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' it's friday, july 30th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." new vaccine strategy. president biden pushes strict mandates for all federal workers as the cdc gets ready to release new information on the delta variant. this was a devastating tornado that came through. it was a lot of structural damage. >> severe storms. a tornado tears through a car dealership and leaves thousands in the dark. how this could have been much worse. and good as gold. american gymnast sunisa lee winds the gymnastics competition
and says why she might have quit the sport. good morning. good to be with you. i'm anne-marie green. we begin with president biden's new push to get more americans vaccinated. yesterday he said all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against covid, or they'll have to get tested weeklyly, wear masks, and sociay distance. today the cdc will release new information on the delta variant. internal documents first obtained by "the washington post" say the highly contagious strain can spread as easily as chickenpox and make people more sick than other variants. laura podesta with more from new york. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we're learning that this new information was gathered in a cdc investigation of a coronavirus outbreak in the small town of provincetown, massachusetts. and it directly contributed to the recent decision by the cdc to have most of us mask up again indoors. the federal government is
rolling out new strategies to get more people vaccinated against covid-19. >> it's an american blessing that we have vaccines for each and every american. it's a shame. such a shame to squander that blessing. >> reporter: president biden unveiled a new rule requiring federal workers and contractors to get their shots or face regular testing and other restrictions. the pentagon announced a similar mandate for members of the military. the president also urged local governments to offer $100 to vaccine holdouts. >> i know the pain to say get vaccinated might sound unfair to folks who have gotten vaccinated already. here's the deal -- if incentives help us beat this virus, i believe we should use them. >> reporter: mr. biden said the incentives could be paid for with federal pandemic relief money. there are about 100 million unvaccinated people who are eligible to get inoculated. experts blame the surge in cases on the more contagious delta variant.
>> situation is dire. this delta variant that we're seeing now changes the game from my perspective. >> reporter: according to published reports, the cdc found the delta variant spreads as easily as chickenpox and appears to make people more sick than the original virus did. the agency is expected to publish its research today along with a call to, quote, acknowledge the war has changed. cdc director rochelle walensky hinted the research to be published today will show that the amount of coronavirus in a person's nasal passages is considerably high even if they're vaccinated. so breakthrough infections may be more concerning than we thought. >> wow. laura podesta in new york. thank you so much, laura. well, two tornadoes ripped through southeast pennsylvania causing severe damage. at least five people were injured yesterday when the roof of this car dealership collapsed. it's not known just how serious their injuries were, but everyone is accounted for. the national weather service issued flash flood warnings for
parts of the region as it was slammed with up to three inches of rain in a short period of time. no deaths were reported. >> the storm would have been two hours earlier, this would be a different report. those places would have been packed with people, especially packed with workers, and thank god for whatever is good about it, it happened two hours later and not 4:30, 5:00. >> the storm reportedly left more than 8,000 homes and businesses without power. an olympic gymnast is being honored in her home state today for her gold medal win. minnesota governor tim walz declared today sunisa lee day. the 18-year-old was born in st. paul, earned a gold medal for the all-around competition in tokyo yesterday. she said this is a moment that she will never forget. >> this medal definitely means a lot to me because there was a point in time where i wanted to quit, and i just didn't think i would ever get here including injuries and stuff.
