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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening and thank you for joining us. this has been a rough weekend if you're flying southwest. nearly 2,000 flights have been canceled, leaving passengers scrambling. the airline blames disruptive weather and air traffic control issues, although the faa attributes the disruptions to staffing and aircraft issues. no other airline has reported similar problems today. cbs's lilia luciano is in los angeles at the international airport there. lilia, it appears those problems really started before today. r: ts t, rick s friday teoo an flights b stacking
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up ever since. all of those cancellations. i've been hearing from passengers today who are frustrated and say they just want to get home. crowds and chaos at many airports across the country this weekend in the wake of flight cancellations by southwest, the nation's largest domestic airline. what's that been like? >> so far stressful. it's not been fun u know. it's not a good way to end our honeymoon. >> reporter: more than a thousand flights were canceled today. that's nearly a third of the airline's schedule. another 800 flights were scrapped saturday. this was the scene in miami. >> kind of makes you apprehensive on traveling and counting on, you know, the flights to get back home. maybe driving next time. >> reporter: the disruptions have left passengers stranded, standing in long lines or stuck on hold. >> after eight hours, you get pretty upset. >> reporter: the airline blames the cancellation ands delays on air traffic control issues and weather. but no other airline is it as severely affected. southwest's pilot union is
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denying it's a sick-out or protest. on friday it asked the court to temporarily block the covid vaccine mandate. they are urging customers to go to the website for update and rebooking. they are apologizing for the massive disruption and say they're trying to get everyone home quickly and safely. jericka? >> so frustrating for all of those passengers. thank you, lilia. well, covid continues its latest retreat. new infections are down 20% over the past two weeks. deaths down 14%. despite progress, america's overall pandemic recovery is struggling. cbs's mark strassmann explains. >> hey, can you watch your language? you are around kids. >> reporter: more than a moment short of a disorder. covid america has functioning anxiety. day after day living with this lingering virus. >> we will not comply. we will not comply. >> reporter: upset, uncertain, on edge.
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frustrated other people who ironically feel the same way, won't come to their senses. >> we want to end this pandemic. we are all exhausted by it. >> reporter: including most vaccinated americans. our new cbs poll found 56% of them said they were at risk because of the unvaccinated. the virus with no end in sight has killed more than 700,000 americans. there is some hope cases now declining in 32 states. >> one, two, three. >> reporter: and pfizer is hoping its vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11 gets emergency approval by the end of the month. not a moment too soon as the delta variant remains pitiless. our relationship status with america's economy also complicated. cash-happy consumers want to spend, but too often the message in stores, we're out of that. >> we're just having a hard time finding the types of things that we love. >> reporter: empty grocery shelves in north carolina, food shortages for schools.
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and yet off the coast of southern california, a half million shipping containers wait for unloading. fewer than 200,000 new jobs were created last month, a major disappointment. even with millions of openings, employers can't find good help these days. or any help. millions of jobless people now stay home. why risk working and catching covid, especially for mediocre money? more pandemic stress is on its way for private employers. osha is still working on issuing emergency guidance for mandatory vaccinations and testing for any company that has at least 100 employees. at least 24 states have promised to fight it. jericka? >> mark strassmann for us in atlanta. thank you. anger over covid vaccine mandates led to the arrest of several far right extremists. cbs's chris livesay is there. >> reporter: violence over the
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vaccine. in the heart of rome. what started off as a restless yet peaceful protest, sparked a tinder box as demonstrators stormed the headquarters of italy's biggest trade union. some were neo fascist. as they marched toward the prime minister's office, police fired water cannons and tear gas, all of it for freedom, they shout. freedom from a national vaccine mandate. starting next weekend, italians are required to show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative covid test in order to enter the workplace. the strictest such law in the world. i consider this to be a criminal and cowardly blackmail by our highest institutions, says maria. there will finally be a revolution in italy, says carolina. we won't go to work. i am passioned, but minority voices, polls show most italians believe the new rules help the
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hell last year never happen again. when they ran out of space to bury the dead. the violence created a u.n. security problem for nancy pelosi here with a summit for parliamentary leaders. she was in a church and body guards led her to safety. jericka? >> chris livesay, thank you. the u.s. and china appear to be entering dangerous territory over taiwan. today china accused the self-ruled island of inciting confrontation. here's cbs's ramy inocencio. >> reporter: war planes streaked over the presidential office building on the 110th anniversary of taiwan's founding. officially known as the republic of china. the president declared the island of 24 million people will defend its democracy and sovereignty. the path that china has laid out offers neither a free nor democratic way of life for taiwan, she said, and no sovereignty for our people. in beijing saturday, the
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people's republic of china commemorated the revolution that overthrew some 4,000 years of imperial dynasties. president xi jing ping said complete reunification with taiwan must be fulfilled. those who betrae the betray land will be split. china's air force extent nearly 150 planes into taiwan's air defense zone this month. president biden said he spoke with president xi. >> i made it clear i don't think he should be doing other thing than abiding by the agreement. >> reporter: national security adviser jake sully von told the bbc the u.s. will stand up and skpeek out. >> we believe strongly in the maintenance of peace and stability across the strait. >> reporter: the u.s. is obligated to defend taiwan by law. the biden administration cleared a $750 billion arms package to taiwan, which china condemned.
