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>> reporter: good evening, norah. these snow squalls can come seemingly out of nowhere. they can bring some very heavy snow and gusty winds and can bring visibilities down to about zero. some of these snow squalls on radar look like regular snow showers, but they are packing an extra bad punch of snow and wind. also this week, again, a severe weather threat, areas that were hit very hard last week possibly going to see more of some of the worst weather mother nature can provide. damaging winds with the severe weather, large hail and also the possibility that, once again, there could be tornadoes. >> chris warren, thank you. the headline from last night's oscars isn't the groundbreaking motion picture "coda," but what happens now after will smith slapped chris rock live on air. the academy of motion picture arts and sciences said in a
statement today that it condemns smith's actions and has launched a formal review. we get more from entertainment tonight co-host kevin frazier. >> jada, i love you. "g.i. jane two," can't wait to see it, all right? >> will smith laughs. jada pinkett smith is stunned seconds before this. >> oh, wow! >> reporter: the slap heard around the world and the parts bleeped out afterwards. >> keep my wife's name out your -- mouth! >> i'm going to, okay? >> reporter: smith was enraged by the "g.i. jane" reference because of his wife's hair loss from alopecia. moments later he's seen talking with denzel washington who he referenced in his acceptance speech for best actor. >> denzel said to me a few minutes ago, at your highest moment, be careful, that's when the devil comes for you.
>> reporter: defending smith, comedian tiffany haddish told black man stand up for his wife, it was the most beautiful thing i've ever seen. but director rob riner tweeted, "he's lucky chris is not filing assault charges." and this from actress sophia bush -- "violence isn't okay. assault is never the answer." >> the thing he did is something you're told in pre-school you're not allowed to do. >> reporter: daniel feinberg is the chief tv critic from the "hollywood reporter." >> to slap someone in a public place you will probably be charged with something, you will definitely be asked to leave that place. you will probably not be handed a trophy within 15 minutes of doing it. >> will smith! >> reporter: after winning oscar for best actor, smith apologized to everyone, it seemed, except chris rock. >> i want to apologize to the academy, i want to apologize to all my fellow nominees. >> reporter: he later celebrated on a night where the historic win for "coda" for best picture
was completely overshadowed by this. >> oh, wow! >> kevin frazier joins us now from los angeles. so kevin, do we know if the academy is considering punishment for will smith? >> reporter: they are. you know, in 2017, they amended their code of conduct after the harvey weinstein scandal where he was ousted from the membership. will will most likely face disciplinary action, but they don't think he'll lose his oscar. >> and kevin, has anyone heard from chris rock? >> reporter: chris went to a different after party last night, and a source there told us that while he didn't want to talk about it, and that he just wanted to move on, he was there to kind of have fun and forget about it. and also that we all know that chris did not press charges >> kevin frazier, thank you so much. there's a lot more news ahead on the cbs "overnight news."
the judge ordered the release of more than 100 emails to the january 6 committee. this just in: jared kushner is expected to be questioned by the committee on thursday. all right. a controversial bill became law today in florida. the republican governor signed the measure that bans lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. critics call it the "don't say gay bill" and say it marginalizes lbgtq plus people. governor desantis and other republicans claim the law is reasonable. we want to turn now to america's maternal health crisis. more than two million pregnant women live in the u.s. in counties with no access to prenatal care or obstetricians. imagine that. cbs' janet shamlian reports on why women have to endure these maternity challenges. >> reporter: with two small children, and a baby due in
june, kaylie samuelwitz has a lot on her plate, including a concern most expectant moms don't have, whether she'll make it to the hospital in time. when you go into labor, how long will it take you to get to the hospital? >> about an hour. >> reporter: how many miles is it? >> 60. >> reporter: kalin lives in pampa, texas, a rural city of 17,000, where the local hospital closed its labor and delivery unit. she'll have to drive all the way to amarillo and hope for the best. >> we had a close call with my son, so it is a little nerve wracking, thinking about the next one. >> reporter: fewer than half of rural texas hospitals now deliver babies creating what's called "maternity deserts." one of the biggest factors a shortage of nurses heightened by the pandemic. cost is also an issue. >> a lot of rural hospitals are getting out of delivering babies, it's just so expensive. they just get to the point where they have to make a decision on that. >> reporter: jeff barndhart runs the hereford regional medical
center in the texas panhandle. this is its maternity department, the only one for some 1,600 square miles. how often are you short of labor and delivery nurses? >> recently, we have to go on diversion in a part of the week. >> reporter: that's where a woman in labor is taken by ambulance to another hospital about 50 miles away. samuelwitz is on alert as her due date gets closer. >> even if it might not be labor, we'll head that direction. better to be safe than sorry. >> reporter: after nine months, for some, still a distance to go. janet shamlian, cbs news, hereford, texas. >> i don't know about you but that seems like a big problem. still ahead, why dollywood is temporarily shutting down one of its rides, and the big move walmart is making on cigarette sales in some stores. and the investigation into the death of foo fighters drummer taylor hawkins.
