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good morning, america. booster benefits. the cdc studies their effectiveness as we see signs some spots are turning the covid corner. with the battle over masks in schools heating up, a parent's threat. >> i will bring every single gun loaded and ready to -- i will call every -- >> that's three minutes. >> how she's explaining herself this morning. invasion fears reaching new levels. grou ieaeraber rattling at the n >> we just heard a gunshot. >> the new american aid shipments to kyiv arriving overnight. breaking overnight, one officer killed, another fighting
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for his life in a deadly new york city shooting. how the latest tragedy for the nypd unfolded. weather alert. the south slammed by snow and ice. the rough road conditions and icy buildup on trees and power lines. a plane rolling off the runway in north carolina. our weather team tracking it all. scam alert. the new warning about a ride share hoax that one man said cost him $200 for a ride he never even took. what riders need to look out for. through the roof, skyrocketing prices for homes. whether you're buying or renting, the advice on how to handle this ultra competitive housing market. >> announcer: this is "jeopardy!" and buzzer beaters. "jeopardy!" champ amy schneider's record tying win. and steph curry celebrates something he's never done before.
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>> steph. and good morning, america. so great to have you with us on a saturday. we have a lot to cover this morning, so we begin with the latest on the pandemic. well, nearly every u.s. county is still reporting high transmission, nationwide the number of new daily covid cases is actually down about 5% in the last week. >> but daily deaths now stand at nearly 1,750 nationwide with the number of fatalities projected to increase over the next four weeks. >> the cdc is pointing to three new studies highlighting the protection provided by getting vaccinated and boosted. abc's zohreen shah is in california with the story. good morning to you, zohreen. >> reporter: good morning, eva. less than half the people eligible for the booster have gotten it. now, there is new research on that extra shot and it shows your chances of staying out of the hospital and living are
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dramaticary higher if you have that booster. this morning, a promising cdc study showing the strength of boosters. the study confirming a third shot cuts the risk of landing in the e.r. or urgent care by 94% when it comes to the delta variant and 82% for omicron. another study showing if you are completely unvaccinated, you're 14 times more likely to be infected and 53 times more likely to die compared to people who are boosted. >> second, protection against infection and hospitalization with the omicron variant is highest for those who are up to date with their vaccination, meaning those who are boosted when they are eligible. >> reporter: but many of those eligible still haven't gotten the vaccine. the u.s. recording over 18 million new cases in the last month alone, more than a quarter of the nation's total number of confirmed covid-19 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic. with covid-19 tests still in short supply, testing processing labs like this one in north
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carolina slammed, trying to meet demands. >> we've seen a large increase in the amount of samples, large increase in the amount of positivity among those samples so it's been all hands on deck. >> reporter: but some places like san francisco are starting to plateau when it comes to cases. >> the light at the end of the tunnel is here. >> reporter: nationwide a 10% decrease in cases. the cdc acknowledging that drop while also issuing a stark warning. >> let me just say cases are coming down. we still are at extraordinarily high levels of disease. >> reporter: in wisconsin hospitals overrun. >> we're finding we've had to put patients sitting on a cot in the hallway in a perfectly public space just because there was nowhere else to go. everybody is exhausted. >> reporter: exhausted with many states still dealing with a surge. in southern arizona the national guard has stepped in. they say if they were not there, nurses would manage, but the level of care would go down at
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that point. whit. >> yeah, we're seeing those resources strained. zohreen, thank you. for more we're joined by abc news contributor, dr. john brownstein, also chief innovation officer at boston children's hospital. dr. brownstein, good morning, it's always good to have you. we're learning a lot from these three new cdc studies about vaccines and booster shots and how they hold up against omicron. what's your biggest takeaway here? >> well, thanks, whit. thanks for having me on. overall these studies reaffirm what we already know about the vaccine. they provide incredible protection against severe illness and death and that still stays with us with omicron. and that's especially true if you're up to date with your vaccine and boosted and so these boosters are dramatically reducing your visits to e.r.s, risk of hospitalization and death and even if people see these breakthrough infections those are mostly asymptomatic or mild so impact is on the unvaccinated population with far more cases, severe illness and death. >> so we're talking about all this evidence here, the
