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just said about whether he will now wear one. calling it a hoax. president trump says he doesn't believe reports that russians tried to put bounties on american soldiers. this just hours after his own national security advisor said it was important enough to share with troops. plus, the president demands new york cancel plans to paint "black lives matter" outside his manhattan highrise. the reaction tonight after he calls the phrase a "symbol of hate." breaking news in the disappearance of a fort hood soldier. shots ring out as police approach a suspect. as investigators share details with a missing woman's family. seattle standoff. police move in to clear out a neighborhood taken over by protestors weeks ago. and, music for the movement. meet the 12-year-old sensation who is writing the soundtrack for this moment in history. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> garrett: good evening, everyone. thank you for joining us. norah is off tonight. i'm major garrett. we're going to begin with breaking news. a stunning surge in coronavirus cases across much of our country that is forcing states to close bars, beaches and businesses, reimposing restrictions just days before the july 4th holiday. tonight, the number of new infections nationwide is nearly double what it was just two weeks ago. in some states, the increases are even more dramatic. texas is now reporting 8,000 new cases in 24 hours, a new record. and in what feels like a nightmarish flashback to the early days of this pandemic, overflowing emergency rooms in houston are sending patients to other cities. tonight, california's governor says cases are spiking so quickly there, he is shutting down most businesses he only recently allowed to reopen. and the fast food giant mcdonald's says it is scrapping plans to serve food inside most of its restaurants for at least
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the next three weeks. nationwide, public health officials say they fear the holiday weekend could be a dangerous turning point, and they're urging people to stay home. as we come on the air, the virus has killed about 128,000 people nationwide. confirmed cases in the u.s., nearing 2.7 million. as you can tell, there is a lot of breaking news tonight, and our team of correspondents is standing by to cover it all. ead offarter evans is going to our cover lead off our coverage tonight, and he's in riverside, california. carter? >> reporter: major, many california cities have already canceled fireworks displays for orksfourth of july and closed displays for the fourth of beaches. well, now, the governor is going one step further, as hospitals fill up and covid cases here in california skyrocket. this is what california's governor wants to end. he's ordered 70% of the state to close bars and ban indoor dining for at least the next three weeks. >> we were able to bend the curve in the state of california.
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we're going to bend this curve again. >> reporter: with new covid cases in california spiking 72% in just the last two weeks, the situation is catastrophic in places like riverside county,ane i.c.u. beds are 90% full, and nurses are sounding the alarm. >> they give us one n95 mask per shift. >> reporter: what happens if you see a covid patient and then go in to see another patient without covid? same mask? >> same mask. >> reporter: angel moreno says staffing and equipment shortages are still happening, months after the pandemic began. are you afraid you're going to get sick? >> yes, of course, absolutely, on a daily basis. >> reporter: meanwhile in new york today, the city postponed indoor dining indefinitely, and the governor lashed out at the president. >> he denied the reality of this situation from day one. reality wins. >> reporter: the latest reality check? a cluster of cases in new york's
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rockland county. eight people at a large party, infected, not cooperating with health investigators. now the county has subpoenad them. >> i am not allowed to have the health of our county compromised because of ignorance. >> reporter: and there is potentially good news on the vaccine front. two companies, pfizer and biontech, say clinical trials are shing posi resul, but no timeline on how soon a vaccine could be ready. and it can't come soon enough for americans who are being asked to hunker down again. carter evans, cbs news, lian ineles. houston wher >> reporter: this is janet shamlian in houston, where a dire situation is unfolding. a surge of covid patients has some hospitals here scrambling to find beds in other texas cities. >> patients end up basically backing up in the emergency room. they are "in the emergency room because there are no beds in the hospital." >> reporter: new infections in texas soared to an all-time
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high of 8,076 cases today, more than 6,900 are hospitalized with the virus. at this houston emergency clinic, desperate measures. >> we have to send patients as far as huntsville or galveston, which is, from here, you can do the math-- it is more than 50 miles away. >> reporter: san antonio is emerging as a hot spot, cases nearly doubling in ten days. more than 800 nurses are coming in to help. >> the numbers speak for themselves. i'm very concerned and i'm not satisfied with what is going on because we're going in the wrong direction. fai on tuesday called outthony texas for opening too quickly, tedan he don't know whes tng i'm skipping over is listening to him. >> reporter: the number of patients hospitalized here has nearly quadrupled since memorial day, when officials say people became overconfident and stopped adhering to the guidelines.
