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thank you so much for joining us. among the topics we covered today -- c tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. thousands of reunions at american airports. and breaking news as we come on involving boosters. pfizer is likely to ask for approval for everyone 18 and over. the u.s. lifting travel restrictions on dozens of countries. visitors required to show proof of vaccination and a negative coming here.ithin three days of- and the u.s. saying pfizer is set to ask for approval of booster shots, not just for older americans, but for everyone 18 and older. the fbi helping the case tonight. the criminal investigation into the deadly concert horror in houston. tonight, the new and terrifying
images of the chaos. the crowd surging toward the stage as travis scott performed. crushing fans against barricades. people trampled. the girl begging for help. and the police chief who spoke to travis scott before the concert about safety. tonight, the trial of kyle rittenhouse, accused of killing two people during protests in wisconsin. the medic who said he thought he was going to die. tonight, the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill now passed. after years of talk and no action, now it's here. tonight, the white house says hundreds of thousands of new jobs, roads, bridges, and bro broadba broadband. new subpoenas in the january 6th investigation. and tonight, new reporting from jonathan karl.
former president trump's threat to his own party on his way out of the white house. and the manhunt after a deadly shooting at a target. the school bus crash. the middle school students onboard. and the injuries tonight. the hand signal seen on tiktok videos that authorities say saved a teenage girl's life. and we stand up for heroes, right here tonight. good evening. it's great to start another week with all of you at home. we begin with two major headlines, the hugs today, the thousands of reunions for the first time in at least 18 months. the u.s. lifting travel restrictions on 33 countries, including canada, mexico, and most of europe. pfizer late today likely to ask for authorization for millions
18 and older. and flights taking off from heathrow, bound for new york city. passengers required to have proof of vaccination and a negative covid test within three days of traveling here. images of emotional reunions coming in. a couple hugging following a flight from germany to chicago's o'hare airport. and cars lining up at the canadian border, waiting to come in. and we learned of the request soon coming from pfizer. there could soon be boosters for millions more americans. stephanie ramos leads us off tonight. >> reporter: american borders reopening today for thousands of fully-vaccinated visitors from 33 countries for the first time in at least 18 months. for families and loved ones separated by the pandemic, emotional reunions. >> she was a little girl when i last saw her. she's a big girl and an adult now. >> reporter: bhavna patel
finally getting to meet her grandson. >> there's no words. you can't describe -- how do you describe this feeling? you know, such a joy. >> reporter: celebrations kicking off early in the uk as crowds lined up to board planes to the u.s. twin flights taking off together from heathrow airport and getting a big welcome on arrival in the u.s. >> i feel like david beckham. it's crazy. >> reporter: those visitors 18 and older must show proof of vaccination and a negative covid test within three days of traveling. and at the u.s. border with mexico and canada, proof of vaccination only. as thousands of vaccinated travelers crowd checkpoints and airports. in los angeles today, a protest against a vaccine mandate for city workers. but in new york city, the mandate appears to be working. 93% of city workers are now vaccinated. but over the weekend, an appeals court blocking the biden administration's mandate for businesses. the owner of this hardwood company in memphis doesn't plan
to enforce the new rule. >> i think it's very important to get vaccinated. however, i think the government has no right to tell you to get vaccina vaccinated. >> reporter: vaccinations of 5 to 11-year-olds this week ramping up at pharmacies, and across new york city, pop-up clinics at public schools. >> this is basically the best feeling of triumph i've had in, like, years. >> reporter: over the weekend even big bird announcing he got the vaccine, tweeting, "my wing is feeling a little sore, but it'll give my body an extra protective boost that keeps me and others healthy." big bird drawing praise from the president, but backlash from senator ted cruz, tweeting, "government propaganda for your 5-year-old." a u.s. government official tells abc news pfizer is likely to seek authorization from the fda for vaccine boosters for those 18 and older as early as this week. no word on when a decision could come down. but health officials say they
