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center that day. >> it keeps getting better. we need to sign up fo ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> o'donnell: tonight, the vaccine mandate for kids, as california becomes the first state to require the covid vaccine for all students, impacting millions of children. the mandate means all public and private school children in the nation's largest state will need to be vaccinated. could other states soon follow? plus, a new pill to cut hospitalizations and deaths by 50%. president biden's high-stakes trip to capitol hill. what happened inside the president's meeting with fellow democrats? will they reach a deal to save his domestic agenda? >> whether it's in six minutes,x six days, or six weeks-- we're going to get it done. >> o'donnell: women's soccer scandal. tonight, why stars megan rapinoe
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and alex morgan are furious. the league canceling this weekend's matches amid allegations of a cover-up and sexual abuse. slower mail delivery? the new rules that take effect today. what it means for millions who rely on the postal service for deliveries of medicine and paychecks. of fenta one pill can kill: overdoses hit record highs, fueled by a flood of fentanyl-laced pills, heroin, and cocaine. tonight, a mother's pain. >> i have a huge hole in my heart. >> o'donnell: sunscreen recall: why coppertone is pulling these popular items off the shelves. and, "on the road." with floodwaters rising, a driver's prayers were answered by the few and the proud. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west and thank you for joining us
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on this busy friday night. we begin with a flurry of major developments in the covid pandemic from coast to coast. california's governor made a monumental announcement today, requiring covid vaccines for all school kids from kindergarten to 12th grade, once vaccines for kids are fully approved by the federal government. well, tonight, as the u.s. nears 700,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the u.s. drug company merck says it has developed a new pill that could be a game changer when it comes to treating coronavirus. merck is now planning to seek emergency use authorization from the f.d.a. for the world's first antiviral pill to treat covid. and, there's breaking news in new york city, where a group of public school teachers askedf the supreme court to block a vaccine mandate that's set to kick in today. cbs' nikki battiste is in the big apple right now to lead off our coverage. good evening, nikki. >> reporter: norah, good evening. here in new york city, the deadline has just passed for all public school staff to get at least one vaccine dose or face termination.
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and we've just learned, the supreme court has refused to block that mandate. and today, another mandate in california: all eligible school-aged children must be vaccinated against covid as soon as the f.d.a. gives full approval for the shot. >> we want to end this pandemic. >> reporter: california governor gavin newsom took a bold step today, making his state the first to mandate covid vaccinations for eligible children in public and private schools, once the vaccine is approved by the f.d.a. >> in fact, i anticipate other states to follow suit as well. >> reporter: the vaccine will be added to the list of other vaccinations, like measles and chicken pox, required by schools in california. about a third of california kids 12 to 17 are not vaccinated against covid. >> i'm 100% in favor of it. >> reporter: meanwhile, today, drug company merck announced its experimental pill, molnupiravir, could be a game changer to treat covid. >> this is quite impactful data,
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that-- that we hope offers a little ray of hope during this dark time of the pandemic. >> reporter: in the trial, patients with mild to moderate covid, at risk for serious illness, were given treatment over five days. data showed it reduced the risk of hospitalization by 50% with no deaths. there were eight deaths in the group given a placebo. the results were so promising, the trial stopped recruiting participants, and the company is now racing to file an emergency use authorization with the f.d.a. nationwide, cases of covid continue to decline after the summer surge. but 56-year-old supreme court justice brett kavanaugh didn't escape its reach, testing positive for covid. the fully-vaccinated justice is asymptomatic, but likely won't be on the bench when the new term starts on monday. and in new york city tonight, the deadline for all school employees to get at least one shot has passed. about 20% of nearly 4,600 school safety agents still have not been vaccinated against covid,
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d bib to work monday. hundreds could be forced to take unpaid leave or lose their jobs. do you think schools will be less safe on monday? >> schools will definitely be less safe on monday, because you have less school safety agents. >> if i don't want to live on the streets, i need this job to pay my bills. >> reporter: the threat of losing her job pushed school cafeteria worker allison boston to get her first dose this week, reluctantly. now that you have the vaccine dose, do you feel safer going into school? >> yes... honestly, yes. >> reporter: we learned today, an f.d.a. advisory committee is meeting on october 26 to discuss a vaccine for younger kids-- a positive development for the prospect of shots being available for kids ages 5 to 11 around halloween. norah. >> o'donnell: all right, nikki battiste, thank you. back here in washington, president biden left the oval office and went to the capitol today, hoping to salvage the major pieces of his legislative agenda. and tonight, we're learning new
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details about what the president told members of his own party.>t biden urged the fighting factions in his party to compromise, and he isn't putting a timetable on when to get it done. president biden trekked to capitol hill late friday to rally fellow democrats aroundca his signature priorities. >> it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks-- we're going to get it done. >> reporter: the high-stakes visit capped off a day of discussions among democrats... >> we're in the middle of mashed potatoes or sausage making. that's what legislation is. >> reporter: ...dug in over differences. >> we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k. to this country or not? are we going to expand healthcare to our seniors, and include vision and dental, or not? >> reporter: progressives continue to push for a massive $3.5 trillion social spending package, but moderates want a number at least half the size.
