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it's friday, july 2nd, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." consoler-in-chief. president biden makes an emotional trip to surfside, florida, following the deadly condo collapse. what he told first responders and vict fs. historic settlemenusenthds lingthe sueme coends its term wn lingthe sueme coends its term wn and what it means going forward. captioning funded by cbs
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good morning, i'm diane king hall. anne-marie green is off. the president is pledging the federal government's full support after visiting the site of the devastating condo collapse in surfside, florida. mr. biden took time out to visit a memorial fence covered in photos and flowers and met with victims' families and the first responders who have worked tirelessly to find survivors. to date the death toll stands at 18 with 140 people still missing. search efforts are back under way right now after they were halted yesterday due to concerns about the stability of the still-standing portion of the building. laura podesta's following the latest developments. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane. yes, work resumed shortly before 5:00 p.m. yesterday, but there are still concerns about how the rest of the building is holding up. the machinery that crews are using create vibrations that can
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make the structure very unstable, and crews are constantly monitoring existing cracks to see if they're getting any larger. the plan is to eventually bring the rest of the building down. officials are planning for the likely demolition of the part of the building still standing in surfside, florida. even as rescue crews continue their work -- >> this is a decision that we need to make extremely carefully and methodically as we consider all the possible impacts to the pile of debris and to our search ord rescue operation. operation was halted for 15 hours on thursday after scovpat structure had shiftemotoring th. we had three that signaled there was some expansion of that cracks. >> reporter: president biden and first lady jill biden visited the community yesterday. >> what you're doing here is incredible. >> reporter: the bidens met with first responders, paid their respects at the wall of hope and
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memorial, and spoke with families who ones. >> the whole nation is mourning with these families. they see it every day on television. they're going through hell. >> reporter: acting as consoler-in-chief, mr. biden drew on his own experience of loss when his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972. >> it's bad enough to lose somebody, but the hard part, the really hard part is to not know whether they're surviving or not. to not have any idea. >> reporter: the president pledged the federal government would cover 100% of the search and rescue costs for the first 30 days. officials and rescue workers are closely watching tropical storm elsa as she churns toward florida. she could possibly turn into a hurricane early next week, diane. >> laura podesta in new york, laura, thank you. we are following breaking news. the boy scouts of america has reached a historic settlement to
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compente some 60,000 alleged victims of child sex abuse. the organization filed paperwork last night more than doubling its initial offer, agreeing to now pay $850 million. the offer comes more than a year after the boy scouts filed for bankruptcy protection. they took the action to stop hundreds of lawsuits and create a compensation fund for men who say they were molested decades ago by scout masters or other leaders. the u.s. is temporarily suspending all federal executions. attorney general merrick garland made the announcement last night. he said he was imposing the moratorium while the justice department reviews policies and procedures on capital punishment but gave no timetable. he said the department would review the protocols put in place by former attorney general william barr. under barr's leadership, 13 people on federal death row were executed from last july through january. a sweeping and audacious tax
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fraud scheme. that's how prosecutors are framing the actions of the trump organization in a major indictment unsealed in new york. jeff pegues has more on the charges and the implications it could have in the future. >> reporter: stunning charges leveled against the former president's company and its longtime cfo allen weisselberg who surrendered to authorities in new york city this morning. prosecutors say that for at least 16 years, the trump organization paid top executives off the books, calling it a sweeping and audacious illegal payment scheme. weisselberg himself they said avoided paying taxes on $1.7 million, used company money for apartments, private school tuition, and luxury cars. all of it adding up to 15 counts. the trump organization called it a political play with a bigger target in mind. do you think the real target here is former president trump? >> given the nature and the unprecedented nature of these charges, that's the reason they were brought, okay.
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if the name of the company was something else, i don't think these charges would have been brought. >> reporter: weisselberg who pled not guilty has worked for the family for almost 50 years. now he's under pressure to flip. >> this is a man in his 70s. if he looks at michael cohen and look what happened to him in terms of imprisonment, when they put the cuffs on you, as they did today at the courthouse, you may have quite a change of mindset. >> reporter: weisselberg's former daughter-in-law is cooperating with prosecutors and willingly turned over boxes of documents. so there was a lot happening off the books. >> 80%, yeah. >> reporter: 80%? >> uh-huh. >>orter: why do u think th h >> because allen's worth is to save donald money. the u.s. supreme court ended
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its session with a major ruling on voting rights that could have significant impact in states. so much so president biden is calling on congress to take action. jan crawford looks at the ruling and its impact going forward. >> reporter: it was seen as an important test for new restrictions on voting. 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 are a legitimate interest in preventing fraud. that's something arizona attorney general mark brnovich argued. >> we want to make sure everyone has the ability to exercise
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the franchise and make sure everyone has confidence in the process, and they respd e e dec undermines the voting rights act because laws like arizona's can be a barrier to minority voting. in a statement, president biden said he was deeply disappointed in the decision and called on congress to pass new legislation. at the same time, his justice department is suing one state -- georgia -- saying its new voting law intentionally discriminates against black voters. the decision today may make that lawsuit more difficult, and as states pass more restrictive voting laws, the message from the justices is clear -- >> this is another sign from the supreme court that these are going to be quintessential political judgments. left to the political branches of the states. it's going to be increasingly difficult to challenge them in court. turning to the latest on the coronavirus, the cdc says the number of new covid infections in the u.s. rose 10% this week as the highly contagious delta variant spreads even more.
