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cbs evening news coming up captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the u.s. puts more than 8,000 troops on heightened alert for possible deployment to eastern europe, as tensions with russia intensify. president biden meets with our european allies as the u.s. and n.a.t.o. send military might into the region, in hopes of stopping vladimir putin from entering ukraine. a wild day on wall street -- the stunning comeback after the dow dropped 1,000 points. the school mask debate -- school boards sue virginia's new governor over his mask optional order. but in los angeles, students are told to upgrade their masks. tonight, parents react. breaking news -- three firefighters killed in baltimore after a row home collapses and
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traps them inside. i can't breathe -- the federal trial begins for three former police officers accused of ignoring george floyd's pleas for help. end of affirmative action, the conservative dominated supreme court will decide whether race based admissions to universities like harvard is lawful. deadly gun violence surges, multiple police officers shot and killed as homicides spike nationwide. gas price warning, why your next trip to the pump may cost even more. and making history on the high seas, as the first woman takes command of the u.s.s. constitution. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. there is a lot of news to get to on this monday night but we're going to begin with rising tesions in ukraine and the threat of a possible russian invasion growing by the minute.
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here in washington, president biden held a video call with european allies this afternoon to discuss a common response to russia's continued military buildup around ukraine's border. n.a.t.o. announced that it was putting forces on standby and is reinforcing eastern europe with more ships and fighter jets, moves russia denounced, and the biden administration is considering whether to send several thousand u.s. troops and equipment to reinforce n.a.t.o. meanwhile, the state department has ordered the families of american diplomats to leave the country, and they've advised nonessential american embassy personnel and private u.s. citizens should do the same. also tonight, speaker nancy pelosi wants a white house briefing on the ukraine situation for congress. so we have two reports tonight from washington and inside ukraine. cbs's ed o'keefe will start us off from the white house. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah, a major shift in the white house on russian shift
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with ukraine. leaders is discussing a diplomatic solution. europe is preparing for the possibility of a new war. >> i had a very, very, very good meeting with all the european leaders. >> reporter: president biden consulted with european allies in the situation room readying thousands of u.s. troops for possible mission in the region. >> it's very clear that russians have no intention now of deescalating. >> reporter: the pentagon placed 8500 troops stationed in the u.s. on alert ready to deploy to n.a.t.o.'s eastern flank in days if the situation deteriorated. >> we are not saying dihomesy is dead. >> reporter: but the administration ordered u.s. embassy families out of u.k. and ordered not to travel to russia as more troops were sent into belarus and military exercises in the baltic sea. >> after this weekend is he more or less concerned of the possibility of a russia invasion of ukraine.
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>> he said last week military action by russia could come at anytime. that remains his point of view. >> reporter: the u.s. is hoping its own show of force would deter putin. fighter gelts could be sent to n.a.t.o. companies as well as warships. the u.s.s. fruman arrived in the eastern mediterranean today for long schedule exercises. n.a.t.o. is bolstering defenses with deigner, and dutch sending troops. if president putin invades -- >> russia will pay heavy price. >> reporter: hasn't forced the russian leader to pull back troops on ukraine's border. with more of his portions into belarus the administration shifted tactics. >> what napped in the last few days that prompted the pentagon to present specific potential troop deployments to the president or to put it another way why now? >> it's a part of an ongoing contingency planning process and discussion. >> reporter: tonight the president was asked by a fox news reporter whether rising
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inflation would be a liability in this year's elections. he gave this testy response as reporters walked out. >> it's a great asset. more inflation. what a stupid son son of a bitc. >> reporter: the department of homeland security warns russia could lawn offa cyber attack against the u.s. but u.s. officials say they see no signs moscow is currently preparing such an attack. norah. >> o'donnell: the president caught off mic there -- or on mic, rather, ed o'keefe, thank you. diplomacy is not dead as officials from russia and ukraine are set to meet in paris wednesday with talks with their counterparts from france and germany. the eyes of the world are on ukraine tonight and cbs's holly williams is there. >> reporter: if there's a russian ground invasion, this village is potentially in the firing line. in the village of sen'kivka under two miles from ukraine's
