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shaped the world. >> 20 years. >> thank you. a day in american right now on "america this morning," breakthrough cases of coronavirus on the rise. fully vaccinated people coming down with covid. seven fully vaccinated people dying in one small city in just two weeks. our experts sort through the new information as the delta variant surges across the country, and this morning, the new investigation into a rise in cases at nursing homes. amicewmaas deadly flash flo hits areas of colorado burned by fires. and the historic wildfires in the west grow larger. the new actions today to prevent more fires from spreading and in the east a hailstorm and damaging winds caused widespread
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power outages. mass shooting rampage foiled. how this ohio man allegedly planned to target groups of female college students. breaking overnight, a top official at the olympic games fired over a joke he made about the holocaust. caught on camera, the shocking moment on this amusement ride. we hear from the girl who collided with the gull. and later the new research on mosquito bites and how to avoid them. it could come down to the color of the clothes you wear. good thursday morning, everyone. we begin with more cities across the country considering new restrictions as covid cases surge because of the delta variant. one growing concern is so-called breakthrough cases, which are infections among fully vaccinated people. in the last two weeks seven fully vaccinated people have died from covid in el paso, texas, alone, and they all had something in common.
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>> we're also learning about the increase in cases in nursing homes which federal officials are now investigating, but we begin our coverage with those breakthrough infections. doctors are calling the latest uptick in coronavirus cases the summer surge coming three weeks after the july 4th holiday. new cases have tripled in the last month to more than 35,000 per day, especially in hot spots like florida and missouri thanks to the highly contagious delta variant. and although still rare, there are new reports of deaths from the breakthrough infections when fully vaccinated people get the virus. out of the 159 million fully vaccinated americans, more than 5,400 people have been hospitalized or died from covid. 75% of them were over the age of 65. >> we think probably people who are much older and people who may have immune problems, so they're on medicines to weaken their immune system may be at higher risk. >> reporter: the health department in el paso, texas, has announced seven covid-related deaths in the last two weeks among people who were
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fully vaccinated. officials say all had suffered from underlying health conditions. >> these people were generally older adults with pre-existing chronic conditions. we do know that out of the 160 million vaccinations that are given already, you know, we're seeing very, very rare and few cases of these breakthrough inspections. >> reporter: it comes as federal authorities investigate a spike in infections and deaths at senior facilities in colorado. according to the associated press, investigators found many of the nursing home workers were not vaccinated in hard hit areas. >> no one should have to go through this. so it's definitely real. >> reporter: amanda of jacksonville, florida, says she now has second thoughts about not getting vaccinated. the 20-year-old's father died from covid last month, and her mother is now fighting the virus in the icu. amanda, who was also infected, says she and her parents decided to wait to get the vaccine. >> we wanted to do a little more research and, you know, it's just something that we just
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didn't do right away, but it's definitely now something that we are going to want to get after all of this gets taken care of. >> this morning the american hospital association is now calling for mandatory vaccination for all health care workers. and we turn now to the incredible images coming in from extreme flooding in colorado in areas previously burned by wildfires. meanwhile, farther west authorities in oregon and california are taking new action today hoping to prevent more wildfires from spreading during this historic drought. this morning, extreme weather conditions now coming in the form of deadly mudslides and raging wildfires. at least 78 fires are burning across 13 states. the biggest is the bootleg wildfire in southern oregon expanding by up to four miles a day. campfires are now banned at oregon state parks after officials said nearly all fires burning in the state were sparked from human activity.
