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tv   CBS Evening News With Norah O Donnell  CBS  October 23, 2020 6:30pm-7:00pm PDT

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both candidates make their final case to the voters, and all eyes are on the country's largest nd, the sunshinee sunshine state. o'donnell: the president >> o'donnell: the president makes his pitch in five rallies over the next three days as former president obama heads to miami on saturday. tonight, the stunning numbers: nearly 53 million americans have already voted, and democrats are outpacing republicans two to one. breaking news: two leading vaccine makers get the green light to restart their trials in the u.s. plus, a huge spike in cases-- 71,000 in just one day-- as a
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new model says nearly 165,000 more americans could die over the next three months. fire emergency: massivesive infernos burning out of control as the two worst fires in colorado history explode, and police deputies sprint door to door warning homeowners to get out. >> fire is close to houses. fire is close to our roadways. >> o'donnell: a 19-year-old >> o'donnell: a 19-year-old under arrest. in his possession: a van full of weapons, a checklist with the word "execute "on it, and online searches for joe biden's address. absentee voting: from 200 miles above earth, how this astronaut cast her ballot from the international space station. and guess who's coming to dinner? steve hartman's "on the road" steve hartman's "on the road" with a feast fit for a chipmunk. >> this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting from the nation's capital.
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>> o'donnell: good evening to our viewers in the west, and inank you for joining us. as we come on the air tonight, the race for the white house is in overdrive. with just 11 days until the election and fresh off their final debate, tonight, president trump and former vice president biden are focused on firing up their supporters and winning over the few voters who say they still haven't made up their minds. for president trump, that meant for president trump, that meant his 15th visit to florida this year and back-to-back rallies aimed at his base as tonight he again downplays the coronavirus. for joe biden, it means hitting the president hard once again on his handling of the pandemic, saying mr. trump has "quit on america." and tonight, there is breaking news on just how dramatically cases of the coronavirus are spiking nationwide. tonight, new infections have reportedly now topped 80,000, reportedly now topped 80,000, and that would be the highest number of new cases in a single day since the pandemic began, and 9,000 more than thursday. and experts now warn another 165,000 americans could die by
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february. well, tonight, the nation's top
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poll shows he's lost that advantage and seniors now favor biden. the president's downplaying of coronavirus has turned off some older voters. >> i think it's very childish. i think he wants to-- he's like a toddler. he thinks if he doesn't see it, it will go away. >> reporter: trump's supporters president.ort the president. >> he was right to not try to panic people. he tried to stay levelheaded. >> reporter: in delaware today, joe biden called the president a quitter. >> we're more than eight months into this crisis, and the president still doesn't have a plan. he's given up. he's quit on you. he's quit on your family. he's quit on america. >> reporter: despite a covid outbreak in the white house... >> do you think sleepy joe could have made this deal? >> reporter: ...not much has changed-- officials in the office today, shoulder to shoulder, hardly anyone wearing a mask. >> the image of that is something that may give the wrong impression to people.
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>> reporter: dr. anthony fauci also revealing today that president trump hasn't been to a covid task force meeting in months; and that dr. scott atlas, a radiologist, now has the president's ear, not fauci's the nation's top infectious disease expert. >> and i say we're learning to live with it. we have no choice. >> reporter: the contrast on covid also on display at last night's debate. >> he says that we're-- you know, we're learning to live with it. people are learning to die with it. >> reporter: and the trump campaign is now seizing on comments biden made on the oil industry... >> we'll have a transition from the oil industry, yes. >> reporter: ...turning it into an ad today to run in pennsylvania, an oil-producing swing state. biden clarified he wanted to end federal subsidies, not the oil industry itself. but with nearly 53 million votes already cast, it's unclear what impact these final arguments will have. in florida, nearly five million votes are in, 44% of them cast by democrats and 35% by republicans. more floridians have voted early than the total number who voted
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for president trump in 2016. now, president trump plans to add to that vote total by casting his own ballot here in florida tomorrow. he will then have rallies in north carolina, ohio, and wisconsin. meanwhile, former president barack obama will travel here to florida tomorrow. he'll be campaigning for joe biden in miami. norah. >> o'donnell: ben tracy, thank you. we are going to turn now to get more on the coronavirus. that reported spike in cases today is the biggest since the start of the pandemic. total cases in the u.s. now top 8.4 million. the virus has killed 223,000 americans. and there's some encouraging news tonight in the race for a vaccine with two trials now resuming. we get more now from cbs' meg oliver. >> reporter: tonight, both astrazeneca and johnson & johnson's vaccine trials are back on in the u.s. after hitting pause when volunteers became sick. the green light from the fda found no link between those
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cases and the vaccine. this news comes as america is grappling with an explosion of cases. 41 states are reported increase in average cases. 15 states reported record hospitalizations in the last week. director of the nation institute of health dr. collins. this becomes a moment when americans have to recognize that each of us as individuals have a responsibility to turn phis around. in hot spot, wisconsin new cases are up 40% compareed to two weeks ago. 15-year-old wisconsin resident is suffering from hot flashes and extreme fatigue three months after recovering from covid. i still feel sick. soe days good, and some not. one day is good, and then i'll feel dizzy and tireed and take a nap. and the other day i do something normal. >> tonight the latestidate
