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our dr. jon lapook has what you need to know. plus our interview with dr. anthony fauci. is it possible we're heading towards a new lockdown? sweeping internet outage: did you have trouble getting on web sites like google and amazon? you're not alone. what caused the massive glitch. gun crackdown: the new government program, can it help get weapons off the streets and save lives? waterpark danger: how a young girl drowned in ohio. olympics underway: simone biles sticks the landing in practice rounds as the tokyo games are plagued with controversy and a worsennenning covid crisis. and, surf's up! for the first time ever, surfers will compete in the olympics. we ride along with one of the americans looking to bring home the gold. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with a warning from the c.d.c., america is at another pivotal point in this pandemic. the summer surge health officials warned about is here. u.s. reported more than 50,000 cases wednesday for the first time in nearly three months. that means 30 americans were diagnosed with coronavirus every minute. vaccination rates across the country have slowed to a crawl and less than half the u.s. is fully vaccinated. tonight the n.f.l. is pressuring players to get the shot. otherwise, the consequences could impact the team's playoff chances, a move that is sure to have other major companies take note. so in a moment we'll speak with dr. anthony fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert about why in some cases vaccinated people are still getting sick. we will begin with cbs' begnaud and the breaking news about the n.f.l. season kicking off in 49 days. >> reporter: after the n.f.l.
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made the announcement, a player for the seattle seahawks announced i went and got vaccinated because i don't want to hinder my time. the n.f.l. told its players you've got to be vaccinated by the time the season starts september 9th. tonight a warning from the n.f.l. to its teams: if there's a covid outbreak and players are not vaccinated, prepare to forfeit and lose the game. the league has tried to get players immunized. 78% have gotten at least one dose. the n.f.l. commissioner sent out a memo saying any team which causes a game to be canceled will be responsible for financial losses and players on both teams won't get paid. >> they're hoping, as players begin to report to training camp this week into next week, that they'll start getting vaccinated so that they can meet that sort of threshold that they all set for one another around 85% or so for all teams. >> reporter: deandre hopkins, one of the players who says he won't get vaccinated tweeted
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this, being in a position to hurt my team because i don't want to partake the vaccine is making me question my future in the n.f.l. this as the delta variant is raging nationwide. more cities are urging residents to mask up and tonight the president is speak being up. >> we follow the science. >> reporter: take louisiana. over the last week, they've seen the biggest increase in hospitalizations since the spring of 2020. this is in a state where one in three people are fully vaccinated. i was 100% hesitant. i did not want to be a guinea pig. >> reporter: katherine templeton is a nurse practitioner. what changed your mind? >> watching people die, watching people have life-altering illnesses. they'll never be the same. there are folks who are my age in the hospital now. >> reporter: for many, it's too late. >> i begged him. i said, you need to take the vaccine, brandon. oh, no, mom, i'm not going to take it and you better not either. >> reporter: betty antoine's son brandon died from covid, he was
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46. >> he'd say, look, there's not enough research and we don't know what's in that. >> reporter: where was he getting his information from? >> google! and he listened to the news. >> reporter: antoine, a teacher delivered a lesson to the community. she turned brandon's memorial service into a vaccine drive. three people got vaccinated on the spot. >> my son is dead now because he didn't believe in the vaccine. he's dead. >> reporter: as the infection rate is rising here in louisiana, the number of vaccines, the vaccine rate is rising, too, interestingly. norah, before we came on the air the spokesperson at our lady of the lake regional medical center, largest in the state, said we're crushed in the emergency room, we're at capacity and we're trying to get on the local news to tell people don't come to the e.r. unless you have a life-threatening condition. >> o'donnell: overwhelming. david begnaud, thank you.