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border with russia, at the timian na told us if there's an invasion, many people here will have nowhere to run. only other side of the border amassed 127,000 u.s.-russian troops according to ukraine's government. today ukraine's president volodymyr zelensky told the people of his country not to panic. nina is 79, born when ukraine was under nazi occupation in the w cellar where she stores food in the winter. she has another purpose in mind if the russians show up. >> you can take shelter here if the russians invade. >> reporter: ukraine is not a wealthy country. now its freedom and its young democracy are threatened by its colossal neighbor. and what some say are president
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vladimir putin's ambitions to create a new russian empire. tomorrow, we're expecting another shipment of emergency military assistance from the u.s. including munitions to arrive here in kiev. norah. >> o'donnell: thank you, holly williams. well, it was a rollercoaster ride o a day in the stock market fears over what's going on in ukraine along with questions over the federal reserve's plan to curve inflation sent stocks into a free fall with the dow down more than 1,000 points by just afternoon. after a late-day rally, all three indexes closed up in positive territory. all right, we're turning now to covid where another fight over restrictions is headed to court. cbs's meg oliver reports from id arlington, virginia, where the battle over masks is pitting parent against >> reporter: there's a faceoff over face coverings in virginia public schools after the
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today. >> it's parents that should decide the health measures taken for their children. >> reporter: and many parents agree. this morning, a group of them in stafford county arrived at their children's elementary school with the intent to send them in without masks despite the district's policy. six families were turned away and offered virtual lessons instead. >> there is no doubt that masks have played a role in our children's lack of education and those masks are directly impacting their ability to learn. >> reporter: but seven county school boards have filed a lawsuit against governor youngkin seeking to block the executive order. the lawsuit represents more than 350,000 students across virginia, arguing that the state constitution gives local school boards the authority to enact policies that protect the health and well being of students and staff. it also cites a state law requiring school systems to follow c.d.c. health guideliness
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masking in schools regardless of vaccination status. amber bowmer, one of 13 parents covid asthma.drawsug >>fgia, and all of the teachers and the end the sch in ourchool stem. >>hris wilson, a father of two, also supports mask mandates. >> not a problem. the kids support it, they know it's the right thing to do. we also know this is not a forever decision. this is a temporary decision. >> reporter: here in virginia, the lawsuits ask the mask mandate remain in place until the court reaches a decision. meanwhile, in los angeles today, students were required to upgrade their mandatory masks to something other than non-cloth with a nose wire. >> o'donnell: sad news out of baltimore, three firefighters
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were killed and one remains in critical condition and on life support after trapped inside a vaguen row house. they were responding to a fire when it partially collapsed early this morning. people gathered outside the hospital to say farewell to the fallen. in st. paul, minnesota, three former officer in the murder of michael flynn are accused of violating floyd's civil rights by ignoring his desperate pleas for help. here's cbs's mola lenghi. >> i can't breathe. you're doing fine, talking fine. >> reporter: today the prosecutors said the three officers didn't lift a finger when george floyd said he couldn't breathe at least 25 times, when derek chauvin kneeled on floyd's neck more than nine minutes. in opening statements prosecutors insisted it was more about what if four police officers did not do.
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they failed in their duty of 1207ing a police officer they see using excessive force. the three with charged with denying floyd's civil rights by not providing the first aid that could have kept them alive. >> they're trying to say chauvin did it all on his own and they, meaning the other defendants, weather not trying to help mr. chauvin violate mr. floyd's rights. >> reporter: prosecutors alleged thao held bystanders book and lane held down his legs. lane could be heard twice asking derek chauvin if they should reposition floyd. another defense attorney thomas plunkett called floyd's death a failure by the minimum naps police department and a lack overadequate training. >> when you use that argument it's almost like you're saying yes it's true, he did it, but this wasn't properly trained.
