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california right now. you can find out more on the local impact and tonight, several headlines late today. the new guidance tonight on masks in america. the cdc saying fully vaccinated americans do not have to wear masks to take off the mask. president biden removing his mask, celebrating the new guidance. and urging those who haven't been vaccinated to get the shot to protect themselves and others. and the president thanking americans for getting us this far. and what he said about the fourth of july. the other news this tuesday night, the deadly police shooting of andrew brown jr. by deputies in north carolina. the new video tonight shared by the family's lawyer, showing deputies packed in a pickup truck, arriving at brown's home.
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and the family's independent autopsy results tonight showing brown was shot five times, including what their lawyer said was a kill shot to the back of the head. the attack on the capitol. the fbi tonight arresting two of that a their most wanted suspects. tonight, the u.s. and iran and the tense encounters in the persian gulf. new video showing iranian speedboats swarming u.s. navy and coast guard ships. the u.s. navy firing warning shots. and martha raddatz standing by with late reporting. in this country, several states bracing for damaging winds, hail and possible tornadoes tonight. and the wildfires. one fire exploding in size. hundreds of evacuations under way. in new york city tonight, the arrest in a brutal and unprovoked attack on an asian man. the desperate search for a 40-year-old mother of three from houston. tonight, the fbi now called in on the case. and genetically modifis mosquitos. tonight, why some scientists in florida are set to release the
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mosquitos and what they hope this does. and america strong tonight. the boy and the entire community saying, "welcome back." good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a tuesday night. and we begin tonight with this new chapter in this pandemic. one more step toward some sense of normalcy again in this country. president biden and the cdc today relaxing guidelines for fully vaccinated americans when it comes to wearing masks outdoors, saying those masks outside for the most part are no longer needed. the president removing his mask on the north lawn of the white house today, saying, starting today, if you're fully vaccinated and you're outdoors and not in a big crowd, you no longer need to wear a mask. health officials saying fully vaccinated adults don't need masks to walk, run or bike outside, whether you're alone or with others. if fully vaccinated, you don't need masks in small outdoor
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gatherings with friends or family. the data showing the risk of transmitting covid is much lower outdoors. and look at this tonight. the cdc's new chart showing when it's safe for fully vaccinated adults. look at the right-hand column. that's for vaccinated americans outside. you can see the mask is off in just about every scenario except right there at the bottom right, the mask is back on. that's for big crowds and big events. on the left-hand side, that's for unvaccinated americans and you can see halfway down, as soon as you start talking about gatherings with vaccinate and unvaccinated friends, they say wear thes maing. tonight, the numbers. nearly 140 million adults now receiving at least one dose of vaccine. that's more than 54% now. and president biden today thanking americans for getting us this far. and again, pointing to the fourth of july, calling it our target date to get life in america closer to normal and begin to celebrate our independence from the virus. abc's eva pilgrim leading us off tonight.
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>> reporter: tonight, the country one step closer to normal with new mask guidelines for millions of americans who are fully vaccinated. >> starting today, if you're fully vaccinated and you're outdoors, you need -- and not in a big crowd -- you no longer need to wear a mask. >> reporter: in a new roadmap, the cdc giving vaccinated americans the green light to -- exercise outside. attend small outdoor gatherings, even with unvaccinated people. dine outdoors with other households. all without a mask. >> and the more people who are vaccinated, the more steps we can take towards spending time with people we love doing the things we love to enjoy. >> repte unvaccinated americans, masks are still recommended if you're outside with other unvaccinated people or dining outdoors with other households. all americans should wear masks at crowded outdoor conced masks indoors unless everyone is vaccinated.
