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shot. for no cbs news, new york. it's thursday, august 26th, 2021. this is the "cbs morning news." security threat. the u.s. embassy tells americans in afghanistan to avoid traveling to the kabul airport as the deadline for troop withdrawal gets closer. a shot of confidence. when people may need to roll up their sleeves again if they got the single-dose johnson & johnson vaccine. thrills, chills, and injuries. one of the world's fastest roller coasters is forced to shut down. how fast it goes and the how fast it goes and the complaints from riders. captioning funded by cbs good morning, i'm diane king hall in for anne-marie green.
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we begin with breaking developments in afghanistan. overnight the u.s. embassy urged americans to avoid traveling to the airport in kabul citing security threats outside the airport's gates. up to 1,500 u.s. citizens remains in afghanistan as evacuation efforts continue. the u.s. still plans to withdraw military forces by next tuesday. bradley blackburn with the latest from new york. good morning. >> reporter: diane, good morning. in some cases americans are reportedly being told to wait in kabul until they can be rescued by extraction teams. and with that deadline approaching, there is a growing realization that tens of thousands of at-risk afghans may simply be left behind. at least 4,500 americans have been evacuated from afghanistan since august 14th. >> more than 500 of those americans were evacuated in just the last day alone. >> reporter: secretary of state antony blinken said 500 more are waiting to leave, and the u.s. is reaching out to another 1,000 to see what they want to do.
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>> through multiple channels of communication, phone, email, text messaging, to determine whether they still want to leave. >> reporter: overnight the u.s., british, and australian governments told their citizens to avoid kabul's airport due to a security threat. >> if you're in the area of the airport, move to a safe location and await further advice. >> reporter: but for thousands of afghans hoping to escape the taliban, they are stuck waiting in makeshift camps outside the airport. >> we know there are a lot of desperate people who want to leave. and that's why we are working as fast as we can. >> reporter: congressman peter meijer and south moulton, both veterans, are receiving backlash from both sides of the aisle for taking an unauthorized trip to kabul this week. >> the gates to the airport are unlike anything i've ever seen. >> reporter: meijer told fox knn what he's been told here in the u.s. >> i did not support the decision to end our operations on august 31st before i went. after talking with commanders on
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the ground, i trusted their judgment. and i believe it. that's what i want to take back to fellow members of congress. >> reporter: president biden says he is confident the withdrawal will be complete by the end of the month. "the new york times" reports that at least 250,000 afghans who worked with the u.s. haven't been evacuated yet. the white house says more than 82,000 people have been airlifted out of afghanistan. but diane, that number includes american citizens who have been the focus of the effort. >> right. our thanks to you. among the americans who are still in afghanistan, five families from the san diego area who are stuck in the country after visiting relatives during the summer break. that includes about 20 students who attend different schools. they had all planned to return, but that's when the taliban quickly seized control of the country. our san diego affiliate kfmb reports the families are working with a local u.s. congressman to get back.
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another drugmaker is seeking full fda approval for its covid-19 vaccine. moderna has completed its submission which would apply to people over 18. the company asks for priority review, but the process can still take months. the request comes just days after the fda gave full approval to the pfizer vaccine. meantime, big news about the johnson & johnson vaccine. people who got the single-shot dose could be getting another. mark strassmann explains. >> reporter: as early as next month, boosters could go in the arms of johnson & johnson's 14 million vaccine recipients. booster protection surged in a j&j clinical trial. antibodies against the virus jumped nine times higher with a second shot. federal approval still required, immunocompromised recipients likely would get first priority. >> today's announcement does provide some reassurance a booster dose in people who initially got j&j vaccine is
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good news. >> reporter: our country remains half vaccinated. in one hot spot, mississippi, barely one person in three has been fully vaccinated. as this graph shows, covid has roared back with a vengeance. its spring highs dwarfed by in summer surge. kids already getting sick of school is one thing, but getting sick in school another. statewide almost 12,000 students have tested positive. 5,700 last week alone. >> you have a good day? >> reporter: erica jones has two kids including her first grader kenly. she's also president of the mississippi association of educators. the group now urges a mask mandate in all schools. >> we've roughly been in school less than three weeks and already had to send 30,000 students out to be quarantined. >> reporter: eighth grader mckayla robinson never got that chance. >> that was my only daughter, my only child. >> reporter: justin waddell is
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mckayla's father. the 13-year-old felt sick on a wednesday and died of covid three days later. >> it was a shock to the whole falyr: atbreak has closed mckayla's entire school district for two weeks. too few families have reliable internet to hold virtual classes. covid has overwhelmed mississippi's hospitals. st. dominic's in jackson set up this screening tent in its parking lot. in the next day or two, they'll start using it to screen and test emergency patients for the virus. mark strassmann, cbs news, jackson, mississippi. meanwhile, firefighters are racing to contain a new wildfire near los angeles that's threatening hundreds of homes. the south fire broke out yesterday in san bernardino county. it began as a vegetation fire. it has burned at least 500 acres. so far it has damaged or destroyed a dozen homes and buildings. a thousand people are under mandatory evacuation orders.
