tv ABC World News Tonight With David Muir ABC October 4, 2021 5:30pm-6:00pm PDT
tonight, tonight, several breaking headlines as we come on the air. the major outage for hours, affecting billions on facebook, instagram and whatsapp. all owned by facebook. what the company is now saying tonight. facebook platforms going down in the u.s. and countries around the world. what we're learning at this hour. and it comes after the facebook whistle-blower revealed herself on "60 minutes," revealing thousands of pages of internal documents what she says facebook knowingly does involving its users. facebook responding tonight and terry moran with late reporting. also tonight, the massive oil leak worsening along the california coast. up to 130,000 gallons of oil from an underwater pipeline. oil washing onshore, killing wildlife, beaches closed. matt gutman out on the ocean
today as emergency teams try to contain this. and our team at kabc flying over the spill for us. the coronavirus tonight. the mandates kicking in across the country. in new york city tonight, amid the protests, authorities now pointing to the numbers. now 96% of teachers are vaccinated. and the virus and christmas. what dr. fauci said today about christmas this year. the deadly shootout onboard an amtrak train. the suspects boarding the train, later one of them opening fire. president biden tonight with a warning about the debt ceiling, accusing republicans of playing russian roulette with the debt ceiling, after they voted to raise it several times in the trump years. a reported $7.8 trillion added to the debt under president trump. cecilia vega at the white house tonight. the abc news exclusive. the woman known as baby roe breaking her silence right here. how she learned who she was. who approached her at 18.
and what she now says as the supreme court takes up a case that could affect the future of roe v. wade. linsey davis is here. the hospital shooting in philadelphia. the gunman wearing body armor and carrying multiple weapons. the two hot air balloon accidents in new mexico. william shatner tonight and what he's now saying about heading to the edge of space. and tom brady and bill belichick, and what happened after the hug. good evening and it's great to have you with us as we start a new week together here. several developing stories. that oil spill off the california coast. we're going to take you out on the ocean tonight. the virus and what dr. fauci said today about christmas this year. but we're going to begin tonight with that major worldwide outage for facebook. here in the u.s. and in countries all over the world. billions of users, instagram and whatsapp down for hours, too. all day, the company saying it
was trying to get to the bottom of this, saying, "we are working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible." facebook has had outages before, but of course nothing on this scale. and this massive outage comes just hours after a former employee, a whistle-blower, revealed herself on "60 minutes." she took thousands of pages of internal documents with her, claiming the documents are proof that facebook knows that anger and outrage draws users in and keeps them on the platform longer. she says amplifying the divide in this country and around the world. tonight, what she says facebook kowingly does involving its users. last night's reveal, the whistle-blower and this massive outage today have not been linked, but it's been a very challenging 24 hours at facebook. abc's senior national correspondent terry moran leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight, major outages affecting billions of
users of facebook, instagram and whatsapp. all of it starting this morning and continuing through the day. all of the sites owned by facebook. in a statement, facebook acknowledging they are "experiencing network issues and teams are working as fast as possible to debug and restore." all this chaos coming just hours after facebook's whistle-blower revealed her identity overnight on "60 minutes." frances haugen worked at facebook for two years but left in may after her civic integrity unit was disbanded following the 2020 election. she leaked thousands of pages of internal facebook research that she says shows the social media giant knowingly stokes divisions, spreads misinformation and harms younger users for its own profit. >> this version of facebook that is today is tearing our society apart. >> reporter: haugen saying the more anger facebook users are exposed to, the more time they spend on the site. and the more content they consume. >> facebook makes more money when you consume more content. people enjoy engaging with things that illicit an emotional reaction and the more anger they get exposed to, the more they
interact, the more they consume. >> misinformation, angry content is enticing to people and keeps them on the platform. >> yes. facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they'll click on less ads, they'll make less money. >> reporter: haugen says facebook put some safeguards in place leading up to the 2020 election to cut down on misinformation and anger, but then -- >> as soon as the election was over, they turned them back off, or they changed the settings back to what they were before to prioritize growth over safety. >> reporter: facebook pushing back hard hours after the piece aired. "we continue to make significant improvements to tackle the spread of misinformation and harmful content. to suggest we encourage bad content and do nothing is just not true." social media competitor twitter appearing to try to capitalize on this, tweeting, "hello literally everyone." but tonight, twitter reporting slowdowns, too. >> really quite the day. let's get right to terry moran
live on the hill tonight. terry, we know this whistle-blower plans to testify tomorrow before congress about what she says facebook knowingly does. she did leave taking thousands of documents with her. does she face any legal exposure for that or is she protected? >> reporter: well, she will be up here tomorrow morning, david, testifying before senators and she is protected from retaliation by the s.e.c.'s whistle-blower program. and with facebook gradually coming online now along with the other apps, it is still unknown where there is any connection between that massive outage and her revelations. david? > terry moran live on the hill leading us off on a monday night. terry, thank you. we're going to turn now to that oil spill threatening the coast of southern california. an underwater pipe spilling a torrent of crude oil. wildlife killed, beaches closed. late today, we were out on the ocean. tonight, divers have now zeroed in on the source and this evening, our team at kabc flying over the emergency workers. you can see them suited up,
