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learn more at factsonhand.com today. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the cdc on children and school this fall. the cdc now says it is time to go back to school, that school should return to in-person learning in this country. health officials saying fully vaccinated students, teachers, and staff do not need to wear masks. that children 12 and under, who have not been able to get vaccinated, that they should wear them. and tonight, the cdc and fda both responding to pfizer after that company said millions of americans might soon need a booster. what federal authorities are saying about that tonight. dr. jha standing by to help clear up some of the confusion. also tonight, the tropical storm slamming the northeast today. torrential rain in new york city in the last 24 hours. the remarkable images from inside the new york city subway. what's coming next and the record heat across much of this
country. the alarming images tonight. lakes at dangerous lows. meteorologist rob marciano with the latest track. tonight, the chilling words heard in newly released body camera video from the attack on the capitol. the video showing graphic assaults against police. a suspect can be heard yelling to officers, you're going to die tonight. pierre thomas reporting. president biden and the phone call with vladimir putin today, issuing a new warning over the latest ransomware attacks targeting the u.s. those attacks again based in russia. and the president was asked today, will there be action if president putin doesn't crack down on criminals in his own country? our team inside haiti tonight. the fbi and department of homeland security will help investigate in that country. and the video, nearly two dozen suspects under arrest, including two americans. what those americans now claim. back here at home, the acting fda commissioner taking
an extraordinary step tonight, calling for a federal investigation into that agency's approval of that new and controversial alzheimer's drug. with the state of emergency in tokyo ahead of the olympic games and news that there will be no spectators, now the new headline tonight, the u.s. swimmer who says he will not get vaccinated. the countdown to the billionaire space race. virgin galactic's richard branson, what he plans to do this weekend. what jeff bezos plans to do nine days later. and how do you spell "person of the week"? good evening, and it's great to have you with us here as we near the end of another week together. we have a lot to get to tonight, and we're going to begin with that new guidance so many parents have been waiting to hear, what this upcoming school year will look like. tonight the cdc now saying that schools across this country should open and bring back in-person learning.
the cdc in fact saying students and teachers who are fully vaccinated won't need masks, but that children 12 and under who have not been able to get vaccinated should still wear them. school districts and states will make the final decisions. the cdc urging them to take into account the covid cases and the numbers that they're seeing in their local communities. and the other major headline tonight involves that confusion after pfizer, in the last 24 hours, indicated that millions of americans might soon need a booster shot at some point, a third shot. overnight, the cdc and fda pushing back, saying the data isn't there yet, that it's not necessary yet, and that the two-shot pfizer vaccine is still effective against this dangerous variant quickly spreading. dr. jha standing by to answer your questions on all of this. will there be boosters? is it too early to say? but first, schools and this updated guidance for millions of schoolchildren across the country.
abc's kaylee hartung leading us off. >> reporter: the cdc is urging schools to open and return to in-person learning this fall, saying vaccinated students and teachers don't need to wear masks. but individuals 12 and older who aren't vaccinated should still wear them, which includes millions who are under 12 and can't get the vaccine yet. unvaccinated children should learn at least three feet apart, but the cdc says spacing limitations should not stop schools from reopening. >> we've done a re-evaluation of the science, and the science has showed us that we know what works to help keep schools safe and open for the coming school year. >> reporter: the cdc guidance are just recommendations. it will ultimately be up to the school districts to make their own rules and decide whether to require proof of vaccination. children under 12 still can't get a vaccine. christian garrido, a father of three, says his kids were just asking him today about rules for this this fall. >> it's a little confusing. i have a 9-year-old and an 11-year-old, and they're not old enough to get shots yet, so we're still kind of, like, worried about them going back to school in-person. >> reporter: here in california, schools will keep requiring masks, but in arizona, there's a
ban on mask mandates in schools. and masks will be optional when chandler unified re-opens in two weeks. with the delta variant racing through undervaccinated areas, the cdc tracking covid outbreaks at teen church camps in illinois and texas, and an indoor gymnastics facility in oklahoma. >> we are seeing some small clusters and larger outbreaks of covid-19 in locations such as camps and community events where proper, hard-learned prevention strategies are not enforced and the virus is readily able to thrive. >> reporter: and tonight, there is growing confusion over the need for booster shots. pfizer announcing it will ask the fda to greenlight a third booster shot to be given 6 to 12 months after the second dose for better protection against the delta variant. but just hours later, the cdc and fda pushing back, saying americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time. >> but let's get back to schools for a moment. kaylee with us. the bottom line, the cdc is urging schools to open this fall. vaccinated teachers and students without masks. students who are not vaccinated should still wear them. that's a lot of students 12 and
under, by the way, that haven't been able to get vaccinated. but i know that tonight some teachers' groups are concerned because not all states are expected to follow the guidance. >> reporter: yeah, david, one major teachers' union, the nea, says they want masks to be in schools where unvaccinated individuals are present. that puts them at odds with governors of states like arizona and florida, where they say vaccinations should not be mandatory. >> kaylee, thank you. we know many of you at home have questions on the new guidance for schools and the confusion after pfizer said there could be need for a booster shot, a third shot, so let's bring in dr. ashish jha. dean of the brown public school of health. doctor, great to have you. first, i want to get your opinion on the updated cdc guidelines for schools. when they said if you're vaccinated you don't need to wear a mask, i immediately thought of kids 12 and under. that's a lot of schoolchildren who they're suggesting should still wear masks. do you agree with the guidance today?
