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covid-19, vaccine boosters that pfizer is saying that we need, the variance and guidelines and we also spoke about space tonight, news involving two of the vaccines here in the u.s. the new warning. and a key meeting. first, the fda with that new warning for the johnson & johnson vaccine. the one-shot vaccine. now warning of a very rare nerve condition. the cdc reporting about 100 cases now under investigation out of about 13 million johnson & johnson shots. they say the benefits still far outweigh the risks. and news tonight on pfizer, after that company indicated millions of americans could soon need a booster shot, a third shot, tonight, they are now meeting with federal health officials about that possibility. dr. anthony fauci tonight on this. did pfizer get out ahead of the data, out ahead of the government? but the president tom line here, could it one day be needed? israel tonight moving forward with that booster. and the delta variant spreading
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quickly here in the u.s. in regions where there are high numbers of unvaccinated americans. cases on the rise. in the u.s. now, up 51% in a month. more than 17,000 new cases a day. also tonight, we're monit monitoring the potential for storms as we come on the air tonight. philadelphia, new york all in the path. and in the west at this hour, the record heat wave. the third heat wave already this summer. the fires in california and oregon exploding. swirling flames forcing firefighters to run to their trucks for shelter. ginger zee standing by on all of this. the battle in this country over voting rights. tonight in texas, one of the states trying to enact strict new voting laws, democratic lawmakers are now leaving the state to avoid the vote, all in their effort to protect voting access in texas. rachel scott tonight on what this could mean for the larger debate across this country. the rare and historic images from cuba tonight. protesters in the streets from
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havana to santiago. demand stray or thes angry over the lack of vaccines, fuel and foot shortages. president biden sending those protestors a message. victor oquendo on the unfolding scene. and in haiti tonight, after the president was assassinated, the arrests. and now a doctor who had been living in florida under arrest, accused of playing a key role in the plot. marcus moore from haiti tonight. back here at home, news this evening from the scene of that recovery mission in surfside, florida. the deadly lightning strike at a popular tourist site oversees. more than a dozen people killed. many as they were taking selfies. and space and back. our interview tonight with richard branson. and the unopened nintendo game selling for $1.5 million. good evening and it's zbraet
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to have with us here and we begin tonight with news on two of the vaccines in this country and on this troubling delta variant. we're going to break down where it's spreading. first, though, the new fda warning about the johnson & johnson single shot vaccine, warning of a very rare nerve condition. the cdc reporting about 100 cases under investigation. that's out of about 13 million johnson & johnson shots. tonight, pfizer is meeting with federal health authorities after suggesting millions of americans might soon need a booster shot, a third shot. you'll remember last week the cdc saying pfizer got ahead of itself. tonight, dr. fauci on whether this is, in fact, a possibility. israel moving forward with that booster. tonight, cases are up in at least 10% in 25 states, half the country. and in 17 of those states, hospitaled edadmissions are up as well. in fact, in the last month alone, new cases of covid, the majority fueled by the delta variant, up more than 51% in this country. tonight, we have new reporting on why the fda is issuing that new warning on the johnson &
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johnson vaccine. we're also monitoring this meeting between pfizer and federal health officials on any potential need for a booster. and, of course, the numbers tonight. 184 million people have now received at least one dose of a vaccine. that's nearly 65% of everyone 12 years and older. but in regions where there are many unvaccinated americans, they are seeing covid cases rise and quickly. abc's kaylee hartung leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, a new warning for the johnson & johnson vaccine. federal officials saying the single shot may increase the risk of the rare disease, gee yan bar raisin droem. the cdc reporting about 100 cases under investigation, out of nearly 13 million doses. mostly in men age 50 and older. but officials stressing the benefits far outweigh the risks. >> the benefits far outweigh the
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risks of this rare syndrome. >> reporter: officials say the syndrome has not been seen with moderna and fizer's mrna shots. and tonight, pfizer briefing the nation's top health officials after seeing people may need a booster shot. israel today starting to administer this pfizer booster to highly immunocompromised people. but dr. anthony fauci saying americans don't need boosters right now. >> what pfizer did, understandably, they looked at what their data and they say, hey, you know based on what we see, we think people should get vaccinated with a boost. well, that's fine, except they're not the official recommending organization. >> reporter: as the dangerous delta variant tears through unvaccinated communities, ten states with vaccination rates below the national average now siege an increase in new infections of 30% or more. hospital admissions up nearly 60% in arkansas. >> most of the patients are between ages of 20 and 50. we have about a fifth of those
