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and what the state is doing with mandates. you will want to join us then. have a great day. world news tonight is next. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the verdict in the r. kelly trial here in new york city. singer r. kelly guilty on all counts, charged with sex trafficking and racketeering amid decades of allegations of sexual misconduct with minors. the jury deliberating just nine hours. he now faces decades in prison. the coronavirus and president biden today receiving his pfizer booster shot, as tens of thousands of americans eligible for their booster now line up. tonight, if you got moderna or johnson & johnson, what is the timeline for boosters for you? and how soon could there be these wit cruci vot5 to . domestic agenda. two separate infrastructure
bills and all of this with a potential government shutdown now looming. rachel scott with late reporting from the hill. and tonight, our robin roberts with former president obama. will the democrats unite in this moment and what about the price tag? what the former president told robin. also tonight, the urgent manhunt for a former marine wanted for allegedly shooting and killing a sheriff's deputy in florida. authorities tonight with a warning. new reporting on the deadly amtrak derailment. three people killed, dozens injured. tonight, the new clues now with the ntsb on the ground there. news tonight on the man who shot former president ronald reagan, john hinckley jr., now granted his unconditional release. and the reagan library is already responding tonight. the moving moment. the rolling stones paying tribute. and there is news coming in right now involving north korea. reports involving what could be their latest provocation.
good evening and it's great to have you with us here as we start another week together. news on the coronavirus tonight, the booster shots. the timeline moving forward. the president getting his shot. and if you didn't get pfizer, the pfizer vaccine, as well, we'll have it all tonight. but we're going to begin this hour with the guilty verdict on all counts for singer r. kelly in a federal court here in new york. after just nine hours of deliberations, the jury found the singer guilty on all nine federal counts he faced, including racketeering and sex trafficking. prosecutors accusing him of leading a criminal enterprise to recruit and abuse women, underage girls and a teenage boy. r. kelly, one of the best-selling singers of all time. authorities believe for years protected by his fame. in the 2019 series "surviving r. kelly," a number of alleged victims accusing him of abuse. investigations followed. a federal judge ordering kelly
to jail more than two years ago. tonight, after a six-week trial and 50 witnesses, a swift verdict from the jury of seven men and five women. abc's stephanie ramos leading us off right here in new york. >> reporter: tonight, after decades of suspicion and allegations of abuse, it would take just nine hours of deliberation for a brooklyn jury to find r&b singer r. kelly guilty on all counts. the singer facing decades in prison for eight counts of sex trafficking and one count of racketeering, alleging kelly was the leader of an enterprise made up of individuals who would "recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with kelly." arranging for them "to travel to concerts throughout the united states." >> today's guilty verdict forever brands r.kelly as a predator, who used his fame and fortune to prey on the young, the vulnerable and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification. to the victims in this case,
your voices were heard and justice was finally served. >> reporter: over the course of six weeks, jurors hearing testimony from 50 witnesses some of them victims. gloria allred representing several of the witnesses. ibeen practicing law for 47 years. during this time, i have pursued many sexual predators who have committed crimes against women and children. of all the predators that i have pursued, however, mr. kelly is the worst. >> reporter: during the trial, kelly's defense team alleging that accusers wee just jilted lovers. tonight, his lawyers saying they plan to appeal today's decision. >> of course mr. kelly is disappointed. he was not anticipating this verdict because based on the evidence, why should he anticipate this verdict? >> reporter: kelly also facing a slew of other state and federal charges in multiple states, stemming from abuse allegations.
kelly has long denied all accusations and claimed his innocence in a testy 2019 video. >> i didn't do this stuff. this is not me. i'm fighting for my [ bleep ] life. >> reporter: r. kelly is scheduled to be sentenced may 4th of 2022. prosecutors today said kelly faces a mandatory minimum of ten years behind bars and up to life in prison, david. >> stephanie ramos, thank you. we're going to turn now to the pandemic. president biden getting his pfizer booster shot today. the first lady, dr. jill biden, getting her booster, too, as thousands of americans now line up, in fact, millions are now eligible for these boosters. president biden rolling up his sleeve eight months after his second shot. and making a new plea today to the unvaccinated to get that first shot. and the concern over children back at school. more than 200,000 new cases involving children last week. so, tonight here, what is the timeline for that pfizer vaccine
for children 5 to 11? news on when pfizer will send their data to the fda. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: eight months after getting his second pfizer shot, president biden rolling up his sleeve today for a vaccine booster. >> did you have any side effects from the second shot, mr. president? >> no, i haven't any side effects, the first or the second shot, thank goodness. >> reporter: since the cdc gave the green light on friday, thousands of newly eligible americans lining up for a third pfizer shot. but the 83 million people who received moderna or johnson & johnson vaccines will for the fda to review data on - those booster shots. in the meantime, the cdc director says the vaccines are still working well. >> this is a very slow wane. there is no urgency here to go and get your booster immediately, you know, walk, don't run, to your booster appointment. and we will come and get -- look at the data for moderna and j&j in very short order. >> reporter: it comes as new york's vaccine mandate faces a
critical test. >> we will not comply! >> reporter: tens of thousands of health care workers across the state risk losing their jobs if they refuse to get vaccinated by a midnight deadline. 16% of new york's health care workers are still unvaccinated. >> it's terrifying to me what's going to happen. the waits in e.r.s, the lack of care, the long waits for bells to be answered. >> reporter: but new york's governor ready to send in the national guard and replacement health care workers. >> you need to be assured that the person taking care of you is not going to give covid to you or your newborn. can't we just say that that is a basic right that everyone has? >> reporter: this as children across this country are still getting infected with covid at an alarming rate. but shots for younger children are on the horizon. pfizer now planning to submit its trial data for kids ages 5 to 11 within days. authorization could come by the end of october. >> we are all enthusiastically awaiting these data.
