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work the fields around uvalde. he is back at work, each about as he mourns the deepest of losses. the questions flooding his mind are far too much to bear. what was your reaction when you learned that it took police 75 minutes to get into that room? >> it was hard. why did they do nothing? everyone inside. >> reporter: investigators haven't hinted at a motive. we can confirm, though, that the grandmother of a shooter, the first person he shot that day worked for school district until 2020, uding a teacher's aid in this elementary school. norah? >> lilia luciano, thank you. tonight, parents who have been waiting more than a year to get their young children vaccinated against the coronavirus can circle june 21st on their calendars. white house covid response coordinator ashish jha says children under 5 will be able to get their first doses as early as that date if regulators give
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the go ahead as expected. breaking news from buckingham palace. queen elizabeth will not attend a special church service tomorrow for her platinum jubilee after experiencing discomfort during today's events. the beloved 96-year-old monarch has been battling health problems in recent months, but appeared to be in good spirits earlier today. cbs' holly williams was there. >> reporter: if the queen needed a reminder that she's loved in this country, this probably did the job. there was an air force flyover, a royal gun salute, and a military parade in central london to mark her 70 years as monarch. >> to the queen! >> reporter: for many here, it was a deeply patriotic moment and a playful thank you to a queen widely regarded as reliable and steadfast. these little girls came in their best princess dress. do you want to say something about the queen? >> can i? >> you want to say something about the queen?
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>> she's pretty. >> reporter: she's pretty? and do you like her? >> i wanted to see her. i was very excited. i saw the horses. >> reporter: others came all the way from america, like the donahoes from florida. >> we're here for the queen. >> once in a lifetime experience. we decided he have to come and be part of it. >> reporter: and another american family sent this video message. >> congratulations, your majesty, and have a wonderful platinum jubilee celebration. >> reporter: queen elizabeth ii ascended the throne just aged 25. >> i declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service. >> reporter: during her seven-decade reign, she has met 13 american presidents. and at 96 years old, very few here can remember their country without her. on the balcony of buckingham palace today, she appeared with three generations of descendants, including a
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misbehaving young prince louis. prince harry and his wife meghan weren't included because they're no longer considered working royals. they've returned to london for the celebrations, though today we only caught a glimpse of them. tonight, the queen led another ceremony, the lighting of around 3,000 beacons across the uk and the commonwealth symbolizing unity. the queen has been experiencing mobility issues for months, and the palace says she'll miss tomorrow's service at thanksgiving with great reluctance. we're expecting harry and meghan to be there, along with other members of the royal family. norah? >> holly williams, thank you. >> tonight, tropical storm watches are in effect for both coasts of southern florida as the atlantic hurricane season gets under way. tropical storm alex is expected to form tomorrow off mexico's yucatan peninsula and make lawful saturday in florida. the big concern is flooding rains with more than a half a foot possible and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
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and plants that are threatening the nation's food and water supply at an annual cost of $26 billion, according to the usda. >> when you reintroduce their predators from where they originally came from, you're tapping into millennial-long evolutionary arms race. >> reporter: the insectary halved in the 1940s when international trade began accidentally importing the invasive species. it's one of three facilities in the country providing public lands and organic farmers, a pest pesticide-free approach to eradication. grant has been growing peaches for decades. s lot of problems that we organically cannot deal with in a maj way. it has been kind of the savior of the fruit growing industry. this isn't the kind of gardening that we think of usually. >> it's one of the strangest things. >> reporter: gladem says each
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killer bug is studied in controlled field settings for up to 20 years and monitored by the federal government with a reported 100% success rate. >> these get very thick. >> reporter: the insectary is now focused on two emerging threats, yellow thistle, which has invaded 25% of drought-stricken california and the ash borer, which is killing trees and helping fuel mega wildfires. using nature's way to combat human impact. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news, palisade, colorado. there is a lot more news ahead on the "cbs overnight news." gas prices hit a new record high, but some relief could be on the way. hundreds of thousands of students see billions of dollars in college debt wiped out. and team tennis phenom coco gauff makes to it the finals of the french open and delivers a message to the world.
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high today. it's at $4.71 a gallon. that's up 52 cents from just a month ago. there is alarming news tonight in the baby formula shortage. nearly 74% of products out of stock across the country. the department of health and human services is now reviewing whether the fda properly inspected that crucial abbott plan in michigan. that plant should resume production this weekend. all right. tonight more than half a million students who attended a for profit college system are having their debt completely erased. the chain of corinthian colleges collapsed in 2015 when kamala harris was california's attorney general. back then she sued the company for misleading practices and announced today nearly $6 billion in federal loan debt will be canceled. tonight u.s. tennis star coco gauff is getting ready for her first grand slam final. the 18-year-old has her work cut out for her, facing off against iga swiatek, the number-one ranked woman.
