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through this. remember breaking tonight as we come on the air, the new milestone in the race to vaccinate. 50% of all americans now fully vaccinated the cdc reporting the highest single day covid total in exactly three months. the deadly surge of the delta variant overwhelming hospitals. florida reporting the most admissions. 60% of hospitals in the state expecting critical staffing shortages in the next week. doctors warn of more cases among children as school districts battle with state officials over masks. in texas, hospitals there also facing major staffing shortages. patients lining hallways. plus, what we're learning about a new mutation of the virus. marcus moore is at a hospital in dallas tonight. the wildfire emergency in
the west. in california, the fast-moving dixie fire exploding again overnight. it's now the third largest wildfire in state history. new images of the aftermath and a historic mountain town blistering heat from coast to coast, and triple-digit temperatures fueling wildfires in europe. whoo we're tracking what could be the next tropical depression. the criminal complaint against new york governor andrew cuomo. one of his accusers filing an official report with the albany county sheriff's department. the woman claims the governor groped her breast at the state residen residence. the governor's lawyering responding just moments ago. the january 6th rioter pleading guilty. videos capture him shoving and hitting officers during the violent storming of the capitol, and late word tonight of a second rioter pleading guilty to similar charges. >>he growing chaos at the airport. spirit airlines canceling hundreds more flights, thousands of passengers stranded. the groundings now expected to
stretch into the weekend. also tonight, the new setback in afghanistan. the taliban overrunning a provincial capital. what it mean as the last u.s. troops leave the country. and new details of a gruesome murder in atlanta. the potential witness coming forward as police investigate the deadly stabbing of a woman. also tonight, the u.s. adding 493,000 new jobs l.a. month. how the delta variant could threaten the economic progress. good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us. i'm linsey davis in for david. we begin tonight with the surging delta variant. 120,000 new cases reported in just the past 24 hours. that's a six-month heigl but there is a vaccination milestone tonight. 50% of all americans are now fully vaccinated, but scientists
are watching another new strain, the lam da variant. this map shows all counties in the country. every state reporting high or substantiasusubsbsbstatatantntne in just seven states. all of them have low vaccination rates. florida is one of them. 60% of its hospitals face critical staffing shortages. memorial health care system in broward county suspending elective procedures to care for covid patients. and with 48 million children still too young to be vaccinated, the battle over masking at school rages on. peoe received at least one dose. that's 68% of everyone 12 years and older. abc's marcus moore leads us off again tonight from texas. >> reporter: across texas tonight, hospitals reaching a breaking point, with patients filling hallways, ambulances diverted to other hospitals, and
the wait for care growing. >> to get a bed could be up to 24 hours if you're not critical. if you're not on death's door with the most critical situation, very high likelihood you'll have to wait in our waiting room. >> reporter: in houston, 11-month-old covid patient ava rivera airlifted for care at a pediatric hospital. >> there are babies in the hospital dying, literally having respiratory issues because of these viruses. >> reporter: tonight, ava is at home recovering with her mom. the number of children admitted to hospitals up 175% in the last 6 weeks. in arkansas, 11-year-old jordyn franklin had diabetes and passed away from covid complications. she was too young to get the vaccine. >> the more scarier aspect of the whole picture is even what's out there to protect us couldn't protect her. everybody needs to be aware that this is real. this is so real, and you don't realize it until it hits home. >> reporter: tonight, every state in this country is reporting high or substantial community transmission, fueled by the delta variant. researchers are also tracking
another variant called lambda, first detected in south america, now reaching the u.s. in small numbers, including texas and louisiana. early data suggests that the lambda variant might partially chip away at vaccine efficacy. but for now, lambda is not considered a variant of concern. across the country, patience with the unvaccinated is wearing thin. new jersey's governor this week blasting anti-vaccine protesters. >> you've lost your minds. you are the ultimate knuckleheads, and because of what you are saying and standing life. >> reporter: with rising cases, the governor of new jersey once again requiring masks in all schools. but in florida, the governor has banned mask mandates in schools, despite the protests of worried parents. >> the mask, unless everynofy is wearing it, it doesn't protect him. our children are not science experiments. and it's better than being on a ventilator or in the icu. >> reporter: but the state board of education today taking steps on behalf of parents who don't want masks, approving vouchers that can be used at private schools for children who feel bullied in districts trying to require masks.