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patie patients are pregnant women. and largely they are unvaccinated. >> reporter: in little rock, where only 40% of the county is fully vaccinated. angela morris, speaking from her daughter's bedside at a different hospital. >> she's on a dialysis machine right now. her kidneys have failed. it's all been very overwhelming. >> reporter: 13-year-old kaya now on a ventilator, fighting for her life. her mother pleading with people to get the shot. >> i was very apprehensive to getting her the vaccine because i didn't feel like i was well enough informed, but i really want parents to know that getting your children vaccinated is obviously better than the situation we're in right now. >> so, let's get right to kaylee, with us from a hospital in l.a. county tonight. johnson & johnson tonight on the warning, saying the risk of that rare syndrome is, quote, very low and on this pfizer meeting, kaylee, on whether a booster shot could one day be needed, what more do we know tonight? >> reporter: david, that meeting happening in washington and
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pfizer telling abc news they plan to present data on the effectiveness of that booster in the next few weeks. they say a third shot could boost the body's antibody response five to ten-fold, but for now, health officials are stressing americans don't need a booster shot yet. they say the current vaccines work well even against the delta variant, but david, you heard dr. fauci there, he says he's not ruling out the possibility. david? >> kaylee hartung tonight, thank you. we're also monitoring the potential for some strong storms in the northeast. a tornado warning just moments ago outside new york city. and in the west at this hour, another record heat wave, in fact, the third heat wave already this summer. fires across six states tonight. some of the images. the beckwourth fire now california's largest this year, scorching 130 square miles. three times the size of san francisco. firefighters battling extreme heat and the flames, unable to save every moment. ginger zee on the storms in the northeast at this hour, but will
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carr up first tonight on the scene of these devastating fires already. >> reporter: tonight, the wildfires ravaging the west creating some of the worst conditions firefighters have ever seen. the beckwourth complex fire exploding. swirling winds forcing these firefighters to run to their truck for shelter. and nearly 90,000 acres and out of control, it's the largest fire burning in the state. >> if it jumps the fire line, we're going to get out of here. >> reporter: and it's the second fire to rav ablg the town of doyle in the last eight months. >> i'm still kind of numb. after losing everything i worked for, it's gone. >> reporter: the river fire growing by 4,000 acres in just seven hours overnight. now threatening a critical route into yosemite national park and forcing residents to flee. >> i hope everything is still there when i get back. >> reporter: the fires driven by the third record-breaking heat wave in less than a month.
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tonight, there are nearly 50 burning in six western states. in southern oregon, the bootleg fire has doubled in size every day for the last three days. tonight, it's threatening to take out a major power grid that connects oregon and california. at the cedar fire in arizona, retired 40-year-old veteran firefighter and matthew miller were killed when a plane they were firing to scout the fire crashed. he leaves behind a wife and five kids. the ntsb is investigating. david, as we're seeing this damage, the winds have really picked up here this afternoon and the heat's going to continue to fuel these fires into tomorrow. comes as authorities are issues a statewide flex alert tonight, aski iing californians to conse power. david? >> will carr, thank you. we're tracking that heat, the devastating fires and, of course, the storms in the northeast at this hour. in fact, a tornado warning moments ago. chief meteorologist ginger zee with the latest track for us. ginger? >> reporter: you know, david, there is a tornado warning that just popped about 15 miles to our west. we've got severe tomorrow warnings and flash flood
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warnings all over the northeast tonight. outside of philadelphia, some of the suburbs picking up four to seven inches of rain. so, flash flooding, probably the biggest threat for most people, anywhere in the green there, from leaf land to long island. those storms could not just have tornadoes but damaging straight-line winds. that means power outages and trees down possible p. a brief look at what's going to happen the rest of july, above average for our friends out west. >> ginger, thank you. we'll see you first thing in the morning on "gma." in the meantime, we're going to turn next to the battle in this country over voting rights. tonight in texas, one of the states trying to enact strict new voting laws, democratic lawmakers are now leaving the state to block the vote on a republican measure, all in their effort, they say, to protect voting access in texas. abc's rachel scott tonight on what this could mean for the larger debate across this country. >> reporter: tonight, texas democratic lawmakers fleeing the state. once again, using the only tool
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they have left to block one of the most restrictive voting bills in the country. they say they're in it for the long haul. >> as long as it takes to kill this legislation, whether that is a few days or whether that's for the remainder of the special session, that's up to -- that's up to the republicans. >> reporter: the bill would ban 24-hour polling locations and drive-through voting, which have increased turnout among minorities. prohibit election officials from sending absentee ballot applications from people who have not requested then and give partisan poll watchers greater access to polling sites. tonight, the republican lieutenant governor telling our station ktrk democrats are abandoning their responsibility. >> that's not how you conduct business in government. that's anarchy at the capitol. >> reporter: but vice president kamala harris cheering them on. >> i applaud them standing for the rights of all americans and all texans to express their
