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slabs. in told t took them five hours to ski all the way down. stage, making his first speech since leaving office. trump speaking at a conservative conference in florida, vowing not to start another party, but hinting at a possible run for president again. >> i may even decide to beat them for a third time. >> speakers full of praise for the former commander in chief, but other republicans saying they do not want him to lead. imminent rollout. the cdc just recommending johnson & johnson's one-shot vaccine to anyone 18 and older. the first of nearly 4 million doses ready to start shipping from this facility at any moment. expected to increase vaccine supply for states this week by 26%. california's governor saying nearly 400,000 of those doses are set to arrive there within days. the country now with three weapons against the coronavirus.
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the sexual harassment investigation into new york's governor andrew cuomo. a second woman accusing him of inappropriate behavior. alleging in "the new york times" that he made suggestive comments. the statement just in from the governor. severe weather threat. flash flooding washing out roads in the southeast, with more rain on the way. 15 million americans from dallas to nashville now on alert for severe storms. a tornado watch issued. rob marciano standing by. calls for justice. the disturbing details in the death of a black man while in police custody. internal police records obtained by abc news revealing evidence of a violent arrest. his family claiming he was beaten severely. demands tonight for body cam video to be released. the terrifying scene caught on camera. a suspect stealing a car at a gas station with two young children inside. what happened next. and zoom surgery backlash. the doctor appearing before a
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judge while operating on a patient. the hearing immediately stopped. what he told the courtroom clerk, and how california's medical board is responding. good evening. thanks for joining us on a busy sunday night. i'm whit johnson, in for linsey davis. we start with former president donald trump, just moments ago returning to the public stage, speaking at a conservative conference in orlando, florida. less than two months after the deadly insurrection at the capitol, leading to his second impeachment. the former president repeating his false claims of election fraud, hinting at another run in 2024. telling supporters the journey is far from over. trump making clear, he's not starting a new party. and will remain in the gop. instead, promising to fight alongside his supporters. the largely maskless crowd cheering him on, while taking
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aim at president biden. the former president largely out of sight after his impeachment for inciting the riot that killed five people, including a capitol police officer. several top republicans notably absent, including former vice president mike pence and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell. and not all republicans want him to be the standard bearer for the party. mary alice parks leads us off. ♪ >> reporter: tonight, former president donald trump returning to center stage. >> well, thank you very much. and hello, cpac. do you miss me yet? do you miss me? >> reporter: addressing a largely maskless crowd at a conservative conference in florida, teasing another run. >> and i want you to know that i'm going to continue to fight right by your side. i may even decide to beat them for a third time, okay? >> reporter: telling republicans he still wants to lead.
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still pushing the lie the election was stolen. it is his first speech since being acquitted in his second impeachment trial, accused of inciting the violent insurrection at the capitol. >> we have the republican party. it's going to unite and be stronger than ever before. >> reporter: but this trump show in florida today, a reminder of his popularity in the party. eager supporters lining up to take photos with this golden statue of the former president. >> we want to see our president. >> reporter: polling shows three-quarters of republicans still want trump to play a prominent role in the party going forward. >> donald j. trump ain't going anywhere. >> the leader of the conservative movement, of the america first movement, of the republican party. >> reporter: not there this weekend, several top republicans including trump's own vice president mike pence, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell, and third ranking gop member in
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the house, liz cheney. she was one of ten republicans who voted to impeach the former president six weeks ago. a reminder gop leadership is divided on whether trump should lead. >> i don't believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country. >> reporter: other republicans, including louisiana's bill cassidy, who voted to convict trump, saying this conference, and trump, do not represent the party. >> we've got to win in two years, we've got to win in four years. if we do that, we'll do that by speaking to those issues that are important to the american people, and there's a lot of issues important to them right now, not by putting one person on a pedestal. >> let's get right to mary alice parks. this speech sounded a lot like the trump speeches from the campaign trail. his major target, his successor, president joe biden. >> reporter: former president trump did not attend president biden's inauguration. right off the bat, he blasted president biden, too.