it will go from the fda to the cdc and we will review it with similar urgency. and i'm hoping in the order of weeks. >> reporter: and tonight, come welcome news after a covid scare on the set of "the view" on friday. co-host sunny hostin and guest host ana navarro who are fully vaccinated were told to leave the set after a positive test come the vicident.ore they were l e resus re inaccurate. >> i'm thrilled to report that sunny and ana's friday results turned out to be false positives and everyone is safe. healthy. and covid free. >> that is good news. simply reflects what so many millions of americans have gone through with these tests along the way. i want to bring in eva now. i want to get back to children and pfizer's plan to submit this trial data, because it's crucial. 5 to 11 years old. they say they're going to submit it within days, so how quickly could all of this move? >> reporter: we're being told, within weeks, not months, david. and when pfizer comes out with
this new data, we expect to learn specific numbers about how effective the vaccine is within this age group. we already know that 5 to 11-year-olds will get one-third of the adult dose. david? >> eva pilgrim with us again tonight. thank you, eva. now to those high stakes showdowns on capitol hill this week on president biden's domestic agenda. the house was supposed to vote on that $1 trillion bipartisan inf infrastructure bill today. speaker pelosi says that will now happen on thursday. progressive democrats want a deal on the other much larger bill before they go along with the bipartisan bill. and all of this with a potential government shutdown looming, as well. rachel scott with late reporting again tonight from the hill. >> reporter: with his entire agenda on the line, president biden today optimistic democrats will deliver. >> you know me, born optimist. i think things are going to go well. i think we're going to get it done. >> reporter: the house was set to vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill today, but speaker nancy pelosi
has now pushed it off to thursday. will you have the votes to pass this on thursday? >> we can't have a situation where the senate doesn't agree with us, so, the whole bill has to be agreed upon, written, et cetera. >> reporter: the massive bill would cover everything from early childhood education to the fight against climate change. and is said to be the largest expression of the social safety net in more than 50 years. >> do you think progressives and moderates can come together on the recon situation? >> we can and with should. >> reporter: by thursday? >> i don't know about the timing, but everybody's moving in a positive manner. >> reporter: but senator joe manchin not onboard with the bill's price tag. >> i care about size of bill, sure. >> reporter: and 3.5 is too high for you? >> that's pretty high. >> reporter: and now speaker pelosi conceding it's quote, self-evident, that number will
come down. >> let's get to rachel on the hill. all of this is playing out with the potential government shutdown looming, as well. >> reporter: yes, david, and the senate held a vote tonight to try to avoid the government shutdown and moments ago, that vote failed. republicans choosing to block the measure because it was also tied to raising the debt limit. that is something that they refuse to do, even though nearly 98% of the nation's debt predates president biden's inauguration. a large xhchunk of that was add on during the trump administration. if congress does nothing, the government may not be able to pay its bills by october. david? >> a crucial week ahead. rachel, thank you. we do have one more note on this tonight. former president obama one-on-one with our robin roberts. she asked him about these two key bills, president biden's agenda, and about the democrats who so far have not united behind both bills. she also asked about the price tag. >> even within the democratic party, there seems to be some divide. how do you think he is handling this particular moment and what
does he need to do to pass his agenda? >> well, first of all, i think the build back america program, the package that you described, is something that america desperately needs. and it's paid for by asking the wealthiest of americans, who have benefited incredibly over the last several decades and even in the midst of a pandemic, saw their wealth and assets rise enormously, asking them to pay a few percentage points more in taxes in order to make sure that we have an economy that's fair for everybody. >> but should they be concerned that that's how they're going to have to pay for it, in essence? >> i think they can afford it. we can afford it. i put myself in this category now. >> robin's intervie with the former president comes as he prepared to break ground on the
obama presidential center. what's so different about this center. robin's exclusive tomorrow morning on "good morning america." we'll be watching. in the meantime, we turn to the other news this monday night and to florida, and the urgent manhunt at this hour for a former marine wanted in the fatal shooting of a sheriff's deputy. authorities with a warning tonight that he is likely armed and dangerous. here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, authorities are warning families in north florida to lock their doors as they hunt for an all alleged cop killer. >> if you are in a home and he breaks into your home and you have a gun -- blow him out the door. because he's like a rabid animal. he will kill you. >> reporter: police say patrick mcdowell, a 35-year-old former marine, shot nassau county sheriff's deputy joshua moyers once in the face and once in the back during a traffic stop in callahan outside jacksonville friday. moyers was pronounced dead on sunday. just 29 years old, leaving behind a fiance. >> they were planning their
