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news app, and the "cbs evening news" is up next. we will be back here for the kpix 5 news at 7:00. have a good night . ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs s >> o'donnell: breaking news from here in washington, tonight, trump adviser steve bannon indicted for refusing to talk to congress about the january 6 insurrection. steve bannon facing jail time: why lawmakers think he may have known about the riot before it happened. >> all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. >> o'donnell: the historic indictment, the first time someone is facing prosecution for contempt of congress in decades. covid's autumn surge: cases spike in more than 20 states. we're in hard-hit colorado where i.c.u.s are nearly full. free britney: the breaking news about whether britney spears' toxic conservatorship is over. the great resignation: a record
4.4 million americans quit their jobs just in september. tonight, survivors speaking out. what it was like at that concert that killed nine and injured dozens. >> i remember being crushed from every side by human bodies all around me. >> o'donnell: important recalls: popular baby clothes that could be a choking hazard, and nearly 100,000 pounds of chicken patties that could be dangerous. and to finish the week of "honoring our heroes," steve hartman goes "on the road" with the story of a veteran whose memory lives on, thanks to the kindness of a stranger. >> 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 on this friday night. we begin tonight with that breaking news and those new criminal charges against former president trump's chief
strategist steve bannon. president trump has directed his allies not to cooperate in the congressional investigation into the deadly assault on the u.s. capitol in january, and bannon is among those aides refusing to speak with lawmakers and was indicted today on two counts of contempt of congress. he's expected to turn himself in on monday. president trump's former chief of staff, mark meadows, had until today to respond to a subpoena from those same house investigators. he, too, was a no-show and could face similar charges. investigators want to know exactly what president trump and his advisers were doing and who they were in communication with before and during that violent insurrection as it unfolded. and that's led to an escalating legal battle between team trump and house members looking for answers. cbs' nikole killion leads us off from capitol hill. good evening, nikole. >> reporter: good evening, norah. and the reaction tonight frome lawmakers was swift. the elect committee saying tonight that steve bannon's indictment sends a clear message
to anyone trying to stonewall their investigation that no one is above the law. tonight, former white house strategist steve bannon is charged with two counts of contempt of congress for failing to comply with a subpoena from the house select committee investigating the january 6 attack on the capitol. according to the indictment, bannon did not produce documents and communications and did not appear for a deposition. each count carries a maximum penalty of up to $1,000 and one year in jail. bannon is the first individual charged in the january 6 probe. the committee alleges bannon appears to have played a multi- faceted role in the events of january 6 and had specific knowledge about them, including this warning on his podcast january 5: >> all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. it's not going to happen like you think it's going to happen, okay. it's going to be quite extraordinarily different. >> this is an important step for the department of justice. and i do know people thought it was, you know, a-- an attorney
general decision, i suppose, ultimately, the buck stops with im.imately, the buck stops with >> reporter: his indictment comes as the former president's chief of staff, mark meadows,ie was a no-show today before the select panel, the committee now threatening him with contempt, too, stating, "it's unfortunate that mr. meadows has chosen to join a very small group of witnesses who believe they are above the law." mr. trump is also coming under more scrutiny for defending supporters who called for vice president mike pence's execution, making these comments in an interview earlier this year with abc news' jonathan karl. >> because you heard those chants. that was terrible. i mean-- >> he could have-- the people were very angry. >> they were saying, "hang mike pence." >> it's common sense, john. >> reporter: the select committee hasn't indicated how soon it co soon it could issue a contempt citation against meadows. bannon is set to turn himself i. bannon is here in washington monday. norah. >> o'donnell: nikole killion, thank you. and there is breaking news
tonight from los angeles where a judge has freed britney spears from the legal arrangement that has controlled her life, career, and fortune. cbs' carter evans now on the big celebration for britney and her fans. >> it is official, the conservatorship of britney spears has been terminated. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: it's independence day for britney spears, hundreds of loyal fans erupted into cheers outside the courthouse after hearing news that a judge ended spears' 13-year conservatorship, meaning the pop star will again be in control of her life. >> i'm just so happy she can get her life back. >> reporter: minutes after the decision, spears posted this message on instagram: "good god, i love my fans so much it's crazy. i think i'm going to cry the rest of the day." ♪ ♪ ♪ late yesterday, spears' fiancé posted this video on instagram. the 39-year-old wore a "free britney" t-shirt. >> i think the biggest challenge she's going to face is making sure she finds people who are trustworthy. ♪ ♪ ♪
>> reporter: spears, whose worth nearly $60 million, hired an accountant with her attorney who now nanages her finances. last month, a judge removed britney spears' father, jamie spears, as her conservator. >> you have been hoping for this so long. >> reporter: earlier this summer, spears told the court the conservatorship under her father was abusive and that he and others in charge should be in jail. she alleged that she was forced to wrk against her will and to use a contraceptive device to prevent her from having any more children. through his attorney, jamie spears has repeatedly denied all allegations of wrongdoing. britney spears' attorney has vowed to investigate her father. >> jamie spears and others are going to face even more serious ramifications. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: now, spears did not appear in court today, and she was able to end her conservatorship without undergoing any further mental evaluations. norah, she is now free to spend her fortune any way she wants.
