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return to normal but we got a sneak peek of “the world according to jeff goldblum,” now streaming on disney plus. tonight, breaking news -- steve bannon, one of president trump's closest allies, indicted by a federal grand jury for refusing to comply with a subpoena to answer questions about january 6th. refusing to appear before the house committee investigating the january 6th attack on the capitol and what led up to it. the day before the riot, bannon on his podcast telling his lioners, quote, all hell is going to break loose tomorrow, and tomorrow is game day. the next di, the attack and as part of it, rioter could be heard "hang mike pence." our jonathan karl asking him, were you concerned about the vice president's safety? how he answers.
when jon presses about the chants, hang pence, saying it's common sense you're prosed to protect the vote. the kyle rittenhouse trial. the judge indicating he'll likely allow the jury to consider lesser charges when deliberations begin as early as monday. the decision could be a huge break for the prosecution. we have late reporting. the alarming new numbers tonight. covid now on the rise again in the u.s., and now california and new mexico tonight joining other states and purrishing for boost everyone 18 and older because of what they're seeing in the icu. what the judge decided in the pretty any spears case in an effort to control her own money, her own earnings. the scene outside that court right now. the american economy tonight and the eye-opening new number. american workers quitting their jobs. the record number revealed tonight. the list of factors. what's driving this? the horrible news today -- a
fellow crew member who just flew to space with william senator in die in the a plane crash today just week after making history. the massive storm from the midwest to the northeast. heavy rains and winds gusting more than 60 miles per hour. wind damage, and what's coming behind this. rob marciano is here tonight. and our abc news special report on climate. tonight, amy robach takes us to antarctica. up to 30-foot waves. tonight, the beautiful penguins up close. amy on her journey tonight. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together here. and there are several breaking stories as we come on the air tonight. we're going to begin with that federal indictment against steve
bannon. a long-time ally and adviser to former president trump. late today a federal grand jury indicting bannon on two count of contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate with the house committee investigating what happened on january 6th and what led up to this day. bannon defying a subpoena to appear and documents saying he was doing so at request of the former president. the committee wanted to hear from bannon who said on his podcast the day before the attack, quote, all hell is going to break loose tomorrow, and that, quote, tomorrow is game day. it of course was the next day, the attack at the capitol and as part of it, rioter could be heard yelling "hang mike pence". tonight here, the interview with trump months after the riot with jonathan karl who pressed him about the vice president, asking, were you worried about his safety and the chants "hang mike e"? the former president's answers making news, and so the steve bannon tonight with that federal indictment on contempt charges. what does this mean for others
who have been subpoenaed by that committee? our chief washington ading us off tonight. >> reporter: the federal grand jury indicted steve bannon from the congressional committee investigating the january 6th riot. bannon is a central figure in the investigation, the resolution holding him in contempt of congress pointed to his own words on his podcast the day before the riot. >> all hell is going to break loose tomorrow. >> reporter: bannon told trump supporters, "this is your time in history." >> all i can say is strap in. you made this happen, and tomorrow it's game day. >> reporter: bannon says he is refusing to cooperate at the direction of former president trump. he's not the only one defying a congressional. today, the committee was supposed to hear from former white house chief of staff mark meadows, but he didn't show up. meadows helped spread trump's lies about election fraud. as i report for the first time in my book, "betrayal: the final act of the trump show," he also played a pivotal role in pressuring vice president mike pence to overturn the
election, sending the vice president a memo written by trump lawyer jenna ellis on new year's eve, outlining how pence should nullify joe biden's electoral votes on january 6th. pence refused and had to be evacuated from the senate chamber as rioters stormed the capitol chanting, "hang mike pence." >> hang mike pence! hang mike pence! >> reporter: in an interview for "betrayal," i asked trump about that and he defended the rioters calling for pence's execution. were you worried about him during that siege? were you worried about his safety? >> no, i thought he was well-protected, and i had heard that he was in good shape. no, because i had heard he was in very good shape. but -- but -- no, i think -- >> reporter: because you heard those chants, that was terrible. >> well, the people were very angry. >> they were saying, "hang mike pence." >> because it's -- it's common sense that you're supposed to
