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much. we are back, thanks so much for joining us on this interactive earth day addition of getting answers. today, we talked with tom steyer about what needs to tonight, for the first time, we hear from one of the jurors in that courtroom for the derek chauvin trial. one of the two alternate jurors describing what it was like to listen to the evidence, to see the video over and over again. making eye contact with the former officer. and who she thought was the pivotal itness in the trial, before chauvin was found guilty. the other major headline tonight. the coronavirus in the u.s. tonight, the cdc acknowledging it is now looking at its mask guidelines. could there be changes? what we've learned on that front. and the future of the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine here in the u.s. on this earth day, president biden, the summit with world leaders and the president's new pledge to cut carbon emissions
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in the u.s. in half by 2030. mary bruce tonight pressing the white house, what will this mean for daily life in america? hateitness boer w tane an whathefi. the chon it's n just violence and cratering economies, it's climate. the severe drought. and matt gutman tonight on why so many parents there are willing to give up everything they have to send their children on that dangerous journey. tonight, the missing submarine. the u.s. says it is standing by to help. 53 sailors onboard. less than 24 hours, it's believed, until their oxygen runs out. martha raddatz standing by with late reporting. in new york city tonight, news on the failed subway bomber, the judge using the words barbaric and heinous. tracking severe storms and damaging winds, large hail, possible tornadoes in several states. and the frigid air in the northeast.
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the whales, their behavioral patterns, the mother whale teaching her baby how to speak. and you will hear tonight how they communicate. and as we celebrate earth, the news from mars tonight. that massa helicopter, the newer, longer flight tonight. and what they just made out of thin air. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. news on the virus tonight. could there be changes coming on the mask from the cdc? and could there be a potential warning on the one-shot vaccine here in the u.s.? but we begin tonight with the first juror to speak. one of two alternate jurors in that courtroom for the trial of former police officer derek chauvin, describing what it was like, the evidence, the video and who she says was the pivotal witness. of course, derek chauvin convicted on all three counts.
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lisa christensen speaking out for the first time as an alternate, she did not deliberate with the juror, but she was there the entire time in that courtroom. and it's the first sense of what it was like for the jury to sit through this, to endure this up close, as both sides made their case, knowing the country and the world was watching. and that alternate juror says what she did not understand was, quote, how we got from a $20 bill to losing a life. abc's stephanie ramos leading us off tonight from minnesota. >> reporter: tonight, an alternate juror in the trial of derek chauvin is speaking out. >> i didn't think it would affect me as much as it has. it was emotional. it was draining. >> reporter: for lisa christensen, the hours of evidence, the videos of derek chauvin interacting with george floyd, are still seared into her mind. >> it was overwhelming. and then to see it day after day or, you know, over and over again, it never got any easier. >> reporter: christensen saying she sat across from chauvin in the courtroom. >> i did lock eyes with him a
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couple of times and it was a little uncomfortable. you know, i mean, no intent on any messages or anything going back and forth. >> reporter: and in her mind, the most essential witness was dr. tobin. >> i feel like he could actually point out going through the video and saying, hey, at this instance right here is when mr. floyd lost his life. >> reporter: after hearing testimony from 45 witnesses, she says she had come to an opinion, but as an alternate she was not present for the jury's deliberations. >> my opinion was i felt mr. chauvin was guilty at some level. but without applying the instructions, i don't know what i would have decided upon. >> reporter: and then there was the verdict. >> we the jury, in the above entitled matter as to count one, unintentional second-degree murder while committing a felony, find the defendant guilty. >> reporter: and while she felt that chauvin was guilty at some level, she was surprised that he
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was found guilty on all charges. >> i was amazed that it was guilty on all three charges. >> reporter: christensen says she has yet to visit george floyd square and the memorial. >> at some point, i would like to go down there. that would be my closure and tell mr. george floyd that hopefully we made him proud. >> reporter: last week, just 15 miles away from that square where george floyd was killed, 20-year-old daunte wright died at the hands of a police officer. the family of george floyd paying their respects today at wright's funeral. the young father eulogized by the reverend al sharpton. >> you thought he was just some kid with air freshener. he was a prince and all of minneapolis has stopped today to honor the prince of brooklyn center. >> reporter: his parents saying good-bye to their beloved son. >> my son should be burying me. he was loved by so many. he's going to be so missed. >> and stephanie ramos with us
