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if not good morning, america. breaking vaccine news as we come on the air this monday morning. pfizer's big announcement saying its vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11. now, when will they seek fda approval to get the shot to children? this as hospitals across the country are seeing a record number of children with covid. the latest on gabby petito's disappearance. a body found near a national park in wyoming believed to be the 22-year-old. at this hour, her boyfriend brian laundrie still missing. this morning, what his sister is saying, and one of the last text messages from gabby only on "gma." massive deportation effort under way. thousands of migrants at the border camping under that bridge in texas. the first flights returning them home.
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our reporter there live. fiery crash. a military jet going down in a texas neighborhood. >> people jumped out of the plane with parachutes. oh my gosh. >> the pilots ejecting. one of their parachutes caught in power lines. the latest on the investigation. also this morning, a volcano erupts. lava shooting into the air, streaming towards homes. thousands forced to flee a popular tourist destination. abc news exclusive. the startling new revelations in the explosive book "peril," after breaking that news about general mark milley reaching out to china without former president trump knowing. authors bob woodward and robert costa here for their first interview. mission accomplished. >> welcome back to planet earth. >> inspiration 4 splashing down, and the uplifting achievement for the kids that need it most. ♪ and royalty rules.
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"the crown" coming out on top at tv's golden night, and "ted lasso" scoring big. >> ah! oh, my god. i'm giving a speech at the emmy. >> the stars making history. mckayla cole's electrifying speech to rupaul's huge win. >> come on to mama ru. >> and the moment that sent social media into a media frenzy. and just what we need. ♪ you got what i need ♪ ♪ but you say he's just a friend ♪ in many ways, it was just what we needed. >> hold on a second. i think that was a first. that was the first time you sang in the cold open. >> yes, and the last time. but i'm with two of my friends here, george and t.j., who is in for michael. >> did they have to talk you
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into that or you went for it? >> we have a lot of news. >> yes, hello to you all on this monday morning. we have a lot of news this morning. we'll start with those stories. we have an update on the gabby petito case. we'll get to that in a minute, but we have breaking news, george, on the covid vaccine. >> that's right. pfizer is announcing it's safe for children ages 5 to 11. they will seek emergency use authorization within weeks. eva pilgrim starts us off with the latest. good morning, eva. >> reporter: good morning, george. with kids back in the classroom, this is the news so many parents have been waiting for. pfizer out overnight with the first look at a vaccine they say is safe for children. this morning, pfizer announcing that its vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 through 11, and they will be ask the fda for authorization in the coming weeks. the announcement coming along with the first look at the company's trial data giving its vaccine to children. the company says the trial gave
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more than 2,200 children a dose one third the amount given to adults and found it had minimal side effects, similar to adults and older children. pfizer says the antibody response in that dose was at least as strong as the full adult dose in patients 16-25. this woman's daughters participated in the trial and she says she hopes they were among the subjects that got that dose, but among worsening infections across the country, the teacher is thankful to be one step closer to the vaccine being available for all school children. >> i teach high school. so my room is a lot safer, whereas my kids, like, a third grade classroom, she's probably the only third grader that had the opportunity to vaccinate already in her school, and then my kindergartener, she's probably the only one to be
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vaccinated in her school. having other people vaccinated, it means it's that much safer in my mind for them. >> reporter: this news comes as hospitals are seeing a record number of cases of pediatric admissions with some hospitals running out of icu beds. >> we have certainly been seeing a large volume of children presenting to our emergency departments certainly in our primary care network. we're calling this a surge. we're seeing this as another wave. >> reporter: as hospitals see these upticks, the debate over covid policies in schools rages on. if this is approved, almost every k-12 student in the country will be eligible to get vaccinated. experts say while children are currently not eligible, everyone that is should go out and get the shot. >> the best way to protect our children is to vaccinate our community, so we reduce the risk of infection spread in our school systems. >> reporter: robbie walker a florida father of six regrets not getting vaccinated after he came down with covid and pneumonia in both lungs.
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his wife tried calling 169 hospitals before he had to be flown to connecticut for an advanced treatment. >> i just knew that at that point that was, like, our saving grace. >> if i had to do this over again, i would have been vaccinated a long time ago. >> reporter: and over the weekend, the fda's independent advisory panel rejecting the call for boosters for everyone 16 and older. instead only recommending it for those 65 and up as well as those at high risk for severe disease, and those frontline workers. the final decision on that lies with the career scientists at the fda, and the cdc. robin? >> we'll stay tuned. all right, eva. thank you. now to that heartbreaking discovery in the search for gabby petito. the fbi saying a body was found in wyoming consistent with the description of the missing 22-year-old. this comes as the search continues for her boyfriend who returned from a cross country trip without her. trevor ault has the latest for us. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, robin.
