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very good monday morning to you this holiday weekend, i'm jim sciutto, poppy harlow has the day off. search and rescue operations in surfside, florida, have now resumed, this after the remainder of the champlain tower south condo building was demolish overnight. here's that moment. officials made the urgent call to take the rest of the building down as tropical storm elsa barrels towards florida. with the rest of the building gone now, the hope is it will now be safer for rescue and recovery workers. they will be able to access about another one-third of the debris pile that they could not safely reach before that demolition. at least 24 people are now confirmed dead, though, 121
people remain unaccounted for. this is multiple buildings in the miami area have been evacuated over the past several days over new safety concerns, cnn's natasha chen is in surfside, florida, with the latest. natasha, this opens up really the entire site now for these rescue and recovery workers. are they already working there now in the wake of this demolition, and how much of a difference is it expected to make? >> well, jim, there is a bit of activity now. we do know that the search and rescue mission is back on after they temporarily paused for this demolition. you can see there's a crane in the background between the buildings. that's where we saw the rest of the standing champlain towers south up until 10:30 last night when that controlled blast brought it down. as you mentioned, they really wanted this to happen before the storm potentially comes through creating wind gusts and then
picking up that concrete and debris threat potentially making that unstable structure fall in a direction that would have bee crew on the ground. so now that they are back searching, weens that this will allow them to search an area especially close to the remaining structure that up until that point they could not access because of the instability of the buildings. but of course we are talking about more than a week now since the initial collapse. that raises a lot of questions for the families of 121 people unaccounted for who are still desperately hoping for any news. cnn talked to colonel of the israeli rescue unit who has been working on the scene. here's what he said about his communication with the families. >> i said to the families two days ago that the chances to find somebody alive is close to zero.
i'm realistic, but we are still full of hope. this hope keeps us very active, and we scale up each day. we wake up in the morning, if we have slept at all with a lot of energy to find their loved ones alive or not alive. >> colonel vach talked about finding pieces of furniture in the debris, just a reminder of the life that was lived in the building. representative debbie wasserman schultz talked in the press conference about how demolition can be a spectacle people wanted to see from the street. instead this was the furthest thing from it. people were told to keep inside, and this demolition, a moment of collapse was just a continuation of the tragedy, jim. >> natasha chen, thanks so much. joining me now is a structural
engineer, surfside's designated investigator of the condo collapse. he was also part of the investigations after the 9/11 attacks at the pentagon theand bombing of the federal building in oklahoma city. thanks so much for taking the time this morning. now that they've taken down the rest of the building there and it allows access really to the entire site, not just to recover bodies but also to continue the investigation, how much of a difference does that make going forward? >> well, the deal is that you still have a pile of debris whether it's the original debris or the new debris on top of the original debris, or the new debris on top of itself. it's incredibly dangerous for the rescue workers and the people that are going to be sorting out all this debris, for them to be there. there's no longer a building that can fall on them, but there's all this debris that is nominally unstable. it's set its own stability
temporarily, but it can always give way a little bit underneath their feet. >> understood. as you know, there's a look at a number of buildings now in the miami area. you already have two that have been closed. tell us about that process. it's early in the investigation of this collapse, so there are many questions. there are ideas as to what brought it down, but no final answer. how urgent is it in your view to be looking at other buildings in the area right now? >> well, i personally have been asked to look at three other buildings in surfside, four other billuildings, and i've do that. i'm not looking at anything down in miami or other than in surfside, the town. it all is a function of the level of problem that you see, you know, the issue is that a structural engineer who has some experience in designing and building buildings needs to go into the various buildings as an example in the four -- three or