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beijing has never ruled out the use of military force to take back what it considers a renegade province. ramy inocencio, cbs news, hong kong. start your day with crest 3d white and from mochaccinos to merlot, your smile will always be brilliant. crest 3d white brilliance. 100% stain removal, 24 hour stain resistance to lock in your whitest smile. crest. the #1 toothpaste brand in america. spray, lift, skip, step. swipe, lift, spin, dry. slam, pan, still...fresh move, move, move, move aaaaand still fresh. degree. ultimate freshness activated when you move.
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>> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jericka duncan in new york. thanks for staying with us. waiting for new furniture, cars or even pots and pans is getting longer due to the global supply chain disruption. the coronavirus pandemic continues to force lockdowns in asia, driving millions of people out of the labor force. all of this equates to fewer products on store shelves, with christmas just right around the corner. david pogue reports. >> reporter: we start off in here. >> come on in. we're going to need a case of lemons, so let's hope that they got lemons tomorrow. >> reporter: life's not giving lemons to tony who owns and runs
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the south port diner in connecticut. and not just lemons. >> you order heinz, it's not here. i ordered gatorade. it took weeks to get gatorade. i call the distributor. what happened to the butter? we're out of stock till next week. >> reporter: when he can get his hands on supplies, he pays a lot more for them. >> bike on was $2.40 a pound. how are we supposed to sell bacon when it's costing us more money >> reporter: he noticed something weird going on with the supply chain. suddenly you can't just buy the stuff you want. book publishers are having trouble getting paper. car companies can't buy computer chips. builders are having trouble getting lumber. container ships in port are waiting for days to be unloaded. and everybody's back to hoarding toilet paper. but here's what's strange about these shortages. there's actually a glut of goods entering the country.
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and chances are whatever you're waiting for is somewhere in boxes like these. >> one of these containers can hold 10,000 pairs of sneakers, 200 queen size mattresses, 70 giant flat screen tvs. so, 95% of consumer goods come into the united states in these very containers. >> reporter: beth is the deputy director of the port department of the port authority of new york and new jersey. those container ships, how many are they carrying? >> anywhere between 9 and 16,000 of these boxes at a time. >> reporter: piles how many? >> couple hundred. >> reporter: she's in a perfect position to explain the first part of the supply chain crisis. >> as the pandemic hit various parts of the globe, factories overseas shutdown. when production began to ramp up, we then saw a significant increase in cargo volume.
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we are all seeing about a 30% increase in our cargo activity year over year. >> reporter: even better, or worse, the holidays are coming. >> of course, we're also experiencing christmas, so if the goods are not here in the port by mid september, they're general not on the shelves for christmas. >> reporter: okay. if there is no shortage of goods, then where's the shortage? >> the underlying cause of all of this is actually a huge increase in demand. >> reporter: he is the director of m.i.t.'s center for transportation and logistics. and, yes, that's a container in his office hallway. >> they did not spend during the pandemic, and then all the government help came. trillions of dollars went to households so they order stuff. they ordered more and more stuff. and the whole global markets were not ready for it. >> reporter: so, wait, there's plenty of goods and plenty of people who want to buy them. so where is the problem?