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after her victory, gauff delivered a message to the world, writing on a tv camera, "peace, end gun violence." all right, up next, a mother of n
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what's more challenging than med school? maybe being the mother of nine. how about doing both at the same time. here is cbs' jamie yuccas. >> sarah merrill. >> reporter: sarah merrill has now added the title of doctor to her top ten list of major accomplishments. she's also mom to nine children, ranging in age from 20 to 8. >> when i got finally to the finish line, it was -- it was pretty amazing. >> reporter: dr. merrill just graduated from the mayo clinic's medical school in phoenix. the journey began more than 20 years ago when she entered dartmouth college as a pre-med major. >> when i initially went to college, i fell completely in love with neuroscience, and i
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thought i was going to see my husband. >> reporter: they were married with their first daughter before graduation. >> i had my children in between undergrad and medical school. a lot of women have their children as they're starting their careers. either way, it's a lot of hd work. >> reporter: this week, merrill and her supportive family moved to indiana, where she starts her residency, and continues her quest to become a neurosurgeon. >> i hope that it will give, you know, some women out there hope or inspiration to keep pushing toward their goals, even if it doesn't seem easy or entirely possible at the start. >> reporter: a reminder that the path to success doesn't always look the same. jamie yuccas, cbs news, los angeles. >> and that is the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for "cbs mornings." and you can follow us online any time at cbsnews.com. reporting from the nation's capital, i'm norah o'donnell.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm matt pieper in new york. how much carnage are we willing to accept? those words from president biden in a rare evening white house address to talk gun violence. he's asking congress to restore an all-out ban on the sale of assault-style weapons, and says if that cannot be done, then to raise the age to buy them from 18 to 21. the war in ukraine began 100 days ago, and its president, volodymyr zelenskyy, says russia controls about 20% of the country. russian troops have been making slow but steady gains in the eastern donbas region. and amid a long weekend of events celebrating the queen's 70 years on the throne, she now won't attend a church service. buckingham palace says the 96-year-old has been
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experiencing discomfort. for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm matt pieper, cbs news, new york. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> president biden just addressed the nation in a rare prime-time speech about gun violence. the president made an impassioned plea, calling on lawmakers to pass common sense gun laws. in less than three weeks, ten people were killed in new york, 21 in uvalde, texas, and last night in tulsa, oklahoma that killed four. so far this year the u.s. has seen 233 mass shootings. the last time congress passed a major piece of federal gun legislation was nearly 30 years with the assault weapons ban. well, that expired in 2004.
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the ar-15-style rifle is the weapon of choice for the deadliest mass shootings in america. our team is covering all the new information from tulsa to uvalde, but we're going to begin with cbs' ed o'keefe from the white house. good evening, ed. >> norah, good evening. the president said tonight he isn't trying to take away firearms from legal gunowners, merely trying to protect children. and he endorsed ongoing bipartisan talks to find a solution. addressing the nation tonight, just over 24 hours after the latest mass shooting, president biden called for a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. >> this isn't about taking away anyone's rights. it's about protecting children. it's about protecting families. it's about protecting whole communities. it's about protecting our freedoms to go to school, to a grocery store, to a church without being shot and killed. >> reporter: mr. biden endorsed ongoing talks in the senate about possible gun reforms that appear to have momentum. maine republican susan collins says the group is making rapid progress towards a common sense package.
