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before she lost her life, and the parents of those seven- month-old twins who were swept away. >> and the water, when it hit us, it just pulled us under. >> o'donnell: eviction struggle-- we ride along with law enforcement as they evict thousands who fell behind in rent during the pandemic. death of a music legend. ♪ ♪ ♪ remembering charlie watts, the rolling stones drummer for nearly six decades. our back-to-school series. how low pay, high proper, and the pandemic led to a nationwide teacher shortage. and keeping the dream alive. a mother on a mission to carry out her daughter's wish. out her daughter's wis this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capitol. >> o'donnell: good evening, and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin with some breaking news, because just a
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short time ago, president biden ignored pressure from world leaders and members of congress and announced his goal is to get u.s. forces out of afghanistan by his august 31 deadline. that is the original date agreed upon with the taliban. well, the president says that massive evacuation effort at the kabul airport is on pace to be kabul airport is on completed by the end of this month. but he is asking for contingency plans. he also warned that the risk of an attack on u.s. forces by aniy day that the military stays in country. and the military has increased the pace of evacuations. in the past 12 hours, u.s. and allied forces have flown more than 11,000 people out of kabul. but there's this new challenge: the taliban said today they're no longer allowing afghans to get to the airport. cbs' nancy cordes is going to lead off our coverage tonight from the white house. good evening, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, norah. the withdrawal deadline is now just seven days away, and the president was facing pressure from some key u.s. allies to
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stay in the country just a little bit longer and keep those evacuations going. but he's also getting pressurege from the taliban, which wants him out right away. the pentagon plans to start withdrawing its 6,000 service members from kabul as early as this week, after the president announced that he intends to stick to that august 31 departure deadline. >> every day we're on the ground is another day we know isis-k is seeking to target the airport and attack both u.s. and allied forces and innocent civilians. >> reporter: with afghans still clamoring to get out, g-7 allies urged the president this morning to push the deadline back.l republicans and some democrats made the same case. >> don't pick the date. solve the problem. make sure every american is out. >> reporter: but the president argued the operation gets riskier all the time.
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taliban leaders threatened today to prevent more afghans, especially skilled afghans, from leaving the country, and one taliban spokesman told cbs' roxana saberi that any attempt to extend the rescue mission would be considered a violation. >> so in light of that >> so in light of tha violation, it is up to our leadership to decide what to do. >> reporter: c.i.a. director william burns has been negotiating in kabul with the taliban's de facto leader as the u.s. military picks up the pace, evacuating 20,000 people a day from kabul's airport, the flights taking off every 45 minutes. that brings the total number of evacuees since mid-month to more than 70,000. >> we are currently on a pace to finish by august 31st. i've asked the pentagon and state department for contingency plans to adjust the timetable, should that become necessary. >> o'donnell: and, nancy, u.s.
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officials have been reluctant to give us a breakdown of how many of these tens of thousands of evacuees are american. but that really changed today. tell us what you know. >> reporter: that's right. a pentagon spokesman revealed for the first time that only american passport holders. that means the vast majority are afghan nationals, people who worked with the u.s. over the past 20 years and their family members. what we still don't know exactly, norah, is how many americans are left in afghanistan who are still trying to get out. the president said today his secretary of state will have some answers about that tomorrow. >> o'donnell: president biden promised if there are any american citizens in afghanistan he'll stay to get them out. nancy, thank you. well, tonight, the.s is scrambling to process roughly 8,000 afghan citizens at a u.s. airbase in germany. for the afghans, it's the first stop on their way to a new life far from home. cbs' holly williams reports from
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landstuhl, germany. >> reporter: at this giant u.s. military airbase, they're doing their best to feed, care for, and entertain thousands of evacuees from afghanistan. >> their entire life possessions might be in a plastic shopping bag. it certainly helps to put things in perspective. >> reporter: this is just a way station for the afghan evacuees. they'll stay here a few days before flying elsewhere, very likely the u.s., to start a new life. rahmat safari worked as an interpreter for u.s. special forces. if you hadn't gotten out, you worked with u.s. special forces, what would the taliban have done to you? >> they would have killed me right away. >> reporter: he told us his family owed their lives to a former green beret who became a friend. >> his name is greg adams. he is back in the united states. he helped us a lot. >> reporter: major greg adams is now a civilian. from his home in seattle, he remotely guided rahmat, and other afghan interpreters, through the chaos at kabul's