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importance of booster shots, yet 86 million eligible americans still haven't gotten them, less than 50% who are eligible. do you worry about this perception of an ongoing cycle here with the potential fourth shot. talk of boosters every year, we don't know what's going to happen. but how do you convince people that they shouldn't wait on booster shots? >> you know, i get it. you know, we see this sort of thing and people are wondering whether it's even worth it. that's not too different from what we deal with flu. flu is evolving and we have to get a shot every year to keep up with it. we just have to keep looking at the data. unvaccinated are nearly four times more likely to be infected and 53 more times likely to die. that is huge numbers. so we just have to keep educating people, meeting them where they are and explaining the benefits of these vaccines. >> turning to another subject, health officials in the uk are investigating a new subvariant of omicron. it's not been labeled a variant of concern, but what do we need to keep in mind as these new variants pop up and we know they will in the coming months? >> you know, this is true. when you have this much intense
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transmission, omicron is the most transmissible variant yet, we're going to see evolution of the virus. and this is happening right now. omicron is dominant and we will see these sublineages. so important to do genomic surveillance. no indication it is any more severe but we still have to focus on it, and this makes the case for why we need to vaccinate the billions of people that have yet to access the vaccines. when you don't have them available to many people, that's what creates pressure and creates new variants we have to deal with. >> we're seeing cases start to drop in some parts of the country but hospitals still crushed in other areas. do you see hope on the horizon here? are we nearing the end of this omicron surge? >> i do see hope, and you're starting to see cases turn, but, remember, the early places that had the surge like new york, they're seeing that downturn, but now you see the virus as we've seen in previous waves move out into suburban and rural areas so many parts of the country that have yet to see that surge. i'm still worried we'll have a lot of cases on the downturn and you'll have pressure on hospitals. so we just have a few more weeks
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to deal with this omicron surge so now is really not the time to let our guard down, but i do expect the coming months to be much more calm than what we're experiencing right now. >> yeah, and as you noted, they're coming down from the peak and can still be difficult for a lot of people. dr. brownstein, thank you so much as always, we appreciate it. janai, over to you. >> thank you. turning to the escalating tensions between russia and ukraine. president biden meeting with his national security team as the u.s. negotiates for a diplomatic solution to the crises at the two countries' shared border. abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks is on the north lawn with more on that story. good morning, maryalice. >> reporter: good morning, janai. yeah, president biden is at camp david this weekend meeting with his national security team after the u.s. said it would respond to russia in writing. but big picture, both sides are talking about talking more which could be a good sign that perhaps the immediate threat of invasion has tempered just a bit. after another round of high-stakes talks, the biden white house is hoping the door for diplomacy with russia might still be open.
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>> we read as well that further discussions would be the preferable way forward, but, again, it is really up to russia to decide which path it will pursue. >> reporter: there were no major breakthroughs this week. the russians writing after the talks that ignoring their concerns will, quote, have the most serious consequences, but they suggested they could be open to meeting again next month. and in an effort to keep talks going, the white house agreed to give russia a written response to its proposals, arguing that's typical. >> we've been very clear about what we are not negotiating on, which is the sovereignty of ukraine, which is this question that is continuously raised about ukraine's right to pursue joining nato, but negotiating takes many forms. >> reporter: on the ground the situation as tense as ever. russian troops still on the border with ukraine and this week russia sending more troops to belarus too, a country bordering nato allies and
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ukraine to the north. the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine telling abc news -- >> the ukrainian people are determined. they are ready to fight. >> reporter: russia denying any plans to invade ukraine after president biden had to clarify his remarks that a, quote, minor incursion from russia might be met with a lesser response, white house officials ended the week doubling down on their warnings saying any russian military aggression towards ukraine would be met with a swift and severe response. but some republicans saying, biden should not wait. >> he should send u.s. forces to shore up nato's eastern flank now before it's too late. >> reporter: i was told teams here are making preliminary plans to send u.s. troops to nato countries in eastern europe if putin invades. president biden had threatened that, and they want to make sure they are ready just in case. eva. >> maryalice parks for us there, thank you. and as all of this plays out, ukrainian troops are watching and waiting saying they are preparing for a fight. abc's patrick reevell is on the ground in kyiv.
