tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC July 2, 2021 3:30pm-3:59pm PDT
all right, thank you so much for joining us for this interaivshow"getting answers." tonight, the first hurricane of the atlantic season closing in on the u.s. coast heading into the fourth of july weekend. hurricane elsa gaining strength in the caribbean. winds clocked at 85 miles per hour. elsa expected to be within reach of florida by monday. it comes as millions of americans are on the move for the long holiday weekend. some 50 million expected to drive or fly, the most since before the pandemic started. gas prices at their highest point in years. the worst time to travel when you're heading home. more heartbreak in the search for victims of the deadly building collapse in surfside, florida. a firefight iron the scene when the body of his own 7-year-old daughter is recovered. reportedly draping her with his jacket. pls toemhuthorities working on
e t as severe weather moves in. a boeing 737 cargo plane crash landing in the water off honolulu. images of the rescue coming in. two pilots reporting losing one engine and about to lose the other. the final radio call as they fail to make it back to the airport. overseas and america's longest war drawing to a close, the u.s. military leaving the bagram air base in afghanistan after nearly 20 years. remaining troops expected out by august. president biden bristling at repeated questions about whether the afghan government will fall to the taliban and how soon some fear that could happen. news on the pandemic heading into july 4th. president biden declaring we have covid-19 on the run, but the u.s. following just short of his goal to have 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of vaccine. and the delta variant fueling a rise in covid indicates in
under-vaccinated states. the u.s. olympic star suspended after testing positive for marijuana. her apology and what this means for her chances at the summer olympics in tokyo later this month. and the billionaire space race, branson versus bezos. who will get there first? good evening. it's great to have you with us on this friday night. i'm whit johnson in for david tonight. as we come on the air the first hurricane of the atlantic season is racing across the caribbean heading toward the u.s. coast. adding to the frenzy of an already landmark fourth of july holiday, the first with the pandemic in retreat. more than 47 million americans are on the move this long weekend satisfying the pent hti
terminal two while the bomb squad investigated. some airlines forced to cancel flights because of weather and trouble with staffing. and that new threat from hurricane elsa, you see there, already hammering barbados with 85-mile-per-hour winds. the storm is barreling across the islands. florida and the gulf states bracing for its effects. rob marciano with the forecast in just a moment but first abc's transportation correspondent gio benitez leads us off. >> reporter: tonight jam packed airports from coast to coast, atlanta, chicago, detroit and minneapolis. >> i'm just excited to get out of here and do something new and different. >> reporter: at l.a.x. a bomb scare forcing the crowds to evacuate for a time. and just take a look how iny wark libertyntnational airport, and it will be busy again on monday when people fly back home. this as cancellations pile up too, southwest today canceling nearly 200 flights, more than 200 yesterday.
southwest blames bad weather and very full flights, but abc news has learned the airline also has severe staffing issues. tsa screening more than 2.1 million people on thursday, that's about 50,000 more than the same day in 2019 before the pandemic even began. the pent-up urge to get away also creating a crush on the roads despite the highest gas prices in seven years, eve pceaf you're pn n't lp. rigt' to calm down just a little bit but by monday afternoon that is the absolute worst time to get back on the road between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. >> we can see the traffic. thank you. some of those travelers will head home as hurricane elsa threatens the u.s.
abc's senior mi rob marciano joins us now to time this all out and, rob, hurricane hunters are already flying into the storm tonight. >> they were in there this afternoon and found stronger winds to 85 miles per hour and really moving along to the west at 30 miles per hour. here it is on the satellite picture. the eastern caribbean racing westward. now we have hurricane warnings that have been posted for haiti, the dr, jamaica and parts -- a hurricane watch for eastern cuba and the track will bring it toward cuba as a hurricane 1 storm and weakening and getting into the gulf of mexico monday and tuesday impacting florida tuesday and wednesday,sphetti m better agreement but lots of uncertainty. the strength and track, either way folks in florida need to be prepared, whit? we'll watch it closely, rob, thank you. there's also concern severe weather could impact the search of that building collapse in
surfside, florida and today another heartbreaking discovery. crews recovered the body of a 7-year-old girl whose father, a miami firefighter was working elsewhere on the pile. today those crews were back working around the clock after a 14-hour pause over fears that parts of the building still standing could come down. here's abc's trevor ault in surfside. reporter: tonight, another heart-wrenching twist from the rubble of the surfside condo collapse. rescue workers recovering the body of a 7-year-old girl, the daughter of a firefighter on scene. >> it's very difficult, and last night was even more, you know, when removing a fellow firefighter's daughter, and ere emphasize the emotion. it still takes a toll. >> reporter: the girl's father has been helping with search and rescue efforts since the building came down. we're told he placed a small american flag next to her body, taking off his firefighter's jacket and draping it over her, as she was carried out through two single file lines of first responders.
