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president biden's election. >> this was a key focus on the president's mind at the time and he was working with his team in order to try to thwart the certification of those ballots. >> reporter: former trump white house chief of staff mark meadows agreed today to cooperate with the committee after snubbing the panel for months. >> no one in the west wing had any knowledge that anything like what happened on januar 6th was gonna happen. >> reporter: his change of heart comes after former-trump adviser steve bannon was charged with criminal contempt for refusing to cooperate. another possible factor in meadows' decision -- tomorrow, the committee is set to decide whether to seek a contempt charge against jeffrey clark. clark is a former-doj official from the trump era, who has not cooperated with the committee so far. today, the former president called the committee rigged. norah. >> sounds like things are heating up of the chris van cleave, thank you. well tonight, we are taking a look at some of the desperate measures that school districts are taking as they deal with
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severe staff shortages. the labor department says in september -- get this -- 30,000 public school teachers resigned. we get more on america's school staffing crisis from cbs's janet shamlian. >> reporter: she often supervises recess at denver's b barnham elementary school. it is not her only responsibility. >> i am principal, assistant principal, teacher, paraprofessional. i cover classes, lunch recess duty. i do everything that needs to be done. >> reporter: and in 3rd grade, grace signs is leading class. >> i need you guys to write the day in your blue notebooks, please. >> she usually works in the district's main office. in the denver district, superintendent alex tells us everyone is doing multiple jobs. >> it's in droves that we are having absences. >> reporter: the pool of substitutes has plummeted amid covid fears from 1,200 to just
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375. not enough to cover those out due to stress and illness. it's not just here in denver. feeling shortages of teachers and staff like bus drivers and cafeteria workers in schools all across the country. principal joseph uwi vacuums his las vegas elementary because he is short on cleaning staff. he is also teaching. >> yes. on top of the tens column, right? mentally, physically, emotionally, uh, it's draining. >> good morning. >> reporter: the upcoming-christmas holiday will offer a few days' rest but it's simple math. most of the academic year is still ahead. how are you going to make it through the rest of the school year? >> we are going to do what we have to do. we have to put our students first. >> say good morning. >> reporter: disrupting the return to normal. shortages that will likely outlast the pandemic. janet shamlian, cbs news denver.
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>> chase was wise beyond his years. he was passionate. he was curious. >> reporter: last winter, megan macintosh found her 18-year-old son chase unconscious after experimenting with pills. she turned to his snapchat account for answers. >> big bags of pills, mushrooms. i felt really helpless when i saw how prevalent it was. >> reporter: just over one month later, he died. likely, from a fake pill laced with fentanyl from an unknown source. >> if you could talk to chase today, what would you say to him? >> i love you. you have no idea how much i love you. i think social media can be great but it also has a really dark side to it. >> reporter: kathleen myles with the center on illicit networks and transnational organized crime says the drug trade is booming on social media, and with fentanyl in high circulation, the risks are often deadly.
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if i am starting a new account and i am a teenager, how many degrees away from a drug dealer am i? >> in my experience, two. >> reporter: cbs news asked myles to create two fake profiles across instagram, snapchat, and tiktok claiming they were 18 but publicly identifying as high school students. one was actively searching for drugs. >> i just messaged, hey, do you have xanax? >> and within just 48 hours, found an apparent dealer. the second account used different hashtags, like -- >> depression, sad, anxiety. >> reporter: while all three platforms provided some mental health resources, posts about marijuana and cigarettes also appeared on instagram. >> by the third day on instagram, we were fully immersed into drug culture. >> reporter: who bears the responsibility? >> it's the tech companies. since they aren't liable, they're not creating the guardrails needed to keep our kids safe. >> reporter: guardrails that
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macintosh says need to start at home. >> it was my kid and it's going to happen to someone else's kid. if you can approach your kid in this kind of, like, soul way like let's have an honest conversation about why, how, and what we need to do as a family to keep you safe. >> reporter: now, snapchat told us they are determined to do their part to eradicate drug sales. instagram told us they will continue making improvements to keep young people safe. and tiktok says nearly 96% of drug-related videos are removed from their platforms. norah, all three companies say they are using technology to actively remove this content. >> tom hanson with such an important investigation. thank you. and still ahead. why a space walk had to be postponed today. and nine months after his horrendous car crash, tiger woods holds a press conference. what he says about him just being glad to be alive.
