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we're back. thank you so much for joining us today for this interactive "getting answers" show. hope you enjoy tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the u.s. recording 1,000 deaths in 24 hours. california just now surpassing new york with the most cases of coronavirus. and what president trump said just moments ago. governors in three here states tonight now making masks mandatory. ohio, indiana and minnesota. president trump now saying wear a mask, even if you don't like it, it has impact. in florida tonight, icus nearing capacity. some hospitals forced to convert rooms to handle the new covid cases. california now surpassing new york. los angeles considering a stay at home order. and with the debate over when and how to reopen schools, one district in tennessee reopening today and what they did. and how often students will go to school there. in texas, the two brothers in houston losing both parents
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within weeks. and in arizona tonight, a mother infected, dying during childbirth. the baby surviving. and the new study tonight about how long antibodies could last. how quickly they might fade after infection. also tonight, american families in need. it is estimated more than 25 million americans will lose the $600 federal supplement, which ends this week. will congress act? and where do things stand? mary bruce getting answers tonight. the dramatic images out of houston tonight. images that appear to show chinese officials burning documents, files, amid a diplomatic showdown with the u.s., after the u.s. orders china to shut down that consulate. the images from chicago. 15 shot at a funeral in a drive-by shooting. what president trump just said about sending federal officers in. saying chicago should be calling us. it comes after federal officers continue to clash with protesters in portland, oregon. texas police investigating after the body of a ft. hood
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soldier was found at a reservoir near the texas base. the third soldier from that base found dead in a month. and the severe weather in the northeast as we come on tonight. the thunderstorm watch. wind gusts possible. to up 70 miles an hour. from washington, d.c. to philadelphia to new york. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. we have a lot to get to. and we begin with the coronavirus and what the president said moments ago, saying, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands, saying, we're all in this together, that we're going to get this complete, were his words, suggesting it has popped up in places that we didn't anticipate, he said, citing florida as an example. the u.s. reporting more than 1,000 deaths in 24 hours for the first time in two weeks. and the u.s. now closing in on 4 million cases, more than 142,000 american lives now lost. california now with the most confirmed cases in the country, surpassing new york today,
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reporting a daily high of 12,800 cases. indiana, minnesota and ohio issuing statewide mask mandates today. president trump for the second day in a row making the point thats maings make a difference. medics with the south carolina national guard called in to help five hospitals, now overwhelmed with patients in that state. family heartbreak in arizona tonight. a pregnant mother infected with the virus dying while in late boar. her final worlds, everything will be okay, take care of my son. the baby survived. and new concerns tonight about testing in black and hispanic communities in parts of this country. authorities say they are understaffed and have longer wait times. and the new study in "the new england journal of medicine" tonight on antibodies and how quickly they might field after initial infect. abc's victor oquendo leads us off from florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with coronavirus in california surpassing new york four months
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into the pandemic. 60% of cases in los angeles are among young adults. >> in fact, covid-19 appears to be on track to becoming one of the leading causes of death in l.a. county. >> reporter: with the national daily death toll topping 1,000 for the first time in two weeks, more states are now making masks mandatory to try to stop the spread. the governors of ohio, indiana and minnesota joining a growing list of at least 31 states announcing new orders today. >> with this mask mandate and with the things we have done previously to this, i think it is very possible for us to not have the darker days behind us, but for us to start moving forward. >> reporter: president trump refusing to issue a nationwide mask order, holding another coronavirus briefing for the second day in a row, urging americans -- >> wear a mask, socially distance and repeatedly wash your hands. you have to do this. you have to look at it differently. >> reporter: the president then making an appeal to younger americans. >> we want young americans to avoid packed bars and other
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crowded indoor gatherings and we're all in this together and as americans, we're going to get this complete, we're going to do it properly. >> reporter: and 24 hours after the president said the virus would disappear, dr. anthony fauci disagreeing. >> i don't see this disappearing. we are certainly not at the end of the game. i'm not even sure we're halfway through. >> reporter: nine states setting records for hospitalizations, including florida, where icus are filling up. hospitals are forced to find extra space for incoming covid patients. so, it's been a daily process of converting regular beds into icu beds? >> some of the beds in our hospital were converted into regular, into icu beds, so that we can move our patients around. >> reporter: in south carolina, 40 national guard medics arriving to ease the burden on overwhelmed hospitals. this school district in alcoa, tennessee, reopening today with students coming in one day per week, sitting in socially distanced desks. in houston, these two young brothers suffering unimaginable
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loss. losing both their parents in two weeks. >> i didn't get to sate good-bye to my mom or my dad, no, and that's what hurments me the most. >> reporter: and tonight, with testing still a major problem in more than is as doen states, our own abc news/fivethirtyeight report finding testing sites are more scarce in black and hispanic neighborhoods, and they are often understaffed. the virus infecting arizona mother bertha, two weeks before the birth of her second child. bertha dying during childbirth. her last words, according to her fiance, "everything will be okay. take care of my son." >> just a horrific story. victor oquendo with us from miami beach tonight. and victor, two questions for you. first, a new study tonight on how soon antibodies might fade after infection? >> reporter: david, that study from "the new england journal of medicine" looked at 34 patients who developed antibodies and in many cases, it found that those wore off after just 90 days, but