>> it goes without saying that every night since this last wednesday has been immensely difficult for everybody and, particularly, the families that have been impacted. but last night was uniquely different. it was truly different and more difficult for our first responders. >> reporter: overnight, medical examiner's vehicles on hand. late this afternoon the death toll rising to 22. the search and rescue operation now back at full speed after a 15-hour shutdown thursday. 126 people still unaccounted for. florida officials now also monitoring hurricane elsa and the possibility strong winds and rain could force them to suspend their search in the coming days. >> based on the latest advisory, hurricane elsa continues to strengthen. the miami-dade county office of emergency management will monitor the storm as it quickly moves towards south florida. >> reporter: officials now planning to demolish the
remainder of the building because of fears it too could collapse. >> that search still happening and the devastating news about the 7-year-old girl. trevor ault is joining us now from the scene, and, trevor, you're getting late word about an evacuation going on following an inspection not far from where you are. >> reporter: that's right. whit. an evacuation is reportedly ordered at a condominium building in north miami beach only a few miles away from here after that inspection found the building is unsafe. whit. >> okay, trevor ault, thank you. next to the emergency on board a cargo plane moments after takeoff from the airport in honolulu, hawaii. the pilots forced to crash land in the water following engine trouble. both were injured and tonight one of them fighting for his life. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman on the investigation. >> reporter: tonight, those coast guard boats and helicopters plucking those two pilots from the water moments after their 737 cargo
jet crash-landed into the ocean off the coast of oahu in the middle of the night and sank. the plane taking off from honolulu at 1:33 a.m., en route to maui. just three minutes into the flight the first engine goes. >> we've lost number one engine, and we're coming straight to the airport. >> reporter: five minutes later a dangerous situation becomes potentially deadly. engine too. na lose the other - it's running very hot. >> reporter: they alert the tower they're going down. >> it doesn't look -- look good out here. you might want to let the coast guard know as well. >> reporter: the plane crashes in the open ocean. >> it is extremely rare for both engines to fail on an airliner. the ntsb is going to look for something catastrophic, something mechanical that would have affected both engines at the same time. >> reporter: tonight, one pilot in critical condition, the other, in serious condition. whit, the ntsb has a team of ten investigators en route to the site to try to figure out why this plane crashed. that as we're learning more about this incredible middle of the night rescue. responders following an oil
slick to that plane and as it was sinking they saw one of the pilots hanging on to the tail. another floating on a bunch of cargo, whit. >> thankfully they were able to get to them both. thank you so much. overseas to afghanistan where the u.s. has departed bagram airfield and withdrawn all troops from there one troop closer to drawing america's longest war to a close. martha raddatz is just back from afghanistan where she flew with the u.s. commander on his last helicopter ride out of bagram. and what he said he's concerned about when the u.s. is gone. reporter: it was clear when we visited bagram airfield last week that u.s. and coalition forces would all soon depart. general scott miller, circling the 14-square-mile base, the fighter jets gone and heavy uip. and on the ground, only a few dozen troops in sight. once the order for withdrawal of all troops came, this became one
of the largest and fastest movements of equipment since world war ii. outside the gates today, only afghan forces remain, a force already facing dire circumstances as the taliban sweeps through the country. with some in the intelligence community predicting the government here could fall in as little as six months. but president biden today tried to brush aside those concerns. >> i met with the afghan government here in the white house, in the oval. i think they have the capacity to be able to sustain the government. >> reporter: mr. president, a follow-up on that thought on afghanistan. >> i want to talk about happy things, man. >> reporter: but there is no happy talk in afghanistan. even with some 650 troops remaining to protect the embassy and kabul airport, general miller worries about civil war and worse. how alarmed are you? >> the loss of terrain and the rapidity of that loss of terrain has to be concerning. we're starting to create
conditions here that won't look good for afghanistan in the future. >> that concern shared by member. martha, general miller was there in the beginning nearly 0 years ago when we went into afghanistan because of the threat to the homeland after 9/11. how much does he still worry about that possibility? >> reporter: well, whit, he still has serious concerns about that. he said al qaeda is still in afghanistan and the threat to the u.s. remains. whit. >> important reminders, martha raddatz for us, thank you. and back here at home tonight new signs that the u.s. economy is on the mend. employers added 850,000 jobs in june, the most in ten months, unemployment ticking up slightly because more people were looking for jobs. wages were up 3.6% from a year ago asrs competed for workers and the areas doing the most hiring, leisure and hospitality, professional and business services and education and retail. we do move on to one of our
