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♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> duncan: tonight, bracing for battle. as president biden gets set to sign a bill to improve the nation's infrastructure, democrats get set for the next spending fight within their own party. >> democrats have majorities in both houses. and the american public expects us to deliver. >> duncan: also tonight, open borders. america welcomes back international visitors for the first time in 18 months. >> reporter: i'm carter evans in los angeles where u.s. borders are about to reopen to international travelers. >> duncan: plus, covid checkup. shots for kids and rising infections in the west. we'll ask dr. david agus aboutai fe' thwinter aad. police search for answers into
the concert crush that killed eight people. >> reporter: i'm lilia luciano in houston where many are coming to pay tribute at this memorial as we learn more about the victims. >> duncan: debt forgiveness, students with predatory loans find new relief. and later, the canoe builder. this indigenous artist is sharing what he knows, and there's lessons for all of us. >> this is the cbs weekend news. from new york here's jericka duncan. >> duncan: good evening, thank you for joining us, president biden begins a new week with something he and democrats have been lacking, momentum. but they've got it for now with the house passage of this massive bipartisan infrastructure plan. still, sharp divisions remain with republicans and democrats. late today the president and first lady seen there ignored reporters' questions as they headed out to the beach on a cool day near their delaware home, they even posed for a
selfie, but soon they will return to the political heat that awaits them in washington, that is where we find cbs' christina ruffini tonight. christina, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, jericka. after last week's poor performance in the polls democrats are feeling the pressure, not just to get something done, but to get something done that voters will actual notice in their everyday lives, especially ahead of next year's mid term election. >> bluntly, we blew it. >> reporter: speaking on "face the nation" today, virginia senator tim kane said if democrats had passed the infrastructure and social spending bills sooner they might not have lost the governor seat in his state. >> we should have passed these bills in early october. if we had, it would have helped the terry mcauliffe win the governor's race probably. >> reporter: democratic losses in the off-year election helped motivate squabbling party members to get on the same page. >> the voters sent a message on tuesday. they wanted to see more action in washington. >> reporter: now they have to do it all over again, to pass the president's nearly $2 trillion
build back better plan. the current version of the bill includes money for climate change, universal pre- kindergarten and prescription drug reform, paid family leave which had been removed to please senate holdouts has been put back in by the speaker of the house. >> the truth is we need to get it done. we need to get it done now. >> reporter: but unlike the infrastructure plan, the social spending measure has no republican support. >> we're going to do everything we can to stop it dead in its tracks. >> duncan: christina, switching gears a little bit, the biden administration said it is prepared to defend its sweeping vaccine rules for big employers after a federal appeals court suspended the move. what happens next? >> reporter: so, more than 20 states filed against this rule which basically says if you are at a company more than 100 people you need to get vaccinated or submit to regular testing and wear face masks at work. republicans have said it's government overreach. the white house says it is not because they are giving you an option. but a federal court judge has
basically paused the rule from going into effect, it is supposed to take effect in january. the u.s. government has by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow to file its response, so stay tuned. >> duncan: yes we will. christina ruffini, thanks so much. the u.s. opens its borders to international travelers tomorrow as long as they are fully vaccinated, the first time since covid restricted crossings 20 months ago. cbs' carter evans is at l.a.x. tonight. carter, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jericka. carter, good evening. >> good eveni u.s. airports are facing and preparing for big crowds. tomorrow alone united airlines is anticipating there will be more than 30,000 inbound international travelers, and it's not just by air. our land borders are expected to be crowded as well. excitement and relief for thousands of people on both sides of the u.s.-canada border. starting monday, after being shut down for nearly 600 days,
the world's longest land border will be open to the vaccinated. how much of your business relies on people from canada? >> 40%. >> reporter: montana bar owner david clark is welcoming back canadian customers. but he's not expecting substantial border traffic right away. >> i think it will pick up a lot more once canada drops their covid test requirement. i am being cautiously optimistic that things will return to normal hopefully next summer. >> reporter: reopening the borders comes as covid cases in the u.s. remain flat with about 72,000 new daily infections, but in the west, colorado, new mexico and california are seeing an uptick. to help fight the spread, tomorrow l.a. will require proof of vaccination at many indoor spaces. but outside today thousands of runners took place in the l.a. marathon. and also in new york, where the famed race made its jubilant return after being cancelled in 2020.