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and that is why, tonight, there is so much concern over the upcoming fourth of july weekend. major? >> garrett: janet shamlian, thank you. now to today's about-face from president trump on the question of face masks. after months of mixed messages, today the president said "masks are good," and that he would wear one in a crowd. but without a nationwide order making masks mandatory in public, health officials say they fear cases will keep soaring. here's cbs's manuel bojorquez. >> reporter: tonight, the battle over requiring face masks continues. >> we have a right in america to not wear a [bleep] mask. >> reporter: this time at a 7-11 store in fort worth, texas, where a customer refused to wear one in order to make a purchase. today, president trump said this: >> i'm all for masks. i think masks are good. >> reporter: asked if he would wear one? >> if i were in a tight situation with people, i would absolutely. >> reporter: but he went on to say he doesn't support a national mask order, something states and cities are deciding on their own. >> it means wearing face
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coverings. >> we are requiring all of you to do a little more. inar a mask. >> oregon isn't alone in having a requirement to cover your face. >> reporter: in florida, where new covid-19 cases are surging, the governor has resisted calls for a statewide mandate. palm beach county's new mask order is now the subject of a lawsuit, alleging it "violates our constitutional and fundamental human right to human rights to pri privacy." melissa martz is one of the attorneys on the suit. >> to let us alone. cd let us make our own choices, let us use our own brains to decide what is good for us pertaining to medical care and our bodies. and this is why, where there is risk, there must be choice. >> reporter: what about the danger from the virus? >> i think it's a great point, and i would love to hear some of discussion on some other ways we can protect ourselves.>> lanta atn of how that can carry thelation of how virus travel in still air with
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no covering, versus a bandana, or a professional grade mask, which limited the spread the most. the debate is also an economic one. goldman sachs estimates the kdowns could preder, instead of renewed lockdowns, could prevent another 5% hit to the u.s. economy. major? >> garrett: manuel bojorquez, thank you so much. today, president trump called reports of a russian bounty on american troops in afghanistan a "hoax." but as national security advisor says the underlying intelligence raw though it was, was important enough to share with u.s. and coalition forces at the time it was gathered. cbs's weijia jiang is at the white house tonight, weijia? >> reporter: major, today the white house said it was a career c.i.a. official who made the call not to brief president trump about the intelligence because it was not verified. in his first interview since the details surfaced, the president raid she made the right decision. president trump doubted u.s. intelligence that you were area may have offered bounties to the taliban to kill u.s. soldiers.
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>> i think it's a hoax. i think it's a hoax by the newspapers and the democrats. >> reporter: sources tell cbs news details about the potential plot appeared in the president's daily brief, though he has not said if he actually read them. mr. trump says what matters is that no one verbally told him the information. >> the intelligence people didn't even-- many of them didn't believe it happened at all. >> reporter: but senate security advisor robert o'brien said the raw intelligence was worrisome enough to share with the mill-- worrisome enough to share with the military. >> even though it wasn't verified, we gave it to u.s. forces. dct "the tak,"r the cbs news onal sitvisor joltd maat presidt befings. >> he is just not receptive to new facts. >> reporter: mr. trump's presumptive democratic challenger, joe biden, says he is more mentally prepared for the job. >> i can hardly wait to compare my cognizant capability to the
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cognizant capability of the man i'm running against. >> reporter: voters have questioned whether the ages of both men will impact their work. biden is 77, and the president just turned 74. >> he doesn't know where he is, frankly. s,watched his press conference frankly. i watched his press conferen yesterday, he is answering-- i mean, he is answering questions like this, from a teleprompter. >> reporter: the cameras in the room showed that was not true. earlier today, president trump aint criticized new york city's plan to paint "black lives matter" on fifth avenue, calling it a "symbol of hate." >> all black lives do matter, he agrees with that sentiments. but what he doesn't agree with is an organization that chants "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon" about our police officers. >> reporter: president trump also said new york city should not be spending money on the painting when it plans to slash ate thury avenue" a billion e
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for weeks, president trump had demanded seattle take back a section of that city occupied by groups protesting police brutality. today, after an accumulating number of acts of violence including deadly shootings, the mayor ordered seattle police to take action. cbs's jonathan vigliotti on how it all played out. >> you have five minutes to disperse. >> reporter: police in riot gear moved in at dawn, ordering protestors to move out. those that resisted were handcuffed. more than 30 arrested, their tents torn down and removed. >> chop, it is not one spot. it is the people, it is the heart of this movement. >> reporter: the nearly month- long occupation of seattle's cal hi came to ateri of shootins killed at least two people, seattle's mayor issuing an emergency order overnight, giving police the green light to move in. >> what has happened here on these streets, it is lawless, and it's brutal and bottomless.
