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who is this gang that kidnapped christian missionaries and children. >> reporter: this is where the 400 mawozo gang's territory begins. >> o'donnell: north korean missile launch: why it's a concerning advance for kim jong un's military. f.b.i. raid: agents serve the home of a russian oligarch close to vladimir putin and tied to u.s. election interference. affordable hearing aids: the steps the f.d.a. is taking to help the 37 million americans with hearing problems. and female trailblazers-- an artist teaching history by dressing young girls as pioneers. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us. we begin tonight with something we don't see often-- a plane crash where everyone survives. this private jet crashed through a fence before catching fire,
and by the time emergency crews arrived, all 21 people miraculously had evacuated, including a 10-year-old. one first responder called it an awesome feeling to see everyone safe. now, this private plane is capable of holding more than 100 people, but its owner reconfigured it to hold fewer passengers. well, tonight, federal investigators will begin going through the charred remains of the jet to look for clues. cbs' janet shamlian is going to lead us off tonight from waller county, texas, with all this nea information. good evening, janet. >> reporter: norah, good evening. cbs news has learned the n.t.s.b. team will be arriving here in just a couple of hours to lead the investigation, and unlike most plane crashes, they have a surviving crew and passengers to talk to. t it looked unsurvivable. >> what you're seeing is what's left of an md-87 aircraft. it's just the tail there. >> reporter: a commuter-sized
jet burning up in a field 30 miles west of downtown houston. >> reporter: as firefighters raced to put out the flames, news came that was almost beyond believer-- 21 people were on board, and everyone survived. there were just two minor injuries. >> the actual airplane rolled down the runway, struck an actual fence, and from there, became disabled. >> reporter: the 33-year-old jet, owned by houston home builder j. alan kent, who was aboard, was cleared for takeoff but never got off the ground. three crew on board and 18 passengers, including a 10-year- old, headed to tonight's astros- red sox play-off game in boston. a couple of hours after the accident, i walked into the airport and found 10 or 15 of the passengers still inside and dressed in their astros gear, waiting to talk to investigators. first responders said they arrived to find an intense fire, and shellshocked passengers already off the aircraft. >> they were very, very stunned, but they did all self-extricate.
we can't tell you how they did that or what method.el the plane was fully engulfed when we arrived. >> reporter: the n.t.s.b. will take charge investigating. robert sumwalt is its former chairman. >> it could be that there was a warning light that came on in the cockpit right as the crew was preparing to take off. it could be a mechanical condition that would have prevented the aircraft from actually lifting off. >> reporter: billowing smoke could be seen for miles. close up, the incredible reality that somehow no lives were lost. >> this is a good day. this is actually a day of celebration for a lot of people. >> reporter: after all they'd been through, the passengers i saw seemed surprisingly relaxed as they waited at the airport to offer their account to investigators. norah. >> o'donnell: a real miracle on the runway. janet shamlian, thank you. and to haiti now. tonight, the white house says it won't comply with the multi- million-dollar demands of the kidnappers who are holding 17 christian missionaries hostage in haiti.
efforts to get them released are continuing on the ground in haiti while prayers are being offered back here at home. cbs' manuel bojorquez reports from port-au-prince. >> reporter: police at this checkpoint today inspected vehicles headed towards the gang-held territory. cbs news has learned the hostag0 takers' initial demand is $1 million for each of the 17 missionary hostages. christian aid ministries in ohio released a statement about the victims. the adults range in age from 18 to 48. the five children, from 15 years to just eight months old. we went to a government ministry in port-au-prince today, but officials would not comment,om citing the sensitive nature of negotiations with the notorious 400 mawozo gang, which is accused of kidnapping the 16 americans and one canadian saturday after the missionaries visited an orphanage near the capital. this is where the 400 mawozo gang's territory begins, their headquarters not far from here, but we're told it's simply too dangerous to approach. to give you a sense of how large
an area they control, it extends from here more than 20 miles to the border with the dominican republic. the f.b.i. is in haiti working with authorities. today, the white house took a firm stand against giving in to the kidnappers. >> it has never been in the interest of bringing people home who are being held for ransom. >> reporter: in the u.s., churches affiliated with christian aid ministries continue to pray and wait. a family of five from oceana, michigan, is among the hostages. todd dueling is a local pastor there. >> to have it hit that close to home is extremely heartbreaking. >> reporter: christian aid ministry said part of the missionaries' outreach here in haiti was to help rebuild after an earthquake in august that killed more than 2,000 people. a source close to the gang told us the kidnapped children are growing increasingly frustrated, crying, and some refusing to eat. norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez, thank you.