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president trump went after liz cheney by name, and mitch mcconnell was booed in the room. whit? >> mary alice, thank you. and we turn to the rollout of a third vaccine in the u.s. late today, the cdc recommending johnson & johnson's vaccine for people 18 and older. the company expected to begin sending out nearly 4 million doses in just a matter of hours. trucks standing by. increasing the number of available doses this week by 26%. dr. anthony fauci urging americans to get whatever vaccine is available, stressing they're all effective and safe. here's eva pilgrim in kentucky. >> reporter: tonight, the nation just hours away from a much-needed third vaccine. johnson & johnson's single shot now cleared for emergency use and ready to roll out. >> this vaccine has been shown to be 100% protective against hospitalizations and deaths. >> reporter: in clinical trials
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it also proved to be effective against concerning variants from south africa and brazil. late today the cdc recommending the j&j vaccine to people 18 and older. nearly 4 million doses expected to ship starting tomorrow, increasing state allocations this week by about 26%. california's governor planning for 380,000 j&j doses in the first week. >> that single dose provides opportunities to bring those doses and vaccines to where people are because those doses don't require the storage that the moderna and pfizer doses require. and again, they're just a single dose. >> reporter: the first shots going into arms as early as tuesday. dr. anthony fauci urging americans to get whatever vaccine is available. >> i would take the one that is available to me now, because the quicker you get vaccinated, the more quickly you will be protected, and you will add on to the overall protection in your county, in your country.
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>> reporter: more than 24 million americans now fully vaccinated, nearly 8% of the population. many wondering if they can ease up on covid restrictions. dr. fauci saying official cdc guidance is coming soon. >> if you have two people that are doubly vaccinated and are protected, then you can do things that we weren't talking about before. you can have dinner in a home without masks on. >> a lot of people eager to hear that new guidance. eva is with us from kentucky, where johnson & johnson's vaccine will be rolling out within hours. march will be pivotal for the country, with vaccinations ramping up in a big way. >> reporter: pfizer and moderna are expected to deliver another 120 million doses in march alone. when you add in johnson & johnson's 20 million doses, that's enough to fully vaccinate
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another 80 million americans. whit? >> eva, thank you. now to the severe weather threat at this hour. february ending with a tornado watch and flood alerts for parts of the country. murray, kentucky, under water. cars and roads submerged. the national weather service warning of life-threatening flooding in the area. that same weather system bringing severe weather from the gulf coast to the tennessee valley this evening. let's get right to rob marciano. rob, walk us through the start of the week. >> reporter: whit, today's storms are a lot more dynamic as far as the winds. hence the tornado watch, including little rock, memphis, nashville. that's in effect until 10:00 p.m. tonight. and flood watches extend all the way into west virginia with kentucky being the bull's eye. the storm front will be drifting to the south and east. as it does so, that's where the strongest storms will fire. wind damage possible, hail, a threat for tornadoes. tomorrow it weakens. a lot of rain from eastern texas through new york city. but the bull's eye, once again, tennessee and kentucky. those areas receiving three to four inches. they can't take any more rain.
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whit? >> rob, thank you. new york governor andrew cuomo increasingly under fire. a second woman reportedly coming forward, accusing him of sexual harassment. the governor issuing a statement tonight, saying he never meant to offend anyone. and his actions may have been misinterpreted as unwanted flirtation. for that, he says he's sorry. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, facing those new sexual harassment allegations, governor andrew cuomo, giving up some control of the investigation. after plans to pick his own investigator, cuomo backing off, announcing he will ask the attorney general and the state's chief judge to jointly pick the person to investigate the now two sexual harassment accusations against him "to avoid even the perception of a lack of independence or inference of politics." >> it's really concerning. you know, i think the one issue was out there and then the fact
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that we have a second one. i think it requires that it be looked into. >> reporter: the move comes after "the new york times" published accusations made by 25-year-old former aide charlotte bennett. she reportedly says cuomo asked her questions that were sexual in nature last spring, including whether she ever had sex with older men. according to the paper, bennett reported the encounter to cuomo's chief of staff, and told her parents and friends about it at the time. one friend asking if cuomo had been physical. bennett reportedly texting back, "no, but it was like the most explicit it could be." cuomo says he "never made advances toward ms. bennett nor did i ever intend to act in any way that was inappropriate, and i trying to be a mentor to her." bennett's accusations coming the same week as another former aide, linsey boylan, who detailed allegations of sexual harassment including an unwanted kiss, something cuomo denied in december. >> it's just not true.
