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captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: breaking news as we come on the air. a nearly $1 billion settlement for the survivors and families of victims who died in florida's surfside building collapse. we have all the new details. nearly a year after an apartment building was reduced to rubble in the middle of the night, killing 98 people, tonight, the surprising settlement. red-hot inflation. the new numbers tonight. what president biden said to farmers in illinois. and could it lower food prices? abortion rights bill blocked. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> o'donnell: tonight: the key vote as democrats try to make access to abortion the law of the land. the new 911 calls: the six-foot-nine murder suspect facing new charges as we learn the details of the lovers on the lam.
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baby formula shortage. the big announcement today that could help parents scrambling to feed their children. tonight's other top headlines: u.s. overdose deaths hit a record. the investigation after a palestinian-american reporter is shot dead covering a raid in the west bank. plus the haunting pictures of soldiers trapped inside a steel plant in ukraine. we speak to the wife of a soldier. >> i will do everything to save him. >> o'donnell: and unifying americawith a group of teenagers who turned their experiences into action. ♪ ♪ ♪ this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us on this wednesday night. tonight, american families are coping with rising prices on
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everything from groceries, gas, and rent. consumer prices jumped by 8.3% compared to the same time last year. and while inflation eased slightly in april, it remains near a four-decade high. and while wage growth has risen at the fastest pace in 20 years, it hasn't kept pace with inflation. food and gas prices lead the way, with the national average for regular gas hitting a new record today at $4.40 a gallon. president biden traveled to the midwest and vowed to help american farmers deal with the global spike in food prices, taking new steps he says will help boost food production and lower costs. on wall street, stocks finished in the red with all three indexes falling on the day. nasdaq led the way, down more than 370 points, or more than 3%. we've got a lot of news to get to tonight, and cbs' carter evans is going to start us off from los angeles. good evening, carter. >> reporter: good evening, norah. it was the cost of gasoline that actually brought inflation down last month. remember when prices eased at the pump a couple of weeks ago? well, now we're right back to record highs, and economists say it's global events that are now driving inflation. at a family farm in illinois, the president blamed the war in
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ukraine for tightening grain supplies, driving up global food prices. >> putin's war has cut off critical sources of food. >> reporter: in the grocery store, prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs are up more than 14% from a year ago. citrus fruit almost 19%. even though the overall inflation rate slowed slightly. >> it's easy to say that this is the peak, but that's a little like saying the peak of winter is in january. there's still a lot of snow that needs shoveling in february and march. >> reporter: greg mcbride, cheap financial analyst at, says the more than 5% increase in shelter and housing costs in april is probably underestimated. >> the reality of it is any tenant that has renewed a lease in recent months, they've likely seen a much bigger than 5% increase in rent. >> it's one of the best on the market. >> reporter: bobby djavaheri can help explain the nearly 8% jump in prices for household appliances. his air fryers and pressure cookers are made in china. >> january 1, we raised prices.
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>> reporter: how much? >> close to 10%. >> reporter: he says continued covid lockdowns in china are slowing production and shipping costs are still sky high. >> when it usually should cost $2,000 to $3,000 for a container to come to the long beach porch, it's now costing 12, 14, $15,000. >> reporter: and the war in ukraine is also driving u oil prices. >> you need oil to make plastic, and you need plastic to make air fryers. the cost of air fryers have gone up 5% because of volatility in oil prices. retail prices are going to keep going higher. >> reporter: at some point people aren't going to be able to afford that. >> i agree. >> a lot of inflation is rooted on the supply side rather than the demand side. the federal reserve raising interest rates to slot economy,
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that will address the demand side, but it won't fix the supply chain, it won't broker peace in eastern europe, and it won't open the ports in china. >> reporter: and until we see some movement on those fronts, the rising prices will likely continue. many economists now believe we'll be dealing with high inflation into next year. norah. >> o'donnell: carter evans, thanks so much. well, here in washington, senate democrats failed in a bid to make the landmark "roe v wade" decision federal law, but succeeded in putting members on the record when it comes to abortion rights. the move comes as the supreme court could be on the verge of overturning the constitutional right to abortion. here's cbs' nikole killion. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: even with vice president kamala harris presiding, senate democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the women's health protection act to enshrine abortion rights into federal law. >> the senate failed to stand in defense of a woman's right to make decisions about her own body. >> reporter: democrats argue the measure would codify "roe v wade" by preserving access to abortion services, while republicans declared it too extreme. >> when i said this was a five- alarm fire, i meant it.