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but negotiations aren't focused on a possible weapons ban. instead, on improving background checks and so-called red flag laws that keep guns from people that could harm themselves or others. >> it could break the logjam, a 30-year logjam which caseson s ootings. >> reporter: house democrats today continued drafting their own gun reform legislation. >> we are paying for this deadly culture with the lives of the american people. >> reporter: a bill that's poised next week would raise the age for semiautomatic weapons from 18 to 21 and ban large capacity gun magazines. six of the last nine were carried out by people 21 or younger. republicans slammed the hearing. some brought their own weapons. >> here is a sig sauer .320. it takes a 20-round magazine. >> reporter: and said the bill would threaten the second amendment. >> this bill would not stop the
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terrible events and it wouldn't harden schools, but it would sure take away the rights of the american people who follow the law. >> reporter: but there is bipartisan pressure to act from outside washington too. 250 mayors of both parties are calling for gun reform, including miami republican francis suarez. >> americans expect this problem to be solved and we know the government plays a big role in solving it. >> reporter: a point to point out. the house wants to pass that legislation next week. there is currently no path forward for it in the evenly divided senate. that's why house lawmakers know any breakthrough will have to come from republicans and democrats in the senate trying to cut a deal. norah? >> ed o'keefe, thank you. now to the shooting in tulsa, oklahoma, the 20th mass shooting since a massacre at an elementary school in uvalde, texas. four people were killed when a gunman targeted a doctor that he blamed for his continuing pain following a recent back surgery. cbs' nancy chen has the new details. >> shots fired. we see blood on the ground. >> reporter: in the chaos, the
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shooter was looking for one person, dr. preston phillips. >> he began firing at anyone that was in his way. >> reporter: the suspect was a patient of dr. phillips who performed back surgery on him two weeks ago. but police say he repeatedly called the doctor's office after his surgery, complaining of ongoing pain, even up until yesterday. >> we have also found a letter on the suspect which made it clear that he came in with the intent to kill dr. phillips. >> reporter: phillips, along with dr. stephanie husen, receptionist amanda glenn and patient william love were all killed. >> dr. phillips was the consummate gentleman. he is a man that we should all strive to emulate. >> to the family of mr. love, i'm so sorry we couldn't save you. we're grieving with you. >> reporter: police say the shooter, michael lewis, died by suicide seconds after officers start closing in on his location. they rescued a woman hiding
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under a desk at the shooter's feet. >> she was there when the suspect took his life. >> reporter: an ar-15-style weapon which the gunman bought about an hour before the shooting and a semiautomatic handgun he purchased on sunday were used in the attack. today authorities touted the police response. they say officers entered the building just minutes after the first 911 call. now the community at st. francis hospital is mourning the loss of its members killed in the line of duty. >> you have put yourselves at risk to save the lives of people in this city, and i hope you know how much it is appreciated. >> reporter: and there are reports one of the victims william love, an army veteran, may have been helping others out of the building when he was shot. norah? >> nancy chen, thank you. we turn now to uvalde, texas, where more of the 21 victims of last week's school shooting were laid to rest today.
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mourners gathered for three more funerals. meanwhile, the community is growing impatient, waiting for answers on how the response to the shooting went so tragically wrong. here is cbs' lilia luciano. >> oh, the kids, they're getting the kids out! >> reporter: newly released video shows the scene outside robb elementary last tuesday. officers racing towards the school, children running for their lives. but as children trapped inside classrooms 111 and 112, terrorized by the shooter, called 911 begging to be saved, the incident commander, school police chief pete arredondo had 19 officers waiting in a hallway. >> we need to know what law enforcement was doing, what radio procedures were followed. >> reporter: state senator roland gutierrez says arredondo wasn't told what 911 operators and uvalde police knew, that there were kids alive in that room with the shooter. >> the state authority does not who uvalde police was communicating the 911 calls to.
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>> reporter: the chief's decision not to engage the shooter goes against the state's active shooter response training, which school district officers went through in march. it states that officers immediately move into action to isolate, distract or neutralize the threat. frederico torres' son, 10-year-old rojelio torres was inside classroom 111 where those 911 calls were coming from. >> he was a smart boy. >> reporter: torres crosses the border from mexico every day to work the fields around uvalde. he is back at work, even as he mourns the deepest of losses. the questions flooding his mind are far too much to bear. what was your reaction when you learned that it took police 75 minutes to get into that room? >> it was hard. why did they do nothing? they didn't even went inside. >> reporter: investigators haven't hinted at a motive. we can confirm, though, that the grandmother of a shooter, the first person he shot that day
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♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." >> i'm nikole killion in washington. thanks for staying with us. police in oklahoma say the gunman who opened fire in tulsa oklahoma blamed his surgeon for ongoing pain after a recent operation. the surgeon was one of four people killed in the rampage before the gunman took his own leitch. the ar-15 assault style rifle was purchased before the shootings. this makes 20 since last week.