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two astronauts were set to replace a broken antenna but nasa said the risk of being struck by debris was too high. this was actually the first time a space walk was cancelled because of the threat of space junk. all right. tiger woods held his first press conference today since he was seriously injured in a car crash in february. he said there was the chance that he could have lost his leg. >> i'm lucky to be alive but also still have the limb. um, that -- those are two crucial things. you know? um, so i'm -- i'm very, very grateful that someone upstairs was -- was taking care of me. >> woods said his recovery is slow but it is going well. all right. coming up, next. ain't no mountain high enough for this 7-year-old girl.
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when you humble yourself under the mighty hand of god, in due time he will exalt you. hi, i'm joel osteen. i'm excited about being with you every week. i hope you'll tune in. you'll be inspired, you'll be encouraged. i'm looking forward to seeing you right here. you are fully loaded and completely equipped for the race that's been
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designed for you. all right. now, we have the story of what you might call an up and coming rock star. here is cbs's lilia luciano. >> reporter: under that red helmet is 7-year-old marina chin summiting wyoming's 14,000-foot peak grand teton. >> the hardest part of the crime climb is looking down over the edge because it is such a big mountain. >> it is an ambitious goal but she is a chip off the old block. >> it was her idea. she is leak like i want to climb the grand. >> we first met marina's dad, professional mountaineer and photographer jimmy chin. i and his wife directed the academy award winning
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documentary free solo. >> take it one step at a time. >> with a little encouragement, she kept going. >> i didn't want to put a lot of pressure on her, so i was like you can always just turn around whenever you want. >> at one point, we almost turned back. >> reporter: and then, what happened? >> and then, dad found the warm spot and i took a nap. >> reporter: despite an 18-hour day to the summit and back, marina didn't stop smiling. >> that's the top. >> her best advice goes beyond climbing. when you are about to give up, maybe all you really need is a quick nap. lilia luciano cbs news, los angeles. and that's the overnight news for this wednesday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings and follow us online anytime at reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. the wife of notorious drug kingpin el chapo has been sentenced to three years in prison. she was convicted of helping run her husband's multibillion dollar criminal empire and helping el chapo escape from police custody in 2014. the u.s. senate has a new contender. tv personality dr. oz. oz announced he is running as a republican in pennsylvania, and vying for the seat of retireing senator pat toomey. pennsylvania is expected to be one of the most expensive senate race during the 2022 midterms. and music icon adele is saying hello to las vegas. the show is titled "weekends with adele." it kicks off at caesar's palace on january 21st, and lasts
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through april 16th. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, new york. this is the "cbs overnight news." good evening, and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin with an all too familiar american tragedy. another deadly school shooting. it happened today at oxford high school. that's just north of detroit. three students are dead, eight people wounded, including a teacher. the suspected gunman is in custody. he's 15 years old, and we are told at this hour, not cooperating with authorities as they try to determine the motive for the attack. well, before the pandemic, the u.s. was averaging about two dozen school shootings per year. well, this year, there have been 2 28 including this latest one.
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tonight, president biden is reacting saying his heart goes out to the families. cbs's nancy chen raced to the scene today and leads off our coverage in oxford, michigan. good evening, nancy. >> norah, good evening to you. we are being kept about a half mile back from the scene right now as police get ready to search the suspected shooter's home. the fbi is also here sifting through surveillance video, and social media as investigators look into a motive behind today's tragedy. at first, more than 100 9-1-1 calls came in just before 1:00 p.m. an active shooter at oxford high school. s.w.a.t. team members rushed to the school where authorities found 11 people shot. >> two were in surgery, six are in stable condition. there are a total of 11. three dead, eight shot. >> reporter: within five minutes of the first call, deputies confronted the 15-year-old suspect who surrendered. >> we have recovered multiple shell casings in the school. we're thinking, you know, 15 to 20 shots that were fired. >> reporter: police say the shooter had several magazines and appears to have acted alone.
