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chefs in action. you can also check out the festival over the weekend, too. ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the push to vaccinate america as the fight to end the pandemic faces a setback. why a staggering number of unvaccinated americans say they still won't get the shot. the pleas tonight as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly through the united states. >> it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks. the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> o'donnell: tonight the five hotspots where more than a third of all new covid cases are coming from, as cities introduce new mask mandates. is it a sign of things to come? olympic games officially underway. empty stands at the opening ceremony, with more athletes testing positive for the coronavirus. extreme weather.
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a new mega fire in california, as more than 20,000 firefighters try to contain the blazes out west. and a monsoon in arizona, the search tonight for a missing four-year-old girl. drug resistant superbug outbreaks. what you need to know about the deadly fungus. passport problems, why the state department suddenly suspended its last-minute online booking system, the long lines and desperate travelers. bursting into flames, more problems with the chevy bolt, the nearly 70,000 car owners being told to park away from their homes. carrot recall, the warning tonight for people with the vegetable in their fridge. and "on the road" with a friendship you have to see to believe. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us on this friday night. we're going to enter the weekend with news that american cities are implementing new measures to make sure this fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic doesn't spiral out of control. philadelphia and st. louis joined the growing group of cities returning to indoors mask recommendations and mandates. schools in d.c. and chicago will require masks when they reopen in the fall. and the mayor of new york city is warning tonight that vaccine mandates for indoor dining might be needed to get more people vaccinated. and there's this new projection tonight: researchers expect covid cases to peak again in october. that led the federal government today to order 200 million more doses of the pfizer vaccine. scientists say that shot is nearly 90% effective against the highly contains delta variant. we have a lot to get to and cbs' lilia luciano is going to lead us off from las vegas. good evening, lilia. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah.
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more than a thousand people are now hospitalized here in nevada for the first time in more than five months. that's why state officials are calling on federal agencies to help increase vaccinations and stop the spread. tonight, vegas is back in business. tourists packing the strip. concerts, big celebrations and big trouble. nevada is now one of the country's biggest covid hotspots, along with four other states. nevada's positivity rate, which measures community spread, has been on the rise for 39 consecutive days. while clark county now requires masks for employees... >> it definitely gives me a sense of safety. >> reporter: there are no mandates for anyone else. >> jam-packed. >> reporter: almost no masks indoors. why not a mask mandate for the tourists? >> right now the mask mandate is just for employees. that's the focus. we are not considering a mandate for customers or guests. we're going to follow the data. >> reporter: mask requirements and recommendations are making a
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comeback. st. louis is the latest city to reinstate a mandate beginning monday. meanwhile, just 40% of eligible alabama residents are fully vaccinated, meaning 60% are not, as cases climb. and the state's republican governor had some harsh words. >> folks supposed to have common sense. but it's time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the regular folks, it's the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down. >> reporter: but a newly released poll from the associated press which surveyed unvaccinated americans found 80% were either definitely not or probably not willing to get the shot. nevada has now brought in fema, the agency that typically responds to natural disasters to help set up clinics in hard-to- reach areas where vaccine rates are low. >> we're trying to reach as much people as we can and make it accessible for them to get the vaccine and improve the rates so we can save lives.
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>> reporter: some of those workers going door to door tell me they're still encountering people who are hesitant because they don't trust the vaccine and others say it's just inconvenient for them to do so and that's why it's so important to take both the information and the shots to their communities. norah. >> o'donnell: lilia luciano, thank you. and the 32nd summer olympics are officially underway in tokyo tonight amid a worsening covid emergency and like many things in this pandemic, it was an unprecedented opening ceremony. cbs' jamie yuccas is in tokyo. >> reporter: inside the olympic stadium, the stands were mostly empty, a unique scene of pageantry amid a pandemic. japanese tennis star naomi osaka lit the caldron to start the games but covid restrictions kept away all by 900 v.i.p.s and guests, compared to the more than 80,000 who filled stadiums. and there was new controversy as organizers said a test kit shortage inside the olympic village earlier this week
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briefly complicated efforts to keep covid out, this came as 19 new cases popped up, bringing total infections to more than 100. about 100 of the 613 u.s. athletes are not vaccinated. outside the stadium, protesters demanded the games be canceled, as japan suffers through its highest daily case count since january. doctor kenji shibuya helped direct japan's vaccine roll out. how do you think this will be received? >> reporter: still the athletes powered on. eddie alvarez of u.s.a. baseball and sue bird of u.s.a. basketball led the u.s. delegation. >> u.s.a.! u.s.a.! >> i would have been there, no question. >> reporter: bird's mother, nancy, had to watch from her new york home because of the tight covid restrictions. >> even though i would like to be there to hug her, it doesn't take anything away.
