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into every phone call then- president trump made that day. olympics shocker: simone biles bows out of team competition, putting her mental health first. will she compete again in these summer games? dangerous heat wave: more than 56 million americans under alert. the record melting weather. guilty plea: the man accused of killing eight people, mostly women of asian descent, at atlanta-area spas in court. why the prosecutor tonight says it wasn't a hate crime. america's crumbling infrastructure: we'll show you one state where 12,000 bridges need repairs. gold medal babies: newborns get into the olympic spirit wearing team u.s.a.'s red, white, and blue. and remembering a real-life "rosie the riveter," a tenacious spirit who never gave up. this is the "cbs evening news"
from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, to our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with breaking news in the covid pandemic. the c.d.c. has changed its guidance when it comes to mask wearing for the vaccinated, citing the highly contagious delta variant. the agency now says people who live in areas where the spread of covid is high or substantial, even those who received their vaccine, should wear masks indoors. tonight, look at this map. that means that new mask guidance covers more than 60% of the country. and we have just learned of this big step by the white house, the administration emailing staff tonight saying they must wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. and with the new school year around the corner, the c.d.c. is recommending all students, teachers, and staff wear masks. and there is late word tonight about a man who was arrested for allegedly sending death threats to dr. anthony fauci. in one email, authorities say the suspect threatened to drag dr. fauci and his family into anth on fi. beat them to death,
well, we've got a lot of pandemic developments tonight, and cbs' lilia luciano is going to lead off our coverage with that breaking news. good evening, lilia. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. tonight, the biden administration announced they will require that all federal employees be vaccinated or be regularly tested, and that announcement is expected as early as thursday. tonight, the c.d.c. is urging even those who are fully vaccinated to mask up indoors in areas where covid transmission is substantial or high. >> this is not something that we took lightly, and something that i know weighs heavily with me. >> reporter: now the c.d.c. is also urging masks in schools for everyone, this as covid cases are rising among kids. last week, the highest number of newly reported cases affecting children in two months. but masking in schools is also encountering resncat line stes e reanned schoolom issuing mask mandates. >> we're not doing that in
florida, okay. we need our kids to breathe. >> reporter: today in broward county, florida, the school board met to discuss masking as cases rise, and this is what happened: >> we will not stand for children to be masked anymore! >> reporter: meanwhile, taking it a step further, the largest university system in the country, cal state, with nearly half a million students, announced that all of them, plus faculty and staff, must be fully vaccinated to be on campus this fall. there are now more than 600 colleges in the u.s. that have some form of vaccine requirements for returning students. >> we just can't get students back into universities safely, into dorm rooms, into classrooms if a chunk of people are unvaccinated. you're going to see large outbreaks on campus. >> in california, all state employees and healthcare workers now have to be vaccinated, or face weekly testing. is that enough? >> i think that's a good move. california employees who come back to the office are going to be able to know that people around the are not infected. >> reporter: but some california businesses aren't waiting for mandates. >> we wanted to keep our staff
safe. we wanted to keep our patrons safe. >> reporter: rachel thomas owns bar franca in downtown los angeles. she won't let customers through the door until they show proof of being ful covid cases surge more than he r business? >> since the mask mandate, our business has dropped significantly because people are not willing to come out, regardless of whether we're testing at the door or not. >> reporter: the c.d.c. now recommends that even fully vaccinated people who have had a known covid exposure get a test and continue to wear a mask until they have a negative result, citing data that shows some vaccinated people could spread the delta variant. norah. >> o'donnell: today really does feel like a tipping point. lilia luciano, thank you. we're going to turn now to that emotional testimony in day one of the investigation into the deadly assault on the u.s. capitol.
