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focus on her mental health. 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." 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 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. withusm federal,egin tonight 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 who say government can't enforce these ments. us the'sew pfir. but there's no word on when
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people could need that booster 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 dominics 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. >> reporter: mississippi continues to have one of the nation's highest rates of infections and one of the lowest vaccination rates. >> non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. non-vaccinated. >> reporter: on tuesday, there were also six more reported deaths, including a child. 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 >> two weeks before my hospitalization, i rode a bike
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75 miles. 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 tha. >> 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
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federal employees, and we're learning tonight that the justice department believes federal law does not prohibit epor psideiden wquirements.. in penvania toy promoting which could be derailed by the deadly delta variant.protect yoe it'sortant >> 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, following new york city and california earlier this week. >> one thing i learned from the first go-around, this is
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happening in other places. so learn from that experience. and we're doing that. >> reporter: but the union back ahead of the00 federal law administration's announcement, saying forcing people to undertake a medical procedure is not the american way and is a lear civil rights violation.a 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 says he is pleased that senators have reached an agreement to a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan after republicans agreed to move forward at a time when congress is so divided, the president said this signals to the world
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that our democracy can function. norah. >> 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. 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 sidelined 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
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health as well as to ward off 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. >> the great female swimmer of all time, katie ledecky to the wall who will win gold! >> reporter: ledecky put on her best performance, making olympic history herself by taking the 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? >> well, i'm not saying that the olympics is the only one cause of the surge of infection, but it is certainly one factor, which is pushing the number of infections up.
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>> reporter: there are four individual gymnastic competitions left. biles qualified for all of them. if she competes, she will have a chance to match her debut in 2016 and win four gold medals. norah. >> o'donnell: jamie yuccas in tokyo. thank you, jamie. 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
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california. they pleaded for more help from 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 acres, and are intensified by severe drought and extreme 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. climate change is real.
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the hots are much hotter than they've ever been. and we're seeing with these droughts, the dries are much dry drier as well. >> reporter: the fire here began 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 ache rage that had burned at the same time last year, and that, he says, was a record-break near, 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, hockey choked and threatened to shoot a man who had an arrest warrant out. we want to caution you the body cam video is violent. >> reporter: body camera video shows officer john haubert ordering kyle vinson to show his hands. the officer hints vinson at least seven times with his pistol, and later holds him by
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the neck for almost 40 seconds. >> 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 williams said she is disgusted. >> this was criminal. >> 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. since becoming chief, wilson has terminated 14 officers for offir haubt now faces multipels treatment of kyle on, ff pues, new. sh: alright, tonight, anxiety is growing across the country as a federal
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ban on evictions is set to expire on saturday. 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 are having a hard time getting the aid. >> reporter: lavita harvey 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
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waiting for an approval. despite billions in federal dollars available, some counties and states have been slow to dole it out, like nevada, which has given out more than $3 million of almost $125 million available. >> tenants really have no idea where to turn to for help. they don't know if they're protected, if they're not protected. so a lot of tenants are just kind of frozen. >> reporter: even with the moratorium in place, property owners across the country have filed almost a half a million eviction petitions. the treasury is now promoting a 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.
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and i felt like the more that i read and educated myself, theatl better i could protect myself. >> o'donnell: janet, it's incredible. we're talking about 15 million people, half of them children. so why is it so hard for them to access these billions of dollars in federal aid? >> reporter: so, bottom line, while it's the federal 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." mccormic recalls some of its popular spices. what you need to know.big ret and a big retirement announcement concerning a beloved cartoon aardvark. aardv. ? thank the gods. don't thank them too soon. kick pain with aspercreme.
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with them. i want people ton what it's like like to see these horses and to experience these horses and want them to have that connection with the horses they 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 are you so passionate about 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 justt down. >> their life i heartbreaking. >> reporter: hone's hope is that her art will change some hearts. >> they need our voices. them, everus to fight for them.r >> reporter: figg mean west.
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>> o'donnell: there have been some covid outbreaks at sum camp.donne: eak sum so the question, do they signal trouble ahead for the new school year? we've got that story tomorrow. if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your d.v.r. so you can watch us later. that's tonight's "cbs evening news."
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i'm norah o'donnell in washington. see you tomorrow. good night. ♪ >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm chip reid in washington. thanks for staying with us. another war of words over the coronavirus is being waged in the halls of congress amid the spread of the dangerous delta variant. all members of the house of representatives and their staffs will now be required to wear masks unless they are speaking on the house floor. minority leader kevin mccarthy insists the new rules do not follow science. speaker nancy pelosi called him, quote, a moron. updated cdc guidance says all
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americans should wear masks indoors where the virus is surging, and that includes about 60% of all the counties in the u.s. as well as people working at the white house. and in a surprise, the cdc is now recommending that all students, teasnd staff upcoming school year. overseas, the delta variant continues to cast a pall over the olympics. the number of new covid cases in tokyo topped 3,000 for the first time. lucy craft is there. >> reporter: no one was more stoked about the tokyo olympics than super fan and pub owner tanaka. when tokyo won the bid to host the olympics, i was thrilled, he said. and as a sports bar owner, i was like, yeah! i was full of high hopes. tanaka's big screen tvs are tuned to the games, but his olympic dream has become a nightmare. to control the pandemic during the olympics and summer vacations, tokyo has banned
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alcohol service at bars and requires them to close early. so instead of drawing hundreds of fans,ou o keep the lights on. he said, i can't sleep, wondering if i'll be able to p e favored cancelling or postponing the olympics, the opening ceremony jrue unusually strong viewership here, the highest for any olympics since the first tokyo games in 1964. japan's early neville hall has helped drive up interest here. the student who may not get a vaccine reservation for months, said she feels torn between pandemic anxiety and wanting to be a good sport. she said, we got to the point where it was too late to cancel the olympics. i think people became resigned to it. it feels like there was no choice. at this major tokyo hospital


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