we want to turn now to the covid pandemic and news tonight that the secretary of homeland security, alejandro mayorkas, has tested positive for covid, despite being fully vaccinated. we're told he has mild symptoms and is now working from home. and there's also some big news about the effectiveness of the vaccines for children. here's cbs' lilia luciano. >> reporter: tonight, just weeks before the federal government is expected to authorize the pfizer vaccine for children as young as five, a new study shows the vaccine to be even more effective against severe illness for kids than it is for adults. for kids, the vaccine is 93% effective against hospitalization. for adults who are not immunocompromised, it's 88% effective. >> this is great real-world data that should urge parents to vaccinate their kids. >> reporter: tomorrow the f.d.a. is likely to authorize the moderna and johnson & johnson booster shots. the agency is also expected to say mixing and matching vaccines is safe. for example, a person vaccinated with johnson & johnson, could
get the pfizer or moderna vaccine as a booster. infectious disease doctor monica gandhi says it's good news. it doesn't just protect you against hospitalization, but even infection or having any symptoms at all? >> exactly. and, yes, there was improved protection from any symptomatic infection. >> reporter: getting covid after being fully vaccinated remains rare, but colin powell's death from covid this week brought the immunocompromised and elderly into focus. powell was 84 years old and had parkinson's and multiple myeloma. >> and that's one of the reasons back in august a recommendation from the f.d.a. and then c.d.c. came to get that third immunization in those who were immunocompromised, in the hopes that could bring it up. he was older, he had multiple myeloma, so if anyone was going to have breakthrough hospitalization or death unfortunately it was someone like the general. >> reporter: in one of his last interviews powell told reporter bob woodward "don't feel sorry for me for god's sake.
i haven't lost a day of life fighting these two diseases." a recent study showed people who got johnson & johnson shot, getting either a pfizer or moderna booster isn't just safe. it could even be better protection against infection than another j&j shot. norah. >> o'donnell: really important information, lilia luciano, thank you. well, tonight, we wanted to take a look at the first responders in america who are willing to lose their jobs instead of following covid vaccine mandates. and with police and fire departments already stretched thin, many are wondering what does this mean now for public safety? cbs' jeff pegues takes a closer look. >> i'm wrapping up my last shift after 20 years. >> reporter: on his last day as a spokane, washington, firefighter, tim archer recorded this message: >> i'll be fired tonight by the city of spokane. >> reporter: he joins about 20 other colleagues who have also been relieved for resisting the state's vaccine mandate.
why didn't you comply? i >> i really felt like this is in violation of the civil rights that god has given us. >> reporter: firefighters and police officers in cities like chicago and los angeles are also being given the ultimatum: get vaccinated or lose your job. officials say vaccine mandatessa for city workers are necessary to protect the community. but in many cities, rising crime is the primary public safety issue now coupled with a lack of policing. >> unfortunately our hiring has not been able to keep up with attrition. >> reporter: sergeant randy huserik of the seattle police department, where detectives have been forced to pitch in and go on emergency calls. >> we have, over the last, you know, year and 10 months, had in excess of 300 officers separate from the department. >> reporter: in massachusetts, the state police union believes at least 150 state police
officers will resign. what kind of impact could this have if you lose 300 troopers? >> it's going to be felt everywhere. we'll have slower responses. there will be case backlogs. you're going to see less troopers responding to critical incidents. >> reporter: officers and firefighters were hoping that cities and states would have chosen a path where it wasn't all or nothing. that's how they see these mandates. they believe a more suitable alternative would have been to offer regular testing for those who didn't want to get vaccinated. norah. >> o'donnell: such a critical story. jeff pegues, thank you. we have breaking news tonight-- the u.n. security council has just announced it will hold an emergency meeting after north korea launched a new ballistic missile. these are the first pictures of what north koreans say is a missile being launched from a submarine, which would be a major advance for the country's military. the timing could be dlibts. president biden's special envoy for north korea the special envoy for north korea will reportedly meet in south korea about reviving the talks with kim jong-un.