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good morning, patrick. >> reporter: good morning, eva, and thank you. here in ukraine, the uncertainty remains whether vladimir putin is still preparing to attack. but with a glimmer of hope for diplomacy in geneva, russia is though still sending more troops to the border. this morning, ukrainian soldiers are watching and waiting in the snowy trenches of eastern ukraine. just across the border russian forces conducting military exercises. >> there is no sign of de-escalation here. >> reporter: the high stakes talks in geneva between the u.s. and russia may have offered some hope but they have not dispelled the fear of a russian invasion. >> if, in fact, they commit another incursion into ukrainian territory, they're just going to set themselves up for even more isolation from the rest of the international community. this is not a country that has a whole lot of friends. >> reporter: russia is still demanding a guarantee from the u.s. that ukraine will never join nato, but the u.s. again ruling out that demand and russia rattling its sabre just before that meeting holding a
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joint naval drill in the northern indian ocean with china and iran. one of ukraine's top commanders to the east says ukraine estimates there are now 127,000 russian troops massed near its border. he says his country needs more american weapons to deter putin. the u.s. is rushing more military aid to ukraine. these photos overnight showing the first shipment of a new $200 million package landing in kyiv, which includes about 200,000 pounds of lethal aid including ammunition. the country's troops have been dug in among bomb-shattered buildings now for eight years, facing off with russian-controlled separatist rebels. any invasion would come through here. abc's ian pannell going into the trenches, gunshots ringing out in the distance. >> we just heard a gunshot. >> reporter: at the ukrainian front line they say all they can do is be ready. only the kremlin knows what comes next in this crisis. do you think there is a bigger chance that russia will try to invade?
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>> basically, yeah, we think that there is a big chance of this. >> reporter: ukrainian officials here generally have said they are less convinced than the u.s. that the threat of a major russian attack is real though they certainly believe the kremlin is trying to destabilize and pressure the country. the question now, though, is what will russia do next week when it receives these written responses from the u.s.? whit. >> so much at stake. patrick reevell on the ground there in ukraine for us, thank you. we do turn now here at home and a deadly over shooting in an apartment in harlem that killed one police officer and left another in critical condition. the officers were responding to a domestic violence call, and abc's phil lipof joins us this morning from harlem with the latest. phil, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. that shooting happened just behind me, and the first officers to respond to the shots fired were able to actually carry their colleagues just a few blocks away to harlem hospital where, as you
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mentioned, the 22- year-old officer was pronounced dead, the 27-year-old officer is fighting for his life. this morning, a community grieving after a deadly shooting in harlem leaving a police officer dead and another fighting for his life. >> we're mourning, and we're angry. >> reporter: officer jason rivera was 22 years old and had been on the force just 14 months when he was killed in the line of duty last night. officers holding a procession overnight to honor rivera and gathering around the hospital to hear news of their injured colleague. >> we have four times this month rushed to the scene of officers shot by violent criminals in possession of deadly, illegal guns. >> reporter: police say the officers were responding to a domestic violence call of a mother and son fighting in a harlem apartment. when the son without warning shot at them from a back room. with this gun seen here with a high capacity magazine for extra bullets. >> domestic violence is probably one of the scariest and the most dangerous calls that
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you can go on because the officers have a job of being the mediator. >> reporter: the two officers are the third and fourth members of the nypd to be shot in the line of duty just this week alone. >> it is our city against the killers. >> reporter: the incident reflects an alarming increase in gun violence both state and nationwide. >> the dilemma is, is that gun violence is -- it has become central to inner city violence. >> reporter: as of january 21st, more than 2,400 people in the u.s. have died from gun violence, 24% higher than last year. this increase also includes more children and more teenagers shot, and 17 police officers in the u.s. have been shot in the line of duty already this year. that second officer we're told has been on the job four years, 27-year-old wilbert mora still at the hospital being treated by doctors this morning. the suspect, who police say
