Skip to main content

tv   CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell  CBS  July 13, 2021 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT

6:30 pm
♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donne >> o'donnell: tonight, a wildfire disaster in the west. more than 14,000 fire crews battling blazes across 12 states, as extreme heat and a mega-drought fuel dozens of life-threatening infernos. wall of flames. raging fires now burning out of control from california to alaska. homes and businesses torched, as families are forced to flee the unrelenting heat too much for firefighters, as temperatures in some areas top 100 degrees. dangerous delta surge. new infections of coronavirus skyrocket, up 100% nationwide in just one week. the new highly-contagious variant now blamed for rising hospitalizations, as doctors
6:31 pm
warn, the tidal wave of new cases is putting millios of children at risk. ballot box showdown. president biden blasts new state voting restrictions, calling them 21st century jim crow laws-- while in texas, the governor threatens to arrest democratic lawmakers after they flee in protest. warning signs. documents reveal concerns about that collapsed condo building stretching back more than 25 years ago. tonight, the emotional fueral for a mother found in the rubble, and the moment a u.s. flag was found intact. unable to get away. from high gas prices to overflowing hotels-- why millions of americans in need of a vacation aren't able to book one. what you need to know to plan a last-minute escape. and, remembering charlie robinson, the beloved actor who wasn't a household name, but showed up on all of your favorite shows.
6:32 pm
this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with that dramatic and deadly outbreak of wildfires now burning across much of the west. a dangerous combination of extremely hot weather and dry brush caused by devastating drought is now fueling thend mos country's worst and most widespread fire season ever. as we come on the air, 14,000 fire crews wearing heavy protective clothing are battling the flames while enduring record breaking temperatures from a stifling heat wave. from arizona to alaska, california to colorado, nearly 70 fires are raging across 12 states, putting a strain on the planes and heavy equipment needed to beat back the flames. and tonight, with untold homes and businesses destroyed and lives shattered, there's growing concern the fires will soon chew through power lines, putting the
6:33 pm
electric grid at risk. cbs' lilia luciano is going to lead off our coverage tonight from the scene of one of the worst fires near california's yosemite national park. good evening, lilia. >> reporter: good evening, norah. there are more than a thousand firefighters at work right now, and it's 105 degrees. it feels even hotter than that,a which is not just uncomfortable, but it takes a toll on firefighters, at a time when they are needed the most. it is a brutal battle on the front lines. conditions so extreme... ...that these northern california firefighters barely escape the flames. >> got everybody? yeah. see all that (bleep) flying in the (bleep) air? >>thore's lihey do.>>w thgoing been. >> reporter: homes, memories, gone. in the parched western u.s., flames that seem a safe distance away can suddenly get way too close. this fire is picking up very
6:34 pm
fast. wind is changing direction, and there are embers that are starting smaller fires on this side of the road. this wildfire on yosemite national park threatens the town of ahwahnee. >> it's just high stress worrying about how far the fire will come because yesterday it was right behind us. >> reporter: in oregon, the bootleg fire rages out of control, now at more than 200,000 acres, it's the largest in the u.s., burning an area the size of new york city. from space, you can see how much smoke is pouring out, not just from the bootleg fire, but also several others, leaving much of the west blanketed by smoke, along with the relentless heat. the yosemite valley reached up to 114 degrees when the river fire broke out. are you adapting to the frequency of these fires and the longer heat? >> absolutely. it is becoming a new normal. it's been so frequent every
6:35 pm
year, it's-- "when is it going to start" not, "is it going to start," we just wait for when. >> reporter: crews are hard at work right now putting off smoldering hot spots like the ones we're seeing here. they have to work fast before the wind peaks within the next few hours, and once again,ing threatens homes and structures like this one that we're seeing here, norah, that at least is still intact. >> o'donnell: wow, lilia luciano, thank you. and tonight, public health officials are sounding the alarm, saying new infections of covid are exploding nationwide, fueled by the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. this is very, very important, the surge is happening so fast in parts of the country, with low vaccination rates, the doctors worry millions of children are now at risk. here's cbs' omar villafranca. >> reporter: tonight, covid cases have doubled nationwide in the last week and are rising in 47 states as the dangerous delta
6:36 pm
variant spreads across the u.s. the c.d.c. says, most of those infections are in people who have not been vaccinated. >> we have seeing resurgences now,and we are not seeing that people who are vaccinated are at high risk of infection at this point. >> reporter: today's comments come after a meeting between pfizer representatives and top u.s. health officials on a possible booster shot. israel has already begun to distribute a third pfizer dose, but dr. anthony fauci says it is not needed now. >> you really do have to examine why you're talking about a booster for a fully-vaccinated person, when we have so many people in this country who are not vaccinated at all yet. >> just relax. >> reporter: less than half the country is fully vaccinated, including mississippi, which has the lowest vaccination rate in the country. if someone chooses not to get a vaccine, what decision are they making? >> to get covid. >> reporter: plain and simple?
