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firefighters are trained in making those little duck noises. >> i kept looking at th mama. captioning sponsored by cbs .>> o'donnell: tonight, search-and-rescue efforts resume in florida after a day of waiting. could the rest of the surfside condo bilge fall? president biden visited with family and the emergency workers in florida. >> our message today is here we're for you as one nation, as one nation. >> o'donnell: plus new video from right before the building collapsed. could it be a clue to what happened? trump organization charged: the former president's company and chief financial officer accused of a 16-year tax-evasion scheme. could allen weisselberg turn on donald trump? deadly heat: hundreds of deaths may be linked to the historic heat wave out west.
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e.r. doctors forced to pack patients in ice. tropical storm elsa moving rapidly, the whole state of florida currently in its path. supreme court weighs in. what it means for new voting laws. covid spike: new cases are up by 10%, plus tsng out for parents to get their kids vaccinated before the start of the school year. blown to bits: what happened when a fireworks bust when horribly wrong. remembering diana: what made princes william and harry put aside their differences, at least for what would have been their mom's 60th birthday. and the inspiring story tonight of a custodian who ended up teaching everyone in the school a lesso e as they
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were escaping. cbs' omar villafranca is going to lead off our coverage tonight from surfside. helpful
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and friendly and keeping it light. >> reporter: another concern for crews here: the weather. there are two systems that are churning in the atlantic. the people are keeping an eye on it. if they turn into a hurricane, it could affect the efforts here. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you. tonight, the trump organization and its longtime finance chief are under indictment in new
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york, accused of scheming to avoid state and city taxes. the former president is not charged but his defense team believes he's the ultim is going to be active through
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november. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. tonight, the death toll is rising from that historic heat wave broiling the west, and it's fueling a wave of dangerous wildfires. here's cbs' lilia luciano. >> reporter: as the historic heat continues, the death toll is soaring. nearly 100 deaths have been confirmed so far in the western u.s. >> i'm worried that people were just going to think of it as a nuisance, but it really has been life threatening. >> reporter: in canada, nearly 500 sudden deaths have been reported in british columbia alone during the heat wave. officials believe the increase in fatalities is likely linked to the extreme weather.
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wildfires forced the town of lytten, canada, to evacuate. >> to get everyone stuck on that side of the mountain. >> reporter: temperatures there hit a record 121 degrees. flames burned 90% of the town. in the u.s., the heat is fuel 44 large fires across nearly a dozen states. the scorching temperatures in the pacific northwest have move inland as doctors try to keep up with the emergency. >> we saw folks who were arriving with heatstroke who had to emergenciently be rapidly cooled, packed in ice in order to get their body temperatures down. >> reporter: and tonight, concerns about farm workers who have worked in excessive heat for days. it's never been like this. on saturday, a farm worker collapsed and died at work. it was more than 100 degrees at the time, and here in spokane, at this hospital alone,
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heat-related admissions have and,aht of the of tho and 40. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thyoo that tropical storm that could hamper the search-and-rescue efforts down in surfside. tonight, most of florida is in the path of elsa, which could hit the u.s. as early as tuesday. right now the storm is headed to the caribbean and is expected to gain strength before hitting cuba this weekend. tonight, the c.d.c. is warning new covid cases in the u.s. have jumped by more than 10% since last week. that dangerous delta variant accounts for about one in four of those new cases. cbs' david begnaud reports tonight from arkansas. >> reporter: the rising numbers are driven in part by spikes in new cases across the south. arkansas just saw its highest one-day spike since february. >> people who are unvaccinated are at significant resk of a viru
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variant now present in all 50 states, dr. anthony fauci says it is highly contagious for parents and their children. >> please, get vaccinated, because we have a highly effective countermeasure against this delta variant. >> reporter: nationwide, barely one in five 12- to 15-year-olds are full lel vaccinated. and with school in some states opening next month, this week marks the critical deadline for parents to vaccinate their eligible kids. it takes five weeks to be fully vaccinated with pfizer's shot, and that is the only one authorized for people as young as 12. >> if we, you know, want to end this pandemic, the children need to get vaccinated, also. >> reporter: nico and sophia chavez are part of a pfizer trial that's testing the vaccine on children 5-11. >> all done! >> that's it? >> that's it! >> people say, well, the children don't get that sick. they're not as infectious as others. but in fact this disease has caused more deaths in children than the flu does.