four buildings i looked at besides obviously the area of the collapse of the south building. i spent probably 30 minutes, maybe 45 minutes walking through the only visible and accessible areas, which is the basement looking up at the underside of the first floor. that's the only place that you can actually see structure unless you're out on balconies. you could get into individual apartments and look at the balconies, but there has to be a judgment made as to whether or not whatever you see, if it doesn't look like it's right, could be the cause of an imminent collapse. in my opinion, a problem with a bal balcony, because we see those all over the country, the problem with a balcony and cracked concrete or exposed reinforcing steel typically is not going to cause the entire building to fall down. it might have a little piece of concrete falling down on somebody below, but all concrete
is made to crack, so you're going to see cracks in all concrete. the issue is what does it mean. that's the bottom line. >> understood. listen, that's a judgment, you know, that a lot of buildings are going to have going forward. what is the isolated question versus one that might jeopardize the entire structure. cnn recently obtained documents that showed urgent conversations in the champlain south apartment building regarding questions about what repairs needed to be made and how severe they were. there was a presentation in october, and i'm going to quote from one of the graphics that they used in this presentation. it says there is no waterproofing layer over the garage in the driveway or any area except the pool deck and the planters. this has exposed the garage to water intrusion for 40 years, where there is waterproofing that has failed, water has gotten underneath, caused additional damage to the concrete. this is not the only one. as you're aware, there were questions raised in 2018 and at other times. as you look at those warnings
raised then, in your view, should that -- should those have raised urgent concerns and demands for immediate repairs or were they difficult judgment calls. >> first of all, what i read in those documents is something that non-engineering types had said, except for the one from m morbedo. the issue is it's the extent of the problem that would decide whether it's urgent to do something or not. i saw something yesterday that is in a limited area, i felt uncomfortable with what i saw and i advised the people they needed to get an engineer in there to look at it in more detail and maybe put up some shoring. it by itself was not going to cause that building to collapse. that doesn't mean that a little piece of -- if a piece of concrete with two feet square falls and hits you in the head, that's a hit for you right. >> i'm just asking everybody's got to make judgment calls across the country in thousands
of buildings, when you look at these warnings that came before this collapse, are they in the category in your view of the kinds of warnings that we've got to fix this now that wae're in danger or something that was a harder judgment to make? >> i think the answer to your question is that there were documents prepared sometime in may that i think were out to bid to do certain structural repairs as well as mechanical, electrical, plumbing things on the building. the people who prepared those drawings, there's nothing in there that talks ability the urgency of that work, all right? so you have to see it to understand it. just hearing a written thing and seeing a couple of pictures doesn't really help very much. >> understood. well, listen, a lot of buildings are going to have to face these very questions now going forward. thanks so much for taking the time this morning. >> thank you. former president trump appears to have publicly acknowledged the core facts in the manhattan district attorney's case against the trump organization and its chief
financial officer allen weisselberg, have a listen to what he told a florida crowd over the weekend. >> they go after good hardworking people for not paying taxes on a company car. company car. you didn't pay taxes on the car or a company apartment. you used an apartment because you need an apartment because you have to travel too far where your house is and didn't pay tax or education for your grandchildren. i don't even know do you have to -- does anybody know the answer to that stuff? >> if the irs does know the answer to that. this marks the former president's most substantial comments yet on the charges since they were unsealed last week. cnn's laura jarrett has been following the story. you look at those comments. the president seems to be acknowledging the core facts of the case here, right? and to be clear, just so folks at home know, right, the idea was instead of paying that money to weisselberg as income, which
would have been taxed, instead the company pays it themselves, and he therefore avoids many hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxes over the course of several years. do the president's comments affect this case legally? is that something that the prosecutors can raise in court? >> yes, potentially, you might see them do that. i think you're seeing, one, a political maneuver and also a legal maneuver and both of them shouldn't work. here's why, the former president is the one who held himself out as a purported tax expert. we all remember back in 2016 during the debates with hillary clinton during the presidential election, she tried to call him out on the fact that he wasn't paying any federal income taxes and what was his answer? that makes me smart. that's what he told everyone. and then in 2017, he gives this free wheeling interview to the "new york times" where he says i know the details of taxes better than anyone, and now he's telling his supporters, those who love him and stand by him, i don't know what that is. does anybody what this is.