6:37 pm
>> yeah. >> reporter: no vaccine, you're accepting you're going to get covid? >> yeah, i mean, that's really where we are. >> reporter: hospitalizations in mississippi have more than doubled since the beginning of july, including 12 children in the i.c.u., ten of them on ventilators. 85% of all new cases are linked to the delta variant. now, the state is sending vans to reach everyone who wants a vaccine, like 67-year-old calvin smith. what made you want to do it now finally? >> well, it's getting bad. >> reporter: the shot here comes with a pep talk from the clinic's operations director. >> you're doing the right thing because i'm telling you this delta variant is no joke. >> reporter: of those 12 children, four are being treated at the hospital behind me. two are on ventilators. dr. bryan says the state is also facing another health concern: worn-out healthcare workers bracing for the next surge. norah. >> o'donnell: oh, my goodness, omar villafranca, thank you. well, tonight, new voting
6:38 pm
restrictions in texas are on hold, with democratic lawmakersg passage by hun blocking passage by hunkering down 1,500 miles away here in washington. and, president biden is speakinn out forcefully against reps who have already changed election laws in more than a dozen other states.s' cbs' nancy cordes reports from the white house. >> we must act and we will act for our cause is just. >> reporter: speaking with unusual fervor in philadelphia, president biden accused republican leaders of embracing autocracy. >> they want to be able to tell you your vote doesn't count, fo. any reason they make up. >> reporter: since president biden defeated donald trump last november, legislatures in 17 states have passed 28 laws that make it harder to vote. >> we'll be asking my republican friends in congress in states and cities and counties to stand up, for god's sake, and help prevent this concerted effort to undermine our election and the sacred right to vote. (applause) have you no shame?
6:39 pm
>> reporter: even as he spoke, dozens of texas house democrats were fanning out across capitol hill, one day after they fled the state by private jet. >> we're hoping that congress would understand the urgency. reporter: without them, a specsession of the texas legislature ground to a halt today. >> the motion fails for lack of quorum. >> reporter: holding up a vote on a g.o.p. bill that would scale back vote by mail and give more rights to partisan poll watches who could intimidate voters. the bill would also criminalize drive-through voting and other measures aimed at easing voting. >> doesn't make voting more difficult. >> reporter: texas governor greg abbott threatened to arrest the fleeing democrats when they return, and he said stalling won't work. >> i will be calling special session after special session after special session, all the way up until election day of next year, if i have to. >> o'donnell: and nancy joins us from the white house. you know, the president called today the fight against voting rights the test of our time.
6:40 pm
what about those democrats who say he's not doing enough? >> reporter: that's right, norah, and they say that because as emphatic as the president was today calling for sweeping voting rights legislation, these activists and progressives argue that congress is simply not going to have the votes to pass that legislation unless the senate changes its filibuster rules, and that is something that the president has been reluctant to embrace, at least so far. >> o'donnell: nancy cordes at the white house, thank you. and we want to turn now to surfside, florida, where today the death toll rose again at the site of that collapsed condo building. a one-year-old girl is among the victims confirmed dead. and we're also learning more and warning signs and documents about the building from more than 25 years ago. cbs' manuel bojorquez has the new details. >> reporter: as crews make progress at the collapsed site, hazards remain, like this fire sparked by a crushed car's gas tak. >> we've now moved over 18 million pounds of concrete and
6:41 pm
debris. >> reporter: the investigation appears to be homing in on the concrete slab that supported the pool deck, a newly-revealed construction permit from 1996 said it needed concrete feet ocracksepairs to seal 500 at the site, rescue crews uncovered a u.s. flag intact, a symbolic moment in the search for victims. among the newly identified, one-year-old aishani patel, who died with her parents, and 40-year-old cassie stratton; her husband said she was on the phone with him the morning of the collapse and said the building was shaking before the line went silent. since day one, we have been following the family of 65-year- old judy spiegel as they held out hope for a miracle. >> this isn't a normal situation that we're going through and a normal grieving situation. >> reporter: this week, they received the news that she had been recovered. today, they gathered under a thick, grey sky to say goodbye. a statement from her three children says, "while this was the absolute worst news in the
6:42 pm
world, we are happy that we have been reunited." manuel bojorquez, cbs news, miami. >> o'donnell: well, not far awa again showing solidarity with cubans who staged a rare protess who staged a on sunday against the communist government. one group stopped traffic on th. one group stopped tra busy palmetto expressway today. south florida is home to the largest population of cuban americans. sunday's protest in havana was the largest in decades. cuban police have been out in force to prevent any new demonstrations-- this as people in cuba struggle with a lack of food and vital medicines. and there's growing concern over the situation in haiti, where rival groups are vying for power after the president was assassinated last week. now, we're learning one of the suspects in the killing may have had ties to the u.s. drug enforcement administration. cbs' mola lenghi reports from port-au-prince. >> reporter: tonight, sourcesasf tell cbs news that a suspect i the assassination of haiti's
