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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. those lines for gas up and down the east coast, stations running out of gas. tonight, that pipeline, moments ago, back online. it could take days now to get that gas to stations from texas right up through the northeast. what the company has just revealed. tonight, reports of price gouging in the meantime. the average price for gas topping $3 a gallon now. and one place where gas is now $7 a gallon. gio benitez with late reporting. also tonight, republican congresswoman liz cheney ousted from her leadership position because she spoke out against former president trump and against repeated lies about the election. new details tonight from inside the secret vote, taking just minutes. reports of boos in the room as cheney made her final plea to
save her post, and she argued, the republican party. rachel scott on the hill tonight. overseas tonight, the horrific images coming in. the u.n. now warning of a full-scale war between israel and hamas. israeli air strikes destroying targets in gaza, including a 14-story building. and from gaza, more than 1,000 rockets fired into israel. sirens across tel aviv. the u.s. airlines halting flights to the region. and matt gutman tonight in tel aviv. just in tonight, the head of the cdc giving the final green light a short time ago for the pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. and what parents need to know tonight. the collision in midair near denver. two planes, both preparing to land, colliding. one deploying its emergency parachute. the fuselage of the other plane ripped wide open. that shooting in new york's times square, tht 4-year-old rushed to safety. and tonight, news of an arrest coming in. that urgent manhunt taking them all the way to florida. and in philadelphia, the
crash tonight right into outdoor dining. reports of several people injured. and america strong tonight. the graduate proving it is never too late. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. and we begin tonight with that news coming in just a short time ago, the nation's largest gas pipeline shut down after that russian-based cyber attack here in the u.s. has just now been put back online. the company, colonial pipeline, just announcing they have restarted operation of the pipeline, but it will take days now to get the gas stations from the south right up to the east coast back up and running. in the meantime tonight, long lines. gas stations out of fuel and that report of $7 a gallon in one location. authorities tonight with a warning about price gouging. long lines at a sam's club, this is charlotte, north carolina. that state reporting up to
two-thirds of its gas stations out of fuel. the shutdown effecting thousands of stations and tonight with this news just in, it still means it could be days before we're back to normal. the national average for a gallon of gas above $3 for the first time since 2014, the first time in seven years. and again tonight just to show you how much this is affected by tat one cyber attack, that pipeline runs 5,500 miles from texas straight up to new jersey. tonight here, drivers asking, how much longer? when will prices stabilize? and of course, the larger question, what is the u.s. doing to keep this from happening again? abc's gio benitez leads us off from atlanta tonight. >> reporter: tonight, colonial pipeline says it has restarted operations more than five days rcheto st do.-linked hackers still t, the effects of that shutdown. drivers in several states are paying top dollar at the pump, if they can even find gas. >> absolute insanity. everyone is panic buying. >> reporter: drivers lined up overnight at gas stations in
georgia. >> if i don't get gas, i'm going to be sleeping in my car tonight at work. >> reporter: gas buddy reporting at one point nearly two-thirds of all stations in north carolina were out of fuel. and more than half just here in atlanta. and you can see right here, someone has brought several gas cans to stock up on whatever gas is left. prices jumping about 10 cents overnight in south carolina and 8 cents in virginia. today in georgia, 24 cents since last week. this virginia station charging nearly $7 a gallon. >> six gallons of gas for $35. that's absolutely ridiculous. >> if there's price gouging going on, we won't hesitate to make sure our laws are enforced. >> reporter: transportation secretary pete buttigieg announcing they're waiving weight restrictions so trucks can carry more fuel. addressing reports of people hoarding gas. >> hoarding does not make things better. and under no circumstances should gasoline ever be put into anything but a vehicle directly or an approved container.
>> reporter: cisa, the agency in charge of cybersecurity, says the russian-linked group of hackers known as "darkside" gained access to colonial's i.t. system. but that there was no indication that colonial's operational networks were directly hit. experts say the group has taken advantage of more than 40 victims in the last few years. security analysts say this shows how vulnerable america's cyber infrastructure really is. >> it is absolutely a road map for enemies and adversaries to potentially carry out a devastating blow against our critical infrastructure and really damage not only our economy, but lead to injury or potentially loss of life. >> no question about that. gio benitez joins us live from atlanta tonight. and gio, the late news, the pipeline now back up and running but we know memorial day still a couple of weeks away. millions could hit the roads. and it could take that long to get up to speed from texas all the way up to the northeast. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, david.