now, almost everyone flying into the u.s. must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of it and also a negative covid test within 72 hours of boarding. there will be exceptions for people from countries with limited access to vaccines. jericka. >> duncan: carter evans, thank you. let's turn now to cbs news medical contributor dr. david agus. dr. agus, we know children are now eligible for this vaccine, ages 5-11. how will that change things, and do you think that will impact mask mandates? >> so, parents across the country have a sigh-of-relief as 28 million children are eligible and the roll out is going remarkably smooth so far. the hope is that continues and a good percentage of them or all of them are vaccinated and then over the next several months children ages six months to five years will be available once those trials are done. and once they're vaccinated, the mask mandates should start to fall. so, i do think we're nearing an end to this pandemic. >> duncan: pfizer says its new
covid-19 pill could actually cut hospitalizations by 90% as well as deaths. how will that change where we right now and do you think that that is something that is going to be completely different than the vaccine in terms of its availability? >> yeah, i think it is very different. this is supplemental to the vaccine, does not take the place of the vaccine but both the merck and pfizer pill are remarkable treating people at home who get breakthrough infections or cannot or do not respond to the vaccine and stop them being hospitalized. these are game-changers. >> duncan: when you look at the big picture here, dr. agus, flu shots were always recommended, covid vaccines have been mandated in many places, do we see a future where we are going to have to continue to get vaccinated for covid over the next several years? >> i mean, as you can tell from the interview i'm optimistic at the present time, but the virus can and will change. delta variant is what brought on the new booster shots, and brought on a new surge in the united states.
and what we are hoping is that the virus doesn't continue to change and there is not a new variant. if there is a new variant we will get other boosters going forward. i can not predict whether that will won't happen but i certainly hope it doesn't happen in the near term. >> duncan: dr. agus, thank you. in houston today investigators work to determine how eight people died in a crush of fans as rapper travis scott performed in front of 50,000 people. cbs' lilia luciano is there and lilia, i cannot imagine what the parents of these kids, which is really what they were, are going through right now. what more do we know about the eight victims so far? >> reporter: well, jericka, we know some were college, even high-school students. we know that some came from out of town to see their favorite artist, travis scott, who last night posted a video on social media saying that his fans mean the world to him. with flowers, cards and candles, mourners honored the victims of friday's deadly crowd surge at a memorial outside the concert venue.
many of them were at astroworld. they say they felt lucky and grateful that they made it out unharmed. >> i was just thinking like this is it for me, i'm going to die in here. >> reporter: stacey sarmiento was trapped in the crush of the crowd. her friend rudy pena did not make it. >> it makes me think, like, what he was thinking. >> reporter: in a video, rapper travis scott offered prayers saying he stopped his performance and tried to get help for the injured, but he played for almost 40 minutes after authorities began responding to the mass casualty event. >> i am honestly just devastated. and i could never imagine anything like this happening. >> reporter: and tonight there are reports that at least one lawsuit has been filed against scott and live nation by somebody attending the concert. there will be a vigil held tonight for the victims at 7:00 p.. at a downtown church. jericka. >> duncan: this is heartbreaking. lilia, thank you. police in houston also say emergency workers used narcan, a
drug used to treat opioid overdoses to revive a concert security guard. he apparently felt a pinprick in his neck prior to passing out. these types of attacks are increasingly common in britain. cbs' haley ott has more. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: 19 year old sarah buckle was clubbing with her friends when something went terribly wrong. >> i started screaming and then throwing up and going unconscious and coming back 'round and it was just this horrible cycle. >> reporter: her friends brought her to the hospital. when she woke up the next morning she noticed a strange bruise on her hand. the bruise got bigger and it got darker. a scientist who works with the police had a look and said that definitely looks like a needle prick if that makes sense. >> reporter: police forces across the country say they've received at least 56 reports of spiking, involving needles in the last two months, and nearly 200 reports of drink spiking. women being slipped something to
drug them or incapacitate them when they are out at night unfortunately isn't unheard of, especially at the start of the school year. but spiking with needles are something new. adding to the concern is the fact that not much is known about the scale of the problem. >> we have no good data on just how common this is. but what we do know is that most women who were taken advantage of while intoxicated with drugs and alcohol, do not report it to the police. >> our streets! >> reporter: boycotts of clubs and bars have taken place across the country, as women here like sarah demand change from club owners and police. >> there is so much, they must be doing. they must provide-- they can't have any cctv blind spots. >> reporter: you feel unsafe. >> i feel really unsafe. i think everyone feels pretty unsafe. everybody knows it is an issue, and i think we're finally have
just had enough. >> reporter: enough of going out at night and being left in the dark. haley ott, cbs news, london. >> duncan: from dark to light, take a look at this site in turkey, time lapse video captures hot air balloons filling the sky over the country's capadocia region. it's a popular spot for tourists and catching a ride on a balloon is the best way to see the colors of fall, as you can see, they're not bad. straight ahead on the cbs weekend news, some people with big student loans get real relief after years of frustration and ripoffs, cbs' mark phillips is in the scottish highlands searches for a solution to climate change; and later this canoe builder connects a new generation to an ancient past. ient past. she's th. she's the person who holds everything together.