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experts say the delta strain is about 60% more transmissible than the current dominant alpha strain in the u.s. it comes as johnson & johnson says it offers good protection against the delta strain. the company says the findings from a lab experiment are preliminary but said the single-dose shot appeared to be effective. coming up, we know who will be on a special house committee to investigate the january 6th capitol attack. why nancy pelosi's pick is drawing republican ire and a huge penalty. the washington football team is hit with a big fine for sexual assault misconduct in the workplace. this is the "cbs morning " news." welcome to allstate. here, if you already pay for car insurance, you can take your home along for the ride. allstate. better protection costs a whole lot less. click or call to bundle today. ♪ ♪ better protection costs a whole lot less.
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this is the first year the blue angels are flying the f-18 super hornet. the washington football team has been hit with a huge fine, and a committee to investigate the capitol riots draws threats by a top republican. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the new york times" reports house speaker nancy pelosi named wyoming republican congresswoman liz cheney to the select committee that will investigate january's deadly attack on the u.s. capitol. cheney's appointment comes just hours after house national kevin mccarthy threatened to strip republicans of committee assignments if they agreed to serve on the select panel. cheney joins seven democrats named to the committee by pelosi. it will be led by congressman benny thompson. cbs los angeles says california has scheduled the recall election of democratic governor gavin newsom for september 14th. he's facing recall after being criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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his campaign says it's an attempt by trump republicans to grab control. certified enough valid petition signatures for the special potential challengers have two weeks to decide if they want to enter the race. and "usa today" says the nfl fined the washington football team $10 million after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. the investigation found the organization's workplace was, quote, highly unprofessional, especially for women. it said ownership and senior officials paid little attention to sexual harassment and other workplace issues. team owner dan snyder will step away from day-to-day operations for several months while his wife fills in. still ahead, hidden st a picasso painting fetched a handsome price at auction, but you'll never guess where the piece of art was discovered. ♪ ♪ for deb, living with constipation with belly pain was the same old story for years.
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report which will give a glimpse into the labor market's recovery. meantime, stocks kicked off the month higher. the dow rallied 131 points, the nasdaq added 18 points, and the s&p 500 was up 22 points marking a fourth consecutive record the labor department's weekly jobless claims report reveals the number of americans jobls claims dropped by fell 51,000. the lowest level since the pandemic hit last year. now the drop was steeper than economists had expected. applications for unemployment benefits have now fallen in ten of the past 12 weeks. robinhood filed for one of the most highly public offerings of the year. the stock trading app filed forms with the sec yesterday to go public. it's aiming for over $40 billion according to "reuters." it will trade under the ticker hood. the action comes as robinhood faces dozens of lawsuits and a
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hstoric fine over its business practices. the company is accused of hurting investors by giving them false or misleading information. and there's some buzz from bumble. the popular dating app is set to open its first cafe and wine bar in new york city later this month. benandaetrk the mpany t nstoermittissueshe . ote the menu. diane, spaghetti is never a good idea for a date or interview. >> no. but swipe right on the cafe. elise preston at the new york stock exchange. thank you. up next, a delayed mission. a woman who trained to be a nasa astronaut 60 years ago will now hitch a ride to space with jeff bezos. bezos. ok everyone, our mission is to provide complete, balanced nutrition for strength and energy. whoo hoo!
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after visiting the site of that devastating condo collapse in surfside, florida. he visited a makeshift memorial wall and also took tyke out to meet with victims' families and the first responders.
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the death toll in the collapse now stands at 18 with 140 people still unaccounted for. and the boy scouts of america has reached a historic settlement to compensate some 60,000 alleged victims of child sex abuse. the organization filed paperwork last night more than doubling its initial offer, agreeing to now pay victims $850 million. july 4th weekend is here, and that means many americans will be enjoying family, food, and fun. but health experts are reminding people that food safety is especially critical in the warm summer months. danya bacchus has more on how to keep your family and friends safe. >> reporter: it's time for picnics and cookouts, but health experts are reminding everyone this is also when foodborne illnesses increase with warmer, humid temperatures. >> a food that's cold and does not remain cold, that provides an opportunity for bacteria that may be in the item to multiply. it's the same when you're dealing with hot food.
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>> reporter: it's estimated every year 48 million americans get sick. 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses. >> older people, young children, pregnant women. someone on chemotherapy or anyone who has a deficient immune system, they can get a very serious infection. >> reporter: sandra eskin with the usda says prevention is critical. make sure hands and surfaces are clean. keep raw meats and other foods separate to prevent cross contamination. and cook foods to the proper internal temperature, measuring with a meat thermometer. cook ground beef, pork, or lamb to 160 degrees, raw poultry to 165. >> the most effective way to kill any contamination is through heat. >> reporter: once everything is gobbled up, don't leave foods out for longer than two hours. one hour in it's over 90 degrees outside. danya bacchus, cbs news, los angeles.
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experts remind us that color is not a good indicator of whether food is cooked thoroughly, and a thermometer is the best option to use. coming up only to "cbs this morning," we'll talk to the parents of harry dunn, the teen motorcyclist in the uk who was killed in a head-on collision with an american driver, about their legal fight. plus, we'll hear from the family of mark frerichs, an american veteran who remains missing after being kidnapped in afghanistan in 2020. and we'll meet the florida high school principal who handwrote notes to each of the 459 graduating seniors at his school. that's the "cbs in thank hi. ane king hall. ve aat wkend.
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