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tonight from brooklyn center. and stephanie, we heard those words from daunte wright's mother today, saying she never imagined she would be standing there, she just said it there, my son should be burying me. what's next in this case? >> reporter: well, david, that former brooklyn center police officer who shot and killed daunte wright on this street behind me, where you see that growing memorial, she was charged with second degree manslaughter and is scheduled to appear in court again next month. daunte's family says at this point, there is no justice, only accountability. david? >> all right, stephanie ramos tonight. thank you, steph. we turn to the coronavirus here in the u.s. and that high stakes meeting tomorrow with the cdc on the future of the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine here in the u.s. now, we know in europe they have resumed using it with a warning attached, but regulators there saying that the benefit far outweighs the risk. so, will the u.s. follow suit? and it all comes as we now witness a slowdown in vaccinations in this country. the daily average number of
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shots has now fallen below 3 million a day. reflects in part some of the hesitancy inle toings who have jet to get the shot. 134,286,000 people have received at least one dose. that's 52% of all adults now. and tonight, the cdc acknowledging that it is now looking again at its mask guidelines. so, could there be changes there? and news on cases of the virus even after getting the vaccine. what are called breakthrough infections. and there's some encouraging news on that front tonight. so, here's our senior national correspondent steve osunsami from the cdc in atlanta. >> reporter: any future use of the johnson & johnson covid vaccine could be decided tomorrow by a cdc advisory panel. because it's a single shot, it's become an important tool in fighting the coronavirus. >> we need to make a decision quickly i'm and really hopeful that we'll be able to use the vaccine soon. >> reporter: u.s. health officials put use of the vaccine on hold after six women developed rare blood clots after getting the shot. tomorrow, they could continue
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with that hold or join health officials in europe, who just days ago decided that the benefits outweigh the risks and have cleared the vaccine to be used with a safety warning. across the country, it appears fewer people are rushing to get immunized, with thousands of appointments sitting empty and some vaccination places shutting down. >> when 16 and older opened, i did expect a rush and it just never materialized. >> reporter: for the first time in weeks, the daily average of shots put into arms has fallen below 3 million doses a day. >> obviously there is an element of vaccine hesitancy or concern that we need to address. >> reporter: the scientists have put together this map. the areas in darker blue show where americans are resisting the vaccine the most. in boston, they're trying hard to get black and brown communities vaccinated, setting aside 20,000 doses. >> we know the latinx and hispanic community is lagging behind. we need to share information and make it easy for them to get make an appointment to get vaccinated and that's what we're
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doing. >> reporter: with more americans getting more immune, there's a new debate over rules requiring face masks. in new york city, for example. >> if you want to get rid of the masks, if you want to get rid of the social distancing, if you want to get rid of the restrictions, go get vaccinated. >> reporter: scientists at the cdc today announced that they might actually revisit their guidelines. >> we will be looking at the outdoor masking question, but it's also in the context of the fact that we still have people who are dying of covid. >> so, we'll wait for more guidance on that. in the meantime, steve, the cdc director talked about what we're seeing in people in this country who have been vaccinated and then still became infected with the virus. very rare cases, but they were actually encouraged by what they're siege as far as symptoms. >> reporter: that's right, david. there's a bit of discussion about what they're calling breakthrough infections, and those are infections that happen to people who have already been vaccinated. the cdc says that their studies show that if you get one of these infections and you've been vaccinated, that your symptoms will most likely be milder and
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you are less likely to spread the disease to someone else. david? >> and that is good news. all right, steve osunsami, our thanks to you again tonight. on this earth day, president biden is making news. his summit with world leaders and the president pledging to cut carbon emissions here in the u.s. by 50% in less than a decade, by 2030. and to reach zero net emissions by 2050. that pledge at the start of his two-day climate summit with 40 world leaders including china and russia. biden calling it a moral imperative. he said it also is an opportunity to create millions of new jobs. here's our senior white house correspondent mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: in a sharp departure from the previous administration, president biden today sending a clear message to the worn climate change, saying america is back. >> the cost of inaction keeps mounting. the united states isn't waiting. we are resolving to take action. >> reporter: calling it a moral imperative, biden announcing a
