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>> o'donnell: delta's summer surge. no room in the i.c.u., as medical staff battle to save lives at an oregon hospital. >> us i.c.u. nurses are used to winning, and we're not winning. >> o'donnell: in our back-to- school series, a focus on mental health. the groundbreaking program to help students as they return to the classroom. travel slowdown. why are americans suddenly canceling their flights? plus, will europe soon ban american tourists? dangerous storm forming. the latest on what could become a major hurricane. and, mission of hope. u.s. service members in afghanistan show the best of humanity, risking their lives to save others. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening,
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and thank you for joining us. we are going to begin tonight with breaking news on one of the darkest days for the u.s. military in more than a decade. as troops were overseeing the evacuation, twin suicide attacks near the kabul airport killed at least 13 u.s. service members, 15 others were wounded. at least 90 afghans were killed, 150 wounded. it was exactly the type of attack that the state department had just warned about. the first bomb went off just outside the airport's abbey gate, where crowds of afghans had gathered hoping to get inside for a flight to freedom. the second not far away, at the baron hotel, that's a staging point for americans hoping to evacuate. a short time ago, an emotional president biden paid tribute to the troops who were lost, and had a warning for isis-k, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility. >> we will not be deterred by terrorists. we will not let them stop our mission. we will continue the evacuation.
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>> o'donnell: the president also vowing to press on with the evacuation, promising to rescue americans and afghan allies with just five days until his deadline for withdrawing u.s. forces. well, we have a team of correspondents covering every angle. charlie d'agata is going to lead off our coverage in doha, good evening. >> reporter: good evening to you, norah. tonight, afghanistan is on a state of high alert. kabul hospital dealing with all the wounded, while many are wondering why today's attack are just the start of a campaign of violence. chaos and carnage, as back-to- back bomb blasts tore through packed crowds at the airport. first at abbey gate, the entrance guarded by u.s. marines. a gun battle broke out, followed by a second blast at the nearby baron hotel, a gathering point for american evacuees and others trying to get out. the number of people known to have been killed is still climbing, but graphic images
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from the scene show countless bodies of victims lying in a sewage drainage ditch. people raced to save survivors using any means they could find. witnesses say a suicide bomber walked straight to the entrance gate before blowing himself up. there was a very strong and powerful suicide attack, he says, in the middle of the people. many were killed, includingof te people. many were killed inc americans. the pentagon said tonight, u.s. troops were vulnerable, as they were in close contact with the crowds trying to escort people into the airport. >> this is close-up war. the breathe of the person is upon you. while we were over-watching flights, we still have to touch the clothes of the person that is coming in. >> reporter: tonight isis claimed responsibility posting a picture of the alleged suicide bomber. the taliban responsible for the security around the airport
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condemned the bombings yet despite specific warnings from western intelligence agencies that an attack was imminent, afghanistan's new rulers were incapable of doing anything to stop it. the bombings have not only complicated the evacuations planned for remaining u.s. citizens and thousands of service members; for afghans, it confirms the darkest fears of what is to come once american forces pull out for good. >> o'donnell: and charlie, i understand there were more explosions at the airport. what can you tell us? >> reporter: yeah, well, that's right, norah. and you can imagine that has sent jitters throughout the capitol, but we understand from the u.s. military that they are actually blowing up ammunition stores, rather than transporting them back home. >> o'donnell: all right, charlie d'agata, thank you. we want to go now to the white house.
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while it's a dark day certainly in america and one of the worst days to joe biden's presidency. he says he takes responsibility fundamentally for everything that has happened in afghanistan. the cbs's nancy cordes joins us now from the white house. nancy, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, norah. we just heard from the commander in chief. he said despite these deaths, his military leaders want to continue with this risky evacuation mission for a few more days, and he does too. >> a tough day. >> reporter: a somber president biden called the fallen troops heroes, who died in the service of an historic airlift. >> we have some sense, like many of you do, what the families of these brave heroes are feeling today. we get this feeling like you are being sucked into a black hole in the middle of your chest, and there is no way out. >> reporter: the president said he has ordered the pentagon to draw up plans to strike back at the isis offshoot that claimed responsibility for the bombing. >> to those who carried out this
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attack, as well as anyone who wishes america harm, know this: we will not forgive. we will not forget. we will hunt you down, and make you pay. >> reporter: the attack came just five days before the troops were set to pull out entirely. the president and his top aides have been warning for days that an attack like this might happen. republicans who were already critical of the white house withdrawal plan blamed the casualties on the commander in chief, calling the crisis an inexcusable mess. >> biden is the only one who really followed through with the stupidest possible option, and now we are paying in blood for it. >> reporter: republican leader mitch mcconnell wrote, this murderous attack offers the clearest possible reminder that terrorists will not stop fighting the united states just because our politicians grow tired of fighting them."