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>> i'm being called a radical extremist because i believe she's valuable. >> reporter: west virginia senator joe manchin was the only democrat to side with republicans against the legislation. >> we should not be dividing this country further. >> reporter: house democrats walked over to the senate chamber for the vote. >> abortion is a human right! >> reporter: protests have intensified around the country, following the supreme court's leaked draft opinion, including outside of the high court and some justicess' homes. >> we are not your incubator! >> reporter: personal threats have also increased among some lawmakers like maine's susan collins, who called police after protesters left messages outside of her home. >> i have received threatening phone calls, letters, threats of sexual assault, threats against my family members. >> reporter: organizers are gearing up for another round of demonstrations this weekend in major cities, including along the national mall in washington. >> our hope is that through these mobilizations and through our organizing efforts, our elected officials will know no politicians can hold this over us. >> reporter: several states are also readyingso-called trigger laws which would restrict access
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to abors if "roe" is overturn. the governor of illinois said his state is bracing for an influx of women seek abortions should it take effect in neores >> we're trying to void logistics help, a place to stay. >> reporter: tonight the attorney general has directed the u.s. marshals to ensure the justices' safety, and he's being briefed on security around the supreme court. cbs news has also learned that state and local law enforcement agencies remain on high alert. the justices are scheduled to meet tomorrow. norah. >> o'donnell: it's going to be busy. nikole killion outside the court. thank you. well, breaking tonight, nearly a year after a high-rise condominium collapsed in surfside, florida, killing 98 people, victims and families
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have reached a surprising settlement with insurers and others for $1 billion. we get new details from ashley dyer from our cbs miami station wfor. >> reporter: the proposed $997 million class action settlement over wrongful death claims comes just before the one-year anniversary of the condo collapse. 98 people were killed, many as they slept in the early morning hours last june 24. the action includes insurance companies and developers of champlain towers south in surfside, and victims and the relatives of individuals. harley tropein is the lead attorney representing the victims. >> we believe that that amount was a very, very fair, generous number to get to the victims. >> reporter: horrifying images of smoky ruins and stunned victims were captured moments after the collapse and the search in the days that followed. investigators and officials found the building to be structurally unsafe. the engineers who had inspected and begun work to fix structural flaws are among the companies that agreed to settle. >> is it justice? no. justice would be that building
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is still standing and those people are still going to soccer games. >> reporter: the amount each victim or their survivors will receive is still to be determined. now, the judge has yet to approve the settlement, but lawyers estimate once it's finalized, it could surpass $1 billion. we're live in downtown miami tonight, ashley dyer, cbs news, miami. norah. >> o'donnell: ashley, thank you so much. tonight, new details on that fugitive couple from alabama who spent 11 days on the run before authorities caught up to this this week in indiana. we're learning more about their jailhouse romance and vicky white's chilling last words. here's cbs' janet shamlian. > reporter: this is video of casey white in shackles and handcuffs, leaving his arraignment in alabama, where he faced new charges. >> casey, was it worth it? >> reporter: tonight we're hearing some of the last words of the woman who helped him, former corrections officer vicky white, recorded during a 911