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shot at them, 47-year-old lashawn mcneil also alive this morning at the hospital and in police custody. janai. >> all right, phil. thank you so much. well, turning now to the march for life in washington, d.c., thousands of anti-abortion rights activists braving the cold this year for the annual protest as the supreme court considers the fate of roe versus wade. abc's karen travers joins us this morning with more. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, janai. the march for life was canceled last year due to the covid-19 pandemic and the insurrection at the capitol, but this year thousands of demonstrators are back, and their enthusiasm is very high. the demonstrators say that this could be the last march for life, that they're hopeful this is the year that the supreme court with that conservative 6-3 majority overturns roe versus wade. that, of course, is the landmark 1973 supreme court ruling that established a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion. less than two months ago, the supreme court heard arguments in a case that directly challenges roe. a mississippi abortion ban after
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15 weeks with no exceptions for rape or incest. the court is expected to hand down its decision in that case before the summer, and just this week the court gave another win to anti-abortion activists rejecting an attempt by abortion providers to speed up their challenge of that restrictive six-week abortion ban in texas. if the supreme court overturns roe, the battle over abortion likely shifts to state gislaturl now, a recent abc news/"washington post" poll found 60% of americans say they support the supreme court upholding roe, 58% say they oppose state laws making it harder for abortion clinics to operate. and this morning, president biden and vice president harris releasing a joint statement saying that they're going to use everything they can, all the tools they have to defend roe versus wade, calling this a pivotal moment. eva. >> karen travers for us, so many people watching to see what the
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supreme court decides there. thank you. turning now to that massive winter storm bearing down on the southeast, abc's kenneth moton joins us from wilmington, north carolina, with more. and, kenneth, what are the conditions like for people as they are waking up? >> reporter: hey, friend, you know it, i know it, the south is just not used to this. the good news, the snowstorm is over. parts of virginia and the carolinas all getting some snow overnight, but this is what millions of people are waking up to across the region, bitter cold temperatures and ice, lots of it. you see this vehicle and so many others are encased in the stuff. it's on the ground here. i got to be careful where i step because, look, all of that right there, thick ice, some areas covered with at least a quarter inch of this stuff. it is a perfect recipe for dangerous road and runway conditions. take a look because icy conditions caused this plane at raleigh-durham international airport to roll into the mud as it was taxiing last night. thankfully no injuries.
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the airfield had to be briefly shut dunn while they remove snow but we understand that they are open this morning. states of emergency in effect here in north carolina and south carolina. hundreds of power crews are at the ready. the governor of this state here in north carolina has activated the national guard concerned about significant power outages and these very cold temperatures. whit. >> all right, kenneth moton for us. at least it's a weekend, so people don't have to deal with the commutes as much. maybe that's some good news. we do want to talk more about the snow, the ice. rob marciano is right here in the studio. dangerous conditions people are dealing with this morning. >> yeah. both carolinas and even in the lowcountry and coastal plains, this is dicey stuff here. newport, north carolina, old glory waving in it slipping and sliding there. the she had is accumulating as well, up to half an inch in some spots and the sleet accumulating on some of the tree limbs that could knock down power lines as well. this is south of myrtle beach to give you an idea. right on the water. so we're not getting a moderating effect here. and just outside of columbia you see the snow coming down. we did have accumulations
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of snow upwards of 5 inches, 5 o virginia beach so snow cover there. the big story obviously is the cold. that's instigating this. minus 1 it feels like in boston. 2 in new york, minus 10 in central new york and minus 32 in waterton and this hangs around for the next ten or so days. that's a check what's happen lisa: high wind warning lasting through 11:00 in the north bay but gusty in the east bay as well. the wind will ease up through the afternoon. another day above average. not as warm for your sunday but we are staying dry through the weekend. how about 66 today in half moon bay and vallejo? mid-60's again in san jose and cooling it off to the week. >> i got to admit, i'm so uncomfortable right now. it feels so weird to be in
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studio with you guys, but it's nice to see you. >> it feels good. > yeah. >> and the beard. >> you brought it into the studio. >> you stick me outside, i'll grow the beard and it's cold out there. >> you have the professor "dead poet's society" look going. >> at least we have the beard back. the gang's all here. >> thank you. >> filling the gap. >> thanks, rob. this morning we are remembering the life of emmy winning actor and comedian louie anderson who made generations laugh. his self-deprecating style winning over audiences for so many years, he's known for his roles as the unforgettable aspiring fast food assistant manager in "coming to america" and in "baskets" that won him an emmy. >> these are so much heavier than you think, but then so am i. >> comedian gilbert godfrey among the famous friends taking to social media to remember him posting a picture of louie anderson and bob saget writing, both good friends that will be missed.