we're talking about two weeks to get that gas all the way from texas to the northeast. and on that price gouging, remember, those state of emergency orders specifically mention price gouging, so, state officials say they will investigate any complaint and if they have to, they'll prosecute them. david? >> gio benitez leading us off tonight from atlanta. gio, thank you. we also have new reporting tonight amid the battle inside the republican party. representative liz cheney tonight ousted from her leadership position today for speaking out against president trump and about lies involving the election. it took just minutes, with reports of boos while cheney made a last-ditch argument to save her post and she argued the republican party. moments after the vote, cheney saying she promises to do everything she can to, quote, ensure that the former president never again gets near the oval office. abc's rachel scott back on the hill again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the historic vote. house republicans forcing congresswoman liz cheney from her leadership position for one simple reason. she refuses to stay silent about donald trump's lies about the election.
behind closed doors, cheney had begged her colleagues not to, quote, "let the former president drag us backward and make us complicit in his efforts to unravel our democracy." but they booed her and within 15 minutes, she was ousted in a secret voice vote. i spoke with one of her few defenders. was there anyone that tried to stop this from going forward? anyone that spoke out in her defense? >> no, it all just happened so quick. it was kind of blinding for all of us. none of us expected this. you had a few that stood up, trying to ask a question, but they were quickly gavelled down. >> reporter: afterwards, cheney, defiant. >> we must go forward based on truth. we cannot both embrace the big lie and embrace the constitution. >> reporter: hours earlier, she took to the house floor. >> remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar.
i will not participate in that. >> reporter: cheney's downfall, engineered by house republican leader kevin mccarthy, who today denied republicans are embracing trump's lies. mccarthy speaking to reporters after his first meeting with president biden at the white house. >> i don't think anybody is questioning the legitimacy of the presidential election. i think that is all over with. we're sitting here with the president today. >> reporter: but mccarthy himself voted to overturn the election. many republicans still openly question the results. and today, a gop congressman denied there was even an insurrection at the capitol on january 6th. >> watching the tv footage of those who entered the capitol and walked through statuary hall showed people in an orderly fashion, staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures. you know, if you didn't know the tv footage was a video from january 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit. >> reporter: of course, the video that day tells a very different story. >> ahh! >> reporter: the former president himself has relentlessly pushed lies about the election. today, he called liz cheney a "bitter, horrible human being."
cheney herself now on a mission. >> i will do everything i can to ensure that the former president never again gets anywhere near the oval office. >> what a scene playing out on the hill today. rachel scott back up on the hill tonight. and rachel, as you've reported here, liz cheney voted with president trump on his agenda about 93% of the time. we know that's much more than the congresswoman in line to replace her, congresswoman elise stefanik. today, the republican leader, kevin mccarthy, actually insisting that nobody is questioning the legitimacy of the election, but then hours later, you reported that stefanik said there are serious issues related to the election? >> reporter: that's right, david. congresswoman elise stefanik saying today there are, quote, irregularities in key battleground states like georgia, michigan, pennsylvania and wisconsin. she is all-in for former president donald trump. he has endorsed her, which makes her a clear front-runner when republicans vote to replace cheney on friday. david? >> rachel scott following it all on the hill for us. rachel, thanks to you again
tonight. overseas this evening and to the other major story developing, the horrific images of the fighting now escalating between israel and the palestinians. the u.n. tonight now warning of a full-scale war and u.s. airlines now halting flights to the region with casualties mounting. more than 1,000 rockets fired from gaza. one landing on a residential street outside tel aviv, setting a car on fire. israeli air strikes on gaza destroying targets including apartment towers, residents reportedly cleared out. abc's matt gutman from tel aviv again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, with the u.n. warning of a full-scale war, explosion after explosion rattling gaza. israeli air strikes pounding dozens of targets. a 14-story building exploding into a fireball. one of at least three apartment buildings leveled in the past 24 hours. drone video showing the aftermath, that building slumped on its side. israel saying it targeted dozens
of hamas operatives and the group's infrastructure. palestinian officials say at least 56 people have been killed, among them, more than a dozen children. hundreds have been wounded. civilians on both sides bearing the brunt. and tonight, hamas' rain of rockets on israel continues. sirens blaring, israeli's iron dome defense system rising up to meet them. that stunning aerial display. the israeli military saying more than 1,200 rockets launched towards israel, many targeting the tel aviv metro area, home to nearly half the country's population. it's about 3:00 a.m. here and the sirens are out again, i'm on the balcony and the rockets have been fired from just behind me. many rockets punching through israel's defense systems. this one exploding in a town just south of tel aviv. we w and this is where one of those rockets landed. you can see the impact crater here. it sent a fireball throughout this neighborhood, incinerating
all these cars and firing shrapnel like this into all of these homes. a woman was killed in this house. a 6-year-old killed this evening in a rocket attack. one of at least seven israeli fatalities. more than 150 wounded so far. residents increasingly angry. >> we cannot continue to live like this. a person died here last night. >> reporter: opening up another front for israel, palestinians with israeli citizenship rioting in multiple towns, protesting their status as second-class citizens. hundreds wounded. just south of tel aviv, a jewish mob mercilessly beating this arab citizen. and late today, president joe biden spoke to israeli prime minister netanyahu. >> israel has the right to defend itself, when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory. >> been so long since we saw violence at this level, matt. and we also heard the president late today saying he hopes this will end soon. we know the u.s. is sending a top official to the region. but what are you learning on the ground there tonight?