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call during the chase that led to their capture, vicky white telling casey white they should make a run for it. >> reporter: soon after the chaste ended, authorities say vicky white turned the gun on herself. >> okay, i'm going to go for the gun. >> reporter: this is body cam video of a deputy taking the gun from her hand then pulling her from the car. >> someone pull me. >> reporter: she died a short time later at an evansville, indiana, hospital, the coroner's office confirming she shot herself. the duo was on the run for 11 days, armed with a cache of weapons and plenty of cash. authorities are calling the escape well planned and that casey white had taken legal steps to get transferred back from a state prison to the jail where vicky white worked. they had been in evansville for a week. police believe vicki and casey white were headed out of town
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when the chase started that ended a nationwide manhunt. janet shamlian, cbs news, houston. >> o'donnell: tonight, the white house is calling for an investigation into the killing of a palestinian-american journalist with the al jazeera network while she was covering an israeli raid in the west bank. we get more from cbs' imtiaz tyab. >> reporter: with her helmet and body armor clearly marked "press," shireen abu akleh lay motionless fatally shot. the journalist with nearly three decades of experience worked for al jazeera, which quickly said she was "assassinated in cold blood," by israeli forces. this body cam footage shows the israelis carrying out the raid she was covering in the west bank town of jenin as part of a search for palestinian gunmen
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when shooting erupted. the israelis nentially said she had been killed by the palestinians who were "firing indiscriminately" but have since said they cannot determine how she was killed and promised a full investigation. israel and the palestinian territories have been on edge in recent months. a string of violence across israel has left at least 18 israelis killed by palestinians in five separate attacks while nearly 30 palestinians have been killed in a series of confrontations with israeli forces. shireen abu akleh was a household name across the arab world, seen here in a report from the west bank from just a few days ago. she was celebrated not only for her courage but also for her compassion. now, i knew shireen. she was a trailblazer who started her career at a time when there were few arab women reporters in the field and truly inspired a generation of other arab women to follow in her extraordinary footsteps. norah. >> o'donnell: she will be missed.
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imtiaz tyab, thank you. now to the war in ukraine where neither side is moving towards a decisive military victory, and instead, it's looking more like a stalemate that could last months or even years. and we're learning tonight that a russian soldier in ukrainian custody will be the first to face a war crimes trial for allegedly shooting an unarmed 62-year-old civilian. cbs' debora patta reports tonight from ukraine. >> reporter: it's a game of cat and mouse, danger never far away. village by village, ukrainian soldiers are pushing russian troops away from kharkiv and back towards the russian border. in their wake, a trail of death and destruction. and a bittersweet victory for those coming home. ( thunderous explosion ) the fighting has not let up in the south and the east, even in mariupol, the russians do not have full control, thwarted by a ukrainian regiment who remained barricaded in that steel plant. injured, close to starving, want soldiers released these haunting images.
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many have amputated limbs, doctors forced to operate without proper supplies. for loved ones on the outside, the wait is unbearable. lilia stupina's husband, andrey, messages her every week to say he's alive. she's more and more desperate. >> i will take a gun and go to mariupol myself. >> reporter: you'll take a gun and go to mariupol? >> i will do everything to save him. >> reporter: stoic and resolved, she believes the world is not doing enough. >> they are heroes, for ukrainians and we want our heroes to come back home. we want them alive. >> reporter: a plea echoed by
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kateryna prokopenko, the wife of the brigade commander, begging the pope to intervene. >> reporter: ukraine is trying to negotiate the swap of the badly injured soldiers for russian prisoners of war, but time is running out. those fighters have been living underground for over two months now, next to the bodies of their fallen friends. norah. >> o'donnell: debora patta, thank you. and still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," breaking news: a plane skids off the runway at a major airport. staggering new numbers in america's fentanyl crisis. and an update on the baby formula shortage. how soon could a major supplier be back online?