>> good evening, david. thanks for having me back. a couple of things. first of all, thrilled that cdc agrees kids need to be back in school full-time, in person. i think kids over 12 should get vaccinated. whether kids under 12 or unvaccinated kids are wearing a mask, my guess is it's going to be driven a lot by local conditions. if you're in vermont, with few infections, probably not necessary. in missouri, with a large outbreak, probably very helpful. it will vary community to community. >> we heard something similar from the cdc on that saying look at the local data in making these final decisions. now let's get to pfizer. they came out ahead of the cdc on the potential need for a booster shot, a third shot. do you agree with the cdc, the fda? they came out quickly saying this was simply too early to declare this. >> yeah, we've got to be guided by evidence and science on this and the data so far is very clear. two shots offers a very high degree of protection. i haven't seen anything that says that we need a third shot right now. obviously that might change, but as of right now, two shots is
plenty. >> but you're not ruling out the possibility of a booster shot. >> no. at some point down the road, maybe next year, that may be a possibility. >> dr. jha, thank you as always. in the meantime, we move on tonight. tropical storm elsa slamming the northeast today with heavy rain and winds, gusting up to 60 miles per hour. look at the pictures tonight. drivers navigating through washed-out roads in suffolk county, new york. flood waters rushing through new haven, connecticut. we showed you some of this in new york city over the last 24 hours last night here. parts of the subway system under water. the question, what comes next? across much of this country, the dangerous heat moving in. troubling lake levels already. we have it all covered. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano tonight with the latest track. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. the sun broke out here in the afternoon in rhode island, but the surf is still quite high. already elsa is over 100 miles east of boston. the rest of the map is a mess.
we have more severe weather heading through d.c., down across i-10 from st. louis to nebraska. severe weather threat in through the early evening. and the heat's going to be the big story through the weekend. look at all these excessive heat warnings. dangerous heat wave across part of the west. some of these big cities will be threatening all-time record highs. vegas, 117, potentially. peaking in salt lake city sunday and monday. another dangerous heat wave in the u.s. >> they just went through this weeks ago. rob, thank you. as rob mentioned, really concerning temperatures. you're about to see why. we just had the hottest june on record and the west is looking at its third heat wave in weeks. tonight the state of california is worried about the strain to the power grid. residents being told to cut down on water. and this evening here, the images of the dangerously low lake levels already. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, that heat wave has california authorities announcing flex alerts over concern about power failures. this as the nation's most populous state, like much of the
west, is mired in a historic drought. the governor declaring a state of emergency in 50 of 58 counties asking folks to cut water use by 15%. >> not only on residences, but industrial, commercial operations, and agricultural. >> reporter: 95% of california is designated as in a severe drought. last year at this time, it was 21%. in tulare county, wells running dry. from those taps, little or no water. >> you can't cool down, you can't take a proper shower, nothing. >> reporter: across the west in lake powell in utah, lake mead in nevada, and folsom lake in california at record lows. lake piru is considered one of the best-preserved lakes, but it's only at 20% capacity. >> and this is one of the main reservoirs here in ventura county that we rely on to do much of the of the work downstream. >> reporter: fueling fires, this one roaring north of sacramento forcing new evacuations today. so far this year wildfires burning more than twice the
acreage of last year's record fire season. and this drought, david, is playing a critical role in wildfire fighting as well. lakes and reservoirs in this area, many of them have dried up completely. like piru, where we are now, is at less than a fifth of its typical surface area. the water used to lap up where those trees are behind me. that means firefighting aircraft can make fewer missions scooping up water, using more fuel and costing more money. >> of course this is all evidence of climate change. we're seeing it in more lakes across the country. the dangerous heat wave moving in yet again. in the meantime tonight, to the chilling words heard in newly released body camera video from the attack on the capitol. this new video now released shows the graphic assaults at police and shows the suspect heard yelling at the officers, you're going to die tonight. here's pierre thomas. >> reporter: tonight, graphic new videos showing just how vicious the threat was that
officers faced defending the capitol january 6th. >> you're gonna die tonight! >> reporter: new footage from police body cameras showing the utter fury unleashed on officers on the steps of the capitol as they protected a key entrance. officers beaten as they fought off the mob. in this video, one officer knocked off his feet. the mob preparing to drag him into the crowd. another officer seen here lying face down, surrounded, being beaten with a baton, in some of the most violent imagery yet from the insurrection. authorities arresting more than 500 suspects, on average three per day, since the january 6th assault. and the investigation far from over. the fbi seeking more than 300 still-to-be identified rioters, including more than 200 who assaulted officers. david, when the house select committee investigating the insurrection begins hearings in two weeks, among the first witnesses, capitol police officers attacked that terrible