>> lee is the fifth straight american woman to claim the olympic title. meanwhile, world champion pole vaulter sam hendricks was forced to withdraw after he tested positive for covid. senator roger wicker, a lawmaker from his home state of mississippi, spoke out against the move on the senate floor calling it an injustice. it's been one year since nine u.s. service members drowned in a training accident off the california coast, and now their families want to make sure it never happens again. anthony pura has more on their emotional message. >> reporter: this is video from inside an amphibious assssault vehicle as a group of service members headeded out to a traing exercise last t year. eight marines and a navy sailor died when the aav began taking in water near san clemente island off the california coast. sarah lost her husband of one month, corporal cesar villanueva. >> i would not wish any fiance,
wife, or girlfriend to face the same feeling that i have to endure every day. >> reporter: family members alongside the returnees now say they will file a suit against the makers of the aavs. they claim the vehicles have defective doors which turned them into a deathtrap. >> no training in the world would have got that 5,000-pound hatch open. the hatch was not going to open. >> reporter: amphibious assault vehicles move on tank-like tracks. they work on land as well as water. attorneys say they should be beached until the issues are fixed. >> no track, no amphibious assault vehicle should be in the water -- >> reporter: christiana sweetwood's son, 18-year-old lance corporal chase sweetwood, was also killed. >> there's a hole in my family i can't fix. i don't want another mother standing in the door at 7:00 a.m. as two casualty officers tell her that her son is
missing. >> reporter: family members hope their lawsuit will force action so no other families will have to go through what they did. anthony pura, cbs news, los angeles. carl levin, michigan's longest serving senator, has died at the age of 87. the levin center at wayne state university's law school said the prominent democrat died yesterday. a cause of death was not released but he was getting treatment for lung cancer. he was first elected to the senate in 1978. he was known for having a key voice on military issues and was a longtime member of the senate armed services committee. levin was re-elected five times and retired in 2015. coming up, the first lady pays a visit to the hospital after she was injured on a beach in hawaii. and scarlett johansson is suing disney. why the star says her contract for the hit movie "black widow" was breached. this is the "cbs morning news." was breached. > there is t the "cbs momor news." ythingng your wildld chils
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the first lady is recovering at the white house this morning after she was treated for a puncture wound on her foot yesterday. dr. jill biden was injured while she was walking on a beach in hawaii last weekend. it's unclear what object punctured her. her spokesperson says that the wound was clear of infection and is expected to heal well. president biden went his wife to the hospital for the procedure. there are covid concerns at a massive music festival in chicago, and a former high-ranking catholic official is in legal trouble. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." the "associated press" says former cardinal theodore mccarrick was charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. court records allege he assaulted the boy during a wedding reception in massachusetts in 1974. he is facing three counts of indecent assault and battery. mccarrick was defrocked in 2019 after a vatican investigation confirmed he sexually molested children and adults.
he's the first cardinal in the u.s. to ever be criminally charged with a sex crime against a minor. "the san diego union tribune" says a san diego-based sailor was charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a navy ship last year. the navy said the sailor was a crew member on the "bonhomme richard" and is accused of starting the fire. the flames burned for four days and caused damage to the ship while it was docked off san diego. the sailor who is facing charges including aggravated arson has denied responsibility for the fire. the "chicago tribune" said lollapalooza kicked off yesterday at chicago's grant park. the music festival opened amid concerns of rising covid cases. attendees must show proof that they've been vaccinated against the virus or that they've tested negative within the last three days. >> i have my vaccine card. >> vaccine cards. >> tests. >> test.
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>> we have unfinished business. >> well, scarlett johansson may have some unfinished business with disney. the actress, who stars in the hit "black wdow," is suing the company. she alleges her contract was breached when the movie was released on the streaming service disney-plus the same day as it hit theaters. she says her contract guaranteed an exclusive theatrical debut ahead of the streaming release, and a large part of her salary is tied to box office sales. disney says there's no merit to the lawsuit. on the cbs "money watch" now, federal help for struggling renters is ending, and mcdonald's unveils a new celebrity meal. elise preston is at the new york stock exchange with those stories and more. good morning, elise. >> reporter: good morning, anne-marie. well, stock futures are trending lower after two of the major indices hit fresh records during the regular session. the dow rallied 153 points, hitting a record intraday high.
the nasdaq gained 15 points, and the s&p 500 also hit a record adding 18 points. the biden administration will allow a nationwide ban on evictions to expire tomorrow. white house officials say their hands are tied after the supreme court ruled last month the moratorium would only continue until the end of july. president biden called on congress to protect renters who are struggling financially because of the pandemic. according to the u.s. census bureau roughly 3.5 million people in the u.s. said they face eviction in the next two months. with covid cases surging nationwide, the happiest place on earth is asking visitors to mask up again. starting today, people who go to disneyland in california or walt disney world in florida must wear a face covering indoors. it applies to anyone 2 years old and up regardless of their vaccination status.
