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tonight, breaking the supply ch tonight, breaking the supply chain gridlock. and its growing economic toll. shortages on store shelves across america. cargo ships bottlenecked off the u.s. coast, unable to unload on the docks. president biden vowing to tackle the massive disruption, saying the port of los angeles will begin working around the clock, 24/7. and once on land, the struggle to find truck drivers to deliver the products. why americans are paying more for many hard to find items. and how this could impact your holiday shopping. news on a new study tonight about mixing and matching covid booster shots. preliminary results finding it's likely effective. saying no matter which vaccine booster, everyone saw an uptick in antibodies.
what the research shows about following a johnson & johnson shot with either pfizer or moderna. an fda panel expected to vote on more booster recommendations by the end of the week. and for the first time since the start of the pandemic, the biden administration reopening america's borders to all fully vaccinated travelers next month. the monster wildfire in california threatening more homes and an oil refinery. the fast-moving fire burning across more than 15,000 acres. thousands now forced to evacuate. flames cutting off the 101 freeway. matt gutman on the fire line. tracking dangerous storms in the west. heavy rain and snow, whiteout conditions in some areas. at least nine reported tornadoes touching down in the plains. the new threats tonight. rob marciano timing it all out. breaking news overseas. images coming in following a deadly bow and arrow attack. several people killed, others wounded. the fda issuing new guidelines on how much sodium we consume. the message to food manufacturers, restaurants, and
school cafeterias. and actor william shatner making history. >> i hope i never recover from this. >> at 90 years old, becoming the oldest person to fly into space aboard blue origin's new shepard capsule. good evening. it's great to have you with us on a wednesday night. i'm whit johnson, in for david. we begin with the crisis in america's supply chain. empty shelves, long waits, and rising prices as the holiday crunch fast approaches. tonight, president biden vowing to act. bringing business, labor, and shipping companies together to end the bottleneck. we've been reporting on the traffic jam at the nation's ports. cargo ships waiting for days to unload. a shortage of workers on the docks. once on land, more delays. not enough truck drivers to move the goods. shoppers finding bare shelves.
many items from toys to toasters in short supply. all of it contributing to rising prices, especially painful at the pump. and this just in, a large fire breaking out near shipping containers at the port of los angeles. tonight, that same port has agreed to operate around the clock. union workers will put in longer hours, and shipping companies will speed up deliveries. working to untangle the snarled supply lines. cecilia vega leads us off. >> reporter: tonight in long beach, california, at what should one of the busiest ports in the country, a fleet of container ships sitting idle. containers stacked high, waiting to be unloaded. the bottleneck leading to a crisis in america's supply chain. now facing skyrocketing prices and bare store shelves, president biden is vowing to act. >> we're going to help speed up the delivery of goods all across america. >> reporter: in the midst of the global pandemic, the cost of shipping containers needed to
move goods from asia to the u.s., soaring. plus a shortage of workers, from longshoremen on the dock to truck drivers, all leading to scenes like this. empty shelves at tim metcalfe's grocery store in wisconsin. >> the supply chain issues we're having are really kind of from soup to nuts. >> reporter: he says he's seeing price hikes across the board, and he's not alone. americans are paying more for everything, from diapers to new cars, up more than 8%. and clothes, up more than 3%. and it could get even worse as the holidays approach. >> with the holidays coming up, you might be wondering if gifts you plan to buy will arrive on time. >> reporter: americans are looking at shortages on things like toasters, sneakers, bikes, and toys. >> there are certain things that are not coming, that will not be here. i know a lot of toy makers that we have talked to have looked into renting their own planes, putting things on trains, renting their own trucks. it's been dramatic. >> reporter: tonight, the white
house praising news that the port of los angeles will now run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. union workers will put in longer hours and shipping companies like u.p.s., walmart, and fedex will increase overnight hours to get the goods on store shelves. >> the commitments being made today are a sign of major progress in moving goods from manufacturers to a store or your front door. >> cecilia vega joins us from the white house tonight. as we see this rising inflation, you're learning tonight that seniors will soon get more money in their pockets through social security. >> reporter: yes, a nearly 6% cost of living boost. this is an increase we haven't seen in nearly four decades. it's supposed to help offset some of the price hikes in those essentials we've been talking about like food and gas.
tonight, some good news for the average american retiree who is now looking at $92 more a month come january. >> we're hoping that makes a difference. cecilia, thank you. now to the pandemic. a new study on mixing and matching vaccines coming on the eve of a key fda panel meeting on booster shots. the preliminary findings from an nih study indicating that getting a booster different from your original vaccination is likely safe and effective. and what the research shows about following a johnson & johnson shot with either pfizer or moderna. and up next for that panel, pfizer's vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds. the white house telling governors to get ready to vaccinate kids in that age group early next month. the biden administration also announcing the reopening of border crossings with canada and mexico. the u.s. welcoming vaccinated travelers next month as well, one more sign that we may be turning the corner. here's stephanie ramos. >> reporter: tonight, preliminary results from a highly anticipated study finding that when it comes to boosters, mixing and matching vaccines is likely safe and effective. the study from the national
institutes of health looking at moderna, pfizer, and johnson & johnson, determining that no matter the booster, all study participants saw a substantial uptick in antibody levels after a booster shot. and for those who got the johnson & johnson shot, the study finding antibody levels were higher if they followed it up with moderna or pfizer versus j&j. >> while this is really exciting, it's based on very small sample sizes. so it gives us a window into, you know, data that we'll see over the coming weeks. >> reporter: but antibodies are only one part of immune protection, and the study did not measure precisely how well each booster protected a person. mixing vaccine boosters is among the data to be presented over the next two days, as an fda advisory panel votes on whether to authorize moderna and j&j's boosters for those 18 and over. tonight, the biden administration's booster rollout off to a good start. >> by the end of today, we estimate that over 7 million americans will have gotten their booster shot, including about 3 million just in the last week.
