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tonight, the breaking news late today on the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. the vaccine will resume here in the u.s. with a warning now. the cdc saying cases are very rare, revealing 15 known reports now of rare blood clots, possibly linked to the vaccine. out of nearly 8 million shots. all of the cases in women, many of them in their 30s. three of the women died. but tonight, deciding the benefits outweigh the risks. the vaccine will now come with a fact sheet for medical professionals, and the symptoms to look for. dr. jha standing by to answer your questions. also tonight, the stunning images coming in from india. the virus there and the widening >>th navy called in to help tonight in the grim search for an indonesian submarine that went missing with 53 sailors on board.
late today, search crews saying they have detected an object showing a strong magnetic force, but dwindling hope on the oxygen supply. was there a close call for american astronauts onboard that that spacex crew dragon? space junk coming relatively close to that space craft just hours after their picture-perfect launch from kennedy space center. what we've learned tonight. 50 million americans on alert this evening from texas to the east coast as severe storms move east. tornado and thunderstorm watches in effect at this hour. hail and damaging winds. rob marciano standing by to time it out. new charges for ghislaine maxwell tonight. back in court. what authorities are now saying. the new indictment involving an alleged fourth victim, they say recruited by maxwell for jeffrey epstein. our series continues this week. and tonight, the battle over the snake river. some environmentalists ranking it the most endangered river in the u.s. the salmon population near extinction. so what's behind this? our team taking us out on to the
river tonight. also, news coming in on tiger woods at this hour. the new image just in. and the precious gift. stepping in for loved ones who wish they were there.pes tee good evening, and it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together. we begin tonight with the breaking news on the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine here in the u.s. late today, a cdc panel recommending lifting the pause and restarting vaccinations here in the u.s. with that vaccine. it will now come with a warning about the risk of very rare blood clots. the cdc now revealing there are now 15 known reports of blood clots possibly linked to the vaccine. that's out of nearly 8 million shots given. osse the ct s near the brain. all of the patients, women een .
three of the women did not survive. the panel still determining the benefits outweigh the risks given the millions of shots given out and the rare number of cases, saying johnson & johnson's vaccine could still prevent thousands of deaths from the virus as we move forward. people getting this shot will be told to be aware of symptoms, including severe headache and leg pain. we'll go down the list. authorities hoping this will help with some of the vaccine hesitancy, helping to quickly vaccinate people in remote areas of the u.s. obviously easier because it's just one shot. only ten of fema's mobile clinics remain operational because of that pause. tonight the cdc reporting more than 135 million adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine. more than 52% now of all adults in the u.s. abc senior national correspondent steve osunsami is at the cdc in atlanta tonight leading us off. >> reporter: it's a decision tonight that health officials say is in the best interest of public health. >> the vote is ten in favor, four opposed.
>> reporter: a cdc panel recommends that we should remove the hold on using the single shot johnson & johnson vaccine. anyone 18 years old or older should feel free to get the shot, and they will be warned about the low risk of blood clots. >> our systems help to identify incredibly rare events. we took the time to fully investigate the issue. >> reporter: public health authorities put a pause on using the vaccine after six women came down with severe blood clots about two weeks after getting the shot. tonight, the cdc shares that there are now 15 of these cases, most of them with severe blood clots near the brain. all of them are women between 18 and 59 years old. three of them died, and seven are still hospitalized. but the experts underline that these are out of 8 million americans who've gotten the shot with no serious complications. >> this is a very rare complication, a very rare adverse event.
