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bay area. you can find us on kpix 5 news app and the cbs evening news is next. >> we'll be back here on the ix 5 news captioning sponsored by cbs o'donnell: tonight, america struggles to get the delta variant under control with the highest one-day spike in new infections since february and mask confusion nationwide. stopping the summer surge: could new vaccine mandates and mask guidelines help bring an end to the pandemic? some states defiant, saying no more masks. and we're in hard-hit mississippi, where those hospitalized all have something in common. >> non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. >> o'donnell: plus, president biden's announcement for an estimated 10 million people who work in the federal government. can he legally require vaccines? standing with simone: the gymnastics superstar withdraws from another competition to focus on her mental health.
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the reaction tonight. eviction fears: up to 15 million americans at risk of losing their homes. our in-depth report. cbs news exclusive. we speak with the governors of california and nevada about the unprecedented wildfire season as tens of thousands of firefighters continue to battle dozens of blazes. pistol-whipped seven times. the dramatic video of a violent arrest of a black man in colorado. what the police chief is saying ♪ every day when you walking down the street ♪ >> o'donnell: end of an era. we say good to "arthur." the longest running children's animated tv series. and we'll meet a wildlife photographer on a mission to save america's wild horses by giving them their close-up. this is the "cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening, to
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our viewers in the west, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin tonight with the push from federal, state, and local governments and private corporations to try and stop america's fourth wave of the pandemic. in fact, tonight, apple telling us they will now require masks in more than half of its roughly 270 u.s. stores. that's starting tomorrow. and that's first major retailer to take such a big step. and in a sign that the country is slipping further back in the fight against the coronavirus, the c.d.c. is warning that new covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are likely to increase over the next four weeks. and with 100 million eligible americans still unvaccinated, the pressure is increasing on the f.d.a. to issue final approval of covid vaccines so states can have more legal authority to require those shots. but there are some republican lawmakers that say government can't enforce these new requirements. plus there's some new pfizer data tonight, from a small study. a third dose of its shot strongly boosts protection but there's no word on when people could need that booster
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shot. so there's a lot to sort out, and we have two reports tonight beginning with cbs' omar villafranca in mississippi, where vaccine rates are lagging and hospitals are packed. good evening, omar. >> reporter: good evening. mississippi reported more than 1,800 new covid cases today. here at saint dominics, they're getting ready. they're going to be adding 24 beds to their covid wards, and doctors and nurses are getting mentally prepared for the next surge. covid patients are again filling up the rooms at saint dominic's in jackson. for the doctors and nurses... >> i'm very concerned about p.t.s.d., i'm worried about them questioning their choices of going into health care. >> repor >> reporter: on esday, the.ed ne we aeportedclg a ild. in the past week, more than 38,000 new cases were reported nationwide, just among children.
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to the c.d.c., the vaccine is the key to victory over the variant. >> if we get people vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated, if we mask in the interim, we can halt this in just a matter of a couple of weeks. >> reporter: if masks are the first step, they were hard to find at this packed concert in southwest missouri. on monday, the city of st. louis reinstated a mask mandate. but last night... >> we will not comply! >> reporter: louis county voted to overturn it. today, google and facebook became two of the largest companies to require vaccinations for all u.s. employees before they can return to work. back in mississippi, the covid map now looks like this: red indicates the highest level of community transmission. how do you not get frustrated or angry every day coming into work? >> i think you do. >> reporter: dr. reginald martin caughtovidnd was a tient wn >> two weeks before my hospitalization, i rode a bike 75 miles.
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two weeks after my infection, i couldn't walk to the bathroom without getting short of breath. >> reporter: now, he combats hesitancy. what do you tell them? >> how do you ignore, or how do you logically choose to not get vaccinated? it's-- it's incredibly frustrating to know that you could have done something different, that you are potentially a threat to my health. >> reporter: 73 patients are being treated at saint dominics right now for covid, but there is another issue they are dealing with-- the lack of nurses. they're looking to hire 100 nurses but there's a shortage. this shortage happened before covid, but many are worried that the pandemic may scare some of those people away from the profession. norah. >> o'donnell: once again worried about our health care professionals. all right, omar villafranca, thank you. president biden and his team is weighing what they can legally do to get more americans vaccinated, starting with federal employees, and we're learning tonight that the justice department believes
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federal law does not prohibit those vaccine requirements. cbs' weijia jiang reports now from the white house. >> reporter: president biden was in pennsylvania today promoting his economic recovery plan, which could be derailed by the deadly delta variant. >> if you're not vaccinated, protect yourself and the children out there. it's important. >> reporter: but, nearly 40% of adult americans are not fully vaccinated. the president is expected to announce thursday that all federal workers, including contractors-- about 10 million people-- must be vaccinated or undergo regular covid testing. >> it's under consideration right now, but if you're not vaccinated, you're not nearly as smart as i thought you were. >> reporter: new york just implemented similar rules today for all state employees,followwd first goro this rned from the happening in other places.
