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game. thank you for watching us tonight at 6:00. the news continues streaming on cbsn bay area. you can find it on the kpix 5 news app . "cbs ♪ ♪ ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> brennan: tonight, america's recovery cools off. the new jobs report shows theort economy still struggling to get over the pandemic, with hiring at its slowest pace of the year. unexpected job losses in healthcare and education. the president tried to put the best spin on those numbers. >> maybe it doesn't seem fast enough. i would like to see it faster and we're going to make it faster. >> brennan: breaking news: guilty on all counts. two wealthy parents convicted of paying bribes to get their kids into top colleges in the first trial of that varsity blues scandal. trump white house records: congress may now get access tomn ck. and a new report shows the former president may have hidden massive losses at his d.c. hotel.
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covid hot spot: we're in idaho, where vaccination rates are low, i.c.u.s are jammed, and medical staff is pushed to the limit. >> i have put more people in body bags over the last two years than i have in the last nine. >> brennan: afghanistan chaos. dozens killed in a suicide attack, the worst since the u.s. withdrawal. who was behind it? nobel peace surprise: journalists from the philippines and russia are honored for defying repression to report the truth. and kindness many times over. cbs' steve hartman is "on the road" with a woman who turns her yard sale into dozens of random acts of kindness. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> brennan: good evening to our viewers in the west. norah is off tonight. i'm margaret brennan.
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we're going to begin with that jobs report landed with a thud today at the white house. many forecasters had predicted a jobs gain of about 475,000 for september. instead, the u.s. economy only created 194,000 jobs. still, the unemployment rate did fall to under 5%, but that was parentally because many americans simply stopped looking for work. president biden blamed the pandemic for the sluggish growth and said hiring will pick up if congress passes his infrastructure and spending bills. today's report also revealed some troubling trends, including job losses in fields that you wouldn't expect, and questions about why many positions are going unfilled at a time when so many americans are still out of work. cbs' nancy cordes leads off our coverage tonight from the white house. good evening to you, nancy. >> reporter: good evening, margaret. this was the second straight month of disappointing jobs numbers, and a big slowdown from the first half of the year. the white house is pointing to
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the delta variant as the prime culprit amid concerns that some americans have now left the workforce for good. september may be back-to-school month, but it's not back to work. according to the latest figures, the economy added 300,000 fewer jobs than expected, the most meager gain since last december. >> i thought that this was a really disappointing report. it was anemic. >> reporter: cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger: >> overall, the big issue here is we are not done with this virus. it is infecting people, and it is also infecting the economy. >> reporter: the problem isn't a lack of jobs. it's a lack of candidates. the latest figures show there are 1.5 jobs available for every unemployed american, the largest gap ever recorded. why do you think there are so many people who are still reluctant to re-enter the workforce? >> people are still fearful of
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covid, and what it will be like in workplaces and ensuring their own safety. there are still challenges as it relates to childcare, eldercare. >> reporter: the fast food chain raising canes, is deploying half its corporate staff to cook and sell chicken fingers instead. >> we could clearly use about 10,000 more crew members. >> reporter: a.j. kymara is co- c.e.o. >> we have about 150 restaurants that cannot fully function, meaning there hours are reduced or sales channel reduced, all of that, because we're not fully staffed. >> reporter: the white house looked for good news in today's report. the unemployment rate among black americans fell by nearly a full percentage point. but that's partly because so many black women have left the workforce altogether. >> i would like to see it faster. >> reporter: president biden noted that the jobs numbers released today were gathered in mid-september, when the number of new daily covid cases was 60%
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higher than it is now. >> jobs up, wages up, unemployment down-- that's progress. >> reporter: but, he is likely now to fall short of the seven million new jobs he promised at the start of the year. in the healthcare sector alone, margaret, employment levels are still down by about 500,000 people since the start of the pandemic. >> brennan: nancy cordes at the white house tonight. now to some breaking news. guilty verdicts in the varsity blues scandal. two wealthy parents have been convicted of buying their children's way into top colleges by having them pose as athletes. these were the first parents to actually face trial, and they lost. cbs' nancy chen reports from boston. >> reporter: today, a federal jury found john wilson and gamal abdelaziz guilty on all counts, ranging from wire fraud to bribery. >> they broke the law, and now they face the consequences. >> reporter: prosecutors say the men paid a combined $1.5 million
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to rick singer, a college admissions consultant, and the mastermind behind an eight-year scheme where he helped children from wealthy families get into prestigious schools. >> john wilson and gamal abdelaziz used fraud and bribery to get what they wanted. what they did was an affront. >> reporter: dozens of parents and college officials have been charged. 48 people have either pleaded or plan to plead guilty, including stars lori loughlin and felicity huffman, who both spent a short time in prison. wilson paid singer $220,000 to get his son into u.s.c., and $1 million for his twin daughters to attend harvard and stanford. abdelaziz gave $300,000 to get his daughter into u.s.c. as a basketball recruit, even though she didn't make her varsity team in high school. prosecutors played f.b.i. wiretap calls during the trial to show how abdelaziz and singer conspired together. >> so i just want to make sure our stories are together. i'm going to essentially say that your $300,000 payment was