other stories this evening next with the fourth of july just two days away, president biden declaring we have covid on the run. but the u.s. is falling short of his goal to have 70% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. tonight 172 million people have had one of everyone 18 years and older and shortfall is r si country. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight the kickoff to july 4th. what many hoped would be a celebration of independence from the virus. instead pockets of this country are still firmly in its grip. >> 18 months after the start of the pandemic, back to square one, essentially. >> reporter: the delta variant fueling a dramatic rise in cases in under-vaccinated states. the country now set to miss that july 4th goal by about 7 million
shots, with 67% of adults partially vaccinated. today, presi on the pandemic an jobs. >> our economy is on the move, and we hn e run. >> reporter: but acknowledging he worries the delta variant will keep spreading among unvaccinated people. >> i am not concerned there's going to be a major outbreak. in other words, that we're going to have another epidemic nationwide, but i am concerned lives will be lost. >> reporter: for the vaccinated, promising news from johnson & johnson. a new study shows its vaccine holds up against the variants, including the delta for eight months or longer. vaccines have been holding up so far. erielle reshef joins us now and, erielle, with the delta variant spreading quickly there is new concern about people missing their second vaccine dose. >> reporter: that's right, whit. according to the cdc nearly 15 million people have missed that second shot and we know that at least for the pfizer vaccine that it has been more effective against the delta variant after
that second dose, so officials say it is critical to get that second shot. whit. >> erielle, thank you. and now to u.s. olympic track star sha'carri richardson suspended for a month after testing positive for marijuana. the emotional event that triggered her decision, her apology and will she be going to the tokyo olympics? here's abc's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, olympic gold favorite sha'carri richardson disqualified from the 100-meter race in tokyo after testing positive for thc, a chemical found in marijuana. >> i want to take responsibility for my actions. i know what i did. i know what i'm supposed to do. >> reporter: at the olympic trials richardson's sprint making her the "fastest woman in america." revealing she had just lost her biological mother. >> last week, finding out my biological mother passed away, and still choosing to pursue my dreams. nobody knows what i go through. >> reporter: richardson now apologizing telling nbc she didn't know how else to deal with her emotions. >> don't judge me. because i am human.
i'm you. i just happen to run a little faster. >> reporter: richardson used the drug in oregon where marijuana is legal but it's banned in olympic competitions. the u.s. anti-doping agency saying "the rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels." it's possible richardson could still race ix100-meter relay, but that decision is up to usa track and field. many in the sports world are outraged and she is getting a lot of support from patrick mahomes saying just let her run but other athletes say a rule is a rule. whit. >> a lot of debate over this story, kaylee, thank you so much. when we come back here, the major league star placed on leave facing allegations of sexual assault and we're hearing from the boy scout who survived a shark attack while canoeing. are waking up to what's possible with rybelsus®. ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ ♪ my only sunshine... ♪ rybelsus® works differently than any other diabetes pill
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bezos asking her to join him. >> you're going to be an astronaut. >> oh, finally. >> reporter: bezos and the blue origin team documenting the moment. >> we open the hatch, and you step outside, what's the first thing you say? >> i would say, honey, that was the best thing that ever happened to me. >> reporter: but with history on the line, branson remains courteous towards his billionaire rival, insisting he doesn't see it as a race. >> jeff has a different approach. so we're not really in direct competition. i have enormous respect for what he's doing, and i know he has enormous respect for the work our wonderful team is doing as well. >> thank you for joining us. i'm whit johnson. hope to see you back here tomorrow night. have a great weekend and a great night.
building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. >> retail crime has become one of the most pressing issues in san francisco. some close or shut down altogether. security guards are being told not to engage. >> one gentleman advised me he had no issue to stop me if i got in his way. >> that's a good -- new reality. you are watching abc7 news at 4:00 live wherever you happen to stream. the california retailers association says san francisco, l.a. and san francisco are among the top 10 cities in the country when it comes to retail crime. >> lee and linda's is in the newsroom with how the government is handling the crisis.
>> san francisco is fifth on the list. it is the only city where retail stores are actively making changes because of this organized retail crime. the mayor said cutting hours and closing stores is not the solution. there has to be an accountability component to it. >> reporter: target has acknowledged san francisco is the only city in america where they have decided to close some stores early because of the escalating retail crime. for more than a month, we have been experiencing an alarming rise in theft and security incidents in san francisco stores, similar to reports from other retailers in the area. >> reporter: target isn't the only retail store to make changes because of the continuous shoplifting. af0 p.is1 buesthe button to let them know i d two it was not safe. they broke the glass of the