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papal skullcap as a souvenir. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. it's thursday, october 21st, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." boosters approved. the big announcement from the food and drug administration making millions of more americans eligible for booster shots. shocking discovery. what law enforcement officials say they found while searching for brian laundrie whose fiancee gabby petito turned up dead following a cross-country roadtrip. and climate change's health effects. the new report that says the warming of our planet could be doing more damage to our bodies than we realize.
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good morning, good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. this morning officials are working to determine whether remains found in a florida nature park are those of gabby petito's fiance. authorities say they also found items belonging to brian laundrie including a backpack and notebook. he vanished more than a month ago after returning home without petito following a cross-country trip. laura podesta is in new york with the latest. laura, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. the remains were found after laundrie's parents directed investigators to a trail that they hadn't previously searched. now some are criticizing the family asking why they hadn't alerted authorities to that area sooner. investigators are working to identify human remains discovered during the search for brian laundrie. they were found yesterday in a wildlife preserve south of tampa along with his notebook and backpack. >> these items were found in an area that until recently had been under water.
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>> reporter: laundrie was reported missing over a month ago. the 23-year-old is a person of interest in the death of his fiancee gabby petito whose body was discovered in wyoming. she and laundrie had spent the summer on a cross-country drive, but he returned to florida alone in september. >> our evidence response team is on scene using all available forensic resources to process the area. it's likely the team will be on scene for several days. >> reporter: laundrie's parents joined the manhunt on wednesday morning. their attorney says they advised police to search a trail that their son used for hikes. the remains were found there in a frequently flooded swampland known to be teeming with alligators. >> we can get dna, they'll use dna. to be able to turn around within 24 to 48 hours with a quick test. >> reporter: for weeks protesters have gathered at the laundrie home urging them to cooperate with authorities. >> anything that provides answers for gabby petito and provides justice for gabby
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petito i am all for. >> reporter: a $30,000 reward for information leading to laundrie is still posted. the fbi stressed that it has yet to i.d. the remains. laundrie has never been charged in connection to gabby's death. last month a grand jury in wyoming indicted laundrie on a charge of using another person's debit card without authorization. the petito family lawyer said it had been gabby's bank card. anne-marie? >> laura podesta in new york. thank you so much, laura. this morning there are new efforts to keep millions of americans safe from covid. the fda has now authorized booster doses of the moderna and johnson & johnson vaccines. moderna boosters are now authorized for seniors and high-risk people, while j&j were approved for everyone. the agency gave the green light to mix and match meaning no matter which shot you initially received, you can choose any booster you'd like. it comes as the white house announced details of its plan
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for 28 million children ages 5 to 11 to get a low-dose pfizer shot. federal regulators are set to meet over the next two weeks to discuss the issue. >> we have secured vaccine supply to vaccinate every child ages 5 through 11. and as soon as the vaccine is authorized by the fda we will begin shipping millions of doses nationwide. >> the white house says as of today the u.s. has successfully donated and delivered 200 million covid vaccines to more than 100 countries around the globe. new york city has announced one of the strictest covid vaccine mandates in the nation. mayor bill de blasio says city workers must be fully vaccinated or be placed on unpaid leave. the mandate does not include a testing option and means that all workers must get at least one shot by next friday. the largest police union representing nypd officers says that it plans to sue the city over the new vaccine mandate,
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arguing the shots are a personal medical decision. coming up on "cbs mornings," we'll talk with president biden's chief medical adviser, dr. anthony fauci. and the president headed to pennsylvania to rally support for his infrastructure deal and build back better agenda. mr. biden spoke to supporters yesterday in the city of scranton where he was born. it comes as he negotiates on a scaled back version of his $3.5 trillion spending proposal. >> these bills are not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive. or anything that pits one american against another. these bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. >> reporter: he will take part in a town hall in maryland to try and sell his policies to the american people. and the gunman accused of carrying out the deadliest high shool shooting in u.s. history has pled guilty. nikolas cruz admitted to killing
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17 people, leaving his fate in the hands of a jury. mireya villarreal has details on that. to count one of the indictment, murder in the first degree, of victim luke hoyer, how do you wish to plead? >> guilty. >> reporter: without hesitation, nikolas cruz pleaded guilty 17 times to murder and 17 more for attempted murder for the deadliest high school shooting in u.s. history. >> count 34, attempted murder in the first degree of kyle lehman, how do you wish to plead? >> guilty. >> i accept your plea of guilty -- >> reporter: afterward he gave a rambling speech talking about drug use, causing violence, and apologized to the victims' families. >> i am doing this for you. i do not care if you do not believe me. i love you, and i know you don't believe me, but i have to live with this everyday. >> he's doing it for our fares. -- our families. if you wanted to do something for our families, you shouldn't have killed our loved ones. >> reporter: tony montalto and
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his wife sat feet from the shooter trying to hold back their emotions. their daughter gina was 14 years old. >> it was probably the most uncomfortable thing -- well, second most ucomfortable thing we've ever had to do. first one would be hugging our daughter's lifeless body. >> reporter: the case now heads to a penalty phase in january. after hearing testimony, a jury will recommend either a life sentence or the death penalty. under florida law the jury must be unanimous to approve a death sentence. the victims' families are split on what cruz's punishment should be. >> life in prison is a life. >> listen in prison is a life. he deserves nothing more than the death penalty. >> that was mireya villarreal reporting. overseas now, a military base in southern syria that houses u.s. forces came under a coordinated attack. the attack happened yesterday along the syrian border with jordan. it appeared to include at least one drone strike and possibly ground fire. officials say u.s. troops who are there to help syrian forces