masks remain optional outside. and mcdonald's is rolling out a pretty sweet new meal. the fast food chain is teaming up with hip happen artist saweetie for its next celebrity meal. it will be available next month. it includes a big mac, four-piece chicken mcnuggets, friegs, a sprite, tangy barbecue sauce and saweetie and sour sauce. the singer is known for sits like "my type" and "best friend." she has more than 12,000 followers on instagram. i'll have that melody stuck in my head for sure. >> i got it in there, as well. they showed how you can remix the meal, take the patty out and put fries inside and sauce on top. very complicated. i go to mcdonald's for simplicity. i'm like a combo one type of person, and i'm good. but if you want to mix it up, saweetie's got the meal for you. >> i'm with you. i always get the same thing. pretty boring. >> yeah. me, too. elise preston in new york. thank you so much. have a great weekend.
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the international space station was knocked out of its position for about 45 minutes yesterday causing communications to blip out twice. it happened when a newly docked russian science lab accidentally fired its jet thrusters after docking. the space station's position is critical to getting power from solar panels and communications. nasa says that the crew was never in danger, and there was no damage. grammy award-winning singer shakira could go to trial for tax fraud in spain. a judge recommended her case go to trial yesterday saying he found sufficient evidence of criminality. they allege the pop star did not pay more than $16 in taxes between 2012 and 2014. she's denied any wrongdoing, and her pr team says she immediately paid what she owed after the tax office told her about the debt. the singer could face jail time if found guilty.
she can appeal the decision. the detroit pistons selected a 19-year-old from oklahoma state university as the number-one draft pick in last night's nba draft. >> with the first pick in the 2021 nba draft, the detroit pistons select cade cunningham from oklahoma state university. [ applause ] >> cade cunningham kissed his 2-year-old daughter riley and hugged his family after the pick was announced. the point guard who is 6'8" is the first player in oklahoma state's history to be picked as number one overall. so coming up on "cbs this morning," they may not be real olympians, but they certainly have the drive. we'll introduce you to a british couple that's attempting to complete 96 olympic events all for a good cause. i'm anne-marie green. this is the "cbs morning news." "
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causing severe damage. at least five people were injured yesterday when the roof of a car dealership collapsed. it's not known how serious their injuries were, but everyone is accounted for, and no deaths were reported. when it's hot outside, the beach is the place to be. but shark sightings are on the rise this summer in the northeast, and climate change may be to blame. mola lenghi explains. >> reporter: sharks off new york's atlantic coastline are cusing concerns. another sighting at the popular jones beach state park on new york's long island temporarily closed the waters to beach-goers. >> you can't go out to your waist and stuff like that. i'm sure i'll be back in the water again. >> reporter: multiple sharks spotted about 20 yards off the coast closing a neighboring beach wednesday. >> our guard spotted numerous, not just a singular, but numerous black tipped reef sharks. they're more of a caribbean shark. they come close to the shoreline
in feeding areas. so the concern is obviously with swimmers. >> reporter: there have been several recent shark sightings along the new york coast. scientists say that warming waters from climate change are driving the sharks north. chris paparo captured this video of sharks feeding on huge schools of fish off southampton, new york. he's with the south fork natural history museum's shark research team where they tag sharks in order to collect data on their patterns. >> climate change is definitely playing a role, especially in the sightings that we're seeing this year and last year. as sea temperatures are rising, a lot of fish populations are shifting north. >> reporter: experts stress the need to continue to learn about shark habitats and migration patterns, especially as they're being impacted by climate change. shark attacks are incredibly rare, but officials still stress that it's always important for beach-goers to remain vigilant out there. mola lenghi, cbs news, long island, new york. coming up on "cbs this morning," frontline fatigue. doctors and nurses are once again facing burnout as covid hospitalizations rise.
health care workers tell us they are frustrated and concerned. plus, we'll introduce you to a british couple attempting an olympic feat. they are trying to do 96 olympic events from wind surfing to the vault, and it's all for an important cause. and training the next grandmaster. how a former chess champ is inspiring young kids to give a centuries' old game a try. that's the "cbs morning news" for this friday. thanks for watching. i'm anne-marie green. have a great day. ♪