>> o'donnell: quite a scene there in l.a. carter evans, thank you. well, we want to turn now to an alarming rise in covid cases less than two weeks before thanksgiving. new cases are rising in more than 20 states and hospitalizations are up in 14 states. in colorado, covid wards are packed almost to capacity, and 80% of those patients are unvaccinated. cbs' mola lenghi is there. >> reporter: colorado's surge in average daily covid cases up 17% in the last two weeks is pushing the healthcare system to the brink. >> certainly at the rates that we're going, we're not slowing down right now. >> reporter: 95% of colorado's i.c.u. beds are in use, more than at any other point during the pandemic. as we're moving into the winter season here, is there a certain sense of anxiety as we're approaching? >> yeah, absolutely. i think everybody just worries where are we at? what are we going to do? >> reporter: that anxiety prompted governor jared polis to issue an executive order allowing all adult residents to get boosters. california and new mexico have
done the same. >> please, if you got the vaccine six months or more ago, get your booster. it's a really important part of protecting yourself. it's a really important part of ending the pandemic in colorado. >> reporter: this is at odds with federal guidance that limits the extra shots of either pfizer or moderna to vulnerable adults and those at high risk for exposure. as cases climb again, health officials continue to encourage pediatric vaccinations. >> get your 12-17-year-olds vaccinated and get your 5-11- year-olds vaccinated. >> reporter: the c.d.c. now advising parents, if their child is about to turn 12, not to wait to get the adult dose. >> high five. >> reporter: and for those who turn 12 in between vaccinations, to get the adult dose for the second shot. at least 14 states have had a rise in hospitalizations in the last week, compared to the week before. michigan is at a six-month high. beaumont hospital, in detroit, reports as many as 35% of its current patients are fully vaccinated. back in colorado, resources are
stretched thin and so is the staff. >> you don't know how anyone could not have feelings of burnout, based on what we've endured these last two years. >> reporter: well, health officials here in colorado predict that hospitalizations could peak between now and the end of the y end of the year. with i.c.u. beds already nearing full capacity, the governor is calling on hospitals to find up to 500 additional beds, putting even more pressure on healthcare providers, some already at a breaking point, norah. >> o'donnell: mola lenghi from colorado, thank you so much. now to the economy, a record number of americans quit their jobs in september as the so- called great resignation picked up speed. the labor department says more than 4.4 million workers handed in their resignations in september. the arts, entertainment, and recreation industries led the way. experts say it is a sign that the economy is doing well when americans feel comfortable taking risks. all right, the lawsuits against the organizers of that deadly concert in houston are stacking
up. with more than 50 lawsuits already filed, lawsuits representing hundreds of those injured say they expect at least 90 more. cbs' lilia luciano reports tonight on the emotional scars. >> i'll never forget the look of terror on people's faces. >> reporter: dishon isaac is one of more than 200 fans represented by ben crump, suing travis scott and festival promoters. they're all still reliving that horrifying night. >> i just remember bodies everywhere. there was a girl at one point who was holding my hand. i didn't know this girl whatsoever. i held her hand as long as i could. >> reporter: uniqua smith, a mother of teen twins, attended the festival by herself. >> i remember being crushed from every side by human bodies, all around me. >> reporter: and says a woman behind her began having a seizure. >> the woman hits the ground, and her feet are next to my feet. the only thing that i can think of is if i trip over this woman's feet, we're going to create a pileup. >> reporter: reyna iraheta says there were warning signs hours