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here's a hint. trucks. >> i think our drivers are heroes. they didn't have a work from home option, right? and so the country needed food, the country needed cleaning supplies, the country needed medicine. they really kept this whole country moving. >> reporter: mark rourke is head of schneider, a logistics company. i order something that comes on a container ship. can you outline the steps to get it to my door? >> first we have to get that international box off the vessel in the port. we need a trucker to come to the port and bring that general to another warehouse, and then we need another driver to come in and then move that across the country or wherever the destination is, distribution center. >> reporter: it sounds like truckers are sort of key to all of that. >> just about everything that you touch or everything you buy or consume has been at one point or another on a truck for sure. >> reporter: but the national labor shortage plays a role in the supply chain crisis, too. especially when it comes to
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truck drivers. how short are we of what we need to handle this huge swell? >> well, for every order schneider is accepting today, we could do one more that we can't. >> reporter: so you have half the purchasing power you could use. >> i could use right now, absolutely. >> reporter: so there's our problem. san unbelievably perfect storm. a huge wave of stuff coming into the country, a huge wave of people who want to buy it, and a hopelessly overwhelmed transportation system that wasn't ready for either one. back in his diner, tony pertussus is busy keeping his customers happy and waiting for the supply chain nightmare to come in. is it a nightmare or a situation? >> i try my best, i go out fighting. that is' all i can do. that's up to god. >> reporter: m.i.t.'s yosi thinks there may be light at the end of the tunnel. when are things going to be
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normal again? >> i would say without government intervention, it will be the end of the second quarter next year. but the prices will still be high. >> reporter: and maybe we'll emerge with some wisdom, too. >> we are getting so used to plenty that we kind of lose perspective. and if you didn't get the right color of sneakers and your son or daughter doesn't have the exact brand and they have to get another brand, live with it. it's not the end of the world. maybe even good for you. maybe even good for you. >> dav i just heard something amazing! now for the first time one medication was approved to treat and prevent migraines. don't take if allergic to nurtec. the most common side effects were nausea, stomach pain, and indigestion. ask your doctor about nurtec today. don't settle. start your day with secret. secret stops odor-causing sweat 3x more. and the provitamin b5 formula is gentle on skin. with secret, outlast anything! no sweat. secret. ♪ all strength. no sweat. ♪
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the leaves change colors, escaping to the country side is a must for those who can. jonat jonathan biglys oti has the story of a family that goes to lengths to enjoy the view. >> holy -- >> reporter: in aspen, colorado, the town's name sake tree has some folks going to extreme lengths and heights just for a better view. >> your feet are off the ground, you're mesmerized by all the yellow. >> reporter: the quaking aspen got its name because of how it's
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normally green leaves chime in the wind. but it's best known for the dazzling show it puts on about two weeks out of every year when its vibrant autumn color transforms this ski town which used to be a silver mining outpost into a guilded one. what is it about aspen and the leaves that have so many people willing to jump off a cliff? >> you don't get the perspective of how vast it is unless you're getting that bird's eye view. >> people ask me all the time, do i get tired of doing this or do i get bored of it? i don't. it's pure raw beauty. >> reporter: alex palmes of aspen para gliding takes 200 leaf peepers each fall. they go the extra mile to capture fall's fire works. even if it means a bumpy landing. >> are you okay?
