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businesses in chinatown. a great way to do it. tonight, the life-threatening heat wave across parts of the u.s. more than 30 million people facing extreme heat. the third dangerous heat wave in recent weeks following dozens of heat-related deaths nationwide. record temperatures coming in. death valley nearing 130 degrees for a second day in a row. the historic drought getting even worse, spreading across 93% of the west. california residents urged to cut water usage by 15% and conserve electricity. rob marciano standing by. also tonight, the growing delta variant threat. covid cases now back on the rise in half the country. the u.s. case average up 21% in just the last week. schools and parents now responding to new guidance from the cdc, saying fully vaccinated students and teachers don't need
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to wear masks in the classroom. >> haiti on the brink. new developments tonight following the assassination of the haitian president. images from the scene of that deadly shootout between police and the suspected assassins. and the u.s. decision tonight on whether to send troops to haiti. marcus moore on the ground in port-au-prince. back here at home, the statues of confederate generals robert e. lee and stonewall jackson removed in charlottesville. the statues at the center of that deadly rally led by white supremacists. news tonight about the urgent search for a missing mother from new jersey. she and her 2-year-old son allegedly taken by the child's father. the boy found roughly 800 miles away, but no sign of his mother. terrifying moments on a carnival ride in michigan. the ride apparently close to toppling over with people on board when bystanders rush in to hold it down. and countdown to the history-making space flight. billionaire richard branson on
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the eve of his groundbreaking moment, and the message from rival jeff bezos. good evening. it's great to have you with us on this saturday. i'm whit johnson. we begin tonight with the oppressive heat wave in the west intensifying the already critical drought. record-breaking temperatures well into the triple digits. this on the heels of already deadly heat that killed 200 people in the pacific northwest in recent weeks. volunteers in sacramento handing out water and food. the extreme heat fueling dozens of large fires as well. the beckworth complex fire on the california-nevada border doubling in size in the last 24 hours. reservoirs and lakes at dangerously low levels. 93% of the west experiencing drought conditions. the heat stretching from california to montana. 32 million people now under heat alerts.
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temperatures peaking today and tomorrow. residents in several states being asked to conserve power and water. rob marciano is standing by with the forecast, but first abc's will carr leads us off from palm desert, california. >> reporter: tonight, life-threatening triple-digit temperatures are gripping much of the west. 32 million residents from california to montana under excessive heat alerts. records shattering as the region faces its third wave of dangerous heat in just a matter of weeks. >> it's hot. >> it's like you're on fire. >> reporter: sacramento hitting 111 degrees. grand junction, colorado, 107. palm springs, 118 degrees this weekend. death valley reaching 130, just four degrees shy of the hottest temperature ever reached in the world. here in rancho mirage, this playground is empty and for good reason. check out just how hot it is out here -- 164 degrees. hot enough to give a child third-degree burns. these record temperatures come on the heels of the deadly heat
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wave in the pacific that killed nearly 200 people. with this heat comes a drought emergency. in california, the entire state is facing a drought. 85% is now in extreme drought. this time last year, the extreme drought was just 2%. in a dramatic call to action, the governor this week calling on residents and industries to voluntarily cut their water usage by 15%. on top of the relentless drought and heat, the west is now battling wildfire season. how dangerous are these conditions? >> they're dangerous. we're exposed to the heat often. these guys are working 24-hour, 36-hour shifts. >> reporter: the bootleg fire in oregon threatening power lines used to import energy in california, which prompted which prompted officials to issue a statewide alert asking residents to -- nevada asking residents to conserve energy this weekend. firefighters battling the mssive beckworth complex fire on the california-nevada border. that fire doubling in size in just the past 24 hours with more than 55,000 acres burned.