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now to our cbs news investigation, the vaccines here in america are highly effective, so why are a small percentage of vaccinated people getting infected and is it possible for a vaccinated person to spread the virus? cbs' dr. jon lapook has new details tonight. ♪ >> reporter:. it was a hippie fest. where people were close and hugging. >> reporter: geoff friedman and julie greenhouse were among the fans in the crowded peach festival in scranton, pennsylvania, 16,000 faces and not a mask in sight. >> it didn't occur to us we were putting ourselves at risk because it was outside, all vaccinated. >> reporter: vaccinations were not required. 48 hours after the curtain call greenhouse developed symptoms and tested positive with a breakthrough infection, so did her boyfriend geoff and others. >> if i thought i could have gotten covid from someone unvaccinated i would have been
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smarter. >> reporter: dr. paul duprex is a vaccine researcher. he says it's crucial for people to get vaccinated so there's less virus to mutate into a more infectious version like the delta variant which has likely causing the increased breakthrough cases. compared with previous versions, there's evidence delta may attach to lung cells more efficiently and a recent study found the delta variant produced about a thousand times more virus in the nose than the original strain. >> it's not just about stating out of the hospital and staying out of a coffin, it's about stopping the likelihood that that virus will change. >> reporter: so far, the covid vaccines have been highly effective at preventing serious illness, even from delta, but they're not perfect. according to the c.d.c., millions of vaccinated people will be at risk of a breakthrough infection if exposed, so far most have had mild or no symptoms. out of more than 160 million fully vaccinated people in the
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u.s., the c.d.c. says 5500, mostly the elderly or people with underlying health conditions, have been hospitalized or died. norah, the c.d.c. is looking into rare cases of vaccinated people infecting not only unvaccinated people but people who have been fully vaccinated, but c.d.c. head dr. rough veal but c.d.c. head dr. rochelle walensky emphasized to me yesterday the vaccines continued to provide exceptional protection against severe illness or death. >> o'donnell: dr. jon lapook, thank you. let's bring in dr. anthony fauci to try to urns more about threes breakthrough cases and the delta to try to urns more about these breakthrough cases and the delta variant. dr. fauci, thank you for joining us. so do these breakthrough cases mean the vaccine is failing? >> no, not at all. the efficacy, as is the case here, is really based on whether you prevent clinically recognizable disease. mof the time, you're dealing asymptomatic infection or
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mildly symptomatic. the vaccine is still very protective against severe disease leading to hospitalization and death. >> o'donnell: should someone who got the johnson & johnson shot go and get a dose of pfizer or moderna? would you? >> at this time, there's no indication at all that a person who's received a single dose, the standard dose of j&j needs shotte >> o'donnell: given that new cases have tripled over the last month, is it possible we're heading towards a new lockdown? >> i don't see a lockdown in the future, norah. remember, when you're dealing with the sharp incline in cases, you are talking about overwhelmingly that among unvaccinated people. >> o'donnell: today, the n.f.l. is making big news, sending a clear message to teams and players, if they don't get
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vaccinated and if there's a cancellation of the game, there could be financial penalties. what do you make of that move by the n.f.l.? >> i think the n.f.l. is sending a very strong signal that it's very important to get vaccinated if you want to play football and you want to do it in a way that you feel unrestricted and not worry about any penalties, you just get vaccinated, because they're saying that if unvaccinated people get infected, there are going to be consequences. >> o'donnell: when an organization as big as the n.f.l. sends a message like that, what do you think that does for other organizations and businesses? >> i think that gives them the impetus to do the same sort of thing, and i think you're going to be seeing that there will be local mandates, be they from colleges and universities or places of business, that there will be pressures for people to get vaccinated. >> o'donnell: dr. fauci, it's always great to talk to you. thank you. >> thank you for having me. >> o'donnell: and we're learning
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more tonight about what caused a sweeping internet outage today that briefly took down dozens of the world's biggest internet companies including google and amazon as well as major banks and airlines. here's cbs' mola lenghi. >> reporter: the extensive internet outage reportedly brought down nearly 24,000 web sites around the world, including high profile brands from delta to fidelity to fedex that disabled their pages. the outage appeared to be triggered by a bug at akamai. even if you're not hosted by akamai, you could be working with a web site that is and one error at this one company could impact you a long ways away. >> reporter: akamai told cbs news they implemented a fix and later said this was not the result of a cyber attack. >> the financial impact of an internet error could be pretty significant. a lot of companies rely on the internet not just to do transactions but to persistently stay online. >> reporter: a string of recent
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cyber attacks from russian and chinese hackers has cost u.s. companies millions. the biden administration made cybersecurity a top priority. >> we live in a world of clouded infrastructure, and these companies will continue to innovate, that means we will continue to benefit from these innovations but probably also experience glitches like this. >> reporter: well, the interruptions lasted a few minutes for some, a few hours for others, and considering the hundreds of billions of dollars e-commerce generates every year in this country, any interruption can be significant, but experts say these glitches are just the price of internet convenience, norah. >> o'donnell: mola lenghi, thank you so much. tonight the justice department is launching a crackdown on the wave of illegal guns plaguing american's cities. attorney general merrick garland visited chicago today just hours after another outburst of gunshots. cbs' jeff pegues is there tonight. >> reporter: three mass shootings in one of america's