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>> although these vaccines are extremely effective, we know that the virus spreads very well indoors. >> reporter: more than 96 million americans are fully vaccinated, but demand for vaccines falling in recent days. president biden making the case that getting vaccinated allows americans to do more things safely. >> for those who haven't gotten their vaccination yet, especially if you're younger, or think you don't need it, this is another great reason to go get vaccinated. now. now. >> reporter: even with today's new guidelines, the president asked why he walked out wearing a mask. >> and you chose to wear a mask as you walked out here. what message were you sending by wearing a mask outside alone?y f and not put it back on until i get inside. >> reporter: many across the country relieved to hear the news. >> it feels good! >> it'll be a lot more comfortable, especially with temperatures warming up to be outside without a mask.
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>> just a little bit more towards normalcy. it will be great. >> reporter: still some choosing to keep their mask on. >> i'm fully vaccinated, but i just think it's the right thing to do. why take a chance? >> and so let's bring in eva pilgrim back with us tonight. she's outdoors there in brooklyn, so, the guidance for outdoors like the park that eva is in, if you're fully vaccinated, you doubt need to wear a mask, but i hope we're all patient with one another as people get used to the guidance and their own comfort zone there. but in the meantime, i know the cdc also gave some assurance for vaccinated americans who want to get their hair cut, go work out, go shopping, they say still wear a mask but they're fairly confident that all of that is safe. >> reporter: that's right, david. the cdc has more data about the effectiveness of these vaccines and they believe fully vaccinated people are safe going to indoor places like salons, gyms and malls. but they want to underscore, those people still need to wear masks when they're indoors. david? >> all right, eva pilgrim
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leading us off again tonight. eva, thank you. we know this is a welcome new chapter for many of you at home and likely many of you have questions, as well. so, let's bring in dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health. dr. jha, as always, thank you for being here. first, you suggested this was coming from the cdc, this updating of their mask guidelines, saying for the most part that fully vaccinated americans can now go outdoors, no masks. do you agree with the move? >> i do, david, and again, thank you for having me back. i think this is a really good move. it tells us we're making progress in this pandemic. getting vaccinated makes a big difference in terms of being safe and i welcome this move by the cdc. >> so, we know if you're fully vaccinated, you can lose the mask outside, in small gatherings with family and friends. still wear the mask at major events. but i'm curious about the stuff in the middle, the busy grocery store parking lot, the farmer's market, passing people on the sidewalk. do you wear a mask or is it okay not to? >> i think it's largely okay not
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to. if you are fully vaccinated and outside, whether it's a farmer's market, that parking lot, if you are going to be out there for a long period of time around people, maybe safer to wear the ma mask, but otherwise i think it's safe to go without. >> and so much today focused on what vaccinated american adults can now do. i was curious in listening to the guidance from the cdc and the president, what about children? do they wear masks outdoors or can they take them off, too? >> yeah, this is a good question, david, and kids may not be vaccinated for awhile. i think as infection numbers come down, if you don't have a large gathering, i think it's reasonable to get the kids out of their masks, as well. but we do have to be a bit more careful because there's so many infections out there. as those numbers come down, i think we'll be much safer. >> dr. jha with us again tonight. thank you. and one more point on the virus tonight, and easing masks outdoors. we saw president biden on the north lawn, taking off his mask,
