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today. we also discussed the generate aapi communi tonight, the cdc says no more masks for vaccinated americans indoors or outdoors, with just a few exceptions. president biden in the rose garden late today celebrating the new cdc guidance, allowing fully vaccinated people to go without their masks. cdc director dr. rochelle walensky saying the science is there. and tonight, your questions. if you're vaccinated, can you still transmit the virus to others? and if you're in a crowd or back at work, how do you know if someone near you has been vaccinated or not? and does that pose a risk? dr. jen ashton answering your questions tonight. also this evening, those gas lines and rising gas prices. news coming in just as we come on the air tonight. with the colonial pipeline restarting, a reality check. what is the situation right now
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across several states tonight? how long until we're fully back to normal? and late word coming in tonight, did the colonial pipeline pay ransom to that russian group? and what does it mean moving forward for our infrastructure? overseas tonight, we have just learned the israeli military has ground troops in gaza now. octs deep famies inasirg aar esse into shelters. back here at home tonight, the first time an active duty officer, a marine major, arrested in the january 6th capitol riot. and the republicans facing backlash tonight who claimed there was no attack on the capitol. one congressman saying it looked more like a normal tourist visit. the fires we're watching at this hour. the evacuations for a time. homes destroyed by the flames. temperatures in some areas hitting 100 degrees. the emergency landing on a busy highway. and america strong tonight. the fire department and the special delivery.
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special delivery. times 15. good evening and at to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. and we begin tonight with that historic turning point in the pandemic in this country. tonight, the cdc now saying no more masks for vaccinated americans both indoors and outdoors. even in crowds. there are exceptions, buses, planes and hospitals. president biden in the rose garden late today celebrating the news, calling it a, quote, great milestone, a great day for america. thanking americans for getting us to this point, pointing to the vaccinations. the president saying americans can now do what they're known for. they can smile at one another. he and the vice president doing just that today, walking back into the white house together without masks, without social distancing. the cdc director dr. rochelle walensky making the point today this is based on science. more data emerging in just the last week, that vaccinations
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work against the variants. 12 to 15-year-olds can now get the vaccine and tonight, more than 152 million adults have received at least one dose, that's nearly 59% of adults and about one-third now of all americans. but there were immediate questions. if you're fully vaccinated, can you still transmit the virus to others without knowing? and if you're in one of those crowds or back at work, how do you know if someone near you has been vaccinated or not and does that pose a risk? dr. jen ashton answering those questions in just a moment. we have it all covered for you tonight, beginning with abc's whit johnson right here in new york. >> reporter: tonight, a giant step closer to normal life for millions of americans. president biden late today in the rose garden -- >> it's a great milestone, a great day. it's been made possible by the extraordinary success we've had in vaccinating so many americans so quick. ror presi pointing to 250 million shots in
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114 days. >> fully vaccinated people are at a very, very low risk of getting covid-19. therefore, if you have been fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask. >> reporter: biden then cauti cautioned this -- >> if you are getting a two-shot vaccine and you have not gotten your -- you only had your first shot, but not your second or you haven't waited the full two weeks after your second shot, you still need to wear a mask. >> reporter: it came just hours after the cdc director revealed new guidelines on masks in this country, under growing pressure to do so. >> we have all longed for this moment, when we can get back to some sense of normalcy. >> reporter: today dr. walensky said this new guidance is based on the science. >> more science that has emerged just in the last week. one is the effectiveness of the vaccines, in general, in real world populations. one is the effectiveness against variants, which was just published last week.
