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to ten summer camps in just one week alone. and in new york city tonight, just hours before the yankees/red sox game, the game postponed amid news on their pitchers and the virus. also tonight, the dangerous and record-breaking heat. the fourth heat wave in five weeks. extreme drought across several states. the fires and then the flash flooding in the southwest. monsoon rains washing away cars. the bombshell reporting tonight involving america's top general. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general mark milley. the new book claiming milley was concerned former president trump could stage a coup after losing the election. likening trump's actions and words to the rise of nazi power in germany.
tonight, the former president now responding and jon karl is here. at the white house tonight, president biden hosting german chancellor angela merkel, moments ago, taking questions over a key disagreement on a new russian pipeline in germany. but their long-standing relationship on display, too. and tonight, the dinner. former secretaries of state clin powell and hillary clinton expected to attend. the nfl star facing charges. the 911 call by richard sherman's wife. worries over the virus and the tokyo olympics. the news coming in tonight involving members of the usa men's basketball team. your health and the new development involving that controversial new alzheimer's drug. two of america's best-known hospitals now taking a stand. and the major recall involving two popular brands of sunscreen because of a cancer-causing chemical. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. and we begin tonight with the troubling new headlines on the coronavirus here in the u.s. new cases heading in the wrong direction at an alarming rate. cases now on the rise in at least 45 states. the delta variant, of course,
driving much of this. moments ago in california, in l.a. county, where cases and hospitalizations are rising significantly, they have just revealed they will reimpose the mask mandate indoors, even if you're vaccinated. and the dire warning just today from the nation's surgeon general about what he called the urgent threat of health misinformation. myths and untruths about the vaccines. he says putting american lives at risk. the surgeon general dr. vivek murthy saying false information on social media and elsewhere is sowing mistrust about vaccines, slowing down the rate of vaccinations. and in places where there are high numbers of unvaccinated, we are seeing cases spike. across the country, covid cases have now doubled in just the last three weeks. and hospitals say their covid patients are younger, sicker and nearly all of them unvaccinated. the concern growing for children younger than 12 who aren't yet eligible for vaccines. tonight in utah, for one, they're investigating cases
linked to ten different summer camps in just one week. here in new york city tonight, this evening's yankees game against the red sox has now been postponed after news on the virus and two pitchers. and of course, that news from california moments ago, l.a. county saying they will return to that mask mandate indoors because of the numbers they're seeing there. 184 million americans have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. that's about 65% of people 12 years and older. but authorities are concerned that that is still not enough to stop this delta variant from spreading and quickly. abc's whit johnson leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the spike in new coronavirus cases across much of this country fueled by the delta variant. the cdc says cases are on the rise in at least 45 states. the u.s. back to an average of 1,000 new cases reported every hour. late today, the mask mandate returning for los angeles county.
and all of this comes as the new surgeon general issues his first official advisory, calling misinformation surrounding the pandemic and vaccines an urgent threat in the fight against covid. >> today, we live in a world where misinformation poses an imminent and insidious threat to our nation's health. >> reporter: the nation's doctor, vivek murthy, says two-thirds of people who are not vaccinated believe common myths about vaccines. he's now calling on social media companies and politicians to take more responsibility. >> every one of us has the power and the responsibility to make a difference in this fight. lives are depending on it. >> reporter: this as the national grapples with the surging delta variant, now considered more contagious than the previously known variants. overnight, encouraging news on the one-shot vaccine, the johnson & johnson vaccine. new peer-reviewed data shows the j&j shot may provide a strong immune response at least eight months after immunization and may also offer good protection against the delta variant. it's also been shone that two shots of the pfizer and moderna vaccines may also be effective
against the variant. but tonight, with the pace of new vaccinations now at a crawl, covid cases in the u.s. doubling in just three weeks. in tennessee, only 38% of residents are fully vaccinated. >> it's sadness. it's frustration. it's fear. >> reporter: the state's now former vaccine chief, dr. michelle fiscus, claims she was fired after trying to get the word out about teens and vaccines. saying she sent out a memo alerting vaccine providers about a law that allows some teens to get the covid shot without their parents' permission. fiscus says state officials then halted outreach on all childhood vaccines, not just the coronavirus. >> they are listening to the whispers and the disinformation from the anti-vaccine contingent and repeating facebook memes. >> reporter: tonight in a statement, the tennessee health department saying while it had "not stopped child
immunizations, it was mindful of hesitancy and the intens national conversation around vaccines." and underscoring the risk facing young people who are unvaccinated, tonight in utah, health officials are investigating cases linked to ten different summer camps in just one week. how worried are you about the start of the school year, just weeks away? >> with the delta variant coming on, there is some worry about when school starts and how this will shape up. >> reporter: and tonight, the nfl network's rich eisen trying to get the word out to get your vaccine, sharing on instagram he's tested positive despite being fully vaccinated. saying doctors have told him it could have been much worse without the vaccines. adding, "every health care professional i've come across in the last few days tell me the two shots of pfizer i got in february are what's keeping a 52-year-old like me from a far worse experience than the awful one i'm having. so be careful if you're vaccinated and if you're not vaccinated, don't wait another second." >> whit johnson with us live tonight here in new york. and whit, from l.a. county, with this mask mandate, to utah, to