day. david? >> pierre thomas live in washington tonight. pierre, thank you. and to the white house tonight. amid new ransomware attacks based in russia yet again, president biden in a phone call with president vladimir putin today warning that the u.s. will take any necessary action to defend our critical infrastructure. let's bring in abc's rachel scott tonight. rachel, there has been a string of recent cyber attacks again, including the largest known ransomware attack on a software company, affecting hundreds of businesses. a hack on a contractor for the rnc, and of course we all remember the colonial pipeline. gas prices spiking. let's hear what the president said today about that phone call with vladimir putin. >> well, i made it very clear with him that -- that the united states expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it's not -- not sponsored by the state, we expect him to act if we've given
him enough information to act on who that is. >> president biden earlier today. let's get back to rachel. the president was pressed if there would be consequences for russia after this conversation, after this agreement, or encouraging conversation was the word that they used to describe it, in which president putin seemed to acknowledge that he might have to take action in his own country. but if no action, the president said there will be action from the u.s.? > reporter: that's exactly right. the president tonight making it very clear that there will be consequences for that latest cyberattack. a senior administration official says that they will not be telegraphing what action they plan to take, but we can expect it to come in the coming days and weeks. that phone call between the two leaders lasted for nearly an hour, and i'm told the president delivered a very strong message that russia has the responsibility and must crack down on cyber criminals in its own country. but the biden administration is not expecting things to change overnight. they say that this will take
time, but they acknowledge the two sides are talking, that geneva summit opening up a line of communication. david? >> rachel scott tonight live at the white house. rachel, thank you. there was one more headline at the white house tonight. president biden signing a sweeping executive order today targeting big business and big tech companies and promoting competition, he said, in the u.s. economy. the president says the order increases the benefits to american workers and consumers. among the benefits, more jobs, lower prescription drug prices, and clearer rules about all the hid fees, for example, you see from the airlines, he said, encouraging them to offer refunds for many of those fees. next tonight, our team inside haiti. the fbi and department of homeland security will help investigate the assassination of that country's president. tonight here, the pictures. nearly two dozen suspects under arrest, including two americans. tonight, what those americans now claim. abc's marcus moore and our team in port-au-prince tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi and the department of
homeland security dispatching senior officials to haiti to help investigate the brutal assassination of president jovenel moise. the country in utter turmoil. the haitian government requesting american troops to help keep the peace. the government officials here declaring a state of siege. they urged people to stay in their homes and to remain calm, and that is what we have seen here. this is a moment of calm, but the certain is that this city, port-au-prince, and this country could descend into chaos at any moment. tonight, many questions remain about who killed the president and why. nearly two dozen people now under arrest, two seen here, dragged by police through an angry crowd. officials parading suspects in front of the cameras along with a large cache of weapons. two are american citizens, james solages and joseph vincent. a haitian judge leading the investigation says the americans claim they were only acting as translators for the assassins. i asked acting prime minister claude joseph about their role. they have said that they were only merely translators in the
midst of this operation. and that they were set up. is that true? >> only the investigation can tell. >> reporter: 19 suspects are from colombia. the head of the colombian police says they traveled into haiti in two teams through the dominican republic. he said they were recruited, but wouldn't say who recruited them and why. how can you be sure that you have the right people? >> we do have the right people, they're talking now. so we are going to give justice. >> reporter: david, the acting prime minster says his focus right now is on keeping people calm and the streets here in port-au-prince peaceful, but he knows haiti is a fragile place. that's why they're asking the united states to send troops here to support stability as they try to bring the president's killers to justice. david? >> marcus moore in haiti tonight. marcus, thank you. when we come back, the fda, the investigation they're calling for involving the new alzheimer's drug they just approved. and the u.s. olympic swimmer who says he won't get the
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extract building a better bay area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. strike heat warnings and advisories are in effect for many inland parts of the bay area. temperatures could reach triple digits. californians are also asked to conserve power. thanks for joining us, i am kristen sze. >> and i am dion lim. you are watching here on abc7, hulu live, and wherever you stream. >> let's get right to sandhya patel with more on this heat. >> the highs today, 107 in fairfield, 108 in ukiah. oakland, 75. mid-90s in santa rosa. 68 in san francisco. the coolest spot, 63 degrees, so definitely in inland heated vent. if you are stepping out, ready for this excessive heat warning until sunday night for the north and east bay hills
and santa cruz mountains. very high to high heat risk as this is dangerous heat we are talking about and a heat advisory until 11:00 pm sunday for the north bay valleys and santa clara valley. take it easy, stay hydrated. i will let you know exactly how hot it will be tomorrow and how long this will continue, coming up. speaking of temperatures, a flex alert is in effect for californians until 9:00 tonight. leslie brinkley joins us live with more on how people are getting through the heat. leslie. >> reporter: hi there, yeah, it is plenty hot out here and as you mentioned we are in the middle of that flex alert. it started at 4:00 and goes to 9:00 tonight. we are supposed to help out by turning up thermostats, shutting up major appliances and turning off the lights. in addition, governor newsom issued an emergency proclamation