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this was a truly devastating update to that multistate search for gabby out west, and this morning here in florida the person of interest in gabby's disappearance, her boyfriend brian laundrie, is still reported missing. gabby's family have said, he's not missing. he's hiding. this morning, a dark discovery in wyoming. a body believed to be 22-year-old gabby petito found near grand teton national park. >> full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% we found gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery. >> reporter: overnight her father reacting to the news with this tweet. she touched the world. that grim news coming as authorities are in the midst of a separate massive manhunt for petito's boyfriend, brian laundrie. this weekend in florida, search crews desperately sifting through thousands of acres of alligator-infested marshland. the fbi using drone technology,
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atvs and canine units to pinpoint his whereabouts. >> you could be out here for months if you wanted. >> reporter: laundrie's parents alerted police he was missing on friday saying they hadn't seen him since tuesday. he's still a person of interest in petito's disappearance. they had been on a cross country road trip together sharing their adventures on youtube. they were last seen together august 24th leaving a hotel in utah. petito telling her mother over the phone the next day they were on the way to grand teton national park where that discovery was made on sunday. days after they were seen together, brian returned home to florida alone in her van. overnight, brian laundrie's sister cassie speaking out exclusively to abc news sharing condolences and prayers with petito's family and adding, gabby was a fun and loving influence to the boys as she always referred to them. we will cherish all the time spent with her, and for the first timesharing these
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postcards she received from petito during the road trip, many of them addressed to her boyfriend's nephews and signed aunt gabby. one reading, uncle brian and i miss you so much. everywhere we go reminds us of you. on the same day she sent her final postcard she sent this text message. i can't believe school started already saying, send me pictures of the boys to show brian. we're in arches right now so we don't have the best wi-fi. many agencies have been working the case, authorities piecing together any information to figure out what happened to gabby. in this now viral series of tiktok videos miranda baker claims on august 29th she saw laundrie hitchhiking in grand teton national park and gave him a ride. north port police saying they've spoken with baker and her timeline is plausible. >> i hope this can help someone identify him. he had told my boyfriend and i he was doing a cross country road trip, and his fiancee was
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back at their van at the first campsite working on their social media. >> reporter: she says laundrie offered them money for a ride, but then asked to be left off the side of the road soon after. >> when we looked back, you know, 10 or 15 seconds after he got out of the vehicle, he was gone. >> reporter: gabby's family has said the only question they had was where is gabby. the question now is what happened to her and brian laundrie may be the only person who can possibly answer it, if investigators ever find him. we heard from local police moments ago they will not be conducting a search in this nature reserve. t.j.? >> trevor, thank you for the update. we turn to the latest on the situation at the border. the biden administration has started to deport thousands of migrants who have been gathering in recent weeks at the bordertown of del rio. our kenneth moton is there with the very latest. kenneth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, t.j. that part of the border behind me closed as officials work to process those migrants and send
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many of them back home. meanwhile, thousands of families and others seeking asylum are still under that nearby bridge waiting for the u.s. to tell them what's next. this morning, the first images of that massive deportation effort under way, captured by our abc affiliate wplg. flights of migrants from del rio texas returning to haiti. approximately 13,000 people, many from haiti, the country ravaged and unstable after the assassination of its president and a deadly earthquake in august. others from south america seeking refuge underneath the del rio bridge on the texas border. >> we've never seen anything like this. this is completely and totally out of the norm of anything we've ever seen. >> reporter: this was the main point of entry for those migrants. border patrol officials say thousands of them, many with children, taking this narrow and treacherous path across the rio grande. an unprecedented federal and state response.