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>> will carr joins us now from palm desert, california. this is the third heat wave in a row gripping much of the west. how rare is it to see such high temperatures this early and this often in the season? >> reporter: whit, it is rare, and it is hot here. this is the third heat wave we've had in a short amount of time. at this point last year, we only had one heat wave with temperatures that reached these levels. firefighters tell me they're not only worried about the temperatures this weekending but the impact on fire season moving forward because we have a long way to go. >> those firefighters will have their hands full. will carr, thank you. let's get right to abc's senior meteorologist rob marciano. rob, this heat is truly historic. >> reporter: it is. each one of these heat waves has been threatening or breaking all-time high temperature records. vegas could do just that. it's expansive, too. across ten states we have heat alerts up. this heat wave is encompassing a lot of people. 113 tomorrow as far north as redding, california. 103 in salt lake. 117 is the all-time record for
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vegas. they'll threaten that again tomorrow, which should be the peak. temperatures remain above 100 for a lot of these western cities into the workweek. severe storms from oklahoma to kentucky. a quieter day tomorrow, but the next few hours will be rough in the midwest. >> rob, thank you. see you tomorrow on "gma." now to the pandemic and the urgent concerns about the highly contagious delta variant, fueling the rise in cases in 25 states. the u.s. now averaging more than 16,000 new cases per day. that's up more than 21% in just the last week. most of them in places like missouri, where the vaccination rates are low. and with the first school openings just weeks away, parents are weighing the risks, trying to understand the cdc's new guidance on masks. abc's trevor ault is in new york. >> reporter: tonight with covid cases rising in half the country, parents grappling with the cdc's new guidance saying vaccinated students shouldn't have to wear masks in schools. >> the cases are down. i say let the kids not wear masks.
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>> it is alarming, because even though we're all vaccinated, i still have one child that is not. >> reporter: the cdc does recommend unvaccinated students keep wearing masks. that's about 65% of 16- and 17-year-olds, almost 80% of 12- to 15-year-olds, and every student under 12. mask policies will still be set by local jurisdictions, but teachers like jason valenti say they're concerned about how those policies will be monitored. >> i don't know how they're going to maintain that level of understanding of who's got a vaccination, when. >> reporter: over the past two weeks, infections in nine states are up more than 50%. the delta variant now tightening its grip in missouri. springfield's mercy hospital borrowing ventilators to treat more covid patients than any other point in the pandemic. >> we're seeing a lot of more intubations this go around, a lot of healthier people, younger people in their 20s, 30s, 40s that are getting this delta variant or covid a lot quicker. >> reporter: daily vaccinations
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are down 45% from last week. in mississippi, with two-thirds of residents not fully vaccinated, officials are urging older and chronically sick people to avoid indoor crowds. >> we have a vast pool of unimmunized people who are a perfect breeding ground for delta variant, and it's going to kill folks. and it's already killed folks. >> trevor ault joins us now outside a school here in new york city. trevor, the cdc is urging districts to fully re-open, but an important point here, this is even if they can't follow all the new covid guidelines. >> reporter: that's right, whit, and the cdc is saying school districts should defer to their local health officials when making decisions about masks or social distancing, but this does seem to be an acknowledgement from the agency that while the threat of the virus is still very serious, keeping kids at home is also did etrimental.
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>> trevor, thank you. be sure to watch "this week" tomorrow morning. george stephanopoulos interviews dr. anthony fauci about the surging delta variant, plus the cdc's new guidance to fully re-open schools. now to the growing turmoil in haiti. days after the country's president was assassinated, the u.s. now turning down the interim government's request for american troops to help stabilize the situation. but officials with the fbi and dhs will be going to help with the investigation. and also this -- images coming in from the scene of that deadly shootout between police and the suspected assassins. abc's marcus moore is in port-au-prince. >> reporter: tonight, with fears of haiti descending into further chaos, the u.s. rejecting the country's request to send in troops after the assassination of president jovenel moise. haiti's government initially asking for u.s. military assistance to protect its critical infrastructure and maintain peace. this is the most normal it has been here in the streets of port-au-prince since the attack, where traffic has returned to the streets that were empty. this was an area that was under
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a state of siege. people urged to stay in their homes, but they're now getting back out. still, the desperation is growing. outside the u.s. embassy in port-au-prince overnight, haitians flocking to the entrance with their passports after unsubstantiated rumors the u.s. would be giving out humanitarian visas. francois jean, a local shoe seller here, says he hasn't eaten in three days because the unrest has prevented him from selling anything. so far, at least 20 people are being held in moise's killing, including u.s. citizens james solages and joseph vincent. a haitian investigator saying the two claimed they were only translators for the alleged gunman and that they intended to arrest moise, not kill him. authorities saying there were more than a dozen suspects from colombia entering the country from the dominican republic. and tonight we're hearing from haiti's former first lady for the first time since her husband's assassination. in a new audio message, martine moise says, quote, i am alive, thank god, but i have lost my husband, jovenel.