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still a wonderful, proud moment. >> reporter: the games will now shift into full gear. u.s. soccer will try to make a comeback in its game against new zealand. simone biles and the women's gymnastics team compete sunday. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas, thank you so much. well, tonight, a trump ally who once ran the former president's inaugural committee is set to be released from jail on a $250 million bond, including $5 million in cash. tom barrack will be arraigned on monday on charges of illegally lobbying on behalf of the united arab emirates. he's required to wear a g.p.s. tracking ankle bracelet and his travel is restricted. tonight, 12 firefighting aircraft have joined the battle against those explosive wildfires in california. one is now officially a mega fire, and in oregon, a covid outbreak is complicating efforts to put out the largest fire in the country. here's cbs' jonathan vigliotti. >> reporter: in california and nevada, firefighters drive
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through flames to protect those in the path of the erratic tamarack wildfire. >> the extreme fire behavior meant that it was definitely going to be a difficult time and, in some cases, a real firefight. >> reporter: the blaze now covers 58,000 acres after crossing state lines and forcing residents like ed hill to flee. >> there's a mountain right behind my house and the fire was coming right down. >> reporter: this is the charred aftermath of the dixie fire near the town of paradise, california. the mega fire sparked more evacuations today and has burned more than 140,000 acres. and in oregon, firefighters are combating both the nation's largest wildfire and a covid outbreak after nine firefighters tested positive for the virus. these fires are also now creating their own weather systems like so-called "fire-nados." and because of climate change, experts say we can expect more of this unpredictable behavior for years to come. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news.
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>> o'donnell: from fires to floods, a four-year-old is missing after her family's car was swept away by rising waters. surveillance video shows multiple cars washed away after a powerful monsoon drenchedandas gh'severe drought. we're going to turn now to the c.d.c. warning of an outbreak of a superbug fungus attacking people here in d.c. and in texas and, to make it worse, the fungus is tough to treat. we get more on this from cbs' omar villafranca. >> reporter: tonight, the c.d.c. is keeping tabs on more cases of a drug-resistant fungus that is spread in healthcare settings. it's called candida aurus. two clusters of the super bug reported by the c.d.c. 22 cases in two area dallas hospitals leaving two dead. 101 cases reported at a washington, d.c., area nursing home, killing one person. dr. floyd wormley of texas christian university studied the
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fungus and those most at risk. >> if you are in the hospital, have a severely weakened immune system and undergoing certain therapies or treatments in which this organism can gain access into your body, it can cause issues. >> reporter: the c.d.c.'s dr. megan lyman says patients treated for covid are vulnerable. >> there is a lot of patients who had covid who acquired the fungus and in general it's more likely for patients at long term care facilities who are chronically very sick and have invasive devices like tracheostomies or are on a ventilator. >> reporter: researchers have found that the fungus can not only be contracted from surfaces but spread person to person which is what appears to have happened in these recent cases. dr. wormley is part of a team that's working with the national institutes of health to fight the superbug, and he thinks there's potential for an effective treatment in 2-3 years. norah. >> o'donnell: omar villafranca, thank you. it was an emotional scene today at the site of that collapsed
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condo building in surfside, florida, as a month of painstaking recovery work came to a close. crew members hugged after the site was finally cleared of rubble. 97 people are confirmed dead, one woman is still missing, her family still awaiting word. the search for remains will continue off-site. and a warning now for summer travelers. if you're in a rush for a new passport, you may be out of luck. scammers forced the state department to shutdown online booking for urgent appointments. cbs' meg oliver has the details. >> reporter: tonight long lines at u.s. passport offices at travelers rush to get passports as the state department temporarily shut down the agency's emergency appointment booking site. >> this is my one and only chance. my flight is in two days. >> reporter: the state department says third party actors are using bots to book all available online appointments. some are selling them for as high as $3,000 to applicants
