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captioning sponsored by cbs >> dokoupil: tonight, the taliban closes in on afghanistan's capital, now just 50 miles from kabul as u.s. troops arrive to evacuate some embassy personnel. supply lines to kabul are blocked, afghan troops surrender, some executed. >> we are certainly concerned by the speed with which the taliban has moved. >> dokoupil: the threat to the u.s.: we asked former senior c.i.a. official michael morrell what's the biggest risk americans face as a taliban grip on afghanistan tightens. additional covid shots have just been authorized, but who will get them and when? what you need to know. delta's summer spread: vaccinations are up, but so is covid transmission in nearly every state. more fights over mask mandates,e and why hundreds of students were sent to quarantine just
days into the school year. brutal temperatures, with much of the country broiling, when will the heat break? we're tracking threats with warnings posted in florida, but threats of a new storm right what's behind the new violence against ride-share drivers. cuomo's future, a major development in the impeachment investigation into new york's outgoing governor. dream finish: the "field of dreams" game turns back the clock and gets its own hollywood-style ending. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital. >> dokoupil: good evening, and thank you for joining us. norah is off tonight. i'm tony dokoupil. and we begin in afghanistan, where the final stage of america's longest war is playing out amid a relentless advance by the taliban. it now controls nearly all
es a is within 50miles of k. a pentagon spokesman says the military is concerned by the speed of the taliban advance and the lack of resistance by the afghan army. president biden spoke by phone with his nl situation, and tonight, the first american troops arrived to assist in a draw-down at the u.s. embassy, with evacuation flights ramping up for american diplomats and afghan citizens alike. cbs' roxana saberi will lead off our coverage tonight.r: tony, >> reporter: tony, the pentagon spokesman said the bulk of the u.s. troops will arrive here in the capital this weekend. he also said the taliban are not yet threatening an immediate attack on kabul, but they're closing in fast. ( sirens ) more than two-third of the country is now in the hands of the taliban. today, they seized the capital of helmand province-- ( gunfire ) where u.s. troops once fought
>> we are certainly concerned by the speed with which the taliban has been moving. >> reporter: now they're eyeing what would be their biggest prize of all. for now, daily life here in the capital, kabul, appears to be carrying on more or less as usual. but many people here fear this way of life could soon come to an end. banafsheh rahimi says her family plans to remain here, but as a woman who studied on an american scholarship, she needs to flee. you're afraid of being killed. >> yeah! >> reporter: if the taliban come here. >> yeah, i'm afraid of being killed. like, it's-- i'm-- i'm, like, totally sure that i will not survive here. >> reporter: she has reason to fear. this video posted on social media appears to show a taliban fighter counting 14 bodies, all with their hands bound behind their backs. at least one is a boy, executedx for fighting back. as the taliban have gained ground, they've also gained
strength, picking up the spoils of war left behind by retreating afghan forces-- and more fighters, after releasing taliban prisoners, like in the city of loggure, only about 50 miles from kabul. and afghanistan's government is clearly feeling the pressure. tonight, the defense ministry called on all afghans ages 18-50 to join the army to protect the country, especially the capital. tony. >> dokoupil: roxana saberi in kabul for us. roxana, thank you very much. joining us now is former deputy and acting director of the c.i.a. and cbs news senior security contributor, michael morrell. mike, thank you for being here. >> you're welcome. >> dokoupil: the taliban seems to be retaking afghanistan faster than anyone predicted. how are they able to do it? >> without the u.s. militaryithy there, the capabilities of the afghan security forces to fight has been significantly degraded. but the bigger issue is the willingness to fight evaporated when president biden made the
announcement that we were leaving. >> dokoupil: after 20 years of work from the u.s., hundreds of billions of dollars, more than 2,000 american lives, why are the folks that we allied with and trained walking off the job? >> because the will to fight is more important than the capability, and because the afghan government is one of the most corrupt in the world. >> dokoupil: now we have 3,000 troops going back in. the lead elements are already there on the ground. what concerns you most tonight about their safety? >> suicide attacks from the taliban, and the main issue there is will the taliban see the new troops coming in, not as there to protect the people being evacuated, but as the first set of troops in a reinvasion of the country. all right, that's a real danger. and then the other concern that i have is there are many afghan security forces who are deeply angry at the united states, and ahan-- a member ofight,
out their weapon and starts killing americans is not something we can-- is something we have to focus on. >> dokoupil: has the taliban won this war? >> absolutely. absolut >> dokoupil: michael morrell, thank you very much. >> you're welcome.>> >> dokoupil: tonight, there is new concern about potential terrorist attacks in the u.s., possibly tied to the 9/11 anniversary. homeland security issued a terrorism warning bulletin, citing the threat of targeted miliotants. d.h.s. also warns of potential domestic terrorisms will by extremists angry over the reimposition of covid-19 impositions. >> reporter: outside atlanta a deja vu clash in a deja vu
crisis. >> reporter: outside atlanta a deja vu clash in a deja vu crisis. >> the c.d.c. is corrupt! i believe in my own science and my own studies. >> reporter: covid has exploded in cobb county schools, georgia's second-biggest system. on august 6, the first week of classes, 253 cases. a week later, it's tripled, more than 800 cases. the hot spot: east side elementary, almost 50 cases in two weeks, every fifth grader sent home after an outbreak. your kid has been exposed. >> not surprised, not shocked, but still very devastated. >> reporter: tini krisman has two sons at east side. her older boy, a third grader, was exposed to someone in school with covid. she's getting him tested. but school quarantine policy would let him go back to class right away without a test. just wear a mask for 10 days.