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and then, the effectiveness in preventing transmissibility. >> reporter: there are some exceptions. masks still required for those who are vaccinated on buses, trains, planes and in hospitals. americans reacting to the news. >> i've already planned a mask-burning party. >> i think that's fantastic. i think that's what everyone was waiting to hear. >> reporter: some wanting the country to move more slowly. >> i think we should continue for a while until more americans have been vaccinated. >> reporter: tonight, the cdc now working to update guidelines for schools, camps and businesses. starting today, millions of enrs aoss e country were elipfi. >> i've seen the effects firsthand, and the more of us that get vaccinated, the better the world will be. >> reporter: appointments atz oil also opening up at thousands of pharmacies across the country. we were with 14-year-old julia
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ban getting her first dose. why was it so important for you to get the shot? >> so i feel like we've been in this pandemic what feels like forever, and i'm so ready to go back to my normal life. >> reporter: her father, dr. kevin ban, chief medical officer for walgreens, says the pharmacy is also allowing walk-ins for kids and parents, to make this as easy as possible. >> so, what we want to do is make sure that they can get the shot easily, that it won't interrupt their life. >> reporter: and late today, the president saying americans can actually start smiling at one another again. >> if you're fully vaccinated and can take your mask off, you've earned the right to do something that americans are known for all around the world. greeting others with a smile -- >> yes, it will be nice to see those smiles that have been hiding under these masks for so long. whit johnson back with us tonight. and we know that nearly 59% of american adults have had at least one vaccine dose, but we heard it from the president again today, that we're not there yet. he said the number needs to be
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much closer to that 70% mark to really help get this virus under control. >> reporter: and david, that goal is by the fourth of july. today, president biden said, let's finish the work of beating this virus and getting everything back to normal. and those younger teenagers who make up 17 million americans, will also play a key role in the coming weeks. today, we've seen many of them at vaccination sites like this one, eager to roll up their sleeves. david? >> all right, whit johnson leading us off tonight on this major step forward. cdc director dr. walensky saying today that americans should feel confident that this is based on science, that vaccinated americans can go without their mask indoors and outdoors. of course, the exceptions, buses, planes, hospitals. president biden then reiterating very similar language if you listen closely, saying fully vaccinated people have a very low risk of getting covid-19, forever, they no longer have to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. and the cdc also saying that the science shows effectiveness against variants now,
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effectiveness in vaccinated people not being able to unknowingly transmit to others. and so many of you reacting when i tweeted the news this afternoon, some of you saying, "it's about time." others saying, "i'm not so sure about this." so, let's bring in dr. jennifer ashton. we know so many people have had questions at every step of the way. i know you talked with dr. fauci and with dr. walensky in recent days. you had a sense this was evolving and we heard it over and over again today to put people at home at ease, that this is based on science. >> it really is, david. and i have to be clear, this is not a reversal to what we heard 16 days ago. this is based on new data, new evolving science about how this virus transmits and how effective these vaccines are. something called vaccination metrics. that's going up, cases are going down. so, yes, they remained open-minded and flexible to make this shift. >> all of that is encouraging, the new data. in the meantime, one of the very common questions among vaccinated americans has been, is there a chance that i can get this, without even knowing, and
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give it to others? dr. walensky seemed to indicate the new science that's coming in shows a very low chance of that. >> exactly. and real world data is showing how well these vaccines are performing in real environments and, yes, they're very effective at keeping people out of the d t it and saving lives, but is ao been shown to be feivin others and that's whath pelerekveing tntouwd the ma, hh kn t oeritutheir mask, whethven it's really basedhe h system but re in a largetting mi iee and goo data smart move is t vaccin >> which is why dr.redentourage ot yet to please go t had the
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get the shot. >> correct. n,ha you. a togh >> on the clon y'all pipeline back up and running tonight. where do the gas lines stand? how many stations are seeing gas again? and how many are still waiting and for how long? tonight, abc news has learned that that private company, colonial pipeline, paid ransom to that hacking group, believed to be based in russia. so, what does this mean moving forward with vulnerable inf infrastructure here in america? tanker trucks seen filling up in selma, north carolina, but today, drivers still finding long lines at some gas stations. these images continue from costco in raleigh, north carolina. and right here in bethesda, maryland, no gas at all in some cases. so, a reality check tonight. how long this will take? abc's gio benitez now from atlanta. >> reporter: tonight, after days of long lines and empty pumps, a welcome sight for those desperate for gas. lines of tanker trucks, east of raleigh, filling up with fresh
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fuel from the colonial pipeline, after the company restarted operations wednesday. >> we expect the situation to begin to improve by the weekend and into early next week and gasoline supply is coming back online. >> reporter: but there are still lines at the gas pump, and hundreds of empty stations. people worried they might miss a doctors appointment or not be able to get to work. >> i knew i should have filled up a week ago. and then all of this starts going on and it's like the toilet paper fiasco all over again. >>o, durham. >> reporter: north carolina, the hardest hit state so far from the shutdown. >> all of these people are waiting for the bp. >> north carolina still hovering close to 70% without fuel. it will take several weeks to get things completely back to normal. >> reporter: durham county telling their employees to work from home. panic buying turnin dangerous in citrus county, florida. one person was hurt after this humvee caught fire. fire crews found four five-gallon gas containers in the back.
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today, we haven't seen the kind of panic buying we saw yesterday, but there are still issues. while this gas station has gas, take a look at this just across the street. zeros on that sign. no gas. and with memorial day weekend coming up, time is of the ses sense to get all stations up and running. >> though the colonial pipeline remains open, it may still be a headache, a chore, to find gas stations with fuel for the next one to two weeks. >> reporter: and david, on the issue of price gouging, the attorney general here in georgia is now investigating nearly 500 allegations related to price gouging. david? >> gio benitez back with us tonight. gio, thank you. as i mentioned just a moment ago, colonial pipeline, it's been reported, paying ransom to that hacking group believed to be based in russia, first reported bly bloomberg. i want to go to pierre thomas who has been following this. we saw that report from bloomberg today that a ransom was paid by colonial in the low millions? >> reporter: david, we're still sorting out how that ransom might have been paid.