protect -- how can you -- if you know a vote is fraudulent, how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to congress? >> let's bring back jonathan karl live in washington. we learned steve bannon expected to surrender to authorities on monday, and what now for others who have been subpoenaed by that committee, so many of the president's former aides and allies. >> reporter: the committee today said it is considering contempt charges against mark meadows and all the others can now see there is a price to pay for defiance -- bannon faces if found guilty up to two years in prison as the chair of the committee bennie thompson says, this sends a message that, quote, no one is above the law. david in. >> jonathan karl leading us off. thank you. we're going to turn now to major developments in the kyle rittenhouse trial. the judge indicating he'll allow the jury to consider lesser charges during deliberations which could begin as early as monday. if he allows that it would be a
break for the prosecution. abc's alex perez on the trial again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, major developments that could change the course of the kyle rittenhouse trial. >> if i allow those, then the jury, if they are unable to agree that you're guilty of the charged offense, will have the opportunity to consider whether you're guilty of the less serious offense. >> reporter: the judge indicating he will likely allow the jury, who's expected to begin deliberating monday, to consider lesser charges against rittenhouse, who's accused of killing joseph rosenbaum and anthony huber and injuring gaige grosskreutz with an ar-15. that change could be a huge break for prosecutors fighting for a conviction. the judge also indicating he will likely instruct the jury to consider whether rittenhouse provoked rosenbaum before the shooting. the key piece of evidence, this drone video. >> where's the best picture, please? >> that -- we'll show it to the finder of facts. >> you're asking me to give an instruction. i want to see the best picture. >> reporter: the judge leaving the bench to examine it closely. prosecutors argue it shows
rittenhouse provoked rosenbaum by raising his gun. >> he raises it up right there. >> reporter: if the jury agrees, it could unravel rittenhouse's claim of self-defense. david, the jury will get instructions monday morning. they'll then hear closing arguments and could be deliberating by late monday afternoon. authorities in wisconsin have activated 500 national guardsmen to be on stand by once a verdict is reached. >> alex perez with us all week on this. thank you. now to another case making national news for months and a late headline involving britney spears and her fight to control her own money, earnings. a judge today ending the nearly 14-year long conserb to haveship giving her control of her life and fortune. abc's kaylee hartung with the scene at the court. [ cheers ] >> reporter: tonight, cheers erupting outside this court in los angeles. hundred of brit any spears' most
loyal fans overcome we motion after the judge ended the conservatorship. the judge saying it's no longer required as her attorney assured the court safety nets are in place financially and personally to put britney in a position to succeed and protect her $60 million fortune. >> how will britney spears' life be different when she wakes up tomorrow opposed to the last 14 years? >> she'll wake up for the first time a free woman. >> reporter: the conservatorship ending with lightning speed after britney demanded it end. moments ago, britney tweeting, good god, i love my fans so much it's crazy. i think i'm going to cry the rest of the day. best day ever. praise the lord. can i get an amen? #freedbritney. that court hearing without a ing single objection from anyone involved. britney could have a fight ahead
of her. because as she said she wants to see her father in jail. we turn now to the pandemic and the alarming reversing of the downward trend. covid back on the rise. authorities pointing to the colder weather and people staying inside. the push for boosters for everyone 18 and older. california and new mexico among those urging all adults to get the boosters even before the fda and cdc act. and the map tonight, nearly half of all states in this country with cases now rising more than 10%. here's abc's stephanie ramos now. >> reporter: faced with rising covid cases, california and new mexico now joining colorado to extend booster shots for all adults. >> if you think you will benefit from getting a booster shot, i encourage you to go out and get it. supply's available. >> reporter: 4 states are now pushing boosters for everyone over 18 ahead of a cdc decision, which is expected soon. >> i actually think it's the correct decision medically.