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farther south this new video shows what crews are battling on both sides of california's sierra nevada after i wildfire there crossed state lines, and this wildfire has burned at least eight buildings near redding. california's largest power company has revealed its equipment may have sparked that fire, and now in response, pg&e says it plans to spend billion to bury 10,000 miles of power lines to reduce the risk of fires. the company's equipment has been blamed for several deadly fires in california. the ceo getting emotional when mking the pledge. >> i have a team of dedicated men and women who wake up every day to serve. >> reporter: meanwhile, it's last year's wildfires causing this threat in colorado. at least one woman has died, and three others are missing after torrential rain hit burn scarred areas near boulder triggering
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mudslides and flash flooding. >> omes that were there are no longer there. that's about the simplest way to put it. they're completely gone. >> and the search for those three missing people resumes today. meanwhile, severe storms here on the east coast caused widespread power outages. more on that in a few minutes. an ohio man charged with a hate crime for allegedly for planning to gun down female students. prosecutors accuse him writing a manifesto saying he intended to slaughter women at a university campus. a search of his home turned up weapons and body armor. the investigation into january's attack on the capitol is about to get even more partisan. republicans now say they'll launch their own investigation after house speaker nancy pelosi denied the appointment of two conservatives to a special committee looking into that riot. abc's alex presha joins us from washington. alex, good morning. so, what's next here?
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>> reporter: well, andrew, the firestorm over plans to investigate this capitol attack has reignited a civil war within the republican party with each side launching a fierce attack against the other. this morning, new fallout after house speaker nancy pelosi rejected the appointment of two republicans to a special committee investigating the january 6th riot at the u.s. capitol. >> why are you allowing a lame duck speaker to destroy this institution? this is the people's house, not pelosi's house. >> reporter: those two members conservatives jim jordan of ohio and jim banks of indiana. pelosi says she has concerns about some of their statements and actions, rhetoric that critics claim would be a distraction. they both voted to overturn the results of the presidential election after the january riot, and jordan has slammed pelosi's investigation as impeachment round three claiming democrats are only interested in targeting former president trump.
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house republican leader kevin mccarthy says republicans will investigation. >> unless speaker pelosi reverses course and seats all five republicans, we will not participate. >> reporter: the last republican left on the committee is congresswoman liz cheney who lost her leadership position after voting to impeach trump because of his actions on january 6th. outside the capitol cheney says she supports pelosi's decision and she came out swinging at mccarthy, who could become speaker after the 2022 midterms. >> any person who would be third in line to the presidency commitment to the constitution and rule of law and minority leader mccarthy has not done that. at every opportunity the minority leader has attempted to prevent the american people from understanding what happened to block this investigation. >> reporter: overnight president biden weighing in on the turmoil surrounding the investigation. >> i don't care if you think i'm satan reincarnated, the fact is, you can't look at that
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television and say, nothing happened on the 6th. >> reporter: pelosi says what with cheney still on board, the committee has the necessary quorom and will begin interviewing capitol police officers next tuesday, andrew. >> alex, thank you. a major development nearly one month after the condo collapse in surfside, florida. two more victims have now been identified bringing the total to 97. officials say that means only one more victim has to be identified. meanwhile, the families will share $150 million from the sale of the property. former hollywood mogul harvey weinstein has been indicted on more sexual assault charges this time in california. he's entered not guilty pleas accused of attacking five women between 2004 and 2013. he was extradited from new york where he's serving 23 years in prison. time now for a look at your thursday weather.
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powerful storms brought down trees and power lines in pennsylvania and southern new jerseyta ges te the good news is clear skies are in the forecast for the northeast today with more thunderstorms in the southeast could cause more flooding today and monsoon storms flooding, and checking today's high temperatures, 90s from texas to the northern rockies. low 80s for the northeast, 86 in l.a. coming up, the breaking news overnight from the olympics. concerning the opening ceremony and new covid cases. also ahead, the dramatic scene as a dust devil touches down before a soccer game. and the search for answers after a girl drowns at a popular water park. she was underwater for 30 minutes before being found.
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video from a soccer match. just before the match got under way this dust devil sent players rining for cover. it rolled across the field but caused no major damage or injury. >> details about the record breaking floods in central china. 25 people have died. that death toll is expected to rise. 100,000 residents were evacuated after high waters raced through the streets. pouring into homes and washing away cars. the desperate scene flood waters rush through the doors of a subway. 12 people drowned and trains were halted for 40 hours. >> breaking news concerning the olympics. head of the opening ceremony fired because of controversial comments he made. we learned about more covid cases confirmed within the olympic bubble. good morning.