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louie anderson was 68. >> wow. such a loss. i remember those cartoons, "life with louie" and the christmas special. >> and that picture put into perspective, the fact that both of them are now gone. >> two great losses. we have a lot to cover on "gma." still ahead, the debate over kids wearing masks in schools is heating up. how it landed one parent in legal trouble. plus, the new discovery involving the death of gabby petito. was there a killer's confession? "good morning america" is sponsored by progressive insurance. save when you bundle auto, home or motorcycle insurance. how do they fit? i don't know, dad. i'm not comfortable trying on pants. aw, come on. i bet they look sharp. you don't know who else has tried them on. let me take a look. switch to progressive, and you can save hundreds. you know, like the sign says. oh, that's a handsome pair of jeans right there.
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announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. liz: good morning. i'm liz kreutz. pg&e officials are warning about power outages. this shows the current outages. there are several pockets in oakland and berkeley affecting thousands of customers.
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he checked it. steph, for the win. yes! >> welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. that is steph curry hitting his first, believe it or not, career game-winning buzzer beater. the man's practiced it probably a million times throughout his whole life. but that was the first time in the game giving the warrior a win over houston rockets, curry yelling, it's about time i made one right after making that winning throw. >> very impressive. >> seen him in so many shots, they don't usually need the buzzer beater. >> yeah. >> nicely done. >> very well done. let's take a look at some of the other big stories we're following right now. happening right now a deadly shooting at a popular resort in maya del carmen.
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authorities say three people were shot, one killed, when gunfire broke out at the resort. the victims are all canadian tourists. police think the shooting may followed an argument between guests. also right now, stunning new details inside the investigation into the killing of gabby petito. the fbi saying her former boyfriend, brian laundrie admitted to killing petito in a notebook before taking his own life in a central florida native preserve. investigators also say laundrie 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. >> and "jeopardy!" champion, amy schneider, winning her 38th game now tying matt amodio's second place "jeopardy!" record for consecutive games won. she is only second to current host ken jennings who won a record 74 games during his historic run in 2004. she's been fun to watch. like she comes out swinging in the beginning, just takes that early lead and runs away with it. >> then she cleans up in double
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"jeopardy!" >> to think she's won 38 games but still ken jennings is way ahead. she has a ways to go. >> 74 is a lot of games. we start this half hour with some states shifting policies on masks in schools. the hot button issue has parents divided including at one school district where a mother is now facing charges for making a threat saying during a school board meeting that she'd bring loaded guns to her children's school if the district continued to enforce the mask mandate. abc's zohreen shah is here with more. good morning, zohreen. >> reporter: good morning, eva. schools are becoming a political battleground. in one school a mom threatening to bring a gun over masks. across the country covid is a contentious issue. this morning, as some states report turning the corner with the omicron surge, the debate over masking children at schools is heating up. this school board meeting in virginia taking a wild turn thursday as a parent was
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arrested and released on a $5,000 bond after she was captured on tape threatening to bring guns to her children's school if the district continued to enforce their mask mandate. >> 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 to -- i will call every -- >> that's three minutes. >> reporter: she later told police her statement was not intended the way it was perceived. in a statement, the school saying, page county public schools does not take these kind of statements lightly and that they are in contact with local law enforcement. and the newly minted virginia governor signing an executive order lifting mask mandates creating an opt out for schools starting monday and dividing parents. >> they will attend on monday without his mask on and if they throw him out of school, i'll be in court. >> omicron is -- i mean as we've
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seen -- surging like crazy and i just worry that lifting any mask mandate is just too early during a surge. >> reporter: in florida, the governor signing a law prohibiting mask mandates for kids but requiring them for teachers. with cases on the decline in new jersey their governor telling a local station he thinks there's a good possibility children can come to school without any masks before the end of the school year. >> i think there's a real shot of that. we're early days in terms of turning the corner, but it certainly looks like we've begun to turn the corner here. god willing. >> reporter: in the meantime, doctors stress mandatory mask wearing significantly cuts down on covid spread and that the real pandemic stress for kids is typically over isolation or seeing the financial struggles their parents face. with mask wearing far down the list. >> children may find them annoying and they may find them difficult to wear the right way. but they generally take their cues from the adults in their environment. >> reporter: and new york's governor says the school mask mandate there could be ending
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soon, and here in california, a new proposal would allow kids as young as 12 to get the vaccine without their parents' consent, officials saying some parents are just getting in their kids' way. janai. >> all right, zohreen, thank you so much for that. it's time now for a check of the weather with rob marciano who is back in the flesh, and that's a lot of ice behind you, rob. >> it is. you see zohreen had some wind going on. >> yeah, she did. >> we'll talk more about that. good morning again, guys. this is the ice we're talking about here on the north fork of long island. people go out east as we say in the summertime to enjoy the long island sound or the atlantic ocean but get waves and cold air, you get this sort of thing. whoever took this picture i'm sure was a little chilly. we go to san francisco. let's talk about the west. marine flow in and out here, there you see the beautiful city by the bay, and it looks like from that vantage point it was going back out. either way it should be starting to go a little bit back out because we'll see offshore winds across southern california.