so i think it's really important that the cdc, fda and the governors in the affected states as we move into the winter get on the same page. >> reporter: that winter surge just beginning. hospitals from colorado to vermont scrambling to care for more covid patients. >> our teams are extremely busy. it's not getting easier. everyone's tired. we're stretched. >> reporter: many hospitals seeing more vaccinated patients, like older people and the immunocompromised. >> the person either has chronic medical conditions that put them at greater risk, or these may be people who got vaccinated very early on in the pandemic and they may be experiencing some waning immunity. >> reporter: just 1 in 3 seniors who are eligible for a booster shot has gotten one. and the 107 million americans unvaccinated in this country still driving up most of the new infections. >> we have almost half the population not vaccinated, and unfortunately there's still a lot of warm water for that
hurricane delta to pass over, the warm water being the unvaccinated. >> reporter: david, it's unclear when the fda and cdc will make a decision to extend boosters, but tonight there's reporting at from "the washington post" about internal discussions among top health officials over whether all adults should get their boosters now. but clearly we are hearing from these states that want to try to boost protection now heading into the winter. david? >> stephanie ramos on the virus tonight. thank you. we're going to turn now to the american economy and jobs tonight and a record number reveal involving the number of americans walking away from their jobs. 4.4 million american workers quitting in septembr. so what's driving this and this need for workers across the country playing into this. inflation now gripping the country. here's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, the white house on the defensive amid the news that a record 4.4 million americans quit their jobs in september. press secretary jen psaki putting a rosy spin on the numbers.
>> ultimately, that's a good thing. many workers feel this is a time to look for a better job with greater pay and more benefits. >> reporter: experts say that's not the only reason so many people are quitting. there's also the difficulty of finding childcare during the pandemic, a mismatch between skills and available jobs, and a large number of retirements. the government also surged support for americans during the pandemic -- stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment, rental assistance, food subsidies. but the bottom line is that businesses across the country are desperately searching for workers. >> i could easily here hire another ten people, and i've -- it's hard to get even one. >> reporter: susan limb owns the praline bakery and restaurant in maryland. because she can't find workers, she's been forced to curtail her offerings. she can't seat as many customers. what's more, the cost of ingredients is skyrocketing. >> a case of butter increased like $15 from last week to this week. and you know, eggs sometimes can jump $20 from week to week. >> reporter: $20.
moody's chief analyst, mark zandi, says what we're seeing is a perfect storm. >> the worker shortages are conflating with the supply chain problems, just creating this massive shortage of product and as a result higher prices, inflation. >> reporter: zandi predicts inflation will remain high for more than a year. >> i think were seeing the worst of the inflation right now, but it's not gonna get better really fast. >> reporter: and economist mark zandi says the fundamental reason for the rise in inflation is the delta variant. he says it has scrambled the labor markets. he says things will get better but it's going to take some time. >> rachel scott at the white house. thank you, rachel. the awful news today that a fellow crew member who just flew to space with actor william shatner, that crew member die in the a plane crash just weeks after he and that crew made history. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: he was one of the crew members on that historic flight to the edge of space with legendary actor william shatner. but tonight, word that 49-year-old businessman
glenn de vries, one of the few private citizens to make it to space, was killed in a small plane crash thursday, along with flight school owner, thomas fisher. it was just last month when de vries soared 66 miles above the earth and shared with us his passion for science and rsearch. >> we love, both of us, advocating for stem and science and in a few minutes, we have a lifetime of stuff to understand and inspire people with. >> reporter: that lifetime cut short on a single-engine cessna in new jersey. tonight, blue origin saying in a statement, we are devastated. his passion for aviation, his charitable work, and his dedication to his craft will long be revered and admired. and david, we still don't know what caused this crash, but just moments ago, jeff bezos tweeted that he is heartbroken, calling de vries a visionary. >> horrible news. gio, thank you.