he says he's the one who knows what this is. you see him sort of down playing the accusations that have now come to light in these criminal charging documents for political reasons. i also think what you're seeing here is a legal maneuver trying to preview a defense. >> how so? tell me what that defense looks like then. >> so he hasn't been charged with anything obviously b but his company has, and on the face of it it looks like what are you doing admitting that you paid for weisselberg's grandchildren to go to private school. his lawyers have probably advised him by now that these type of tax crimes have a high standard for proving intent. this is not somebody who emails, who texts as far as we know. they're going to have to improve intent in some other way. now that he's been on the record saying i'm an expert in taxes, he's going to want to try to throw some mud on that and make it look like, actually, i don't know anything about this in the event the prosecutors wanted to try to say he actually does know better. he wants to make it look like he
actually doesn't. this shouldn't go anywhere. we all have the receipts to show he's on record to show he knows best. >> public comments, laura jarrett, thanks very much. still to come this hour, as the delta variant of covid-19 surges in places with low vaccination rates, president biden says the job is far from done when it comes to vaccinating americans as a whole. dr. fauci warning of potential new spikes in cases, particularly in those low vaccinated areas. that's next. and a pro golfer shot and killed on a golf course in georgia amid a surge in gun violence. we have new details ahead. plus, why the top u.s. general in afghanistan says, quote, we should be concerned about the taliban as the remaining u.s. forces there leave the country. and there's just stunning fireworks displays across the u.s. this weekend s and in las vegas as the nation celebrates independence day.
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nearly six months into president biden's term in office, the country still can't quite declare america's independence from covid-19. the u.s. just missed the president's goal of having 70% of all u.s. adults with at least one dose of the vaccine by yesterday, july 4th. cdc data is that it's about just over 67%. at an event for military families and essential workers at the white house, the president celebrated progress against the virus but warned the fight is not over. >> 245 years ago we declared our independence from a distant
gain. today we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus. that's not to say the battle against covid-19 is over. we've got a lot more work to do. >> joining me now cnn medical analyst dr. leana wen, dr. wen, nice to have you back. >> great to join you. >> so didn't reach 70% the goal, just above 67%, not bad, for adults 18 and above. given estimates of how many others in the country were exposed to this, though not vaccinated might have some immunity from exposure, do we have any sense of how close we are as a country to herd immunity? >> i don't think we're that close to herd immunity, and the reason i believe that is we're seeing surges in so many parts of the country. if we actually were at herd
immunity due to, as you said, vaccination or recovery from coronavirus, then we wouldn't have these huge surgers we're seeing in missouri, arkansas, wyoming, nevada, so many parts of the country. i think at this point we need to acknowledge them. we're at a plateau when it comes to vaccinations. a lot of people who have wanted to be vaccinated, they're vaccinated. there are people who are hesitant for whatever reason. of course we need to work on the ground game of doctors, community health workers, people who are trusted in different areas. yes, they should be working on getting those individuals vaccinated, but i think we have to take more drastic action, and the biden administration needs to also acknowledge that what they're doing in terms of increasing vaccinations is no longer effective. >> part of the biden strategy is to get to these areas of low rates and go through people's personal doctors because polling shows people tend to trust their doctor even if they don't trust an official from the cdc. what's the evidence as to whether that has made a
difference? >> well, anecdotally i can tell you that even in my own clinical practice that i still see many patients who are not yet vaccinated. these are not anti-vaxxers. certainly that twexists. the people i'm seeing in baltimore and i'm sure all across the country, too, they have questions. they have concerns, they also are not certain that covid-19 is a real threat anymore. restrictions have been lifted. they can go back to doing whatever they want. that takes a conversation, but it takes the same conversation not just once at a visit, but maybe a phone call afterwards, maybe a check-in when they come back for their diabetes or hypertension checkup. those are the things that have to occur. one thing that the federal government can do to encourage these conversations is to reimburse for them. these conversations take time, and it takes away from other things that the doctor or nurse have to be doing. reimbursing for those critical vaccine conversations is really important. >> that's interesting. okay, the rates, the vaccination rates, enormous disparity
between some states and others and it really is almost a red, blue state problem. blue states have higher vaccination rates, red generally lower. dr. fauci says you are going to see outbreaks in those states, are we likely to see now regional rather than national spikes or outbreaks in covid-19. >> that's exactly right. we can look at the national numbers and maybe the level of infection might even look steady or might even look like they're going a good direction. there still could be regional hot spots. that's exactly what we're seeing now. so i think the effort needs to be more of a ground game. we need to be deploying resources as the white house is doing to areas of highest need. but we also have to recognize that what causes a danger in one part of the country could very well affect the rest of the country as well, that we're not an island in and of ourselves. so the delta variant is more
transmissible, but we could have other variants arising over time too that are even worse in some ways and can even evade the protection of our voaccines tha we have. >> there are no giant walls between states. you go in an airport, you're coming across people from low ask high vaccinated areas. so the question comes for folks like you and me who are vaccinated. if you travel to an area with a low vaccination rate, should you change your behavior, wear a mask as a simple step? >> i would and here's the reason why. if you are vaccinated, you are very well protected from becoming severely ill. your also protected from getting ill and potentially transmitting the virus to other people, but you're not 100% protected. the vaccine is a very good raincoat, and so if you're in an area that's drizzling, you're probably fine but if you're going to another area with a thunderstorm, maybe you need something else, a mask if you will on top of that.