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1,000 texas state troopers backing up 600 members of customs and border patrol. inside the sea of humanity, officials say incidents of violence. migrants bathing in the river, crossing back and forth for food. makeshift shelters built to protect from the 100-degree heat. then there's the covid concern. >> we are providing food, water, portable toilets, towels, emergency medical technicians are available for first aid. >> reporter: the small border community overwhelmed. >> we're a very welcoming and loving community, but, you know, we can only provide so much. >> reporter: border patrol expects to process those remaining migrants by the end of the week. a huge undertaking as federal authorities look into this mass migration and how those haitians got here by boat, by bus, by foot. they say this illegal crossing is well known, but they repeat that this is something they've never seen before. george? >> it was quite a rush. kenneth, thanks very much. we move to the crash of a navy aircraft into a texas
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neighborhood. the plane damaged several houses, but no one on the ground was seriously hurt, and both pilots ejected and survived. one dangling on a power line after his parachute got caught. you see him there. abc's elwyn lopez is live there in texas. good morning, elwyn. >> reporter: george, good morning. that military jet dropped out of the sky in broad daylight and into this neighborhood. take a look at this. this is where one of the pilot's ejection seats landed, now sitting in someone's driveway. >> y'all, a plane just crashed into all of those houses. >> reporter: this morning, investigators are looking into what caused this terrifying scene after a military jet came crashing down into a north texas neighborhood. >> that's jet fuel. >> reporter: clouds of smoke filling the air. the two pilots on board, an instructor and a student ejected before the plane wrecked into a backyard. one of them caught up in the power lines. >> people jumped out of the plane with parachutes. oh, my gosh. >> reporter: the navy says it
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happened during a routine training flight out of corpus christi international airport. one military official telling abc news neither of the pilots sustained life-threatening injuries. officials say the worst was avoided, with dozens of residents in the direct area of the crash when the plane slammed into the ground. >> it could have been a lot worse if it would have been a direct contact into a residence. >> reporter: and investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what went wrong here, but robin, first responders say it is truly a miracle that no one was killed. >> it was, elwyn. thank you. now to that urgent evacuation at a popular spanish tourist destination. a volcano erupting for the first time in decades, forcing thousands to flee. foreign correspondent james longman has the latest for us. good morning, james. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, robin. lava is still flowing this morning on la palma island after that massive volcanic eruption. this is on spain's canary
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islands just off the coast of north africa. the pictures are absolutely extraordinary. rivers of red flowing through homes down into a national park. lava, fountains of lava, and hot ash spewing hundreds of meters into the air. this lava is traveling down towards the ocean about 700 meters an hour. the military have been dropped in to evacuate people, 5,000 so far, but that number could go up. five fissures opened up in the hillside, and they were caused by a series of earthquakes over the weekend, and all this could go on for some time yet. weeks, if not months possibly. the last time this erupted was in 1971 and the eruption lasted for three weeks, but the good news is no one has been reported either injured or killed because people were given a good amount of notice. robin? >> good to know that, but those images, wow. extraordinary. thank you so much. t.j.? robin, let's take flight now, shall we? talking about the successful end
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to the historic all-civilian space flight. the four-person crew spending three days in orbit and making a splash landing. our transportation correspondent gio benitez who has kept his feet firmly on the ground has more on this incredible flight. this was history. good morning to you, gio. >> reporter: oh, it really was, t.j. good morning. it was incredible, but also daring because there was no professional astronaut on board going farther into space than any other private citizen on earth. now this morning, history made. this morning, a new era of space travel. inspiration 4 going into orbit and back, splashing down successfully over the weekend. >> inspiration 4, on behalf of spacex, welcome home to planet earth. >> reporter: the four civilians going on this journey on their own. 367 miles above the earth, orbiting the planet about 47 times, traveling at 17,500 miles per hour. >> it was a heck of a ride. we're just getting started. >> reporter: the re-entry,
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incredibly dangerous. the spacex crew dragon experiencing heat as it fell back to earth. the plasma wrapping around the ship blocking communications for six minutes, but then the first thermal images and the applause from mission control. [ cheers and applause ] >> this is amazing. >> reporter: billionaire jared isaacman commanding and funding the mission, chris sembroski the mission specialist, dr. sian proctor, the pilot, and 29-year-old hayley arceneaux, the youngest american in space. in orbit, they spoke live with children at st. jude's children hospital. >> can you take pictures in space? >> great question. we absolutely can take pictures in space, and we have been taking a lot of pictures. >> reporter: and conducted experiments to see how zero gravity affects their bodies. overnight the crew posting this out of this world selfie. the man behind it all, spacex
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founder elon musk. his vision now a reality. musk pledging $50 million to st. jude. the fund-raiser surpassing that $200 million fund-raising goal. meanwhile those four civilians will now have to apply to the faa for their official astronaut wings, but my guess is they're probably going to get them. >> i don't think that's going to be hard. thank you, gio. a lot more coming up here on "gma" including my exclusive interview with bob woodward and robert costa. their new book "peril" goes behind the scenes in the trump white house. >> they're live right here in our studio. and the history-making moments at the emmys. first, let's go to rob who's in for ginger. good morning, rob. >> reporter: hey, good morning, robin. a beautiful morning here in boston should be nice across the northeast. we're covering the flooding down south. time for your select cities sponsored by state farm.