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on capitol hill, the house committee took up several gunman reform measures. one would raise the age to buy an assault-style rifle to 21. another would also ban the manufacturer or possession of large capacity magazines. the u.s. leads the world in mass shootings. seth doane has a look back at how one nation, australia, responded to the worst massacre in its history. >> it's said that when you lose your parents, you lose your past. when you lose your child, you lose your future. >> reporter: carolyn lawton flung herself on top of her daughter when a gunman started shooting. but it was not enough to save sarah's life. >> she was 15. >> she just turned 15, yes. >> reporter: one american is among the injured in what is being described as the worst massacre this century. a lone gunman with a high-powered rifle -- >> reporter: the shooting in a
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cafe in the tasmanian town of port arthur happened 26 years ago, but telling the story decades later still makes lawton shake. what's it like being in a mass shooting? >> it's beyond frightening. it's haunting. and for every bullet that's fired, that's a life gone. and bang, there is another life gone, and bang, there's another life gone and bang, and when it is going to be my turn. >> reporter: lawton was shot. >> this is actually me. >> this is you on the stretcher? >> this is me on the stretcher. >> reporter: and did not know for hours her daughter had died. this is what's left of that cafe where the gunman started shooting. in the end, 35 people were killed, and it rocked australia. it came just six weeks after a new prime minister had been elected. >> i thought to myself, if i
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don't use the authority of this newly acquired office to do something, the australian people are entitled to think well, this bloke is not up to much. >> as to the question of gun control laws -- >> reporter: so then prime minister john howard, a conservative politician and close friend of george w. bush pushed through sweeping gun control legislation just 12 days after the massacre. >> the hardest things to do in politics often involve taking away rights and privileges from your own supporters. >> reporter: the tough new forceoeo present a legitimate wait 28 days to buy a firearm, and perhaps most significantly, called for a massive mandatory gun buyback. australia's government
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confiscated and destroyed nearly 700,000 firearms, reducing the number of gun-owning households by half. >> people used to say to me, you violated my human rights by taking away my gun. and i tell the guy, i understand that. will you please understand the argument, the greatest human right of all is to live a safe life without fear of random murder. >> reporter: consider this. if we tally public mass shootings that have killed four or more people in the united states there have been well over 100 since the port arthur traction tire tragedy. but in australia there has been just one in the 26 years since their gun laws were passed. plus gun homicides have decreased by 60%. >> it is incontestable that gun-related homicides have fallen quite significantly in australia. incontestable. >> it's clutching at straws.
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john howard just simply didn't like guns. >> reporter: former senator david linehelm left his political party in protest over the strict gun laws. he insists they've had little effect. >> there could have been something done about keeping firearms out of the hands of people with a definite violent potential. but instead, all firearm owners were made to pay the price. i don't think there is any relationship between the availability of guns and the level of violence. >> reporter: and the critics who say you can't say that these changes and gun deaths happen because of this legislation? >> well, i can say that, because all the surveys indicate it. the number of deaths from mass shootings, gun-related homicide has fallen, gun-related suicide has fallen. isn't that evidence? or are we expected to believe that that was all magically going to happen? >> this one is where i keep the pistols and rifle ammunition and the rifle bolts.
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>> reporter: lawyer and wine maker greg melek shows us where he locks up his weapons. >> weapons in here, ammunitions in there. >> reporter: you have them locked simply? >> yes. >> reporter: locking up guns and ammunitions in separate saves is another requirement. mellek had to part with some of his prized guns in the buyback. how many firearms do you own? >> when you asked me that question, i should have checked. i don't know. >> reporter: the answer, about two dozen. >> this is a browning 9 millimeter. >> reporter: where he uses for sport, hunting and shooting pests on his vineyard. >> from here down is riesling. >> reporter: he sees gun ownership as a right, not a privilege. >> i'd be very uncomfortable going back to the way it was before. >> why? >> quite surpriselying, as an american i find it surprising you ask me a question like this. you have ridiculous arguments, well, if people carry guns, they can defend themselves.
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>> reporter: but thissing into said by a gunowner, you, someone who shoots for sport? >> i have a genuine reason for using firearms. >> reporter: from tasmania to sydney to carolyn lawton's living room. >> the bullet went into my -- into my scapula. >> reporter: we kept asking if there were lessons for the u.s. in all this. >> i'm loathe to comment, but my question is how is it going for you over there? but i can't answer that for you. my heart goes out to all of you over there in america. life is so short. and all and every one of us is somebody's child. and when we see what's happening, your heart bleeds. >> gun-related injuries are now the leading cause of death among american children and do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? now you can sell your policy - even a term policy - for an immediate cash payment. we thought we had planned carefully for our
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reigned long enough to have one. if anybody thought this was a chance to throw one last big party for queen elizabeth, think again. you've got to be careful with the women of this royal family. never write them off too soon. throwing a party for a 96-year-old woman who's been in the same job for 70 years might seem like a last hurrah. but the hurrahs for this queen just keep on coming. her mother did live to 101 after all. >> i'm here. >> reporter: the queen had been dialing back on her public appearances even before what the palace calls her mobility issues. >> as you can see, i can't move. >> reporter: so it was left to prince charles to officiate at the recent ceremonyian opening of parliament here. but to demonstrate who was still in charge, the queen not only sent her son and heir, she sent her hat. the royal presence endures even
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when the top royal isn't present. >> she is incredibly dependable. you can set your clock by her. >> reporter: robert hardiman's latest book on the queen is "queen of our times". >> and every now and then there are these landmark moments which we call jubilees, and sort of a moment for a national policy. >> reporter: the thing is, though, with uncanny timing, these national parties somehow seem to come along just when the country could use one. elizabeth's 1947 marriage to prince philip provided a welcome diversion to the grim business of britain's post war reconstruction. her coronation in 1953. >> gently sets this splendid emblem on the queen's head. >> the first to be televised provided some imperial glitter at a time when it was becoming clear the days of empire were fading forever. and so it went. >> her first jubilee in 1977, britain was nearly bankrupt.