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mercenaries entered our house and riddled my husband with bullets. the acting prime minster growing emotional after telling me he's spoke ton her. >> justice. for president jovenel moise. >> reporter: that's what you all want. >> that's what the first lady believes, that i can give justice to her husband. and i will not deceive moises' family. >> reporter: as the investigation continues, a political battle is looming. the acting prime minster is recognized by the u.s. and the u.n., but another man who had just been appointed to that role by president moise a day before the attack says he should be the im now people here in haiti and around the world are watching to see what happens next. whit? >> and so much at stake as well. mab you're marcus moore for us, thank you. the search and recovery operation in surfside, florida,
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picking up speed with the recovery of more bodies today. officials announcing at least six additional victims found, bringing the death toll to at least 86 now. dozens are still missing. to charlottesville, and the statue of robert e. lee, once the rallying point of white supremacist protests now gone. the removal of that statue and a statue of general stonewall jackson marking a turning point, as more cities grapple with how to address america's painful past. here's abc's faith abubey. >> reporter: a towering crane today plucking confederate general robert e. lee's statue from its pedestal in downtown charlottesville. the monument many americans believe glorifies slavery and white supremacy hauled off to cheers and applause. [ cheers and applause ] >> today, the statue comes down, and we're one small step closer to a more perfect union. >> reporter: just 90 minutes later, a statue of confederate general thomas "stonewall" jackson meeting the same fate. [ cheers and applause ]
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activists fighting for years to remove those civil war monuments. their efforts, in part, sparking the "unite the right" rally in 2017. many locals now refer to that summer as the summer of hate. >> blood and soil! >> reporter: torch-wielding demonstrators marching through the university of virginia's campus. >> you will not replace us! >> reporter: the rally meeting a violent end when an avowed neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd, killing activist heather heyer and injuring 19 others. the removal of those statues today the latest in a cross-country movement. cities and states now reckoning with america's dark past, eliminating symbols of racism from public areas. >> to have people not see the reality and the brutality of these statues is overwhelming. so this is a good day. >> reporter: whit, here in historic alexandria, virginia, another monument was hauled off last year. it was just one of 170
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confederate symbols removed across the country in 2020 alone. whit? >> faith abubey thanks to you tonight. next tonight, the u.s. capitol opening up. the last of the temporary fencing around congress coming down. workers today bringing in heavy equipment to remove barriers. people now able to walk the grounds for the first time since the january 6th insurrection. overseas tonight, pope francis nearly a week now after surgery, will deliver his sunday blessing from the hospital in rome. vatican officials say he is making clinical progress and his blood tests are satisfactory. the pope expected to speak from his tenth floor hospital apartment. now the countdown to a historic milestone in space tomorrow. richard branson set to be the first person to reach space in his own craft. the billionaire and his virgin galactic team beating out jeff bezos by a week. gio benitez is in the new mexico desert. >> reporter: tonight, richard
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branson and his virgin galactic crew gearing up for tomorrow's groundbreaking launch. >> fire! >> reporter: the british billionaire set to lift off just nine days before jeff bezos takes his blue origin rocket to the edge of space. the 70-year-old daredevil will board virgin galactic's unity spaceplane for its fourth crewed test flight earlier than expected. the revved up timeline for branson sparking safety concerns. >> every single test flight we've done, the last 22, have had people on board, and no one person is any real different than the other when it comes to safety. >> reporter: in 2014, virgin galactic lost one of its pilots during one of the company's test flights. the spacecraft broke apart and crashed into the mojave desert, killing a father of two young children. >> some painful moments in the last 17 years. some wonderful moments. but it's been 17 years of hard work. >> reporter: this mission, dubbed unity 22, is expected to last about 90 minutes. the spaceship unity attached to the mothership eve, named after branson's mother. at about 55 miles above earth,