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voice through their vote, unencumbered. >> all right, rachel scott. tonight, those texas lawmakers are heading to the nation's capital. they say they're willing to stay there for weeks to block this bill? >> reporter: yes, and david, these democrats are trying to make a point that this is much larger than texas. already, we have seen 16 states pass laws that make it tougher for people to vote. this is about putting pressure on congress to pass voting ri rights legislation and tomorrow, president biden will be in philadelphia to make the case. david? >> rachel scott live in washington. rachel, thank you. and now to those rare and historic images from cuba. protesters in the streets, angry over the lack of vaccines for coronavirus, angry over food and fuel shortages. and tonight, president biden now sending those protesters a message. abc's victor oquendo with late reporting. >> reporter: demanding for freedom echoing across cuba. from one end of the island nation to the other. an unprecedented series of
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anti-government demonstrations on sunday, the likes of which have not been seen throughout the country i tears of col. though mostly peaceful -- there were clashes with police and cuban special forces. conditions for many cubans are dire. food and medicine are in short supply, as covid cases climb. >> cuba is in the midst of its worst economic crisis in 30 years. that's been aggravated in a very, very big way by covid. >> reporter: the calls for change resonating a little more than 90 miles away. streets were shut down in south florida as the cuban exile community showed their support for the protesters in their homeland. tonight, the streets are calmer in cuba amid an increased police present. in an address to the nation, cuba's leader blamed u.s. poll sills like the embargo for the current state of affairs and said a social media campaign was fueling the protests. president biden offering his support for the demonstrators. >> united states stands firmly
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with the people of cuba as they assert their universal rights. >> reporter: a lot of support for those demonstrators here in little havana tonight. there is a good chance, though, that the cuban people on the eye land have not received president biden's message of support. our team in cuba tells us that wifi and data have been spotty since the demonstrations started. and one company confirms there have been disruptions on social media platforms. david? >> they are supporting them right there in south florida tonight. victor, thank you. and in haiti tonight, after the president was assassinated there, the arrests. and snow a doctor who had been living in florida, under arrest, as well. the haitian accused of playing a key role in the plot. abc's marcus moore in haiti again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, in a deepening mystery in haiti, authorities pointing the finger at this man, haitian dr. christian sonone, who lives in miami and is accused of playing a key role in the association of assassinationle of president
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moise. >> where is theleadership of haiti? nowhere to be found. you know why? because they're corrupt. >> reporter: tonight, he is behind bars in port-au-prince. we tried to see him today at the jail. we're here to see -- but we were told to turn our camera off and that visitors weren't allowed. haiti's chief of police says he wanted to take over the government, that he came to haiti on a private plane in june and he had contracted with a venezuelan security company to enlist the services of the 19 colombian man under arrest. authorities raided his home and say they found guns, ammunition and shooting targets. but so many questions remain about his alleged involvement. tonight, the flags here still at half staff, even as people start to venture out of their homes again. and while it seems that life is getting back to some bit of normalcy here in port-au-prince, there are concerns about safety. a nor or the use gang leader calling on his followers to take to the streets violently in protest. but the prime minister here urging people to stay calm. he is also pleadig with the
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u.s. to send troops to help keep order. president biden so far not willing to do that. >>the people of haiti deserve security. authorities need to come together for the good of their country. >> and marcus, president biden sending the fbi to haiti. they're reporting back to the white house. >> >> reporter: david, the state department says it has been in close consultation with haitian officials and that right now, their focus is on helping to investigate the attack. also, they are aware of a third american who has been detained. as for u.s. troops on the ground here, the white house is not ruling it out, but david, it seems tonight they are reluctant to go that route. >> marcus moore in port-au-prince for us again tonight. mar does, thank you. and a major milestone in the u.s. withdrawal from afghanistan tonight. the top u.s. commander there, general scott miller, handing control over to general frank mckenzie, the head of u.s. central command, which, of course, is based in tampa, florida. general miller was the longest serving u.s. commander in afghanistan. martha raddatz interviewing him just weeks ago.
