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tonight, breaking news -- a massive piece of a chinese rocket hurdling towards earth. the out-of-control debris roughly 10 stories tall and weighing 23 tons speeding towards the planet at 18,000 miles per hour, making it difficult to predict where it would crash-land and when. the u.s. military on alert. gio benitez standing by. the cyberattack forcing the shutdown of a major u.s. pipeline that supplies nearly half of all fuel to the east coast. operations halted on the 5,500-mile pipeline that runs from texas to new jersey. could it impact americans' wallets? the shooting in times square as we come on the air. two adults and a child taken to the hospital. the gunman on the loose. parts of times square now shut
down. the pandemic tonight and the push to get americans vaccinated. average daily shots dropping significantly, falling under 2 million for the first time since march. the atlanta braves the latest pro team giving free tickets for those getting shots at the game. and the major american city paying residents for everyone they sign up and bring to an appointment. the deadly school bombing in afghanistan. the blast outside a school killing dozens. the horror unfolding amid a rise in concern for women and girls in the country as u.s. troops begin heading home. help wanted. the white house on defense after disappointing job numbers in april. critics claiming extended unemployment benefits are keeping americans from looking for jobs, but tonight many mothers desperate for work but juggling child care say that's not the case. college athletes cashing in? reports tonight that the president of the ncaa is now pushing to allow college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. the reaction tonight from players.
the severe weather threat this mother's day weekend. millions on alert for damaging winds, large hail, and possible tornadoes. rob marciano has the forecast. and the very special first mother's day for a new mom and her baby after the coronavirus kept them apart for months. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this saturday. i'm whit johnson. we begin tonight with that breaking news -- part of a chinese rocket nearly as tall as a ten-story building hurdling towards earth. it's one of the largest pieces of manmade space chunk to ever make this drop. the mission blasting off last week carrying the main module of china's space station into orbit. this image here believed to show a piece of the rocket over italy. u.s. space command has been tracking it. the body of that rocket dropping
to a low orbit, circling earth, putting it into a position where it would crash land. but the timing and final path is unpredictable, raising concerns. abc's transportation correspondent gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight, a massive part of this rocket, launched by china just days ago, crashing towards earth. the section of the long march 5b among the largest space junk ever to fall to the earth, roughly the size and weight of a semitruck, threatening a large swath of the planet. the u.s. military closely monitoring its descent. >> we're hopeful that it will land in a place where it won't harm anyone, hopefully in the ocean. >> reporter: but that's not a given. the portion of the rocket weighing 23 tons, roughly ten stories tall, speeding to earth at 18,000 miles per hour could land anywhere from mexico, central and south america to right here at home in america. to parts of africa, even australia. the aerospace corporation tracks dangerous spice space debris.
>> this is an uncontrolled reentry. for something that big, that's unusual. >> reporter: manmade space debris has fallen before, though it's usually small or doesn't fall on land. in washington state, this piece from a spacex rocket landed on someone's property in march. and in tulsa, oklahoma, lotti williams became the first known person to be hit by space junk in 1997. >> it looked like fire. it was this big ball of fire. you couldn't see anything, hear anything. you didn't smell anything. >> reporter: luckily the 6-inch chunk did not injure her. >> let's bring in our transportation correspondent, gio benitez. with the space race heating up, officials are worried this could happening more often in the future. >> reporter: that's right, and it's not clear how countries would be held accountable. the white house hasn't said how they would handle it with china, but the defense secretary says countries operating in the space domain should be required to do it safely. whit? >> we'll be watching the sky. gio benitez, thank you. another developing story
tonight, one of the nations biggest fuel pipelines forced to shut down after a cyberattack. the pipeline supplying 45% of the east coast fuel products, including gasoline, diesel, and home heating oil. spanning 5,500 miles. the president briefed this morning. the white house saying it's working to avoid disruption to supply and restore pipeline operations as quickly as possible, but questions remain about the potential impact on consumers and prices at the pump. here's abc's elwyn lopez. >> reporter: tonight, a ransomware attack hitting one of the largest fuel pipelines in the u.s. colonial pipeline forced to shut down its entire network. certain systems proactively taken offline to contain the threat, halting all pipeline operations and affecting some of its i.t. systems. the massive pipeline runs 5,500 mile from houston to new jersey. 45% of all fuel to the east coast shutting down after the cyberattack. it's unclear how long the pipelines will be off the grid.
the georgia based company transports 2.5 million barrels a day of gasoline, diesel, fuel, and other products. experts warning a prolonged delay could eventually impact consumers. >> it's crucial to have this pipeline in service. if it drags on beyond, say, three or four days, we may start to see some supply challenges. >> reporter: this latest attack comes amid growing concerns about the nation's cybersecurity. last december a massive breach at texas-based solar winds with us identified. hackers reportedly gaining access to emails at u.s. government agencies. and in florida, investigators say someone took control of the computer systems at a water treatment facility in an attempt to tamper with the water supply. >> it's really, really important that we heed these warnings that these attacks are not going away. so it's imperative if you are an owner or operator of critical infrastructure that you invest in your cybersecurity.