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most violent cities wednesday night, 18 shot including eight on this party bus that was attacked. >> we are experiencing drive-by shootings much more than we've seen in the last several decades. >> reporter: chicago murders, overall, are down slightly this year, but up 50% from two years ago. the violence here and in four other cities has prompted the department of justice to launch gun strike forces, teams that will try to chase down the illegal weapons before they're used in urban warfare. chicago police recovered nearly 7,000 illegal guns, a 25% rise from last year. many of which were smuggled into the city. >> your job is also, of course, to go after the sources of those guns, and the networks that feed those guns to the places where they are doing the most violent crime. >> reporter: but federal efforts to reduce gun crime have rarely
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had much of an impact. chicago residents we spoke with remain on edge. would you allow your grandmother, your mother, to walk these streets alone at night? >> no. >> reporter: or just together at night? >> no. >> reporter: it's not safe at night here. >> no. >> reporter: late today, chicago's police superintendent asked for the public's help. he wants people to call in tips, but there has been years of distrust between community and police. a lot of people who live in these neighborhoods, they lack faith that police can actually get the job done. norah? >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. and more problems for the troubled tokyo olympics. the director of the opening ceremony was fired just hours before the spectacle was scheduled to kick off, and despite reports the games could still be canceled, team u.s.a.'s biggest star is focusing on perfecting her form. cbs' jamie yuccas is in tokyo. >> reporter: team u.s.a. simone biles showed off her signature vault in training today with none of the usual
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spectators because of covid relations. while she crushed the landing but is unsure how she'll do the actual competition without the energy of a crowd. tonight more than 90 cases of covid in people connected to the games. u.s. volleyball player, taylor crabb and four other athletes sidelined by positive covid tests. first lady joe biden arrived in tokyo today ahead of friday's opening ceremony, as the city logged nearly 2,000 new daily cases alone, a six-month high. but the circulating virus isn't the only issue at these games, as preparations for the opening extravaganza continued, the events creative director was immediately fired after this video surfaced. a 1998 comedy skit in which he poked fun at the holocaust. so really the country needs the athletics to start happening. >> yes. >> reporter: pure to chief
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covid. firefighters are gaining control. the tamarack fire liar lake tahoe jumped the california colorado border prompting evacuations and the dixie fire is now a 100,000-acre mega fire. milwaukee threw a parade for the bucs. double-decker buses carried the team and their m.v.p. as they celebrated their first n.b.a. crown in 50 years. up next, meet an american surfer making a big splash at the summer olympics. making a big splash at the summer olympics. ♪ [ sneezing ] are your sneezes putting your friends in awkward positions? stick with zyrtec. zyrtec starts working hard at hour one... ...and works twice as hard when you take it again the next day.
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air. a performance he'll bring to surfing debut in the olympics. >> i've always been a big kind of olympic nerd. i've always watched it, recorded it. once i heard surfing was going to in the olympics i was excited. >> reporter: from his home down in california, he brought us to the break where his pro surfer dad took him surfing as a toddler. >> he'd used to paddle me like that and i would be under his chest. >> reporter: andino began winning titles before his teams and qualified as american in the top surf league. after a bad wipeout, an ankle injure that required surgery and extensive rehab right up to the games. what's your biggest concern. >> my ankle, making sure it's 100%. >> reporter: andino makes it look easily. a pro happily shredded small waves with this amateur. >> took everything i had just to get on him. >> reporter: how has growing up here prepared you for the olympics. >> i think the waves in tokyo will be similar to a regular beach break. i had and advantage growing up where i did.
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>> reporter: carter evans, cbs news, san clemente, california. >> o'donnell: good luck to him. something i can't. do up next, a preview of tomorrow's "on the road" and unlikely friendship made at sea. .
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>> o'donnell: all >> o'donnell: all right, the story of a maine lobster man and his gull friend enters a new
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chapter only as steve hartman can tell it. that's tomorrow on "cbs evening news." if you can't watch life, don't forget to set your d.v.r. so you can watch us later. see you tomorrow. good ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news". i'm errol barnett in washington, thanks for staying with us. the rain has begun to subside in central china but frantic search continues after some of the worst flooding in recorded history, eight inches fell in just one hour on tuesday and then it kept coming, a year's worth of rain in just three days. terrified passengers were stuck on subway cars during rush hour as flood waters reached to their chest. roads and bridges wiped out.
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thousands without power. clean drinking water is in short supply. three dozen are known to be dead and others missing, swept away by the torrent. now that report. >> reporter: the deluge took the city and these commuters by surprise, trapping hundreds in subway carriages as flood waters rushed in. the flood was too powerful and got washed away. didn't have enough strength but i used my arnl too hang on, many struggled to get back to higher ground. with no original option rescue workers pulled people to safety before any remaining air ran out. we smashed the upper part of the glass to let some air in otherwise we would have suffocated. on the ground dramatic video
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shows a rescue before a ground gives way beneath them. across the sit of 12 million rising flood waters trapped drivers in their cars and residents in their homes, around 100,000 people have now been evacuated. the military has been deployed to assist. this video from state media shows a near by dam being blasted open to diverter flood waters away from the ravaged city. with more rain water on the rain in what is described as once in millennial event could bring more rain in the future. world health organization not allowed to have a second study to whether the coronavirus occurred naturally in bats or created in a lab.


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