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meantime, crews are struggling to contain the caldor fire. the flames are advancing toward lake tahoe. the popular vacation spot is shrouded in ash and yellow smoke. some residents tell us they're ready to evacuate at any moment. >> we currently packed up for some belongings, personal paperwork, passports and such. and we have it ready to go just in case. >> i honestly don't remember seeing the smoke this thick and this much ash coming down. >> the caldor fire has destroyed about 500 homes since it started this month. it's burned at least 126,000 acres and is 12% contained. president biden and israeli prime minister naftali bennett will meet in person for the first time today. bennett recently replaced former prime minister benjamin netanyahu. he says he wants to persuade mr. biden to give up efforts to revive the iran nuclear deal. bennett met with the secretary of state antony blin they assed aumbe
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security and concerns about iran. coming up, a roller coaster twist. riders on one of the world's fastest coasters say they suffered broken bones. and a special tribute. a baby born on an evacuation flight from afghanistan is named after the jet's call sign. this is the "cbs morning news." your mission: stand up to moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. and take. it. on... ...with rinvoq. rinvoq a once-daily pill can dramatically improve symptoms... rinvoq helps tame pain, stiffness, swelling. and for some rinvoq can even significantly reduce ra fatigue. that's rinvoq relief. with ra, your overactive immune system attacks your joints. rinvoq regulates it to help stop the attack. rinvoq can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious infections and blood clots, sometimes fatal, have occurred... have certain cancers, including lymphoma,
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its first request. those are some of the headlines on the "morning newsstand." "the washington post" reports the house panel investigating january's deadly attack on the u.s. capitol is demanding records from eight federal agencies. the request seeks information about events leading up to the riot including communications from the trump white house. the select committee also wants information about planning and funding for rallies in washington including an event where president trump egged on a crowd before the riot. last night mr. trump suggested he would try to block the request by claiming executive privilege. the "associated press" says a man was sentenced to just over six years in prison for his part in an alleged plot to kidnap michigan governor gretchen whitmer. ty garbin is one of six men charged but the only one to plead guilty so far. garbin said he was upset over state-ordered coronavirus restrictions.
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garbin said they practiced how they would attack the vacation home during firearms during training exercises on his property. he apologized to whitmer in court. and "usa today" reports an afghan baby girl born on a u.s. military evacuation flight has been named after the plane's call sign. military officials say they spoke to the mother and father who decided to call her reach because the call sign was reach 328. he was delivered on the aircraft saturday after the mother had complications from low blood pressure. military personnel delivered the baby in the plane's cargo bay after it landed at an air base in germany. >> as you can well imagine being an air force fighter pilot, it's my dream to watch that young child called reach grow up and be a u.s. citizen and fly in the united states in our air force, over. >> the mother and baby are reported in good condition. still ahead, a penalty for unvaccinated workers. why a major airline is charging employees hundreds of dollars if they fail to get the covid-19
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and the s&p 500 also hit a record adding nine points, logging a fifth consecutive day of gains. delta airlines plans to charge unvaccinated employees on the company health plan $200 a month starting in november. the airline says the surcharge is the result of steep costs to cover workers who are hospitalized with covid. delta also said it will require weekly testing for unvaccinated employees starting nix month. the airline has encouraged employees to get the shot but has not made it a requirement. only fans said it suspended a plan to band sexually explicit content. the move after the company faced backlash from its creators and advocates for sex workers. it tweeted yesterday it will continue to provide a home for all creators. it had initially said it would ban explicit content starting in october blaming bank policies and payment processors for the change. and krispy kreme has a limited time deal to encourage
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people to get the covid shot. this heart-shaped doughnut will be given to every american who gets at least one dose of the vaccine on top of the original free doughnut promotion that runs through the end of the year. that's two free doughnuts. the offer runs for one week starting on monday. all you've got to do is bring in a valid vaccination card as proof. diane, who doesn't love free food? >> not just free food, but we're talking krispy kreme here. you got to go when the hot light is on because that's the trick right there. >> absolutely. just goodness. party on the palate. >> yes. absolutely. a little tip i learned from one of our colleagues -- if you get one when the hot light is not on, take it home, throw it in the microwave for eight seconds. eight seconds. >> eight, not seven, not nine. >> all right. elise preston at the new york stock exchange. thank you. up next, missing the u.s. open. why venus williams announced she's skipping the tournament hours after her sister dropped
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here's a look at the forecast in some cities around the country. ♪ espn says it's canceling rachel nichols' show "the jump" and taking her off nba programming.