overseas and the growing concern involving russia. u.s. worrying russia may be weighing a potentialfasukraine. satellite images showing russian troops and equipment gathering about 142 miles north of the board we are ukraine. secretary of state antony blinken saying today there is cause for, quote, real concern. the kremlin is denying it has any aggressive intentions. and from myanmar tonight, an american journalist has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars in a case that the u.s. state department is calling profoundly unjust. danny fenster is the only foreign journalist accused of spreading false information after the coup. his family in michigan have been pressing for his release. we'll stay on it. when we come back on a friday night, the massive storm system from the midwest to the northeast. heavy rain, damaging winds and now what's coming behind this. rob is stand being i. sed with non-small cell lung cancer that's spread and tests positive for pd-l1 without an abnormal egfr or alk gene,
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finally tonight here they are the beautiful creatures of antarctica. but their numbers are dwindling. tonight, amy robach makes it to antarctica. beautif beautiful, but with a warning from the american scientists there. >> reporter: tonight, our journey to the bottom of the world, the frozen continent, antarctica. >> wow, look at that. >> reporter: we braved storms and hurricane-force wind gusts and now, we're on a zodiac to shore. wow that, doesn't look real. the journey, stunning, but behind this beauty, an alarming reality -- this ice is melting. scientists say temperatures here rising faster than anywhere else in the world. the sea ice has been reduced by 30% in the last century. american scientist joe holiday,
a professor of earth sciences says what he's witnessed here in just the last decade has been stunning. >> we've seen areas that used to be frozen that are now melted. it's amazing this is happening in such a short amount of time. >> reporter: and as we approach petermann island, right away, we see them, antarctica's most celebrated residents, now scientists worry for their future. we stay 15 feet away so we don't disturb their natural habitat, already endangered. there used to be thousands more penguins. one species here, down to just hundreds. >> it's been a real dynamic shift in this part of the antarctic peninsula where the temperatures have changed so dramatically over the past few decades. >> reporter: the experts warn this natural beauty is disappearing, but they also tell us it's not too late. >> i think we need to leave the world a better place and it's not just about us. and i think the best thing we can do -- you, me, everybody -- is to get the word out about how climate change is definitely occurring and it's occurring very, very fast in certain
areas. >> this has just been an extraordinary journey for all of us watching you, amy. the beautiful creatures, those penguins and i love the scientists say iing it's changing, sounding the alarm, but there's time for action, we can reverse course. i know tonight you're witnessing the extremes right while you're there. >> yes, david, we have been witnessing extremes the entire trip. we navigated through hurricane-force winds, 18 to 30-foot swells from the southern ocean. our captain rerouted in search of better weather. here we are in tropical storm force winds with sleet and show, and we are carving our way through a massive field of sea ice. it is breathtaking, beautiful, and it is our responsibility to keep it that way, david. >> thank you so much, amy. so important. we thank you at home. we'll see you monday. good night.
area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. thieves targeting cars no matter who's inside. it's happened at least three times this week with cars that had children in them. thankfully all the kids are safe and there's a new warning for parents this afternoon. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. i'm larry beil and i'm kristen z. you're watching abc 7 news at 4 live here on abc 7 hulu live and wherever you stream a 24 year old woman is in jail tonight after police in pittsburgh. say she stole a vehicle with a one-year-old child inside triggering an amber alert last night. there was also a baby in a car stolen last night in concord and a car with a child inside was broken into this week in oakland abc 7 news reporter leslie brinkley put together the pieces of what happened and the warning about leaving anything or anyone in car even if it's just for a few seconds. here from skies 7 the dramatic rescue of a one-year-old girl still buckled in her car seat.
she was unharmed 24 year old natalie. ayala was arrested for kidnapping and car theft and is now in jail and martinez according to pittsburgh police the drama started at 5:45 pm at this auto detail shop on bliss avenue in pittsburgh the business across the street was stunned to see what their surve. video showed a woman in white pants jumping in a vehicle and speeding away and she came up and asked me for some cigarettes. i told her i have any this man was a witness to the kidnapping and theft he said a friend a dad pulled in to say hello and stepped out of his car for only 15 or 20 seconds when? woman jumped in the driver's seat pittsburgh police say he left the engine running his daughter in the backseat. he tried to get back in but couldn't she put it on driving less she spit out fast. they abandoned vehicle with the baby was found on army straight two hours later by midnight. the suspect was arrested walking on harbor street. i'm here for my kids.