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>> whitaker: raid gone wrong: a chicago family sues policeami after officers kick in their door and hold them at gunpoint, even two young girls. >> so what did you do when you saw the gun? >> i was crying. >> whitaker: olympic home coming: fans celebrate a triumphant stateside return for team u.s.a.. and the ten-year-old who proves kindness is contagious. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> whitaker: good evening, and thank you for joining us. norah is off tonight. i'm bill whitaker. we're going to begin tonight in the west, which is getting ravaged by nearly 100 wildfires. overnight, the largest one in california all but destroyed greenville, an historic gold rush town, buildings that had stood since the 1800s were
leveled in hours, leaving an apocalyptic scene. in just three weeks, the so- called dixie fire has burned more than 500 square miles, an area larger than the city of los angeles. more than 25,000 residents are under evacuation orders. many of the western fires can be seen from space, whipped up by hot, dry winds. 20,000 firefighters and support crews are battling the flames. cbs' jonathan vigliotti is in greenville tonight. jonathan, how widespread is the destruction? >> reporter: bill, what you see here extends for nearly a mile in every direction. we are here on what is left of main street. that used to be the main intersection. that was a century-old hotel. easily more than 100 buildings were destroyed by this fire. and when you look here this afternoon, it's as if several bombs exploded here overnight. it came in like a tornado, this
raging wildfire tore through this mining town, engulfing everything in its path, turning it into a hellscape. flames were swirling around cars and this temple, incinerating them all. >> we lost greenville tonight. >> reporter: these are images of the downtown before carnage, now now reduced to rubble. homes, stores and businesses charred beyond recognition. the dixie fire is on the move, now covering more than 300,000 acres. it's california's largest wildfire this year. >> it's okay once you get past that. >> reporter: firefighters struggle to drive through the smoke. the fire started last month but exploded this week fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds. >> the most difficult part is not knowing what's happening, and where it's at. it just exploded so fast, you don't have time to react to anytng >> reporter: more than three hours away, people on the california-nevada border fled the river fire that created fire
balls like this one. >> shaking like a leaf, but i have my family. that's what's important. >> reporter: heavy clouds in greenville. we found fire chief sergio mora. >> it's difficult. >> reporter: mora was there o fo provide safety to fellow firefighters as they battle flames, his 23rd day on the job. this is mora as the fire engulfed the town. one of the last things he did is close the doors to the fire station. >> hope i never have to see this again. the post office, bank, library, fire station, couple ofk, lib churches, a lot of people's homes, their livelihood. >> reporter: all too quickly, this fire erased a part of california's history that can never be restored. and at this hour it's still unclear if everyone escaped alive. the red flag warnings continue
through this evening. expecting wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour and already a flurry of mandatory evacuations issued in the last hour. bill. >> whitaker: thank you, jonathan. that is a beautifully deeply forested part of california. so tragic. tonight, news about one of the of the covid vaccines. moderna say its shots remain effective at least six months after the second dose, though it expects booster shots will be needed this winter. vaccinations are up this week, but so are new covid cases, and there's concern about a potential superspreader event in south dakota. cbs' mola lenghi is there. >> reporter: more than half a million bikers are expected to ride into the small town of sturgis, south dakota over the next ten days as the delta variant rips through the nation. besides the bikes and beers, most are here for something many americans can probably relate... >> tired of living and staying at home and we're ready to get out and do stuff.