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some republicans even called on president biden to resign. but this evening, he argued that his predecessor, president trump, left him with few options by cutting a deal with the taliban to pull all troops out this year. norah? >> o'donnell: nancy cordes at the white house, thank you. and tonight, the u.s. military remains on high alert in kabul even as it moves ahead with the evacuation. cbs's david martin reports, the threat of more attacks is very real. >> reporter: as deadly as today's attack was, general frank mckenzie says isis is likely to try again before this evacuation is over. >> the threat is extremely real, and we expect attacks to continue and are doing everything we can to be prepared for those attacks. >> reporter: today's attack was carried out by a bomber on foot. but mckenzie, the general in overall command of the evacuation, says isis has bigger bombs in mind. >> we also know they aim a
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suicide-- vehicle-born suicide from a small vehicle to a large vehicle, they are working all those options. >> reporter: the 5,000 combat troops at the airport have strike aircraft, drones, helicopters and gunships watching over them from the airm but mckenzie acknowledges that he has to rely on taliban checkpoints to keep suicide bombers away from the airport. >> we reached out to the taliban. we have told them we need to continue to push out the security parameter. we identified roads we would like for them to close, they've identify they will be willing to close those roads because we assess the threat of a suicide borne vehicle threat is high right now. >> reporter: mckenzie said the only way to screen people trying to get on evacuation flights is to come in close contact with them. that is increased risk for the troops doing the screening, but allowing a suicide bomber on to an aircraft would be an even greater disaster. norah. >> o'donnell: it's chilling to hear the general say that today. david martin, thank you. and turning now to the covid pandemic. tonight, all 50 states are seeing high levels of covid
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transmission, and the u.s. is averaging almost 150,000 new cases per day. that's actually the most since january. staggering. well, outside the south, oregon has become one of the worst hot spots in the country, and cbs's janet shamlian is there. >> reporter: this is the all-out battle to save lives. in a medford, oregon, intensive care unit, all beds are full. most are unvaccinated and dying. i saw almost everyone in your i.c.u. is on a ventilator. how many of them will come out of this? >> we just withdrew care for two patients, they will die within the next hour. i think we will lose another couple by tonight. >> reporter: turn-around time after a patient dies, to get another in the room, is only a few hours. >> it's the worst we've ever seen. >> reporter: nurse clarissa traumatized by the u carson is traumatized by the unprecedented number of deaths. >> the grief is >> the grief is tremendous. we are used to winning. us i.c.u. nurses are used to
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winning, and we are not winning. we're losing. >> reporter: oregon's covid hospitalizations are at their highest level since the pandemic started. the state has reimposed mask mandates, as a patchwork of rules on masks and vaccinations are being ordered elsewhere across the country. >> it is extraordinarily important that we keep our kids safe. >> reporter: illinois today ordered teachers kindergarten through college to get vaccinated or tested weekly. >> this is not about a vaccine. this is about fundamental rights. >> reporter: but there is anger in the streets of new york city over a vaccine mandate for all public employees. a similar mandate in oregon, which reported one of the highest increases in new cases last week, sparked hundreds to protest outside the hospital. ( honking and cheering ) inside, the i.c.u. was eerily quiet. dr. ghosh says he wishes they could see the death and suffering. >> i wish things were not so polarized and so political. we're just trying to save lives
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over here. >> o'donnell: and janet shamlian joins us now from medford, ohio. so interesting to hear from the caregivers there. and what is the current situation now? >> reporter: so out of the 15 beds in the i.c.u. unit that we were in, two of the patients died yesterday, and so far, two have died today. the hospital says the current crisis is finding beds for people who do not have covid, but who are critically ill. norah. >> o'donnell: janet shamlian, thank you so much. well, back here in washington, seven capitol police officers today sued former president trump and several far right extremist groups over thed sevet extremist groups over the january 6th january 6th insurrection. the suit claims they conspired to provoke the deadly attack on the capitol by repeating lies that the 2020 election had been stolen. there has been no immediate comment from the former president or his lawyer. well, tonight, authorities in illinois are investigating a deadly shooting in kankakee county courthouse. two people were killed and another was wounded.
