tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS July 8, 2021 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT
american detained: a u.s. citizen is arrested in the assassination of haiti's president. new details on the deadly overnight raid at the presidential compound. dramatic rescue: stunning new video as police stop a kidnapper and rescue the 6-year-old girl he grabbed off the street. and, unifying america: how one community is finding ways to heal through conversation and art. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
>> garrett: good evening, to our viewers in the west, thank you for joining us, i'm major garrett in for norah. we're going to begin tonight with a frightening surge of infections of the delta variant of coronavirus. the c.d.c. director says more than 9 million americans now live in parts of the country where hospitalizations and deaths are spiking significantly, especially among people who haven't been vaccinated. one new study calls those areas breeding ground for covid, creating the potential for the virus to mutate into even more deadly strains. as we come on the air, pfizer says it's now ramping up efforts to roll out a booster shot to help increase immunity and is working on a newer version of its vaccine to target the delta variant. meanwhile, the white house says it's sending surge response teams into the hardest hit areas of the u.s.. but the best defense is to be fully vaccinated as research shores getting one dose of a two-dose vaccine may not be enough to provide maximum protection. cbs' janet shamlian is leading off coverage tonight from
houston where we are told infections are on the rise. janet, good evening. >> reporter: major, good evening to you. hospitals across the country are seeing it and the white house task force is sounding the alarm, a rapid rise in the delta variant, and tonight we're hearing pfizer is developing a booster specifically to target that variant. tonight a dire situation is unfolding, the dangerous delta variant, highly transmissible and threatening the unvaccinated is significantly more widespread according to researchers. five undervaccinated areas of the u.s. could be putting the entire nation at risk. according to researchers at georgetown university. the fear is the virus could mutate so significantly in these areas it could defeat vaccines. >> this rapid rise is troubling. >> to be clear, there will likely to continue to be an increase in cases among unvaccinated americans. >> reporter: a study published in the journal "nature" suggests getting just one dose of the vaccine offers little protection against delta. 140 million are unvaccinated,
leaving 45% of the country at risk. it's a critical concern in places like missouri, delta is 73% of covid cases. dr. fauci saying again today those most vulnerable in low vaccination areas should take precaution. >> if you are an elderly person or you have a person with an underlying disease, you might want to go the extra mile of protection of wearing a mask if you are indoors. >> reporter: in texas a youth camp outside austin may become the nation's latest superspreader event, more than 100 confirmed cases. >> we believe this is an outbreak of the delta variant. >> reporter: at houston methodist hospital, covid cases are rising, the delta variant responsible for 42% of new cases. are you concerned about the unvaccinated? >> the majority of patients that we are seeing hospitalized with covid 19 with the delta variant,
the vast, vast majority of those patients are unvaccinated. >> reporter: here at houston methodist, they expect delta to make up 90% of cases in the next two to three weeks, and they say, generally, the patients are young. major. >> garrett: with the march of delta, janet shamlian, thank you. tonight president biden says "there is no mission accomplished" as u.s. troops leave afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war." hasn't failed, yet." the president set august 31 as the date nearly all of u.s. troops will finally be out of afghanistan even as it appears that country is descending into civil war. two reports with cbs's weijia jiang at the white house. >> reporter: good evening to you, major. president biden said uniting afghanistan was not the end goal, and he insisted that the u.s. did what it set out to do, it hunted down osama bin laden and eliminated the threat of
al quaida to the homeland. now, the majority of americans agree with his decision to bring the troops back home. >> good afternoon -- >> reporter: president biden said he moved up the deadline to pull troops out of afghanistan because it's safer and because it is time. >> we did not go to afghanistan to nation build, and it's the right and the responsibility of the afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country. >> reporter: 20 years on, the war has claimed nearly 2,500 american lives, wounded more than 20,000, and caused about a trillion dollars -- and cost about a trillion dollars. >> already we have members of our military whose parents fought in afghanistan 20 years ago. would you send their children and their grandchildren as well? >> reporter: but leaving comes with risks, like a taliban takeover. >> there's a wide variety of possibilities. worst case, civil war,
