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tonight, the dangerous ice storm hitting parts of the east. the states of emergency right now. and the brutal cold in the northeast. and the cdc tonight and news on boosters. the cdc releasing new numbers, clear evidence that booster shots protect against the omicron variant. increasing protection back up to 90%. dramatically reducing hospitalizations and death. and tonight here, british scientists also now investigating a subvariant of omicron. also detected here in the u.s., and what they know so far. that dangerous ice storm hitting along much of the east coast right now. states of emergency in effect. a treacherous commute home, and that cold for millions in the northeast. chief meteorologist ginger zee is standing by tonight. she'll track it all. the high stakes standoff along the ukraine border tonight. the u.s. and russia meeting today. what they said after.
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and the gunfire as our correspondent was reporting, interviewing a ukrainian general on the front lines. a reality check tonight on rising tensions there. the justice department here at home arresting a texas man for threatening elections officials in georgia. tonight you will hear the threats. and is there more coming on this front? pierre thomas with late reporting. what the fbi just revealed tonight in the gabby petito case. what they found in brian laundrie's notebook. the images coming in, the high school shooting in maryland. the school on lockdown. and the tributes pouring in for rock and roll powerhouse meat loaf, the driving force behind one of the most epic rock albums of all time. ♪ by the dashboard lights ♪ and we remember a well known actor and comedian tonight, too. and how he's being remembered as well.
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good evening. it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. we'll get to this ice storm hitting as we're on the air. states of emergency, treacherous driving. ginger zee standing by on that front. but we'll begin tonight with the pandemic. the cdc with new evidence booster shots do provide a strong defense against omicron. new data from the cdc showing two vaccine doses without the booster were 57% effective against hospitalizations, but that the booster shot, a third shot, brings protection back up to 90% against omicron. and people 65 and older who were fully vaccinated and boosted were 90 times less likely to die than unvaccinated people in that age group. this all comes as omicron is still raging across much of the country, and this eye-opening number tonight -- one quarter of all confirmed covid cases since the beginning of this pandemic have been in just the last month. 18 million new cases of covid in just four weeks' time.
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still, 745,000 new cases a day, as we see cases come down slightly in areas that were the first epicenters. that is encouraging. but the very real strain on hospitals continues. 160,000 patients nationwide. 21,000 new covid patients admitted every day. and the battle over masks in schools. one mother in virginia threatening to bring all of her guns, she said, loaded and ready to school if they made her kids wear masks. tonight, the early news here on this new subvariant of omicron, now under investigation in the uk. it has been seen here in the u.s. as well, and what we know so far. abc's marcus moore leading us off from oklahoma tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the first clear evidence from the cdc showing vaccine boosters are a critical weapon against omicron. a new study found that two doses was 57% effective against hospitalizations six months later, but a third shot boosted protection back up to 90%. >> protection against infection and hospitalization with the omicron variant is highest for
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those who are up to date with their vaccination, meaning those who are boosted when they're eligible. >> reporter: but less than half of americans who are eligible have gotten their booster. the cdc says older people benefit the most from that extra shot. those 65 and older who were fully vaccinated and boosted were 90 times less likely to die than the unvaccinated in that age group. and tonight british scientists are investigating a subvariant of omicron called ba.2. it's been detected in 40 countries, including the u.s. they say there is no evidence it is more dangerous, and it has not been labeled a variant of concern. but earlier today dr. anthony fauci said we need to be on guard for new variants. >> we have to be prepared for it. so we hope for the best and prepare for the worst. >> reporter: for now hospitals across the country are buckling under the crush of patients. at smaller hospitals in oklahoma, teams are caring for their neighbors. >> they're people you work with. they're people that go to your church. they're people you see in walmart every day.
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but you have to take care of them. you have to do it anyway. so you do. and then the next day comes and you do it again. >> reporter: and after nearly 1 million pediatric infections last week, there is renewed debate over protecting children. a proposal in california would let kids 12 and older get vaccinated without their parents' consent. >> covid is taking away their happiness and futures, and we can't ignore this crisis anymore. >> reporter: but in virginia, the new governor reversing school mask mandates starting monday. >> as we battle covid, it's parents that should decide the health measures taken for their children. >> reporter: but after some districts pushed back, one mother at this school board meeting threatening to bring guns to her children's school if it tried to enforce the mandate. >> no mask mandates. my child -- my children will not come to school on monday with a mask on. all right? that's not happening. and i will bring every single gun, loaded and ready.
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i'll see y'all on monday. >> reporter: late tonight, police charging her with make ago threat on school property. >> marcus moore with us tonight. marcus, the cdc also revealing what we thought for some time here, that omicron has brought more breakthrough infections but the vaccines and boosters significantly helped knock this down. >> reporter: yeah, david, researchers found that omicron is more likely to cause breakthrough infections than delta, even among people who were boosted. but that protection from more serious illness remain high. david? >> that's been a good thing. marcus moore tonight. marcus, thank you. as i mentioned off the top tonight we're also tracking that dangerous ice storm. triggering states of emergency. freezing rain, sleet, and snow, treacherous weather from texas to the carolinas and virginia. at this hour it is getting worse in the carolinas. a half inch of ice could accumulate on roads, trees, power lines. power companies are on standby as we go into the night.
