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>> sure. [ laughter ] >> the firefighters don't look happy about it. >> like it. you get captioning sponsored by cbs >> brennan: tonight: america's first confirmed case of omicron. what we are learning about the first patient as the u.s. prepares new testing requirements for all travelers entering this country. new details tonight on the patient's symptoms. plus, the c.d.c.'s new prediction about hospitalizations and deaths over the coming weeks.prediction abot tonight: the michigan teen and terrorism for killing four fellow students will now be tried as an adult. new details on that school shooting. >> it was random and cold hearted. >> brennan: supreme court showdown: the supreme court begins hearing its most significant abortion case in decades.e at issue: a mississippi law that will ban abortions for women 15 weeks pregnant.
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"operation warm," brings coats and more to kids in need. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> brennan: good evening. to our viewers in the west. thank you for joining us. i'm margaret brennan in for norah. we begin with the first confirmed infection from the new covid variant omicron here in the united states. and cbs news has just learned that the c.d.c. is reviewing more potential cases in several states. the first case was detected in
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san francisco. that patient was fully vaccinated, but not boosted, and had recently traveled to south africa. hundreds of cases of the new variant have now been confirmed in more than 20 countries, prompting the biden administration to prepare stricter testing requirements for all travelers entering the united states, including americans. today, president biden said "this is why boosters are needed," and implored americans to get that additional dose. 135 million americans are eligible for boosters. only about 42 million have actually gotten them so far. cbs' anna werner leads off our coverage tonight from san francisco. good evening, anna. >> reporter: good evening, margaret. as you said, cbs news has learned the first known u.s. omicron patient came through here, san francisco international airport. now, public health officials are crediting the state's large- scale testing program for finding that case. they say testing will now be stepped up at airports.
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the patient was identified only as someone between 18 and 49 who landed in the u.s. three days before thanksgiving, developed mild symptoms on thanksgiving day, and tested positive four days later. the sample was then genetically sequenced overnight at a university of california san francisco lab and was confirmed to contain the omicron variant. >> they had received a full dose of the moderna vaccine but no booster. >> reporter: five days after the world health organization declared omicron a variant of concern, little is known. officials are urging the public not to panic, but say it may be more contagious and better able to evade vaccines than any other variant discovered so far. today at the white house, dr. anthony fauci said it will be weeks before researchers can determine how severe and transmissible omicron really is. but current vaccines, he says, probably offer at least some protection. >> we know what we need to do to protect people. get vaccinated, if you're not already vaccinated. get boosted.
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>> reporter: hospitalizations and deaths were already predicted to increase after a recent surge in cases before omicron was detected. the delta variant still accounts for more than 99% of cases worldwide. now, labs across the country are sequencing approximately 80,000 p.c.r. tests a week to see where omicron might show up. cbs' david begnaud was given access to a new york city lab sequencing about 2,000 of those test samples. >> reporter: how long did it take for delta to become the majority of all covid-positive patients in new york city? >> it was probably six to eight weeks. >> reporter: so is it your guess that once you detect omicron, within, let's say a month and a half to two months, it could be the majority of everything? >> it could definitely be. >> reporter: it's a race against the new variant. right now, international travelers must test negative within 72 hours of their departure for the u.s. from any destination, but the white house is expected to tighten those rules so that everyone coming to
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the u.s. must test negative within a day of boarding, regardless of whether they are vaccinated. well, the c.d.c. announced yesterday that it was expanding surveillance at four of the nation's busiest airports. that includes here at sanst francisco international. and we've just learned that the agency is now reviewing more potential cases of the omicron variant in several states. also, the mask mandate for planes, trains, and buses is reportedly going to be extended through march. margaret. >> brennan: those safety protocols still need it. thank you, anna. we turn now to that it deadly school shooting in oxford, michigan. a fourth student died today from his injuries. h was just 17. the accused gunman, a 15-year- old sophomore, is being tried as an adult. we learned today that just hours before the attack, his parents had a school meeting regarding troubling behavior. here's cbs' nancy chen. >> anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. do you understand that right, sir? >> yes, i do.