expect a third shot would be necessary to boost protection. david? >> stephanie, thank you. we move on to other news this monday night. the fbi now helping in the criminal information into that concert tragedy in houston. at least eight people killed in the crush of the crowd at the astroworld festival. several lawsuits have been filed against travis scott and promoter live nation. new and terrifying images of the chaos. people trampled. the crowd surging toward the stage, crushing fans against barricades. tonight, questions about crowd control. and news the police chief spoke to travis scott before the concert about safety. marcus moore now from houston. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi is now assisting in the criminal investigation into this deadly crowd surge at houston's astroworld music festival. the families of the eight killed, who range in age from 14 to 27, demanding answers. >> you go to a concert to have
fun, you don't go to a concert to die. >> reporter: 50,000 fans filled nrg stadium friday for the first night of the two-day concert headlined by rapper travis scott. when scott took the stage a little after 9:00 p.m., concertgoers pushed their way forward, seen here in this apple livestream, pressing others into the barricades. quentin sauvage's brother fell and got trapped underneath a mountain of bodies for 20 minutes. once free, they made their way to event staff. >> i was like, there are people dying. like, you have to cancel the show. and the guy said, word for word, "it's a mosh pit, what do you expect?" >> reporter: at one point, the crowd heard chanting, "stop the show." by 9:30, authorities say, reports of injuries were pouring in. at 9:38, police declared the concert a mass casualty incident. still, the show went on for nearly half an hour longer. one woman saying she climbed the stage platform to beg the camera crew to help. scott appearing to acknowledge
an ambulance in the crowd. >> there's an ambulance -- whoa, whoa. >> reporter: at 10:10, the show was finally stopped. today, on social media, backlash about the concert going that long. other artists pausing the show so fans can get medical attention. tonight, these images show security already overwhelmed earlier in the day. arturo sanchez among the dozens transported to the hospital. trampled, he suffered a heart attack. you felt like you were going to die. >> whenever i hit the floor and that guy was on me, i was like, this is it. this is how i'm going to go out. >> reporter: scott, along with the concert's organizer live nation, now facing a growing number of lawsuits. a day after the tragedy, the rapper taking to instagram. >> i could never imagine anything like this just happening. >> reporter: houston's police chief said he did meet with scott before the performance. and expressed his concerns about
public safety. also asking his team to be mindful of their messaging on social media. david, also tonight, live nation saying they will respond to those lawsuits at the appropriate time. david? >> marcus, thank you. we're going to turn next to the trial of kyle rittenhouse. accused of killing two people during the protests in kenosha, wisconsin. tonight, the medic who said he thought he was going to die. here's alex perez. >> reporter: in court today, jurors for the first time hearing from the man who was shot by kyle rittenhouse and survived. gaige grosskreutz testifying about when he initially came upon rittenhouse armed with a semi-automatic rifle. >> i thought the defendant was an active shooter. >> reporter: thinking rittenhouse had shot people, grosskreutz started following him that night as the teenager appeared to be running away. prosecutors playing a livestream video grosskreutz recorded. you can hear grosskreutz asking rittenhouse questions.
>> hey, what are you doing? you shot somebody? who's shot? >> reporter: rittenhouse, prosecutors say, had already shot and killed joseph rosenbaum when grosskreutz says he witnessed him shoot anthony huber, who also died. armed with his own glock pistol, grosskreutz testified he pointed his weapon in rittenhouse's direction. >> what was going through your mnd? >> that i was going to die. >> reporter: rittenhouse shot grosskreutz in the arm. grosskreutz testified he never intended to shoot rittenhouse, but the defense arguing rittenhouse only fired in self-defense. >> it wasn't until you pointed your gun at him that he fired, right? >> correct. >> reporter: and david, if convicted, rittenhouse could face life in prison. the prosecution could rest the case as early as tomorrow. >> alex, thank you. and now to the hard-fought victory for president biden, the $1 trillion bipartisan
infrastructure bill finally passed. the white house says hundreds of thousands of new jobs, as they fix roads and bridges, build new ones, and bring broadband to rule america. tonight, some of the communities who could see results. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, president biden celebrating the passage of his trillion-dollar infrastructure package, something presidents have promised for years. >> we can't afford washington politics to stand in the way of america's progress. >> our infrastructure will once again be the envy of the world. >> finally, infrastructure week. i'm so happy to say that. infrastructure week. >> reporter: the bill funnels billions to upgrade public transit, improve water supply, and expand broadband internet to rural communities. it aims to put hundreds of thousands of americans to work, rebuilding roads and bridges like this one in sharkey county, mississippi. it's been completely closed off, so for farmer jeffrey mitchell, hicrops isvean hour.