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an ambulance slid off an icy road and down an embankment near raleigh. the patient who was already in cardiac arrest did not survive. ptwo others were injured. and then of course, the brutal cold moving in across several states as we start this weekend. chief meteorologist ginger zee back with us again tonight. she's tracking it all for us. hi, ginger. >> reporter: hi, david. this savage cold that we are enduring here has made it to the ground level down in south carolina and north carolina. but up higher, it's warmer, so rain is falling, but it's into this freezing surface, so it's freezing on contact, and that's where you get that ice. you can see it on the radar. from maryland back to georgia there are alerts. and there will be snow on the backside of this, but it is that ice we get concerned about taking down power lines, obviously covering roads. the bulk of the storm happens in the late hours tonight, to the early hours of tomorrow. it's gone by the time most people are awake, but unfortunately, if you were to lose power, look at the wind chills. feels like 20 tomorrow morning in charleston, 15 in raleigh. it will be single digits up here and subzero as you get closer to the canadian border.
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david? >> ginger zee doing double duty. we appreciate it. we turn overseas to the high stakes standoff along the border between ukraine and russia. our correspondent reporting from the front lines in eastern ukraine. russian troops positioned nearby. he was interviewing a ukrainian general when gunfire went off, just underscoring the growing tension there in the region. meanwhile in geneva, what was said after the u.s. secretary of state met with russia's foreign minister. here's our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell again tonight from ukraine. >> reporter: tonight, no breakthrough in these high-stakes talks, but the u.s. and russia appearing to take a step back from the brink in the standoff over ukraine. secretary of state blinken offering to send american proposals in writing to russia's foreign minister lavrov next week and even opening the door to a possible summit with putin. >> if it proves useful and productive for the two presidents to meet, to talk, to engage to try to carry things forward, i think we're fully
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prepared to do that. >> reporter: the kremlin demanding a guarantee ukraine won't join nato, as over 100,000 heavily armed russian troops mass on ukraine's borders. today lavrov repeating denials they'll invade. but blinken vowing a swift and severe response if they do, repeating president biden's warning after biden came under fire this week for saying, quote, a minor incursion by russia might not warrant the same response. that went down badly with the soldiers here in eastern ukraine who have been facing russian-backed rebels for eight years. we're moving through the trenches towards the front lines against russian-backed separatist forces. the failure to reach a political agreement has only made the tension here -- and the risk -- even greater. even our interview with lieutenant general alexander pavluk interrupted by gunfire. >> but it can't be an empire. >> reporter: don't know whether you heard that there. we just heard a gunshot. [ gunshots ] >> reporter: the general commands 50,000 soldiers and
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takes issue with biden's comments. i don't know what a small invasion could be, he says. any russian invasion would come straight through here, and for the front line soldiers, putin can't be trusted. vladimir putin says he's not going to invade, he's not going to attack. do you believe him? >> i can't believe him. >> reporter: you don't believe him. >> because you can say anything what you want. >> let's bring in ian pannell again tonight, reporting from eastern ukraine. ian, as you reported there, it would appear both sides, the u.s. and russia, appear to have taken a step back from the brink. on the other hand, we saw you witness gunfire during your interview with the general. so give us a reality check, what is the real level of tension along the front lines there? >> reporter: that's right, david. i think in my ways it feels even more tense than when we were here in december. one officer telling me back last month he didn't think an invasion was likely. i met him again today and now he's convinced it is. even though blinken and lavrov
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have agreed to have the meeting for now, diplomacy still seems to be alive, what they want is even more american military aid. and the general i met today thinks it's u.s. military aid above all that is the best deterrent against any potential russian attack. david? >> ian pannell and our team in ukraine again tonight. ian, thank you. this evening, the u.s. has now confirmed it's conducting air strikes in syria to help kurdish forces put down an isis assault on a prison there. the largest isis action since their military defeat. the prison houses some 5,000 isis fighters, some attempting a jailbreak, as a car bomb went off and isis fighters attacked. syrian kurd troops are battling to retake the prison. causing civilians to flee. news coming in late today, what the fbi revealed in the gabby petito case. what they now say they discovered in brian laundrie's notebook. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, the stunning new details inside the investigation of the killing of gabby petito.
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the fbi says her former boyfriend, brian laundrie, admitted to killing her in a notebook before taking his own life. saying in a statement, a review of the notebook revealed written statements by mr. laundrie claiming responsibility for ms. petito's death. that notebook found near his body along with a gun and backpack. authorities adding, the investigation did not identify any other individuals other than laundrie directly involved in the tragic death of petito. her body was found in wyoming in september. the coroner concluding petito died of blunt force injuries to the head and neck with manual strangulation. laundrie on the run from authorities for about a month until his remains were discovered. petito's family, seen here, leaving a meeting with fbi officials this week. their attorney saying, we truly appreciate the fbi's diligent and painstaking efforts in this extremely complicated case.
