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>> whoa wish you a h ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ captioning sponsored by cbs >> brennan: breaking news tonight: 50,000 new infections. as more states shatter records. the pre's t advisers declares ng, "wnot fla" in florida, new coronavirus cases nearly double in a day, across the south, hospitals are overflowing, overwhelmed test sites turning people away. tonight, the new closures and restrictions ahead of july 4. ignoring the rules: from parties to crowded bars, experts say americans aren't taking socialcs could the infection rate explode this holiday weekend? tonight, a republican governor who once balked at mandating masks is now requiring them.
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plus, the top trump supporter now hospitalized after attending that tulsa rally. new hires and lost work: the president celebrates as the economy adds nearly five milliop disgraffreses e doallice epstein caught by the f.b.i. after months on the run. the new details tonight, how investigators tracked her down. breaking news in the disappearance of a fort hood soldier. the grisly discovery after a key suspect kills himself. the latest on that investigation. and tipping our caps: : we honor the 100th anniversary of baseball's negro leagues. they changed a sport and a country. >>hi capital.
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>> brennan: good evening to our viewers in the west. thank you for joining us. norah is off. i'm margaret brennan. after months of social distancing and staying at home, tonight, the coronavirus pandemic is worse than it has ever been in the u.s. in just 24 hours, the country has added more than 50,000 new cases, leading the head of the administration's testing program to tell congress today that the u.s. is not flattening the curve and that the nationwide surge of the virus is real. infections are now up in 37 states as more and more people who get screened are testing positive. at the beginning of june, florida was averaging about 600 new cases a day. today, there were 10,000 new infections. and gornors wide areowndg americans to spend the fourth of july at home. texas' governor, who has spent weeks pushing back on the idea of mandating masks, just issued an executive order requiring mostthatpublic places across
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tonight, the virus has killed more than 128,000 people in the u.s., and there are more than 2.7 million confirmed cases nationwide. while today's jobs number provided some glimmer of hope with five million new jobs added in june, economists worry that if the country shuts down again, that work will go away. there's a lot of news to get to tonight, and our team of correspondents is covering it all. cbs' david begnaud leads off our coverage in miami beach. david. >> reporter: margaret, good evening. miami beach and most of the beaches here in south florida are shutting down for the july fourth holiday weekend because cases are surging, and the governor still refuses to require people statewide to wear a mask. a lot of people are not. we found out just today that an 11-year-old boy died of coronavirus complications here ouyoungen to diesoar in e that i epicenter of this pandemic. this line was almost a mile long
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at this stadium parking lot near miami, which is now one of the largest covid-19 testing sites in the state of florida. look at the numbers: today, a record-setting 10,000 new cases. compare that to a month ago when it was just 617 cases that day. this surge in cases comes after the state loosened restrictions. carlos giminez is the mayor of miami-dade county. >> the reason we opened up is we opened up with these rules, and our medical experts said if we follow those rules, the levelof connotation should ot have gone up. obviously, a lot of people didn't follow the rules. >> reporter: tonight, 37 of the 50 states have case numbers that are rising, in part due to the same scenes playing out coast to and almost no social distancing. here's what dr. anthony fauci told the ""journal of the american medical association"" today. >> but you've got to remember, we're all in this together, and we have to take some societal responsibility. >> reporter: that, apparently,
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was not the case in tuscaloosa, alabama, where the fire chief confirms that several college students attended parties knowing that they were covid positive. elsewhere, other states are also putting the brakes on fourth of july festivities. delaware's governor is closing down bars and beach towns. in nebraska, officials are asking those hosting cookouts to keep a guest list so the state can do contact tracing if there's an outbreak. in new york city, one of the few areas not seeing a sharp jump in cases, schools will reopen this fall. but nationally, a top health official signaled to congress today the overall picture is not good. >> we're not flattening the curve right now. the curve is still going up. >> reporter: back here in florida, hospitals are stopping elective procedures, while at the same time saying they need more help. you need more nurses. >> that's correct. we're seeing more patients, and, also, some of the nurses are getting sick so we need to be able to cover. >> reporter: right now, in the sunshine state, the outlook appears dim. david begnaud, cbs news, miami beach.
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>> reporter: this is janet shamlian in houston, where the governor of texas has just ordered face masks to be worn in all public places in most of the state. as cases skyrocket and frontline workers are overwhelmed. >> it wears on us. it wears on me as a physician, as a person, as a mom. >> reporter: emergency room doctor gina blocker has four children, including a newborn to take care of. she's also a caretaker at baylor st. luke's, with the lives of some of the most critical covid patients in her care. >> there are times i'm ent in her care.or five patients >> there are times i'm in my shift, absolutely. they come to the i.c.u., they require i.c.u. level care. >> reporter: beyond texas, i.c.u. beds in arizona are almost 90% full. and florida is now running low on the drug remdesivir, effective at shortening recovery time. back in texas, perseverance. amarillo nurse tonya fields almost didn't survive covid-19. monday, she goes back to work.