>> tired of living in fear. >> reporter: mark and jackie bogue may find exactly what they're looking for, no mask requirements, no vaccination requirements, hardly any signs the country is battling a pandemic. >> they are coming from pretty much every state in the nation. and the virus does not discriminate. you're setting the stage for something like a superspreader event. >> reporter: dr. shankar kurra's hospital is gearing up. for him it's deja vu. last year's rally resulted in widespread transmission with 463 confirmed cases linked directly to sturgis and 270 secondary infections across the united states. more recently the big celebrations in downtown milwaukee last month are likely linked to nearly 500 covid cases in wisconsin. in the last month covid cases soared from an average of a thousand a day to nearly 90,000 a day and hospitalizations have soared more than 40% in a week. in mississippi, there are now only eight i.c.u. beds available
in the entire state. >> the ultimate goal is vaccination. we can turn it around. >> reporter: rod bradley owns a local bar and hotel. >> whether it's the sales tax revenue or the property tax from the buildings that are in town to handle the rally, it makes a big impact on the community as a whole. >> reporter: that's by far the rally's reward. there's also the risk. >> two weeks after the rally is our challenge now because that's when we're anticipating a rise in cases of covid. >> reporter: well, vaccinations are largely been a success story here. south dakota right around the national average. and, monument health, the only hospital in the western half of the state has 13 covid patients now. that may seem like a low number, bill. but two weeks ago, they were down to just three. >> reporter: mola lenghi, in sturgis, south dakota. >> whitaker: tonight, president biden is hoping to jump start the switch to electric vehicles. his new executive order sets an ambitious goal, half of all
vehicles sold should be electric by 2030, and his administration wants to cut emissions from cars that run on gas. we'll get more now from cbs' ben ♪ >> reporter: president biden took a drive in an electric jeep wrangler after signing his executive order. >> it's electric, and there's no turning back. but we just have to move and we have to move fast. >> but accelerating the transition to evs may not be so so quick. americans still love their gas guzzlers. trucks, vans and suv's make up three-quarters of new sales so far this year. evs are just 2%. is it possible to get to 50% by the end of the decade? >> it is. >> reporter: michael regan is the administrator of the vice presidential protection agency. today it proposed stricter new emissions standards for cars and trucks designed to force auto- makers to build and sell more electric cars.
>> we're ushering in new advanced technologies that will not only increase and enhance performance but reduce climateed pollutants. >> reporter: in the united states, transportation is the single largest source of planet warming greenhouse gas emissions. e.p.a. claims the new clean car standards would avoid 2.2 billion tons of carbon emission from vehicles by 2050. but with the impacts of climate change piling up, environmental groups pressured the administration to go further. the new tailpipe regulations start off 10% stricter than the trump administration's. but barely meet the standards standards president obama negotiated in 2012. >> i think thing administration can be bolder. >> reporter: katherine garcia is with the sierra club. >> the planet is demanding we demanding we take the climate crisis seriously and reduce pollution as quickly as possible.ker:nd ben joins us
now. ben, leaders from the big three auto-makers were audit the white house today. are they committing to the goal of 50% electric vehicle sales by 2030? >> reporter: no, they're saying it's their aspiration they'll get between 40% and 50% by 2030. but they say the federal government needs to proved tax incentives to people will buy the vehicles and build charging stations throughout the country. bill. >> whitaker: thank you, ben. tonight a chicago family is suing the city and the police department after officers raided their home by mistake and held them at gunpoint. dave savini from our cbs station wbbm broke the story. >> reporter: chicago police officers responded to a 911 call in august 2019, about two men fighting at a nearby gas station, one possibly armed. when police arrived, four men ran. officers entered this apartment
building but there's no public evidence suggesting this is where the suspects went. officers headed to the third door where they kicked down the door belonging to regina evans and steven winters. a lawsuit filed by the couple dues alleges the officers forcibly entered their home without announcing themselves as police. they held winters down as they checked the apartment and had a gun to his head. >> i thought it was kind of over. >> reporter: in one room they woke up a 73-year-old grandfather at gunpoint. and in another they find the couple's children, 5-year-old reshyla and 9-year-old savayla. they were in their beds when they say an officer entered their room and pointed a gun at them. what did you do when you saw the gun.un at them. what did you do when you saw the >> i was crying. >> the officer put a gun in my face and in the room with my kids.