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afternoon to you. >> it was another stunning development. hours from the official start from the olympic games. a day before the opening ceremony. tokyo 2020 officials announce that the creative director of ceremony has been dismissed for making fun of the holocaust in a comedy act. after the composer for the opening ceremony music quit and apologized for bullying people with mental health issues. these olympics had a string of bad headlines. the head of the committee raised the possibility of an 11th hour cancellation. if infections continue to rise. and more than 90 people tied to the games have tested positive for covid-19. that in your opinion was 70 yesterday. that number was 70 yesterday. dozens are athletes including team u.s. either in quarantine in tokyo or forced to stayf tokyo 2020
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acknowledging the difficult times. tomorrow's opening ceremony will not be a festival. but a solemn occasion. that will deliver a message of togetherness. >> thank you. biles the first to get her own goat emoji. twitter bestouing the honor of the gymnast. a custom made with a red leotard and gold medal. it will pop up any time you use the hash tag symone. >> coming up. under water rescue caught on camera. >> we hear from this 13 year-old who collided with a sea gull on a ♪ if you have moderate to severe psoriasis... or psoriatic arthritis, little things, can become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream... ...it's a pill that treats differently. ..d redns,hickness
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drag her out. keep her head above. i got you. >> back now with the res chi of a woman in florida. where whose car wound up in the water. two police officers and a good samaritan got her out and carried her on land and started cpr. she was revived and is in the hospital. >> a young girl drowned in ohio. in the water for half hour before she was found. >> reporter: this morning, questions as to how a 14 year-old girl drowned at a water park. after being under water for 30 r.>> called re life guards found
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to the land of illusion park in ohio. after someone reported seeing a girl slip under the water. >> how long has she been under to find her. and pull her from the water. >> it was pure chaos. when we were in the water. when the life guard did come over, he was yelling. trying to get over life guards and it took time to get peoples attention. he started blowing whistles. >> after trying to resuscitate her. she was flown to the hospital and later pronounced dead. the water park which looks like a lake provide life jackets. ch she was not wearing one. teachers remember her fondly.
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>> she was just a great student. she was a great human being. and i truly that this happened. she could have done anything in life. >> the water park said out of respect for her family and the employees who are dealing with the tragedy, they closed the park yesterday. they said they are fully cooperating with state and local officials who are investigating how this happened. >> thank you. unusual moment at a theme park in new jersey. a girl on a slingshot ride when a sea gull flew into her face. the bird latched onto her. and the ride the 13 year-old says the bird beak hit her neck. >> when i got shot up, then i saw it. it was going the opposite way.
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it came back. and hit me in the face. >> right in the face. she suffered a scratch. the bird flew away unharmed. >> wow. coming up making it rain. how scientists are using drones to make rainfall from the clouds. >> also ahead. animal no one expected to see on animal no one expected to see on the floor of parliament. your mission: stand up to moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. and take. it. on... with rinvoq. rinvoq a once-daily pill can dramatically improve symptoms... rinvoq helps tame pain, stiffness, swelling. and for some, rinvoq can even significantly reduce ra fatigue. that's rinvoq relief. with ra, your overactive immune system attacks your joints. rinvoq regulates it to help stop the attack. rinvoq can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious infections and blood clots, sometimes fatal, have occurred as have certain cancers, including lymphoma, and tears in the stomach or intestines,
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area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc7 news. . that we sh be panicked but we should be concerned. >> urgent recommendation to mask up indoors as adults of variance spreads. reasons you should consider a face covering. a crackdown on gun crimes. teams hitting the streets in five major cities including san francisco. power lines above your home could be a thing of the past. pg&e's new plan. wife of vice president jill biden arriving in tokyo for the olympics. welcome to thursday, july 22. you are watching abc 7 mornings and who live in wherever you stream. >> let's go to mike nicco. >> nice to see everyone. let's look at what's going on. we are brighter than the sky.
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