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two suspects are in custody. the motive for the attack is not yet known. all right, tonight in our special back-to-school series, we look into the growing mental health crisis among american students returning to school-- in some cases, for the first time in a year and a half. here's cbs's meg oliver. >> if you are not feeling okay, then you should speak up and say something. >> reporter: this summer at new jersey's montclair state university, 16-year-old catherine chiqui zumba learned techniques to reduce stress and focus on mental wellness. >> there are a lot of kids, they don't want to address it or are scared to address it. >> reporter: on top of remote high school classes, she worked at her family's daycare center but the pressure and isolation took a toll, zumba kept quiet. >> i'd always fake a smile. >> reporter: were you depressed? >> not really depressed, but like, mostly sad all the time. >> reporter: a recent survey by mental health america found 54% of 11- to 17-year-olds reported
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frequent suicidal thoughts or self-harm in the previous two weeks, the highest rate since it began screening in 2014. >> if kids don't have their mental health in check, their academics will-- it will be like a toilet bowl. >> reporter: psychologist jaclyn friedman-lombardo. what is your advice to parents and students struggling with mental health right now? >> mental health isn't always about seeing a therapist or psychiatrist, sometimes it is about being involved in your community, about making those connections, feeling like you belong. >> this happened to you, it happened to us. >> reporter: even before starting her junior year in high school, zumba already learned a lifelong lesson. >> there is going to be issues in life. the real thing you have to focus on is just how you handle it. >> reporter: this school year, the lesson is, healing children's minds is as important as their academic recovery. meg oliver, cbs news, new jersey. >> o'donnell: i know that is how many parents feel. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs
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the highly-transmissable delta virus, plans change. >> when you are 70, life is too short. >> reporter: miller is not alone. the t.s.a. reported its lowest month.e nninof the of the summer and a new survey from cars.com found that rising concern forced a fifth of those planning to fly to cancel their tickets and drive instead. >> there is a lot more anxiety with airlines, with hotels, with cruise lines and all members of the travel industry right now, compared to just a couple of months ago. >> reporter: travel analyst henry harteveldt had in-person meetings cancelled today and says business travel, too, is taking a hit. >> we're going to see more and more of these meetings getting moved online as companies try to figure out how to keep their employees safe.ut how to >> reporter: meanwhile, in hawaii... >> it is not a good time toe is. >> reporter: ...the state's
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governor says cases are so high there, he is discouraging incoming travel. >> our hospitals are at capacity. our i.c.u.'s are full. >> reporter: and the european union is reconsidering allowing americans into the region. and there's more. american airlines said this week it is already tracking bookings declining. cancellations are creeping up. plus, the reservation rental website airbnb said it is expecting fewer reservations this fall, norah, all of it because of the latest delta surge. >> o'donnell: errol barnett, thank you. and when we come back, a look at how u.s. service members see the best of humanity even in the worst conditions.
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>> o'donnell: ending a war can be as dangerous as starting one. and, as we end our longest war, a war that has already taken nearly 2,500 lives, 13 more service members were killed today, in the deadliest attack on u.s. troops in ten years. this is what american troops were doing before terror struck today-- feeding children, playing with kids, lending an arm to the elderly. the american military is the greatest in the world, not only because of its superior force, but because of its humanity. soldiers providing a helping hand, pulling afghan infants to
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safety. this child kept warm by the uniform of a u.s. soldier during her evacuation. this mother delivered her baby in the cargo bay of a c-17, naming the newborn "reach" after the call sign of the aircraft that rescued her. for the last two decades, our mission has been about keeping us safe at home and improving the lives of afghans. the 13 u.s. service members who made the ultimate sacrifice today did not die in vain. 100,000 people have been evacuated because of their heroic actions. they answered the call, and did what they were trained to do. a reminder of the high price of freedom. and god bless our u.s. troops. we'll be right back. right back. r all day pain relief. aleve it, and see what's possible.
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>> o'donnell: tomorrow an important story, what happens to women in a taliban-run afghanistan? and some of the desperate measures being taken to get as many to safety as possible. and a reminder-- can't watch us live? well, set your dvr so you can watch us later in the day. and that's tonight's edition of the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in the nation's capitol. we want to leave you tonight with the flag at the capitol, now at half-staff in honor of the u.s. service members and the other lives lost in kabul. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs
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the new school year is underway. 75% of school districts nationwide reported of staff shortages. districts are resorting to weekly jobs fair andess.
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>> andrew chen has that story. >> reporter: when students recently returning to school, the number of teachers did not add up. >> were you fully staffed? >> we were not. >> reporter: the pandemic accelerated a teacher shortage years in the making. >> now if we get between one and five applicants, that's a good day. >> reporter: districts nationwide are facing similar problems. nearly 30% of national association members see the pandemic led them to leaving teaching earlier than expected. almost all 50 states reported teacher shortages for the 2021 school year. >> reporter: in wisconsin, this
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tee teacher retires after 29 years of teaching. >> it is much earlier than i expected. i was a chemistry teacher and you deal with numbers a lot. numerically it only made sense for me to leave teaching. >> reporter: some districts are tac tackling the problem of teacher bonuses. >> the common refrain was if i had something i would do it, too. it scares me and worries me a lot. >> reporter: forcing democing d

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