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>> reporter: here in calhoun county, arkansas, the vaccination rate is among the lowest in the state. victoria works at the town feed store and says she's had people buying a gel meant for deworming horses that they're uses to treat covid. so they'll take a horse gel. >> yes and put it on a cracker. >> reporter: but they won't take a vaccine that has undergone clinical trials? >> isn't that crazy. >> reporter: it's meant for horses, not humans. but a lot of humans have tried it and they've wound up in the hospital. it is not approved to treat cvid. so the f.d.a. warns don't do it. norah. >> o'donnell: just incredible. david begnaud, thank you. well, the supreme court ended its term today with a major decision on voting rights. the justices upheld voting restrictions in arizona, and their decision could have a profound effect in a number of states. here's cbs' jan crawford. >> reporter: it was seen as an important test for new restrictions ot.
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arizona provisions on the books for years that kick out votes cast in the wrong precinct and ban so-called ballot harvesting, where third parties, other than family, collect and turn in absentee ballots. neither provision, the court said in a 6-3 vote along ideological lines, violated the voting rights act because they were not enacted with a racially discriminatory purpose and states have a genuine interest in prohibiting fraud. that's something arizona's attorney general argued. >> we want to make sure everyone has want ability to err exercise their franchise but we want to make sure everyone has confidence in the process and they repect the results and that's what these laws are designed to do. >> reporter: liberal justices said the decision undermines the voting rights act because laws like arizona's can be a barrier. president biden said he was deeply upon disappointed in the decision and called on congress to pass new legislation. legislation.
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at the same time, his justice department is suing one statement, georgia, saying its new voting law intentionally discriminates against black voters. the decision today may make that lawsuits more difficult, and as states pass more restrictive voting laws the message from the justices is clear. >> this is another cipe from the supreme court that these are going to be quintessential political: left to the political branches of the state and it's going to be increasingly difficult to challenge them in court. >> reporter: now, on this last day of the supreme court's term, no word from justice stephen breyer who, of course, progressives have been pushes to retire so that president biden can nominate his replacement. but, you know, he is in really good health. he's active, and he plays such an important role on this court, i think at this point, a retirement, norah, could come as a surprise. >> o'donnell: all right, jan crawford at the supreme court, thank you. well, tonight, the political fight over the capitol insurrection has reached a new level with a surprise appointment by the house speaker
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and a reported threat from the house republican leader. cbs' allyn kilsheimer rertsom ty officers s january akerecr s comttee to probe the attack. >> the next step for us has always been to seek and to find the truth. >> reporter: a surprise pick to join democrats on the panel: republican liz cheney, who voted to impeach former president trump and was removed from party leadership earlier this year. >> i was shocked that she would accept something from speaker pelosi. it would seem to me, since i didn't hear from her, maybe she's closer to her than us. i don't know. >> reporter: minority leader kevin mccarthy denied threatening fellow republicans that he would pull their committee assignments if they served on the panel. cheney said she wasn't concerned. >> i have not been, but, again,
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my oath, my duty, all of our oaths and our duty is to the constitution, and that will always be above politics. >> reporter: leader mccarthy would not say when he plans to name his picks for the panel, but speaker pelosi indicated the committee is ready to move forward with or without those republicans. norah. >> o'donnell: nicole killian, thanks so much. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the investigation into an illegal fireworks explosion that injured more than a dozen people. and a royal reunion. wat brought estranged brothers, prince william and harry, together today?
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right now on 7:00, an original report. in alameda county neighborhood on edge after a string of suspicious fires. >> it sounds to me like a serial arsonist. >> was this an attempt to really set fire, is this like a warning? barter serving -- bart for storing service. workers and five bay area cities just got a pay raise and an entire county got a different kind of raised. the historic tax hike prompting legal action. and people literally picking up the pieces after that huge fireworks bust went horribly wrong. tonight, they
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are demanding some answers. right now on the kpix5 news at 7:00 and streaming on cbsn bay area, waking niofyowindis sr enough but imagine knowing the person suspected of setting the tonight, some of those neighbors are taking action. good evening. i'm lisbeth cook. >> i'm ken bastida. >> kenny choi is live in oakland with an original report. >> reporter: a suspicious fire that burned down this house was a major fire. you will see the helmet camera video from in oakland firefighters perspective in just a minute. several other fires in this neighborhood recently have been described as attempts just as scary and dangerous. >> it happened at three a.m. in late may. th

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