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students were evacuated through the snow to a nearby supermarket parking lot. >> i have seen him around the school and he's like -- he is a kid. you know? he is a regular kid that goes to school, you know? >> michigan governor gretchen whitmer called it every parent's worst nightmare. >> my heart goes out to the families. this is an unimaginable tragedy. >> reporter: the youngest student killed was just 14 years old. and tonight, the suspected shooter is refusing to talk and has asked for an attorney. the sheriff's department says he could be tried and charged as an adult. norah. >> nancy chen with that breaking news. thank you, nancy. we want to turn now to the covid pandemic. the head of the federal reserve said today that the new variant, omicron, could throw a wrench into america's economic recovery. slowing hiring and hampering the fight against inflation. well, that sent shock waves through wall street. the dow fell more than 600 points. that's a loss of nearly 2%.
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nearly 200 cases of the new variant have turned up in 20 countries. we get more now from cbs's errol barnett. >> reporter: even before omicron cases are confirmed in the u.s., tonight researchers are preparing for its arrival. racing to analyze the strength of the arsenal to fight it. today, moderna's ceo told "the financial times" there is no world where his company's vaccine has the same level of effectiveness against omicron as it does with the delta variant. and regeneron -- makers of an antibody treatment that can reduce risk of hospitalization and death by 70% in high-risk patients -- says early evidence shows it is less effective against omicron and may need to be updated. meanwhile, the u.s. is stepping up its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants. >> we are now sequencing approximately 80,000 samples per week. about one in every seven pcr positive cases and that's more than any other country. >> reporter: currently, testing antibody response against the
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new variant is dr. david ho of columbia university. >> we suspect that there will be a significant amount of loss in activity. the antibodies that have been elicited by the current vaccine may have worked very well against the original strain or even the delta strain but will work less well against omicron. >> what does that mean for the amount of time it could now take to be protected against this strain? >> if the loss in vaccine efficacy were to be substantial, then companies will jump into action to make new vaccine. that might require anywhere from three months on. there will be some delay. >> reporter: also new tonight, "the washington post" reports that president biden is considering implementing a testing rule for americans returning from overseas travel, regardless of vaccination status.
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it could also include a requirement to self-quarantine for seven days, norah, even if you test negative. all of that, reminiscent of early pandemic travel restrictions. >> yeah, that's a significant development. errol barnett, thank you so much. well, it was an emotional day at the sex trafficking trial of british socialite ghislaine maxwell. an accuser testified that maxwell's boyfriend jeffrey epstein abused her when she was just 14. cbs's mulla langy has graphic testimony from the federal courthouse in manhattan. >> reporter: taking the stand is jane to protect her identity. the first alleged victim to testify in ghislaine maxwell's trial today said she was 14 and frozen in fear during her first sexual contact with jeffrey epstein. she said she'd met epstein and maxwell in 1994 while eating ice cream at a summer arts camp in michigan. telling a packed courtroom that maxwell befriended her, then would sometimes be in the room during sexual abuse that went on for years. she seemed very casual, like it was normal she said with maxwell