how worried are you until you get the results? >> very much. we're checking the e-mail. >> reporter: today atlanta's grady memorial hospital changed its status-- total diversion. please take new patients elsewhere. on june 20, seven covid patients. every i.c.u. and emergency division bed is spoken for. >> you'll have patients waiting in the hallway. >> reporter: dr. robert jansen is grady's chief medical officer. >> the exponential growth of cases is just staggering. it's more rapid than what we saw, even in the sort of third wave of the winter of 2021. >> reporter: florida is covid america's biggest mess. schools in palm beach county today sent home more than 1,000 kids for possible exposure. in broward county, three teachers died of covid within 24 hours. >> it's extremely frightening. >> reporter: florida leads the country in new cases, new covid hospitalizations, and in
pediatric hospitalizations. yet, governor ron desantis refuses to bend on his ban against mandatory masking. today, the c.d.c. approved something new: a third shot of the pfizer and moderna vaccines for some of the seven million immunocompromised u.s. adults-- cancer patients, transplant patients, and people with advanced h.i.v. infections could start getting those shots this weekend. back in georgia, these east side elementary parents feel lost, their kids too young for vaccinations, and a school board that also says no new virtual schooling. >> because they are playing with our children's lives. >> reporter: it's nerve- wracking. >> it is. >> reporter: here's how those third shots recommended by the c.d.c. are so important to the immunocompromised folks. they get one of every three hospitalized breakthrough infections. and we heard again from tini krisman, she got the results of her son's covid test. it was negative. tony. >> dokoupil: some good news
there. of course a lot of people still need to get their first covid shot. mark strassman, thank you. >> moving on to weather. the extreme heat making much of the country may finally break this weekend. we're also watching and we're also watching fred which is making a beeline for the state of florida. cbs' lonnie quinn has the latest. lonnie. >> well, tony, heat is the story. and we just learned today that the month of july that we just finished up with is the hottest month that the globe has ever experienced, and it's probably going to end up being the hottest year we've ever had. take a look at the records that were set today. raleigh hitting 99, schenectady hitting 93 degrees. the relief that you were hinting at, tony, certainly in place for schenectady tomorrow. raleigh, you're at 95. your relief will come after want storms pass through, a much better sunday. look at the tropics. we have two storms, tropical depression fred, and t.d. number 7. this is the track of t.d. number 7. both those storms have 35-mile-per-hour winds. it may become grace tomorrow. uncanny. take a look.