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you acknowledge that you may have to concede on that, and come down? >> i think i've already said we have to get everybody on board. >> reporter: without a resolution, a vote on a smaller, bipartisan infrastructure bill has been put on hold at least twice. how disappointed are you that-- >> well, look, i'm a legislator. i understand this thing. we set certain timetables. we're trying to get this moving. we're trying to get momentum. we understand where everybody is at. >> reporter: the impasse over infrastructure is already having an impact on the department of transportation, where 3,700 workers were temporarily furloughed. >> 4,000 lives, and families, too, that might be furloughed because of us. i mean, come on. >> reporter: lawmakers are working on a short-term measure to restore some of that transportation funding until that bipartisan infrastructure bill can happen. norah. >> o'donnell: so interesting, the president telling those members that $3.5 trillion isn't happening. nile killion, thank you.ll, toto professional women's soccer is
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turned upside down after a shocking report that a prominent male coach is accused of coercing players into having sex. the top league canceled all of its games for this weekend, and now soccer's international governing body is investigating. cbs' dana jacobson reports. >> megan rapinoe, into the top corner! >> reporter: outrage tonight from one of soccer's top women players, reacting to allegations of sexual misconduct by coach paul riley. megan rapinoe accused the national women's soccer league of failing to address allegations of abuse against players, writing on twitter, "men protecting men who are abusing women. burn it all down. let all their heads roll." riley is the third coach since august to be fired over allegations of abuse. the north carolina courage let him go after he was accused of sexual coercion by former players sinead farrelly and, b"
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when she was 22, and recruited her to three different teams he coached. her portland thorns teammate meleana shim says she was manipulated by riley as well. >> farrelly, they said, were brought back to paul riley's house after a night of drinking out with the team, and he encouraged them to kiss in his apartment. >> reporter: in canceling this weekend's games, league president lisa baird apologized to the players and staff, saying, "i am so sorry for the to the players and staff, saying, "i am so pain so many are feeling." but star player alex morgan says she reported riley's behavior back in 2015. in a statement, she said, "the league was informed of these allegations multiple times, and refused multiple times to investigate the allegations." riley has denied the allegations. >> he has a huge role in the professional league, but he also has influence across the entire sport. so there was always a level of concern that something still
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might happen to them. >> reporter: dana jacobson, cbs news, new york. >> o'donnell: all right, tonight, investigators are looking into what caused a deadly midair collision in chandler, arizona. a single-engine plane and a helicopter collided not far from an airport. the chopper crashed in a field, and two people inside were killed. the plane landed safely. a flight instructor and student who were on board were not hurt. the u.s. postal service is hitting americans with a one-two punch. today, first class mail delivery times were slowed down. sunday, the price of sending a package goes up. cbs' kris van cleave on how this will impact customers. >> reporter: for kiani wong's hawaii-based footwear business, the postal office's slower shipping and holiday surcharge, up to $5 a package, will deliver a hit to her bottom line. >> i really do feel like it's just another nail in the coffin. >> reporter: as part of a ten-year plan to slash billions in debt and modernize the post office, controversial trump appointee, postmaster
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general louis dejoy, ordered the slowdown. now, about 30% of first class mail and packages will take up to five days to arrive, instead of two to three, meaning longer waits for letters, bills, even prescription medication for millions of americans. you will pay more and get less. >> yes. does that make sense? >> reporter: congresswoman brenda lawrence, who spent 30 years as a postal worker, is demanding answers, after the postal regulatory commissionulan questioned if raising prices while reducing service is good business. >> i would be more receptive if they said, "we're going to try this, and pilot this program." but to change the standards without it being vetted is unacceptable. >> reporter: the post office will now rely largely on ground transportation, not airplanes, to move first class mail, something it says is cheaper and more reliable. for wong, it means a holiday season without much cheer. >> not only are we paying more for our postal service-- ourtal.