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they act knowledge more research is needed. >> that's right. a small but important topic they'll be studying in the months to come. in the meantime, the president also making news moments ago, saying the federal government has agreed now to pay pfizer $2 billion for about 100 million doses of the vaccine they're working on? >> reporter: and david, it all depends on whether or not those vaccine trials, the clinical trials, if they are successful, and pfizer says that americans would receive their vaccine for free. david? >> victor oquendo leading us off tonight. victor, thank you. meantime tonight, we continue to report on american families in need. it is estimated more than 25 million americans could lose their $600 federal supplement, which ends this week, unless congress acts. so, where does this stand tonight? mary bruce getting answers. >> reporter: with millions of americans unemployed, congress is divided over whether to continue giving them an extra boost in their unemployment ben ne its. right now you 25 million americans are getting an extra $600 a week to help make ends
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meet. that benefit stops this weekend, unless washington acts. >> we really need help in these times. it's very hard. it's not easy. >> reporter: but republicans are torn over whether to keep that extra check coming. they say that people won't have an incentive to go back to work. some republicans pointing out that many americans receiving these checks are now bringing in more money than they would if they were working. >> eventually want to get to a place where people aren't being paid more not to work than to work. >> reporter: in new orleans, cindy moffatt says she needs this extra money, because her business relies on tourism and there are no tourists coming now. >> $600 is important to a lot of households, especially to my household, that cannot go back to work. >> reporter: some republicans are calling for a short-term extension of the 6 $00 while they work this out. >> president trump, do you agree with senate republicans discussing the possibility of extending short-term unemployment insurance today so
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they prevent benefits from expiring? >> well, i think a lot of politicians are discussing that, republicans, democrats, and right now, a lot of my representatives are on the hill. we expect to have something over a period of time. over the appropriate period of time. >> the president speaking just moments ago. let's get to mary bruce. you have new information just in from the white house chief of staff about that $600 benefit, mary? >> reporter: david, the president's chief of staff says the short-term extension is a go-g no-go. the white house is opposed to this, saying it's not worthy of consideration. some republicans are frying to bargain down that check from $600 to maybe more than $400. democrats want that full $600 to continue and they say republicans have wasted precious time here and they don't want to do anything piecemeal. david? >> mary, thank you. to the other news tonight, and the images from houston amid america's escalating showdown with you china. the u.s. abruptly ordering china to close its consulate in houston, accusing the why neelz
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of spying. and overnight, images appearing to show chinese officials burning documents and files outside the consulate in houston. abc's marcus moor tonight from texas. >> reporter: the clock is ticking at the chinese consulate in houston tonight. a new front in the battle between the world's two biggest economies. the trump administration giving the chinese government 72 hours to leave the consulate they've occupied since 1979 to, quote, protect the country's went leg chul property and the private information of americans. videos posted anonymously to social media last night showing orange glow and smoke rising from the compound. chinese officials burning sensitive materials in large bins in the courtyard. >> when attempting make entry, they were denied access to the facility. and as part of international agreement, we do not enter without consent. >> reporter: the order to vacate coming just after the u.s. indicted two chinese nationals, accusing them of hacking and trying to steal information from companies fighting the coronavirus. >> president trump has said enough.
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we're not -- we're not going to allow this to continue to happen. >> reporter: senator marco rubio calling the consulate a spy shop. >> it's kind of the central node of a massive spy operation. commercial espionage, defense espionage, also influence agents to try and influence congress. and so it's long overdue that it be closed. >> reporter: chinese officials calling the u.s. move, quote, a political provocation, which sabotages china/u.s. relations. the early thinking is that china could look to close the u.s. consulate in wuhan, which already had reduced staff, because of the pandemic. most expect china to respond, at least in an equal or measured way and for this decades-long tit for tat between these two countries to continue. david? >> marcus, thank you. president trump speaking a short time ago about sending federal officers into chicago, saying chicago should be calling. tonight, that new surveillance showing 15 people shot outside a funeral there in chicago just last night. abc's alex perez tonight from chicago. >> reporter: tonight, chicago police working to track down the
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gunmen who opened fire on people leaving a funeral, sending them fleeing for their lives. some in the crowd firing back. at least 15 wounded. authorities calling it a case of gang retaliation. the shooting comes as president trump announces a plan to send about 200 agents to chicago and other cities, including albuquerque, to tackle rising bloodshed. >> i am announcing a surge of federal law enforcement into american communities plagued by violent crime. >> reporter: but late today, the president adding this. >> we're sending them help, but we're really waiting for them to call for the big help, for the big numbers, for the large numbers of people that we have ready, willing and able. >> reporter: the administration facing local and state criticism for dispatching federal agents in camouflage gear and unmarked vehicles to portland, oregon, accused of trying to silence protesters. chicago's mayor, lori lightfoot, saying she would work with the feds only if the goal was specifically to help curb
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violence. lightfoot, along with 15 other mayors, writing a letter to congress denouncing any efforts to quiet protesters. >> that's not democracy. that we saw unfolding on the streets of portland as a result of this federal action. that's what we call tyranny and dictatorship and we are not having it in chicago. >> reporter: and david, that shooting outside of this frun ral home behind me here just the latest in a sharp increase of violent crime here in chicago. murderers are up 51% compared to last year. the feds insist they're coming in to help with that problem, not to silence protesters. david? >> all right, alex perez tonight from chicago. thank you, alex. and now to that alarming new headline at ft. hood, texas. for the third time in a month, the body of a soldier from the base has been found nearby. here's abc's stephanie ramos on this again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the army revealing an investigation is under way into the death of a ft. hood soldier found near the texas army base.