>> reporter: and in a return to normalcy, the u.s. reopening its land borders after nearly 19 months, allowing fully vaccinated tourists and other nonessential travelers to enter from mexico and canada starting in early november. this comes as the white house rc children ages 5 to 11 in early november. >> 1, 2. >> reporter: officials say they have enough pfizer pediatric doses for the 28 million eligible children, pending authorization from the cdc and fda. the doses, about a third of what adults get, to be distributed in 100-dose packs to pediatricians, hospitals, and pharmacies. >> we'll make it convenient and easy for parents and kids to get vaccinated. we have the supply and we will be ready. >> reporter: in virginia, just a day after her daughter's funeral, a mother speaking out. pushing for safety measures to stay in place. her 10-year-old daughter died just five days after showing
symptoms from covid. >> covid is real. and our wish is that people take it more seriously. >> the virus still having a devastating impact on families. stephanie, the next two days will be critical with an independent fda panel meeting on the booster shots. give us a reality check on what we can expect. >> reporter: whit, the fda panel is expected to meet thursday and friday to talk about moderna and j&j boosters. for now, fda advisers are planning to weigh in on an additional dose. the new study offering early reassurance that mixing and matching appears to be safe. whit? >> stephanie, thank you. now to the wildfire emergency in california. the state bracing for a new round of extreme winds. gusts as high as 50 miles per hour fueling the alisal fire in santa barbara county.
scorching more than 23 square miles. shutting down part of the 101 highway for a second day. families forced to evacuate as the fire races down the hills towards the sea. matt gutman is in california. >> reporter: tonight, with those flames encircling homes, the urgent aerial fight to save them. the alisal fire roaring down from the mountains, chewing through more than 15,000 acres and cutting off one of california's most important freeways, the 101 in santa barbara county. the fire driven by ferocious winds, as we discovered early tuesday. the wind here has been the story. these gusts have been up to 35, 40, even 50 miles an hour. those winds already grounding firefighting aircraft for a time. now shifting. >> the wind shifting is the most dangerous and critical time. because the fire will change directions on us. >> reporter: families evacuating through tunnels of smoke and flame on the 101 monday.
fire whirls rising skyward. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: burning structures, threatening the ranch patrick brown's family has owned for more than 80 years. >> i put my lifetime in it. and, you know, i just hope it makes it. >> reporter: whit, this is peak of california fire season. the vegetation out here is remarkably dry, just as the seasonal winds begin to pick up. there are now red flag warnings for northern california starting tomorrow, friday, and saturday here in the los angeles area. >> matt, thank you. and the california winds just part of the extreme weather striking more than half the country in the last 24 hours. nne reported tornadoes including this one in sharon springs, kansas. up to two feet of snow in the rockies. hazardous driving in wyoming. and now texas and oklahoma bracing for the remnants of hurricane pamela. right now plowing through mexico. rob marciano joins us.