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>> reporter: thomas lane and alex koenig were relatively new to the minneapolis police department and on duty for less than a week when floyd was killed. lane will testify in his defense. it is unclear whether this two other officers or derek chauvin will testify during this trial. >> o'donnell: thank you. washington is buzzing over the bombshell announcement on "face the nation" that the trump administration had a plan that would have authorized the department of defense to seize voting machines in several battle grounder mistakes. scott macfarlane has that. >> reporter: in plano texas at the courthouse prosecutors accused oath keepers stewart rhodes. the alleged coordinator of the suit of the capitol the cooperating with the january 6th committee making him the latest key figure to do
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so. cbs news confirmed the committee is conn firming a draft order that would have ordered the pentagon to series voting machines from several battleground states where they allege fraud took place. >> we are concerned our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. >> reporter: the order which was never signed by former president trump would have also involved the department of justice. thompson revealed sunday former attorney general bill barr halls had a voluntary conversation with the committee. >> so if you are using nirlt to potentially seize voting machines, even though it's a discussion, the public needs to know. we've never had that before. >> reporter: also tonight, a georgia court has granted local prosecutors request nor a special grand jury to investigate whether the former president tried to speer veer with georgia's 2020 election results. mr. trump referred to that as a
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political witch hunt. norah. >> o'donnell: scott macfarlane, thank you. today the mayor of new york city announced a crackdown on illegal guns like the one used to kill a rookie officer and critically injure another officer in harlem friday night. tonight police in washington and texas are searching for gunmen who targeted officers as well. we get more from cbs's jeff pegues. >> reporter: when new york city police officer offers responded to a domestic call in harlem, a barrage of gunfire greeted them in an apartment hallway. rivera was killed and mora is in critical condition. in houston corporal charles dharls was ambushed during a routine traffic stop after a suspect who is still on the run emerged from a vehicle firing a gun, riddling the squad car with bullet holes. >> this is a ruthless, savage execution. >> reporter: a manhunt is also underway in washington, d.c. for
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the suspect who shot an officer sunday night. >> he pulled a firearm, fired several shots at our officers. >> reporter: is there sump a thing as a routine call? >> no, not at all. every single incident has the capacity to turn deadly. >> reporter: deadly violence sparked by illegal guns, striking down officers and people on city streets. a steady flow of weapons into major cities. new york's mayor says police took more than 6,000 guns off the streets last year. >> it is illegal to carry a gun in our city, yet our police officers take them off the streets every day in record numbers. >> reporter: the suspect accused of killing officer rivera died today after being shot at the scene where police say he was armed with this illegal gun, equipped with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding 40 rounds. police also say they found a
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loaded, illegal ar-15 assault rifle under the suspect's mattress. officer jason rivera, 22 years old, he grew up in new york city. at the beginning of his career, he was asked why he wanted to join the police force. he said that he wanted to see better relations between community and police. norah. >> o'donnell: all those officers, jeff pegues, thank you. a warning from aaa about rising gas prices and why they're going up. remember, we shared this school principal's story on cbs. now he's going to the super bowl! loaded the td ameritrade mobile app so you can quickly check the markets? yeah, actually i'm taking one last look at my dashboard before we board. excellent. and you have thinkorswim mobile- -so i can finish analyzing the risk on this position. you two are all set. have a great flight. thanks. we'll see ya.
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featuring inspirational stories about ame >> i looked out my window. i seen black smoke coming up outta big old fire. >> announcer: a hotheaded ex... >> judge judy: did he tell you why he was burning her things? >> he was angry with her and "she had it coming." >> judge judy: what was the argument about? >> she ran off with her ex-boyfriend for the weekend. >> announcer: but their relationship had already flamed out. >> i broke up with him. i wasn't running around with my ex-boyfriend. >> yes, you were. >> judge judy: you just shouted out. >> i had something to say. >> judge judy: j-- not unless i ask you. >> announcer: "judge judy." you are about to enter the courtroom of judge judith sheindlin. christina asbury is suing her ex-boyfriend, stephen owens jr., for stealing her property and setting her clothes on fire. >> byrd: order! all rise! this is case number 494 on the calendar in the matter of asbury vs. owens.
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>> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. have a seat, please. >> judge judy: ms. asbury, the defendant is your former boyfriend. you claim he destroyed some property that belonged to you. the defendant says that he didn't destroy anything. he merely tossed it all out in the yard. and, in addition, he says you took off with his rv. so let me go back a minute. where were you and the defendant living? >> we were living at my stepdad's property -- or his house down in ferndale. >> judge judy: were you living in his house or on his property? >> we were living in the rv on the property. >> judge judy: whose rv was it? >> it was an rv that we had purchased during the time -- or he had purchased while we were together for us to live in. >> judge judy: so it was his rv? >> uh, yeah. he didn't finish paying for it. uh, he -- >> that's not true. >> never even paid for it. >> judge judy: shh. don't speak. >> it was our home. >> judge judy: he purchased it. >> it was -- >> judge judy: i don't care if it was your home. he's not your husband. >> okay. >> judge judy: he bought the rv. >> yes. >> judge judy: okay. so it's his rv. >> and i never took off with it. >> judge judy: just -- shh. don't sound foolish. >> okay. >> judge judy: i just asked you a question. i

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