tennessee there in your report, to new york city this evening, news on the virus in the yankees/red sox game. >> reporter: david, a number of trends moving in the wrong direction. major league baseball making that announcement late today that tonight's game between the red sox and yankees will be postponed after three pitchers tested positive. this is just the eighth game so far this year to be postponed due to covid, but the first since mid-april. david? >> all right, whit johnson leading us off tonight. whit, thank you. now to the other major news this thursday night, the dangerous and record-breaking heat. the fourth heat wave now in the west in just five weeks. nearly two-thirds of the west in extreme or exceptional drought. the heat and smoke from wildfires making conditions even worse. and then the flash floods in the southwest. we have remarkable pictures tonight. abc's kayna whitworth on the growing concern over climate change and these extremes. she's on the shore of utah's great salt lake with what they've had to do there tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the national weather service is
warning that the coming heat wave could break more records and fuel more fires antely brin triple-digit temperatures. nearly two-thirds of the west is in exceptional or extreme drought, the highest number since the government started t,d monsoon inmoving into the southwest seemed to do more harm than good. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: washing away cars and stranding this family on top of their suv in arizona. and we've seen the images, bone-dry lakes that millions need for drinking water. but it's also having a profound effect on agriculture. montana ranchers mike and nancy eraux are worried. >> someday i might wake up and find out i don't have any water for my cows. maybe it will dry up. >> reporter: food for the cows also scarce, as hot, dry conditions are optimal for a catastroph if grhacanse x mer body >> they ate 100% of everything. >> reporter: the usda predicts
this year, grasshoppers could devour nearly 35 million acres across the west. and it's possible the worst is . so, if there's another mild winter in store, what does that mean? >> our cattle won't be here. >> reporter: and david, here at the great salt lake marina, officials expect the water levels to drop to historic lows in the coming weeks. you can see behind me, they've had to pull all of the boats out of the water and they say, david, it could be two years before they can go back in. >> and just look at the air tonight behind you, as well. kayna whitworth in salt lake city. kayna, thank you. former president trump responding tonight after that bombshell reporting involving america's top general. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general mark milley. the new book claiming milley was concerned former president trump could stage a coup after losing the election, likening trump's worlds and actions to the rise of nazi power in germany. here's our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: in the days after the november election, the nation's top military officer feared donald trump would try to
stage a coup to stay in power. in their new book, "i alone can fix it", "washington post" reporters phil rucker and carol leonnig write that joint chiefs chairman mark milley was so concerned, he called trump's former national security adviser h.r. mcmaster and asked, "what the f am i dealing with?" according to the book, as milley watched donald trump speak on january 6th, he saw echoes of adolf hitler. >> we fight like hell. and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. >> reporter: milley, the authors write, told aids, "this is a reichstag moment. the gospel of the fuhrer." that was a reference to the burning of the german parliament in 1933, that helped hitler and the nazis seize power. general milley also saw parallels between the nazis and trump and his supporters in the immediate aftermath of the election, when trump refused to acknowledge he lost. >> frankly, we did win this election. >> reporter: after a november 10th briefing on a planned pro-trump protest in washington,
the authors write milley said he feared "an equivalent of brown shirts in the streets." and after the capitol riot, he vowed to protect joe biden's inauguration, saying, "we're going to put a ring of steel around this city and the nazis aren't getting in." >> and jon, former president trump now responding tonight to general milley? >> reporter: he's put out a statement, david. the statement reads in part, "i never threatened or spoke about to anyone a coup of our government. so ridiculous. sorry to inform you, but an election is my form of coup." but david, then it adds, this statement, "if i was going to do a coup, one of the last people i would want to do it with is general mark milley." those the words of the former president. >> jon karl. jon, good to have you. meanwhile, at the white house tonight, president biden is hosting german chancellor angela merkel. just before we came on the air, in fact, the two leaders taking
questions, among them, questions on their disagreement over a new russian pipeline through germany. but their long-standing relationship also on full display. and tonight, the dinner now planned. former secretaries of state hillary clinton and colin powell expected to attend. rachel scott at the white house. >> reporter: german chancellor angela merkel the first leader to visit joe biden at the white house. >> today, it's been my great honor, and i mean, that to welcome a dear friend back to the white house. >> reporter: this is merkel's final year as chancellor. she's met with four american presidents. >> as a matter of fact, she knows the oval office as well as i do. >> reporter: but there are flash points. biden is opposed to germany's deal with russia to build a massive gas pipeline connecting the two countries. the concern, it would embolden russian president vladimir
putin. >> my view has been known for some time. good friends can disagree. >> reporter: merkel was diplomatic when asked how biden compares to donald trump. saying germany always has a vested interest in talking with american presidents, adding today was a very friendly exchange. >> all right, rachel scott at the white house. she was also helping to take those questions, deliver them to both leaders and rachel, the president hosting a dinner now for chancellor merkel at the white house tonight? >> reporter: yes, david, and chancellor merkel has a long history of leaders on both sides of the aisle. tonight, former republican secretary of state colin powell is expected to attend. as well as hillary clinton. the president also making it a point to invite the top republican leaders in congress, mitch mcconnell and kevin mccarthy expected to be there, as well, david. >> should be quite a dinner. rachel scott, thank you. tonight, the first round of expanded child tax credit payments hit american bank accounts today. president biden saying the program, part of covid relief, has, quote, the potential to reduce child poverty in the same way that social security reduced poverty for the elderly. some $15 billion went out today to the families of nearly 60 million children by direct deposit or check.