>> i'm the governor who protects parents and their ability to make the right choices for their kids' education. >> marcus moore joins us now. marcus, there's new research out about vaccines for people who already had covid. what does it suggest are the benefits? >> reporter: well, linsey, a cdc study looked at kentucky residents and found that those who were unvaccinated were more than twice as likely to get reinfected than those who had covid and were vaccinated. but this was a small study, so more research is needed. but tonight, public health officials are encouraging people to get they have already had covid. >> marcus, thanks so much. now to the wildfire emergency. california's dixie fire exploding again overnight. now the third largest wildfire in state history. at least one firefighter injured, several people unaccounted for. a new fallout from the extreme heat and drought.
lake oroville's water level so low, a major hydroelectric plant shut down. here's will carr. >> reporter: tonight, fire crews are in hand-to-hand combat against wildfires showing no sign of letting up. the dixie fire now bigger than houston. overnight, the small community of canyondam suffering devastating damage. firefighters racing to save what they can from this burning garage in nearby lake almanor west, using a bulldozer to try to contain the flames and keep them from spreading to homes nearby. officials say the fire has destroyed well over 100 homes. and after leveling the historic town of greenville, our zohreen shah is on main street. >> reporter: if families losesing their homes and some downtown businesses, some standing for over 100 years, now gone too. >> reporter: overnight officials reporting several people missing. to the south, the river fire, now 2,600 acres. at least two residents and one firefighter injured.
>> getting closer. >> reporter: frank robinson shot this video just before evacuating from his home. he returned to find his worst fears came true. >> well, it's completely gone. and all our neighbors, great neighbors, they're leveled. >> reporter: the historic fire season in the west, driven by a megadrought that's beginning to affect infrastructure. lake oroville is now at less than 25% capacity. officials were forced to shut down the hyatt hydroelectric power plant there for the first time ever due to the lack of water. tonight with smoke smotheringar seeing 150% increase in acres burned this year compared to 2020. that was a historic fire season, and keep in mind we're only in august. >> still so early. will, thank you. we're also tracking other extreme weather. two tropical system tos keep our eyes on as a new study finds that july was the worst month for wildfires in recorded history. devastating fires here in north america, but also in siberia, africa, and europe fueled by extreme heat and prolonged
drought. back here those conditions will persist with triple digit temperatures and air kwaquality alerts for millions. rob marciano tracking it all for us. >> reporter: certainly been an alarming july globally and we're now jest gettingntthea ofir sso h in the u.s. triple digit heat is coming back to california where some of those fires are burning. air quality is poor across a huge area of the west, all the way into the upper midwest as well. as the heat builds into the northwest, and a heat wave for the northeast coming as well in the next two weeks. in the atlantic, activity growinggrowowowiningggggggrgrgr. very far out, but a reminder we're heading into the peak of hurricane season as well. linsey? >> rob, thanks so much. there is new legal jeopardy for andrew cuomo tonight. a staffer accused him of groping her breast at the governor's residence filed a criminal complaint against him. it cops as prosecutors already
launched criminal investigations and the legislature is moving towards impeachment. his legal team responding late today. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, embattled new york governor andrew cuomo now facing a criminal complaint filed by one of the 11 women who accuse him of sexual harassment. the woman, identified as executive assistant number one, working alongside cuomo since 2019 and alleging he groped her when the two were alone in his office. >> in the executive mansion, the governor hugged executive assistant number one and reached under her blouse to grab her breast. this was the culmination of a pattern of inappropriate sexual conduct. >> reporter: this selfie reportedly taken at the governor's request moments after one alleged incident. the staffer apparently telling investigators, "i didn't want it. i feel like i was being taken advantage of." and claiming she didn't report the harassment at the time because she was terrified she would lose her job. cuomo has repeatedly denied inappropriately touching the