because so far, it appears there's no end in sight here. >> reporter: no, there doesn't appear to be an end in sight, david. and tonight, i spoke with israeli military officials, they said they're assessing the situation on an hourly basis. they say they have not ruled out a ground invasion of gaza, but they say they are not there yet. and in those towns with mixed arab/jewish populations, where we've seen those clashes and hundreds wounded, tonight, the israeli government declaring what is basically martial law, which could possibly increase tensions, as well. david? >> all right, matt gutman and our team in tel aviv tonight. our thanks to you all. back here at home tonight and to the coronavirus here in the u.s. late today, the head of the cdc giving the final green light now for the pfizer vaccine for children 12 to 15 years old. and abc's marcus moore tonight on what parents need to know. >> you're about to get your first vaccine! >> reporter: tonight, with the formal green light from the cdc, 12 to 15-year-olds across the country are already rolling up their sleeves to get the pfizer vaccine. 14-year-old twins christopher and caitlin hunt among the first in houston.
>> for them personally, you know, it's a great, great thing. but it's bigger than just them. this is one thing we can do, you know, to move past it, to beat it, to move on. >> reporter: how was it? >> it was a lot better than i thought it would be. i thought it would hurt, but it was not -- it didn't hurt at all. >> i think honestly, the benefits outweigh the side effects. >> take the shot, doesn't hurt. >> reporter: that cdc panel today unanimously recommending the pfizer vaccine for 17 million adolescents. >> the motion passes. >> reporter: arguing vaccination is critical for children and the country to get back to normal life. the pfizer vaccine was found to be 100% effective in adolescents with no safety concerns. >> this honestly is about as close to a perfect vaccine as one could have. i can't think of another vaccine we have in our armamentarium that, in our fight against these infections, that's frankly as good as this one. >> reporter: but many parents will need to be convinced. a recent poll shows more than half want to wait or don't plan to get their kids vaccinated.
>> concerned there's not going to be enough studies done and i don't want to put my kids through that. >> we want to late until the last minute. >> side effects other than the ones they've shown come up, you never know. >> reporter: late today, president biden today urging parents and their children to get vaccinated. >> talk to someone you trust. your physician, your pharmacist, your next door neighbor who got the shot. talk to your faith leaders. look at the folks in your community who have gotten vaccinated and are getting back to living their lives. >> reporter: david, it varies by state, but parents will be able to get vaccinations for their kids at mobile clinics, schools, doctors offices and pharmacies. tomorrow, walgreens will begin offering vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds along with cvs at 5,600 locations around the country. david? >> all right, moving forward with adolescents in this country coming next. marcus, thank you. in washington tonight, president biden and the first meeting with the so-called big four in congress, sitting down
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he was unhurt. both planes had been cleared for landing on parallel runways at centennial airport, but one plane overshot his final approach and then the midair collision. >> hey, tower, there's another one that dropped a parachute. >> reporter: the single engine cirrus, the only company with its own revolutionary parachute system for an aircraft, successfully deploying it and preventing an almost certain tragedy. and david, tonight, the ntsb will begin its investigation. both pilots will face intense interviews with investigators to figure out how this happened at one of america's busiest airports for private pilots and noncommercial flights. david? >> all right, kaylee hartung tonight. kaylee, thank you. when we come back, that times square shooting here in new york. news of an arrest after that urgent manhunt leading them all the way to florida. and the chaotic scene in philadelphia tonight. a driver crashing into an outdoor dining area. trelegy for copd. ♪ birds flyin' high, you know how i feel. ♪ ♪ breeze drifting on by you know how i feel. ♪
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