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is closed just as a precaution. in a news release, dollywood says dropline is a 230-foot tall tower manufactured by fun time rides. investigators are still looking into the 430-foot orlando free fall ride and how a teenager slipped from his seat. walmart, the nation's largest retail chain, says it will no longer sell cigarettes in some stores, reportedly includes stores in california, florida, new mexico and arkansas, where the company is based. walmart stopped selling e-cigarettes in 2019. health officials say cigarette smoking causes about one in every five deaths in the u.s. every year. all right, the initial investigation into the death of foo fighters drummer taylor hawkins has found as many as ten drugs in his system and his heart was twice its normal size. officials in columbia say toxicologiy tests revealed marijuana, opioids and anti-depressants. a cause of death was not given. the foo fighters were on tour in bogota when he died at age 50.
the growing refugee crisis in ukraine is now europe's largest since world war ii, and it's only getting worse. "cbs' sunday morning's" lee cowan takes a look at the exodus through the eyes of a photojournalist who puts the lives of the nearly 4 million refugees into focus. >> reporter: the desperation of those fleeing is hardly a black and white issue, and yet these black and white photos are so powerful in their simplicity. >> i like to work very close to people. i like to look people in the eye. >> reporter: in that fleeting exchange of a stranger's glance, award winning photo journalist peter turnley has captured the human condition in ukraine better than words ever could. >> i saw, of course, sorrow, despair, incredible sadness, but
i didn't see any form of hysteria. i saw a lot of strength. i noticed so many mothers and children holding on to each other. >> reporter: but it was while photographing the old that he realized that the wisdom that comes with age was, here at least, a burden. >> and i thought, what would it be like at the very last moments of one's life to be so terribly alone and so dependent on the help of others? >> reporter: in the days since turnley left ukraine the flood of refugees has only grown. >> so many people, they have so little and have lost everything, and i actually don't know if i would have the same strength to endure the same thing. >> reporter: wouldn't it be nice if peter turnley did return to ukraine to photograph not pain, but peace? lee cowan, cbs news. that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. follow us online any time at
cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. will smith is apologizing to chris rock after slapping the comedian at the oscars. rock told a joke about will smith's wife, jada pinkett smith. he said his behavior was inexcusable, and that violence in all forms is poisonous and destructive. russia and ukraine are continuing another round of peace talks in istanbul. russian troops have largely stalled across the country, but the shelling rages on. a spokesperson for the kremlin says the war in ukraine is not a reason for the usage of a nuclear weapon. one california canine had a rough day after heavy rain swept him down the l.a. river. fortunately after nearly two
hours, rescue crews got the dog out of harm's way. for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connect to tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news. this is the cbs "overnight news." good evening. thank you for joining us as we start a new week together. president biden surprised the world today when he stood by his comments he made in warsaw that vladimir putin "can not stay in power." it was expected he was going to clean up those unscripted words. instead he clarified that in his personal opinion and not a new policy. the concern tonight is those remarks could escalate the war in ukraine and putin may use it as a propaganda that the west is trying to overthrow him. there is news to report from inside ukraine after a month of indiscriminate bombing flattened much of mariupol. the city's mayor reportedly says russian forces have captured the
critical port town. but ukraine has maintained counterattacks and claims to have taken a kyiv suburb and an eastern town from the russians. we have a lot of news to get to tonight. we start with cbs' ed o'keefe at the white house. good evening, ed. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the president's comments about vladimir putin came at the end of a carefully prepared speech and three days of intense diplomacy. today he said the message was intended for the russian people. two days since saying this about vladamir putin -- >> for god's sake, this man cannot remain in power. >> reporter: president biden today clarified he was expressing personal views, not a change in u.s. policy. >> i wasn't then nor am i now articulating a policy change. i was expressing moral outrage that i feel, and i make no apologies for it. >> reporter: still the president faced a barrage of questions today about his comments, like why did he say it? >> this is just stating a simple fact that this kind of behavior is totally unacceptable, totally
unacceptable. >> reporter: are you concerned this remark might escalate the conflict? >> no, i'm not. i'm not at all. the last thing i want to do is engage in a land war or a nuclear war with russia, that's not part of it. i was expressing my outrage at the behavior of this man. it's outrageous. >> reporter: the president's european trip included high stakes talks with allies and face-to-face meetings with ukrainian refugees now in poland. after meeting some of them saturday, the president also said this about putin. >> he's a butcher. >> reporter: taken together the comments signal at least a rhetorical escalation some fear could intensify the conflict. a putin spokesman called biden's statements alarming, and french president emmanuel macron, in closer touch with putin than most world leaders, said he wouldn't have used those terms because he hopes the war can be resolved without escalation. but the president disagrees with macron. >> other governments suggest this is a problem i'm escalating