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and we were in afghanistan with general miller before the to us even then about the taliban's resurgence and about what would happen if there is no political solution. some of those very scenarios playing out in that country right now. when we come back here tonight, the deadly lightning strike at a famous tourist site, killing more than a dozen people. have a black owner. that needs to change. so, i did something. i created a black business accelerator at amazon. and now we have a program that's dedicated to making tomorrow a better day for black businesses. ♪ ♪ i am tiffany. and this is just the beginning. ♪ ♪ introducing aleve x. it's fast, powerful long-lasting relief with a revolutionary, rollerball design. because with the right pain reliever... life opens up.
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blasting off in midair after separating from the mother ship. shooting up toward the edge of space. >> welcome to space jashgs! >> reporter: four minutes of weightlessness. 53 miles above the earth's surface, sending a message to children all around the world. >> to all you kids down there, i was once a child with a dream. looking up to the stars. now i'm an adult in a spaceship, looking down to our beautiful, beautiful earth. >> reporter: branson speaking with us just moments after landing, sporting those new astronaut wings. >> everything i've dreamt about since i was a kid came true and more today. and -- i've been to space! excuse us. >> reporter: those wings. branson's next mission, get even more people into space. >> now, hopefully we can start working hard to make the dream
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come true for many, many people. >> rep billionaire space race is on. amazon's jeff bezos set to blast off into space next week, sending a message to branson. richard branson and crew, congratulations on the flight. can't wait to join the club. while tonight, branson and his hope. >> if a dislexic kid like myself can do this, then imagine what you can achieve. >> reporter: and david, jeff bezos is up next in eight days. he hopes to go a little further, 62 miles above the surface. and branson hopes to start flying customers next year. david? >> and you'll be right there. thank you, gio. and thank you at home. we'll see you right back here tomorrow. good night. building a better bay area.
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moving forward, finding solutions. there is abc 7 news. there is a lot of misinformation about what is happening. here in san francisco, yes, ma city we have our challenges. >> from car break ins to store robberies, despite viral videos showing crime as it is happening san francisco officials are saying they are setting the record straight. crime is actually down. most crime, we are digging deeper into crime and how it effects your quality of life as part of our effort to help build a better bay area. with that we say good afternoon, thank you for joining us. you are watching abc 7 news at 4:00 live here on abc 7, hulu live and wherever you stream. as car break ins increase, 750% in tourist spots in san francisco an incident in oakland certainly got our attention. >> we have the exclusive video of a break inthat is as frightening as it is unusual. >> reporter: i covered a
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number of car break in stories and witnessed one happen outside of my office here at abc 7 just yesterday. but, the video you are about to see is so brasin and unusual even i did a double take when i first saw it. >> that is horrible. >> reporter: this video shows a day time break in while the driver was stuck in traffic. >> sad, very sad. >> the driver just left a near boy bank at 11:00 a.m. last wednesday when she was approached by a man who jumped out of a white sedan. he broke the back window and grabbed her purse, climbing inside to steal her backpack. >> this is where the incident happened. the victim is so terrified she does not want to go on camera. she told me as the suspect was breaking into her vehicle he looked her straight in the eye and she thought she was going to die. >> it seems like these criminals it does not matter what day, what time, where they are at if they are going to do something they do it. >> reporter: the law enforcement sources tell me it is unusual, it is not the first time


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