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lava from santa rosa all the way down to santa ana with the wind alerts. i think they will be gusty at times, 20 to 50 miles per hour. that's in the valleys. you saw that all the way into the los angeles basin as well and in the mountains we could see up to 85-mile-an-hour winds as well. this is encouraging. all right, the exceptional drought in california is pretty much all the way out of here for now at least and starting to encroach in the east as far as lisa: good morning. wind blowing through marin, sonoma, and expiring the advisory through the midday. still gusting throughout this weather report has been sponsored by vrbo, v-r-b-o. excuse my voice. i tested three times covid negative but if you need a lozenges, sudafed. >> you've got the whole kit. >> thanks, rob. >> good to see you in person. well, coming up on "good
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we're back at "gma" with a warning for ride share users. a florida man says he was the victim of a confusing two-factor authentication scam that he says ended up costing him about $200. our becky worley has the story and how you can protect yourself. becky, good morning. >> good morning, whit. two-factor authentication is when you receive a text or email code to gain access to your account. it's a way of protecting you. but one man who thought he was doing the right thing warns it could end up really costing you. james was headed to the miami airport waiting for an uber he just ordered. >> i always say i will never fall for it. of course i'm running last minute to the airport. i'm trying to get there. i just want the car to get there. >> reporter: but then he told affiliate station wplg about how he got a text message with a four-digit security code from uber. and then another message from his driver through the app. >> there was a message saying, i
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need your security code, your four-digit code. thinking uber instilled a new security feature, i sent them the four-digit code. >> reporter: within minutes he was locked out. the scammer using the code to change his password and recovery email address then giving the driver a $200 tip on a $6 ride he never even took. >> many of us are using two-factor authentication. and the cybercriminals and fraudsters know that, and so they try to trick you into giving up the two-factor authentication code. >> reporter: he was refunded the unauthorized charges and uber tells abc news they've seen this type of scam before but they are further investigating this incident saying, these types of scams are likely the result of a driver account being compromised. our teams look into each instance and take appropriate action adding, uber would never call or text or ask someone to give out their personal information. >> as soon as the company or the
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individual of the company asks you to step outside that software platform, that means that transaction, that interaction cannot be tracked. that is usually a red flag that a scam is ready to unfold. >> security experts say if you receive a code via text, you should never message it to someone else. yes, you will enter it into an authentication form or password protection on an app but never message it back out again and probably the most important thing we all need to do is slow down and be skeptical in this situation. ask, what's the worst thing that happens if you don't immediately respond to something, especially if it seems a little off. wait, research, and when in doubt, don't give information out, whit. >> important advice, becky, thank you. coming up, the high cost of housing, advice on how home buyers and renters can still be successful in this red hot market. i looked on ancestry and just started digging
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welcome back to "gma." housing costs taking a bigger bite out of your paycheck and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight. abc's deidre bolton is here with some advice on how to handle the market whether you're buying or renting. good morning to you, deidre. >> reporter: good morning, janai. experts tell us that low inventory, a problem that was created more than a decade ago, is one of the reasons why housing is so expensive now. this morning, rents on the rise for millions of americans increasing by 9% in some areas, double digits in others. freddie mac forecasting more to come in 2022, an estimate of an
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additional 3.6% jump on average nationwide. the prices are increasing along with other costs such as food and fuel. one expert says the lack of housing is a big contributor. >> there's a lot of anxiety. there's a lot of stress and so subsequently that's affected the rental rates to go through the roof as well. >> reporter: but there are ways to keep costs under control if you're looking for a new place to live. experts say that now is the time to look. rents tend to be lower in the winter. when negotiating a monthly rental price, ask about a break for signing a longer-term lease. if you can't get a break on the price, ask about concessions like an earlier move-in date or a free month. existing tenants should go into negotiations with a landlord with a specific expectation about rent increase or even ask about extension of a current lease. a rush on rentals in part because housing inventory is extremely low. >> every time we will book the next day, it's gone. >> reporter: by the end of 2021 there were fewer homes for sale