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just a few feet away at the defense table but it did not seem normal to me. jane fought back tears when she described flying from her home in palm beach to new mexico where she saw maxwell and was told epstein wanted to see her. i felt my heart sinking into my stomach, she said, her voice cracking, because i didn't want to see him. maxwell was charged with grooming underaged girls to be sexually abused by epsteinment she denies the charges. maxwell's attorneys have sought to portray jane as someone merely out to collect money from epstein's victim's fund. earlier today, epstein's longtime pilot testified he flew powerful and famous men on epstein's private plane, including prince andrew, kevin spacey, bill clinton, and donald trump. he said he never wansed any sexual activity. he also testified epstein introduced him to a young woman as they boarded since identified as jane. he described her as a mature woman. she was a teenager at the time. >> and joining us now from
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outside the courthouse, i know you heard jane's testimony today, take us inside the room. >> reporter: well, norah, you could hear the discomfort in her voice as she testified. the sighs and the deep breaths before answering questions. at times, getting emotional. and often, sounding deflated, especially when she was recalling the more graphic details. the defense will continue their cross-examination of jane tomorrow, norah. >> thank you. and there's some breaking news that is just coming in tonight. cnn anchor chris cuomo has been suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation into his involvement in the defense of his brother -- then-new york governor andrew cuomo. andrew cuomo was forced to resign because of multiple sexual misconduct allegations and cuomo's suspension comes a day after explosive documents released by new york's attorney general revealed he was more involved than previously known. in a statement tonight, cnn says his involvement raises serious questions. the "cbs overnight news"
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this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jan crawford in washington. thanks for staying with us. if you are having a hard time finding the holiday gift you want in stock, you're not alone. millions of americans shopping online are in a race not against their fellow shoppers but computer programs and it's not a fair fight. these automated bots work 24/7 snapping up huge amounts of popular products, which are then resold at higher prices. mark strassman has the story. >> reporter: take sony's ps5
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gaming console. a hot item in this second covid christmas. about 500 bucks, retail. but good luck. no store seems to have one. ask dave kennedy -- a father of two teenaged boys. >> been on marketplace and ebay and that and they're astronomical. >> how much? >> the lowest i think i have seen is about 950. you know, it's frustrating. absolutely frustrating because there's kids that want it and there's adults buying these things to resell them. >> reporter: think of shoppers shoving each other aside in stores. online, that stampede is invisible. grinch bots, automated software relentlessly searching, finding, snapping up hot consumer items in nanoseconds, before you can. >> it's not illegal but it's certainly unethical. >> so not black market but gray market? >> gray market, for sure. >> reporter: we met pam murphy, the ceo of imperva, a
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cybersecurity company. at their head quarters outside of san francisco. >> here, we have got an example of a bad bot trying to get through. >> reporter: the customers include major retailers. they face a perfect grinch bot storm. the pandemic, a surge in online shopping, and america's supply chain crisis. >> they basically go onto retail sites and they basically scan the inventory at a rate often more than once per second and they effectively buy it up before the average consumer can. >> the average consumer doesn't have a chance? >> doesn't have a chance. causes a lot of frustration. it adds -- to the economy. you have bot operators taking the margin and it goes into an underground economy so, no, it's not -- it's not a good thing for society. >> reporter: bots don't get tired. bots never sleep. and during the pandemic, bot activity and retail sites doubled. that's why online you are seeing more of this captcha command. it's a bot blocker. nobody gets all of them, right?