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so learn from that experience. and we're doing that. >> reporter: but the union representing 26,000 federal law enforcement employees is pushing back ahead of the administration's announcement, saying forcing people to undertake a medical procedure is not the american way and is a clear civil rights violation. in addition to regular testing, unvaccinated federal workers will have to social distance and could have their travel restricted, burdens the white house hopes will convince people to get their shots. >> if those other 100 million people get vaccinated, we would be in a very different world. >> reporter: also tonight, president biden sae is pleased that senathad aneement 1 trillion bipartisa frasucafter republicans agreed to move forward at a time when congress is so divided, the president said this signals to the world that our democracy can function. norah.
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>> o'donnell: thank you. and we want to turn now to the summer olympics where the u.s. remains on top in the medal count with 31, followed by china with 27. but the story everyone is talking about is gymnastics superstar, simone biles, who has brought the issue of mental health to the forefront of the games. games. cbs' jamie yuccas is in tokyo. >> not normal for simone biles. >> reporter: it was the second time in two days simone biles pulled out of competition. she will be evaluated daily ahead of the individual finals next week, raising the specter of what's next in her storied olympic career. the four-time olympic gold medalist selin herself, she said to focus on her mental health, adding that competing in an empty stadium with no family was a major factor in her struggles. >> we are trained to be robots. >> reporter: four-time olympic medalist dominique dawes. >> we don't listen to our inner voice. it's been muted. and i love the fact that she listened to herself and she did what was best for her mental health as well as to ward off
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any possible injury. >> reporter: today, fellow team u.s.a. athletes voiced strong support, like six-time olympic champion katie ledecky. >> i really hope that she continues to do what's best for her and that the people around her, the team u.s.a. swimmers certainly support her. gold in the first-ever women's 1,500-meter freestyle. but all of it took place as the number of new covid cases in tokyo top 3,000 for the first time in the pandemic. what type of impact do you think the olympics are having on these covid numbers? >> reporter: there are four individual gymnastic competitions left. biles qualified for all of them.
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if she competes, she will have a chance to match her debut in 2016 and win four ed o. thyoie. wildfires out west have already burned more than three million acres this year. two states hard hit-- california and nevada. tonight, the governors of those states are sitting down in an exclusive interview with cbs' anna werner. >> reporter: flames and smoke from the dixie fire are making firefighting efforts difficult, and there are concerns tonight strong winds and high temperatures could worsen the blaze. as california's largest wildfire has grown, it's burned more than 200,000 acres, leaving behind destruction and displacing more than 16,000 people from their homes. governors gavin newsom of california and steve sisolak of nevada today toured the damage caused by the devastating tamarack fire, which crossed over into nevada from california. they pleaded for more help from
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the federal government and spoke with cbs news exclusively. >> it just can't happen soon enough because the consequences of what we're all experiencing all across the western united states. >> these fires do not recognize state borders. they burn across, they jump across highways. that's just the way it goes. >> reporter: there are more than 80 active wildfires raging across 12 states. they have burned 1.6 million treme heat tied to climate change. in oregon, the bootleg fire alone has burned more than 400,000 acres. it sounds like you're saying to the federal government, "we need a lot more help than we're getting." >> we're being overwhelmed with the wildfires that are coming this way. a lot of them are on federal lands and we need more resource. we need more boots on the ground. >> reporter: and they say it's only getting worse. are you worried about the summer? >> this summer has already come sooner than even our worst-case predictions six months ago.
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and e seei with thesedrdrie>>teb in california, and in that state alone, governor newsom says nearly half a million acres have burned so far this year. that's four times the amount of acreage that had burned at the same time last year, and that, he says, was a record-breaking year, norah., >> o'donnell: well, that puts it perspective. there is outrage in aurora, colorado tonight. two police officers have been arrested including one who pistol whipped, choked and threatened to shoot a man who had an arrest warrant out. we want to caution you the body cam video is violent. here's cbs' jeff peguesepte by . >> don't shoot, please dude. the officer hits vinson at least seven times with his pistol, anh later holds him by the neck for almost 40 seconds.
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>> (weak strangled voice) help. help me. >> reporter: vinson's father says he was shocked by what he saw. >> i thought he was going to die. >> reporter: aurora police chief vanessa wilson said she is disgusted. >> this is not police work. this is not the aurora police department. this was criminal. >> (screaming and crying) >> reporter: there have been several other high-profile police-involved incidents in aurora. in 2019, 23-year-old elijah mclain died after police put him in a neck hold and paramedics injected him with ketamine. since becoming chief, wilson has terminated 14 officers for misconduct. officer haubert now faces multiple felony charges for hise treatment of kyle vinson, including second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault. jeff pegues, cbs news, washington. >> o'donnell: all right, tonight, anxiety is growing across the country as a federal ban on evictions is set to expire on saturday.