wedding. i just ask that everybody please keep them in their prayers. >> reporter: investigators later finding a flashlight and a hat they believe is mcdowell's and a gun possibly used to shoot a police dog during the search. the sheriff's office releasing these images of mcdowell's distinctive tattoos, including one across his back reading "death before dishonor." according to law enforcement, mcdowell has been noted to suffer from ptsd. and because mcdowell is considered armed an dangerous, several schools in the area were placed on lockdown today. the reward for information leading to an arrest now up to $54,000. david? >> victor oquendo reporting from florida tonight. victor, thank you. and now to that deadly amtrak train derailment in montana. three people killed, dozens injured. and the newest clues here tonight with ntsb investigators now on the scene there. our chief national correspondent matt gutman is in joplin, montana, too. >> oh, my god. it's on its side. >> reporter: tonight, the horror of this rail disaster in rural
montana as federal officials urgently investigate what caused this amtrak passenger train to derail. the ntsb on the scene, saying today the derailment taking place on a gradual curve just before a rail switch. the black box revealing the train travelling just under the 8 79-mile-per-hour speed limit. they're taking it away slowly and right inside there, you can see the debris from that derailment. >> reporter: more than 160 passengers and crew members on board traveling from chicago to seattle late saturday when it derailed. dozens were injured and tragically, three people were killed. right now, david, investigators are going over onboard video, going frame by frame, including of the moment of impact. you might see all those workers behind me. they're trying to clear the tracks here. this is a key piece of national inf infrastructure. i'm told there are over 50 trains, most of them carrying
grain, that have been held in place across multiple states waiting for this key rail link to open back up. david? >> yeah, we'll be watching for the ripple effect moving forward. matt, thank you. and with that train derailment blocking that key rail link across the country, there are record shipping backlogs at ports on both coasts tonight. more than 50 container ships waiting to dock off the west coast port of long beach. dozens more stuck waiting off the ports of new york and new jersey, as well. all pandemic-related shipping delays. and we should note overseas tonight, the fuel crisis in the uk. gas pumps there running dry. lodge lines at the few stations that still have fuel tonight. they say panic buying is making all of this worse. and behind it all, a shortage of truck drivers and covid-era supply chain problems there, as well. and so abc's maggie rulli from london tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the worst fuel crisis to hit britain in decades. >> i didn't think it would be
this bad. >> reporter: at least two-thirds of the country's gas stations now running on empty. a severe shortage of truck drivers leaving pumps dry across the uk. it took us more than an hour of driving around london just to find a station that was open with gas and once we're here, this is what we find. more than 100 cars waiting in line. the uk's lost tens of thousands of drivers this past year. many forced to leave the country because of new visa rules for foreign workers after brexit. others unable to get a license during lockdown. and some saying poor conditions have led many to leave their jobs. government officials today claim there is more than enough gas to go around and blame the shortage of panic buying, triggers after bp said it would be forced to ration gas due to a lack of drivers. and david, tonight, the british army has now been put on a state of readiness with million tear tankers on stand-by. david? >> maggie rulli from london, thank you. there is late word tonight that north korea has reportedly
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years. paying tribute to charlie watts. watts was there from the beginning. joining the stones at just 21 years old in 1963. >> to walk on a stage and hear nothing except screams is just unbelievable. >> those screams last night for charlie. mick jagger holding keith richards' hand, talking about their friend. >> this is our first tour that we've done without you. we miss charlie so much on the stage and off the stage. and we'd like to dedicate this tour to charlie, so -- this is for you, charlie. >> honoring charlie watts. thank you for watching here on a monday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
or another, get the vaccination or not get the vaccination, i will keep fighting for what is right, none of your business is what it comes down to. >> the warriors andrew wiggins maintaining his stand against the nba vaccine mandate, sort of. the player not sharing much today. >> will have more on wiggins and his religious exemption claim in a moment. dan: you are watching abc 7 news at 4:00. kristen: the vaccination rate across the u.s. is slipping down 37% in the past few weeks, with 65% of eligible americans receiving both shots. dan: pfizer is closer to getting its vaccine authorized for kids
ages five to 11. they are expected to submit data for federal approval in just the next few days. kristen: the booster shot is available in the bay for those eligible. dan: on the subject of boosters, president biden received a covid-19 booster shot today. he got a third dose of pfizer after getting the first two doses in february. he qualifies because of his age. first lady jill biden can't -- jill biden got her third shot this afternoon. kristen: the countdown is on until california gives the green light to local counties to start reopening vaccination booster sites. stephanie sierra is live in the newsroom, tracking the timeline. stephanie: any day now, the state is expected to announce they have adopted cdc guidance and release recommendations on