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serious allergic reactions may occur. learn more at tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the battle over voting rights in this country at a boiling point. president biden today saying new state laws pushed by republicans are the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war. asking republicans leading these efforts, "have you no shame?" and tonight, the governor of texas now saying he will arrest democratic lawmakers who have left his state in their efforts to block a vote there. also tonight, news on the coronavirus. the states where the delta variant is surging tonight. also this evening, news on the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine and on the pfizer vaccine, after talk of a potential booster shot, a third shot, where things stand tonight. we're also tracking potential storms just as we come on the air, threatening the northeast.
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up to ten inches of rain already in the last 24 hours in the philadelphia area alone. families rescued from flooded homes. and the fires in the west tonight, from california to oregon. residents escaping. one fire now burning across more than 200,000 acres. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all. cuba on edge tonight. police detaining protesters after historic anti-government demonstrations. and what we're now seeing in miami tonight. victor oquendo is there. chaos in the air. the new report from the faa tonight. the number of unruly flyers jumping at an alarming rate. this florida woman allegedly refusing to wear her mask. and how long masks are expected to last on planes. to your money and the prices you pay at the checkout, from meat to eggs to used cars. what's driving these higher prices? are they here to stay or is this temporary? rebecca jarvis with a reality check tonight. ten days until the olympics,
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unprecedented restrictions in tokyo amid the coronavirus. we've now learned athletes will have to arrive at their venue five days before their actual event starts. and must leave 48 hours after they're done. at home, a suspect opening fire on police. two officers shot in baltimore while taking down a murder suspect. and how did this happen? a hospital mixup in ohio. the wrong patient getting a new kidney. and remembering an actor who mde us smile. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. news on the coronavirus, on two of the vaccines, also the powerful storms set to hit the northeast. but we begin tonight with the storm brewing over voting rights across this country. president biden late today in philadelphia, the birthplace of american democracy, blasting
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what he calls attacks on voting rights. republican-led efforts in more than 16 states across the country. the president and that warning, clling it the most significant test of our democracy since the civil war. saying these new laws aim to limit whether or not your vote counts at all. and calling out continuing efforts to discredit the 2020 election, saying the big lie is just that -- a big lie. tonight, the governor of texas saying he plans to arrest the democratic lawmakers who left his state for washington in an effort to block a vote in texas that they say will restrict access. those lawmakers asking congress to act, to protect voting rights in their state and across this country. so, where is this all headed? and bottom line tonight, do democrats, does the president have the votes he needs in the senate to do anything about this? abc's rachel scott leading us off from the hill tonight. >> reporter: today, president biden traveling to the birthplace of american democracy to fight back against the republican effort to restrict
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voting rights, calling it "the most dangerous threat to voting in our history." >> there's an unfolding assault taking place in america today. an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections. an assault on democracy. an assault on liberty. an assault on who we are. >> reporter: the president saying new laws in more than 16 states are part of a painful pattern aimed at denying minorities and women the right to vote. >> the 21st century jim crow assault is real. it's unrelenting and we're going
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to challenge it vigorously. >> reporter: biden attacking republicans for leaning on lies that the 2020 election was riddled with fraud. >> no other election has ever been held under such scrutiny and such high standards. the big lie is just that -- a big lie. have you no shame? >> reporter: the president also taking aim at his predecessor. >> in america, if you lose, you accept the results. you don't call facts fake and then try to bring down the american experiment just because you're unhappy. that's not statesmanship, that's selfishness. >> reporter: it comes as more than 50 democrats from texas have fled the state in an effort to block a vote on new voting restrictions. >> we are not going to buckle to the big lie in the state of texas. >> reporter: the republican governor vowing they won't get away with it. >> as soon as they come back in sate of texas, they will be arrested. >> reporter: the texas democrats joining the president's call for new laws to protect voting rights. biden urging americans not to give up. >> no matter what, you can never
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stop the american people from voting. they will decide. >> so, let's get right to rachel scott, live up on the hill tonight. and rachel, we heard his speech today, president biden pushing for new federal voting rights laws. bottom line, though, at this point, the senate, democrats, don't have enough votes from republicans, really to get anywhere on this. >> reporter: yes, david, and that is the challenge for democrats. they need the support of at least ten republicans in order to get that legislation passed. right now, they do not have any. they can change the senate rules, eliminate the filibuster, that would allow them to pass that legislation on their own. but right now, key moderates in the party are not onboard. david? >> rachel scott leading us off tonight. rachel, thank you. of course, the other major story tonight, the coronavirus quickly spreading in parts of this country. fueled by the delta variant. 28 states now reporting at least a 10% jump in new covid cases. in arkansas, for one, hospital admissions are up nearly 55% in just two weeks and most of those patients did not get the vaccine. the numbers tonight. 184 million people have received at least one dose. 65% of everyone 12 years and older. tonight, there's also news coming in on both the johnson &
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johnson one-shot vaccine and the pfizer vaccine. we have it all covered for you. abc's alex perez from little rock tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with an alarming increase in covid cases in more than half the country, doctors in arkansas worried this surge could be the deadliest. >> you can't ignore the fact that arkansas has a low vaccination rate compared to other states and that the delta variant is the predominant variant in the state. you put those two together and you're in for the perfect storm. >> reporter: in arkansas today, dr. steppe mette telling me the average age of their covid patients now is in the late 40s, and much more sick than previous surges. about 92% unvaccinated. arkansas, 1 of 30 states with less than half its residents fully vaccinated. hospital admissions up nearly 55% in just the last two weeks. cheryl tucker just released from the hospital today after a week battling her second bout of covid. she's unvaccinated. will you get vaccinated now?