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from the university of washington says wearing face masks in public could prevent 63,000 new deaths this winter. 16-year-old caitlyn evans of cincinnati, ohio started the first wave of children to test the vaccine as a push to safely innoculate school age children. he more that test, the more information to put out a vaccine for the state. >> as case numbers rise in new jersey, school districts announce this week they will extend virtual learning until at least january. saying too many teachers can't return in person, and confirm the upcoming holiday travel. nora. and even with cases spiking in the midwest, the big ten will kick off its college football season this weekend. storied teams like ohio state and michigan will take the field after a two-month delay over covid concerns. but not everyone is cheering. in an open letter to conference officials, the mayors of several
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big ten cities say more steps are needed to limit infections. tonight, two of the largest fires in colorado's history are fearsng dangerously close that they cou together, and there are fears that they could merge into one gigantic inferno. thousands of families have been forced from their homes, and several people are unaccounted for. cbs' omar villafranca reports tonight from the fire-ravaged rocky mountains. >> reporter: thousands of feet up, giant plumes of smoke dominate the skies over northern colorado as crews fight the fire from the air and on the ground, like these firefighters flanked by flames as they drive t by flames as they drive to safety. ter: tonight, the, my hero! second largest wildfire >> reporter: tonight, the second-largest wildfire in colorado history could become the most massive the state has ever seen. it's already burned an area larger than the city of chicago, and it might merge with an even bigger fire just a few miles away. can you describe what it looks like in there? >> i've been in and around
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wildfire for almost 10 years, and i've never seen anything like what we experienced two nights ago where we had 100,000 acres' growth in a matter of a night. >> reporter: crews are frantically trying to form a containment line to protect homes near the town of granby, but officials say it's still too dangerous to get a full assessment of the destruction and possible lives lost. >> fires close to houses. our roadose to our roadways. propane tanks are still venting off. there's a lot of safety risk up in there. i know people are scared. >> reporter: deputies have been sprinting door to door, warning homeowners to get out. the governor is also activating the national guard, but it's too late for matthew reed. >> we got, like, four bags of clothes out of the house. ything else is gone.one. >> reporter: his newly-built home in grand lake, burned to the ground. >> we have been in our house for 11 months. took three years to build it, and it's gone. >> reporter: helicopters have been dumping water on hot-spots all day. in fact, you can see some flames
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and smoke on the mountain behind me. the humidity was up today. and that's good. and crews hope snow in the weekend forecast will help them get this fire finally under control. norah. >> o'donnell: so worried about those families. omar villafranca, thank you. newly released court documents indicate that a man found with a van full of weapons and explosive materials may have been plotting to harm joe biden. ainst the would be the latest former violent threat against the former vice president to be uncovered by authorities. >> here's cbs' jeff pegues. >> reporter: prosecutors say 19- year-old alexander treisman, arrested for possessing child pornography, posted evidence of wanting to kill presidential candidate joe biden. on his phone and social media, they found images from mass killings and an internet meme captioned, "should i kill joe biden?" court documents show treisman had a fascination with mass shooting and had swastika drawings in his van. court papers say in early may, jo drove to within four miles of
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joe biden's delaware home after purchasing an ar-15-style rifle. was this a real threat? >> you know, whenever somebody is amassing weapons and wants to, you know, do damage, it's always potentially dangerous. >> reporter: this comes just days after we learned about a man in maryland, arrested for leaving a handwritten note threatening to beat and kill biden and running mate kamala harris, and weeks after the arrest of seven militia members in michigan for allegedly plotting to kidnap and potentially kill michigan's governor. >> that's what happens when there's fear and anxiety, and the political discussion is about scoring political points. >> reporter: with the election looming, federal authorities say they've seen a change in what is fueling domestic threats. >> now, this year, the lethal attacks, domestic terrorism lethal attacks we've had, i think, all fit in the category of antigovernment, antiauthority. >> reporter: prosecutors have
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only charged treisman with child pornography. he has pleaded not guilty. his attorney says that he has asperger's syndrome. citing all the evidence in this case, a judge ordered that he remain behind bars. norah. >> o'donnell: jeff pegues, thank you. president trump's performance in the polls has republicans worried about the races down ballot. in the senate, republicans are defending 23 seats, democrats just 12. if democrats flip just a handful of seats from red to blue, they would win control of the senate. we get more now from cbs' nancy cordes. >> reporter: with 11 days to go, republicans are worried that the president's sagging poll numbers and controversial campaign style could cost them not just the white house but the senate, too. >> i felt kind of bad after the first debate. quite frankly, i felt good last enght. >> reporter: take senator lindsey graham, who is running for reelection in the ruby-red state of south carolina but is now virtually tied with democrat jamie harrison, who has outraised him by tens of
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millions of dollars. the cbs news battleground tracker shows republican incumbents trailing by four points in iowa, 10 points in north carolina, and 11 points in arizona. with the senate currently split 53-47, democrats need to net just three or four seats to win control, and there are plenty of ways for them to do it. of the 14 races cbs news considers very or somewhat co competitive, 12 involve seats currently held by republicans. with democrats now pouring money into "reach states" like kansas and texas, g.o.p. donors have rushed in to level the playing field, casino magnate sheldon adelson and his wife giving $75 million. but it doesn't help that senators are stuck in washington, finalizing the confirmation of supreme court nominee amy coney barrett instead of back home campaigning. senate leader mitch mcconnell is hoping to wrap up soon.