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remember, the moratorium was put in place at the height of the pandemic and economic downturn. congress approved $47 billion in assistance, but as cbs' janet shamlian explains, renters arent having a hard time getting the aid. reporter: lavita haey is well aware of the federal moratorium on evictions ends saturday. >> i'm terrified. job offers are coming in, but they're coming in very slowly. >> reporter: the las vegas mom of two teens lost both her jobs during the pandemic, unable to pay her $900-a-month rent. when you walk up to your door and you see an eviction notice... >> it's the hardest thing to see in the world when you know that you're a single mother and you have no one to turn to. you will be homeless. >> reporter: harvey has been approved for more than $9,000 in federal rent help through a local program. the money hasn't come through yet. more than 8,000 other renters in nevada's clark county are still waiting for an approval. despite billins in federal
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has given out more than $3untieh million of almost $125 million available. >> tenants really have no idea where to turn to for help. they don't know if they' oen epten moratorium in place, property owners across the country have filed almost a half a million eviction petitions. the treasury is now promoting ai web site of resources at >> the tool allows you to go on line and to find out where in your local community you can go to apply for rental assistance, money if you're behind on rent, if you're close to being evicted. >> reporter: lavita harvey, like so many, has found the path to rent relief a complicated road. >> it was very hard. but i took the time to educate myself and i felt like the more that i read and educated myself, the
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better i could protect myself. so w is itha thetoac in federal aid bottom , ile it the fal government that's actually giving out the money, it's been left to states and counties to figure out how to distribute it. and there is no uniform system in place to do that. norah. >> o'donnell: janet shamlian, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." mccormick recalls some of its popular spices. what you need to know. and a big retirement announcement concerning a beloved cartoon aardvark. ark. ti? thank the gods. don't thank them too soon. kick pain with aspercreme. [sfx: radio being tuned]
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>> o'donnell: tonight, nearly 80 million americans in the central u.s. are under heat alerts. real-feel temperatures hit 108 in missouri. 106 in lincoln, nebraska, and 111 in vicksburg, mississippi. tonight more than 35 million americans across the state face face gusts topping 80 miles per hour. you might want to check youro cr spice cabinets. spice cabinets. mccormick is voluntarily recalling some of its seasoning due to a possible salmonella
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them, the more in love you get with them. i want people to know what it's like to see these horses and to experience these horses and want them to have that connection with the horses that i feel. >> reporter: she runs the west in her r.v., photographing the horses, selling her work at art shows and giving some of the proceeds to charities that protect them. why aru soonout wild horses? >> you just feel such a connection with them. their souls are just so wonderful. >> reporter: but in a long- running dispute, ranchers say there are so many horses they're ruining federal grazing land. the federal government agrees and has resumed helicopter round-ups that force the horses into holding pens, which hone describes as brutal. a small number are injured and have to be put down. >> their life is just heartbreaking. >> reporter: hone's hope is that her art will change some hearts. >> they need our voices. they need us to fight for them. llthem, er. >> reporter: fighting for this iconic symbol of the american west.
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washington.yorr. good night. right now at 7:00. >> there's definitely a lot of grief, pain and disappointment, frustration that we feel. >> two years after the deadly gilroy garlic festival shooting, families who lost loved ones are now going after the gun maker. plus, an indoor concert leads to a coronavirus outbreak in one of the lowest transmission counties in our area. and as cases mount, so is the confusion and resentment over the changing guidance on masks. >> why should i have to wear masks inside and outside if i've got the vaccine and you want to? then you wear the mask. 49er fans come out in force as the team hits the field for . is jimmy g. feeling the heat with trey lance waiting in the
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wings. what jimmy told us. and governor newsom issues a call for help as california wildfires rage. >> this is life and death, and you can't just fight fires the way we did 20, 40 years ago. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00, streaming on cbsn bay area, survivors of the gilroy garlic festival shooting are now suing the gun maker. good evening, i'm ken bastida. >> i'm juliette goodrich in for elizabeth. it comes on the two-year anniversary of the mass shooting. and right now a memorial is being held in gilroy to honor the victims. >> kpix 5's len ramirez is there right now, len? >> reporter: well, the gilroy community came together here in gilroy tonight at precisely the same moment that shots rang out two years ago at christmas hill park, 5:40 p.m. now, because -- instead of being held at the christmas hill park side of the


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