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>> there. you did great. >> reporter: steve hartman on the road in syracuse, new york. and that's the overnig news or this it's thursday, september 24th, 2020. this is the "cbs morning news." unrest in louisville. two police officers are shot during demonstrations over a grand jury's decision in the breonna taylor case. tribute to a trailblazer. the nation mourns ruth bader ginsburg as the president defends his decision to quickly fill her seat. and capitol clash. a heated exchange between dr. anthony fauci and senator rand paul during a coronavirus paul during a coronavirus hearing. captioning funded by cbs good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. the grand jury's decision in the
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breonna taylor case has ignited protests that continued into the night. demonstrations turned violent in louisville where two officers were shot. they're expected to be okay. police say they arrested the suspected gunman. the police department released video on facebook where you can hear gunshots in the background. [ gunshots ] the shooting happened when the officers checked out reports of gunfire. the unrest in louisville and the rest of the nation comes after no officers were charged in taylor's death. elise preston has the latest. [ chants ] >> reporter: protesters gathered across the nation including in atlanta, washington, d.c., new york, and louisville after a kentucky grand jury charged one officer but not for the shooting death of breonna taylor. >> basically saying it's legal to kill, murder black people in the streets or in their sleep. we're used to them getting away with murder. >> reporter: late wednesday the
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louisville police department said two officers were shot. earlier several protesters were arrested amid clashes. >> the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of utmost importance. >> reporter: a grand jury charged fired officer bret hankinson with charges after the narcotics investigation. no drugs were ever found in taylor's home. >> the decision before my office as the special prosecutor in this case was not to decide if the loss of miss taylor's life was a tragedy. the answer to that question is unequivocally yes. >> reporter: the panel brought no charges against any of the three officers in connection with the 26-year-old emergency room technician's death. taylor was shot six times in the hallway of her apartment. >> she's in the sanctity of her home. the place where you are expected to be safe. >> reporter: taylor's boyfriend who has said he mistook the
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officers for intruders opened fire first hitting an officer in the leg. if convicted, hankison faces up to 15 years behind bars. elise preston, cbs news. coming up on "cbs morning news," the attorney for breonna taylor's family, ben crump, joins us to talk about the grand jury's decision to not bring charges related to taylor's death. and the nation continues to mourn ruth bader ginsburg. her body will lie in repose for one more day outside the supreme court and yesterday people came to say their final good-byes including president bill clinton who nominated her in 1993 along with his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton. laura podesta is in washington. laura, i'm sure it's going to be another busy day with people coming by to pay their respects. who else are we expecting to see? >> reporter: you said it, thousands more members of the public are anticipated to come visit the late justice today.
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but all eyes will be on president trump and the first lady when they pay their respects around 10:00 a.m. >> ruth is gone, and we grieve. >> reporter: from the great hall of the supreme court, the life of ruth bader ginsburg was celebrated as vision of the american dream. >> it is the rare prophet who not only imagines a new world but also makes that new world a reality in her lifetime. >> she was not an opera star, but she found her stage right behind me in our courtroom. there she won famous victories that helped move our nation closer to equal justice under law. >> reporter: more than 100 former law clerks during her 27 years as a justice stood outside as her casket was brought to the ceremony with friends and family. mourners of all ages lined up to say farewell. >> it's important to come here and thank this incredible woman for the long fight. >> reporter: president trump and the first lady are expected to
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come pay their respects today. tomorrow justice ginsburg will be moved to the u.s. capitol to become the first woman to lie in state there. >> the scam will be before the united states supreme court -- >> reporter: at the white house, president trump defended moving quickly to fill ginsburg's seat, arguing a close election could be decided by the court. >> and i think having a 4-4 situation is not a good situation. >> reporter: later the president wouldn't commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses. >> we're going to have to see what happens. >> reporter: former vice president joe biden looked exasperated when told. >> i don't know what to say about it -- it doesn't surprise me. >> reporter: president trump is expected to name his nominee on saturday. and the two candidates will face off in the first debate tuesday in cleveland. anne-marie? >> laura podesta in washington. thank you so much. joe biden appears to be riding a wave of momentum heading into the first presidential debate. a new quinnipiac university national poll shows that he has a ten-point lead over president trump.