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made to our foundation to help underserved kids. >> okay. >> reporter: eric rosen, the former lead prosecutor in this case, says these parents open donations crossed the line. >> the central theme from the beginning is if something involves lies and cheating, it's probably not legitimate. and i think the jury agreed with that here. >> reporter: the most serious charges in this case could mean up to 20 years in prison, with sentencing scheduled for february. margaret. >> brennan: nancy, thank you. tonight, we are following a significant development in the capitol riot investigation. the white house will not block congress from obtaining trump- era records related to the january 6 insurrection. cbs' kris van cleave joins us now. so, kris, how would this impact the congressional investigation? >> reporter: well, margaret, late today, mr. trump blasted the biden administration saying democrats are drunk on power. his lawyers had sought to block
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the release of these trump-era white house documents that pertain to the former president's false claims oflse f election election fraud in the run-up to january 6. we have also learned that former wh white house chief of staff mark meadows does appear to be engaging with the house committee investigating january 6, but former white house advis, steve bannon's adviser, steve bannon's lawyers say following mr. trump's claim of executive privilege, bannon will not comply with his subpoena. the committee says it is considering holding bannon in contempt of congress. margaret. >> brennan: we also learned today from the house oversight committee that the building behind you, the former president's hotel, was bringing in millions of dollars, but it wasn't actually turning a profit. what do the numbers actually show? >> reporter: well, according to these documents, while the former president said during his presidency he made about $150 million off the hotel, it actually lost $70 million and required a $24 million
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transfusion of cash from the trump organization. now, while the former president said he would not benefit from foreign governments, it does appear the hotel took in nearly $4 million in revenue from foreign governments. margaret. >> brennan: which could pose a potential conflict of interest. kris van cleave, thank you. tonight, we are getting a clearer picture of when covid shots could be available for children ages 5-11. a c.d.c. advisory panel will meet the first week of november to discuss pfizer's pediatric vaccine. young children would get one- third of the dosage given to other age groups. the panel will also consider the moderna and johnson & johnson booster shots later this month. 56% of americans are now fully vaccinated, but in idaho, that number is just 42%. it's the third-worst vaccination rate in the nation. cbs' jonathan vigliotti saw the impact of unvaccinated covid patients at a hospital in boise.
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>> reporter: what are the current odds of leaving this room? >> um... it's about 50%. a little bit less. if you're sick enough from covid to meet me, your chances of dying are pretty high. >> reporter: dr. meghan mcinerney says every patient in this covid ward at saint alphonsus hospital is unvaccinated. why are we here now? what makes this time so unique? >> in idaho, a lot of people do not support vaccinations, and they are making the personal choice to not get vaccinated, and distributing misinformation about vaccines. >> reporter: idaho has the highest rate of covid-occupied i.c.u. beds in the nation. masks are not required indoors. charge nurse alicia luciani says the division over masks and vaccinations is spilling into hospitals. >> we do often get family members berating us up one side
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and down the other because we are not prescribing what they think that we should be prescribing. >> reporter: the exhausting and polarized climate has also led to troubling protest signs, like this one outside the e.r., calling doctors murderers. saint alphonsus has lost 50% of its entire staff since covid began, mostly due to burnout. have you ever been so exhausted, waking up that morning and just like, "i don't want to go in"? >> yeah, pretty much on a daily basis. >> reporter: luciani has decided to leave the i.c.u. this is her last shift. >> i have put more people in body bags over the last two years than i have in the last nine. um... i-- it's hard. >> reporter: some doctors here are working 12-hour shifts for 10 days straight. according to a new national poll, 18% of healthcare workers
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have left their job since covid began. margaret. >> brennan: adding to the toll. jonathan, thank you. overseas, the u.s. exit from afghanistan did not end the violence there. dozens of people were killed today in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northern afghanistan. cbs' charlie d'agata has those details. >> reporter: horrific images in the immediate aftermath of the blast serve as graphic evidence the suicide bombing was timed to inflict the most damage as possible, to kill and maim those who had come to a sacred place to pray for peace. the suicide bomber walked into the middle of a packed mosque in the middle of friday prayers. isis-k wasted little time in claiming responsibility. the extremist group has repeatedly targeted the minority shiite community in a campaign of bombings striking schools, sports clubs, and mosques, long