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robert costa, this is their first interview since their new book "peril" came out and made headlines. here's a look at the highlights. according to woodward and costa, president trump's general mark milley called china just four days before the election worried president trump would launch a military strike. he told his chinese counterpart, the american government is stable. if we're going to attack, i'm going to call you ahead of time. he also called after the january 6th riot saying, quote, things may look unsteady, but that's the nature of democracy. we are 100% steady. milley never told the president about those calls, and trump now says that if the account about milley is correct, then i assume he would be tried for treason. while some have called on president biden to fire milley, biden is standing by him. >> i have great confidence in general milley. >> former joint chiefs chairman admiral mullen told martha on "this week" calls like these are not unusual. >> i was encouraged by the fact
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that the line of communication is there. >> reporter: and on friday milley who is scheduled to testify next week before the arms services committee called calls like that routine adding, i think it's best i reserve my comments on the record until i do that in front of the law makers who have the lawful responsibility to oversee the u.s. military. we are joined by bob woodward and rob costa. let me begin. it's not just the former president using the word treason. marco rubio talked about treasonous behavior as well. as you reported on milley's talks, did you think you were documenting treasonous behavior? >> no, not at all. the best way to tell you that is what we found. two days after the insurrection of the capitol was a moment of maximum tension, and milley talked to a back channel, top secret back channel -- >> others were on the calls, right? >> pardon? >> others were on the calls?
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>> i don't know whether others were on the call. what we do know and report which i think is significant here, after the call, he then gave a full briefing to four people, gina haspel, the cia director said to her, watch everything. 360. talked to paul nakasone who had headed the national security agency which does worldwide eaves dropping and said needles up which is an expression which means listen everywhere. he talked to the chiefs, the head of the army, navy, marine corps, air force, and said full-time watch everything, and then he called the admiral in charge of the region in the pacific and canceled -- asked him to cancel operations that the chinese might see as some -- >> concerning. >> -- provocative.
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so there's nothing hidden about this. it is a top secret back channel. >> we also know, robert, that other officials were making calls to their chinese counter parts as well. but were the chinese right to be so concerned? is there any evidence that president trump was actually contemplating some kind of military action? >> based on our reporting, chairman milley did not believe president trump wanted to go to war, but it was his assessment, his conclusion based on intelligence and other briefings that the chinese were highly alarmed by what happened on january 6th. what chairman milley was trying to do as we show in the book was contain a national security emergency, and as bob said, he was reading people in. while these calls with general li were held on a top secret back channel, they were not secret. this is not someone working in isolation. he was reading people in. >> he wasn't going rogue? >> he was not going rogue. he was reading people in in the military community trying to contain a situation, and a president he believed was in
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serious mental decline. >> bob, we also see in the book it seems like former vice president pence was struggling more with this decision on what to do with certifying the electors than we might have believed. >> yes. we were able to chart exactly the road pence walked, and it's not -- he's trying to ride both horses, and that is do his constitutional duty, but also keep the avenues to trump open, and it is step by step in the book, and you see in a way pence is with trump. no. he's going to do the right constitutional thing. now remember in the context of all of this, this is a national security crisis for the country, and that's what has been overlooked in this. bob and i had months to do the
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reporting, and you -- you see what -- the pence issue which you asked about, this really was a question of the legitimacy of the american presidency. if pence had gone up there in congress and said, look, i can't decide whose votes to count, we would have had -- >> it's so hard to contemplate because he really couldn't do it, but i know he was struggling. >> he talked to former vice president dan quayle of all people along with his advisers trying to find a way about what to do. we show the agony, the uncertainty vice president pence had. there's this one scene in the book that still stays with me in our reporting. he's with president trump january 5th hours before the insurrection and president trump has this temptation of power. wouldn't it be cool, he says to vice president pence, to have the power to decertify an election? >> cool, that's one word for it. you cover president biden in the book including the fallout from my conversation with president biden back in the spring about vladimir putin.
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>> so you know vladimir putin. you think he's a killer? >> mm-hmm. i do. >> so what price must he pay? >> the price he's going to say -- well, you'll see shortly. >> putin was not happy. >> no. stunning we were able to get details of what happened in -- i think it was april, so just several months ago between putin and biden. and putin starts out, i'm not happy you called me a killer and biden gets very defensive and said, in your interview well it was on another subject and my answer was not premeditated. well, of course, it's an open interview. you can ask any question, and you see we were able to work through what's the biden/putin relationship, which is critical to the united states. >> it clearly is. we only have a few seconds left.