trying to contain the oil. the oily sheen spreading south from huntington beach.oialady rg the shore. clumps of sticky tar littering the beaches already. wildlife experts now rushing in to save the animals. and tonight here, the u.s. coast guard with a new theory on how this pipeline sprung the leak in the first place. our chief national correspondent matt gutman takes us out on the ocean tonight. >> reporter: tonight, crews racing to contain one of the largest oil spills in california history. up to 130,000 gallons of crude have leaked into the pacific ocean off orange county, killing wildlife and shutting down some of the state's most iconic shorelines. officials say the pipeline, which is the source of the leak, is 17 1/2 miles long. the spill located in this area about 4 1/2 miles off the coast of huntington beach. late today, divers pinpointing a key area of concern. the coast guard looking into the possibility that a ship's anchor
many are waiting entry and in an the course of transit, it is possible they would transit ovei skrsdesperaty trying to 13-square-miopefully this doesn out too bad. there's concern about the sea life and the birds. >> reporter: we went out on the water and saw it first-hand. i just bent down and this is what i scooped up. this is the kind of oil that's being leaked and you can see that it's hardened once it hits the water, but the ocean here is covered with this stuff. fish and wildlife experts rescuing birds from that sludge. residents here devastated. >> it's heartbreaking. i live here locally and i just came down to see how widespread it was and it's quite disappointing. >> reporter: the ceo of amplify energy, the company that owns the pipeline, saying they notified the coast guard early saturday of a possible spill and capped both ends of the pipe by sunday, claiming no more oil was leaking. the company releasing a
statement today, saying it's "working co-operatively" with officials on the scene. >> matt gutman with us now. ma matt, i know you're learning about a nearly decade-old report warning of a worse case scenario much like the one we're seeing now? >> reporter: david, that document outlines a scenario in which 3,000 barrels of oil spilled into pacific. that's pretty much the sum total of oil in that 17-mile stretch of pipeline. the report also notes that such a spill would cause significant and substantial harm to the environment. david? >> matt gutman, we know you'll stay on this. thank you, matt. now to the pandemic in this country. the mandates kicking in across the country. in new york city tonight, amid the protests, authorities instead saying the mandates work. pointing to the new number. now 96% of teachers are vaccinated. and tonight, what dr. anthony fauci said about the virus and christmas this year. here's erielle reshef.
>> whose body? >> my body! >> whose choice? >> my choice! >> reporter: in new york city today, hundreds taking to the streets to protest the vaccine mandate for 150,000 employees of the country's largest school district, just hours after it went into effect. 96% of new york city teachers are now vaccinated with at least one shot, but those who remain unvaccinated -- out of a job. >> to those who have not yet gotten vaccinated, it's never too late to get the life saving vaccine. get your first dose today. you are more than welcome to come back to work. >> we are not against the vaccine. we are however against coercion of anything coming into our bodies against our will. >> reporter: tonight, confusion for millions of americans trying to make plans for the holidays, after the cdc took down its online guidance suggesting celebrations are safer when held outdoors and at a distance, with meal dropoffs and virtual celebrations. they now say new guidance is
coming soon. and just 24 hours after saying it's too soon to tell if americans can gather for the holidays, dr. anthony fauci saying he was taken out of context, adding that vaccinated people can have a traditional holiday. >> i encourage people, particularly the vaccinated people who are protected, to have a good normal christmas with your family. >> reporter: for now, the number of covid cases is falling. hospital admissions dropping 15% in the last week. but dr. fauci warning numbers could still climb again. >> the best way to assure we will be in good shape as we get into the winter would be to get more and more people vaccinated. >> reporter: tonight, 15 million americans who got the johnson & johnson vaccine might soon have a booster. the company expected to ask for authorization within days, after reporting its second shot significantly boosted
protection. >> there is durable efficacy that lasts for at least five or six months without much evidence of decline for the single-shot vaccine. the efficacy is raised to truly outstanding levels with a second shot of the j&j vaccine. >> reporter: and david, tonight, a promising sign. for the first time since mid august, the u.s. reporting under 200,000 new covid cases among children. 173,000 last week, still considered extremely high. but the numbers are seeming to trend in the right direction. david? >> let's hope so. erielle reshef, thank you. now to the deadly shootout onboard an amtrak train in arizona. a d.e.a. officer killed, two other officers wounded. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, a d.e.a. officer is dead and two other members of law enforcement injured after a shooting at an arizona train station. at 7:40 a.m., this amtrak train traveling from los angeles to new orleans makes a stop in tucson. then just after 8:00 a.m., shots ring out inside the train. authorities say d.e.a. agents made contact with two men while performing a routine check of the double-decker passenger train. >> they were checking for
