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This week on "Sunday Morning" (May 29)

Host: Jane Pauley. 



Arches National Park saw a record 1.8 million visitors in 2021 - and it wasn't even in the Top 10 most popular national parks last year.   CBS News

COVER STORY: Protecting our national parks from overcrowding | Watch Video
Over the past decade, the number of visitors to our national parks has increased 34%, forcing many parks to require reservations, timed entry passes, and shuttle buses in order to limit crowds and traffic. This Memorial Day Weekend (one of the busiest weekends of the year), correspondent Conor Knighton looks at how some of our national parks are dealing with becoming too popular.

EXTRA: National Parks with timed-entry permit policies

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GUNS: Sandy Hook shooting: The unprecedented $73M settlement with gunmaker Remington | Watch Video
Francine and David Wheeler, whose son Ben was among the 26 students, teachers and staff killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., are one of nine families who accomplished the unthinkable: they sued Remington Arms, which recently settled the lawsuit for $73 million, the largest payout by a gun company to victims of a mass shooting. Correspondent Tracy Smith looks at the legal strategy used against an industry that was viewed by many as protected from liability over gun violence.

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HEADLINES: Texas school shooting - Grief, vigils and outrage (Video)
As the city of Uvalde, Texas mourns the 19 children and two teachers who were murdered last Tuesday, days of false and conflicting statements by authorities finally gave way to an admission that law enforcement failed to respond rapidly to the shooter. In Houston, some politicians backed out of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, as protesters chanted outside. Correspondent Omar Villafranca reports. 

Romero Britto's art skips and dances along the skyline of Miami.  CBS News

ART: Miami is artist Romero Britto's canvas (Video)
Miami's sidewalks and skyline glitter with the smile-evoking imagery of Brazilian-born artist Romero Britto, whose vivid pop-art style has decorated city vehicles, hospitals, parking meters, even lottery tickets. Correspondent Faith Salie talks with Britto, who first came to public attention via a vodka ad, and whose colorful creations have made it to the Super Bowl, the World Cup, and the Olympics.

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A Q Cabin - a home that will not burn - constructed in Paradise, Calif., a town that was decimated by wildfires.  CBS News

U.S.: After the Camp Fire: Rebuilding Paradise | Watch Video
In America nearly 50 million homes are in areas that are prone to wildfires. But residents of Paradise, Calif., who lost their homes to the devastating Camp Fire in 2018, are not giving up. Correspondent Ben Tracy looks at how the community is being reborn, using building materials that are designed not to burn.

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PASSAGE: In memoriam (Video)
"Sunday Morning" remembers some of the notable figures who left us this week, including actor Ray Liotta, remembered for the films "Field of Dreams" and "Goodfellas."

HARTMAN: A Memorial Day tradition: Taps Across America (Video)
On Memorial Day, at 3 p.m. local time, musicians across the country will participate once again in a new tradition, honoring America's fallen heroes with the playing of "Taps." Correspondent Steve Hartman reports.

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Australia's National Firearms Agreement banned certain types of weapons, and instituted a gun buyback program for automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns; nearly 700,000 guns were taken and destroyed. The law also created a nationwide firearms registry, and required a 28-day waiting period for gun sales.  CBS News

WORLD: What can Australia's reaction to a mass shooting teach us about guns and gun control? | Watch Video
In 1996, just 12 days after 35 people were killed in a mass shooting in Port Arthur, Tasmania, the government of Australia enacted strict gun control legislation, including a ban on the sale and import of all automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, and a gun buyback program. Since then, there have been only one mass shooting in Australia, and gun homicides decreased nearly 60 percent.  Correspondent Seth Doane talks with Australian politicians, and with a victim and gunowner, about the sweeping changes. (This story was previously broadcast on March 13, 2016.)

Austin Butler as Elvis Presley in "Elvis." Hugh Stewart/© 2021 Warner Bros.

MOVIES: Long live the King! "Elvis" lives | Watch Video
In director Baz Luhrmann's epic musical biopic, Austin Butler brings Elvis Presley to life, from young rock idol to movie star to Vegas lounge act. Correspondent Luke Burbank talks with Butler about becoming a pop culture icon; and with Luhrmann about how Elvis' ultimately tragic life still holds enduring appeal. 

To watch a trailer for "Elvis" click on the video player below:

Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS | Official Trailer by Warner Bros. Pictures on YouTube

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Angela Davis at a News Conference
Angela Davis attends a news conference after being released on bail in advance of her 1972 trial, in San Jose, Calif.  Bettmann/Getty Images

INTERVIEW: Angela Davis on her revolutionary causes | Watch Video
The activist, professor and writer has spent more than five decades advocating against oppression, white supremacy and police violence. Five decades after she was tried and acquitted on conspiracy, kidnapping and murder charges, Angela Davis is advocating for the abolishment of prisons. She talks with correspondent Lilia Luciano about expanding the possibilities for social change.

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Flags at Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA
Military members place flags near headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, May 21, 2020 in Arlington, Va. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

COMMENTARY: "Who will go for us?" Memorial Day, and honoring those who gave all | Watch Video
USAF Chief of Staff Gen. C.Q. Brown, Jr. on honoring the sacrifices of U.S. service men and women who died protecting the freedoms we all enjoy.

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NATURE: Arlington National Cemetery (Extended Video)
"Sunday Morning" takes us to Arlington National Cemetery, where on this Memorial Day weekend members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment have placed more than 200,000 flags at graves of the fallen. Videographer: Brian Fuss.


"Star Wars" concept artist Colin Cantwell.  Colin Cantwell

MOVIES: Colin Cantwell, designer of "Star Wars" spaceships and Death Star, dies at 90
The artist's concept sketches and prototype models for the X-Wing, TIE fighters and the Star Destroyer, as well as the Empire's "ultimate weapon," helped set the aesthetic for George Lucas' space epic.

Spider-Man was introduced in 1962 in Marvel's "Amazing Fantasy No. 15." A copy of that comic book was auctioned last year for $3.6 million.  Marvel Comics

"HERE COMES THE SUN": The Marvel Universe and Challenging Puzzles (Video)
Author Douglas Wolk explains the depth of the Marvel Universe to Luke Burbank. Also, Martha Teichner meets author and puzzle expert A.J. Jacobs, who illustrates his curiosity for puzzles. 

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