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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. bannon facing federal charges now after 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 listeners, quote, all hell is going to break loose tomorrow, and, quote, tomorrow is game day. it was the next day, the attack, and as part of it, rioters could be heard yelling, "hang mike pence." tonight, the interview with former president trump months after the riots. our jonathan karl asking him, were you concerned about the vice president's safety? and how he answers. when jon presses about the chants, "hang pence," the
president saying it's common sense, that you're supposed to protect the vote. in 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 pushing for boosters for everyone 18 and older because of what they're seeing in the icu. the breaking news just in tonight. what a judge has now decided in the britney spears case in her 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 just revealed tonight. the list of factors. what's driving this?da a fellow crew member who just flew to space with actor william
shatner, that crew member died in the a plane crash just weeks after making history. the massive storm from the midwest to the northeast. heavy rains and winds gusting more than 60 miles per hour. the whiteout conditions, the 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. braving hurricane-force winds, up to 30-foot waves. tonight, the beautiful penguins up close, and the reality on the ground there. amy right here 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 here 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 counts of contempt of congress for refusing to cooperate with the house committee investigating what happened on january 6th and what led up to that day. bannon defying the subpoena to appear and to provide 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, rioters could be heard yelling, "hang mike pence." tonight here, the interview with trump months after the riot with our jonathan karl who pressed him about his vice president, asking, were you worried about his safety? and about those chants, "hang pence." the former president's answers making news today, and so is steve bannon tonight with that federal indictment on contempt charges. and what does this mean for others who have been subpoenaed by that committee?
our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl leading us off tonight. >> reporter: the federal grand jury indicted steve bannon atin 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 have 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 subpoena. 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 to go along 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 tat 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. >> he could have -- well, the people were very angry. >> reporter: they were saying, "hang mike pence." >> because it's common sense, jon -- it's common sense that you're supposed to protect -- how can you -- if you know a vote is fraudulent, right, how can you pass on a fraudulent vote to congress?
>> let's bring back jonathan karl back with us tonight, live in washington. we learned late today, steve bannon expected to surrender to authorities on monday. and of course, what now for others who have been subpoenaed by that committee? so many of the former president's 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, said, this sends a message that, quote, no one is above the law. david? >> jonathan karl leading us off. jon, thank you. we're going to turn now to major developments in the kyle rittenhouse trial. today the judge indicating he'll likely allow the jury to consider lesser charges during deliberations, which could begin as early as monday. if he indeed 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 standby once a verdict is reached. david? >> alex perez with us all week on this. alex, thank you. now to another case making national news for months now, and a late headline involving britney spears and her fight to control her own money, her own earnings. a judge late today ending the nearly 14-year-long conservatorship, giving her control over her life and her fortune. abc's kaylee hartung with the scene at the court. >> reporter: tonight, cheers erupting outside this courthouse in los angeles. hundreds of britney spears' most loyal fans overcome with emotion moments after a judge ended the conservatorship that's
controlled her life and finances for nearly 14 years. 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 as opposed to the last 14 years? >> she'll wake up tomorrow for the first time in 13 years as a free woman. >> reporter: the conservatorship unraveling with lightning speed after britney demanded it end five months ago. describing it as abusive and exploitive. 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. david, that court hearing proceeded without a single objection from anyone involved, including britney's father jamie, but britney could have more of a fight ahead of her, because as she said, she wants to see her father in jail. david? >> kaylee, thank you. we turn now to the pandemic
and the alarming reversing of that downward trend we have been seeing for months now. that had been good news, but now covid back on the rise in the u.s. authorities pointing to the colder weather and more americans inside. the states pushing for boosters for everyone 18 and older. california and new mexico now 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: four 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 wen the fda and cdc will make a decision to extend boosters, but tonight there's reporting at "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. stephanie, thank you. we're going to turn now to the american economy and jobs tonight, and a record number revealed today involving the number of americans walking away from their jobs. 4.4 million american workers quitting in september. so what's driving this? and this need for workers across the country of course 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: still, the white house and experts say that's not the only reason so many people are quitting. there's also the difficulty of finding child care 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, and food subsidies. but the bottom line is that businesses across the country are desperately searching for workers. >> i could easily here hire at least another ten people, and it's hard to get even one. >> reporter: susan lim 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 that we are seeing is the delta variant. he says it has scrambled the labor markets. he says things will get better but that it's going to take some time. david? >> 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 has now died 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's surface and moment later shared with us his passion for science and research. >> we love, both of us, advocating for s.t.e.m. 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. and a true leader. david? >> really was just horrible news today. gio benitez, thank you. overseas tonight and the growing concern involving russia.
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just the last decade has been stunning. >> we've seen areas that used to be frozen that are now melted. it's amazing that 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 last few decades. >> reporter: the experts here 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 that the scientists are saying it's changing, sounding the alarm, but also saying there's time for action, that we can reverse course. i know tonight you're witnessing the extremes right while you're there. >> reporter: yes, david, we have been witnessing extremes the entire trip. we have navigated our way through hurricane-force winds, 18 to 30-foot swells from the southern ocean. our captain rerouted our trip in search of better weather. but here we are in tropical storm force winds with sleet and snow, and we are carving our way through a massive field of sea ice. it is breathtaking, it is beautiful, and it is our responsibility to keep it that way, david. >> thank you so much, amy. so important. and of course we thank you at home. we'll see you monday. good night.
dealing with the highest inflation in 30 years and unprecedented supply change challenges, and we're still not past the pandemic. that's right. remember empty store shelves from 2020 shoppers are seeing those again and higher prices. i mean much higher prices than before and speaking of prices. the cost of gas is hitting record levels in the bay area. some stations are charging close to $6 per gallon. but also setting recbut also sec stock market earlier this week the dow closed at its highest point ever. there's a lot going on right now. so, how can we make things better? well, senator alex padilla says the new bipartisan infrastructure bill will benefit california's ports and improve these supply chain issues that have become such a problem padilla today visited the ports of los angeles and long beach which are both experiencing just a huge backlog of container ships.