breakdown, fracturing, government fracturing, the army, that's possible and would be a very bad outcome. >> reporter: as daycare looms the president said administration is relocating afghan translators who helped the u.s. as they wait for approval to come to america. u.s. intelligence officials predict the afghan government could fall as soon as six months after the u.s. leaves, though president biden today refuted that. weijia jiang, cbs news, the white house. >> reporter: i'm charlie d'agata in kabul. ( gunfire ) while president biden says the afghan military has the capacity to stop the taliban onslaught, the reality on the ground, they're taking a beating on the battlefield. from mid april when president biden made the announcement, u.s. forces would be pulling out, the taliban have taken territory at lightning speed, seizing a third of the country's 421 districts and
fighting for control of many others. as the militant group inches ever closer to the capitol kabul itself, the president has pledged that hundreds of american troops will remain in the country to protect the u.s. embassy and kabul's international airport. and while he said a taliban takeover is not inevitable, the people of afghanistan fear that, without the presence of u.s. troops, the country will collapse, especially vulnerable women. a whole generation who have never known the oppression of the taliban fear a return to strict islamic law will bring an end to their education, their jobs, and their future. a senior afghan government official we spoke to tonight said he agreed with president biden. he said the afghan military does have the capability, the courage and the will to stand against the taliban. he said the group may be gaining territory, but it's losing support of the people.
major. >> garrett: on the scene for us, charlie d'agata, thank you. tonight tropical storm elsa is barreling up the atlantic coast after unleashing a tornado in jacksonville, florida. one man was killed when a tree fell on his car. farther north, roads in new york city were flooded today, several vehicles got stuck, and drivers had to be rescued. let's get the latest on the forecast from cbs's lonnie quinn. good evening, lonnie. >> reporter: good evening to you, major. new york city catching a little bit of a break but the area outside the city got pounded up to 3, 4 inches of rain and that was not even related to else a e. there are two systems we're watching, both sort of moving in the direction of new york city, but you've got elsa down around richmond, virginia. then in portions of lehigh valley, you've got a front. they're going to squeeze in on the same area, so the rainfall totals are going up. right now the storm is getting stronger. winds up to 50 miles per hour moving to the northeast at 21 miles per hour to the south of richmond now. by 2:00 in the morning around
shrank city with wig rain. in new york city, long island into philadelphia by 2:00 a.m., around the tip of cape cod, provincetown with big rain, boston, aboo 5 isw red. pickednche put another h or 5 on the of that, it will be an interesting albeit difficult commute. it's yours. >> garrett: lonnie quinn thank you. to surfside, florida two weeks after a condominium building collapsed, 76 people remain missing. >> reporter: tonight teams search for victims with the same pace and passion despite the transition from rescue to recovery. >> we are working around the clock to recovery victim andbris fast as we possibly can. >> reporter: the only pause came for a moment of silence to mark the end of the rescue effort and two weeks since the building collapsed. some families of the missing,
like 65-year-old judy spiegels, still hope for a miracle. >> our goal is the same and it's never changed. we want judy returned to lr a we want her back with us. >> reporter: others are trying to spread hope, too. this memorial wall near the collapse site, we found 17-year-old student steven ferreiro who's taken it upon himself to replace old wilding flowers with new ones donated by area florists. >> our goal is to bring the survivors and families hope. to me it's very important to have hope. >> reporter: officials remain concerned about champlain south's sister building. there are no mandatory va evacuationings but they are testing concrete samples from the building to determine whether saltwater corrosion could be a problem. major. >> garrett: manuel bojorquez, thank you. tonight a covid emergency in tokyo forced olympic officials to ban spectators at events held