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the majority of likely voters surveyed said that their minds are made up already. and a lot can still happen, though, between now and november. meanwhile, president trump is not committing to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the election. >> we're going to have to see what happens. i've been complaining very strongly about the ballots and the ballots are a disaster. get rid of the ballots, and you'll have a very -- we'll -- there won't be a transfer, frankly. there will be a continuation. >> president trump has repeatedly attacked mail-in voting saying it will lead to fraud despite no evidence. he previously said biden would only win if the election was rigged. the coronavirus will play a key role in the election. currently there are four possible vaccines in the final stages of trials here in the u.s. however, it remains unclear just whether any will be ready by election day. on capitol hill, top u.s. health officials told senators that they would take a covid vaccine
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when it's approved. and at one point during the hearing, dr. anthony fauci sparred with senator rand paul over the low positivity rate in new york saying that people have followed the guidelines. but paul disagreed. >> or they've developed enough community immunity that they're no longer having the pandemic because they have enough immunity in new york city to actually stop -- >> i challenge that, senator -- >> i'm afraid -- >> please, sir. i would like to be able to do this because this happens with senator rand all at time. you are not listening to what the director of the cdc said, if you believe 22% is herd immunity, i believe you're alone in that. >> well, there are 6.9 million cases of coronavirus in the u.s. the number of deaths is now more than 201,000. a federal investigation is underway into what whether
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utility equipment sparked one of the largest fires in history. the power company said that it has power lines near the orgyp of the fire. it wed there was an equipment issue in the area minutes before the fire started. the company is cooperating with investigators. the bobcat fire started on september 6th. the fire has now torched more than 113 acres and is 39% contained. so coming up on the "cbs morning news," the ceo of wells fargo bank apologizes for comments about diversity. and a cleaner commute. a germ-fighting robot hits a busy london train station. this is the "cbs morning news." this is the "cbs morning news." my psoriatic arthritis pain? i had enough! it's not getting in my way. joint pain, swelling, tenderness much better. my psoriasis, clearer... cosentyx works on all of this. four years and counting.
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coronavirus with ultraviolet light has been brought in. now officials say that the technology can kill nearly 100% of bacteria and viruses including the coronavirus on surfaces and in the air. it's meant to restore commuter confidence after a spike in coronavirus cases in britain. we are remembering football hall of famer gale sayers, and why a bank boss apologized. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "reuters" reports the ceo of wells fargo apologized for making what he calls insensitive remarks about race and diversity. in a companywide memo in june, charles shaw said that the company had trouble reaching diversity goals because, quote, there is a very limited pool of black talent to recruit from in corporate america. the memo became public this week. he made similar comments in a zoom meeting this summer. the memo also highlighted black executives who had been hired or recently promoted.
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the "st. louis post dispatch" reports republican missouri governor mike parson and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. in a recorded statement yesterday, parson said his wife was tested after experiencing mild cold-like symptoms. he said he was tested despite not having any symptoms. >> my concern is the first lady, her health, to make sure that she's okay. so i would ask is for your prayers and for your thoughts for the first lady as we move forward in this. again, we're both fine. we're going to move forward. >> the governor went into isolation and postponed several events this week including a debate against his democratic opponent. in the past, parson has recommended that people wear masks when unable to socially distance, but has refused to require masks. and "the chicago tribune" remembers legendary bears running back gale sayers. sayers died yesterday of dementia. in 1977 he became the youngest player inducted into the hall of fame at the age of 34.
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sayers played for only seven seasons. his career was cut short by serious knee injuries. he once scored six touchdowns, though, in a game, tying a record. his friendship with dying teammate brian piccolo inspired the 1971 movie "brian's song." sayers was 77. still ahead, changes to a new year's eve tradition. how the famous ball drop celebration at times square will look different this year. different this year. ♪ ♪ ♪ create your story with pandora jewelry. receive a free bracelet with purchase.
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zero-emission vehicles. on the cbs "money watch" now, the president tightens sanctions against cuba, and new year's eve's going to look a little different in times square this year, diane. diane, you are in new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. we'll start with this -- the latest figures for weekly jobless claims will be released this morning. now stocks skidded yesterday after the fed warned more stimulus is needed to fuel a continued economic recovery. the dow sank some 525 points. the nasdaq dropped 330. the s&p 500 fell 78. president trump announced a new series of economic sanctions against cuba. americans will be banned from buying cuban cigars and rum and won't be allowed to stay at cuban government-owned hotels. mr. trump says the action will help to financially starve the island's communist-run government. tis comes as he tries to boost appeal among cuban american voters, a key voting block in the battleground state of florida. the uncle ben's rice brand
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is changing its name to ben's original. its marketing has been criticized for perpetuating racial stereotypes. parent company mars, inc., is removing the image of a white-haired black man from its packaging used since the 1940s. the change makes good on a pledge mars made in june to review the brand amid global protests over police brutality and racism. the new packaging is set to hit store shelves next year. and don't expect to see big crowds in times square to ring in 2021. the celebration is going virtual this year due to the pandemic. the announcement was made in this video teaser released by organizers. celebrities are still expected to take part in the ball drop, and there will be some small-scaled back live events. the co-producer says the main goal is make us all forget about the strain 2020 has had. anne-marie? >> well, you know, diane, that has always been virtual for me. i don't know how these people stand out there for hours in that weather.