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he's up for reelection, too. >> we will give this nominee the vote she deserves. >> reporter: even if democrats have a good night on election night, we still may not know which party controls the senate for months. that's because there are two senate races in georgia that look like they are going to go to runoff elections, which, norah-- get this-- won't take place until january. >> o'donnell: incredible. nancy cordes, thank you. and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." long-distance voting: the democratic process plays out more than 200 miles above earth. and a labor of love: how a daughter figured out a way to visit her mom in a nursing home despite covid restrictions.
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>> o'donnell: you can count astronaut kate rubins among the nearly 53 million americans who voted early. she cast her ballot from the space station on thursday.
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mission control took it from there, relaying it to the harris county clerk in houston. rubins is no stranger to the process. she also voted from space in 2016. covid isn't keeping a massachusetts woman from visiting her 90-year-old mother in a nursing home. m.j. ryan tells our cbs boston station, wbz, that she took a part-time job doing laundry at the nursing home so that she could see her mom. m.j. says after the first visit, mom's spirits brightened. hings done.s how you get things done. up next, dinner for one: cbs' steve hartman with a most unusual dinner.
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>> o'donnell: did you hear about the new restaurant in georgia? it has outside dining, all the ingredients are locally-sourced, and there's never an empty table. here's cbs' steve hartman "on the road." >> reporter: for atlanta-based food writer angela hansberger, this pandemic has been hard to swallow. can't write about restaurants when they're closed. >> i was facing a lot of anxiety. i kind of hid it... gosh, i'm crying. ( laughs )
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i was really sad for all the people in the industry that i worked with. >> reporter: angela says she had to get her mind off it. >> taragon. er reporter: so, using ingredients from her garden and her encyclopedic knowledge of fine dining, angela opened her own restaurant on her front porch where she now serves chipmunk. this chipmunk. the little guy's had a standing lunch reservation for months giw. whether it's veggie pizza and a side salad or imitation sushi with walnut wantons, every day, angela goes to remarkable lengths for her exclusive clientele. >> it took a while to try and make little tortillas that i could fold to put-- to put the-- ( laughs ) i love the way that you're shaking. >> reporter: well, i love how you're realizing how crazy it sounds as you're saying it. you're saying >> ( laughter ) >> reporter: today, it's mini- spaghetti with tiny date meatballs and a thimbleful of breadsticks.
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the chipmunk, who she named thelonious munk, typically arrives within seconds of serving, eats his fill, and packs the rest to go in his cheeky doggy bag. and the reviews have been good? >> the reviews have been great! one day, he came up with this p with, tiny bundle-- wadded-up leaves-- and put it on the table. so, i take it mean he brought a tip. >> reporter: that said, you get the sense that thelonious is still a little skeptical, like there's got to be a catch. angela's cat wishes there was a catch. but there will be none of that because, for angela, this bit of silliness has become her daily sustenance. what has it done for you? >> it's brought joy. i have more videos of this chipmunk than i have of my children. ( laughter ) >> reporter: we all need to find a way to cope during this pandemic, which is why i'm giving chez angela my highest rodent restaurant rating: three stripes. steve hartman, cbs news, "on the
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road." >> o'donnell: that's a new one. we'll be right back.
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>> o'donnell: and next week on the "cbs evening news," we'll broadcast from cbs news election headquarters in times square with reporting from key battleground states in the final week of the campaign. and a reminder: if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your d.v.r. so you can watch us later. that is tonight's edition of the "cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell in the nation's capital. hope you have a great weekend. we'll see you monday. good night.
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who's supporting prop 15? joe biden. biden says, "every kid deserves a quality education and every family deserves to live in a safe, healthy community. that's why i support prop. 15." vote yes. schools and communities first is responsible for the contents of this ad.
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who's supkamala harris.5? harris says, "a corporate tax loophole has allowed billions to be drained from our public schools and local communities. no more. i'm proud to support prop 15." vote yes. schools and communities first is responsible for the content of this ad. this wildfire breaking out in just the last three hours, we are monitoring it spread. already that fire season could get even worse. critical fire weather conditions beginning on sunday.

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