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it is simply unacceptable. >> reporter: protestors demanding to get rid of the police department pushed officers out of their own precinct after a week-long standoff, igniting anger on president trump who called the demonstrators "anarchists" and threatened to send in troops. >> black liv today, the police chief pushed to the breaking point. >> black lives matter. and i too want to help propel this movement forward, but enough is enough. >> reporter: enough for now, but protestors are already promising to set up camp somewhere else. jonathan vigliotti, cbs news. >> garrett: tonight, part of a security checkpoint at the world's busiest airport is closed after a t.s.a. agent there tested positive for covid-19. authorities at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport say the checkpoint will fully reopen but only after a deep cleaning. this news comes as many wonder whether it's safe to fly now or later this summer. cbs's kris van cleave reports
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from chicago's o'hare airport. >> reporter: just days from the fourth of july, our flight h there is concern that soaring covid cases could halt the travel rebound. gretchen ike is flying home to wichita. >> i'm desperate to see family, i have family all over the united states. we have plans, but we canceled i have family all over the all those plans. >> reporter: overall global demand increased in june but bookings weakened as cases surged at the end of the month, now sources tell cbs news, some carriers are seeing a bump in cancellations ahead of the holiday weekend and slowing reservations for the weeks ahead. but today, united airlines announced plans to add 25,000 add 25,0 josh earnest is the airline's chief communications officer. >> if we see a decline in people purchasing tickets, we will peel back the schedule accordingly. >> reporter: today, american joined united, dropping onboard social distancing, making all s ats available. >> we don't think it's the right message. we think it's really important
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in individuals that on whether a bus, train or plane or social distancing. >> reporter: is united's thought that social distancing on a plane is not particularly possible? >> look, when our competitors talk about blocking middle seats they are talking about a p.r. strategy, not a safety strategy. a safety strategy is one focused wn wearing masks. >> reporter: the number of flyers in the u.s. had been on the rise and airlines expect a bump over the fourth of july weekend, but are still only averaging about 70 passengers a flight. that is down 75% from last year. major? >> garrett: kris van cleave, thank you very much. there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news"-- a grim discovery in the search for a missing soldier, and a stunning twist in the investigation. r, a powerful voice for change, and he is only 12 years old. 12 years
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texas for more than two months. a lawyer for the family of private vanessa guillen say investigators believe they found her remains. officials say a soldier wanted for questioning in the case killed himself while authorities approached. another person of interest is now in custody. guillen's family said she had complained about being sexually harassed at the base. monight, more than 20 million are under heat alerts across the southern plains. it is expected to feel like 112 degrees tomorrow in fort smith, arkansas, nearly as hot as death valley. for the fourth of july, it is expected to be-- ready for this? hot as a firecracker across the south and upper midwest. and in tennessee today, torrential rains, swamped roads stranding drivers in their cars and trucks. today, authorities in hong kong used water canons and pepper spray to disperse thousands of uso-democracy protestors. police made more than 300 arrests. they oppose new national security laws that went into affect today.
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.>> garrett: music has set the tone for many pivotal moments in american history, with young people often sounding the first notes of protest. here's cbs's jim axelrod with a singer from jacksonville, florida, who joins that proud tradition. >> introducing keedron bryant! >> ♪ i'm a young black man. >> reporter: keedron bryant is having a pretty good week for a 12-year-old. opening up the b.e.t. awards sunday... >> his powerful plea and beautiful song. >> reporter: ...getting interviewed by alicia keys monday. >> i'm thankful and grateful. >> reporter: actually, not bad for any age. ne to ♪d i see what is being >>eportech happens en you drop a song emotions of a moment and gets more than three million views on your instagram page. >> and i'm just like, what?
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like, wow, i never knew that it was going to go viral. >> ♪ god protect me >> reporter: called "i just wanna live," it's a plaintive plea... >> when i watched that george floyd video with keedron, we watched it together. >> reporter: ...written by keedron's mother, johnnetta. >> when he cried out for his other, it just really hurt my heart in a deep way, because i said, what if that was my son? >> ♪ i was born by the river >> reporter: from sam cooke... >> ♪ a change gonna come ♪ alabama's got me so upset >> reporter: nina simone... >> reporter: marvin gaye... >> ♪ what's going on >> reporter: ...keedron joins a long line of singers... >> ♪ we gonna be all right. >> reporter: who have given voice to a movement. >> ♪ we gone be all right. >> reporter: billboard magazine's gail mitchell. the person giving voice to a movement has never been 12 before. >> exactly, and i think really keedron just put a face on it, for this generation. >> i just sing with hope and i
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this is the "cbs overnight news." >> garrett: i'm chip reid recording from the cbs studios in washington. thanks for staying with us. with the fourth of july two days away health officials are urging people to take coronavirus seriously. the recommendations are boisk. stay home and if you do go out, wear a mask and stay at least six feet from others. the advice comes as cases of coronavirus are exploding across the country, up 82% in the past two weeks. many parents are looking past the holiday weekend and focussing on the fall.
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they're demanding answers about what the upcoming school year will look like. nan nancy cordes has the story. >> reporter: there is no one size fits all plan. >> it really will depend on the dynamics of the outbreak in the particular location where the school is. >> reporter: in new jersey, where cases have dropped, public schools will reopen this fall with students six feet apart and teachers in masks. in we were dubuque, iowa, they've crafted three contingency plans. >> we can start face-to-face and move into a hybrid model anytime. >> how do you know what the right thing to do is here? >> the answer is we don't know. we're taking as much information as we can and trying to move forward. >> this week, the american academy of pediactrics urged a
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return to in-person learning, warning that leppy time away from school often results in social isolation, putting kids at risk. >> i worry about the socialization. >> reporter: rob is a father of two in fairfax virginia where parents must choose between on line instruction four days away or at least two full days of in school instruction with ipd pent study the rest of the time. are you comfortable with sending your kids back into the classroom even if there is a degree of risk involved with that? >> i would have to see what the class room looked like and if they're stacking it what the distance was. children need to be with other chern. they cannot be isolated, but you also have to weigh the risks and what is safe. >> reporter: sign tiss still don't know exactly what the


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