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final words of the book, peril remains. what is the peril? >> president trump's conduct alarmed everyone -- nearly everyone in his inner circle, his administration. he could very well run for president in 2024, and this system, the american system tested all the way to the brink could be tested again. >> and you guys have done it again. "peril" bob woodward and robert costa is out now. coming up, history-making moments at the emmys. we'll be right back.
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back now on "gma" with tv's golden night. the 73rd annual emmy wards. "ted lasso" scored big, but it was "the crown" that ruled the night. chris connelly is in los angeles with more details for us. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, robin. even as its many nominees seem to be enjoying the night out together, the 73rd emmys proved to be a big night for three british institutions. soccer, the monarchy, and winning lots of american awards. a tent in downtown los angeles was the site of last night's emmy's, but its biggest winners were celebrating in london as "the crown" ruled. seven emmys in all, best drama, and handing statues to josh o'connor's prince charles. >> making "the crown" has been the best experience of my life.
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>> i wish my dad was here to see this. so i lost my daddy during covid, and he would have loved all of this. >> reporter: and as margaret thatcher, gillian anderson. back home vowing a love fest for television, and this marquee kicking things off. ♪ you got what i need ♪ ♪ you say he's just a friend ♪ >> "ted lasso." >> reporter: "ted lasso" led the comedies with four emmys in all. the smash sitcom's feel good first season honoring jason sudeikis. >> this show is about family. this show is about mentors. this show is about teachers. this show is about teammates and i wouldn't be here without those three. >> reporter: and supporting actress, a radiantly delighted hannah waddingham. >> jason, you've changed my life with this, and most importantly my baby girl's. oh my god. i'm making a speech at the emmys. >> and the emmy goes to jean smart. >> reporter: nominees rising for
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jean smart, beloved since "designing women" days winning for best actress in a comedy, "hacks." >> it was so creative and brave and i love you all. >> reporter: there was history made. rupaul becoming the most honored black artist in history for "rupaul's drag race." >> for those kids out there watching, you have a tribe that is waiting for you. >> reporter: michaela cole from "i will destroy you," electrifying the crowd. >> write the tale that scares you, that makes you feel uncertain, that can't comfortable. i dare you. i dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assault. >> reporter: and a show unusually eager to play off its winners. debbie allen had a better idea. >> i want to say thank you for this glorious moment. honey, turn that clock off. i ain't paying no attention to it. turn it off. >> reporter: there was even a tribute to michael k. williams. >> your excellence, your artistry, will endure. we love you. >> reporter: despite categories
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that included williams and "pose's" billy porter, at last night's primetime emmys, no performers of color won awards in acting categories. yes, it's true. also last night, "the queen's gambit" won for limited series, and kate winslet perhaps you've heard of her, won an emmy to put next to her oscar. then, there's this. from the "ted lasso" twitter account last night, winning is fun, but if you find a family along the way, you can't lose. guys? >> oh, always. he knows how to say -- hey, chris. thank you. we'll get more from you in our next hour. so many moments stood out last night, and so happy for jean smart. >> yeah. she has had a great, great year. >> and the celebration for debbie allen. the multi-talented debbie allen. we'll have more in our next hour. coming up here on "gma" though, a new sport that combines gymnastics and football. it's our "play of the day." stay with us.
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look at what he does. he could have walked into the end zone. he could have moon walked, but he decides to do a little somersault. we don't advise this because there were still three minutes left in the game and they could have lost. it ended up working out for lamar and crew, but they're saying this is getting the monkey off the back. >> his coach could not have been happy. >> at the moment, but it worked out. lamar had never beat the mahomes-led chiefs. so this was a big deal for him. >> for mahomes, that's a lot of time you gave him. it worked out. it worked out. all right, t.j. coming up, "america strong." our big surprise for one family as they recover from hurricane ida. less asthma? with dupixent i can du more... yardwork... teamwork... long walks....
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. breaking vaccine news. pfizer says its shot is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11. now when will they seek fda approval to get the shot to children? the latest on gabby petito's disappearance. a body found near a national park in wyoming believed to be the 22-year-old. her boyfriend still missing. this morning, what brian laundrie's sister is saying. amy schumer undergoing surgery. the comedian getting candid about endometriosis. dr. ashton is here with what the millions of women suffering from the painful condition should know. ♪ i wanna dance ♪ ginger behind the scenes in the ballroom for "dancing." how the stars are warming up and what we can expect tonight as len goodman returns to the judges' table.
