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former mayor pete buttigieg becomes the first openly gay cabinet secretary to be confirmed by the senate. new video tonight of three officers involved in george floyd's death forcibly arresting an innocent man weeks earlier, raising questions about previous patterns of behavior. "women and the pandemic." what you need to know about misinformation being spread about covid vaccines and fertility. also tonight, why this chart-topping country music star's songs will no longer be played on major radio stations. and, grid-iron girls. the trail-blazing women that will make history during super bowl 55 on cbs. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reportin atn's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with that new astrazeneca vaccine which now appears to not only prevent people from getting
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severely ill from coronavirus, it may also slow the spread of it. researchers say that is a game-changer, making it the only vaccine capable of reducing transmission. they say that's different than themesapproved shots which stop could still be months before the u.e approved hen projecting as many as 84,000 more americans will be killed by the virus this month. so the agency says there are some encouraging signs that new infections are starting to drop across the country. the c.d.c. director said today she's also confident schools can begin to reopen, even if teachers aren't fully vaccinated. and that's sparking a firestorm among educators. and, in a sign that even the most basic american traditions haven't been spared by the pandemic, tonight the president's medical advisor dr. anthony fauci is warning that super bowl parties could become superspreader events.
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and he's urging americans to please only watch the big gamen. and he's urging with family members they live with. we have a lot of new reporting tonight from you and your family, and our team is standing by. meg oliver is going to lead off our coverage tonight from new york city. good evening, meg. >> reporter: good evening, norah. today, vaccinations resumed at mega-sites like this one in new york city after that monster storm forced them to reschedule york city after that monster storm for thousands of shots. it is just the latest challenge complicating the vaccine distribution nationwide. tonight signs of a vaccine breakthrough, researchers in the u.k. saying the astrazeneca vaccine may slow the transmission of covid and a single dose is 76% effective. it's still not available here in the u.s. it's in late-stage trials but it's not been approved by the fda. former c.d.c. director tom frieden. how quickly could that arrive in the u.s.? >> the astrazeneca company has not provided the kind of transparent information that the
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other companies have. but it has some very favorable characteristics. >> reporter: meanwhile, pressure is building to reopen schools. today, san francisco filed suit against its own school board demanding in-person learning as quickly as possible. schools have been remote only since last march. in chicago, a looming showdown with the city pressuring its teachers' union to get back to the classroom now. half of all states are now giving teachers priority to get vaccinated, but the c.d.c. director saying no shot is required. >> that vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite of opening of schools. >> reporter: there is a backlog. the u.s. distributed 56 million doses of the vaccine, less than 34 million have been administered. cvs, the latest chain to
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announce in-store vaccines. the u.s. is shipping one million vaccines per week to 6,500 pharmacies. that is barely 154 doses per store. 8% of americans have now gotten their first shot, but reaching minority communities remains a vaccine roadblock. so, are they vaccinating enough people of color? >> we really need to do much better. unfortunately, black americans are getting vaccinated at only about half the rate of white americans. that needs to improve. >> people are dying. my patients are dying. my colleagues are dying. >> pressure, heart rate. >> reporter: dr. jerry abraham served in one of l.a.'s most neglected communities. lines form at 3:00 a.m. to register in person. >> they don't understand that grandma and grandpa don't even have an email address, much less a phone. those should not be the barriers nd bet you and access to a vaccine. >> reporter: in response to the c.d.c. statement that teachers aren't required to have the vaccine to safely return in person, tonight, the presidentfn of the nation's largest teachers' union says she is advocating for vaccines and rapid tests as game-changers for classroom safety. norah?
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>> o'donnell: meg oliver with that new reporting, thank you. a growing number of senate republicans are denouncing conspiracy theorist marjorie taylor greene, as their house counterparts decide not to punish her. cbs's kris van cleave has the latest from capitol hill. >> reporter: tonight, an uncivil war inside the g.o.p. top house republican kevin mccarthy rejecting pressure to push two pronent members of atpa fd giorie taylor greene, under fire from trump critics who want her stripped from her committee assignments. >> is she a good face for the republican party? she is not. >> i disagree with many of her comments. >> reporter: another video from 2019 shows greene, an ardent trump supporter and q-anon follower, mocking parkland shooting survive david hogg. >> because i'm looking at this idiot, david hogg.
