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rabbit, they're bringing him back because he brings good luck. that is it for captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, president zelenskyyay impassioned plea to congress invoking 9/11 and pearl harbor, begging for help and a no-fly zone. plus, the new military equipment and millions of dollars in aid president biden is promising ukraine. via satellite with his country in the crosshairs, the president of ukraine brings lawmakers to tears, getting a standing ovation. tonight, his direct message to president biden. >> the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace. >> o'donnell: president biden's strongest condemnation yet of vladimir putin. >> i think he is a war criminal. >> o'donnell: tonight, the switch blade drones and singer missiles he's pledging, in what's being called an
unprecedented assistance to ukraine. killed in a bread line. nowhere is safe in ukraine. civilians shot while waiting for food. plus a theater where hundreds were seeking shelter in mariupol is bombed. citizens taking up arms. we're with ukrainians as they learn to fire a rifle. this 31-year-old i.t. terriblist goes from a keyboard to a kalashnikov. >> this can be a question of life. >> o'donnell: rising costs-- truckers paying more to fill up. the price of diesel up more than $1 in a month. what that may mean for your grocery bill. horrific van crash. a deadly accident kills nine people, including seven members of a college golf team. what we're learning tonight about the victims. and how a lemonade stand helped a family separated by war. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell
reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. the war in ukraine is now entering its fourth week witha attacks on civilians like we have never seen before. in a historic and emotional speech to congress, president zelenskyy begged for the united states to do more. the former comedian has risen to this moment in history and as "the economist" wrote today a man who used to entertain the nation has become its voice. he cited pearl harbor and the september 11 attacks in his appeal to members of congress and he played this heartbreaking video of ukraine and the people before and after the russian invasion, showing the brutality of the air strikes on civilian targets. for the first time today, president biden called vladimir putin a war criminal. zelenskyy asked again for a no-fly zone, and while president biden stopped short of that, he did pledge an additional $800 million in military aid. we've got a lot of news to get to tonight from ukraine. but we're going to start with cbs' weijia jiang from the white
house. good evening, weijia. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. president zelenskyy thanked the u.s. for all the support it has already provided, but he also made clear it is not enough. president biden praised the passionate speech as convincing and significant, before offering a reality check about what the u.s. is ready to deliver. an extraordinary sight today as ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy fighting for his country's survival received a standing ovation from members of congress. appearing virtually in his trademark green army shirt, zelenskyy made a desperate appeal for more help. >> ( translated ): we need you right now. >> reporter: invoking pearl harbor. >> ( translated ): when your sky was black from the planes attacking you. >> reporter: and the attacks on 9/11. >> ( translated ): our country experienced the same every day,
right now, at this moment, every night for three weeks now. >> reporter: he also played a video showing the death and destruction unfolding across his country, moving some lawmakers to tears. president biden, too, commented on the carnage. >> bombing apartment buildings, maternity wards, hospitals-- i mean, it's god awful. >> reporter: later, the president went even further in condemning putin. >> i think he is a war criminal. >> reporter: zelenskyy begged for help, closing off putin's main pathway to inflicting pain, the sky. sky. >> ( translated ): is this a lot to ask for to create a no-fly zone over ukraine, to save people? is this too much to ask? >> reporter: while most lawmakers agree with president biden that a no-fly zone is too dangerous, there is a growing call to send more fighter jets, which the administration has also called too risky. >> we're a superpower, and zelenskyy challenged us to act like it. zelenskyy needs more.
>> reporter: in his response, president biden did not bring up a no-fly zone or war planes, but announced an additional $800 million in military aid. >> we're going to continue to have their backs as they fight for their freedom. >> reporter: the package includes u.s.-made killer drones, known as switch blades, that can target russian tanks from miles away. plus 800 antiaircraft, and 9,000 anti-armor systems, 29,000 sefts body armor and helmets, and 20 million rounds in ammunition. in his final plea, zelenskyy addressed president biden in english. >> you are the leader of the nation. i wish you to be the leader of the world. being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peacet
first time presidet biden used the phrase "war criminal," to describe putin. the white house has avoided it, citing an onanything legal process to determine if russia is in fact committing war crimes. press secretary jen psaki said the president was speaking from his heart. norah. >> o'donnell: just extraordinary what happened today. weijia jiang, thank you. well, the atrocities in ukraine that president zelenskyy talked about were on full display for the rest of the world today, in large part because of the work of journalists. russian forces have ratcheted up the brutality in attacks on civilians, and the curfew put in place to protect residents in kyiv is it going to expire in just a few hours. cbs' charlie d'agata is in the capital. good evening, charlie respect. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. officials from both russia and ukraine have expressed optimism today that peace talks were making progress. but there is no hint of these horrors coming to an end. we warn that our report includes some images that some might find disturbing.