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with urgent travel needs. >> i am freaking out. >> reporter: kelsey and heston renken applied for passports in may, but only one has arrived. their nonrefundable flight to mexico leaves in two weeks. >> i call every day to try to get an answer and get the same run around that, oh, we can only push it a week before your travel. a week before your travel is kind of cutting it very close. >> reporter: in the last two years the couple suffered the heartbreaking loss of a still born and two miscarriages. >> we just need to get a break, get a mental reset, celebrate our anniversary. >> reporter: the state department admits there's a staffing issue and they're scrambling to complete an extraordinary backlog of passport applications. the current wait time for a passport is up to 18 weeks. >> during the pandemic they sent the people home and right now we're over 1.6 million passports in backlog that they can't process. >> reporter: how much will you lose if your passport doesn't arrive on time? >> a little over $3,000. >> reporter: kelsey says her
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passport is expected to arrive the day before her flight. appointments are extremely limited at offices like here in new york, but they are trying to prioritize for life or death emergencies. norah. >> o'donnell: meg oliver, thank you. well, tonight, general motors is issuing its second recall in less than a year for tens of thousands of chevy bolt electric cars over concerns that the cars could catch fire. we get more now from cbs' errol barnett. >> everybody out! >> reporter: horrified neighbors watch as a chevy bolt bursts into flames engulfing this virginia home. >> the last thing i thought was that the car would have spontaneously lit on fire. >> reporter: scott virgin in florida had the same issue with his bolt. >> the fire department was unable to put the battery out. they had to dr it by thee roalet ortitery inside the car has led to nine bolt fires and prompted g.m. today to issue its second recall
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for nearly 69,000 vehicles worldwide, telling owners of 2017-2019 models to park outside and not to charge them unattended overnight. >> you can't take a lithium ion battery on to a plane and just stick it in your luggage and check it, right. so, these things can catch on fire and they're dangerous. we're taking hundreds of them and putting them in a car. >> reporter: it's a significant problem for g.m. as it embarks on a $35 billion effort to build a new, all-electric platform. >> we plug in our vehicles as naturally as we charge our phone. >> reporter: but virgin, who took his newborn son home from the hospital in his old chevy bolt, is still shaken by the incident. >> i had that flash where you see all of the things that could have happened and all of the terrible outcomes and, as a new parent, it was traumatic. >> o'donnell: and errol joins us now from a chevy dealership in virginia. so, errol, what's g.m. doing to fix the problem?
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>> reporter: g.m. is working with l.g. energy solution, the battery manufacturer, on a potential fix, but replacements are not available, and in response to questions from cbs news, g.m., norah, said it had no guidance on when those replacement parts would even be ready. >> o'donnell: got it. errol barnett, thank you. and there's so much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the cleveland indians end years of criticism and announce a major change. a new ruling on earning astronaut wings, what does it mean for richard branson and jeff bezos. and popular brands of bagged carrots are recalled nationwide. we'll tell you what you need to know. know. clinically-studied plant based ingredients passion flower, valerian root, and hops. new zzzquil pure zzzs restorative herbal sleep. if you have postmenopausal osteoporosis and a high risk for fracture, now might not be the best time to ask yourself...
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so you can watch us later. that's tonight's "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in the nation right now at 7:00. >> no shot, no service. the strict new rule bars and one bay area city could soon be rolling out. incredible new video of a very close call for one california fire crew. meanwhile, other areas are under siege from all that smoke. the bay area has been lucky in that regard so far this fire season, but i am tracking some of that wildfire smoke that's going to try to return to the bay area. the gilroy garlic festival returns with a pandemic twist. what you need to know before you go. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00 and strict on cbsn bay area, plenty of people hitting the bay area bars this friday evening, and soon you may be getting carded no matter your age. good evening, elizabeth cook. >> i'm allen martin.
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kpix 5's andria borba is in san francisco, where there is serious talk about requiring proof of vaccination along with your i.d. >> reporter: with the delta variant surgeon, city business leaders are trying to figure out ways to stay open and prevent another covid related should down. the san francisco chamber of commerce has been pulling business owners to see if they'd be open to customers showing vaccination cards to get inside, much like flushing identification at a bar. more than 70% of business owners polled told the chamber they be open to the idea. >> we want to do everything in our power to protect both our employees and our customers, and what that could look like is requiring masks in the workplace or requiring proof of vaccination status. >> reporter: the city of san francisco itself is requiring all employees to get vaccinated, but the department of public health hasn't extended that mandate or even recommendation to private businesses per no other american city has asked for this kind of mandate to show vaccination cards to get
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