all right, tonight, former trump advisor steve bannon is standing his ground, refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena in the capitol riot investigation. but his refusal could lead to criminal charges amid new scrutiny of his possible role in the insurrection. cbs' kris van cleave is at the capitol. >> those in favor say aye. >> tonight, a subpoena showdown, the house committee investigating the january 6 insurrection has voted to hold steven bannon in. >> he knows there are consequences for outright defiance, and he has chosen the path towards criminal contempt. >> reporter: the committee views bannon's testimony as critical, arguing statements he made on january 6 suggests foreknowledge about the violence that happened the next day, including
comments he made during his podcast. >> all hell is going to break lose tomorrow. it is not going to happen like you think it will happen. >> reporter: former president trump has umped urged his top aides not to cooperate, and he has filed a lawsuit for handing over key documents. including his conversation on january 6. but president biden waived president trump's potential privilege, allowing for a document drop as soon as next month. >> it provided a threat to our democracy that we don't feel could be swept under the rug. >> reporter: the committee is not getting its handcuffs out just yet. there are several steps before mr. bannon could face a criminal charge. the next step could come on thursday when the house of representatives could vote and a simple majority is needed to move forward. norah? >> o'donnell: kris van cleave, thank you.
norah. >> o'donnell: kris van cleave, thank you. tonight, the f.d.a. is taking steps to help tens of millions of americans who struggle to hear and can't afford a hearing aid, which can cost thousands of dollars. more affordable devices could soon be available and over the counter. here's cbs news chief medical correspondent dr. jon lapook. >> same thing on this ear, okay? >> reporter: the proposed f.d.a. rule could be a financial relief for the nearly 30 million americans with hearing difficulties. >> i just felt it was mandatory. i mean, it's-- you get glasses because you can't see. you need to get something to help you to hear. >> reporter: the proposed f.d.a. rules would establish official technical guidelines for these devices and allow hearing aids to be sold directly to consumers over the counter and online without a medical examination or fitting by an audiologist. dr. jay youngerman is an ear, nose, and throat specialist at northwell health. how could this help? >> it think it becomes an introduction where they can at least trial the basic hearing aid and see how they do with it without spending thousands of dollars, for a majority of
people it may work very well. >> reporter: a major goal is to lower the price barrier. hearing aids can cost close to $5,000 and aren't covered by medicare. >> place the body of the right hearing aid on the upper part of your right ear. >> reporter: a 2017 law opened the door to over-the-counter hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss. there are already a few on the market, costing less than $1,000. so, has there been pushback from the industry about this new regulation? >> absolutely not. we support the regulation. we want to make sure that the technical provisions in it ensure that those consumers who have the devices have a device that is safe and effective. >> reporter: norah, i've had so many medicare patients tell me they simply cannot afford a hearing aid. the f.d.a. says four out of five patients who can benefit from a hearing aid don't have one. so, assuming this goes through, which could take up to a year, it could improve the lives of millions of americans. >> o'donnell: oh, for sure. it will help so many people. dr. jon lapook, thank you so much. well, still ahead on tonight's
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to be the vaccination police. we began on storm watch, and a live look at the bay area bridges. this could be the last dry commute we see for a while. >> the next in a series of storms is moving into the north bay at this hour. chief meteorologist paul heggen is tracking what is coming our way. >> rain, more rain, and more rain after this. let's focus on this evening's rain moving into the north bay right now. some moderate to heavy down for moving towards santa rosa. it will make its way down toward the golden gate and across the rest of the bay area. rain chances and santa rosa be around 100% through the rest of the evening, tapering off slightly after midnight, but often dawn showers will remain in the forecast tomorrow and thursday. san francisco's rain chances peak by about 10:00 this evening. they also diminish after midnight, but completely go away. lower rain chances are a little bit later for the south bay.