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counter islamic militants were not injured or killed. it's not clear who carried out the attack, though. and at least 48 people are dead and several missing after severe flooding slammed parts of india. rescuers worked tirelessly yesterday to retrieve bodies stuck in debris and to evacuate those trapped in vulnerable areas. the region has been hit by torrential rain for the past three days. it's triggered deadly floods and caused landslides washing away several homes. in neighboring nepal, the flooding and landslides are just as bad. the death toll has risen to 77 after 34 bodies were discovered. coming up, a new report on how climate change is bad for our health. and the latest eruptions. there's dramatic lava video from the canary islands as additional evacuations are ordered. this is the "cbs morning news." ordered. this is thee "cbs s morning news."." i'i'm not t getting throrough the papandemic just to enend up with h the. i asked d for fluzone e high-e ququadrivalentnt. it's s the #1d flu vaccinine
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this looks like it could be from a science fiction movie,
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but it is all too real. giant rocks were seen floating down a river of lava on la palma in the canary islands on tuesday. the lava from the volcano which erupted last month shows no signs of letting up and has already destroyed around 2,000 buildings. four more neighborhoods were evacuated this week. so far more than 6,000 people have had to leave their homes. how climate change is worsening our health, and a warning about the onions in your refrigerator. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "usa today" reports the cdc has linked a growing outbreak of salmonella to whole onions. more than 650 people have become ill in at least 37 states. the outbreak was first reported last month, but health officials had not identified the food causing the illness until now. the cdc says the red, white, and yellow onions were imported from mexico and distributed by pro source, inc.
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the cdc's advising consumers to throw away any onions if they do not know where they are. -- where they are from. a report from the medical journal "the lancet" says climate change is putting the lives of millions in danger around the world in more ways than you may expect. the study from more than 100 doctors and health experts says human-caused climate change is making people's health worse in just about every measurable way. it points to wildfires causing respiratory problems for people thousands of mile away. it says floods and storms have increased the risks of deadldly diseases. the report says world leaders are missing the opportunity to address the problem. and our denver station kcnc says the parents of a 6-year-old girl who fell to her death at a colorado announcement park have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. she fell more than 100 feet on the haunted mine drop ride at the glenwood caverns adventure park. state investigators say she was not buckled in, and two newly
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on the cbs "money watch" now, netflix workers staged a walkout, and royal caribbean is offering its latest round-the-world cruise. diane king hall is at the new york stock exchange with those good morning, diane. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. well, this morning the labor department's out with the weekly jobless claims report. stock futures are indicating a lower open this morning after a mixed session during yesterday's trading day. the dow rallied 152 points after hitting an interday record. the nasdaq shed 7, and the s&p 500 gained 16 points. trouble for netflix as dozens of employees walked off the job in protest. organizers are calling for netflix to remove comedian dave chappelle's latest special calling it transphobic. they want netflix to repair its relationship with staff by hiring trans executives and boosting spending on trans and nonbinary creators and projects. netflix's ceo has previously apologized saying he mishandled the controversy by not communicating better.
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our top stories this morning -- investigators are working to determine whether remains found in a florida park are those of gabby petito's fiance. authorities also found items belonging to brian laundrie, including a backpack and a notebook. he vanished more than a month ago after returning home without petito following a cross-country trip. and the fda has authorized booster doses of the moderna and johnson & johnson vaccines. moderna boosters are authorized for seniors with high-risk -- and high-risk people. j&j boosters were approved for everyone. it comes as the white house announced details of its plan for children ages 5 to 11 to get
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a low-dose pfizer shot. britain's queen elizabeth has canceled a trip to northern ireland after doctors suggested the 95-year-old monarch to stay home and rest. ian lee reports from london. >> reporter: queen elizabeth was all smiles meeting business leaders and politicians at windsor castle on tuesday. even stopping for a chat with u.s. climate adviser john kerry. but a day later the monarch has been grounded on doctor's orders. the 95-year-old canceled a trip to northern ireland for health reasons. how cautious are doctors when it comes to the queen's health? >> so i think there's been a balance to be struck between what the queen wants to do, which is a lot, and what her doctors around her feel someone for her age should be doing. >> reporter: in a statement, the palace said the queen reluctantly agreed to stay put and will rest for the next few days. a royal source tells cbs news
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there's no cause for concern. it's not covid related, and that the queen is in good spirits. >> it sounds to me as it's more a case of fatigue. she has been really busy in the last week with official engagements. >> reporter: just last week, the queen was seen walking with a cane at a major public event. she has lived and reigned longer than any other british monarch. throughout it all, she's kept her sense of humor. this week a british magazine said she politely declined the honor of being named oldie of the year, saying she doesn't meet the relevant criteria, and that you're only as old as you feel. ian lee, cbs news, london. well, coming up on "cbs mornings," dr. tara narula looks at online scams that use fake social media accounts after she learned her husband's photos were stolen to create fake accounts. plus, in our series "america's childcare crisis," creative solutions for parents as they return to the office. and sarah blakely, founder
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of spanx shapewear, joins us with news about her company. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪
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