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>> reporter: wearing a face mask and handcuffs, 15-year-old ethan crumbley sat motionless as he was arraigned on 24 felony counts, including terrorism and first degree murder his parents also attended virtually. >> there are facts leading up to the shooting that suggest this was not just an impulsive act. >> school shooting at oxford high school. >> reporter: on tuesday, investigators say the sophomore came out of a rest room atd oxford high school, and fired at least 30 round from a semiautomatic handgun. just hours earlier, authorities say crumbly and his parents met with school officials over c behavior concerns. >> according to the sheriff's office. it's safe to come out. >> reporter: cell phone video shows terrified students barricaded behind a locked door before running to safety. >> go! >> reporter: four students, aged 14 to 17, were killed, including justin shilling, who died in the
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hospital this morning. seven others were injured. >> it was just incredibly disturbing. >> reporter: oakland county sheriff michael bouchard says investigators are scrutinizingoc school security video that captured the entire rampage. >> from my look at the video, it was random and cold hearted. >> reporter: and crumbley is being held without bond. he pleaded not guilty. the county prosecutor says more charges could be filed, including against his parents. classes here are canceled for the rest of the week, margaret. >> brennan: nancy chen in oxford. thank you. the supreme court heard arguments today in what is widely seen as the most significant abortion case in a generation. the justices' ruling likely won't come for months, but the hearing itself sparked intense debate, both inside and outside the court here in washington. a cbs news poll finds more than 60% of americans want to keep
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the 1973 "roe v. wade" ruling, which prohibits states from banning abortion after about 24 weeks of pregnancy. we get more now from cbs' jan crawford at the supreme court. >> reporter: from across the country, thousands came to make their voices heard, from michigan... >> it's a very serious threat to our ability to shape our futures and our lives. and daughter from pennsylvania. >> i pray to god that it's overturned for the sanctity of-- upholding the sanctity f human life. >> reporter: ...to this mother and daughter from pennsylvania. >> i pray to god that it's overturned for the sanctity of-- upholding the sanctity of human life.eporter: ...and would put t risk the court's legitimacy. >> reporter: inside the courtroom, liberal justices argued "roe v. wade" was too established to overturn. >> it's been 50 years of decisions saying that this is part of our law.
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>> reporter: ...and would put at risk the court's legitimacy. >> will this institution survive the stench that this creates in the public perception that the constitution and its reading are just political acts? >> reporter: but a majority of the justices appeared inclined to uphold mississippi's ban on abortions after 15 weeks.r 15 w. chief justice john roberts suggested the court wouldn't have to overturn "roe." >> if you think that the issue is one of choice, that women should have a choice to terminate their pregnancy, why would 15 weeks be an inappropriate line? inappropriate line?r: >> reporter: but that would still be a major retreat from its last big abortion case in 1992, when the court drew that 1992, when the court drew that line at viability, around 24 line at viability, around 24 weeks. mississippi's only abortion clinic, now at the center of the fight, performs abortions up to 16 weeks. >> that's the question is where does the line get drawn? it's just-- it's them chipping away. >> reporter: a lawyer for mississippi said the justices shouldn't be drawing the lines, that the issue should be up to the states, which struck a chord with justice brett kavanaugh.
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>> why should this court be the arbiter rather than congress, the state legislatures, state supreme courts, the people being able to resolve this? >> reporter: now, back in 1992, the court seemed then to be almost certain to overturn "roe v. wade," but former justice anthony kennedy changed his mind and provided that key vote to save it. so that's an important reminder that no matter how things may look today, a lot can change between now and june when we expect this decision. margaret. >> brennan: and jan crawford will be covering it all. thank you. the supreme court's ruling in the mississippi case could impact abortion laws across the country. cbs' janet shamlian reports tonight from texas, the state which now has the nation's most- restrictive law. >> reporter: with the future of abortion in america on the line, today, both sides of the emotional issue amplifying voices.
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>> end the scourge, the bludgeoning, the horror. questis the country tonight, "what >> reporter: questions across the country tonight, "what access to the procedure will look like if "roe v. wade" is overturned. >> today in the "dobbs" case is the most clear attack on "roe v. wade" that we've experienced since the 70s. >> reporter: the legal showdown could take away the constitutional right to the procedure, leaving it to the states, and some are ready. 12 have trigger laws that would automatically halt or nearly all abortions if "roe" is overturned. >> we know when about ban good gs into effect it has a detrimental effect for people needing access to care. >> reporter: but it doesn't have to be overturned to have impact, experts say. the court could weaken the decision, littling how long into a pregnancy the right to an abortion is protected. when you realized you could not get the procedure in texas, what did you think? >> i cried.