where is the dangerous weather hitting right now? >> reporter: all three systems that you mentioned are merging into one giant, slow-moving mess. the center of the low is still across the northern plains, with wind, snow, rain, severe weather, at least one tornado touching down tonight. and the impending cold front spawning severe weather yesterday and again tonight through texas and missouri, that is tapping into the deep tropical moisture of what is left over from hurricane pamela. heavy downpours widespread tonight and tomorrow. moderate risk of flash flooding from the rio grande through dallas and oklahoma. the next 36 hours will be wet before it all moves east. whit? >> rob, thank you. we move to the breaking news from overseas. a horrific scene in oslo, norway. a deadly bow and arrow attack. five people killed, two injured. james longman joins us from london. james, you're getting new information about how this attack was carried out. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, whit. tonight, the suspect is under
arrest after this horrific attack that took place south of the norwegian capital, oslo. investigators say this man walked around firing a bow and arrow at people seemingly randomly. he killed five and wounded two others. among those impacted was an off-duty police officer. authorities intercepted him 20 minutes after learning of the rampage. they called it a confrontation with police officers. investigators say they believe this man did act alone. the acting prime minister says it was gruesome but it's too early to speculate on a motive. officials are asking anyone impacted by all this to gather at a local hotel for support. whit? >> james longman with the new developments, thank you. we have news tonight from the supreme court today. oral arguments about the death penalty sentence for boston bomber jokhar tsarnaev at issue, saying the trial judge didn't
vet jurors closely enough and barred evidence about the influence of at today's hearing, the conservative majority seemed inclined to reinstate the death penalty even though the biden administration has suspended all federal executions for now. and a new report from the tsa tonight, officers detecting a record number of firearms at airport security checkpoints so far this year. tsa officers stopping nearly 4,500 passengers from carrying firearms on their flights. surpassing the previous record of just over 4,400 detected in all of 2019. and we still have three months to go in the year. now to that historic space flight. jeff bezos' blue origin company blasting off with the oldest person ever to travel into space. science fiction coming true for 90-year-old actor william shatner. captain kirk returning to earth overcome with emotion. saying he was struck by the
planet's vulnerability. gio benitez was there for the launch, later speaking with the planet's newest space travelers. >> reporter: tonight, history made. "star trek's" captain kirk, william shatner, boldly going to the final frontier and back. >> william shatner. >> reporter: at 90 years old, becoming the oldest person ever to blast off into space. more than five decades after "star trek" began. >> welcome aboard, captain. >> reporter: today, traveling aboard amazon founder jeff bezos' blue origin spacecraft, along with two paying customers, and blue origin's vp, audrey powers. the rocket traveling 66.5 miles over the west texas desert. shatner saying simply, wow. the crew experiencing three minutes of weightlessness before parachuting back down to earth. the whole mission just over ten minutes. afterwards, bezos opening the latch. >> hello, astronauts. welcome to earth. >> reporter: shatner and the
crew emerging. >> to see the blue cover go right by and now you're staring into blackness. that's the thing. the covering of blue, this sheet, this blanket, this comforter of blue that we have around us. we think, oh, the blue sky, and then suddenly you shoot through it all, and you rip off the sheet when you're asleep and you're looking into blackness, into black ugliness. and you look down, there's the blue down there and the black up there. >> reporter: shatner overcome. >> i'm so filled with emotion about what just happened. i just -- it's extraordinary. extraordinary. i hope i never recover from this. i hope that i can maintain what i feel now. i don't want to lose it. >> reporter: and right after, we were there with the crew. what made you so emotional up there?
>> the absolute startling, unexpected difference between the darkness of space and the blue of earth. out there lies coldness. yes, the mystery of space, but right here lies sustenance, life, nurturing. >> reporter: what do you think you're going to take back from this experience? >> to see something of the difference of life and death. >> the words from captain kirk right there. gio benitez joins us live near the launch site in texas. gio, what is next for blue origin? how are they planning to top this? >> reporter: whit, they have one more flight scheduled this year. more in 2022. but i've got to tell you, you mentioned that emotion there. it wasn't just shatner. all of the crew members say they were crying today, and they can't think of a better ambassador for the future of humanity than captain kirk. >> it was fun. gio, thank you. when we come back here tonight, cut the salt.
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francisco fights to keep walgreens from closing 10% of its stores in the finally tonight, "america strong." let's just say it, the rescue flight that has clearly gone to the dogs. pups on a plane with a new lease on life. a volunteer and 27 dogs piling aboard this small plane flying from alabama to florida. part of a rescue mission to save them from overcrowded shelters. before the flight, playing in the grass at the airport. then onboard, checking out the view. others, asleep. this video going viral. more than 13 million views. and tonight, we're happy to report, every single one of them now adopted in forever homes.
most from this rescue outside of orlando. >> once the puppies land with rescue flights orlando, we go ahead and make sure they have everything they need before they go off to their foster homes. anything from towels to treats to food and blankets. and making sure they have their vaccines and shots ready to go. >> reporter: harry adopted with his sister hermione. and lila, now happy in her dad's lap. tonight, that volunteer telling us there are tons of loving animals who need homes. please visit your local shelter, where each dog has an incredible journey. sometimes a first-class seat. the rescue telling us they do this every week, and they plan to keep going. a howling success. thanks so much for watching. i'm whit johnson. for david and all of us, have a great night.
announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. kristen: it's this exclusive abc7 video that went viral that's part of a much bigger story. but san francisco leaders hope they can rewrite the ending. i'm kristen sze. larry: i'm larry beal. you're watching on abc7 hulu live and wherever you stream. five walgreens stores in san francisco will shut down. they're spread out across the city. you can see the location across the screen. kristen: the company says it's because of crime. this could be a part of something bigger. that's why we have phil joining us tonight to give us some perspective. larry: but first, colonel bernard because san francisco's mayor, colonel is holding out hope that walgreens will change its mind at the last.
colonel: yeah, the mayor is hoping that some of the stores willsider. but walgreens says they have no choice to close those stores. >> we're going miss it >> shoppers upset over the pending closure on clement street in san francisco. but many know why these doors are closing for good. >> this doesn't have to do with the the business or location or the economy. it has to do with people taking out whatever they want and they can't stop them at all. >> rampant re tail theft is why they've chosen to close one near ocean after. caesar chavez in the mission and goff street in in hays valley where our reporter shot this viral theft video over the summer the mayor says that suspect was arrested. >> so i want people who are sadly committing these crimes to keep this in mind because it