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>> reporter: a massacre she says was staged. >> he is like a dog, he is completely. >> reporter: in the wake of the capitol assault, the previous support on social media for the execution of speaker nancy pelosi has caused an uproar. >> i personally think she should resign. >> reporter: house democrats will vote thursday to remove greene from the education and budget committees after minority leader mccarthy refused to act. tonight condemning greene's conduct, but callingthat move by democrats a partisan power grab. >> kevin mccarthy should handle this problem. because marjorie taylor greene is out of control. >> reporter: and now democrats are capitalizing on the controversy. >> qanon, a conspiracy theory born online, took over the republican party. >> reporter: tying the republicans to qanon in campaign ads. >> and done all trump incited a mob that attacked the capitol. >> reporter: with many in congress still rattled by the
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attack one month ago the house will now fine members $5,000 if they try to avoid metal detectors outside the house floor. in a powerful moment this morning, capitol police officer brian sicknick, killed in the violence on january 6th was remembered for his heroic sacrifice.inlay in honor in the capitol rotunda. president biden and vice president harris among the lawmakers and scores of police officers paying respects... ( bagpipes ) ...before sicknick was taken to his final resting place at arlington national cemetery. leader mccarthy told house republicans today, he supports liz cheney keeping her leadership post. earlier, marjorie taylor greene says she doesn't owe anyone an apology, and late tonight, speaker pelosi is calling mccarthy cowardly for not taking action against greene. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, kris van cleave, thank you. and while house republicans were battling, top senate democrats met with president biden.
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topic number one was the huge covid stimulus plan. and tonight there is word of a possible compromise. cbs's ed o'keefe has late >> rr: preis b rdespitlittle evy will republicans. >> reporter: but utah republican mitt romney who backed a smaller targeted bill said members of his party will only get on board if the president cuts the side of his plan. >> if it goes forward without any changes from what was originally proposed, i would predict that not a single republican will support the $1.9 trillion plan. >> reporter: one area of potential compromise: who is eligible for stimulus checks. >> that money will go out the door immediately. >> reporter: mr. biden says he wants to fulfill a exam campaign promise of 1400 payment but might be willing to negotiate over who qualifies. >> that is something that has formernder discussion, tt en aua president trump's impeachment trial approaching president biden tells "people"
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magazine that it is unlikely two thirds of senators will vote to convict. but. >> i think it's important that there be certain basic standards that people at least are able to see what happened and make their own judgments. i'm not looking for any retribution.todavialtestorret fault for what happened at the capitol. >> just because somebody gave a speech and got-- people got excited, that doesn't mean that the speech maker's fault. it is the people who got excited and did what they know is wrong that are at fault.petegieg bamet he began his job as transportation secretary exactly one year to the day after he won the iowa caucus. what a difference a year makes, norah. >> o'donnell: indeed.
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all right ed o'keefe, thank you. and this programming note: we'll be sitting down witherti president biden for his first television interview sunday during the super bowl pregame show, and will have a preview here on friday. now to this story. video has surfaced of three minneapolis police officers charged in the death of george floyd making a violent wrongful arrest just weeks prior to floyd's death and there are more accusations that the former officer who net on floyd's neck had used similar tactics in the past. here is jeff pegues. >> what y'all doing? >> reporter: police were responding to a 911 call and reports of a woman being held hostage in an apartment building. >> ( bleep ) y'all wrong. >> reporter: as officer derek chauvin who was a training officer stood by observing, officers thomas lane, alexander keung and louis realivasquez took down adrian drakeford, turns out drakeford was not armed as officers claimed, nor
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did he have anything to do with the original call. the incident occurred three weeks before george floyd was killed, when once again, officers chauvin, lane and keung were involved. pressing his knee into floyd's neck. prosecutors will try to establish if what was captured on video was part of a pattern. zoya codes claimed that chauvin used a similar tactic on her in 2017, will be part of the trial evidence. in a marshall project investigation, she says "he just stayed on my neck," and when she challenged him to press harder, then "he did, just to shut me up." because of a log on the books, or union contracts, complaints against liceen the light of day. >> when you keep this kind of disciplinary record basically invisible to the people of the city, they have no way to
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respond and no way to react except after the fact. and we can see the tragic consequences. >> reporter: chauvin goes on trial next month. the other three former officers are going to be tried together in august. meanwhile, on a separate track is the justice department's civil rights investigation intouenk you. tonight, two f.b.i. agents are home from the hospital after being wounded in an ambush tuesday in sunrise, florida. two other agents were killed. the suspect, who later killed himself, was identified today as 55-year-old david huber. he was wanted in a child pornography investigation. f.b.i. director christopher wray met today with the families of the agents who were killed. and tonight, we want to clear up some widespread misinformation abut covid vaccines and fertility. the rumors have scared some women from getting a covid shot. cbs's nikki battiste continues our series, "women and the pandemic."