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>> i'm not going to say 100%, but i'm thinking about it. >> reporter: after meeting with pfizer, federal health officials saying they do not believe those who are fully vaccinated will need a booster at this time. >> we will be gathering data as the weeks go by and if, in fact, there's a decision if and when to give boosters, then we'll hear about it. >> reporter: in the remote mountains of western north carolina, linda edwards thought she didn't need a vaccine until she and her son ended up in the hospital with covid for two weeks. >> it is not worth not taking the vaccine because of what it can do to your family, and i mean, we could've easily had two funerals. >> so, let's get to alex perez live in little rock, arkansas, tonight. alex, you mentioned the pfizer vaccine, the company acknowledging more data is needed before that third shot. meantime, the j&j one-shot vaccine, scientists reportedly looking at a modification to reduce those rare blood clots associated with the vaccine. and then we had that fda warning in the last 24 hours about that rare nerve condition associated with the same shot. >> reporter: yeah, david, there are reports scientists from around the world are working on
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a possible tweak or fix to the j&j vaccine. the company tonight only saying they support that continued research. the cdc is set to have a special meeting next week to discuss j&j and those rare reports of guillain-barre syndrome. david? >> all right, alex, we appreciate it. in the meantime, we turn now to the severe weather threat for some 40 million americans over the next 24 hours. severe storms moving into the northeast at this hour. new york city, for one, is having its wettest july on record since 1975. and of course, the month is only half over. the northeast soaked, while the west suffers in blistering heat. dozens of wildfires. the philadelphia area already hit with what's being called a 100-year event. drivers rescued there. torrential rain causing a partial bridge collapse in seneca, illinois. a harrowing rescue for the driver in this truck. and in the west tonight, as i mentioned, california's river
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fire burning across two counties near yosemite. abc's erielle reshef tonight on the tale of two countries. >> reporter: tonight, new severe storms threatening the northeast after pummeling the mid-atlantic. >> more of the same today. more rain, more storms. >> reporter: thunderstorms stalling over the philadelphia area overnight, turning into a flash flood emergency. up to ten inches of rain in spots in just a few hours. swamping the evening commute. >> that water right there is probably about 36 inches deep. >> reporter: first responders and marine units rescuing families from their flooded homes. the national weather service calling the extreme flooding a 100-year event. and in the west, harrowing images of residents fleeing the out of control bootleg fire in oregon that's now more than 200,000 acres. >> it is scary. it's enough to make you cry, and it's enough to make you sick to your stomach. >> reporter: our will carr at beckwourth complex fire, north of lake tahoe. >> 2020 was a historic fire season here in california and we've already seen a dramatic jump in fires at this point in
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the year. we've also seen a 100,000 more acres burned and this fire season is just getting started. >> reporter: experts say these extreme fires and floods are the new normal. >> it's important to note that these events are not anomalies or outliers, they're indicators of what we continue to expect. it's no longer just about stopping or slowing the change in climate. it's about adapting to climate change. >> reporter: and here in new york city, we've received nearly nine inches of rain in just the first half of july. that's twice the amount we normally see for the entire month. storms are expected to move into new york city tonight. david? erelle reshef, our thanks to you. let's get right to senior meteorologist rob marciano, tracking it all for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. you know, in summer, these systems move slowly, but we're really stuck in this rut of western heat and eastern humidity and heavy rain. the active spots tonight, again, the northeast and the western -- and in the great lakes where we've got a severe thunderstorm watch up for much of pa a a pennsylvania and western new
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york. could be a rough next couple of hours. those watches don't expire until 11:00 tonight. more scattered storms tomorrow but the focus for severe weather will be across chicago, green bay. lincoln could see tornadoes, as well. in the west, the heat is still on, but it retreats inland. and we have a monsoon that will cool off the southwest, but that will bring a flash flood threat and more dangerous fire starting lightning. david? >> rob marciano with the gray skies right there behind him. rob, thank you. after historic protests, tonight news on demonstrators now arrested in cuba. social media apps being blocked. and what we're now seeing in south florida tonight. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, miami's cuban-american community taking to the streets for a third day in a row, blocking a major highway for hours, demanding the u.s. take action in support of the demonstrators in cuba. security forces cracking down on protesters and the press on the island just yesterday. officers in riot gear lining the streets, taking people into patrol cars. but today, havana quiet. soldiers still on the streets. a u.s.-based legal aid organization confirming more
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than 100 have been arrested, and while some have been released, the whereabouts of many still unknown. ever since they took part in the largest series of demonstrations to hit cuba in a generation. protesters calling for freedom as food and medicine shortages devastate the island. with pressure mounting on the biden administration, the government is reviewing its cuba policy, but says they have no immediate decision or change on that. the cuban exile community once again showing their support here in little havana. there are reports out of cuba that raul castro has come out of retirement in the wake of the massive demonstrations. he's joining in on meetings and once again pointing the finger at the united states for their economic crisis. david? >> victor oquendo in south florida tonight. victor, thank you. and overseas and in south africa tonight, the worst unrest in decades. the death toll rising to 72, more than 1,000 arrested in a wave of violence, sparked by the jailing of former president jacob zuma for corruption during his time in office.