so i do think that masks remain a powerful tool in addition to the vaccine if we're in an area of high community transmission and low vaccination rates. >> i like that, the mask is a good raincoat. dr. leana wen, thanks very much. >> thank you, jim. a standoff between police and a heavily armed militia group shut down a major highway for hours. up next, what we know about this group and what's next. ging] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you bring your best. we'll block the threats. ♪ cyberprotection for every one. malwarebytes what's the #1 retinol brand used most by dermatologists? it's neutrogena®
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claimed militia group involved in a standoff on a massachusetts highway over the weekend. massachusetts state police say it began during a traffic stop on interstate 95 just north of boston. this forced police to shut down part of that freeway, issue have a shelter in place order for the surrounding area. it went on for hours. cnn's polo sandoval is here with more. tell us about this group. what more do we know about the suspects, what kind of weapons they were carrying, what they were up to? >> what we know about these suspects, these are 11 self-described militia members skpsh, and what we do know about them is they were all arrested without incident after those tense nine hours. it started early saturday morning about 1:30 when a massachusetts state trooper noticed them. they were fueling up their personal vehicles, pulled over, started speaking with them and then noticed they were armed with long rifles and pistols and as a result investigators started to inquire who these men were. they refused to produce identification. backup was called and then of course that standoff began.
they are charged with various weapons related charges as well as accused of conspiracy to commit a crime here. they eventually were arrested without incident, and investigators are still trying to dig more into who he has these men are. they claimed they were on the way to private property to do some training. we are learning a little bit more about these men and how they subscribe to more sovereign ideology here specifically belonging to a group by the name of rise of the moors. we have a little bit more about them right here, basically what they are, they're based in rhode island. they've declared themselves basically a state here, their own sovereign territory. the group claims to be an independent sovereign nation. they are territorial rights over property. that is rooted in a treaty that goes back to the 1780s, in addition to the southern poverty law center. classified extremist groups as
an extremist anti-government organization. >> this group is pri pmarily people of african descent, and their beliefs really focus on their refusal to accept any authority from the u.s. government. they don't take driver's licenses. they don't seek gun licenses. they don't pay taxes to the u.s. government. >> now the southern poverty law center also adding in terms of numbers it's really difficult to say. when you go onto social media, when you go onto their youtube channels, they do maintain a heavy presence and do have a very big following as well. >> we should note the fbi says that domestic terror groups like this one are the greatest terror threat to the country at this time, not so much international terrorism. polo sandoval, thanks very much. >> thanks, jim. it was sadly another violent weekend across the u.s. a block party in toledo, ohio, ended this gunfire last night.