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>> yeah. >> this is kind of the epicenter of leaf peeping. >> it looks like this mountain is on fire. >> looks like somebody painted it. >> reporter: jeff heinz says these strokes of color are nature's design. quaking aspens grow in families or groves, sharing the same root system. meaning thousands of trees light up at the same time as they prepare for winter. >> and for me, a naturalist perspective, it's an interesting thing to think this is sort of the preparation for winter. they're drawing chlorophyl which are the pigments they use for photo synthesis out of the leaf back into the tree to store for the next season. they leave behind those yellow pigment, sometimes red pigments by doing that. it's this natural process that is preparing for hardship, but we think of it as so incredibly beautiful. >> reporter: and all that beauty draws lots of admirers. >> on september 1st, it just
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starts and people are calling. >> reporter: so september 1st you have people calling up. when are the leaves changing yellow? >> yeah, sure. we sometimes kind of thought of this as quiet time and it sort of was an open secret among locals and coloradoans, the first time to be in the mountains is september. >> reporter: that secret is now out, and the crowds in thanks to social media. and on these cold and rainy pre-dawn morning on the outskirts of town, a dedicated group is rushing in, hoping to snap some of that gold as the sun comes up. >> i leapt over last night. got up early. >> it's a very good bunch. >> reporter: behold, leaf peepers and their natural habitat. how long have you been out here today waiting for this moment? >> i've been up since 3:30 and i got here 5:00 a.m. >> reporter: 3:30 this morning? >> you bet. >> reporter: photographer and
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aspen resident craig terpin says there's nothing quite like fall here. >> it's a mystical magical beautiful scene that unfolds for a few weeks a year. >> reporter: i can't think of a time i heard somebody so excited to see leaves. >> yeah, you know, we're very thankful for trees out here in aspen. i mean they're beautiful year round, but there's nothing like when they turn these colors of gold and orange. a lot of photographers are here to capture the mix of fall and winter touching. >> reporter: the peepers weathered the rain in the valley. up above the first snowfall of the season dusted the mountains, giving terpin the peepers the most prize possession, the changing of the seasons. in a single frame. >> that again was jonathan vigliotti outside aspen, colorado. omar villafranca now with the story of an organization dedicated to getting latino city dwellers to the campgrounds. >> first timers. >> reporter: list a pacheco has
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never been the outdoorsy type. >> never put up a tent, never thought about sleeping in a tent. >> reporter: but a recent camping trip with h.e.r. kids t -- took her a few hours with her kids. he first camped here 30 years ago. working with latino outdoors, she helps introduce more latino families to mother nature. why don't latinos camp more? what is the barrier that keeps more of us from doing it? >> not knowing. not knowing how easy it can be. >> reporter: volunteers provide the basics, then let the families explore the land and themselves. >> even the little kids know, i can make fire. oh, i can do this. >> you built a fire, woo! >> i'm ready to go by myself with my kids. >> reporter: she knew her kids were all-in on camming when they stayed off line. >> they passed out. no tablets, no internet, no
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phones, and they actually stayed asleep. >> reporter: and dreaming of the next family , hu heard?nalis hav
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been awarded this year's nobel peace prize. elizabeth palmer has that story. >> reporter: when dmitry arrived at work, he got a hero's welcome. as the leader of a newspaper that for nearly 30 years has fought to tell the truth in repressive russia. guys, he told them, this prize is for you. journalists have exposed high-level corruption and official lies. six of them have been killed on his watch, including the fearless anna who was shot in 2006. it was in their names he told the sea of microphones that he accepted the nobel.
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the other winner is mariaph only woman nobel founded the one which tracked the extra judicial killings of president duterte's war on drugs. she has been threatened, harassed and arrested for her reporting. undowntowned she's become an outspoken campaigner against disinformation. >> if you don't have facts, you can't have truth. if you don't have truth, you can't have trust. without any of these things, democracy as we know it is dead. >> the nobel committee agreed, and noted that things for journalists everywhere are getting harder. the committee to protect journalists reports this year so far, 84 of them are either missing or dead. >> and that is the overnight news for this monday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back with us later for cbs mornings, and follow u onle antime at cbsn
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reporting from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm jericka duncan. this is cbs news flash. i'm bradley blackburn in new york. facebook will soon prompt teens to take a break from scrolling instagram. it's one ever several changes the company is promising after a whistleblower said facebook's internal research shows instagram use harms some teens. the boston marathon returns, but covid-19 means the starting gun is a little different. for the first time, runners will use a rolling start to avoid crowding. beginning ting the race at thei pace. and it's another bull's-eye for james bond. daniel craig's final bond film, no time to die, topped the weekend box office with $56 million. the film's release was delayed for 18 months. despite the pandemic, it history. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone
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or connected tv. i'm bradley blackburn, cbs news, new york. it's monday, october 11th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news". southwest troubles. the airline cancels nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend, stranding passengers. the debate over the cause of the disruptions. the president's agenda. a cbs news poll finds out how many americans really know about mr. biden's top priorities. the boston marathon returns. the big changes to the race after it was canceled last year because of the coronavirus.


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