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saying he would put the mask back on in the white house. and polls show wide public approval for his handling of the covid crisis. tomorrow, he delivers his first speech to a joint session of congress and to americans at home. let's bring in abc's mary bruce and mary, clearly the president aware his strongest numbers are on the pandemic and he hopes to capitalize on some of that support, that good will, as he makes the case for the rest of his agenda. >> reporter: he does, david. the president clearly trying to set the tone on the pandemic as he heads into tomorrow's big address. but this peach is a chance for the president to highlight what comes next. his recovery push. he will be calling on congress to pass his $2 trillion inf infrastructure plan, which we know has the support of the majority of americans. and tonight, we're learning more about his sweeping new child care and education plan, which the president will be unveiling. i'm told he's going to be calling for $200 billion to provide universal pre-k for all 3 and 4-year-olds. the white house tonight says this could help 5 million children, it could save the average family $13,000 and to
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pay for all of this, the president will be calling to raise taxes on the most wealthy and wealthy investors. david? >> mary bruce at the white house tonight. mary, thank you. and i hope you'll join us tomorrow night for the president's address. i'll be joined by mary, martha raddatz, our powerhouse political team. president biden's address to a joint session of congress, 9:00 p.m. eastern right here on abc. in the meantime, we do move onto the other news this tuesday night. the deadly police shooting of andrew brown jr. by deputies in north carolina. new video tonight shared by the family's lawyer showing deputies packed in a pickup truck, arriving at brown's home. and the family's independent autopsy results now, they say brown was shot five times, including what their lawyer said was a kill shot to the back of the head. here's abc's victor oquendo in north carolina tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new street camera video showing deputies rushing to andrew brown jr.'s home, tweet ed by his family's
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lawyers. deputies piled into the back of a pickup truck, turning the corner and jumping out. brown's house is out of sight moment later, brown was shot and killed. today, lawyers and the family of andrew brown jr. revealing the results of an independent autopsy. >> it was a kill shot to the back of the head. >> reporter: according to their autopsy report, brown was shot five times. he had four gunshot wounds to his right arm and one gunshot wound to his head. attorneys for the family saying that brown was struck in the arm as his hands were on the steering wheel and was fleeing the gunfire when he was shot in the back of the head. >> so it went into the base of the neck in the bottom of the right, the skull and got lodged in his brain. >> reporter: the state releasing brown's death certificate, stating he died within minutes of a "penetrating gunshot wound of the head." it has been nearly a week since brown was killed. >> say his name. >> andrew brown. >> reporter: each day, seeing peaceful protests and continued calls to publicly release body camera videos from the incident.
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the pasquotank county attorney petitioning for all videos to be released. a court hearing now set for tomorrow morning. we sat down with andrew's son, khalil, the only family member to watch a redacted portion of the body camera video. what has this been like for your family? >> we all need answers. it's stressing us out a lot. we haven't been eating, sleeping like we supposed to. it's just eating us up. >> and victor oquendo with us tonight from elizabeth city again this evening. victor, we know the governor of north carolina has called for transparency, the release of those body cam videos and tonight, he and the fbi are now weighing in on the case? >> reporter: david, the fbi has opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting. and north carolina's governor is calling for a special prosecutor for this case. tonight, for the first time since the shooting, there is a curfew in effect here in elizabeth city until further notice. david? >> all right, victor, thank you. next tonight here, former dallas police officer amber
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guyger is now appealing her murder conviction for killing and unarmed man in his own apartment. guyger saying she believed she entered her own apartment when she opened fire, killing botham jean in 2018, thinking he was an intrud intruder. it was his apartment, it was a different floor. her lawyers now claiming self-defense in court today. tonight, the fbi now arresting two of its ten most wanted in connection with the deadly attack on the capitol. both arrests for violent attacks on police. one allegedly seen on video assaulting a capitol police officer, ripping away his riot shield. more than 400 people now facing charges. here's abc's rachel scott tonight. >> reporter: it was one of the most egregious attacks from the capitol siege, and authorities say the man responsible is in custody. the fbi says this body camera video shows the moments 34-year-old jonathan munafo ripped a riot shield from an officer's hands before violently punching him in the face.