illegal guns, money, drugs. >> reporter: the agents detaining one of the men when the other opened fire. >> i'm at the train station, 10-99. i've been shot. >> reporter: a tucson police officer on the platform responds. he too comes under fire. the suspect then barricading himself in the bathroom, exchanging rounds. >> let me see your hands now. >> reporter: more officers arriving on scene. >> ultimately, it was determined that the suspect in the bathroom was, in fact, deceased. >> reporter: and david, none of the nearly 150 passengers and crew onboard were injured. they were safely evacuated. now, authorities know that train left from here in los angeles, so now, they're trying to figure out when and where those suspects boarded. david? >> all right, kayna whitworth tonight. thank you, kayna. now to washington. president biden tonight warning of dire consequences if the debt ceiling is not raised. republicans say they will not budge. after raising the debt ceiling multiple times under president
trump, when a reported $7.8 trillion was added to the debt. here's our chief white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: with just two weeks until the u.s runs out of money to pay its bills, president biden today sounding the alarm, saying if that happens, it would be like a meteor crashing into the economy. >> it starts with the simple truth. the united states is a nation that pays its bills and always has. from its inception, we have never defaulted. >> reporter: the president warning of dire consequences. interest rates would soar and stock prices would plunge, sending markets into free fall. military salaries frozen. social security benefits on hold. millions of jobs lost. congress has until october 18th to raise the debt ceiling, but
republicans refuse to budge. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell today sending a letter to president biden saying democrats are on their own. >> the majority needs to stop sleep-walking toward yet another preventable crisis. >> reporter: but when republicans controlled the senate in recent years, democrats joined them three times to raise the debt ceiling. now nearly 98% of the current debt was accrued before president biden took office, including nearly $7.8 trillion during the trump administration. and tonight, the situation remains a stalemate. >> so it is possible that the u.s. will not pay its debts. that is possible. >> i can't believe that that will be the end result, because the consequence is so dire. i don't believe that. but can i guarantee it? if i could, i would. but i can't. >> reporter: now senate democrats have scheduled a vote for later this week, but they need ten republicans to get onboard, and right now, they do not have those votes. october 18th is the actual deadline, but the treasury secretary has issued a dire warning about waiting in the last minute to do this. she says that could have a seriimpact on financial and business, consumer confidence, david, let alone the financial
that exclusive interview with the woman known as baby roe. her biological mother was the jane doe whose supreme court lawsuit legalized abortion in this country. tonight, how baby roe, now 51, learned who she was. who approached her at 18. she's now speaking out to our linsey davis. >> reporter: for decades, she was known to the public as baby roe. her biological mother was the jane roe in the supreme court case that legalized abortion across the country. why are you deciding to tell your story now? >> it's time.
>> reporter: shelly thornton is now 51. she never did meet her biological mother, norma mccorvey, who filed that landmark lawsuit. by the time it made it to the supreme court, shelly had already been born and was given up for adoption. she tells me she didn't know she was baby roe until the day two strangers approached her when she was 18. >> they were like, are you shelly? and i go, yeah. and they were like, well, we've been looking for you. >> reporter: they were reporters from "the national enquirer." and they revealed the identity of shelly's biological mother. >> they told me her name was norma mccorvey. and if they'd asked me if i'd ever heard of her before and i said no. and they said, "well, she was jane roe." and i was like, okay. and they were like, so, that makes you the roe baby. and i was like -- oh, that's interesting. okay. >> reporter: she says the reporters pushed for an interview and wanted to reunite shelly with her biological mother, but shelly refused. what's your emotional state like at this point? >> well, at this point, i'm just kind of in shock. my whole thinking is that, oh, god, everybody's going to hate me, because everyone's going to blame me for abortion being legal. >> reporter: now, all these years later, the supreme court
is poised to hear a major new abortion case that could overturn roe v. wade. do you have an opinion about whether women should be allowed to have abortions? >> i do. it's an opinion that i keep pretty close to my chest. i'm not going to let either side use me for their advantage. >> and linsey with us now. just a fascinating interview. and you and i were talking -- i know she does not want to be part of history on this. in fact, she said in so many words, don't read into anything i say here, i don't want my opinion known. >> reporter: she's really an unwilling participant in history and says very much that she does have an opinion, but wants to keep it to herself. she's really afraid that either side would try to use her as a poster child for either movement. so now we'll see the supreme court take it up once again, david. >> linsey, thank you. and you can see much more of this interview, "abc news live prime," 7:00 eastern, 8:00 pacific and of course later tonight on "nightline." when we come back here, the deadly hospital shooting in philadelphia. the gunman wearing body armor, carrying multiple weapons.
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health care workers fill a vital role. there overworked and understaffed to the point that some are going on strike. the ones that remain have to meet a new requirement. >> luz pena is part of the the vaccine team and today she spoke to the white house covid vaccination's coordinator about what they have noticed since the mandate. luz joins us with more on the story. >> more health-care workers are choosing to get vaccinated, influenced by vaccine mandates. hospital staff members had until september 30 to be fully vaccinated. on the one half they have a certainty that workers are protected on on the other they are experiencing shortages. >> hospitals across the state are noticing the impact. >> some chose not to get vaccinated. >> at the san francisco general hospital, there are 115 staff