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>> reporter: and the governor's coronavirus task force is under federal investigation for the alleged underreporting of deaths in nursing homes during the early days of the pandemic. governor cuomo released a statement saying, some of the things i have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation. to the extent anyone felt that way, he says, i am truly story. the governor emphasizing that he never inappropriately touched anyone. he says these are allegations new yorkers deserve answers to. whit? >> stephanie, thank you. overseas, protests against the military coup claiming more lives in myanmar. at least 18 people reportedly killed. the bloodiest day since the coup a month ago. authorities reportedly firing live rounds. demonstrators running for their lives. the u.s. embassy condemning the government violence. here's julia macfarlane. >> reporter: tonight in myanmar, a violent crackdown. police using tear gas, stun
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grenades, and water cannons to break up unarmed crowds. then reportedly opening fire. u.n. officials say at least 18 protesters killed, dozens wounded, chaotic scenes in hospitals as medical teams race to treat the injured. for weeks, a show of defiance in the streets after military generals seized power, detaining the elected leader aung san suu kyi. protesters demanding her government be reinstated. at the u.n., myanmar's ambassador making an emotional plea for help. >> we need for the strongest possible action from the international community. >> reporter: ending his speech with a symbol of resistance. but a day later state tv announcing that diplomat had been fired. tonight, the white house has released a statement saying the u.s. is alarmed at the violence against peaceful protesters. the administration is prepariin
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further action against those involved. whit? >> julia, thank you. details emerging tonight on the death of ronald greene, police officials originally saying his death was as a result of a car accident in 2019. but his family speaking out, claiming he was beaten severely. and that state records support their story. here's alex presha. >> reporter: tonight, the family of ronald greene renewing calls for the release of louisiana state police body camera footage showing what they say is the true story of how he died in 2019. >> the public needs to know this. it's not going to stop. we need to have transparency. >> reporter: in may, 2019, 49-year-old greene died shortly after police arrested him at the end of what police say was a high-speed chase that began with an unspecified traffic violation. police initially said greene died as a result of injuries sustained when his car hit a tree. but audio from a state trooper's body camera, obtained last year by abc news, described a different scenario. >> and i beat the ever-living [ bleep ] out of him. he was spitting blood everywhere, and all of a sudden he just went limp.
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>> reporter: the officer involved died last year after being told that he was dismissed. there was also video, which the family and their attorney lee merritt say they screened last fall. >> it's one of the more brutal videos i've ever seen. it was a gathering of officers who beat ronald greene mercilessly. >> reporter: but the state has refused to make that video public, as its own investigation continues. now, though, abc has obtained a state police document confirming much of what they described. a letter informing another trooper named kory york of his suspension because the video showed that he "grabbed the leg shackles and yanked him backwards" as greene lay face down on the ground. and also that he kicked greene and pressed down on his buttocks with his foot. >> the cover-up, it's brazen. they don't give a damn. they don't give a damn. >> reporter: calls and emails to the trooper and his attorney were not returned. his suspension in january was for a total of 50 hours. whit? >> alex, thank you.
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>> we are here at the center. good morning! >> thank you. >> reporter: dr. ala stanford and her team are fighting a chronic illness that is far more pervasive than covid -- social inequality. >> i am striving towards equity because 20 years ago when i was in medical school, these same inequities existed. >> reporter: in philadelphia, blacks make up the majority of the population and the majority of the covid deaths, and yet more than half of the people vaccinated are white. >> everyone was talking about this phenomenon of rich folks coming to poor neighborhoods to take the vaccine, but no one was doing anything. >> reporter: so dr. stanford is stepping up again, just like she did a year ago, when in a span of 48 hours, she gathered some medical friends and created the black doctors covid-19 consortium to provide tests. now she is providing vaccines. >> got my shot, y'all. >> reporter: the consortium recently hosted a 24-hour clinic at temple university where they were able to vaccinate roughly
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4,000 people in a city that averages 3,500 doses a day. to date, 72% of those vaccinated by the consortium are black. and she's doing it six days a week, for no charge, temporarily putting her regular job as a pediatric surgeon on hold. >> the outcome is more important than the income. because we are so filled up and refueled with the gratefulness that we get from the community. you can't even put a price on that. >> our thanks to linsey davis for that. thank you for watching tonight. i'm whit johnson in new york. david muir will be right back here tomorrow night. have a great night. have a great night.
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for joining us. we begin with vaccine watch and the effort to bring vaccinations to farm workers where they work. anser hassan explains how it's critical to stopping the spread and. >> reporter: mario martinez says he was nervous about getting his covid vaccination. did it hurt? >> no, i feel nothing. >> reporter: he is one of 500 farm workers getting vaccinated at this pop-up site at monterey mushrooms in morgan hill. >> i think it's very convenient, very convenient. we come to work and at the same time we get the vaccination. so it's easier for us. >> reporter: santa clara county is now vaccinating farm worker, considered to be essential workers along with teachers. advocates say it's critical to vaccinate farm workers since they've been so hard hit. >> it was a 59% increas in death during the pandemic of these workers. so we know that farm workers

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