local affiliate there wtol reports multiple gunmen shot, multiple people. in cincinnati two people were killed, three more hurt in another shooting and those were just two of several mass shootings over the course of the last several days. cnn's omar jimenez has been following it. it's in the numbers here, right? i mean, gun crimes, gun violence is up in this country. what more can you tell us, and what is law enforcement that you've spoken to saying is behind this? >> yeah, jim, well, it's not what you want to be thinking about when you think of warm weather and a 4th of july weekend. unfortunately it's a reality. big picture, we've seen more than 330 mass shootings this year according to the national gun violence archive. that's when four more people are shot and unfortunately we added to that list this weekend, in texas, in fort worth, eight people were shot near a car wash after a group of men got into an argument there, and police believe the majority of people that were shot in that incident
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south florida officials remain on high alert following the collapse of champlain towers south. over the weekend, the city of miami beach ordered the evacuation of a residential building, this out of an abundance of caution the location there. this is at least the second building ordered to be evacuated in the broader miami-dade county since the champlain tower south collapsed nearly two weeks ago. i'm joined by the mayor of miami beach. thanks for taking the time this morning. >> thanks for having me, jim. >> first i want to talk about champlain towers. you had the rest of the building taken down overnight. beyond the search for the hope of vsurvivors but also the remains of those lost, you have a lot of families now without a home anymore, a place to live. and i imagine folks in the area are reaching out to help. where are these families going? >> well, there's an outpouring from our community. i mean, that tower was literally
on our north border where a 7.5 mile barrier island. it's really our neighbors. there's a huge outpouring. people are trying to get them located to other buildings, which they are right now to take care of. right now it's really this open wound, as the whole world is watching of just hundreds of people hoping against hope to find a loved one. but there is -- like we always do, our people, our neighbors, people down the street, strangers are providing all sorts of funds and resources and housing and things like that. >> you i know are getting lots of calls from residents now who quite naturally are looking at their own building and say do i have a problem here, and your town has ordered structural engineers to every building that's in this 40-year recertification process window. how far have you gotten, and are they finding structural issues in many places? >> we had 507 buildings in just
our city that were commercial residential that fit into the category of the 40-year recertification. we went through all of them within a week. we started friday morning after champlain tower fell, and we got through all of them really by the end of the week, the end of the following week. and the result is that none of them had any structural issues. we also have required all of those buildings to get a licensed professional within 21 days to issue a report on both the electrical and the structural issues because we want to make sure that anyone that's behind is caught up, and we want to know if there's something there. >> that's understandable. listen, it's early. there are a lot of questions and there are a lot of theories as to what caused the collapse at champlain south. was it a design error, questions about the water table there, the concrete deterioration, a whole host of things and perhaps a combination of things was. i wonder as you look at this, are you concerned about a broader issue here, right? either with the way these certifications are done, inspections are done or perhaps even environmental questions,
right, as to what the water table is doing to the foundations of these places. >> listen, i grew up in this city. and i remember when beach erosion brought the beach up to the foundation of our hotels. there was no beach in the 70s and 80s regrettably. we're not going to assume just because we've been doing it a certain way we're right. we're not going to let inertia be the organizing principle of sort of our protection. we're going to make sure that what has been a once in a lifetime incident has not got any implications system wide. we're going to be careful. we're looking at our codes, our processes. our processes requiring work being done on condominiums andh bells and whistles we need. we're going to do everything we can to do an informed review. we are going to wait to see what the experts say the cause of this horrific incident really was because that will help
inform what we do as well. >> one of the saddest elements of this, right, is that there were warnings about this building, questions about maintenance, issues with the concrete deterioration. there were debates even in the condo association et cetera. do you believe that there needs to be a reassessment as to who exactly, whether it's the government or the condo board and when says you've got to do this, right? you can't just, you know, wait or punt. is there a fundamental fix that has to be made here so, you know, you're not allowed to kind of push these things down the line? >> i think you put your finger on it in the sense that we're seeing that this really has, i think, illuminated the process where sometimes condo boards can sort of have differing opinions and new leadership comes in and of course the costs of assessments is something that's unexpected. we've got to really look at that. government cannot allow, i believe, a dangerous situation or a deadly situation to exist. we just can't allow it.
so i think you can expect that the bells and whistles are going to change a little bit on this process. if we find out that this was entirely avoidable, which, you know, because of action or inaction, you know, it's still obviously a tragedy, but it makes it just so much more acute and so important for us to act. i'm intent as i know a lot of my colleagues are in government across florida and locally to review these codes and to review the processes by which we require work to be done. >> yeah, well, we wish you the best of luck. you've got a lot of tough decisions going forward. mayor dan gelber thanks very much. >> thanks, jim. u.s. officials are updating evacuation plans for the u.s. embassy in kabul, afghanistan, as u.s. troops continue to pull out. this as the u.s. general overseeing that withdrawal warns we should be worried about the taliban's kwib quick advance. we're going to have much more on
this is just into cnn. afghans are fleeing to major cities as the taliban take control of more territory around the country. they claim to have taken over about 150 districts across afghanistan just since may. cnn cannot confirm that exact figure. this is happening as a top u.s. general, however, warns that the taliban's advance is a serious concern. orren lieberman joins me now. you also saw some afghan security forces fleeing across the border out of the country. are afghan security forces capable of stopping the taliban
advance without u.s. military help? >> reporter: jim, look, it is very possible the answer to that question may well be no. that being said, the afghan military has the support of the united states now and moving forward. but in the fundamentally different relationship. u.s. will continue to carry out counter-terrorism strikes plotting attacks against the u.s. homeland or alleys and we've learned that the u.s. has the authority, military leaders have the authority to carry out strikes against the taliban in support of afghan forces. but none of that, at this point, has stopped taliban advances as they've raced through the countryside. here is a map showing the advances over the past few weeks and the past few months. as you see thousands of displaced persons fleeing areas under taliban control. general scott miller in afghanistan essentially gave a bleak assessment of what the future may hold for afghanistan watching these taliban advances right now. >> we should be concerned.