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>> i'm terrified to go back to work but i've just get to work through it and be an advocate for my patients so that i can be a teacher to them. >> reporter: on the eve of this holiday weekend there is no this holiday weeke break for first responders here at the texas medical center. and with most texas beaches closed and the bars shuttered, hoe "houston chronicle" today, with this as a headline, "stay at home this july 4th weekend." eekend.". >> brennan: some advice. thank you very much, janet shamlian there. tonight, ghislaine maxwell, the alleged accomplice of accused sex trafficker jeffrey epstein is behind bars after federal agents closed in on a secluded new hampshirire farmhouse and arrested her. maxwell is charged with six counts, including illegally transporting minors and perjury. cbs' mola lenghi reports. >> reporter: tonight, the woman authorities have spent more than a year looking for is in custody. at 8:30 this morning, federal agents zeroed in on this new
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hampshire house where they arrested ghislaine maxwell. >> she had slithered away to a gorgeous property in new hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago. >> reporter: over the inflicted upon them years ago. >> reporter: over the past year, there were unconfirmed reports she was in brazil, even spotted at an in and out burger in california. >> maxwell played a critical role in helping epstein to identify, befriend, and groom minor victims for abuse. in some cases, maxwell participated in the abuse herself. >> reporter: prosecutors allege maxwell, jeffrey epstein's ex- girlfriend-turned-confidant, rnlped him recruit young girls from 1994 to at least 1997 to engage in lewd sex acts with the disgraced financier, who just last year killed himself in prison while awaiting federal trial in new york for abusing girls as young as 14. jennifer araoz was just one of what are believed to be more
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than 100 epstein victims. >> she was definitely the center, the heart of it all, you know, if she even had one. >> reporter: according to the criminal complaint, prosecutors say maxwell would try to normalize sexual abuse for minor victims by discussing se tocs, esn ont of the victims, being present for sex acts. the indictment continues, "maxwell encouraged victims to provide massages to epstein, including sexual massages, during which a minor victim would be fully or partially nude." would be fully or partially >> she knows so much. she knows everything that he knew. >> reporter: is ghislaine maxwell sort of the next best thing. >> right now, yes, i think that is, yes. i think she's right there with him. >> reporter: cbs news legal analyst ricky klieman said she can still cooperate with investigators. >> reporter: in this case, she would do some time but cooperate against others, and we would expect they would be the rich, the powerful. >> reporter: well, maxwell denies all wrongdoing. here at epstein's manhattan mansion, as well as his other
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properties around the country, where abuse is alleged to have happened. today, prosecutors urged a judge to deny maxwell bail, saying that she posed an extreme flight risk. maxwell is expected to be arraigned here in new york city next week. margaret. >> brennan: mola lenghi in new york, thank you. a new report on jobs released today shattered expectations. the u.s. added 4.8 million jobs in june. that's a record-setting gain. the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, according to the labor department. but that good news comes with a big catch. cbs' adriana diaz reports. >> reporter: the nearly five million jobs gained sets the record for the most jobs ever added in a single month, and after nearly 20 million jobs were lost in the shutdown, that's welcome news. but there's a catch, says labor economist diane swonk. >> because we already know from much more real-time data that the layoffs have already started and places have already had to close down-- restaurants, bars,
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>> reporter: the numbers were taken before many of the states were pushed to relapse, something that haunts restaurant owner ana santos-vitelo in schaumburg, illinois. she just reopened last friday after nearly four months closed. >> i'm very concerned, adriana, because if that happens again, i don't know. it's going to be very difficult to come back again. >> reporter: can you even can't. going through this one more time? >> i can't. it would be horrible. >> reporter: her biggest fear is laying off her employees, like chef jorge corona, a second time. are you confident that the restaurant will be able to stay open, or are you not so sure? >> i am now 50-50.>> reporr: yo? >> yeah. >> reporter: that's why when he's not here, he has a second job delivering packages for fedex, anything for security in this economy. if you look deeper into the 11.1% unemployment rate, the
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rate for latinos, like the chef and owner of the brazilian restaurant, it's 14.5%. black unemployment is over 15%. now, congress is debating another relief package, and today, the trump administration said it would support one that targets businesses. margaret. >> brennan: and the most vulnerable are getting hit the hardest. thank you, adriana. despite warning that the economy could take another hit, president trump hailed today's numbers as evidence that the pandemic is under control, and he's going forward with plans for a large event friday at mount rushmore. cbs' weijia jiang reports from the white house. >> reporter: president trump wasted no time calling reporters to the white house briefing room to crate theobs repo anea s bs gaihe hisoucountry. today's announcement proves that our economy is roaring back. >> reporter: but the latest employment survey was taken before the new wave of covid-19 cases.