things, no. and has it weakened nato? no, it hasn't. >> reporter: white house aides says the remark wasn't part of the prepared text. and is he worried putin will see the comments as an escalation? >> i don't care what he thinks. look, here's the -- he's going to do what he's going to do. >> reporter: as the war in ukraine continues, the pentagon announces it's sending so-called growler aircraft that can jam or confuse enemy radar to germany. the planes won't fly over ukraine but are part of nato's deterrence against russia. norah. >> extraordinary to be there at the white house today. ed o'keefe, thank you. now to the battle inside ukraine and what the country's military intelligence chiefs believes is russia's new goal. the general says putin is considering a korean scenario, meaning splitting the nation in two. but the fighting still rages on. cbs' holly williams got a firsthand look at the dangerous situation on the battlefield. >> reporter: ukraine's military claims it liberated the town of
makari from russian forces last week about 30 miles west of the capitol kyiv. it looks as though this area is still getting shelled by the russians. but as we approached its outskirts this morning, with a convoy of ukrainian troops, they told us to get out and take cover because the russians were watching from the sky. so the ukrainians are saying that there is a drone overhead and they want us to spread out to be less of a target. >> back to the cars. >> reporter: back to the cars. we turned back traveling at high speed. the ukrainians now saying four russian drones were overhead. but then they ordered us out again. >> get out of the cars. >> reporter: and into the forest to take cover. we're hearing shelling. there's one just now. many of makari's residents were evacuated earlier this month.
"everything was shaking like this," said this woman. "the planes were flying so low we thought they'd shoot our house." but not everyone made it to safety. this security camera video reportedly shows an elderly couple killed by russian artillery. [ explosion ] >> to the cars. let's go! >> reporter: we eventually left makari today, but if this is what liberation looks like -- >> full speed! full speed! do you copy? >> reporter: ukraine's fight for freedom will be long and dangerous. the ukrainians are clawing back territory, but the russians have shown over and over during this war that when they can't control cities, they will still pummel them with missiles, airstrikes and shelling at the cost of civilian lives. norah. >> and holly, i want to ask you about those russian drones. what are they using them for, how dangerous are they? >> reporter: well, norah, we assume that they're using them
for reconnaissance, that is, to identify targets. and the fear today was if they spotted us, we could become a target. >> holly williams, thank you. let's turn now to pennsylvania where heavy snow and low visibility are being blamed for a multivehicle crash that left at least three dead and about 50 miles northeast of harrisburg. the county coroner said the number of dead is expected to rise. we get more now from cbs' nancy chen. >> reporter: it was a horrifying scene as one tractor-trailer after another emerged out of the snowy fog. >> go, go, go, go! >> reporter: followed by car after car. >> watch out! >> reporter: with nowhere to go. all adding to the trail of destruction in central pennsylvania. motorists left stranded on the side of the highway had to scramble out of harm's way. >> my car! no! >> reporter: several vehicles
including a tanker truck burst into flames. at least 24 people were taken to area hospitals as others walked out on their own. pennsylvania state police say up to 60 vehicles were involved in the deadly pileup. they believe the accident was caused by an early spring snow squall creating whiteout conditions. >> this is ridiculous. its snow and fog mixed together! >> reporter: the devastation closed interstate 81 in both directions for miles. that stretch of highway has been shut down more than eight hours as crews pull the vehicles apart. the coroner says the search for more victims is hampered by the number of burning vehicles. norah. >> what a scene. nancy chen, thank you. the cbs "overnight news" will be right back. your projects done right
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this is the cbs "overnight news." washington. thanks for staying with us. another round of peace talks aimed at ending the russian invasion of ukraine get underway today in turkey. previous negotiations went nowhere, but ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy says he's now open to discussing a neutral status for his nation a, so long as the russian army pulls out. moscow's forces continue to rain destruction from the sky. the devastated city of mariupol is getting the worst part of it. debora patta spoke to refugees who fled the fighting there. >> reporter: in an unusual
interview, ukrainian president volodymyr zelenskyy spoke to four prominent russian journalists, detailing the horrors of the war being raged in his country. the kremlin, of course, promptly banned it, but it was broad cast outside the country. given what we have seen on the ground, it is no wonder russia did not want it aired there. plumes of black smoke choked the sky after a russian cruise missile plowed into a fuel depot in lviv. firefighters battled for 12 hours to put out the blaze. around kyiv, fighting and bombings have intensified, leaving behind battle scarred landscaping. but it's mariupol where apocalyptic scenes show the real extent of the human toll of this war. valentino was born in this house, married and had children there. a lifetime of memories, reduced to rubble.