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the quality and quantity of the facts and information collected by the fbi leave no doubt brian laundrie murdered gabby. and investigators say laundrie also sent text messages between his phone and petito's after she went missing in an attempt to deceive law enforcement, to make it seem like she was still alive. david? >> victor oquendo with us tonight. thank you. the justice department revealing a texas man has now been charged for allegedly making death threats against election officials in georgia. this is the first known arrest brought by a special election threat task force at the justice department. here's our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the justice department releasing evidence of the growing threats facing election workers across the nation. 850 reports since june alone. >> we have all seen that americans who serve and interact with the public at every level, many of whom make our democracy work every day, have been targeted with violence and threats of violence. >> reporter: today, federal prosecutors announcing the arrest and indictment of a texas man accused of threatening to
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kill election workers in georgia. at one point on craigslist calling on, quote, georgia patriots, writing, if we want our country back, we have to exterminate these people. sources telling abc news one of the officials threatened was georgia's secretary of state. in the days after the election, president trump and his allies pressured brad raffensperger in public and in private. >> so, look, all i want to do is this. i just want to find 11,780 votes. >> reporter: at the time, one top georgia election official said the pressure was putting lives at risk. >> death threats, physical threats, intimidation -- it's too much. it's not right. >> reporter: that texas suspect faces up to five years in prison if convicted of making interstate threats. david, authorities said there are currently dozens of federal investigations under way into these threats against officials.
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david? >> pierre thomas tonight. thank you. the fbi now says that hostage standoff at a synagogue in colleyville, texas, is being investigated as both a hate crime and an act of terror. the standoff lasting nearly 12 hours. british suspect malik akram holding several people hostage. he was shot and killed by an fbi hostage rescue team as the hostages were escaping. tonight, a federal judge in texas has suspended the biden administration's vaccine mandate for workers, calling it an overstep of presidential authority. judge jeffrey vincent brown citing the recent supreme court decision blocking the mandate for businesses. the federal mandate took place in november and applies to 3.5 million american workers. the white house tonight saying more than 98% are now vaccinated. the doj immediately filing an appeal. when we come back on this busy friday night, news of a high school shooting. that school put on lockdown. and two passings to note tonight. we pay tribute to a beloved
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>> reporter: the booming rock star and his 1977 album, "bat out of hell," one of best-selling albums of all time. ♪ like a bat out of hell i'll be gone when the morning comes ♪ ♪ when the night is over like a bat out of hell i'll be gone, gone, gone ♪ >> reporter: his songs helped define eras for so many. ♪ i want you i need you but there ain't no way i'm ever gonna love you ♪ ♪ now don't be sad 'cause two out of three ain't bad ♪ >> reporter: born marvin lee aday in dallas, texas, his father was a policeman, his mother an english teacher. meat loaf taking his stage name from a childhood nickname. ♪ and then you took the words right out of my mouth ♪
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♪ oh it must have been while you were kissing me ♪ >> reporter: performing on broadway and in films. "the rocky horror picture show." ♪ hot patootie bless my soul ♪ ♪ i really love that rock 'n' roll ♪ >> reporter: and "fight club." >> the first rule is -- i'm not supposed to talk about it. >> reporter: but more than anything, it's his voice fans are celebrating tonight. ♪ well let me sleep on it baby baby let me sleep on it ♪ ♪ let me sleep on it i'll give you an answer in the morning ♪ >> so many times people feel like they're in a situation and nobody else is in that same situation. that's what i make music for, so that people feel that they're never alone in a bad situation or in a good situation. and that's why i'm here. >> reporter: tonight, his family saying meat loaf passed away surrounded by his wife, his
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daughters, and close friends, writing, from his heart to your souls, don't ever stop rocking. ♪ no, i won't do that ♪ ♪ anything for love ♪ ♪ oh, i would do anything for love ♪ ♪ i would do anything for love but i won't do that ♪ ♪ no, i won't do that ♪ ♪ >> his songs playing in our heads all day, and we've loved it. good night.
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>> a deadly shooting police say was unprovoked. investigators in oakland arrest a man they say killed a stranger and also shot at firefighters. in san jose, a large tree crashes down on several cars as winds ramp up. >> the longer it goes on more difficult it is to get people back in the city. >> restaurant owners on a roller coaster. a look at how the omicron variant has affected their business. >> this is abc 7 news. >> good evening thank you for joining us. dion: you are watching abc 7 news at 6:00. restaurants across the bay area are hitting a breaking point. leases terminated. legacy businesses contemplating closer. but how bad is really bad? stephanie sierra has been digging into newly released data
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to give us a closer look at the impact of the omicron variant. she joins us with the story. stephanie: this data is coming from our cell phones, tens of millions of them. it is the most conference of look we have date on foot traffic across the state. data is all anonymous, but it reveals which bay area counties are struggling the most. what you do not see hidden behind fancy table settings and perfectly crisp chips is the reality of restaurant recovery in california. >> it is really bad. >> is more detrimental. >> to the point where you are like, i am done. stephanie: meet three restaurant owners. the food they serve is different, but they are all writing the same roller coaster. >> it has been a roller coaster emotionally, financially. stephanie: alberto owns a restaurant in san francisco's financial district. >>


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