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new lofty goal to cut carbon emissions from record-high 2005 levels in half by the end of the decade. the target, to reach net zero emissions by 2050. >> this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis. >> reporter: biden today hosting a virtual summit with world leaders. putting to the test his hope that he can cooperate on this issue with rivals like russia and china. but the white house has been short on specifics for how they'll meet this new emissions goal. can you put this into further perspective for americans? how does this new reduction target impact their everyday lives? >> there are steps that industries are already taking. investing in the future of electric vehicles. this is already where the jobs are in the future. >> reporter: while the president hopes to make some of this a doesn't act, a future president could just move to reverse it. on the hill today, climate
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activist greta thunberg taking lawmakers to task. >> we can talk as much as we want, as long as we don't take real bold action right now, in reducing the emissions at the source, then it doesn't really mean anything. >> reporter: one big remaining question here, of course, is how to hold the international community and the u.s. accountable to reaching these new targets. something that the white house says they hope will come out of a new summit this fall in glasgow. david? >> mary bruce live at the white house tonight. mary, thuf. and with the president and this summit with world leaders, tonight climate and its role in what we've witnessed on the southern border here in the u.s. tonight, our team in what's called the northern triangle, and what they found, the children and what they're surviving on. it's not just violence and cratering economies, it's climate. the severe drought. and tonight, matt gutman from guatemala on why so many parents there are willing to give up everything they have to send their children on that dangerous journey. p. >> reporter: roads as unforgiving as the soil here, a
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clump of houses clings to the mountainside. it is there we meet isabel hernadez lopez. he shows us his mud hut, the beans simmering in the pot, it's their food for the next 24 hours. lopez tells me he has ten children. and before the droughts came and the crops failed, his little farm here yielded enough beans and corn to feed the family. these days, it offers only hunger. what you're seeing across this hillside is the failure of yet another crop. the corn here which is the staple, what people eat. has failed for two consecutive seasons, it means people here do not have enough to eat. and it's not just on this one hillside, but across these entire valleys, millions of acres and it's prompting hundreds of thousands of people to leave. we were in a village outside
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this once fertile area, straddling guatemala, el salvador and honduras is called the dry corridor. the climate here changing permanently. and you can see it in the soil. >> reporter: droughts and a pair of hurricanes that hit the area, spurred 3.5 million people to head towards thenitestates. lopez's eldest son among them. and lopez has bet everything that is dear to send his boy, who arrived two weeks ago.
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guatemala is stunted because of malnutrition. and it was off a dirt track on the other side of the mountain where we found children wielding ma chet tees, using their slingshots to bring down unripened mangos. unripened mangos. it was lunch. so, nelson is 11, aldin is 12 and they are about the size of my 6-year-old. these children tell me that none of them have ever tasted meat or chicken. >> and matt gutman with us tonight from guatemala city, you can see the presidential palace behind him. and we know vice president kamala harris is set to meet virtually withguatemala's president next week and she plans to travel to the region in the coming weeks? >> reporter: that's right, she's going to be here monday, in the coming weeks in june, she'll be here in central america. and the focus is going to be on
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stemming the flow of migration by investing in central america. the president has said he wants to focus on the root causes, violence, corruption, and, of course, climate change. david? >> all right, matt gutman tonight, thank you for making the trip. tonight, the u.s. says it is standing by if asked for help in the search for that missing indonesian submarine. 53 sailors onboard. authorities now believe there's less than 24 hours left of oxygen on that submarine. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a submarine rescue ship departing a malaysian naval base to join the desperate search for the lost indonesian submarine. but with only hours of oxygen left on the sub, it is a race against the clock to find the vessel and the 53 sailors who are onboard. the last contact with the sub was in the waters off of the resort island of bali, more than 36 hours ago, after the vessel requested permission for a deeper dive to fire torpedoes
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for training. the submarine then went silent. a search was quickly launched, but thus far, the only possible sign of the submarine -- a wide slick of oil near where it started to descend. the waters there are more than 2,000 feet deep. the submarine's crush depth is around 800 feet, meaning it may have imploded. submarine accidents are rare and so is survival, but even with less than 24 hours before oxygen runs out, rescuers are hoping for a miracle. david? >> all right, our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz, thank you. and in washington tonight, after the escalating number of cases of hate involving asian-americans across this country, tonight, the senate has now passed an anti-asian hate bill by a vote of 94-1. a rare bipartisan show of support in our country. the bill now headed to the house where they are expecting quick passage before sending it to the president. when we come back here tonight, here in new york city,
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