"what is left for us? there's nowhere to live here now." alexander also stayed and is just grateful to be alive. "i survived," he says, breaking down crying, as he sends a message to his daughter. "thank god, your dad is alive." victoria remained in mariupol for three weeks before finally making the death defying car trip out of there. escapining to another town. the street where she lived now looks like this. it must have been terrifying. >> yes, and i cried. of course -- it's hard to speak. >> reporter: victoria's daughter, masha, remembers everything. were you scared? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: her school was bombed. her childhood blown up.
one year ago, she celebrated her birthday surrounded by laughter. "i had so many friends, she said, and now i have no friends." on sunday, a very different celebration. masha turned 7. no longer a carefree schoolgirl, but one of the 4 million children displaced by this war. a humanitarian corridor was opened up briefly yesterday, allowing the evacuation of just over 500 people from mariupol. officials say there is still over 150,000 trapped there, and they are running very low on food. >> that was debora patta reporting from ukraine's capital kyiv. joe biden says that he wasn't calling for a regime change in moscow when he said russian president vladamir putin cannot remain in power. the president did not backtrack, though, on his assertion that putin is a war criminal for
attacking noncombatants and destroying civilian infrastructure. this isn't the first time russia's president has faced such charges. he used similar tactics against civilians in syria's civil war. catherine herridge has the first tv interview with an eyewitness to alleged war crimes in syria. >> reporter: our team spoke exclusively with syrian refugees who witnessed crimes against humanity, and they fear for the people of ukraine, because they know what the russian president did in their country. as a warning, the report is graphic and may be upsetting to some people. russia's stepped up attacks on civilians in ukraine are now called war crimes by the state department, and joe biden says responsibility lies with vladamir putin. >> devastation that is occurring at the hands of a man who, quite frankly, i think is a war criminal. >> reporter: the bombing of this maternity hospital in mariupol is not the first time russian
forces have targeted the most vulnerable. vladamir putin used the same playbook in syria nearly a decade ago to keep president bashar al assad, a long-time ally, also accused of war crimes, in power. >> we have to recognize the critical role that russia played in the crimes committed by the assad regime. crimes so horrendous, that the u.n. stopped counting the dead at 400,000 seven years ago. >> reporter: steven rap, a former u.s. ambassador, told us putin's air campaign in 2016 kept assad in control. >> when it looked like assad was going to be overthrown, the russians came in and joined in the bombardment of hospitals and civilian neighborhoods. >> reporter: and now, a new syrian witness hat come forward. earlier this month on capitol hill, he shared his firsthand account of two mass graves in syria. this is his first u.s. television interview. >> the regime is a tyrannical
regime and i fear for my family. >> reporter: we agreed to shield his identity. he's known only as the grave digger. >> twice a week, trucks would come with upwards of 100 to 400 or more bodies. >> reporter: that voice you're hearing is the grave digger's translator, who runs an advocacy group, the syrian emergency task force. >> they were tortured to death. you could see the signs of torture on their bodies. >> you're describing a system of mass murder. >> absolutely. this was a systematic machinery of death. >> he pointed us to the site near the syrian capital. these satellite images obtained show its transformation from a barren field to a series of trenches. >> everything going on, the mass graves were systematic and were part of what the assad ae jeem wanted to do. >> reporter: based on his account and other evidence, in a
landmark decision last january, a german court found a former syrian colonel guilty of crimes against humanity. the grave digger says he knows what the russians are capable of. >> i see the news coming out of ukraine. my heart hurts, because i know what russia has done in ukraine, what it can do. because i know what it's done in syria. >> what is the benefit of your power if you don't use it for good? >> reporter: this syrian refugee blends in with his fellow undergrads at georgetown university. >> when i was in jail, i never thought i would make it out. >> reporter: which is remarkable, given this picture from terrorist, after he spent three years in syrian detention. >> here you have like the cigarette burn. >> reporter: he described physical and emotional torture, telling us the regime kept meticulous records of the prisoners who died around him. >> remember a hundred bodies, if not a thousand bodies. >> reporter: seven years after