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♪ 'cause i'm gonna stand by you ♪ and "america strong." the resilience of a nation, and the strength of community. this morning, how one brave new jersey family survived the devastating effects of hurricane ida. >> we just think, oh my gosh. we're alive. >> their compassionate neighbors helping them recover. this morning don't miss the surprise as we say, good morning, america. ♪ i'll walk through hell with you ♪ this is certainly "gma." good to be with george and t.j., and thank you for starting the new week with us, and we're strong."it off, "america - >> yes. this story about the valle family. remember them? we're hearing from them this morning, and you might remember this video. terrifying close call, narrowly escaping the flooded basement. their new jersey neighbors raised money to help them recover from ida, and we have a surprise for them this morning. "america strong." don't miss it. that's coming up. >> we are looking forward to that.
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first, that breaking news on the covid vaccine. pfizer announced it's safe for children ages 5 to 11, and they're going to seek emergency authorization within weeks. let's go back to eva pilgrim. good morning, eva. >> reporter: good morning, george. with kids back in the classroom, this is the news many parents have been waiting to hear. pfizer out overnight with a first look at a vaccine they say is safe for children. this morning, pfizer announcing that its vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 through 11, and they will be asking the fda for authorization in the coming weeks. the announcement coming along with the first look at the company's trial data giving the vaccine to children. the company says the trial gave more than 2,200 children a dose one-third the amount given to adults and found that it produced minimal side effects similar to adults and older children, and pfizer says the results which haven't been peer reviewed show the antibody response at that dose in children was at least as strong as the full adult dose in patients 16 to 25. this news comes as hospitals are
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seeing a record number of cases of pediatric admissions with some hospitals running out of icu beds. >> we have certainly been seeing a large volume of children presenting to our emergency departments, certainly in our primary care network, and we're calling this a surge. we're seeing this as another wave. >> reporter: as hospitals see these upticks, the debate over covid policies in schools rages on. if this is approved, almost every k-12 student in the country will be eligible to get vaccinated. experts say that while children are currently not eligible, everyone that is should go out and get the shot. so what about children under the age of 5? pfizer says those results are expected sometime later this year. robin? >> all right, eva. thank you. we turn to the latest on the disappearance of gabby petito. the fbi saying a body was found in wyoming consistent with the description of the missing 22-year-old.
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let's go back to trevor ault with the ongoing search for the boyfriend. good morning again, trevor. >> reporter: good morning again, robin. on top of that devastating news in "wrinkle in time" "wrinkle in time" we're fol logging breaking news in florida as the fbi is in the process of raiding the home of gabby's boyfriend brian laundrie, along with his parents. the fbi brought out brian's parents while getting ready to search the house. brian laundrie is still missing. this morning, a dark discovery in wyoming. a body believed to be 22-year-old gabby petito found near grand teton national park. >> full forensic identification has not been completed to confirm 100% that we found gabby, but her family has been notified of this discovery. >> reporter: overnight her father reacting to the news with this tweet, she touched the world. and grim news coming as authorities are in the midst of a separate massive manhunt for
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petito's boyfriend, brian laundrie. this weekend in florida, search crews desperately sifting through thousands of acres of alligator-invested marshland. the fbi using drones, atvs and canine units. >> you could be out here for months if you wanted. >> reporter: laundrie's parents alerted police he was missing on friday, saying they haven't seen him since tuesday. he's still a person of interest in her disappearance. petito and laundrie had been on a cross country road trip together sharing their adventures on youtube. they were last seen together august 24th leaving a hotel in utah. petito telling her mom over the phone the next day they were headed to grand teton park. where that discovery was made on sunday. days after they were seen together, brian returned home to florida alone in her van. last week video emerged from august 12th of police responding to a complaint of a domestic problem between the couple in
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utah. >> he really stresses me out. this is just a rough morning. >> reporter: overnight brian laundr laundrie's sister casey speaking out to abc news. gabby was a fun and loving influence to the boys as she always referred to them. we will cherish all the time spent with her. while officials spent the past two days searching swamp land for brian laundrie. this morning local authorities said they would not be searching that area today. they say they've exhausted all avenu avenues. with this raid of brian's home, this investigation is evolving. robin? >> as it should be. all right, trevor, thank you. t.j.? we want to turn to what was a big night. tvs a biggest night really, especially for "ted lasso." the sitcom took home seven emmys. chris connelly is back with more. good morning to you, chris. >> reporter: good morning to you, t.j. yeah, the cast of "ted lasso" had themselves a time last night.