it goes over the exact footprints of fred and fred is likely to become a tropical storm, making landfall, probably west of the keys. i don't think the keys are in the cone. but it's possible panama city, more time to build.ity, more time to build. more rain there. possibly winds at 60 miles per hour. but we do not believe it will become a hurricane. we'll keep a very close eye on it. a lot of rain and another storm going over the same track of the storm. tony, back to you. >> dokoupil: thank you very much. here's a shocking number for you: the f.a.a. reports more than 3800 incidents of what they call unruly airline passengers this year alone. now, dash cam video is capturing a similar menace on the ground to rideshare drivers. cbs' errol barnett has the story. >> if i can't use the backseat, you're going to get fired. >> reporter: dash cam video from lyft driver ye lu, captured the moment an irate passenger attacked him for refusing to allow his d.j.'s equipment in equipment in the car's backseat. finally breaking free, lu calls
911. >> someone attacked me. i think i will die. >> reporter: lu was left bloody with this gash in his forehead. the passenger was latest arrested on multiple charges. lyft called the act appalling and said it is offering support to lu and has permanently removed the passenger from its platform. >> i think six or seven stitches. it happened to me. i think for every driver must be aware. >> reporter: it is unclear how common these conflicts are, but this ride share driver was attacked for insisting masks be worn, and another was robbed at gun point. cameras he installed helped police solve the case. >> a $100 go pro is a great idea, pointed right towards the car. this helped us very much. >> reporter: uber says one way it deters the behavior isic making clear to passengers you are being recorded. it will release another one of its safety reports later this year. meanwhile, lyft, after sending us that statement, did not respond to our repeated questions about how many attacks, tony, it's seen on its drivers.ee
>> dokoupil: certainly hope the cameras work. >> dokoupil: errol, thank you very much. tomorrow is the third anniversary of a landmark grand jury report that found catholic church leaders in pennsylvania covered up rampant sexual abuse involving hundreds of priests and at least 1,000 victims. 13 states and washington state and washington, d.c. have made it easier to file civil suits, but in pennsylvania, many are still waiting for their day in court. cbs' nikki battiste follows up now with outraged survivors. >> pennsylvania is like the epicenter for child sexual abuse and-- >> a pedophile's paradise. >> exactly. >> reporter: the emotion felt by mary mchale, and juliann bortz, and shaun dougherty over being sexually abused by priest as children is still raw. judy says her son's accidental overdose can be traced to his traced to his rape by a priest when he was 15. >> his soul was just sucked out of him, and he tried so hard to live with it. d i think a lot of people still don't get it. they hear "abuse."
he was violently raped. >> reporter: all of their testimonies are in a 2018 pennsylvania grand jury report revealing decades-long cover-up in the catholic church, and detailing alleged sexual abuse of at least 1,000 victims by more than 300 catholic clergy. . did you have any idea it did you have any idea it would have the magnitude and the reach and the number of victims that it did? >> no. >> not at all. >> just my abuser alone, how many victims came forward to me, that was mind blowing, also. he admitted in the grand jury report his abuse. the institution covered and protected him for years, so he walks freely in my neighborhoods, and this is the main reason why i will never stop speaking out. >> reporter: after the report'sd release, 13 states and washington, d.c. implemented a look-back window, a retroactive law that pauses the statute of limitations and allows sexual abuse victims to file a civil lawsuits, a law that
state legislature has so far failed to pass. in a statement to cbs news, pennsylvania senate majority leader kim ward says the state's constitution differs from others, and that legal experts suggest a statutory window there may be unconstitutional. >> pennsylvania's becoming the absurd. it's passed overwhelming bipartisan support for the judiciary senate, and our senate majority leader refuses to bring it up. >> reporter: so pennsylvania survivors say they will keep fighting. nikki battiste, cbs news, hershey, pennsylvania. >> dokoupil: nikki battiste with more harrowing stories of abuse, and now the ongoing struggle for justice. there is much more news ahead on the "cbs evening news." we'll be right back. was that kind of person.t-gr he looked after his community. she built an empire. he protected this nation.
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arnold had a badly damaged foot. >> and as we're doing it, we're prepping him for anesthesia, giving him meds, we hear this faint tapping at the door. >> reporter: tapping at the door. >> yep. we all kind of turned around simultaneously and were pretty shocked. >> reporter: zak says it was a visitor for arnold. >> we don't allow that, but we definitely had to make an exception in this case. >> reporter: an exception for a spouse. >> don't worry. he's in good hands. >> reporter: how did she know that her mate was in here? >> my only guess is that she saw us capture him the day before, and he was probably honking in the cage overnight. >> reporter: after surgery, the staff moved arnold to the floor for recovery, where his mate, who they named amelia, comforted and preened him. the avian embodiment of "in sickness and in health." geese do mate for life, but if something dreadful happens to one, the other typically typicay remarries. but not amelia. she wasn't leaving her man, no
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