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>> you are right, it can never be 100%. >> last month, nintendo introduced its gaming console, the switch oled edition. grinch bot activity doubled. last christmas, the ps5 was new. bot traffic surged 800%. murphy, a mother of two, looked for one everywhere. >> i ended up purchasing it at a multiple what the street market is from a very -- from a site that i wasn't sure, honestly, was genuine. >> how much over retail did you end up paying. >> 22 to 3x. >> like dave kennedy this christmas. >> you feel a certain amount of pressure to deliver. >> absolutely and it's a letdown for them when you can't right? >> even though you know what you are up against. >> sometimes, you get lucky. >> he knows the underground economy he is up against. no ifs, ands, or bots. mark strassman, san francisco. another day of testimony is on tap today in the sex
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trafficking trial of ghislaine maxwell. she faces up to 80 years in prison, charged with recruiting and grooming underaged girls for sexual abuse by jeffrey epstein who took his openwn life in jai. yesterday, epstein's private pilot testified during more than a thousand flights over 30 years, he never saw any evidence of sexual activity on the plane. no toys, no condoms, no young girls without their parents. maxwell's been locked up since last year. holly williams has a look back at her life and times. >> reporter: ghislaine maxwell grew up here in the united kingdom in immense wealth and privilege. we wanted to find out how she went from this to a new york jail on trial on sex trafficking charges. as we discovered, it's a complicated story. >> the ocean has just ended up being basically the largest dustbin in the world. >> reporter: this is ghislaine maxwell in 2014. >> i'm here representing civil
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society. >> reporter: six years after jeffrey epstein's first conviction, she was running an environmental organization and still enjoying the high life. socializing with the uber wealthy and the famous. here in britain, though, ghislaine maxwell grew up a nouveau riche outsider. >> not amused by mr. maxwell. >> her father, robert maxwell, was profiled by 60 minutes in 1988. a jewish refugee from czechoslovakia turned brash newspaper tycoon. >> just give him a message please and stop giving us a hard time. >> reporter: ghislaine was reportedly his favorite child. he even named his yacht after her. but he had a reputation as a bullying tyrant, including to his children. >> i remember being in a room full of people when maxwell walked in and everybody stopped talking. and, you know, outside clint eastwood movies, that really doesn't happen that often. >> john preston wrote a
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biography of robert maxwell. >> were people frightened? >> yes, i think people treated him with a strange mixture of kind of awe and ridicule. >> reporter: when he drowned mysteriously in 1991, it was discovered that maxwell had embezzled hundreds of millions of dollars, leaving ghislaine maxwell and her siblings humiliated and reportedly strapped for cash. >> they were the children of someone who had been branded public enemy number one. serial killers have had better press than robert maxwell. >> she was this mysterious, glamorous woman. >> reporter: but by 1997 when journalist vicki ward first met ghislaine maxwell at a party, she had transformed herself into a darling of new york city. >> she was always name dropping. henry kissinger, bill clinton. >> reporter: the question was how? >> there were designer clothes. there were clearly lots of private planes. and i did think, gosh, who's
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paying for all this? >> reporter: ward later wrote a profile of jeffrey epstein for vanity fair discovering that maxwell was his ex-girlfriend and uncovering early allegations of sexual abuse against the pair, which ward's editors wouldn't allow her to publish. they say she needed more sources. >> he controlled the money that she needed access to. she introduced him to rich people, to important people, to people like prince andrew. >> reporter: she had befriended the so-called party prince in the 1980s. he denies that maxwell and epstein trafficked a 17-year-old to him for sex. >> i -- i've no recollection of ever meeting her. >> reporter: but ward told us other former friends of ghislaine maxwell now refuse to speak on the record. fearful their reputations will be tarnished. >> is there a possibility that ghislaine maxwell was jeffrey epstein's victim in some sense?
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>> that, according to my reporting, is what her defense will argue in court. >> reporter: holly williams, london. "cbs overnight news" will be right back.
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and try vicks sinex children's saline. safe and gentle relief for children's noses. if you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone you love, how about a handmade quilt? you know, you might think it's pretty hard to find those these days, until you hear about mississippi. they have been quilting there for generations. and for them, it's more than just needle and thread. each stitch is a connection, a thread to the past. >> every quilt has a story. >> here in the heart of the delta, tutwiler, mississippi, considered by many a birthplace of the blues, cotton country. there are a lot of stories to tell. some of those stories are told in quilts. >> probably has a lot to do with our history as well. you know, back in slavery times,
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a quilt with hidden messages in them. like, a map to the north. it is, really. it is. >> that's kind of a nod to the ancestors. >> right. exactly. >> reporter: but there aren't that many quilters anymore to tell those stories. >> is this a thing of the past? >> it is. we losing it. >> you are losing it? >> uh-huh. because we don't have people that want to do it. you know? you got to have patience, time, and the love for it. >> reporter: in rural communities, quilting was once for necessity. >> women quilted to keep their families warm. >> reporter: melanie powell is the executive director of the community education center. >> so, some women would just pick up the cotton that was left over in the fields, and use it to stuff and to make the batting for the quilts that they made. >> reporter: more than 30 years ago, the community center started selling the homemade quilts to the public.