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i know, you're shocked. and fitting for the comedy that brings each of its characters to full humanity they celebrated backstage honoring one of their own with the roy kent cheer. >> i just need to know one thing. >> yeah. >> will you do the roy kent cheer tonight? >> i mean -- >> oh. >> i don't know. >> is she referring to -- > yeah. >> all: he's here. here's there. he's everywhere. roy kent. roy kent. he's here. he's there. he's everywhere. roy kent. roy kent. [ cheers and applause ] >> i don't think we will. i don't think it's going to happen. >> reporter: and earlier this year, jason sudeikis telling us on our show people say please and thank you and i'm sorry. last night, people of "ted lasso" got to say thank you a lot. guys? >> they certainly did. thank you, chris. coming up here, we're going to be talking about comedian amy
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we are looking forward to that. >> incredible talent. such a fan. looking forward to that tomorrow. now let's turn to our "gma" cover story. amy schumer revealing she underwent surgery because of endometriosis. she was suffering with pain for years. stephanie ramos have more on her journey and what she wants women to know. >> reporter: amy schumer is recovering this morning after having her uterus and appendix removed. the 40-yea-old hollywood star undergoing surgery employ >> my uterus is out. the doctor found 30 spots of endometriosis, and they removed my appendix because the endometriosis had attacked it. >> reporter: the painful disorder called endometriosis affects nearly 200 million worldwide. it's commonly diagnosed to women in their 30s and 40s and can cause infertility.
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schumer captioning her photo in the hospital, if you have painful periods, you may have endometriosis. getting candid to gain awareness, garnering incredible support on social media. deborah messing writing, oh my goodness. 30? so happy they are gone and you won't have that pain anymore. heal well. selma blair commenting, i am so sorry. rest, recover. this isn't the first time schumer has gone public. the comedian who gave birth to her son gene, detailing her difficult pregnancy in the documentary "expecting amy". >> i had to go to the er because i couldn't keep anything down. >> reporter: revealing her journey with ivf, sharing photos of her bruised stomach and asking for support from others who have gone through it. later telling howard stern she was hoping for more kids. >> we were going to, like, try to make a move, and covid happened and i'm just kind of, like, walking it back.
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like, okay. maybe i'll just revisit that in a minute. >> reporter: for "good morning america," stephanie ramos, abc news new york. >> let's bring in abc news chief medical correspondent dr. jennifer ash. dr. ashton, break this down for us. endometriosis, what is it? >> there are glands that sit inside the uterine cavity that for reasons we don't understand kind of get dispersed throughout a woman's pelvic cavity. so it can land on bowel. it can land on bladder and all parts of the pelvis outside the uter uterus. the key is we call it hormonally responsive tissue. every month during a woman's period, it contracts a little bit. it contracts all over her pelvis and that's where the pain comes in. it can give symptoms ranging from very, very painful pelvis pain, painful periods, menstrual pain that is not controlled by ibuprofen and birth control pills. this is a huge hint if a woman
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is on both those medications and still has pain. it's difficult to diagnose. we make this in the operating room with surgery. >> women who might be wanting to have kids, what do they need to know here? >> we can think of this as affecting infertility because it can cousause obstruct the passage of that fertilized egg. if a woman is struggling with these symptoms, the key is getting that diagnosis made as quickly as possible so she can meet with an infertility specialist. it depends on her age and her symptoms. >> treatment options though? >> it's not one size fits all, t.j. it's important for a woman to work with her gynecologist and in terms of her reproductive future and those options, there are more options than ever, but the bottom line is there are women living in pain, and we really now need to address this issue. it needs to be top of mind. not a last thought. >> good for amy schumer bringing this to light.
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people talking about it. 200 million women. >> worldwide. >> suffering with this. dr. ashton, thank you as always. george? >> thanks. now to robert durst. the man that was convicted for murder of his close friend more than 20 years ago. we'll speak with andrew jarecki. his documentary "the jinx" helped crack the case. here's a look at the story. >> reporter: after three days of deliberations, a los angeles jury convicted robert durst of killing his good friend susan bereman two decades ago. >> we, the jury, find the defendant robert durst guilty of first degree murder. >> reporter: durst had been under suspicion in the shooting death for years. the 78-year-old who has cancer has been linked to three deaths spanning over 40 years including the murder of his wife, kathy who disappeared in 1982 and has never been found. >> he's a narcissistic psychopath. >> reporter: interest in the case exploded when hbo released "the jinx." >> nobody tells the whole truth.