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. >> o'donnell: so >> o'donnell: some breaking news just coming in about a scary incident this afternoon at bush intercontinental airport in houston. a united airlines flight skidded off the runway after landing with 16 people on board. the plane ended up in a grassy field near a construction area, but no one was injured in the incident. regional sky west airlines operates the flight for united express and said its plane went off the runway following a steering issue. all right, we've been reporting this week on america's worsening fentanyl crisis, and today, the c.d.c. shared a truly staggering statistic on drug overdoses. nearly 108,000 americans died from overdoses last year.
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that's the most ever, and it's about 15% more than the record set in 2021. overdoses involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids topped 71,000, accounting for about two-thirds of all fatal overdoses in 2021. fentanyl is inexpensive and extremely lethal. it's being mixed into other drugs, often without the buyer's knowledge. all right, tonight, amid a nationwide shortage of baby formula a major supplier says it could be back online in two weeks but it could take up to 10 weeks for the formula to hit the store shelves. abbott nutrition says if the f.d.a. signs off its plant in sturgis, michigan, could soon resume making formulas. supplies are running low in more than half the country. all right, coming up next, how these california teenagers took action against hate.
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>> o'donnell: since the start pandemic the number of hate crimes targeting asian americans has skyrocketed nationwide. in tonight's "unifying america" cbs' nancy chen spoke with a group of california teenagers who turned their personal experiences into action. >> we're presenting the chandler school... >> reporter: these berkeley, california, eighth graders are creating their own lessons on life. >> education is the key to fighting racism and stereotypes and biases. >> i could do that. >> reporter: it's what 14-year- old mina fedor says she and her classmates have experienced firsthand. >> i was just walking down the street with my mom, and this, like, random lady on the street, like, coughed in her face. >> reporter: as attacks on asian americans spiked, she took action. >> i am saddened by others being attacked.
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>> reporter: organizing a youth rally last spring. >> i was sort of expecting, like, 50 people. but then it ended up being over 1,200 people. >> reporter: that inspired her to start a.a.p.i. youth rising, which developed a plan encouraging schools to teach asian american history. >> it's very crucial to i guess sort of changing people's minds, undoing stereotypes. >> reporter: what do you hope other young asian americans can learn from you? >> i guess that they have power, too. >> reporter: one of those most moved their eighth grade math teacher. >> really, i am in awe and amazed at what they are able to do, inspiring us older people to actually do something and not just sit back. >> some people may be surprised to hear what a group of middle schoolers has accomplished. >> don't think about your age. just go for it. >> reporter: overcoming adversity with a lesson of hope. nancy chen, cbs news. >> o'donnell: and inspiring all of us. we'll be right back.
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. >> >> o'donnell: on tomorrow's "cbs evening news," our "eye on america," how two decades of drought is eroding one of america's most iconic reservoirs. if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your dvr so you can watch us later. that is tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in our nation's capital. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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right now at 7:00. homes destroyed in a fast- moving fire in southern california. our first look at the destruction from inside the neighborhood. the home's still burning. closing out a grim chapter, demolishing a building or a fire broke out one year ago this month. >> we had to extricate the pilot using tools to get the doors open. >> two people hurt in a helicopter crash in livermore. details on what they were doing when the chopper went down. how much the everyday citizen can sustain it and will it eventually effect people's pocketbooks? >> reporter: gas prices are high, diesel prices or even worst.
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why that is really hurting bay area consumers. a memorial for those who have died during the covid pandemic as the u.s. nears a somber milestone. thank you for joining us tonight. >> we begin with that breaking news in southern california, dramatic new video as fire crews are battling a wildfire in the city of laguna niguel in orange county. flames have ripped through multiple luxury homes. fire crews are calling this the coastal fire, it began in a canyon and winds pushed the flames into a neighborhood. at first, one home, then three, then close to a dozen homes were on fire. michelle julie filed this report a few moments ago. >> we have got a lot going on here on coronado pointe. one firefighter told me all of the chaos is at the end of the street here. when i asked him for a count of how many homes have burned, he said at least every third or fourth house is on fire. here is something we have known earlier, that


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