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the third time in a month. private mejhor morta was found friday at a reservoir minutes away from the post. >> we hung out, did a lot of things and then i see this thing come up last night from a lot of my battle buddies, they're like, morta never did anything to anybody. >> reporter: on june 19th, the remains of private gregory wedel-morales were discovered after he was last seen in august 2019 outside the base. his mother grieving for him and now the mortas. >> we're just now getting gregory back to oklahoma. i hope they get answers faster. >> reporter: the remains of specialist vanessa guillen were found june 30th after she vanished from the base in april. authorities allege another soldier killed and buried her. he killed himself after police confronted him. a civilian who authorities say helped him has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to tamper with evidence. a ft. hood spokesperson tells me private morta has been missing
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for a day before he was found. authorities say a preliminary autopsy ruled his death a drowning. david? >> stephanie, thank you. overseas tonight, new questions about whether president trump pressured the uk to move the famed british open to his resort in scotland. abc news confirming tonight ambassador woody johnson toll colleagues the president asked him to convince the british government to make the move. here's our white house correspondent rachel scott tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new questions about whether the president tried to convince the uk to move the british open to his turnberry golf resort in scotland. >> everybody comes here. they all want to come to turnberry. >> reporter: "the new york times" reports that in 2018, the president's ambassador to the uk, billionaire woody johnson told multiple colleagues trump pressured him to try and make the move happen. johnson's former deputy lewis lukens tells abc news he warned the ambassador it would be unethical for the president to use his office for personal profit. lukens says johnson still pitched the idea to scotland's
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secretary of state david mundell. a spokesperson for the british government says that conversation never happened. >> no, i never spoke to woody johnson about that, about turnberry. turnberry is a highly respected course, as you know, one of the best in the world. >> reporter: but the president has not been shy about using his stature to promote his own properties. just last year, he chose his doral resort in miami to hold the g7 summit. >> we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows. they each hold from 50 to 70, very luxurious rooms with magnificent views. >> reporter: eventually, facing withering criticism, the president reversed course. david, tonight, the ambassador to the uk, woody johnson, is also under fire, accused of making racist and sexist remarks. one report claiming he said he prefers to work with women, because they are cheaper and work harder than men. tonight, johnson is denying those allegations. david? >> our white house correspondent rachel scott tonight. rachel, thank you. when we come back, the
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this young man asked a worker if he could play the piano that was for sale. she said of course and then started filming. journey's "don't stop believin'." that worker said everyone in the store suddenly stopped. >> i just shot that short video and posted on our facebook page as a feel-good story, and it just blew up. people wanted to buy it for him. and who was he and i didn't know who he was, because he was just gone. >> that community then helped track down that young piano man. 23-year-old architecture student john capron. and the shop owner, mark waters, invited him back. >> everybody was like, "who is this man?" and i was like, "that's me." >> it turns out the piano man is self-taught and that owner had a surprise. >> see if you like this piano a little better. >>giving him a $3,000 steinway. >> how does it feel? >> it's amazing. the weight of the keys is perfect. i cannot turn that down. i definitely cannot turn that
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down. this would be the first piano i ever owned. >> to see him cry made me cry. i mean, i wish i could do this every day. come on, we can do this again tomorrow. >> this is john playing his new piano. john legend's "all of me." and tonight here -- >> hi david muir. >> -- the shop owner on why he did it. >> to me, it's just a piano. to this gentleman, it was a new way of life. somebody's going to tune it for him, somebody's going to refinish it for him. >> and that young piano man, john, grateful. >> hi, david. very shocking, very surprising. and i'm just so happy that i actually made a difference and i'm glad that during this time that i can make people smile and i can make people happy. >> john and his music and his new piano. what a gift. good night.
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you are making things difficult for all of us. not just yourself because it is invent. >> the power and poet enlsy of your individual actions will determine the fate and future of covid-19. >> local and state officials calling for your help to stem the tied of rising coronavirus cases. good afternoon. welcome. >> i'm kristen sze. across the bay area's nine counties, there have been 43,377 cases of coronavirus. that includes recovered patients and the current number ineffected patients. >> in california, the state has now surpassed new york for most cases in the country. but california is more populous and has had fewer deaths. the u.s. has seen more than 3.9


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