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>> reporter: this texas mom of two flew to this denver clinic for her abortion, which could become the norm for women in other states that ban the procedure. >> brennan: janet shamlian, thank you. there is breaking news tonight >> brennan: about a former justice department official who is refusing to cooperate with the congressional committee investigating the january 6 congressional attack on the u.s. capitol. here is cbs' kris van cleave.ef >> reporter: jeffrey clark after the january 6th committee voted unanimously. but in a last minute offer clark could appear this weekend but may cite the fifth amendment and decline to answer questions about efforts to overturn the 2020 election. this comes after steve bannon was indicted on contempt charges last month. >> mr. clark has left us no other choice.
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>> reporter: and a new look tonight for one of those charged for storming the capital. >> i thought i was hoping to see the country. >> this is danny rodriguez, speaking to the fbi. ny rod >> here you can see it appears the california man is tasing d.c. officer michael finnone. >> why did you tase him? >> i don't know, i'm a piece of (bleep). >> sent to illhan omar. >> threats to lawmakers have soared. sent to illhan omar. said she received the racist profanity laced e-mail. likened her to a suicide bomber. >> there are active discussions underway to make sure that lauren bobert is held accountable. >> reporter: bobert did apology
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on twitter but went back ton offensive. rank and file republicans entered the fray. >> brennan: kris van cleave at the capitol. as home prices rise around the country, buyers in high-cost areas will be able to borrow nearly $1 million for a mortgage alone backed by the federal government. fannie mae and freddie mac say the cap on their mortgages will increase next year, and some of the hottest markets are not ones that you would expect. cbs' mark strassmann checked out the boom in boise. >> reporter: ask anyone here, boise, idaho, is having its biggest gold rush since the 1860s. it's called real estate. >> it was just completely insane the amount prices went up, 30% in a year. >> reporter: jennifer louis sells real estate in boise's boom. >> 10, 20 people in a bidding war, sometimes even more.
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this year, we had homes that sold $100,000 over the asking iceporr: boise is now america's least-affordable housing market. home prices dwarf incomes. one study compared boise's median-priced home-- almost $535,000. that's 10 times higher than the median income for one person here, almost nine times higher than the median income for a couple. want to make an offer? better be all cash above the asking price. >> what project do you think we should do next? >> reporter: max hampton and kelsey taylor got lucky with their new home-- $414,000. stung by a series of rejected offers, they found a seller who wanted a local buyer. >> yeah, it was super discouraging. i remember a lot of hard nights, a lot of hard conversations. >> reporter: sticker shocks? >> yeah, is still make us a big angry. >> reporter: angry. >> yeah. >> angry i would say. >> reporter: because? >> why is it like this when just a couple of years ago it wasn't. >> reporter: boise has beauty, a winning lifestyle, and too few
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homes for sale. the pandemic created next-level frenzy. investors and workers from neighboring states snapping up homes, driving up prices. jennifer louis' family has grown. her home's value has doubled. but she can't afford to buy bigger. have you put an offer on a house? >> we wanted to. but the realtor said they wouldn't even look at a contingent offer. it's money that talks. >> reporter: people here keep telling us this housing market is changing who boise is. younger buyers squeezed out moving away, older sellers cashing up on the, moving away. and for the more approachably priced homes, there's no end in sight. margaret. >> brennan: mark strassmann, thank you. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," the wife of a beloved music executive is gunned down inside her beverly hills mansion. and a powerful explosion rocks a
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it was an effortable for it to come to the united states, but that's scary development. >> as omicron arrives in the u.s. via sfo, we learn how two local labs played a key part in detecting it. >> and a vaccine clinic struggling to keep up with demand for boosters right now. plus why a pair of san jose murder suspects are a waiting trial tonight from the comfort of their own homes. >> i understand and appreciate the need for bail reform, but the pendulum has clearly swung too far. and the state touches off the tap. the decision throwing cold water on many communities drought relief request. tonight a world traveler
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from san francisco has brought home the united states first confirmed case of the omicron variant. >> we're told the patient was fully vaccinated, but had not received a booster. that person is isolating at mi symptoms, as local health officials work on contract tracing. >> it was inevitable i think for it to come to the need, but that's a scary development. >> with this new variant, definitely going to get on that train and get the second shot, and if need, a third and fourth and fifth. whatever is necessary to stay healthy. >> i'm not worried about it. we live in a highly vaccinated area, so i think it's a little bit of hype. >> right now the cdc is working to step up covid testing requirements for people traveling to the u.s. currently travelers must be tested within 72 hours of arriving. andria borba on how bay area labs first detected omicron, and quickly. >> reporter: now, this all happened very, very quickly.

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