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the deaf and disabled community. >> reporter: also making history, arianna debose winnin for her performance in "west side story." >> i'm a woman of color and i think that just proves that there's space. there's space for us. >> reporter: but there was a moment that overshadowed the winners, when chris rock made a joke about jadi pinkett smith's shaved head, will smith rose to defend his wife, who suffers from alopecia. >> oh, wow! will smith just smacked the [ bleep ] out of me. >> keep my wife's name out your -- mouth! >> wow, dude! >> yes. >> it was a g.i. jane joke. >> keep my wife's name out you
[ bleep ] mouth! >> i'm going to, okay? that was, uh, the greatest night in the history of television. okay. >> reporter: smith went on to win best actor for his role in "king richard." he used his speech to apologize and explain his strong reaction. >> in this business, you got to be able to have people disrespecting you, and you've got to smile and pretend like that's okay. i want to be a vessel for love, but love will make you do crazy things. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: with everyone in the audience and on stage adhering to strict covid protocols, the oscars brought back some big musical numbers, including a surprise appearance by megan. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: and beyonce performed her oscar nominated song "be alive" from the compton
neighborhood where the "king richard" movie was set. another returning tradition, the oscars brought back a host, three of them in fact. amy schumer, wanda sykes, and regina hall. >> this year the academy hired three women to host, because it's cheaper than hiring one man. >> reporter: but women continue to be a powerful force in hollywood. for the second year in a row, a woman won best director. the year's best actress went to jessica chastain, playing in "the eyes of tammy faye." >> it means so much to me in terms of my profession, but also in terms of my life and what i' putting out into the world. >> reporter: the academy did acknowledge the war in ukraine with a moment of silence and inviting viewers to support the country in any way they can. it should be noted that the blockbuster "dune" won more
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people around the world are showing their support for ukraine by flying the country's blue and yellow flag. that's got a flag company in texas working overtime. brook rogers has the story. >> reporter: until last month, simon's flags and poles inner ring had never made a ukrainian flag. but as the news overseas worsened, they had a hunch they would need them. >> i got with our production manager, told her we should probably smart making a couple flags. >> reporter: they never expected how high the demand would be. >> the next thing you know, they're going off the shelf. we are selling more ukraine flags at this moment than texas flags. >> reporter: among the influx of orders -- >> we go through these a day, one box a day. >> reporter: came requests from local car dealerships, who began
displaying the flags on high waist. and customers like bruce maxwell, who purchased a ukrainian flag to show support for its sister city in germany and ukrainian refugees. >> we thought this would be a great way to help and alleviate some of the burdens of them, and let them know that americans are thinking about them and praying for them. >> reporter: and as they continue to churn out orders, the baby blues and yellows that dot north texas' landscape give her a sense of pride. >> my heart starts pounding a little bit, and puts a big smile on my face, makes me happy to be an american, that's for sure. >> reporter: the company is donating all proceeds to humanitarian efforts in ukraine. they're also accepting donations to send overseas. brooke rogers, cbs news, irving, texas. and that is the "overnight news" for this tuesday. for some of you the news continues. for others, check back later for cbs mornings.
and follow us online at any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm jeff pegues. this is cbs news flash. i'm tom hanson in new york. will smith is apologizing to chris rock after slapping the comedian at the oscars. rock told a joke about will smith's wife, jada pinkett smith. the 53-year-old said his behavior was unacceptable and inexcusable, and that violence in all forms is poisonous and destructive. russia and ukraine are continuing another round of peace talks in istanbul. russian troops have largely lar stalled across the country, but the shelling rages on. a spokesperson for the kremlin says the war in ukraine is not a reason for the usage of a nuclear weapon. one california canine had a rough day after heavy rain swept him down the l.a. river. fortunately after nearly two hours, rescue crews got the dog out of harm's way.
for more news download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connect to tv. i'm tom hanson, cbs news. it's tuesday, march 29th, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." i was expressing the moral outrage that i feel, and i make no apologies for it. >> no regrets. president biden defends his comments about russian president vladimir putin as negotiators return to the table today, seeking a peace deal. deadly pileup. dozens of vehicles crash on a snowy interstate in pennsylvania. how drivers describe the terrifying experience. unacceptable and inexcusable. will smith apologizes to chris rock after slapping him at the oscars. well, good morning and good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. as the fighting rages on, a new