i have nothing to say," and then hung up. the district attorney said the driver put the lives in danger and because of that, the shooting was justified. >> glor: coming up next here, a century-old retailer changes
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>> reporter: and his audience can clearly relate. >> oh, you feel that way, too? ha! i thought i was the only one. i'm not crazy! i already knew my immediate circle of teachers went through it but i didn't know this transcend districts and states-- countries. >> reporter: eddie discovered that reach quite by accident. about a year ago, he posted a video on his facebook page. called it, "what public school teachers really say." >> professional development? i'm as professionally developed as i'm going to get. >> reporter: that video went viral, as did the next. >> this is why the tip the bartender so much. she's the only one who understands me. >> reporter: now 60 videos later, that ordinary science teacher from houston hooft is an icon among educators, selling out his teachers-only comedy tour across the country. it's like elvis with a master's degree, performing an entire set about mandatory staff meetings. >> you have to do two things to have a short meeting-- shut.
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up. >> reporter: what did you tap into? >> it's what they want to say and don't say. first of all, we don't get paid enough. i can't stress that enough. it's not being able to teach how you want to teach. >> reporter: and in that sense, there's nothing funny about his comedy. >> don't do that in my class! >> reporter: there's this underlying theme to each joke that teachers are fed up with being micromanaged and would like to be trusted again. in fact, at the end of each concert, eddie is as serious as detention. >> so don't let them ruin your creativity. >> reporter: that's how this one man came to speak for an occupation. steve hartman, "on the road," in houston. >> glor: that's not a bad way to end the week. that is the cbs evening news for this week. i'm jeff glor. good night.
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