in japan's capital. the summer games are set to begin in just two weeks. here's ramy inocencio. >> reporter: tonight torch bearers relayed the olympic flame to outsidia pan's capit evate ning lighting ceremonies to guard against a new covid surge. olympic organizers also said spectators would now be banned for most events in an historic first h. the prime minister declared a new fourth state of emergency blaming the highly infectious delta variant. athletes are being tested every day. they will not come into contact with the general public assured the prime minister. a slow vaccine rollout meant just a quarter of all japanese have had at least one vaccine dose. with just days left, anti-olympic protestors still demanded the games be canceled. it's predicted japan could lose
new york. >> garrett: we turn to troubling new medical problems for so-called long haul covid patients. some are coming down with neurological conditions. more on this from cbs's dr. jon lapook. ( siren ) >> reporter: when covid overwhelmed new york city last march, it found 51-year-old sam rafferty, a wildfire educator and animal lover. >> i wasn't able to breathe. i just coughed so much that it hurt. had a fever, aches. >> reporter: those symptoms subsided but then rafferty developed what's become known as long covid with symptoms like heart pamtations, low brood pressure and abnormal body temperature. >> my legs felt cold. in the beginning i was terrified because your heart is racing, can't feel your feet and you think what the hell is going on. >> reporter: covid begins as a respiratory illness but experts are researching how the virus might ravage the nervous system. in rafferty's days it was
dysautonomia, a disruption of part of the nervous system that controls timp regulation, breathing and blood pressure. >> it looks like a lot of the neurological symptoms that we're seeing are probably more relating to sort of inflammation from the infection. >> reporter: what else it that makes this so difficult to understand and treat? >> i think the biggest thing is most of the diagnostic tests come back normal, so there isn't anything on the mri that might explain the cognitive changes. that's the most challenging thing. >> reporter: major, long-term covid continues to stump doctors. the n.i.h. committed a billion dollars to study it but for now patients like sam rafferty are left trying anything that works. she's taking medications and using compression stockings just to keep her blood pressure up. >> garrett: jon lapook, thank you. more tonight on "cbs evening news," dramatic video of police rescuing a girl from a kidnapper
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>> garrett: in madison, wisconsin, an art exhibit is helping heal racial divisions by providing visitors a chance to reflect and make amends. nancy chen continues our series unifying america. >> reporter: in the center of town is a reckoning. the mayor acknowledges her white privilege. liing to white vows.es for
jennie bastian is the director of an arts nonprofit. >> why bring that out to have the darkness when you shine a light on something, you can see the problem, then it's possible to do work around it and change things. >> reporter: change is the goal of this exhibit called amends. at the madison humid of contemporary art, nick cave and bob faust started the project after george floyd's death. >> what did you think when the letters came in were you struck by how blunt some of them were? >> i think honesty is what we need to hear, and that's what's going to set us free. >> reporter: visitors are encouraged to leave their own thoughts. >> what i want them to walk away with is being able to have another conversation that's not outside the museum but at their table. an empowering starting point for another conversation. >> reporter: an open conversation, born from a community's reflection. nancy chen, cbs news, madison, wisconsin. >> garrett: and we'll be right
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right now at 7. a ng earthq in the sea area and rattles nerves as far away as the bay area. >> it was business as usual, you could definitely feel the shaking in our house. temperatures heated up in the inland parts of the bay area today and it will just intensify the next few days. i will track close high temperatures. the governor's new call to all californians as the state plunges even deeper into drought. an original report. oakland residents fought hard to keep cole out of the city but five years later there is talk again of coal trains coming through as oakland faces an ultimatum. the only way to assure there is no coal in oakland is
to do that. we begin with the widely felt earthquake in the eastern sierra. dozens of aftershocks, abou, fo >>out threhotahoe. the shaking triggered rockslides along highway 395 and he had friends driving through as it happened. >> what you see? >> i don't know. >> there was an earthquake. >> how do you know? >> the tires when a little funny and i thought the road was funny and i thought it was just the road. >> it is an earthquake because it was along the side here to me. >> an earth quake. that was an earthquake. >> that was a big earthquake. >> the shaking was felt to th