a house panel heard from four officers who defended the building from a violent mob of pro-trump supporters. well, we learned today, that some officers were attacked with racial slurs. we want to warn you that the video is graphic and disturbing. here is cbs' kris van cleave. >> reporter: in dramatic and gut-wrenching testimony, four police officers described what felt like medieval battle, fighting inch by inch to repel an angry mob of trump supporters intent on breaching the capitol on january 6. >> i heard chanting from some in the crowd, "get his gun and kill him with his own gun." >> i could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself, "this is how i'm going to die." >> at worst, to be dragged down into the crowd and lynched. >> reporter: as video of what officers experienced rolled, capitol police sergeant aquilino gonell wiped tears from his eyes. d.c. officer michael fanone comforted the iraq war veteran. >> you hear former president
trump say, "it was a loving crowd. there was a lot of love in the crowd." how does that make you feel? >> it's upsetting. it's a pathetic excuse for his behavior. i'm still recovering from those "hugs and kisses." it was his supporters that he sent them over to the capitol that day. >> reporter: capitol police officer harry dunn remains haunted by the racial slurs hurled at him like fists by rioters. >> one woman in a pink m.a.g.a. shirt yelled, "you hear that, guys? this ( bleep ) voted for joe biden." then the crowd, perhaps around 20 people, joined in screaming, "booo. ( bleep )( bleep )." >> reporter: 165 of the 540 arrested so far are charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding police. the officers expressed frustration over g.o.p. lawmakers downplaying the attack.
>> the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful! but nothing, truly nothing, has prepared me to address those elected members of our ents dment who contito rr: b aheth hear tou r t former president trump. >> the american people deserve to know the truth, that nancy pelosi bears responsibility. >> reporter: congressman adam kinzinger, one of two republicans on the nine-member committee, fought back tears as he thanked the four men. >> we are all americans today, and we thank you for (voice breaking) holding that line. >> o'donnell: chris joins us now. it's sickening to hear what many of these officers went through. and i know the officers were asked what questions they wanted answered by the end of this investigation. what did they say they wanted to know? >> reporter: norah, they implored the panel to find the truth and determine if anybody in power had a role in inciting the violence they found thntthe
panel to look at every minute that went on at the white house that day, every meeting, every phone call, before and during the attack. norah. o'donll: kris van cleave, thank you. and we want to turn now to the summer olympics. tonight, the u.s. is back on top in the medal count with 25, followed by china with 21. but the biggest story of the day was the shocking news that gymnastics superstar simone biles abruptly pulled herself out of the team finals to focus on her mental health. cbs' jamie yuccas is in tokyo. >> reporter: it was a stunning moment. u.s.a. gymnastics said there was a medical issue. biles said, she simply wasn't mentally ready. >> i just felt like it would be a little bit better to take a back seat, work on my mindfulness. >> reporter: the look on her face since competition began on sunday said it all. >> it's been really stressful this olympic games, i think just as a whole, not having an audience. there were a lot of different variables going into it. it's been a long week. it's been a long olympic
process. it's been a long year. >> reporter: the team's hope of gold turned to silver. stephanie apstein covers gymnastics for "sports illustrated." >> they were a little surprised by how different it would feel to get here and have no crowd energy to feed off and especially not to have the people they love in the stands. >> reporter: in another shocker, home country tennis star, naomi osaka, who lit the olympic cauldron after withdrawing from the french open in june because of her own mental health concerns, was knocked out in straight sets. meanwhile, the cloud of covid continued to hover, with more than 150 olympics related cases now. and tokyo recording its highest number of new infections since the pandemic began. yet, team u.s.a. pulled in second behind japan overall and is tied for first with china in the gold medal tally. carissa moore took home the first-ever gold medal in
women's surfing. >> lydia jacoby, the 17-year-old from alaska, is putting out the surge of her career! >> reporter: and first-time olympian, 17-year-old lydia jacoby, won gold in the 100- meter breaststroke. back home in alaska, a state with only one olympic-length swimming pool... (audience goes wild) her high school classmates were ecstatic. individual gymnastic events begin on thursday, but biles will not comment if she's competing or not. she said in the press conference she's going to take time to evaluate where she is and decide day by day. norah. >> o'donnell: we'll be watching. thank you so much. tonight, much of the central u.s. is in the grips of another dangerous record-breaking heat wave. more than 56 million americans are under heat alert from montana all the way to georgia. cbs' lonnie quinn is here with the forecast. hey there, lonnie. >> reporter: another summer day, another heat dome we're talkingr about. today the record heat anywhere from wyoming, south dakota, nebraska. look at rapid city. rapid city hit 106 degrees today. our latest heat dome is