6:43 pm
president was once an informant for the d.e.a., though they deny any involvement. joseph vincent, a haitian- american from south florida worked for the d.e.a. on and off for years. former d.e.a. agent mike vigil has experience using informants in haiti. >> normally they're criminals. i would say the vast majority come from criminal organizations, they're unsavory characters... >> reporter: the gunmen claimed to be d.e.a. agents during last wednesday's attack, shooting president moise 12 times. haitian officials are saying he was also tortured. an autopsy showed his arm broken and one eye gouged out. with the country on edge in the wake of the assassination, a u.s. defense official has told cbs news that a dozen marines have been sent to the u.s. embassy here in port-au-prince to beef up security. this, as new questions arise about the man at the center of the investigation. haitian police say christian
6:44 pm
emmanuel sanon, a failed businessman from florida, hired the 26 colombians and two haitian-americans to carry out the attack with his goal to take over as president. haitian professor michele plancher said sanon told him last month that he was on a mission to replace moise, that moise would be resigning soon. but a former associate of sanon said that he would never get involved in an assassination plot. >> i don't believe he has anything to do with it. he would seem to be a gentlemen with a good heart and very good intention for his country. >> reporter: well, after years of a lack of government transparency, many people here in port-au-prince say they arere skeptical of the police's version of events. one haitian official in thents. one haitian official in the pr prime minister's inner circle told me today that the f.b.i..i. remains on the ground remains on the ground here helping with the investigation, norah. >> o'donnell: all right, the mystery continues, mola lenghi. thank you. well, tonight, new evidence that america's economic rebound comes with a hefty price.
6:45 pm
consumer prices were 5.4% higher last month than a year ago. that's actually the biggest increase in 13 years. one eye-popping number? used car and truck prices shot up 10.5% just in june. that's the highest one-month jump on record. and we should say it's not just vehicle prices-- americans desperate for a vacation are finding the cost of getting away is going through the roof. i've heard it from friends. here's cbs' jamie yuccas. >> reporter: and you designed this? >> yes, i did. >> reporter: jade towery runs her own airbnb and says her bookings are finally resurging, a result of high demand and low supply across the industry. >> i heard it from my guests. yeah, it was hard to find places, it's not enough out there. >> reporter: meanwhile, hotel rooms are returning to pre- pandemic pricing, up 36% on average. in terms of people trying to get deals on hotel rooms is that even possible right now? >> not anymore. you should have taken advantage last year.n
6:46 pm
>> reporter: juan bravo is in charge of revenue at the w hllywood, he says the entire industry is struggling to hire back employees laid off during the pandemic. >> we are running hotels at 100% speed with 60% or 70% of the staff. we saw a lot of people in the du alternate career paths. >> reporter: travel across the united states is booming-- and busting wallets.ter: gas is gas is averaging $3.14 a gallon, the highest it's been since 2014 in some cities, it's over $5 per gallon, rental car rates are up 86%, and air travel... >> you have airfares going up at the rate of 10% a week. there are some coach airfares in this country now that are actually more expensive than business class fares going to europe. >> reporter: cbs news senior travel advisor peter greenberg says travelers are also dealing with overbooked and canceled flights. >> it's a perfect storm of bad planning, staff shortages, and pent-up demand roaring back earlier than anybody thought. put those three things together,
6:47 pm
this summer is nuts. >> reporter: here at l.a.x., air traffic is up more than 600% since last year. experts say if you want to avoid crowds and those higher prices, you might want to plan your summer vacation in september. norah. >> o'donnell: all right. there's still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." caught on camera, a tanker truck loaded with fuel explodes into flames. we'll tell you why. a plane crashes into a home in california, and sets off another brushfire. and, the actress making emmy awards history tonight. ight. my auntie called me. she said uncle's had a heart attack. i needed him to be here. your heart isn't just yours. protect it with bayer aspirin.
6:48 pm
be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. it's time for electric... to turn into lightning. ♪ an electric truck that can haul... ...on both ends. that feels like a bullet train. and works like a freight train. the fully electric f-150 lightning. my hygienist cleans with a round head. so does my oral-b my hygienist personalizes my cleaning. so does my oral-b oral-b delivers the wow of a professional clean feel every day.