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>> rte started rolling out the vaccine, social media began rolling out the rumors. and they spread as rapidly as the virus itself. how often are you being asked by patients if the vaccine causes infertility. >> every day. >> reporter: jay huber is a fertility doctor in new orleans. coviine causno inrtilit >> this concept that the vaccination will actually train the human immune system to create an antibody that can cross-react with that vital placental protein, which would ultimately cause infertility. >> there's a lot of emotion. because i have done this twice before and it want successful. >> reporter: stacey clarke, a 36-year-old nurse, is getting fertility treatments from dr. huber.
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she fears the vaccine could somehow affect her ability to get pregnant. >> what if there is something in there that wasn't tested? will it cause females to be sterile? >> reporter: what of your discussions with the vaccine with dr. huber been like? >> he of course mfes that there is engh evie do edurabout the vacce?>> covid after her fertility treatment and wound up in the hospital. what do you say to women who are hesitant or do not want the vaccine at all, who are also going through fertility treatment? >> with the virus so widespread, you are either choosing between getting the vaccine or getting covid. >> reporter: almendrala says she is relieved there is a vaccine, and she will take it. >> i was a couple days away from losing everything. >> reporter: nikki battiste, cb. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead here on tonight's "cbs evenings news." an icy river causes a major
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>> o'donnell: there is a major flooding emergency tonight along the st. claire river near detroit. the river is clogged with ice, sending water flowing into roads and homes and businesses. a u.s. coast guard cutter has been sent in to break up the ice and ease the flooding. a fire explosion sent several people to the hospital today in northern virginia. workers were respondin agaak whe erupted. a house and several vehicles were damaged. and tonight, country singer morgan wallen has been suspended by his record label, music dropped by many radio stations, and streaming services. it was all after he was caught on camera using a racial slur. e singer was seen walking to his nashville home from a bar with his friends when he shouted the obscenities. wallen later apologized, saying there were no excuses to use this type of language, ever. and, this remarkable video comes to us from myanmar, formally
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>> o'donnell: it's all about the numbers at super bowl 55-- number 12 tom brady versuspatrm. but the real hry will be made by number 53, in stripes. cbs's mark strassmann reports, from tampa. >> reporter: we first met star a thomas at a job audition nearly eight years ago. >> 29 again. >> reporter: the former collegiate line judge wanted the n.f.l. to hire her and make history. >> the n.f.l. is the no female league. >> is that what they call it? no female league, no, i know a lot of females are maybe inspired by that there is a gender barrier that has been broken. >> reporter: she got the job.
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another barrier broken for the mississippi mother of three. >> out of bounds. >> reporter: and now a super bowl. >> do they notice the difference, the players? >> i mean when i walk up and have i mascara on and maybe some lip gloss, yeah, they notice the difference and hear my tone. >> so when you have some 300 pound guy in your face, yelling about some call that you have made, what is that like? >> i was an athlete myself one time, and i joke about it, but i couldn't stand the officials. >> reporter: seven women now coach for various n.f.l. teams. two of them, assistant coaches for the tampa bay buccaneers, are also heading to the super bowl. >> it's not one step at a time. it is a whole walk at a time. >> reporter: amy trask was the league's first female c.e.o. for the then-oakland raiders. career. >> reporter: more women may chase n.f.l. dreams. the 47-year-old's thomas' advice this week. >> i would simply look at you and say do it.
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good n >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff pegues in washington. thanks for syi with us. this morning another video has surfaced relating to investigation of floyd's death in minneapolis last may. another controversial arrest of black man voin former officer derek chauvin, but also two other officers in the floyd
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case. >> reporter: this begins by showing derek chauvin, thomas lane, alexander kueng and luis realivasquez. officers lanend kueng, field training at time, kneeled on the back. as observed. in the video they say they believed he had a knife. later acknowledged he did not. >> you don't even know what the [ bleep ] is going on. >> reporter: video taken by his brother shows him telling officers they're making a mistake. >> he been crawling all day. >> reporter: then officer realivasquez approaches the
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crowd with what appears to be chemical irritant. >> you got enough space, don't tough me. >> reporter: as the officers walk away, his brother follows him. >> he been calling for your help all day. you got it [ bleep ] up. >> reporter: called policeearlr break-in, had no connection to 911 call about a hostage and none was found. >> came out with a knife. >> he didn't come out hostile. >> he was released, no charges. three weeks later, three of the four officers involved in the arrest were on the scene when george floyd died on memorial day, chauvin charged with second degree murder and manslaughter after kneeling on floyd's check and others charged with

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