>> officials on alert here. elwyn lopez joins us from atlanta. we're learning this ransomware attack will not just affect this one pipeline, but others as well. >> reporter: that's right, whit. the company says the shutdown will affect other pipelines as far up as maine. the fbi says it is working closely on this. whit? >> elwyn, thank you. now to the pandemic and the disturbing drop in demand for vaccinations. across the country, new incentives for people to get their shots. the atlanta braves offering free tickets for anyone who rolls up their sleeve at the game. the average number of daily doses now dipping below 2 million for the first time since march. a nearly 40% plunge in less than a month. here's trevor ault in new york. >> reporter: tonight, a full-court press to get more americans vaccinated. >> americans respond to incentives. >> reporter: the atlanta braves offering free tickets to anyone getting the shot at tonight's game. detroit now playing $50 for every city resident they sign up and bring to an appointment.
and business owners like lois ko in washington offering discounts or gift cards to those who attend vaccine drives nearby. >> vaccination, i feel like, is the only answer the get us back to normal. and i'm all for it. >> reporter: this shifting strategy coming as vaccine demand plummets. america's daily vaccination rate falling below 2 million shots for the first time since march. >> people are busy. they haven't had time to do some research. they're understandably concerned about anyone running toward them with a needle. >> reporter: states are now turning down hundreds of thousands of doses. kansas and wisconsin are both asking for less than 10% of what the federal government scheduled for them next week. >> if you climb a mountain, you climb and then you go on a plateau, right? and so, you know, we've done the big ascent, and now we're on the plateau. >> reporter: now officials are hoping pfizer's request for full fda approval, combined with the expected authorization to give the shot to 12 to 15-year-olds,
could boost confidence among young people, who now make up the majority of hospitalized patients. >> we don't have anyone in our icus who's fully vaccinated. the people who are still at risk are those who are unvaccinated. >> reporter: and whit, with mother's day tomorrow, new data shows even one dose of pfizer or moderna's vaccine cuts the transmission risk in half. though if even one member of your family is unvaccinated, it's recommended you try to have your gathering outdoors. whit? >> important information. trevor, thank you. meantime, the covid crisis in india is getting worse. more than 4,000 reported dead today, and for the third day in a row, more than 400,000 new infections. planeloads of american aid headed to the country. this fedex boeing 777 on its way packed with oxygen concentrators and other critically needed supplies. to afghanistan and the horrific attack killing at least 30 people. a large explosion outside a school in kabul.
no one claiming responsibility. the taliban condemning the attack. the state department calling it senseless targeting of innocent civilians. the violence erupting just as american troops are beginning to come home. abc's senior foreign correspondent ian pannell, who just returned from afghanistan, has the latest. >> reporter: tonight, a devastating bomb blast near a school in afghanistan killing at least 30, wounding more than 50. the explosion happening as students headed home, leaving this crater. book bags and shoes left piled along the road. one eyewitness saying there were a lot of casualties, most of them girls, and bodies were everywhere. once again, hospitals in the capital, kabul, overrun with patients. the interior ministry blaming the taliban, but the militants who struck a deal with america, denied carrying out the attack. there have been two similar attacks just in the last ten days. the attacks come as u.s. troops accelerate their withdrawal from
the country, bringing to an end america's longest war. we just returned from afghanistan. america's top diplomat there warning extremism may be diminished but it hasn't gone away. >> there's your kind of ecosystem of terrorism that afghanistan's going to have to deal with. >> reporter: but as america's war winds down, violence and civilian casualties are on the rise. this is just one of many, many thousands of sites across the country, and as america prepares to leave, there's a real sense of foreboding amongst afghans about what the future now holds. the u.s. military says it will carry on supporting afghan forces from afar, but there are doubts about their ability to prevent more attacks. ian pannell, abc news, london. >> our thanks to ian pannell again, who just returned from afghanistan. meanwhile, back here at home, america's economic recovery appearing to slow. the latest jobs report worse than expected.