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airport using text messages. is it too much of a stretch to say that rahmat and other translators kept you alive? g> t'nota's we >> reporter: adams risked his life to fight the taliban and said america now has a moral obligation to the afghans who helped. >> i don't necessarily question the decision to leave. i don't s i think we could have done a lot better job of planning for this and getting people out. >> reporter: more than 800 afghans have already departed germany for the u.s. rahmat safari told us his ambitions now are finding work and leading a peaceful life, he hopes in sacramento, norah. >> o'donnell: holly williams, thank you. and there was some concern today as vice president kamala harris continued her tour of asia. her flight from singapore to vietnam was delayed for several hours because at least one u.s. diplomat had to be medivaced
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from hanoi over the weekend after suffering from a mysterious illness, possibly related to the so-called havana e.nt pce thherir ful assessment. we want to turn now to the covid pandemic. on her first day as the first female governor of new yorkids y testing for teachers who don't get vaccinated. even though covid death rates are rising in 43 states, nearly 80 million americans eligible to get a covid shot have yet to. we get more now from cbs' manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: a day after the f.d.a. gave full approval to the pfizer vaccine, health officials are urging businesses to step up. >> you have the power to protect your communities and help end the pandemic through vaccination requirements. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci said the country could get the virus under control by next spring, if vaccination rates rise. >> get vaccinated, and the time frame will be truncated
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dramatically. >> reporter: 18-year-old danae gutierez of california says the f.d.a.'s approval swayed her to get the shot. >> social media gets you kind of brainwashed into thinking sometimes the vaccine can be bad. >> reporter: nationwide, the daily number of people getting their first shot has declined for 10 straight days, even as the highly infectious delta variant pushes hospitals in some states to the brink. today, georgia's governor announced plans to send more than 100 national guard members to hospitals across the state. florida leads the nation in new covid hospitalizations and is averaging more daily deaths than at any other time during the pandemic.any other time during e dr. hussein anan works in miami gardens, an underserved community in miami-dade county. >> i tell patients, always, be careful what you read. are you reading from c.d.c., f.d.a., or facebook. >> reporter: he has been leading efforts at this community clinic and online to combat misinformation,. and believes the full authorization of the pfizer
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vaccine will help. having the full approval from pfizer, how does that change what you do? >> that added an extra layer of trust for our patients to say okay, now, it is safer to take the vaccine. >> reporter: his clinic is planning to host a drive-thru vaccination event this friday. but overall, government-run vaccination sites like this one are seeing a slow down. the number of new vaccinations in florida has been declining for 11 straight days. norah. >> o'donnell: manuel bojorquez, thank you. tonight, the search continues for several people who still haven't been accounted for after devastating floods swept through central tennessee, killing nearly 20 people. president biden today approved a major disaster declaration for the state. cbs' jessi mitchell on the heartbreak in tennessee. >> we're being flooded right now. in waverly, tennessee. >> reporter: these are the last horrifying moments of linda almond's life as the devastating floodwaters started to right
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outside her home. >> this is scary. >> reporter: almond was home with her son before she started live streaming on facebook. soon after, her house was swept away by the fast-moving flood. her son survived but almond did not. she is one of at least 18 people killed in the deadly flooding. the unimaginable grief for somee fami families here is just beginning. >> i held on to a tree for seven hours, screaming that our babies are at the house. needed rescue. >> reporter: danielle hall is mourning the loss of her seven- month-old twins, ryan and rileigh, as they were swept out who were ripped out of their father's arms as he tried to hang on to them and their two other children. >> they were our life. they made our lives complete. >> reporter: people we spoke with either couldn't get through to 911 on saturday or were added to a list of people just waiting to be rescued. by the time the woman who lived
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where i'm standing was rescued, her house was across the street and she was floating on a mattress inside. norah. >> o'donnell: jessi mitchell, thank you. well, tonight, we're waiting to hear if the supreme court will uphold a federal ban on residential evictions imposed during the pandemic. some communities are not waiting for word. tonight, we go in depth on this new eviction wave. cbs' omar villafranca reports from san antonio. >> reporter: it's a quiet morning in san antonio. but it's about to get loud. >> constables office! >> reporter: bear county constables are constables are evicting a tenant who may be armed, a dangerous job that requires backup. >> we could be somewhere in the area, so we have to remain alert. >> reporter: deputy laura valencia is with the constable's office. >> you don't have the original key? >> reporter: we followed her and her team on several evictions. despite a federal ban, evictions have continued here, but there are fewer constables to do the job.