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police firing rubber bullets at protesters. the tensions worsened by lockdowns and economic hardships during this pandemic. back here at home tonight, and the new report from the faa, reporting an alarming rise in unruly passengers. nearly 150 incidents reported in just the last week. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, as summer travel approaches pre-pandemic levels, the faa telling us the number of unruly passengers increased by almost 150 in just seven days. that's the worst weekly report of the summer so far. >> because you're not listening. >> reporter: like this florida woman on a delta flight last week, allegedly refusing to wear a mask. >> we're going to deplane the aircraft. >> reporter: police getting involved when she's asked to deplane, and after a couple of minutes, they have to take her away. >> respecting my human rights as a constitutionalist. >> reporter: the woman now facing several charges and is still in police custody. the majority of the disputes are over wearing a mask, but
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alcohol-fueled confrontations and general incidents of disorderly conduct by passengers are increasing as more people travel and airlines are experiencing more delays. the faa still enforcing that zero tolerance policy for inflight conflicts, which could lead to fines as high as $52,000 and up to 20 years in prison for interfering with a flight crew. and david, so far this year, the faa has received more than 3,400 reports of those unruly passengers. remember, that federal mask mandate is in place at least until september. david? >> thinking about the flight crews who have to deal with them all. all right, gio, thanks. now to your money tonight. the prices you pay at the checkout. new numbers showing inflation rising at the fastest pace now in 13 years. consumer prices rose 0.9% last month. that's up 5.4% from just a year ago. so, what's driving this? let's bring in abc's chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis. rebecca? >> reporter: david, this means your dollar today doesn't stretch as far as it did just
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one month ago. in particular, if you're trying to purchase a used car or truck, those prices up 10.5% in june. hotels up 7.9%. beef prices up 4.5%. poultry, fish and eggs up 2.5%. and for anyone who recently received a bonus or a raise at work, these price hikes are eating into that additional income. the question now is how long it lasts and economists are divided. the white house and the federal reserve believe this is temporary, where as other top economists, david, believe this could be a more lasting increase of prices. david? >> we know you'll be tracking it. rebecca jarvis, thank you. ten days now until the olympics and unprecedented restrictions in tokyo amid this coronavirus. in fact, we've now learned that athletes will have to arrive at their venue five days before their actual event starts. and that they must leave 48 hours after they're done. james longman from tokyo tonight. >> reporter: tonight, an olympics that still so many are against, set to begin in just
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ten days. with tokyo in yet another state of erg. a massive testing and quarantining process is in place. athletes must arrive at the their sports start, and they have to leave the country within 48 hours of finishing their event. and masks are mandatory at all times except when competing, with daily tests and tracking apps to monitor movement. >> no high fives, no handshakes, no cheering, no yelling. it is going to be a very spartan existence. >> reporter: all this as delta variant numbers climb here. doctors warn it accounts for 34% of cases in the tokyo region, but it will be 75% by the end of the month. and tonight, some members of team usa are already in japan. the women's soccer team tweeting tese images, saying, "thank you to the miyazaki-jingu shrine for welcoming us with a traditional shinto victory ceremony." if an athlete does test positive, they and anyone they
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following the money, san francisco spends millions to keep the program going the i- team finds recently released data that shows it might not be effective at keeping the city safe. a lawsuit by a former high school student who claims one of her students crossed the line multiple times. tonight, 7 on your side michael finney with another calamity planning this one on a darkly archaic system still in place. building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news >> tonight the abc 7 news i- team is digging into an $18 million contract misleading data and an early vote to extend the san francisco program that helps keep our streets safe. good evening and thank you for joining us.
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remember this video that shows austin james vincent attacking a woman as she tried to enter her building in san francisco, back in august 2019. vincent was arrested and charged. >> even after watching the video a judge released him and ordered him to enroll in the san francisco pretrial diversion project. the program supervises people to ensure the. in court to prevent any new crimes from being committed. questions are being raised after the city's board of supervisors voted to approve an $18 million contract to extend its services consistently touted as a success. >> stephanie cera found a new independent assessment is proving otherwise, she's live with the story tonight, stephanie? >> $18 million is a big chunk of money to continue to allocate to a program without having the data to prove it's actually working. and that's what happened in this case, while on the one hand this program appeared to be successful according to the agencies running it, this independent assessment just released is telling a


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