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before the taliban takeover. it's the worst attack since u.s. and foreign forces left afghanistan in a hasty retreat, and the deadliest since the suicide bombing at the kabul airport that killed at least 183 people, including 13 u.s. service members. although relatively small in number, isis-k, the afghanistan affiliate of isis, has shown its reach far from its stronghold in eastern afghanistan, striking kunduz, north of the capital, kabul. now, afghan civilians can only rely on the taliban for protection. charlie d'agata, cbs news, london. >> brennan: there was a bit of a surprise today when the winners of the nobel peace prize were announced. the long list of nominees included environmental activist greta thunberg, and russian opposition leader alexei navalny, but the prize went to two courageous journalists. cbs' elizabeth palmer introduces
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us. >> reporter: when dmitry muratov arrived at work, he got a hero'r that for nearly 30 years has fought to tell the truth in repressive russia. "guys," he told them, "this prize is for you." novaya gazeta's journalists have long exposed high-level corruption and official lies. six of them have been killed on his watch, including the fearless anna politkovskaya, who was shot in 2006. it was in their names, muratov told a sea of microphones that he accepted the nobel. the other winner is maria ressa of the philippines, the only woman nobel laureate this year. she founded the online website rappler which tracked the extra- judicial killings of president duterte's war on drugging. ressa has been threatened, harassed, and arrested for her
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reporting, but undaunted, she's become an outspoken campaigner against disinformation. >> so, if you don't have facts, you can't have truth. if you don't have truth, you can't have trust. without any of these things, democracy, as we know it, is dead. >> reporter: the nobel committee agreed, and noted that things for journalists everywhere are getting harder. the committee to protect journalists reports that this year so far, 84 of them are either missing or dead. margaret. >> brennan: elizabeth palmer in london. still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," newly minted heroes. the five trailblazing women to be engraved on new quarters. and cbs' steve hartman with the woman using her yard sale dollars to make wishes come true. stuff. ally good new zzzquil ultra helps you when you need it most. it's non habit forming and powered by the makers of nyquil.
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>> brennan: cbs' steve hartman offers us a lesson on investing in kindness. it's guaranteed to pay dividends. here's tonight's "on the road." >> reporter: 14-year-old marjorie gonzales is about to go shopping for a homecoming dressr mother. susan thompson gaines is more like a godmother, a fairy godmother, who just magically appeared in marjorie's life moments ago.
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>> just came out of nowhere. >> reporter: out of nowhere to conjure up a dress for the ball. >> all right. >> reporter: like all fairy godmothers, susan's wish- granting process begins with rgs. >> this ugly christmas sweater. >> reporter: old clothes, racks of them, mixed with a cash of footware, a pinch of gold, and a dollop of just about everything else, each part potion donated by susan's neighbors here in arlington, virginia. >> so many people helped. it's everyone in the community now, like, every inch of our space was covered in treasures. >> reporter: and then all of it sold in a giant yard sale. this was her third annual. and here's where the story gets good: in the coming months, susan will use every penny of the profits, more than $12,000 this year, to fund random acts of kindness throughout her community. in the past, she has bought donuts for nurses and left
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flowers at veterans' graves. she has delivered presents for santa, and thrown a beach party for dementia patients. really, hardly a day goes by that susan doesn't do something, because she firmly believes that kindness begets kindness. this mission has taken over your life. >> it totally has. once you start looking, there are opportunities everywhere. >> oh! >> reporter: like the high school girl who couldn't afford a homecoming dress. susan let marjorie pick out a favorite, along with shoes, jewelry-- everything but the prince charming. >> it's made me overall a more happy person. >> reporter: so you picked up something from the yard sale, too. >> i did. i picked up a lot of things, but that probably is the most important, yes. >> reporter: a brand-new box of purpose, best yard sale find ever. steve hartman, "on the road," in arlington, virginia. >> brennan: kindness begets kindness. we'll be right back.
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right now at 7:00 -- it is shaping up to be the busiest weekend in the bay area since the beginning of the pandemic, as we look live at san francisco right now. his essays say that timing could not be better. looking live over the bay, we will see a chance of rain tonight. your all-important weekend forecast. a new theory about what caused the big oil spill in southern california. why it may have been a disaster a year in the making. some confusion about what is and is not allowed under the new mask rules for popular bay area restaurants. tonight, we sort it all out for
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you. harmful fruit flies have been discovered in san jose, and the state agricultural workers are trying to prevent an all-out infestation. the quarantine area now in effect what you cannot do with the food you grow at home. first, breaking news within the past five back minutes, a federal appeals court ruled that texas can indeed temporarily resume its new abortion law, the most restrictive in the country. it comes just 1 day after a lower court in austin sided with the biden administration, and suspended the law. the new orleans-based appeals court granted an emergency order that puts the law back in place for now. pending a review of the states appeal. our top story right now on the kpix 5 news at 7:00 , and streaming on cbsn bay area , a lot of people heading into san francisco this weekend. a convergence of several high- profile offense pumping new energy into the city. it almost feels like old times. good evening. i'm elizabeth cook. and i'm ken bastida. a different vibe out there tonight. kpix 5's andria bo


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