i called the police, too. >> reporter: you called the police on the police. >> yes. i called the police on the police because i don't know what's going on, you're in my house and won't tell me anything. >> reporter: the family can be heard repeatedly telling police the suspects never entered their unit. the officers later apologized. >> they thought they were chasing a guy with a gun. >> reporter: the apprehension of suspects are often happening in fluid situations where officers balance public safety and the safety of all involved. >> trauma, heartache. they left a lot of baggagey lef behind. >> reporter: the civilian officer of police accountability of police accountability tell us they are conducting a preliminary investigation into this case. bill. >> whitaker: dave savini from our chicago station. thank you. tonight, there's new evidence the economic recovery is uneven at best. 385,000 americans filed for unemployment benefits last week. millions more will see their extended pandemic benefits run
out by labor day. cbs' mark strassmann has one family's struggle. >> what if we have to be homeless? what are we going to do with the kids? >> erin white's family of six had a lifeline -- iowa. >> it's daily break downls. not every once in a while. >> reporter: at 38, her health has broken down, severe ats na, pulmonary hypertension and unidentified auto immune disease. their combined income $60,000. in april they quit to protect protect her. getting the covid vaccine was too risky for her compromised immune system but so was walking into work every day. >> it was a very hard thing to accept that wasn't my job anymore and this is my new reality. >> reporter: in working class keokuk, iowa, the unemployment
rate almost 7%-- higher than the statewide average. june 12 governor tim reynolds cut off washington's pandemic relief for the state's jobless. the message to nearly 25,000 iowans: go find a job. >> and the money went away quick and we started to get the taste of losing everything then. >> reporter: the repo man came for their van. they're three months behind on the rent. >> we're losing everything. we're failing. i want to help my family. there's a lot of us and it takes a lot of money. you know, and i want to be able to help them and i feel like i can't. i don't have that control. >> reporter: across the mississippi, the whites can see illinois. >> their governor still allows them to have the pandemic benefits. >> reporter: lost in our recovering economy, millions of americans still need help. mark strassmann, cbs news. >> whitaker: 26 states have ended most of that extra federal unemployment assistance. one of america's most powerful
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>> whitaker: if you don't think one person can make a big difference, we know a young man who might just change your mind. cbs' janet shamlian introduces us. >> reporter: getting books into the hands of children. >> fresh shipment! >> reporter: hundreds of titles given away at this fort worth book fair. >> we just got a donation, a generous donation of books. >> reporter: by a child himself. >> i want to be able to share my love of literacy with as many people as possible. >> reporter: this is orion jean. he's 10. but the number on his mind is 500,000. the number of books he's hoping to get donated to children in need. >> even just for a moment, to go into a new story or a new world and go to places and meet people they never would have. ( reading )
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this is cbs over night news. more than a dozen fires burning across california forcing thousands of people to leave everything behind and escape in their lives. stores and gas stations and restaurants and all of it destroyed. the so-called river fire northeast of sacramento scorched hundreds of thousands of acres.
some feared the fire season can get worse. >> reporter: we are standing in a neighborhood that's completely destroyed. the river fire started yesterday afternoon, it quickly exploded to 1400 acres, north of where we are is the addiction any fire. it is about 200 times of the size of this one and growing by the hour. >> reporter: the flames of the dixie fire gutted the entire town of greenville, california, homes and stores and gas stations burned to the ground. the fire is on the move, exploding to about 20,000 acres in a single day. it is covering 278,000 acres and 30% contained. firefighters struggled to drive through smoke and the dry vegetation and brush are fuelling the fire. residents are packing up.
>> most difficult part is not knowing and where it is at. it is so fast that you don't have time to react to anything. more t >> reporter: people are leaving their home because of the river fire, some with just the clothes on their back. >> shaken like a leave but it is okay, i got my family together, that's what's important. >> reporter: flames created fire balls like this one and damaged as many as 45 buildings. firefighters working with bull do doziers to prevent more damage. >> i am concerned i may not have one. >> reporter: fire crews are going to have a busy day ahead of them. red flag warnings remain in effect through the evening. wind gusts reaching up to 35 miles per hour, turning hot spots like this into major flames. >> florida has more than 12,000 pati