just more of the same.two-third temperatures will be in the 90s to 100s, feeling like 105 to 110 for a good chunk of the country. and it's just not tomorrow. i'm talking all the way through saturday, sunday, some areas all the way through tuesday, wednesday next week. it's another summer day, another heat dome. well, consider this: the fires that are burning out west, the air is so hot, as that rain-- we need rain on those fires. but the rain evaporates because of the heat the fires are generating before it can even get to the ground. so it's not as beneficial as we like to see. that's the very latest norah. let's go back to you. >> o'donnell: lonnie quinn, thank you so much. tonight, a 22-year-old georgia man is serving the first night of four consecutive life sentences in that deadly shooting rampage at several atlanta-area spas. six asian women were killed, along with two other victims. we get more now from cbs' mark strassmann. >> reporter: in court, robert
plain e unthinkable, a killing spree interlinked with his compulsions-- porn, sex, and massage parlors. >> it never felt like i had a lot of control over the-- those urges. >> reporter: new details in court: how long's murderous day began. he binged on porn again and ashamed, intended to kill himself. long parked outside young's asian's massage for more than an hour. brooding, changed his mind, to control his addiction, others had to die. inside, mayhem, outside, bedlam. four people shot dead in cherokee county. the murders long pleaded guilty to in court today. he then drove to atlanta at a pair of spas facing each other he gunned down four more people. >> basically punished the people. >> reporter: of long's eight murder victims, six were asian women. victim delaina yaun's sister is,
so when i went into that court room today it was definitely the hardest thing i've ever done. >> reporter: prosecutors considered filing hate crime charges, but the evidence... >> failed to show any type of history this defendant had with any form of racism toward any other ethnicity. >> reporter: also killed, paul michels, a handyman working inside. >> our loved ones will never be forgotten, their memories will live in our hearts and minds. >> reporter: long will die in prison one way or the other. he has yet to stand trial for the four atlanta spa killings, and a prosecutor in those cases will seek the death penalty. norah. >> o'donnell: mark strassmann, thank you. well, here in washington tonight, lawmakers say they are making progress on a bipartisan infrastructure bill as our nation's roads and bridges fall apart. cbs' errol barnett traveled to pennsylvania, one of many states ired orepairs. >> rorte t aennsylvania is one n
the state needing repair. on several other bridges, we some closed pending fixes. >> unfortunately, people only realize that infrastructure isn't working when it breaks. >> reporter: the american society of civil engineers gave pennsylvania a c-minus on its infrastructure report card. >> a lot of our bridges were built in the '50s and the '60s, which just means that they're reaching the end of their useful life. >> reporter: bridges are in trouble nationwide. 42% are at least 50 years old, 220,000 need repair work. that includes the brooklyn bridge and washington d.c.'s roosevelt bridge. and nearly 80,000 need to be replaced. pennsylvania officials say they do not have the more than $20 billion needed to fix their aging infrastructure. >> the federal government, the feds, haven't really increased the level of funding that they allocate to the states. >> reporter: transportation secretary pete buttigieg told cbs news the administration's infrastructure plan will help
fill the gaps. >> the federal has been underfunded and you can see it and feel it in the thousands and thousands of miles of highways in this country that are in poor condition, the bridges that are in poor condition. >> reporter: pennsylvania now one of many states waiting to see if congress will come through with the funding it needs. errol barnett, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: and there's still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." walmart announced a new perk for its workers. and baby olympians-- yup, look at these newborns. they are all winners. ners. who sd isn't real milk is also saying mabel here isn't a real cow. and she really hates that. you're strong. you power through chronic migraine - 15 or more headache days a month, ...each lasting 4 hours or more. botox® prevents headaches in adults with chronic migraine.
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news." i'm norah o'donnell. good night. captionin a close call in san jose as a brush fire erupts behind a neighborhood. pressure is on, temperatures are up with the flex alert tomorrow. the california recall race also heating up. the top contender attacks governor newsom on his own turf. as we head back behind the masks, we are asking, are more mask mandates coming? >> the things that have been done so far to motivate vaccination are not enough.
>> it gives people the opportunity to understand the detriment of not being vaccinated. right now on kpix 5 and a streaming on cbsn bay area, as firefighters knocked down a large brush fire in san jose, there is another threat on the horizon for them and the states power grid. let's start with the close call in the south bay. flames erupted about three hours ago on a creek bed on mill river lane. the fire quickly spread through all the brush, on both sides, crossing into milpitas. neighbors were told to shelter in place as the crews work to keep those lames from spreading to homes in nearby businesses. they were having a hard time getting down the steep terrain to begin the containment. they are currently up to 75 acres. chopper 5 spotted fire