>> reporter: the scientists are sharing this table to explain their thinking. over the next six months, they expect to see about 26 more cases of these rare blood clots, out of a universe of 9.8 million johnson & johnson vaccinations. but they believe the same vaccine will prevent more than 1,400 deaths and keep more than 2,200 people from getting so sick that they need to be treated in intensive care. they're still warning people who have gotten the shot to call their doctors right away if they feel headaches, abdominal or leg pain, or have trouble breathing. 18-year-old emma burkey, for example, from clark county, nevada, is fighting for her life tonight. >> she's been brought out of the coma. she's been taken off the ventilator. >> reporter: a family spokesperson says she had seizures, blood clots, and needed three brain surgeries after getting the johnson & johnson vaccine. doctors say it's not clear if r faly says till want ible, and americans to go get vaccinated. >> they're not happy with the johnson & johnson vaccine, which
is understandable, but they do believe that people should get vaccinated. >> reporter: many worry it will now be harder to convince many americans, especially women, to put this vaccine into their arms. >> i feel safe taking the pfizer and moderna, but probably not the johnson & johnson. >> reporter: health officials today considered putting a safety warning on the shots specifically for women under 50, but decided against. they say any blood clots are treatable with the right medicines. >> let's get right to steve osunsami with us from the cdc tonight. steve, how soon could we see the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine available again at vaccination sites across the country? >> reporter: johnson & johnson is working with the fda and the cdc on this right now, trying to get this vaccine back into service. one thing that will speed things along is that there are millions of doses of the johnson & johnson vaccine already sitting on shelves, ready to go into arms. david? >> steve osunsami leading us off on a friday night. steve, thank you. we know there have been a lot of
questions about this, so let's bring in dr. ashish jha. dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, always great to have you with us. first off, we want to get your reaction to the decision late today, the breaking news, to get this vaccine up and running with a warning now. the right call? >> yeah, david, thanks for having me on. absolutely the right call. look, these are extraordinarily safe vaccines. 1 in 500,000 people having these significant clots -- way, way rarer than most adverse events. i think the cdc's advisory committee absolutely made the right call. it's time to get these vaccines back into people's arms. >> doctor, we know these are rare cases, these reports of blood clots that have occurred in women. they say look out for severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, trouble breathing. you and i have talked about this before, it's a pretty generalized list, so how do you balance alarm with the proper caution here? >> the symptoms associated with these are quite severe. this is not a normal headache. this is not a kind of, oh, my leg hurts. these are going to be pretty
serious and would normally get people to go to the hospital, normally would get people to see their doctor. the key now is bring up to the doctor that you have been gotten vaccinated with j&j so they can look and make sure this is not a clot causing the problem. >> dr. jha with us on a friday night. doctor, thank you. and one more note on the coronavirus tonight, and it comes from overseas. we have reported earlier this week on india. tonight, haunting new images of their battle with covid. this is drone video showing mass cremations taking place. the country reporting more than 3,000 deaths a day. india could see 500,000 cases a day by next week. the covid crisis also ravaging brazil. close to 200,000 dying a day there. the pandemic now blamed for more than 19 million going hungry over the last year. and tonight a note from israel, recording no new daily covid deaths for the first time in ten months there. they point to the vaccines working. more than half the country there
now fully vaccinated. we move on the other news this friday night. the u.s. navy has ben called in to help in that grim search for the indonesian submarine that went missing with 53 sailors. the submarine disappearing after diving to begin a torpedo drill. late today saying they have detected an object with a strong magnetic worse, but there is dwindling hope. here's martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the indonesian navy says one of its ships has detected an object with a strong magnetic force in the search area, but even if it turns out to be the missing submarine, which is far from clear, the chances that the 53 sailors on board survived are all but impossible. the submarine disappeared in the dark waters off the coast of the resort island of bali more than 72 hours ago with an oxygen supply that would have been depleted hours ago.
the last transmission from the submarine was a request to dive to test-fire torpedoes. a wide sheet of oil now marks the area where it began its descent. >> not only is the issue running out of oxygen, but if the submarine lost power and it continued its descent, it would not be able to survive. >> reporter: the submarine would likely implode at 800 feet. the ocean bottom in the search area is more than twice that depth. but searchers continue to hunt for the submarine. the u.s. sending a reconnaissance aircraft and offering underwater assets as well. it is very likely the submarine will eventually be found, but it could take weeks if not months and even longer than that to bring it to the surface. david? >> martha raddatz with us again tonight. martha, thank you. and this evening we're learning of a close call for astronauts aboard the spacex crew dragon. apparently space junk coming
relatively close to the spacecraft. it happened within hours of the launch this morning. what does this all mean? here's gio benitez tonight from florida. >> and liftoff! >> reporter: tonight, hours after this picture-perfect predawn launch from the kennedy space center lit up the skies up and down the east coast -- >> it's a ufo! >> reporter: a close call for the spacex crew dragon. space junk threatening the ship. the crew scrambling to get back inside their pressurized suits. the space junk traveling at more than 17,000 miles per hour, coming within nearly 28 miles of the crew dragon, but missing it. before the scare, the astronauts giving a live tour. >> and this is what we get to see. >> coming up on madagascar. >> coming up on madagascar. >> reporter: megan mcarthur sitting in that same pilot's seat her astronaut husband bob behnken sat in just last year on the same spaceship. withr hug.n theo sending mom off feels weird too.y bird here, mn >> reporter: spacex making history by successfully re-using