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they will experience weightlessness for a few minutes before returning to the surface. and whit, today jeff bezos wished branson a safe and successful flight, and spacex founder elon musk tweeted this -- we'll see you there to wish you the best. so it appears elon may be joining us here at space port america. whit? >> a little sportsmanship from the billionaires. gio, thank you. much more ahead on "world news tonight" this saturday. new details in the search for a messing mother from new jersey. her son allegedly taken and found hundreds of miles away. now questions about her whereabouts. and the scare on a carnival ride. look at this. looking like it's about to tip over. the bystanders then rushing in to hold it down. on beach day. ght, guys, no ik -i'm down. -yes, please. [ chuckles ] don't get me wrong, i love my rv, but insuring it is such a hassle. same with my boat. the insurance bills are through the roof. -[ sighs ] -be cool. i wish i could group my insurance stuff.
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>> reporter: world-class swimmer anastasia pagonis has her sights set on olympic gold. the 17-year-old from long island is blind, but letting nothing stand in her way. sh qualifying for the paralympic games in tokyo. >> when i jump in the water, that's my happy place. that's where i feel free. when i'm out of the water, i always have to rely on someone to take me somewhere, my guide dog to take me places, my cane to, like, help me navigate. >> reporter: when she was 11, she started having trouble reading. a retina specialist eventually made the diagnosis before she lost all of her sight. >> i have a genetic disease, an autoimmune retinopathy. >> reporter: battling through depression and self-doubt, her doctor then recommended she try swimming, a non-contact sport. >> when i got in the water, i just fell in love with it. i was like, okay, this is for me. >> reporter: then there was the challenge of finding a coach. >> i stopped swimming for about a year, and we had to find a coach that would actually train
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a blind girl and have faith in me. >> reporter: marc danin was an instant believer. >> from the beginning, i was like, wow, this kid is going to be an olympian. >> reporter: he uses a tapper to guide anastasia in the pool. >> so i cue her with the tapper. it basically just lets her know that she's coming up to the wall and she's got to be safe. >> reporter: anastasia's years of practice and determination paying off, inspiring others along the way. >> just showing people that, like, hey, this is what blind is, this is what blind looks like, and this is the things i can do being blind. being my first games, i'm just excited to be in that environment and hopefully get the gold. >> we'll definitely be cheering you on. thanks so much for watching. i'm whit johnson in new york. i'll see you on "gma" in the morning. linsey davis back here tomorrow night. have great night.
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next on abc7 news at 6:00, the heat is on. parts of the bay area are sweating it out this weekend. when it will finally cool off. plus, police put go to the community, they look to stop the recent spike in violence. the rally today. fast thinking visitors came to the rescue of these riders. abc7 news at 6:00 starts right now. building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc7 news. it is a tale of two bay areas today when it comes to the weather. the fog cooling-off parts of san francisco,
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bay, you can see not a cloud in sight and it is scorching hot. good evening, thank you for joining us. i am dion lim. you are watching abc7 news at 6:00 right here on abc7, who live and whatever you stream . check it out, this was the scene from our beach cameras this afternoon. lots of people on the stand. the temperature there, just about 80 degrees. abc7 was also at the mall in milpitas , where some people decided going to the movies was the best way to beat the heat. we did not see a huge crowd, but the lines were pretty steady. it is opening weekend for disney and marvel's "black widow ." to put it into perspective, not too bad, considering some places well over 100 degrees. how long will these heat left? >> our hottest spots exceeded 105, some areas exceeded 110 degrees. away from the coast, it was dangerously hot this afternoon. it is 106 right now in

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