be t staed. >> the whole time, i just kept looking around. i was like, this doesn't feel good. something's going on. >> reporter: an attorney representing more than 150 people released what he says are internal houston fire department logs stating security had lost control of the crowd early in the morning... >> y'all are crushing people! >> reporter: ...with calls for medical attention as fans began breaching lines and pushing down barriers. >> there's an ambulance. whoa, whoa, whoa. >> reporter: but scott's spokesperson says he was not aware of the deaths during the show. >> just like the police officers who were standing in front of the stage with travis, nearly 30 minutes after it was declared a public safety emergency, travis had no idea what was going on until well later, hours and hours later. >> o'donnell: and lilia luciano joins us n fho encrato travis scott?gai
>> reporter: well, norah, we know that so far, travis scott has already lost millions of dollars in canceled events with lawsuits against him and promoter live nation coming from all across the country by hundreds of plaintiffs. and they're asking already for more than half a billion dollars for the deaths, the injuries, and also for those scars of traumas we heard today. >> o'donnell: all right, thank you, lilia, and to the entire houston team there for following every development in this story since the concert a week ago. we appreciate it. now to some drama in the trial of the three men accused of killing ahmaud arbery. a defense lawyer apologized after he said he didn't want any more black pastors in court. that was a reference to reverend al sharpton, who had sat in court with arbery's family. the lawyer said he was sorry to anyone who was offended. all right, in china, the communist party has cleared the way for president xi jinping to remain the nation's leader for life. president biden will hold a virtual summit with xi on monday.
amid heightened tensions between the two countries, they'll have much to discuss, including a surprise agreement on climate change that was announced at that global summit in scotland. cbs' mark phillips is there, where major issues remain unresolved. >> reporter: the glasgow climate conference got a boost of urgency today from protesters allowed inside the meeting venue, but if the intent was to jolt the conference into action, it didn't work. >> how could we possibly in 2021, knowing what the evidence is, be wishy-washy on that subject? >> reporter: u.s. climate envoy john kerry was calling for an end to the unabated use of the dirtiest fossil fuel, coal. yet, china, whose climate delegate, xie zenhua, agreed to a surprise deal here with the u.s. on future climate cooperation, is still building cold-fired power plants. "when it comes to climate change," xie said, "there is more agreement between the u.s. and china than divergence."
there has been some agreement here, on limiting deforestation, on reducing emission of methane, a potent global warming gas, on phasing out coal. but it was all not enough to achieve the declared objective of limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees celsius, beyond which the worst of the heat waves, fires, severe storms, melting polar ice, and sea level rise becomes inevitable. >> in tuvalu, we are living the realities of climate change. >> reporter: the lasting image of this conference may be the delegate from the low-lying pacific island nation of tuvalu. at current rates of warming, it will become unlivable. the latest here tonight, norah, is that there is no latest. this conference, which was supposed to be over today, will now continue into tomorrow. there's indecision in the air here, along with the carbon dioxide. >> o'donnell: there's a lot to solve. mark phillips, thank you.
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fighting for years to make the streets outside of their kids elementary school saver. >> and educator lost his life when he was hit and killed by a car. kpix 5's andria borba is live outside in that neighborhood . >> reporter: friends and family of andrew zieman are gathering here tonight to remember him . we are giving them the space they need to grieve point meanwhile, parents at sherman elementary are begging the city to do something about the speeding traffic on franklin street. at the corner of union and franklin, there is a sign that reads a driver killed her neighbor. sherman elementary school kpix.com eight andrew zieman was hit by a car and killed at the intersection wednesday . >> he was a gift and had a gift taking care of kids. he will be missed. we are devastated. >> reporter: the driver of the ing a mucacrat lled arew. e been charged with vehicular manslaughter. sherman