what is the cost of inaction for farmers like you? >> you know, i guess the cost of this action is having the inefficiency and the liability of moving around to another bridge when we could just drive across that one. >> reporter: pretty easy fix? >> yeah, i just need a bridge. and we all do, you know, it's not just me. >> reporter: mississippi is bridge repairs. $225 million fo- and money soon to flow across the country. michigan may get $1.3 billion to help clean up the lead from its water. and new jersey could use the funding for a new tunnel to new york. today, i asked transportation secretary pete buttigieg how long it will all take. we were down in mississippi talking to farmers who have had bridges closed down in their area for two or three years. so when exactly can americans expect to see a difference in their lives? >> the short answer is as fast
as many of these agencies and workforces can absorb those dollars. >> a lot of communities waiting. rachel, we know president biden is expected to sign the bill next week. and he wants democrats and republicans right there with him? >> reporter: yes, that was the president's promise all along. congress is out on recess. they will be back in town next week. as for the much larger social spending package, democrats want a vote on that by thanksgiving. they're not expecting any republican support. so the president will have to keep his party united. >> rachel, thank you. we learned late today of new subpoenas in the january 6th investigation, targeting several members of former president trump's inner circle. and new reporting by jonathan karl about trump's threats to his own party on his way out of the white house. here's jon. >> reporter: on the day donald trump left the white house for the last time,
he decided if he lost the election, he would take the republican party down with him. >> so have a good life. we will see you soon. thank you. thank you very much. >> reporter: inside, he was fuming. as i report in my upcoming book, "betrayal: the final act of the trump show," soon after boarding air force one for the very last time, trump took a call from republican party chairwoman ronna mcdaniel. according to multiple sources familiar with the conversation, trump told mcdaniel he was done with the gop. "i'm starting my own party," he said. "you cannot do that," mcdaniel told trump. "if you do, we will lose forever." "exactly. you lose forever without me," trump responded. "i don't care." republican leaders responded with a warning -- if trump left the party, they would stop paying his legal fees. and they would take control of his email list of donors, which trump rents to candidates for millions of dollars. the hardball tactics worked. trump backed down. trump and mcdaniel issued statements together denying this
report. those denials are a lie, and they know the denials are a lie. this account comes from multiple high-level gop sources. here's a quote from one official who directly witnessed the call, and described trump's reaction when mcdaniel told him he would cause republicans to lose forever. quote, he didn't care. it was punishment. you would lose forever. >> in the meantime, you talk about this party he was threatening to leave, start his own party. but 78% of republicans in that recent poll say they want him to run again, and the party he was threatening to leave. >> that's why republicans calculate they absolutely need trump. tonight, kevin mccarthy, the republican leader in the house, is having a big fund-raiser. and the headline speaker is donald trump. >> jon, thank you. state farm is standing by
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finally tonight, bob woodruff, his wife, and their mission for more than a decade. what they did during this pandemic. "america strong." it was 2006 in iraq and a moment we will never forget. our abc news colleague and friend, bod woodruff, badly injured. a roadside bomb, an ied, hitting the convoy in iraq. his long road to recovery. his children helping him with his words. >> buckle. >> belt buckle. you taught me! belt buckle. >> reporter: ever since, fighting for our warriors through the bob woodruff foundation with his wife, lee. and their annual "stand up for heroes." during this pandemic, they've helped feed veterans and their
families. investing more than $80 million. partnering with organizations like craig newmark philanthropies. >> i worked with bob woodruff foundation to bring together some of the organizations across our country. the goal is simple, get people fed, today, tomorrow, and then, for the long term. >> reporter: in killeen, texas, helping bob's foundation, along with the military family advisory network, providing more than 65,000 meals to 600 military families at ft. hood. >> between now and the end of the year, this collaboration will feed, will provide 1 million meals to military families. >> reporter: in queens, new york, helping the new york city department of veterans services. >> the pandemic mobilized a lot of our veterans. veterans always rise to the challenge and that's what we saw with the veterans here. >> in new york, 92-year-old jack sonshine, a korean war army veteran. citymeals on wheels is now delivering meals to jack and 1,600 veterans.
north carolina, navy veteran jessica case. >> in the middle of the pandemic, i found myself in a bad situation where i was homeless with three kids. >> reporter: helped by bob's foundation and veterans services of the carolinas. now has a new home, and a new job. >> thank you bob woodruff for partnering with veterans services of the carolinas to help combat food insecurities for veterans in our area. >> reporter: and this former marine corporal, he lost his right leg below the knee. hit with an ied in iraq. what he once said about the extraordinary help from stand up for heroes. >> we all have our own challenges when we return home. our own mountains to climb. but we are not alone. >> to help, go to the bob >> building a better bay area,
moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> the rain is just about back in the bay area. the north bay is going to get the rain first. >> now to our east bay hills tower camera, the rain will be in the east bay a little later than that. >> same goes for the rooftop camera, you can see it is dry but already cloudy ahead of the rain. good afternoon. >> you can see what is coming down come on the green means rain and we have team coverage for you today. >> let's begin with spencer into the forecast. spencer: you can see the rain is bearing down on the bay area and heavy rain is falling offshore and i clean some light sprinkles are already falling in the northbay. this ranks as moderate intensity and we expect rain to be heavy at times with strong, gusty wind, this will continue overnight. isolated thunder is possible.
starting at 5:00, then notice at 8:00, heavy rain in the northbay and impacting other parts of the northbay as well. the heaviest rain and strong wind overnight and late night, until about 3:00 a.m. by the morning commute, it will be quite wet, the bulk of the store may have passed through but roadways could be wet and there could be ponding and localized flooding. commuters should err that in mind. we expect totals to be significant. a wind advisory in effect from 7:00 tonight until 3:00 a.m. tomorrow with gusts up to 45 miles per hour at times. that is the entire bay area. a winter weather advisory in effect until 7:00 tomorrow morning for the sierra. we get the rain, since -- of the sierra gets the snow, and i will have the forecast later. kristen: thank you. now to laura anthony, live in san rafael,