News Wrap: U.S. Education Dept. to probe mask mandate bans – PBS NewsHour

Judy Woodruff:

Also today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it is investigating five Republican-led states that ban universal indoor masking. It said those policies could discriminate against students with health conditions or disabilities by preventing them from safely attending school.

Meanwhile, an advisory panel to the CDC unanimously recommended Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for people over the age of 16. The FDA granted its full approval last week.

The rise in COVID cases in the U.S. has prompted the European Union to advise its member nations to reinstate travel restrictions for American tourists. The European Council today voted to ban nonessential travel from the U.S. The guidance is nonbinding, so E.U. countries will ultimately make their own rules.

In Northern California, the entire city of South Lake Tahoe is now under an evacuation order tonight, as firefighters race to control the Caldor Fire amid high winds. Orange haze filled the sky overnight as the rapidly moving flames tore through the mountainside. Officials warned the fire is becoming — quote — “more aggressive than anticipated” as it nears the resort area.

Thom Porter, Fire Chief and Director, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: There is fire activity happening in California that we have never seen before. Said it before, but the critical thing for you, the public, to know is, evacuate early, early.

Warning. Warning doesn’t mean you have to stick around and wait for the order.