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>> so, what happens is the vegetation is capturing carbon from the atmosphere. and into the water and the ground, it doesn't allow any carbon to be lost. >> reporter: and it stays in it because it's not exposed to the air through oxygen and can't. >> yes, it stays in it until what we see here is happening. >> reporter: what we see is happening here is vast areas of peat being lost, some of it because rainfall is washing it away, some because peat has been used for fuel and fertilizer and for agriculture. lately people are trying to save it, recovering exposed areas with wet moss to keep the peat underneath from drying out and releasing its stored carbon. and it's not just a local problem says stewart brooks of the scottish national trust. >> we find peat in wetlands and swamp all over the planet, about 180 countries, so in america, in north america, in south america,
in the tropics, in southeast asia, and here in northern europe as well. >> reporter: we used to think countryside like this was almost worthless, nothing but windswept bogland, now companies are falling over themselves trying to buy up chunks of it because it is so valuable. peat bog reparation has created a bubble in soggy real estate, land values have soared. pushed up by companies seeking carbon credits to offset the co2 they produce. if there is a new green economy up here, it is being built one shovel full of peat moss at a time. mark phillips, cbs news, in the cairngorm mountains of scotland. >> duncan: next on the cbs weekend news, the native american man you see there is one of the last craftsman of his kind, and he is sharing what he knows. knows.
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to m it belongs to mlebelo anit's my resibili to pass that knowledge on to the next generation. >> reporter: any idea how many canoes you have built in your lifetime? >> in the 30s. >> reporter: he hand-crafted his latest creation in an unusual place, a hallway in the art department of north western university. he was invited by the school to pass down his wisdom to students like jordan gurneau. >> taking advantage of an elder who is willing to share his knowledge. >> reporter: what is it like to see this? >> it is breathtaking, i am excited to see what she looks like out on the water. >> reporter: every part of these canoes comes from the forests near his tribal lands in northern wisconsin. >> we starts with chunks we peel off the spruce tree. >> reporter: oh, wow. >> we start with-- this is bear grease. >> reporter: scalding water allows him to bend the brittle cedar ribs and mold the delicate
birch bark to the hull. valliere isn't just sharing the skills passed down through countless generations, he is sounding the alarm on environmental issues facing the earth, or as he calls it, his grandmother. >> our grandmother is not doing so well now, and the human tribe needs to come together and realize that, without clean water and without clean air to breathe, the human tribe is no longer going to live.eathe, theo longer going t ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: tradition was put to the test on a cold fall day along the shores of an angry lake michigan. >> look at them waves. >> reporter: the canoe blessed by the rough waters. on board, a lesson carrying the weight of the past and a warning about the future. charlie de mar, cbs news,is. >> duncan: great story. well, that is the cbs weekend news for this sunday. "60 minutes" is coming up. i'm jericka duncan in new york. we thank you so much for watching. have a great night.
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tracking another storm expected to arrive in a matter of hours. looking live from san jose to dublin it was a clear day but it will all change at least according to darren peck, who says it starts out good. it starts out light for the afternoon and overnight monday and tuesday it will rain moderate to heavy at times and this is more good than concerning and it is not like this will be as big as the storm that came through two sundays ago but it has some similar characteristics. it will be driven by an atmospheric river and i will go into more detail in my that is important but first here the things you need to know and that is the leading edge of the system and it doesn't get going until the evening and tomorrow at 2:00 it is just clouds the by the time we get to 3:00 a 4:00 we have light rain moving into the north bay and that turns into heavier rain by the time we get into the evening and mainly for the north bay at that point but later on it gets down to the heart of the bay and right there is the main event so that gets us into tomorrow night and the most impressive rain happens here and it will still be raining and