tv CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell CBS July 27, 2021 3:12am-3:42am PDT
scramble. is the intense heat and extreme drought caused by climate ge inveiginthe tolepes for i f on the deadly january 6 attack. breaking news, president biden announces the end of combat missions in iraq. red tide crisis, what's causing the toxic algae, as thousands of dead fish wash ashore along the gulf coast. jet fuel shortage, what does it mean for your next flight? and a life-changing invention designed by high school students to help their teacher. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you so much for joining us. we're going to begin with the new push to get more americans vaccinated as the nation's top infectious disease doctor warns the u.s. is moving in the wrong
direction. now local governments are taking matters into their own hands. we actually learned today new york city will require all 400,000 city workers to get shots or face weekly testing, and california will begin checking proof of vaccination for all of their state employees.anthen the departmentf veterans affairs became the first federal agency to require vaccinations for its healthcare workers. and there is some positive news, vaccinations are up nearly 14% in the last week, meaning the message that the shots could help stop the spread of the highly contagious delta variant might be working. we have team coverage of the pandemic. cbs' david begnaud is in hart- hit mississippi, but cbs' manuel bojorquez is going to lead us up a from florida, which now leads the country in new infections. good evening, manny. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the university of florida health system here in jacksonville is seeing more covid-19 patients now than at any other time during the pandemic. at one point last month, theythy had only 14 covid-positive
patients. now there are 178, more than 90% are unvaccinated, and doctors fear we may not see the peak of this surge until september. wha has this been like for you? 62-year-old curtis sanderlin recently lost his wife to covid, now he, too, is battling to survive. did you get the vaccine, the shot? >> no, no, sir. >> reporter: is there a reason why you decided not to -- >> i haven't not decided not to get it, i just haven't, you know-- i have been contained. >> reporter: you haven't gotten around to it? >> right. >> reporter: more than one out of every five new covid cases in the u.s. are in florida. the state's cases jumped 60% in one week. >> we're going in the wrong direction. if you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases it's among unvaccinated people. the model predicts we'll be in trouble as we get more cases. >> reporter: today a groundbreaking question from the
president, the lingering impacts from covid including brain fog and chronic pain are now covered under the americans with disabilities act. meanwhile, pfizer and moderna are both weighing expanding the size of their vaccine studies in kids as young as 5 reportedly at the reporting of the urging of the f.d.a. and dr. anthony fauci is saying the c.d.c. is considering revising mask recommendations even for the unvaccinated. today more than 50 medical organizations are now calling for all healthcare workers to be required to be vaccinated. back here at the university of florida health system in jacksonville, only 50% of all workers are fully vaccinated. chad nielsen is director of infection prevention. >> they consume the same news and social media news as others and are just as susceptible to some of the misinformation and things likes that in the communites. >> reporter: but the surge fueled by the more containing delta variant is not just affecting the unvaccinated. >> elective surgeries are paused
at our institution and across the city so we're literally putting off medical procedures people do need because our hospital is filled with unvaccinated people. >> reporter: like curtis sanderlin, who now has this message for the vaccine hesitant >> take it. take it. do the right thing. >> reporter: manuel bojorquez, cbs news, jacksonville. >> reporter: i'm david begnaud in jackson, mississippi. 89% of the hospitalized covid patrons statewide are not vaccinated. 27-year-old nathan is one of them. >> i thought maybe since i didn't have any underlying conditions it wasn't as big a risk to me. >> reporter: nathan is married, has a three-year-old and says he got infected at work. did you have buds before you got sick that thought the virus was was a joke or not a big deal? >> i guess a little bit, but, you know, everybody says it's kind of like a cold, but this is a little more than a cold that i got. >> reporter: he says he and his wife were vaccine hesitant
because of concerns about infertility, but now he says he wants the vaccine. >> i will be after this as soon as i can. >> reporter: currently, there is no indication that the vaccines cause infertility, and tonight nathan's wife told us she spoke with her doctor and now she wants the vaccine, too. >> we had no idea. >> reporter: this is william ball. william had a heart attack on june 29. nine days later he contracted covid. today, he is bedridden. aliceia is his wife. how bad has covid ravaged his body? >> extremely bad. he can't get up. he can sit on the side of the bed for a minute and a half, that's it. this is the rock of our family, the love of my life and i'm really scared. >> reporter: william, who has diabetes, is not vaccinated. >> he will get the vaccine when he's out of the hospital. >> reporter: tell me what you were thinking when he said he