up to $250 per child ages 6 to 17 and $300 per child under the age of 6. the monthly payments continue through december. there are new developments tonight after the arrest of nfl star richard sherman. tonight, newly released 911 calls for help from his wife. here's matt gutman. >> reporter: tonight, embattled nfl cornerback richard sherman released from jail while facing charges of trespassing, dui and resisting arrest. the former super bowl champ and five-time pro bowler known as a vocal force on the field. >> i need officers to my house now. my husband is drunk and belligerent. >> reporter: what would be a 6 1/2-hour ordeal began with this frantic 911 call by his wife. >> he's trying to leave now in the house. he's being aggressive. he's wrestling with my uncle. he's threatening to kill himself. >> reporter: ashley moss said she was unharmed. her greater concern? >> and he's saying that if the police show up, that -- so, please, don't shoot, is what i'm asking. >> reporter: sherman eventually driving away from their home.
and in the coming hours, police say, he would crash into a construction barrier, then abandon the car and walk to his in-laws home, allegedly trying to force his way in, ramming the door with his shoulder. police responding to the scene and trying to apprehend sherman. but they say he was not cooperative. >> he tried to grab a gun from a deputy and was threatening suicide by cop. >> reporter: police saying they tried to use de-escalation tactics. >> at the point in time that the officers made physical contact with him, he resisted. an altercation occurred, and subsequently, a canine was deployed to assist in gaining compliance in taking him into custody. >> reporter: david, prosecutors say that sherman's father-in-law was so concerned he actually had a handgun at the ready and used bear mace on sherman, who has been prohibited from having any contact with his father-in-law. now, in releasing sherman on his own recognizance, the judge noting that sherman has no prior criminal record and is a pillar of his community. david? >> all right, matt gutman with us tonight. thank you, matt. now to the growing concern over the tokyo olympics amid this coronavirus. there is news tonight involving
members of the usa men's basketball team. at least one will be unable to participate in the games. james longman from tokyo tonight. >> reporter: tonight, olympic dreams over for at least one u.s. men's basketball player, as covid restrictions ahead of the games hit home. washington wizards' bradley beal will not be going to tokyo. >> bradley beal! >> reporter: and has been placed under health and safety protocols as the team practices in las vegas. jerami grant of the detroit pistons also put under protocols, officials say only as an abundance of caution. and it's not clear if he'll get to participate. officials aren't saying if they tested positive for covid, but the coach today said beal was devastated by the news, although the team does still plan to compete. >> our goal overall is trying to get everybody safely to tokyo. and at the same time, prepare a basketball team to be successful. >> reporter: as superstar athletes like simone biles arrive in tokyo, covid measures are hitting teams from around the world. today, the refugee olympic team,
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had attacked out of nowhere. a woman robbed at an east bay mall talks only with abc7 news in hopes to catch the suspect and help someone else from becoming a victim. bay area housing. you already know it is hard to find and hard to afford. new at 6:00 tonight, the i-team exposes the neighborhood where inequities are only getting worse. you have to have hope, if you don't have hope, what else is there? >> hope remains and the search continues, even without official support for a man who went running on saturday and has not been seen since. plus, county brings back its mask mandate. is the bay area next? building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. housing inequities are being exposed thanks to weeks of work by the abc7 news i-
team. >> you are watching abc7 news at 6:00, live on abc7, hulu live, and wherever you stream. the abc7 news i-team has spent weeks analyzing census bureau and federal housing records exposing racial inequities when it comes to getting a home loan approved. stephanie sierra takes you to neighborhoods across the bay area tonight were the problem continues and really gets worse. >> reporter: we have been digging into data and found 62% of white families on their home, whereas for black families, that percentage is nearly cut in half. as we found out, certain pockets have it even worse. buying a home in the bay area is tough. it's not just sky high prices, but the odds of actually qualifying for a loan. do you own your home? >> no, i don't. i wish i did. >> reporter: he tried to