a crew dragon spaceship for the first time. >> and gio benitez now with us from the kennedy space center tonight. gio, we know the astronauts are headed to the space station to do scientific and medical research, but this was a little bit alarming when we learned of the space junk spotted relatively close to the spacecraft because it doesn't take a large object to cause extensive damage. so this was really good news that this mission just continues now. >> reporter: oh, absolutely, david. we're talking about more than 17,000 miles per hour. anything could be catastrophic. but the good news is they're now tracking that space junk, and they should be docking tomorrow morning. david? >> gio benitez at kennedy space center, thank you. we are tracking severe storms from texas to the carolinas. tonight, tornado and thunderstom watches posted in several states at this hour. that system then moves up the east coast this weekend. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano with us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this is a sprawling system across much of the south,
dropping damaging storms now. tornado and severe weather watches up from texas in through louisiana. big hail, big wind, and yeah, could see flooding rains with this. dallas, houston, lake charles, the i-10 corridor, that's where the heaviest rain will be. flash flooding through new orleans as well. then georgia, the carolinas tomorrow for more severe weather. then lifting up through the mid-atlantic tomorrow night. d.c., philly, new york, heavy rain and wind by sunday morning here in the northeast. david? >> rob marciano, we'll be watching this weekend. rob, thank you. next tonight, the political headline this evening. caitlyn jenner is now running for governor of california. the former olympian and reality star and transgender activist could become the most high-profile republican candidate in the country. she's challenging gavin newsom who will likely face a recall election in the fall for his handling of the pandemic, including restrictive lockdowns. tonight, president biden and the climate summit with world leaders. and the president finding common ground with russian president vladimir putin on the final day of the virtual summit. president biden praising putin for his efforts to reduce
russia's climate emissions. despite their disagreements, the president saying, quote, two big nations can cooperate to get something done at this time. world leaders will formalize their commitments at the glasgow summit in november. on climate, our series continues tonight. the endangered river in the u.s. tonight, the battle over the snake river in the northwest. some environmentalists ranking it the most endangered river in the country. the salmon population near extinction. so what's behind this? abc's kayna whitworth out on the river tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an urgent report from a conservation group, naming the ten most endangered rivers in the u.s., with the snake river topping the list. environmentaladvocates arguing a system of dams along the lower part of the pacific northwest waterway is decimating the salmon population. >> they've never been closer to extinction than they are today. we've got to remove the four dams on the lower snake river. >> reporter: fishing generates
more than $5 billion annually in the region, supporting more than 36,000 jobs. >> when people don't come to fish, then the cash registers aren't ringing, and that's had a pretty big economic impact. >> reporter: but the dams are at the center of a decades-long debate in four states. the snake river, running more than 1,000 miles starting in wyoming, through idaho and oregon. it then enters washington, where it winds through 5 million acres of farmland. this river is the lifeblood of this region. the calm water allows for 10% of the nation's wheat exports to be transported by barge, a system viewed by farmers as environmentally friendly and cost-effective. by your estimation, if those dams were breached, your profits wouldn't be cut in half, they would be almost gone. >> there's a very slim margin of profits in wheat, and so, yes, it would be impossible to continue to be able to produce.
>> reporter: but the nez perce tribe, who have been synonymous with the land for centuries, believe with technology, humans can adapt. but the salmon cannot, and without them, their way of life and their culture would disappear. >> and if the salmon are gone, that's the way we go, too. >> reporter: david, idaho republican congressman mike simpson wants to have $33.5 billion earmarked in president biden's infrastructure plan to help save the snake river. his concept includes removing those dams, and he is being met wth opposition. some call that plan costly and foolish. but the question remains -- if not now, when? david? >> kayna whitworth reporting on the snake river tonight. kayna, thank you. for more and a full list of the top ten most endangered rivers in america, we have it all at abcnews.com for you. when we come back,
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>> reporter: this wife kerri hurley sending us this photo. her husband james in that hospital room with the light on. the closest she could get to him. but she knew those volunteers were with him. >> hi, david. >> reporter: tonight, that husband out of the hospital and grateful for those volunteers. >> they were our lifeline of communication, our guardian angels, and the people that held his hand when i couldn't. >> reporter: and tonight, we're happy to report that retired firefighter jeffrey chandler now home, too. >> hi, david. >> reporter: with a message of thanks and hope. >> i hope this program spreads faster than the virus did. >> so we choose all of those workers going back after their shift is over to help. good night.
johnson & johnson vaccines could resume as soon as tomorrow. how the cdc has cleared the way for the vaccines to be put into use, coming up. for months, we have been exposing discrimination in the real estate appraisal process,ap what happens when one family pushed back. for the first time in 109 days, the warriors will have fans inside the chase center for big game. let me tell you, everyone in the organization is pumped. movingorward, finding > inoupa for social justice. we continue to lead the charge on exposing discrimination in the real estate appraisal process. good evening and thank you for joining us, i am on the dates.
>> i am dan ashley. so many families have reached out to julian glover with stories of racially biased appraisals and how they have managed to beat the system. >> i want what everybody else gets. i want to be treated as is, you know, less them. why do i have to fight so hard for what should have just been given to me? >> that is the question a viewer brought to julian. >> he joins us with the question of how it paid off to push back. julian? >> reporter: dan, alma, good evening. it has been a through line for the families and their stories of discrimination they have shared with me so far, and the blinds, they saw this coming so they wasted no time pushing back. >> how could the other appraisal be