the loss of terrain and the repetitivity of the loss of terrain has to be concerning. one, because it is a war that is physical but it is also has a psyc to it and hope matters and moral actually matters. >> reporter: the biden administration has made it clear that this is the afghan military's fight, this is a fight for the country of afghanistan. the u.s. mission is complete at this point and the fundamental assistance to the military is in the form of finance. jim. >> oren liebermann, there is a lot of concern on the ground there. thanks very much. although the troop withdrawal is almost complete, the white house has yet to finalize the policy for pursuing terrorism groups which continue to be active in afghanistan. katie bowe williams joins me now. does this mean they haven't worked out the strategy for drone strikes, special forces
missions, et cetera? because you have two components of that, the u.s. military but also the cia. and if so, how is that possible that they haven't worked it out? >> yeah, so for months now the biden administration has been reviewing what it calls its lee lethal force authority in afghanistan after this withdraw is complete and the war is declared to be officially over. now that does include both d.o.d. and cia authorities but what we're talking about here is drone strikes against suspected terrorists. and part of that review is looking at whether or not after the withdrawal is completed, after the u.s. is officially no longner afghanistan, whether or not that bar needs to be raised, whether or not it needs to be more difficult to carry out drone strikes against suspected terror targets in afghanistan. now that kind of review is perfectly reasonable and to be expected given that the united states is going to an entirely different footing in afghanistan than it has been for the last 20 years.
but it is notable, as you suggest, that this review hasn't been completed before now given that just in the last week we've seen the departure of the last combat troops out of bagram and u.s. troop levels in afghanistan falling to the lowest level yet. so it really hints at or highlights the balancing act that biden is trying to strike in ending a war against an adversary still fighting while still maintaining counter-terrorism capabilities in a country where we're still worried about al qaeda, still worried about isis. >> understood. and the question in general, can you pursue these groups effectively from outside of the country, principally that is a big test. katie bowe williams, thank you very much. leaving in his prime? jeff dez os stepping down as amazon ceo starting today. what this means for that company and the world of business. that is coming up.
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it is the end of an era. today jeff bezos steps down from his role at ceo of amazon. exactly 27 years after founding the enormous company. here with me is cnn chief business correspondent christine romans. what is next for bezos, but what is next for amazon? >> what a journey, right. from a garage in washington where it was an online book seller into something that was absolutely critical during the pandemic. he was 51.7 million shares of amazon. so he is still going to be involved, no question. he's still -- he's executive chairman of the board. so even though he is giving up
the day-to-day operations to a trusted lieutenant, he is going to still be a huge presence. and every time that stock moves, he will feel it. every dollar that stock moves, he makes $51 million. and during the pandemic he made another 80 billion. look, he told -- he told employees back in february that he wanted to focus on new initiatives, cutting-edge technology, properties like "the washington post" and blue origin, his space endeavor. he's going to go to space on july 20th. so he has a lot of irons in the fire. and he's a moon shot guy. he likes to look at far out ideas and figure out how to fix big problems and i think that is what you'll see him shooting. >> moon shot, litly and figuratively. we all have to look at what we're doing with our garages and finding some better more lucrative uses for them.
>> how could we make money out of our garages? i just need to clean out my garage is what i need to do. >> goodness gracious, christine romans, thank you very much. very good monday morning to you this holiday weekend, i'm jim sciutto. this morning search and rescue crews are back at work still racing against the clock, though. that is the remainder of the champlain towers south condo building in surfside, florida, demolished overnight, that is a controlled explosion. it was taken down as tropical storm elsa powerful winds were headed toward the site. the hope is that the site will be safer now. workers are now able to reach all of the debris field, about a third of it had been off limits because of that unstable structure. at least 24 people are confirmed dead, 121 remain unacc