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o customers' packages may or may not arrive on time, which is huge for the holiday season. >> reporter: making snail mail slower, the post office says, will help it make a 95% on-time delivery goal. last quarter, they were around 88% on-time delivery for first class mail. and these changes come just weeks after the agency raised the cost of postage. norah. >> o'donnell: yeah, i read one expert say that mail delivery is going to be slower than it was in the 1970s. kris van cleave, thank you. and tonight, an urgent warning from the d.e.a. about fentanyl: laced drugs on the street of america. there are millions of these dangerous, fake pills out there, and they are killing thousands of americans. cbs' jeff pegues reports. >> reporter: matthew loudon was a star hockey player in high school.r: 21, he wasead his mother, deena, found him in the basement.tanyl overdose.
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his mot i can tell you miss him. >> i do, i do. i miss him every day. i have a huge hole in my heart. >> reporter: matthew, who struggled with depression, had taken a pill laced with fentanyl, an opioid 100 times more potent than heroin. >> i saw matthew and, you know, quickly turned him over and i knew he was gone. >> reporter: nearly 75% of the drug-related deaths last year were attributed to illegal fentanyl. it's smuggled into the u.s., mainly from mexico, hidden in tires, trucks, even loads of tires, trucks, even loads of frozen fish. in laredo, texas, seizures at the border are up 1,500% this year. >> we're seeing them in very small packages, which makes it even more challenging for our workforce to interdict. >> reporter: the cartels lace drugs like cocaine and heroin with fentanyl, and use it to make fake pain pills that end up on american streets. the u.s. government seized 1.8 million counterfeit pills in the last two months. >> one pill can kill.
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>> reporter: deputy attorney general lisa monaco said the pills look like real drugs. >> they're being sold over the internet and on social media platforms, like facebook marketplace, or snapchat. and they're being marketed to teenagers. >> to me, it's just... its horrible. >> reporter: deena has stitched together matthew's hockey jerseys to remind her of her son, who she says was her life. >> we have to get the word out. people need to know what fentanyl is. >> reporter: because fentanyl and those fake pills are killing unsuspecting americans at an unprecedented rate, the d.e.a. has issued a public safety alert for the first time in six years. norah. >> o'donnell: it is so true. we have to get the word out about these fake pills that are out there that are so deadly. jeff pegues, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." newly-released video of gabby
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>> o'donnell: everyone knows marines are always ready, and they proved it once again with an unexpected amphibious mission. here's cbs' steve hartman, "on the road." >> traffic and weather on the 8s. >> reporter: it was a deceptively beautiful morning in the nation's capital. >> severe weather is not expected today. >> reporter: but by that afternoon, several inches of heavy rain had fallen in parts of the district. and no one was caught more off-guard that september day than virginia waller of hagerstown, maryland. virginia was coming down this exit ramp when she ran head-long into a flash flood. hit the water with such force, it tore off her license plate. water so deep, her car wouldn't budge. >> it was scary. >> reporter: had you ever felt that scared before? >> no. no, i thou i thought i could die. >> reporter: virginia is au woan of faith, but she says she's never prayed harder than she did at that moment. >> clinging onto the hope that
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god heard me. >> reporter: a minute passed. you had to think you were seeing things. >> yeah, for a second, it was like, is this real?anart cordin. so cool! it. so cool! >> reporter: what virginia saw was the next best thing to the hand of god. >> the marines are going to help us! >> reporter: marines, in dress blues, who seemed to appear out of nowhere. >> thank you so much! >> reporter: believe it or not, i've actually met these same men before, and can personally vouch for their strength of character, and their strength. back in 2019, we did a story on this elite group, known as "the body bearers." their mission here at arlington cemetery is to shoulder the burden of american grief, literally. men so humble in their charge, they rarely do interviews, and were especially reluctant to talk about rescuing virginia
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i hope you have a great weekend. see you monday. right now at 7:00 -- i can't take this anymore. most parents i want to get this behind us. >> governor ducey mandates a covid vaccine for nearly every school kid in the state. how soon it could take effect, and what parents are saying tonight. >> i can't wait. warm temperatures to start the month of october. today was the warmest day so far this year and severn cisco at 85 degrees. more warmth this weekend, but more wildfire smoke. is a new spin on sideshow enforcement. a south bay man is being sued over social media posts. we confronted him at the courthouse. >> reporter: are you the guys organizing all the sideshows?
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the accident that transformed these bay area streets into streams in the middle of our historic drought. right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00, and streaming on cbsn bay area , just hours after west contra costa became the fourth area school district to mandate student vaccines, governor newsom has made california the first in the country to issue the order statewide. >> i have four young kids. i can't take this anymore. i'm like most parents. want to get this behind us, get the economy moving again. >> at evening. the mandate could take effect in s&s 3 months. first, for students 12 and over, and then for the younger kids, once a vaccine is approved for them. >> kpix 5's betty yu as parents about it. >> reporter: parents in mission bay were generally in favor of this mandate. upuntil no gove left the decision upto lo i've been .

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