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there have been over 18,000 evictions filed in bear county since the start of the pandemic. they expect that number to increase by three to five times once the c.d.c. ban is lifted in october. does it still get tough emotionally for you to have to go and do this?otiona >> the tough part is just seeing the families that you have to tell them, you know, we've given you the 24 hours to vacate already. evictholle has sixmedindin o children. they were evicted two weeks after michelle gave birth to baby ozzie. what was going through your mind? >> i was scared. i was crying constantly. >> reporter: josh lost his construction job due to the pandemic. he was making $18 an hour. >> i'm barely managing to get back on my feet. >> reporter: they have been living at this salvation army emergency shelter for the past month. >> whatever the cause is just to stick together as a family, as a
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unit and to be, you know, a better family, also, i think, at the end of the day. and, you know... and, you know... >> reporter: it's tough. you've got your kids, and i can tell you're a family man. what do you focus on to try to stay positive? >> my kids, you know. that's the only positive outcome i have to my days. >> reporter: their kids know money is tight, but they managed to throw a little party for their three-year-old's birthday. as they celebrate, one of their children brings a drawing home drawing home from school. it's the picture of a family in a house. >> that is what we want. we are going to get one. >> reporter: the dream that for now only exists in a child'st for now onl drawing. omar villafranca, cbs news, san antonio. >> o'donnell: and our reporting continues tomorrow when we meetd a landlord who is facing homelessness herselfte receiving rent money for months. all right, tributes are pouring in tonight for charlie watts. the rolling stones drummer died today, several weeks after
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having surgery. ♪ i can't get no satisfaction ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: watts was the steady engine that drove the stones for nearly 60 years. he brought a jazz artist's touch to what is being called the world's greatest rock and roll band. cool, you could say. some say he's the ice to mick jagger's fire. charlie watts was 80 years old. and there's still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." the nationwide teacher shortage. what some school districts are doing to keep teachers in the classroom.he deep wrinkles in 4. so you can kiss wrinkles goodbye! neutrogena® oh my, with chase freedom unlimited, oh my, with chasbon, hey kim, you earn 5% on travel purchased through chase!
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good nig >> announcer: this is the "cbs overnight news." i'm jeff pegues. thanks for staying with us. an intelligence report on the origins of the coronavirus is reportedly reached no final conclusion. the 90-day review ordered by president biden reportedly cannot determine whether the virus occurred in nature or was engineered in a lab. a redacted version is expected to be released shortly. one roadblock, china's communist government stopped world health organization investigators early in the pandemic. even now, beijing is blaming the u.s. for starting the pandemic.
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ramy inocencio traveled to wuhan, china, where the first cases were reported, looking for answers. >> reporter: beijing is angry and criticisms of that u.s. intel report are getting more shrill in these final few days. one attack line is that washington is making up lies to further support the wuhan lab leak theory and push back is everywhere in china. even physically with our cbs news team on the ground. [ speaking foreign language ] covid covid's origin is a sensitive topic in china. mtour las de f h arrtng anyone fromn pers government. his father died from covid. he's been told to shut up if journalists came calling. later via zoom, he told us he believes wuhan is where covid
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began. this kind of talk is like treason against beijing's official narrative. despite the world's first known covid cases being recorded there. >> there is a conspiracy trying to pinpoint the origin to china. >> reporter: victor gou is a long-time china foreign affairs commentator. >> this virus outbreak of wuhan other parts of the world. including most logically in the united states. centering on fort dietrich. >> reporter: few know about the now closed center of the bioweapons program near washington, d.c. but in china, fort dietrich is famous, even a rap song demands it be investigated. at china's institute of international studies claims there is proof covid started outside china. >> you cannot say it is


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