woman or making any unwanted advances. >> let me be clear, that never happened. >> reporter: the filing in albany county comes as at least five district attorneys across the state launch probes and as the new york legislature weighs impeachment. >> impeachment or leaving office is not at the top of the list of the governor's problems. >> reporter: a new poll also finding that 70% of new yorkers think cuomo should resign. today, the governor's counsel slamming the state attorney general's sexual harassment investigation. >> the governor deserves to be treated fairly, and he must be. that did not happen here. this was one-sided, and he was ambushed. >> cuomo obviously critical of that investigation. erielle joins us. moments ago, new york's attorney general released a statement responding to those comments made by the governor's lawyers. what did she have to say? >> reporter: well, the attorney general says the accounts of those 11 women were corroborated by a mountain of evidence and
any attempt to undermine their credibility or that of the investigation is unfortunate. lins linsey? >> thanks so much. next, the first capitol rioters to plead guilty to charges of assaulting law enforcement. prosecutors' images show scott fairlamb yelling at a line of police officers and then shoving and punching one of them in the head. his sentencing is scheduled for september. late today, devlin thompson also pleading guilty. more than 170 other rioters charged with attacking police. a staffing shortage is one of the problems forcing spirit airlines to cancel hundreds of flights today. a sixth day for the budget airline and thousands of passengers at the height of summer travel season and the ceo conceding it is not over yet. elwyn lopez in atlanta tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with thousands grounded across the country, frustration is growing. >> we're trying to go home!
>> reporter: today, spirit cancelling more than 300 flights, bringing the total number of cancellations to more than 2,000 since sunday. >> now we're just trying to figure out, how can we get home? >> i have to be back to work. i have to get back. >> reporter: spirit's ceo saying as flights were cancelled, crews were dislocated through the system and in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> there will still be cancellations over the next few days, but we can start to build back to the full operation. >> reporter: the budget airline placing the blame on weather, system outages, and staffing shortages, causing some to sleep in the airport. but saying in a statement today that their plan to recover from the current operational disruption is working, all in a major effort to earn back customers' trust. >> it's going to take us some time to build back that confidence and earn their trust again. but we're going to learn from this, and we're going to continue to grow. >> reporter: linsey, with the continued cancellations, the airline ceo also said they're going to offer full refunds and
as well as vouchers for future flights. >> a bit of compensation through all inconvenaks so much. encouraging signs america is getting back to work tonight. employers added 493 jobs in july. president biden calling that indisputable proof that his recovery plan is working but cautioning the delta variant still poses a risk. here's rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: tonight, stronger than expected jobs numbers as the economy continues it's recovery from the pandemic. the u.s. adding nearly a million dothy wt month.e esident daca continue to battle the delta surge of covid. what is indisputable now is what is indisputable now is this -- the biden plan is working. >> reporter: unemployment falling to 5.4%, down from 5.9% in june.
more than 250,000 jobs added in education as many schools prepare to return to in-person learning and nearly 400,000 jobs added in leash and hospitality. >> there's just no question these are great numbers and we should celebrate them, but we're not popping champagne corks until the virus is behind us. the course of the virus still determines the course of the economy. >> rebecca jarvis joins us now. rebecca, while these job numbers are certainly stronger than what many economists expected the fact is they were added before the recent spike in the delta variant. >> reporter: well, linsey, that is a major wild card here. how consumers and businesses respond to the delta variant just this week we've seen amazon, microsoft, and wells fargo push back their return to office dates, and that can have a ripple effect on local coffee shops, restaurants, gyms on hiring, and it can put a squeeze on jobs going forward. >> rebecca jarvis, thanks so much. late today, the biden
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or preparing for a long weekend, with wind picking up. the governor issued a state of emergency for nevada and plumas county's. >> reporter: images of devastation. the fire tore through, reducing building after building at home after home to rebel. >> we stood outside yesterday and watched the trees go up. >> reporter: the dixie fire has exploded in size and is the third largest in california history. as eerie as the pictures are, no one has been hurt or killed in the flames. many people got out just in time before the fire closed in on their homes. >> ice i came outside and saw the smoke and said john, we need to shut down. he went to get our cat and