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these ransomware attacks are complicated and can sometimes involve third parties. i've been told that the ransom demanded was in the low millions of dollars in the attack, launched by a gang using software developed by "darkside" in russia. the limitations of the federal government to control how companies maintain their security and respond to such attacks. we know the fbi's position was that the ransom should not be paid, david. >> opening up a new round of questions on this. pierre thomas tonight. pierre, thank you. overseas tonight, the battle between israel and hamas escalating and we have just learned that the israeli military has ground troops in the gaza strip now, after calling up 9,000 more military reserves. until now, israel mainly striking gaza from the air. targeting strikes leveling buildings. and hamas firing more than 1,700 rockets. one setting an apartment building near tel aviv on fire. abc's matt gutman in tel aviv
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again tonight and the moment he witnessed families racing into shelters. >> reporter: tonight, the israeli military sending ground troops into gaza, pounding alleged targets with artillery. fireballs from those airstrikes lighting up the night sky. palestinian health officials saying at least 103 killed, since the fighting began, including over two dozenomenoung they got a call yesterday from the israeli military, informing them their neighborhood was about to be bombed and they only had five minutes to leave their home. civilians on both sides bearing the brunt. eight israelis killed by rocket fire so far. over 150 wounded. hamas continuing to rain rockets on the tel aviv metro area, sending millions racing for cover. some freezing in fear. one of those rockets packed with 100-pound warhead, hitting this tel aviv suburb. that single rocket blast
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incinerated the cars below me, and just the shockwaves themselves punched a hole through this apartment building and everywhere you look, you can see shrapnel, but miraculously, nobody here was killed. inside that building, residents climbing the smoke-blackened stairwell to pick through their belongings. and as we were reporting -- as we are speaking, we hear one of the sirens going off. it's a code red. everybody is about to run for cover, as we will. with sirens blaring, those residents scrambling out, some crying as they entered that shelter. you can hear those rockets pounding right now. you can hear the booms. all of us are squeezing into this bomb shelter right now. the shelter stifles, about 30 people inside, some of them unable to control the tears. david, just minutes ago, israel's prime minister releasing a statement saying, in part, that this operation intends to exact a very heavy
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price from hamas, end quote. he offered no timeline for when this first ground incushion into gaza in seven years might come to an end. david? >> matt gutman, that code red you witnessed illustrating the devastation on both sides. thank you, matt. back here at home this evening and the new arrest in the attack on the capitol. the first time an active duty officer has now been charged in the attack. a marine major. rachel scott on the hill. >> reporter: tonight, the first active duty military member charged in the january 6th insurrection. prosecutors say the man seen here in the jacket and military backpack is marine corps major christopher warnagiris, allegedly caught on camera breaking into the capitol and helping other rioters force their way in. warnagiris, who has spent nearly 20 years in the military, including multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan, was arrested today in virginia. today, some republican lawmakers find themselves under fire for denying the attack even happened.n in,
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in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie. watching the tv footage of those who entered the capitol and walked through statuary hall showed people in an orderly fashion, staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. you know, if you didn't know the tv footage was a video from january the 6th, you would actualnk it was a normal tourist visit. >> i don't know on a normal day around here when people are threatening to hang the vice president of the united states or shoot the speaker. it was beyond denial. it fell into the range of sick. >> reporter: in a statement tonight, the marine corps making it clear there is no place for racial hatred or extremism in its ranks. so far, more than 400 people have been charged in connection to the capitol insurrection. that includes about 40 veterans. david? >> rachel scott tonight. rachel, thank you. when we come back here, the fires we're watching at this hour. homes destroyed. and the emergency landing on a busy highway. like verizon builds 5g
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sharing these photos, writing we're happy to see moms, dads and babies are all doing well. just a matter of time before these new recruits begin to gear up. and right here tonight -- >> hi, david!ll pewbi. >> i'm fred, this is my son jeremiah. >> i'm christian, this is my son jack. >> i'm justin, and this is my daughter brielle. >> these days tell us they're grateful. >> big thank you to the community for supporting us. >> wow. we didn't have much downtime. many of us grew stronger bonds with our loved ones. >> we just want to share our excitement. thank you, david. >> thank you, david! >> thank you. the 15 little gifts. what a father's day to come. i'm david muir. i'll see you tomorrow night. good night.
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building a better bay area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. news. news. >> anyone that is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities large or small without wearing a mask or physical distancing. a surprising announcement from the cdcthe cdc effective immediately. fully vaccinated americans can get rid of their masks in most cases. >> i think it is a great milestone. a great day. day. day. day. day >> good afternoon. thank you for joining us. you tching abc 7 news at 4:00. live here on abc7, who live in wherever you stream. >> millions of americans can take off their masks. it is a credit to the countries vaccination efforts.
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>> today, we have given out 250 million shots in 114 days. this vaccination effort has been historic and an achievement for the united states of america. >> mr. biden wasted vaccinated for two weeks can do the same he says in just about every situation except on the planes, buses, other transit, hospitals and homeless shelters. >> while it is not a victory over covid day, the change in policy marks a major milestone in our country's fight against the virus. abc7 news reporter wayne friedman's started in san rafael. >> reporter:


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