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>> reporter: prosecutors used durst's own words in the documentary as evidence he confessed to the murders. >> what the hell did i do? kill them all, of course. >> reporter: prosecutors say that he shot and killed bereman in 2000 in her l.a. home to prevent her from telling police how she helped durst cover up his wife's death and disappearance. during the trial, durst shocked onlookers with this stunning testimony. >> if you had killed either kathy or susan, you would never tell us, correct? >> correct. >> nothing further. >> we're joined by the director, of "the jinx" andrew jarecki. welcome. this has been a 16-year saga for you. you also did a feature film on tis case with ryan gosling, "all good things" back in 2010. what was your reaction when you heard the verdict? >> i can't say i was surprised because if you watched the trial
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it was extraordinary. i mean, rob admits in the trial that he lied five times, perjured himself in this trial, and he also admits he lied in his prior trial in galveston. you can't be amazed b it, but at the same time it's very gratifying because you also know this man has evaded justice for so long that all you can do is hope for the families of the victims that something -- that there are not going to be surprises. >> we showed the stunning ending to "the jinx" where he basically confesses in a bathroom. his lawyers argued during the trial and he argued several times during the trial you took his words out of context and lied about what he said. >> it's clear what he said. he said killed them all in of course. then in court he was asked about it and he said you didn't hear the part where i said, they'll think i killed them all of course. he burps before he says, killed them all of course. there's really no moment. you can see it. he has this strange, visceral
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reaction because he's feeling like he's in big trouble in the interview, and then instantly after this strange little burp, he says, killed them all of course. it was so extraordinary for them to say there ws this part that you didn't hear and also he didn't say. i think that was never really a reasonable proposition. >> it sure does seem like there was a good chance he would have never gone to trial or been convicted but for your documentary. >> it's very strange. i mean, i certainly didn't expect when we started doing this 16 years ago that we would discover this evidence. the confession is important in the bathroom for sure, but the more important thing is that we discovered a letter which was a perfect match to the cadaver note that had been written by the killer, and bob in the interview with me, says, that the killer did this crazy thing and i say, what? you're writing a note that only the killer could have written and i remember at that time thinking, i wonder how important that's going to be, and now here we are in court and he admits before they go into court, he admits in a stipulation, by the
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way, i wrote the cadaver notes. he had said for dozens of years he had nothing to do with, and here he is in the film saying -- saying that could only have been written by the killer. when you put those two things together, that might have been all that was needed to convict him. >> had he somehow gotten off again, do you think you would have been in danger? >> you know, i never felt in danger when i was with bob. he's a very charming guy and engaging as some people are who commit crimes like this, but there was a moment as you know there was a moment when i was -- before the final two episodes, when bob knew that i had this evidence, i had shown it to him, but it hadn't come out yet, and this is a guy who kills witnesses. i was aware of that, and i did have security for a period of time and it was awkward. but what can you do? i had to get the information out. >> where does this go next for you? >> i'm always filming all of this. this all fascinates me, so i don't think the story is over at all.
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i'm sure they are going to try to appeal and all that stuff, but the bigger question is, how did this happen? how did it take 40 years for there to be any accountability? i think that makes it a very interesting story going forward. >> finally came on friday. andrew jarecki, thanks very much. let's go to rob. >> reporter: good morning again, george. beautiful start to the day here in boston. we are watching the wildfires in the west of course. updates for you in the sequoia national park. there's a couple of fires burning there. this one over 20,000 acres and 0% containment. you can see how the wind has been blowing that smoke and that's a battle for them. snow falling in yellowstone national park. we'll take it. extreme exceptional drought throughout the west. 80% of the west is under severe drought. any snowfall we get we will take, and we're starting to see that transition across the northwest and northern tier.
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it is time n it is time now for a behind-the-scenes look "dancing with the stars" season 30. season 30 kicks off tonight, and our ginger knows a thing or two about how it all goes down. she's supposed to be here in the studio with us, but if you take a look at this photo right here, you'll see that -- yeah. she's kind of stuck on the plane. that never happens, a delayed flight. she is our champ, and before she got on that flight, she had a chance to see how the stars are getting ready for their big dancing debut.
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>> reporter: tonight is the night. "dancing" is back, and we haven't been in the ballroom in two years, and we are here. you're about to get a behind the scenes. ♪ we're up here watching the


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