6:49 pm
♪ why do you build me up ♪ ♪ build me up ♪ ♪ buttercup baby just to let me down ♪ ♪ and mess me around and then ♪ ♪ worst of all ♪ ♪ you never call ♪ baby daydreaming again? but i love you still you know i'm driving, right? i do. ♪ buttercup baby just to let me down ♪ if you ride, you get it. geico motorcycle. 15 minutes could save you 15% or more.
6:50 pm
what makes new salonpas arthritis gel so good for arthritis pain? salonpas contains the most prescribed topical pain relief ingredient. it's clinically proven, reduces inflammation and comes in original prescription strength. salonpas. it's good medicine. >> o'donnell: tonight, newly- released dash cam video shows a tanker truck exploding into flames on highway near detroit monday. the driver hauling 14,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel, lost control and crashed into the median. police say he escaped with minor injuries. well, there was a serious plane crash in california. a twin engine cessna crashed into a house in monterey, setting a fire that briefly spread to surrounding brush. no one was believed to be home at the time. it is not known what happened to the pilot, though one police official said the crash was not survivable. all right, the primetime emmy
6:51 pm
nominations are in, and the royal drama "the crown," and "star wars" inspired "the mandalorian" are tied for the most emmy nominations each. two dozen each. m.j. rodriguez, star of the drama series "pse," is making emmy history as the first trans woman to be nominated in a lead acting category. the emmys air september 19, right here on cbs. and coming up next, remembering charlie robinson, considered by some to be one of our most under-rated actors.
6:52 pm
6:53 pm
6:54 pm
>> o'donnell: tonight, we're remembering the actor charlie robinson, who died sunday. he appeared in some of tv's biggest shows, most notably as mack on "night court." >> why does this junk always have to be dumped on me? now, this could take hours, and i've got tickets to the jets game tonight. >> o'donnell: robinson performed for half a century on stage and screen, beginning in the 1960s in his hometown of houston. his credits include more than 125 roles in movies and tv, including the cbs sitcom "mom" and the tv drama "n.c.i.s." charlie robinson died in los angeles from complications with cancer.
6:55 pm
he was 75 years old. and, coming up next, what's to blame for a nationwide car shortage. it's very commonnt hygsts will want to recommend sensodyne sensitivity and gum. you get the sensitivity relief as well as improved gum health all in one. when traders tell us how to make thinkorswim even better, we listen. ♪ ♪ because platforms this innovative, aren't just made for traders - they're made by them. thinkorswim trading. from td ameritrade. if you have moderate to severe psoriasis, little things can become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not a cream. it's a pill that treats plaque psoriasis differently. with otezla, 75% clearer skin is achievable.
6:56 pm
don't use if you're allergic to otezla. it may cause severe diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. otezla is associated with an increased risk of depression. tell your doctor if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or if these feelings develop. some people taking otezla reported weight loss. your doctor should monitor your weight and may stop treatment. upper respiratory tract infection and headache may occur. tell your doctor about your medicines, and if you're pregnant or planning to be. ♪ ♪ otezla. show more of you. ♪ ♪ when technology is easier to use... ♪ barriers don't stand a chance. ♪ that's why we'll stop at nothing to deliver our technology as-a-service. ♪
6:57 pm
(vo) sensitive to cat allergens? join the thousands who've discovered a difference to deliver our technology as-a-service. with pro plan liveclear. the only cat food to reduce allergens an average of 47%. save today at only 6% of us retail businesses have a black owner. that needs to change. so, i did something. i created a black business accelerator at amazon. and now we have a program that's dedicated to making tomorrow a better day for black businesses. ♪ ♪ i am tiffany. and this is just the beginning. ♪ ♪ we were alone when my husband had the heart attack. he's the most important thing in my life. i'm so lucky to get him back. your heart isn't just yours. protect it with bayer aspirin. be sure to talk to your doctor
6:58 pm
before you begin an aspirin regimen. he came from italy with nothing for a new life. he sacrificed so much to support his family. military service was just part of his life. he was brave in so many ways. who are the heroes in your family? liberty mutual customizes car insurance he was brave in so many ways. so you only pay for what you need. how much money can liberty mutual save you? one! two! three! four! five! 72,807! 72,808... dollars. yep... everything hurts. only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪ >> o'donnell: tomorrow, what's behindseanwhat you nee if you're buyinca and if you can't watch us live, set your d.v.r. so you can watch
6:59 pm
us later. that's tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell.
7:00 pm
the city of oakland is running out of time to keep the a's in town. >> it is pretty much a given that they will leave the oakland coliseum site, but will they move across town? or will they move across state lines? dennis donald is joining us. the commissioner warned oakland to not be surprised if it is the latter. >> we are one week from the oakland city council vote on the plan for a new ballpark at howard terminal. dave has said that the stadium vote is make or break for the future of the deans in oakland. he's checked out several sites in vegas and has another visit on the books for the day after that vote. rob manfred showed his cards on the vegas situation.


info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on