wants the vaccine. >> he's got to get out to have the hospital first. >> reporter: william got infected when he went to his church pastor's funeral. turned out to be a superspreader event. i called his wife to check on him and she said "it's been such a bad day he hasn't been able to say three words to me." norah. >> o'donnell: david begnaud, just incredible reporting and interviews, thank you. we turn now to the summer olypics, china leads overall medal count with 18, the u.s.a. 14 american women swers won eight medals but not all gold as simone biles admits the pressure is getting to her ahead of the women's people final. jamie yuccas is in tokyo. >> reporter: tonight, there is growing concern team u.s.a.artul basketball team suffered a stunning 7-point defeat to
france, its first loss since 2004. dan wolken covers basketball for "u.s.a. today." >> it's frustrating because they should be better than this. >> reporter: katie ladecki, who won four gold medals in 2016 settled for silver in the 400- meter free style losing to australia's ariarne titmus. >> it's never an easy journey to the podium so it's not something i take for granted being up there. >> reporter: even u.s.a. gymnastics is feeling the pressure, finishing second to the russians in the qualifying round for the first time in more than a decade. simone biles writing, "i truly feel like i have the weight of simone biles writing i truly feel like i have the weight of the world on my shoulders." when you look at team u.s.a., do we have a problem? >> we'll have to see as we go along. it's still very, very early in this process. >> the italians are going to be left behind by the united states who are going to put away another gold medal! >> reporter: but there were some bright spots, among them gold for the relay, keeping caeleb dressel's dream of seven medals
alive. a tropical storm tracking north of tokyo postponed several events while covid cases mount covid cases mount with at least 1523 positive tests connected to the games now, including spain's golf superstar jon rahm. as the gymnastics team looks to rebound in competition in the next round, they're down one of their own. mykayla skinner, the squad's oldest member is heading home after failing to qualify on an events final. she says on instagram, she's heartbroken. it was her first olympics. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas, thank you. and now this, california's largest wildfire is still growing tonight destroying homes and forcing more evacuations. the dixie fire doubled in less than a week and is one of 86 blazes burning out west. cbs' carter evans reports from crescent mills, california. >> reporter: the dixie fire tore through the community of indian falls overwhelming firefighters
struggling to save homes, the flames leaving behind torched cars and reducing houses to rubble. it's where elizabeth catterson used to live. what was it like to see your house? >> it was devastating. >> reporter: the dixie fire was california's largest after combining with another fire. it's burned more than 200,000 acres. nearly 5,500 firefighters are work to contain the flames amidd dangerous conditions with thick thick smoke. can you describe to me what it looks like when you're driving into the fire? >> similar to a blizzard where you could see maybe 20-30 feet in front of your head lights at times. >> reporter: it's one of 86 raging wildfires being fueled by extreme heat and intense drought compounded by climate change. firefighters talk about spot fires like this one, and this is actually how the flames are advancing now. you can see the embers, they fly off and launch themselves into the trees up there and start new fires.
in oregon, the largest fire in the country, the bootleg fire, has burned more than 400,000 acres, an area the size of los angeles. and the tamarack fire that now spread to nevada isn't expected expected to be contained until the end of next month. now, thousands of people are still under evacuation and, sadly, some of them are going to have nothing left to come home to. firefighters did try to save these homes. you can tell they were here by the burned-up hoses they left behind. norah. >> o'donnell: carter evans, thank you so much. well, tonight, another heat wave is set to broil much of the country. 3,500 americans under heat alerts from montana to mississippi. tens of thousands without power in mississippi as several tornadoes touched down in detroit and flint saturday. in utah eight people including four children killed in a 22 vehicle pileup sunday during a sandstorm.
several others injured. here in washington a house select school committee will launch its investigation into the deadly january 6th attack on the u.s. capitol. the hearing promises to be a comprehensive look into the causes and security failures surrounding the insurrection. we get more from cbs's kris van cleave. >> reporter: video from d.c. police officer mike fanone's body camera shows the violence up close on january 6th. >> i was pretty severely beaten. >> reporter: he's one of four officers set to testify tuesday about their harrowing experience but the committee fanone will appear before is itself under attack. right now made up of just seven democrats and two anti-trump republicans, liz cheney and new aappointed adam kinzinger. last week speaker pelosi rejected two of minority leader kevin mccarthy's picks for the passenger so he pulled all five. today mccarthy took the probe a sham and took aim at them.