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the president abruptly left without taking a single question. later, he acknowledged the spike in numbers one day after claiming the virus would disappear. >> this is coming back, and we haven't totally succeeded yet. we will soon, but we haven't killed all of the virus yet. >> reporter: presumptive democratic nominee joe biden, who out-raised mr. trump in june for the second month in a row, blasted the president's optimism. >> there's no victory to be celebrated. trump wants to declare his health crisis over and unemployment solved. >> reporter: the crisis has creeped into the trump campaign. herman cain, the cochair of "black voice for trump" is battling the virus in the hospital. the former presidential candidate tested positive nine days after attending president trump's rally in tulsa, where he was photographed without wearing a mask. tomorrow, president trump plans to kick off the july 4 weekend at mount rushmore, with a flashy
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firework show. the republican governor said there won't be social distancing for the 7,500 people expected to attend, and masks will be optional. president trump had pushed to revive the fireworks display after 11 years without one. despite concerns over coronavirus and the environmentd to protest the show because they say the monument sits on stolen native american land. margaret. >> brennan: weijia jiang, thank you. there are disturbing new details tonight in the disappearance of a young soldier from fort hood in texas. more than two months after u.s. army private vanessa guillen vanished from the base, a person of interest in the case is now dead, and her family is demanding justice. orr: army vestigators tipped abe disappearance of specialist vanessa guillen, even after
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human remains were found in this central texas field on tuesday. >> there are, obviously, pieces of information or evidence that cannot be shared with the public during an active criminal investigation. >> reporter: today, the army did confirm specialist aaron robinson was a suspect in guillen's disappearance. robinson died by suicide when police approached him near fort hood just yesterday. an hour later, another suspect, a female civilian, was arrested for her involvement in the case. the guillen sisters and their attorney recently met with army investigators. they say they were told their sister vanessa was bludgeoned with a hammer and murdered. >> clearly, after 70 days, we haven't obtained answers, justice. >> reporter: vanessa's family has consistently said the young soldier was sexually harassed on base but was too afraid to come forward. but army investigators say so far there is no evidence guillen ordering an investigation of
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fort hood's sexual harassment 's sexual harassment >> we tell those allegations and all allegations seriously, and we're going to pursue them to our fullest extent. it's not acceptable. >> reporter: mireya villarreal, cbs news, dallas. >> brennan: there's still much more ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." remembering tv legend hugh downs, including something you ys of his career.know about the early days of his career. and later, an important anniversary in the battle for racial equality on the base racial equality on the baseball field. do you want to continue or cancel? ♪ capital one knows life doesn't update you about your credit card. so menthonsistan ut fharges thatight surprise yo and helps.
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>> brennan: this summer, major league baseball is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the negro leagues and honoring the players who were on the front line of the fight for racial equality. here's cbs' jim axelrod. >> the game where the negro athlete has left a bright mark. >> reporter: to salute some of the best baseball's ever seen, in this lockdown season of empty stadiums with no crowds to cheer, major league baseball cheer the baseball world improvised. >> reporter: with some famous players tipping their hats to the negro leagues on their 100 anniversary. >> i'm tipping my cap to my grandfather. >> reporter: jerry hairston,
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jr., played in the big leagues, part of the only three generation african american family of major leaguers. before playing for the chicago white sox, his grandfather sam played in the negro leagues. >> they would entertain these ehite fans, but when it came time to go get something time to go get something to eat or maybe stay at the hotel, they wouldn't allow them in. >> reporter: the only way for african americans to make money playing baseball before jackie robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, the negro leagues produced players like satchel paige, josh gibson, and cool papa bell, ever bet the equal of white stars in talent, but banned from demonstrating that on major league fields. so they called josh gibson the "black babe ruth" but many thought ruth should be called "the white gibson." >> reporter: artist kadir nelson has been tipping his cap for years painting portraits of negro leaguers. what about them do you find heroic? >> they love baseball so much, that they were able to create
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their own successful baseball league, and change the hearts and minds of a great many. >> reporter: which is why so many are tipping their cap, not just to those who cross the bridge, but to those who built it, and never got the chance to make the trip. jim axelrod, cbs news. >> brennan: and we will be right back. and here's how. with the ford promise. visit your ford dealer. finance a new, certified pre-owned or used vehicle through ford credit and if you lose your job, you can return it for up to one year from the day you bought it. you can also get 0% apr financing for 72 months neup ylet us helget you, apr finback to it.72 months with the ford promise.
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