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than ever. >> in some cases people have less than 24 hours to decide. >> reporter: the median existing home price for all housing types in december was 358,000, which was up almost 16% from a year ago marking 118 straight months of year-over-year increases, the longest running streak on record. >> so be prepared, be pre-approved. perhaps look under budget and the reason and the rationale for that would be if it is a multiple offer situation and you're competing against other people, you are still within your budget. >> reporter: one way to score a new home, decide all of your must haves ahead of time, and when you find a match act fast. after a year of looking gail and chris reeves finally got a home. >> this house that we got was on the market for less than four hours. y to move away from your target area. cameron arnold and brianna
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miller are also settled about 20 minutes away from the location they originally had hoped for and they researched and worked with a realtor who found a down payment program that worked for them. >> they started working with us within a week and they started sending contracts and everything. >> reporter: there are new programs out there especially for first-time home buyers. usa.gov has information on government-backed loans, and that's a great place to start. janai. >> deidre, we were just sitting here talking about your tips so we will be using some of those and appreciate them. thank you. and we'll be right back here with our "play of the day." why hide your skin if dupixent has your moderate to severe eczema or atopic dermatitis under control? hide my skin? not me. by hitting eczema where it counts, dupixent helps heal your skin from within keeping you one step ahead of eczema. hide my skin? not me. and that means long-lasting clearer skin... and fast itch relief for adults.
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>> no! >> oh, he sees it. >> the delivery guy showing up. >> oh, no. >> hello. >> yeah, morgan warning the driver as you heard through the intercom to stay away because there was a bear hiding behind the side of the gate. morgan telling the driver go back to his car but the guy then reaches out his arms in an attempt to scare it away. yeah, the confrontation would have been enough for most people to turn and run, but the man, well, he had a job to do, and he goes on delivering his package. they better have given him -- >> something. >> -- a really good tip. >> i'm that bear when it says your package is out for delivery. here i am. >> he's like if i have to skip this house and i got to come back, you better get out of my way, very impressive stuff. "gma," two hours on saturdays, of course, and coming up here the latest studies from the cdc showing the importance of getting a booster shot. our "gma" cover story, the ncaa adopting new guidelines for
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transgender athletes, so do they answer the question of fairness? and then "deals & steals" is back this morning. it's all about pampering your feet. >> announcer: sunday, invasion impasse. what's putin's plan? two key senators weigh in. plus, martha in texas. how will their voting law as affect your vote and dr. fauci's urgent covid update sunday on abc's "this week." >> announcer: she's breaking records and making history on "jeopardy!" right now. >> who is amy >> good morning everybody. pge officials are warning about power outages because of the strong winds. this map shows the current out ans, there are several pockets in oakland and berkeley nearly 30,000 people across the bay area are impacted right now nearly 28,000 in the east bay
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are without power. customers have lost power in all pockets of the bay area. i think except for san francisco and nearly 1,000 are affected on the peninsula and more than 400 in the north bay. pge also reminds people if you do see downed power lines stay away and call emergency crews. firefighters are out in the oakland hills after reports of downed trees and power lines. in the north bay firefighters are working to fully contain a small wildfire. high winds fan it had flames after it was sparked before 2:00 this morning. crews reportedly have declared it contained. a very busy morning. i know you've been tracking this as well. >> some of the strongest winds, and right now the wind gusts boof 1,000 feet, you can see over 30 miles an hour.
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and 33 miles an hour the oak land hills. 23-36 to half moon bay and looking live where the wind has allowed for mile temperatures 57 in oakland. camera shaking mount tam where we're 61. and here's a look at those peak 71 miles an hour in the eastbound hillsburg 86 miles an hour. they will die back throughout e. >> this week with george stefan living with metastatic breast cancer means being relentless. because every day matters. and having more of them is possible with verzenio. the only one of its kind proven to help you live significantly longer when taken with fulvestrant, regardless of menopause status.
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