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she confirmed the news saying "the jump" was never built to last forever. the show has been on the air for more than five years. nichols came under fire earlier this year after "the new york times" reported on critical comments she made about former espn host maria taylor. nichols had suggested taylor was chosen to lead the network's nba studios show because she is black. meantime, injuries will keep both serena and venus williams out of next week's u.s. open tennis tourism. the sisters announced it yesterday on social media about ten hours apart. venus williams who is 41 said she has a leg injury. >> i'm going to miss the open. it's my favorite slam. had so many amazing memories there. and i can't wait to get back on the court whenever that is. i'll work with my team make it as soon as i can. no date at this time. >> serena williams, who turns 40 next month, cited a torn right hamstring that's kept her from competing since she was injured in a first-round match at
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wimbledon in june. this is the first time since 2003 that neither sister wil from south dakota is proving to be unhittable at the little league world series. >> 2-2. snaps is off the strike three called. the throw to first -- to complete a no hitter for gavin weir. >> he struck out 14 hitters, allowing zero hits and zero runs. it was his fourth no-hitter of the tournament dating back to the regional stage. south dakota defeated california 1-0 to move on to saturday's semifinals. coming up on "cbs this morning," anthony mason talks with grammy-winning singer lorde about her album "solar power." i'm diane king hall. this is the "cbs morning news."
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second dose raises antibody levels. johnson & johnson booster shots could come as early as next month. enrollment in public schools dropped nationwide because of the pandemic. some students switched to private schools or at-home learning. ads carter evans reports, others have vanished from the system. >> reporter: at tate elementary in las vegas, counselors are working the phones. >> we were concerned because they haven't started the first day of school. >> reporter: they're looking for children still missing from class weeks after the school year began. like 7-year-old george gomez. >> go ahead and take a deep breath -- let it out. >> reporter: the nervous second grader has not been inside a classroom since kindergarten after more than a year of remote learning. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: his mom finally decided to enroll him after a doctor convinced her. what kept you from putting the kids back in school? >> kind of like was scared, concerned because none of us had now?>> y.eel
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>> reporter: the school's principal -- >> we do have some students who are not back because their parents are concerned. this zip code in particular was hit very hard with covid. >> reporter: across town at orr middle school, empty desks are constant reminders of classmates who vanished. the campus normally holds up to 1,200 students. this year, only 871 were expected. how many showed up the first day of school? >> we basically -- 400 didn't show up. >> reporter: that's a lot of students. >> it is a lot of students. >> reporter: nationwide it's estimated up to three million children stopped attending classes in person or on line after pandemic shutdowns last year. your funding is based on how many students come to school. >> if these students don't show up, it may cause a reduction in staffing. >> reporter: at tate elementary, george is now catching up with his classmates. how does it feel to be back? >> good. >> reporter: good? administrators plan to go door
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to door to track down the remaining lost kids. carter evans, cbs news, las vegas. coming up on "cbs this morning," we'll speak with the ceo of delta airlines about his new covid vaccine policy for workers. plus, in our "school matters" series, we'll answer your back-to-school questions and offer tips on how to cope during the pandemic. and anthony mason talks with grammy winning singer lorde about her new album "solar power." that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thank you for watching. i'm diane king hall. have a great day. ♪
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