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well didn't need a party then. and this time obviously we're coming out of a pandemic. we've got family issues. and the queen is in her tenth decade. it's just a very different kind of party. >> reporter: and it will have a very different kind of party peace. remember those big family photos on the buckingham palace balcony? always a snapshot of the era. forget them. this time it will only be so-called working royals. harry and meghan, in self-imposed exile in california, gone. prince andrew in disgrace for his association with a child sex trafficker jeffrey epstein, gone. so this time it's only charles and camila, william, kate and the kids, edward and sophie's family, and a few others still in the royal good books. and of course there is no prince philip. it is a sign of how things have changed. >> the monarchy has evolved. you look at the court when she came to the throne. it was still edwardian, if not
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victorian. it was still run by sort of bumbling aristocrats. and the decor, the uniforms, the attitudes haven't really changed in 100 years. >> i name the ship britannia. >> reporter: the queen, though, for all she has been through, has not really changed. when she came to the throne, she vowed to live a lifetime of duty, and that lifetime ain't over. >> i think she is already looking forward to beating the one record she hasn't broken yet, which comes in a couple of years when she beats libby the xiv of france for the all-time reigning record. he had a head start as a boy king. she has a bit of catching up to do. >> reporter: and she is almost there. >> i remember attending her mother's 100th birthday. it was a hell of a party. i think it will be an even bigger one for her. >> with the added benefit of beating the french. >> exactly. then there is literally no other record left. >> reporter: so it seems the
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. queen elizabeth isn't the only star of britain's platinum jubilee. the queen has a mini me who is also getting a lot of attention. tina kraus reports. >> reporter: little ayla bates is making the royal rounds as a mini version of her majesty, with the signature coat and matching hat, pearls, and even a beloved toy corgi at her side. >> hello, darling. >> reporter: the 3-year-old is a big fan of queen elizabeth, and she's delighting nursing home residents across the country with surprise royal visits. >> i thought she was very sweet, and i thought she was very elegant. and i thought she was well-trained, yes. >> reporter: ayla's royal role as mini queen comes as the
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country prepares to celebrate the platinum jubilee, marking the monarch's 70 years on the throne. >> she loves it. the wave comes out. the straight face. but then she laughs about it. >> reporter: she's digging deep to emulate the queen, even planting trees in her honor, one of many royal duties the 96-year-old herself has mastered over the years. this tiny royal is still perfecting her performance and doing her best to stay in character as she charms crowds across the uk. tina kraus, cbs news, london. >> and that's the "overnight news" for this friday. for some of you, the news continues. for others, check back later for "cbs mornings." and follow us online any time at pital, ewcb nikole killion.
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this is cbs news flash. i'm matt pieper in new york. how much carnage are we willing to accept? those words from president biden in a rare evening white house address to talk gun violence. he's asking congress to restore an all-out ban on the sale of assault-style weapons, and says if that cannot be done, then to raise the age to buy them from 18 to 21. the war in ukraine began 100 days ago, and its president, volodymyr zelenskyy, says russia controls about 20% of the country. russian troops have been making slow but steady gains in the eastern donbas region. and amid a long weekend of events celebrating the queen's 70 years on the throne, she now won't attend a church service. buckingham palace says the 96-year-old has been experiencing discomfort.
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for more news, download the cbs news app on your cell phone or connected tv. i'm matt pieper, cbs news, new york. it's friday, june 3rd, 2022. this is the "cbs morning news." >> let's meet the moment. let us finally do something. >> call to action. president biden urges tougher gun laws in a rare nighttime address. three proposals he wants congress to act on. breaking overnight, fugitive killed. an escaped convict murders a texas family of five before dying in a shoot-out. the latest on the investigation. platinum jubilee. the four-day celebration of queen elizabeth is under way, but this morning a health setback for the 96-year-old monarch. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. saying it's enough, president

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