ukrainian officials tonight accused the russian military of bombing this theater in mariupol where hundreds of people had taken refuge in the hope of some protection from the bombardment. a satellite image before the bombing shows the building intact, with the word "children" in russian lettering outside. ( explosions ) in the besieged port city, even getting into the hospital means running a gauntlet of bombs and bullets. inside, a vision of hell. rescue teams and civilians shelling faster man medics can treat them, many already too far gone to be saved. an exhausted doctor covers the body of a three-week-old baby. down in the basement, he says, these are all the people we couldn't save. it "help mariupol," plead resident olga budko. "children, women are being killed. wh
genocide?" ( explosions ) allegations of russian troops intentionally targeting civilians run up and down the country. residents scramble for cover in skadovs'k in theth. ukrainian officials say 10 people were shot dead while standing in line for bread in the northern city of chernihiv. explosions echoed in plumes of smoke rose around the capital today as the ukrainian military said its forces mounted unteffenve in burbtoh. across the cs ing,eg smoldering aftermath of another apartment building that came under attack overnight as russian forces continue to bombard the capital. the ceaseless shelling of ukraine's second-largest city of kharkiv left a market and school in flames and left trapped residents to wonder three weeks
under siege since the invasion began whether any end is in sight. of right around the same time, president zelenskyy was addressing congress, president putin spoke publicly, calling the military offensive a success. british intelligence suggests forces from elsewhere in russia have begun to redeploy to bolster troops in ukraine. norah. >> o'donnell: yeah, meaning this might not end any time soon. charlie d'agata, thank you. well, now to western ukraine, which has been largely spared from russia's attacks and has become a haven for families fleeing the violence. it's also an area where residents with no military background are taking up arms and training to defend their country. cbs' imtiaz tyab is in lviv. >> reporter: this is the most basic of training: after just four hours of learning how to fire a rifle, these ordinary citizens say they're ready to defend their homeland.
31-year-old anastasia is originally from the capital kyiv. she fled to lviv for safety shortly after the russian invasion began and has gone from working in i.t. to learning how to use a kalashnikov. how important is it for you to get this training? >> i hope that i will not have to use it. but it's important because it can be a question of life. >> reporter: ukrainians of all kindshave joined the volunteer battalions, which are fiercely resisting russia's vastly more powerful military in ways few expected defending the most vulnerable. oincluding those that live at this school in lviv. these children, some as young as four, are all orphans and have developmental disabilities. they were brought here less than a week ago after fleeing brutal violence in eastern ukraine. natari is a social worker here. >> i mean, kids with mental and physical disorders.
>> reporter: as we were talking... >> alarm. >> reporter: ...an air raid siren went off. the older kids were told to run inside while the youngest were guided by their careers, who took them into a basement classroom and tried to calm them down any way they could. nadia is one of the teachers. what do you tell the children when they hear the noise? what do you say to them? "the children don't hear the sirens from here. they are hidden," she says. "we are safe here." he's orphans may be among ukraine's most vulnerable, but they are deeply cared for. hi! and still manage to smile and make new friends during the most uncertain of times. now, according to the u.n., nearly every second a ukrainian child is made a refugee. that's roughly 1.5 million already. and many pass through here in lviv on their way to poland, and
an uncertain future. norah. >> o'donnell: thank you for focusing on the children. well, tonight, we are hearing from that russian state tv employee who staged a bold on-air protest against the war in ukraine. in her first television interview marina ovsyannikova said i absolutely do not feel like a hero. i really want to feel like the sacrifice was not in vain and that people will open their eyes. the mother of two could still face up to 15 years in prison for her actions. well, here in the u.s., there's major economic news tonight. the federal reserve today raised its benchmarc short-term interest rate by a quarter point. that is the first rate hike since 2018, and more are expected this year. this will mean higher loan rates for most consumers and businesses who are already struggling with inflation. tonight, cbs' errol barnett reports on how record-high fuel prices are stalling the trucking industry. >> it digs into your profit. you know what i mean? >> reporter: tonight, while
most americans are gasping at gas prices, truckers are dealing with diesel. >> $815 to fill up the truck. >> reporter: what costs less than $4 per gallon last month, has jumped to a record high above $5, slamming small transport companies. >> pricing stay this way, a lot of people will be out of business. >> reporter: william lytle says profits have vaccinated. this man recently purchased a second truck which he now can't afford. the steep pr prices are tricklig down through the economy. more than 70% of freight is transported via truck. now fuel surcharges are increasingly affecting the prices of everything from groceries to building supplies. and it is a major contributor to inflation. >> big fleets, small fleets, they all use diesel. nearly everything, when we go t ore o itnl all ofa k.