>> aren't they pelosi republicans. >> it's childish. we're doing big things. we're getting the answers to the worst attack on the capitol since the war of 1812. call me whatever thames you want. >> reporter: some reps want to punish kinzinger and cheney for participating. jim jordan who pelosi booted off the panel says their constituents should make that decision. >> i let the voters in the respective districts decide. my hunch is the voters in illinois and wyoming will probably want someone different to represent them in the next congress. >> reporter: perhaps in an effort to be more bipartisan, cheney will make one of two opening statements at the beginning of tomorrow's hearing. she will follow the democratic chairman. the committee is also expected the committee is also expected to rely heavily on video tomorrow including images the public may not have seen before. norah. >> o'donnell: kris van cleave, thank yoma ndahat s. litary's combat mission in iraq will be finished by the end of this year.
about 2,500 american troops are still in iraq. it's not clear how many will stay behind to train and assist iraqi forces. u.s. troops in afghanistan will be reduced to just a few hundred by the end of next month, bringing an end to america's longest war. a close advisor to former president trump pleaded not guilty today to federal charges of illegally lobbying for the united arab emirates. tom barrack who also ran the trump inaugural committee was freed from jail on friday on a $250 million bond, including 5 million in cash. that's actually one of the largest criminal bails in history. we turn now to florida's gulf coast, and that awful outbreak of red tide. beaches near tampa have been littered with dead fish killed by a massive algae bloom marine scientists say has been worsened by pollution. here's cbs' ben tracy. >> reporter: tyler capella took us out on tampa bay to see what he calls his nightmare. >> gnarly. that's nasty. >> reporter: dead fish
everywhere. >> this just goes forever. >> reporter: killed by a red tide, a massive algae bloom that has turned tampa bay toxic. as a fisherman, what's it like to see this? >> oh, man, it's devastating, my worst fears have come true. >> reporter: cappella runs a fishing charter business and documenting the kill to pressuring officials to help. he even covered himself in dead fish. >> do i have your attention now? >> reporter: whats the worst you've seen? >> dead fish in every direction. looks like a bomb went off. >> reporter: red tides naturally occur off the coast of florida but scientists say they happen more frequently and humans are making them worse. warming ocean temperatures due to climate change may lead to more red tides and 200 of water from a polluted phosphate plant was dumped in the bay and could have been made this red tide worse. it stretch us 100 miles of the florida gulf coast and moved
into traib. >> now, that is very unusual.fld into >> reporter: mile mile studies red tides at sarasota's marine laboratory. tide to get out again because of the sloshing back and forth. >> reporter: tyler capella worries he's running out of time. are you worried about your livelihood? >> 100%. my fear is this entire region has potential to become a dead zone. >> reporter: ben tracy, cbs news, tampa bay. >> o'donnell: there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." what's behind the jet fuel shortage that's led to a number of flight cancellations. and the investigation after a home is blown to pieces. and a dramatic rescue caught on camera. what police and bystanders did to save a mother and her baby. .
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this is the "cbs overnight news." thanks for staying with us. the new school year is fast approaching, and most college also be welcoming students back to class after a year of pandemic imposed remote learning. a cbs news investigation found these stay-at-home orders helped spur a lucrative industry known as contract cheating, that's when a student pays someone to complete their assignments. it's illegal in 17 states but not at the federal level and enforcement is rare. and it turns out a lot of these cheaters are based overseas.
as debra patta found out on the streets of kenya. >> reporter: cheating in college is nothing new, but as more and more degrees are dononline, it's become a billion dollar industry, and the heart of it is right here in nairobi, often using kenyan graduates who come from poverty. dreams of escaping life's grinding hardships often go up in smoke here. education is seen as the only way out, and many kenyans go hungry in order to pay for it. but even with a good degree, it's hard to find work. >> i finished high school. >> reporter: joanne's tuition fees were due. >> you have to find something to do for yourself. >> reporter: william was battling to pay his rent, so they turned to the global hire for industry. >> it's not something to be proud of, telling people that you help cheat.
>> reporter: kenyans advertise their services with hip names like essay jedi. these are legitimate platforms offering academic assistance. but some students use them to pay writers who will do anything for thm an urgent essay to an entire college degree. william has firsthand experience of this with one client. >> i did his degree and right now i'm doing his masters. i'm also going to do his ph.d. >> reporter: he is the most successful of the two, earning over $2,000 a month. he secures work for himself and other writers. the american student pays between $20 to $50 a page. william takes a 75% cut, but kenyan writer can earn as little as $5 a page. the kenyans are also