some employers say they can't find workers, but many who are looking for jobs say lingering covid concerns and child care issues stand in their way. here's abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks. >> reporter: tonight, those disappointing job numbers for april putting the white house on the defensive. >> the recovery will remain on track, and it may be bumpy from month to month. >> reporter: after the economy hemorrhaged 22 million jobs last year, recovery has been slow and uneven. only 266,000 new jobs created last month, less than half the number from march. far fewer than the 1 million predicted. republicans and some small business leaders blaming the expanded unemployment benefits put in place through september, saying it's too hard to hire for some jobs. >> i think we've gone too far. we need to get people back to work. >> reporter: but democrats argue there's no evidence of a worker shortage. millions are looking for work. karen smith, a single mom from jupiter, florida, says she's only seeing job openings in the
service industry, and some of that work still makes her nervous. >> nobody wants to be confronted with, you're lazy, you don't want to work, you're living off the government. there aren't jobs out there for people with a lot of skill. there are service-level jobs that are minimum wage. most of them are part-time, so you don't have benefits. >> reporter: more than 2 million women have dropped out of the work force last year. many struggling with child care. katie mcavoy lost her job last november and says her daughter's unpredictable school schedule was an added challenge when she was looking for a new job. >> what you're looking for becomes extremely different and difficult because you can't take on a job where you're working after hours, weekend hours because there's no child care. was certainly hoping for better news, he's trying to use this report to make the case for his infrastructure and families plan. he'll meet with six republican senators thursday as he tries to negotiate a bipartisan deal. whit? >> maryalice, thank you. a major rule change could be
coming soon from the ncaa, allowing college athletes to profit financially while they compete. that could drastically change the playing field. >> reporter: tonight, a significant step closer to what many college athletes have demanded for years -- >> very excited. it's long overdue. >> reporter: for players like iowa point guard jordan bohannon, it's the opportunity to make money when third parties use their names and images. mark emmert, president of the ncaa, would recommend college bodies make a rule change allowing just that, as first reported by "the new york times." >> the ncaa has been dragging its feet for decades. >> reporter: with division i sports bringing in an estimated $8.5 billion a year, the ncaa has barred compensation for players other than scholarships and educational stipends. a policy bohannon and other players have pushed back against this year around the #notncaaproperty. >> the majority of athletes are minority, and most of the
revenue being brought in by athletes is being redistributed to the coaches and the head administrations in these athletic programs. the fact that the athletes haven't been able to see any of this money is a civil rights issue. >> reporter: and, whit, also driving the ncaa in this is also the fact that many state legislatures already passed or are considering laws that would allow student athletes to cash in on their talent and popularity. whit? >> faith, thank you. the family of george floyd's today welcoming a move by a grand jury indicting derek chauvin and three other officers on civil rights charges. rodney floyd telling reporters about the phone call from attorney general merrick garland. >> to hear the sincerity in his voice, you could hear he was very touched and moved by my brother's death and these police officers' conduct. >> representative sheila jackson lee among some in congress asking the justice department to now investigate other high-profile cases of alleged
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pregnant, unable to hold her newborn for months, and the special reunion. when serena torres and her husband john were expecting their first baby, excitement quickly turned to fear. last october at six months pregnant, serena contracted covid-19. >> i said, i'm struggling to breathe. the last thing i remember is that ambulance ride to the hospital. >> reporter: serena in critical condition at westchester medical center. >> within a few hours we realized the ventilator is not going to be enough to keep her alive. >> reporter: two months early while unconscious, serena gives birth to a baby girl, weighing in at just over 4 pounds. with covid restrictions in place, her husband john had to make a tough decision. >> the doctor said i had to choose either seeing my wife or seeing the baby. >> reporter: serena in a medically induced coma. john took over, charting the baby's progress. >> i woke up. one of the first things i was thinking was, where is she?
>> reporter: the baby is doing just fine, but serena still weeks away from meeting her daughter. >> aww! >> reporter: finally after four painful months -- >> look at her! mama! >> reporter: serena able to hold her baby girl for the first time. >> she's so beautiful. you wait every single day to finally meet her, and when you finally get to hold her in your arms and she's holding on to your hands -- it finally felt like what i was fighting for. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: released from the hospital, now back home, eager to celebrate her first mother's day as a mom. >> i'm on top of the world that i get to be here for this mother's day. it makes me feel grateful, blessed. >> a mother's day she'll never forget. i'm whit johnson in new york. i'll see you on "gma" in the morning. linsey davis back here tomorrow night. have a great night.
next en abc7 news at 6:00, it does not take much in conditions like this. what a man said sparked a fast- moving wildfire in solano county. new development in the mario gonzalez case. the new hearing in alameda. an update on the chinese rocket that is supposed to come back to earth at some point today. abc7 news at 6:00 start right now. now, from abc7, live breaking news. >> an all out assault firefighters battle not just the planes, but the winds as the grass fire takes off in solano county. good evening, and thank you for joining us. i am dion lim. it did not take much for a spark to grow into a dangerous wildfire today. that fire started off lopes
road near benicia , and those winds have triggered a red flag warning which helped push it to about 45 acres. abc7 news bernard was right there as firefighters fought to get it under control. he joins is live, cornell? >> reporter: i have to say those red flag winds still very strong here in solano county. cal fire, keeping an eye on hot spots here in the hills. this fire burned 45 acres today before it was stopped. luckily, no one was hurt. a neighbor set his lawnmower may have started the fire. >> i got scared. i was running around. i locked up one dog because he was antsy. >> reporter: anthony wright called 911 the moment he saw smoke and flames near his property on lopes road in benicia. minutes later, the fire was making a run up the hill, fueled by acres of dry grass. cal fire calling in extra ground force and air support to fight it.