that means, i think, all of us, as consumers can expect higher prices generally. >> reporter: dieseldesperation s theft reported in california and texas. >> they had a trap door in their vehicle. they would put a hose down there, and suck it out with a pump. >> reporter: now, here in virginia, you can see that diesel prices are about $5 per gallon. out west in california, it is above $6. all of that really adds up. and despite regular gas prices stabilizing this week, analysts we've spoken with, norah, expect diesel prices to continue to creep higher. >> o'donnell: you really put it into perspective. errol barnett, thank you. we are learning more about a tragic head-on crash in texas last night that killed multiple membersave college golf team and their coach. two other students are in the hospital clinging to life. here's cbs' janet shamlian. >> reporter: a horrific head-on crash in west texas, nine dead, including six members of a college golf team and their
coach, who was driving the passenger van heading home from a competition to the university of the southwest in hobbs, new mexico. two teammates are in critical condition. the driver and passenger in a pickup truutriaycrsee e ino e ph of van, also died. >> it's a very tragic scene. it's very, very tragic. >> reporter: this is the spot where it happened. it's along iwoway with no lighting. the gol we aboutmifromirniversif thn and women's golf teams at the university. freshman lacy stone also among the dead. today our affiliate ktvt spoke to her grandmother, carol patterson, by phone. >> we are glad that she was doing what she loved, but her loss is going to leave a hole in our hearts. >> reporter: the university in a statement said, "the u.s.w. campus community is shocked and saddened." tonight, flowers and tributes arriving at the golf course and a community devastated. >> just about every golfer in hobbs has personally has dealt
with those kids, and they had nothing but positive reputations. >> reporter: the golfing community and the school are small, and this is a tremendous blow. tonight, the n.t.s.b. tells cbs news it is sending a 12-member team to investigate. norah. >> o'donnell: we're praying for their families. janet shamlian, thank you. well, still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," flash floods and high-water rescues in alabama. and what caused this massive fire at a walmart distribution center? plus japan-- look at this-- rattled by a powerful earthquake. and it looks like he's gotten into some new healthier habits, too. what changes are you making yo2 di it can help you lose up to 10 pounds. i'oven theer and it's only taken once a week, so it can fit into your busy life. trulicity is for type 2 diabetes. it isn't for people with type 1 diabetes.
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>> reporter: was that a surprise. >> yes. >> yes! >> reporter: miguel abed is now serbing those meals in poland. he stumbled across the boys' fund-raiser in coronodo, hours before flying to volunteer here. they sent miguel off with cards for their parents, which he hand delivered to their dad, dan. >> special. >> oh, my goodness. >> message from your kids. >> this is amazing! >> reporter: it's the first mail they've got fren their boys. >> they really miss you. >> all of us have split up from our families, and we're really invested in, you know, trying to help ukraine. >> reporter: a mission shared by miguel, the langenkamp laingencamps and all the volunteers. >> i hope it will stabilize them and help them feel better. >> it's a great example to replicate this good deed that is coming together by literally people from everywhere in the world. >> reporter: christina ruffini, cbs news, poland. >> o'donnell: a reminder that everyone can help.
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>> judge judy: thank you. >> byrd: you're welcome, judge. parties have been sworn in. you may be seated. ladies, have a seat. >> judge judy: mr. and mrs. boyer, you hired mr. johnston to do some work on a house that belongs to you in arkansas. it is your claim in this lawsuit that he did a substandard job and did some work that he shouldn't have done, which you were caused to repair at some cost to yourselves. mr. johnston actually has a countersuit. he said he did more work than originally contracted for, and you actually owe him money. i gather from reading the complaint, mr. and mrs. boyer, that you moved from arkansas to pennsylvania. when was that? >> we moved, um, to pennsylvania in april of 2015. >> judge judy: and when did you move back to arkansas from pennsylvania? >> we moved approximately may 1st of 2016, back. >> judge judy: and your house has been for sale since what month and year? >> we had it for sale by owner, which a friend of mine was doing first. and then we listed it -- >> judge judy: just a second. what month and year did you have it listed? >> we listed it -- >> judge judy: by owner. >> oh, when we left the -- the state of arkansas