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officials say at one point he tried using this wooden flag pole to break into the capitol, eren the criminal complaint. his social media accounts show him at multiple trump rallies. federal investigators able to identify him in part from this interview he gave to our abc affiliate wmur at a trump rally in new hampshire in february of 2020. >> president trump is someone we want to back and show our support in any way possible and if that means standing out here in the freezing cold for two days, we'll do it. >> reporter: he even appears to be wearing the same jacket and hood. two of his now former friends turning him in. munafo, one of ten suspects the fbi considered their most wanted from the insurrection on january 6th. 62-year-old reed knox christensen, allegedly seen here viciously attacking police defending the capitol, was the first on that list to be arrested. reed appearing in a federal court in oregon on monday ■to
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face charges including assaulting a police officer. >> and rachel scott joins us up on the hill tonight. another suspect arrested also in connection with the attack on the capitol. the man seen with his feet on speaker pelosi's desk. news on that front? >> reporter: that's right, david. the man you see in this now infamous photo, richard barnett, has been released from custody. he spent four months in jail. he's now on home detention, awaiting trial. tonight, the fbi still searching for at least 100 people involved in the capitol insurrection. david? >> rachel scott, our congressional correspondent up on the hill, thank you, rachel. overseas tonight, the u.s. and iran and the tense encounters in the persian gulf. now video showing iranian speedboats swarming u.s. navy and coast guard ships. the u.s. navy firing warning shots. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz tonight. >> reporter: it was pitch black in the persian gulf as the armed iranian patrol boats sped towards the u.s. navy and coast guard vessels, ignoring multiple
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verbal warnings and blaring horns. it was not until the iranians got within 68 yards of the u.s. vessels that the u.s. fired warning shots -- that streak of light you see -- that the three iranian boats finally turned around. this is the second time this month that the iranians have swarmed u.s. vessels. the u.s. navy saying the iranians are conducting "aggressive, unsafe, harassing maneuver maneuvers" without "due regard for the safety of other vessels as required by international law." these two encounters, the first time iranian boats have harasses the u.s. in over a year. >> there are hard liners that don't want the nuclear talks to success, so, they are trying to provoke a fight. >> reporter: and david, these aggressive and sudden encounters are exactly the kind that can lead to mistakes and escalation. david? >> all right, martha raddatz, we'll see you here tomorrow night, martha, for our coverage
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of the president. in the meantime, to india tonight, and the horror unfolding with the virus there. the humanitarian crisis worsening. health officials reporting more than 323,000 new covid cases today alone. the first shipment of medical aid from the uk arriving, president biden today also saying the u.s. will send oxy oxygen, medicine and equipment to make vaccine. when we come back this tuesday night, the arrest in new york city for an you unprovoked attack that left an asian man in a coma. and the severe weather alert tonight across several states and reports of a tornado just touching down. ferently. hey, i'll take one, please! wait, this isn't a hot-dog stand? no, can't you see the sign? wet. teddy. bears. get ya' wet teddy bears! one-hundred percent wet, guaranteed! or the next one is on me! only pay for what you need. ♪ liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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he's 6 and he's a fighter. nathan herber from rochester, minnesota, was just 4 years old when he was diagnosed with non-hodgkin's lymphoma. nathan had to leave school at the time to undergo aggressive street at the mayo clinic. daily chemo. spending months in the hospital. at one point, he was on life support. it's been years now, but the entire time, nathan keeping up with school from his hospital room. here he is at 4. >> h-a-n. >> what does that spell? >> nathan! >> oh! good job! >> and now three years after his diagnosis, 6 years old, nathan is now in remission. and on his final day of chemo, after 900 days of treatment, his friends at school, wearing their
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the bottom line is clear. if you are vaccinated you can do more things more safely outdoors as well as indoors. >> get ready to take off mask new guidelines out from the cdc with a lot more flexibility about the mask. good afternoon. thanks for joining us. >> a vaccine plus small outdoor gatherings plus even dining outside. >> if you are fully vaccinated and want to attend a small outdoor gathering with people vaccinated and unvaccinated or dine out and outdoor restaurant from friends with friends from multiple households, the science shows if you are vaccinated, you can do so safely unmasked.
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>> however, if you want to attend a crowded outdoor events, wearing a mask is recommended. even if you have been avd door th you e vaccinated the you e fei outdoor gatherings or large events even when wearing a mask. governor newsome said california will align with the new cdc guidelines you are fully vaccinated outdoors and not in a large crowd you do not need to wear a mask. we want to know your opinion. what you think about this? will you stop wearing your mask outdoors? yes, can't wait? eventually? no way. those are your options. go to wayne friedman has bay area reaction to these new >> reporter: this may go down in history as mask liberation day. >> do you felt better walking arnd