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so same difference -- >> i've been to times square once for new year's eve. luckily at the time i had connection to an office building, so it was the best of both worlds. we could be in the office and watch the ball drop right from times square. >> that's how you want to do it. diane king hall in new york. thank you so much. next, presidential text. why barack obama shared his telephone number with millions of his followers on social media. what if there was a membership that gave us the time to celebrate the things that connect all of us? ♪ there's so much to take advantage of. like $0 copays on virtual visits... ♪ wow ♪ uh-huh $0 copays on primary care visits and lab tests. ♪ wow ♪ uh-huh plus, $0 copays on hundreds of prescription drugs.
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marvel superhero movie "black widow," you're going to have to wait a bit longer. disney is pushing back the release of the film starring scarlett johansson by six months to may of next year. it was supposed to originally hit theater this may but was delayed until november due to the pandemic. disney also said it's delaying the new "west side story" until december of next year. convincing people to fill out the census can be a challenge. so a new york city nonprofit joined with professional dancers to see if a flash mob could help. ♪ >> the association for a better new york organized yesterday's socially distant flash mob in times square to let people know that they still have a week to complete the census form. the results of the nationwide occurrence -- senseis are used to allocate $1.5
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trillion in federal aid across the country. >> the census is so important. it millions billions of dollars for our vulnerable communities. for head start start programs, free lunch and breakfast programs. and the things that we rely on every day -- especially our vulnerable community. >> the census also helps determine how congress and state legislatures draw voting districts. and former president barack obama wants to hear from you. yesterday he shared his phone number on twitter asking people to text him about how they're planning to vote. mr. obama said that he also wants to know how people are doing and what's on their mind. he said that he'll be in touch from time to time to share what's on his mind. hopefully he turns off the notifications because some people do not understand boundaries. no texts after 11:00 p.m. coming up on "cbs this morning," we have reaction to the grand jury decision, of course, in the breonna taylor case. we're going to speak to ben crump, he's the attorney for taylor's family. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." ♪
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our top stories this morning -- two officers in louisville were shot during protests over a grand jury's decision in the breonna taylor case. the officers are expected to be okay. the suspected gunman was arrested. the shooting happened when the officers checked out reports of gunfire. justice ruth bader ginsburg's body will lie in repose for one more day outside the supreme court. today president trump and the first lady are expected to pay their respects. yesterday, people came to say their final good-byes, including former president bill clinton who nominated her in 1993. along with his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton. well, many businesses have suffered during the pandemic,
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but online shopping got a big boost. and new data shows that is not changing. elise preston reports. >> reporter: tiandra cole used to do all of her grocery shopping in person, but the coronavirus changed that. >> i really just don't feel comfortable going into the stores right now. there's not a need. >> reporter: so she's buying her food on line through insta cart, everything is delivered right to or home. -- to her home. do you foresee going back into the grocery store? are you going to stick with instacart? >> quite honestly, i don't see a need to go back to the grocery store. >> reporter: while grocery stores never shut down, a growing number of americans have turned to the web. and even with retail stores reopening, overall online shopping remains strong. a report from adobe analytics shows online sales up 42% in august, reaching $63 billion. >> things like groceries and the electronics category as a whole, those types of categories have
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settled into what we'd assume is a new normal for online commerce where people have started to naturally buy some of these products on line. >> reporter: the surge in orders is creating shipping delays, leading shoppers to buy on line and pick up in store. those sales where the acronym bopis, and up a whopping 259% compared to last year. >> they can purchase on line and get it in the store with, you know, limited interactions in the store. and then be able to also save money on shipping. >> reporter: tiandra isn't just buying on the internet. she opens a small sauce company. business is up 75% since the pandemic started thanks to a boost in online sales. >> this entire pandemic has forced everyone to kind of create a new normal and a shift and a change. >> reporter: for millions of shoppers, that shift includes more pointing and clicking. elise preston, cbs news, new york.
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coming up on "cbs this morning," more reaction to the grand jury decision in the breonna taylor case. we'll speak with ben crump, the attorney for taylor's family. plus, flying during the pandemic. we'll have a first look at a new rapid testing program for passengers that could jump-start international travel. and in our series "a more perfect union," we'll meet teenagers who are building a stronger community through civics projects. that's the "cbs morning news" for in thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪ ♪
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