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first told in a 1990s story on 60 minutes. >> with that particular program, women have been given the opportunity to make their own money by quilting their items at home. they bring them into the center. and it's our responsibility to sell those items. >> reporter: the quilts can cost up to $400. the quilters get 80% of the sale price. the rest goes to the community center for materials. mary mackie coordinates the center's quilting program. >> there was one way that second sit at home, make money, take care of our kid and support our family. >> how many hours will be involved from start to finish? >> sometimes, it be two -- about two months before i will be able to finish it up. z >> and the patterns are as varied as their imaginations. there are now programmable quilting machines. allowing almost anybody to create beautiful and nearly
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perfect quilts these quilters prefer the old-fashioned needle and thread. >> there is something special about handmade products. there is a lot of love in this and there is a lot of imperfection in this. >> and there is beauty in those im imperfections. >> some of these women have been quilting most their lives. they lament that the younger generation doesn't seem interested. >> they have other things. >> internet. >> cell phones. >> interprnet, facebook. >> you see quilting. you know, you got a lot of pin sticks in your finger and you -- young people don't want that. >> the pain. the pain of it. >> yeah. >> reporter: the imperfections, the pain. quilts are like the delta these women call home and like life, beautiful. >> the quilters at the center don't only make quilts. there is also pot holders and
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oven mitts, placemats, a hold catalog of items. if you like what you see, there is still time to order online in time for
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holiday shopping is difficult enough this year without having to worry if the toys you are buying are counterfeit. elise preston has the story. >> reporter: aaron is founder of crazy errands, his magnetic putty for kids sells on amazon and other online retailers but he says when it became popular, listings for putty that looked similar popped up quickly from overseas manufacturers. >> thank you for the opportunity to testify today. >> eporter: on tuesday, he told a senate committee there are hundreds of third-party sellers offering copies of his products. >> these bad actors often sell unsafe goods, which do not meet the stringent federal safety standards required of legitimate producers. >> reporter: his magnets can't fit inside this tube used to
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measure choking hazards but magnets from other online products easily go in. a 2019 report found counterfeit and pirated goods have rapidly grown in the internet era and make up more than 3% of all global trade. >> the sale of counterfeit goods online impacts national economies, companies of all sizes, including small and medium-size enterprises and consumers and has exploded in the past decade and even more so since covid-19. >> reporter: congress is now considering legislation called the inform act, designed to combat the sale of counterfeit goods online. >> if somebody's going to sell large volume of goods online on a marketplace, they should tell the marketplace who they are. doesn't it sound pretty basic? sellers should be verified. >> reporter: amazon, etsy, and ebay are endorsing the house version of the bill. all those companies are members of the internet association. >> we recognize the responsibility and the important role we play in the ecosystem in stopping this activity. >> reporter: the legislation's chance of passing is improving now that it has support from businesses and both parties.
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elise preston, cbs news, new york. and that's the overnight news for this wednesday. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jan crawford. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. the wife of notorious drug kingpin el chapo has been sentenced to three years in prison. she was convicted of helping run her husband's multibillion-dollar criminal empire and helping el chapo escape from police custody in 2014. the u.s. senate has a new contender -- tv personality dr. oz. oz announced he isning as a republic in pennsylvania and vying for the seat of retiring gop senator pat toomey. pennsylvania is expected to be one of the most expensive senate races during the 2022 midterms. and music icon adele is saying hello to las vegas. the show is titled "weekends with adele." it kicks off at caesar's palace on january 21st, and lasts
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through april 16th. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news, it's wednesday, december 1st, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." deadly school shooting. a teenager opens fire killing three students and wounding eight other people. what we know about the suspect and how he got the weapon. preparing for omicron. testing requirements that could go into effect for travelers coming to the u.s. even if they're already vaccinated. chris cuomo suspended. how the anchor allegedly misled the network in connection with his brother's sexual harassment good morning, and good to be with you. this morning, an investigation


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