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fully vaccinated people that meet regularly. thank you for joining us and i tonight, news on the pfizer vaccine that could effect millions of children. the important timeline for parents tonight. pfizer officially asking the fda to authorize its covid vaccine for children 5 to 11. it would be one-third of the adult dose. how soon before the fda and the cdc could give this the okay? and what the cdc is now saying tonight on the flu shot. how soon should you be getting it? also tonight, abortion and the legal battle unfolding right now in texas. a judge now halting that state's new controversial law banning nearly all abortions in that state. but where this heads next and why many clinics are hesitate to reopen in texas. an underwater collision in the
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pacific. martha raddatz standing by with late reporting. the deadly fd now the heavy from the southeast right up the east coast. the carolinas, washington, d.c., te northeast next. rob marciano standing by. news tonight on the emergency in california, that major oil spill. authorities now opening a criminal investigation. matt gutman on the reasons why tonight. averting economic catastrophe for now. senate democrats and republicans and this short-term deal. terry moran standing by. the sweeping senate report tonight finding former president trump pressured the department of justice in the final weeks of his presidency to overturn the election. jon karl reporting. news tonight in the manhunt for brian laundrie. laundrie's own father now helping authorities in that search. the powerful earthquake rocking japan. the images coming in tonight. and made in america is back. the one thing you can buy tonight, they're handy, and it
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will put dinner on the table for another family. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. we have a lot to get to tonight. the battle in texas over abortion. a judge stepping in, halting that new controversial law that had stopped nearly all abortions in texas. and the u.s. nuclear submarine in a collision in the pacific. but we are going to begin tonight with that major step in protecting children in this pandemic. pfizer today officially requesting emergency authorization for its vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old. tonight, what the company is now saying, what they found in the data, what they're saying about side effects, as well, and what's the timeline? this could be very soon. pfizer, the first to make its case to the fda for 5 to 11-year-olds. and this would be one-third the adult dose given twice, three weeks apart. 28 million children could soon
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be eligible. what president biden said today about the vaccines in chicago. and tonight you what the cdc director, dr. rochelle walensky, is now saying about the flu s shot, as well. and how soon you should get it. abc's erielle reshef leading us off tonight. >> three, four -- >> reporter: tonight, a critical step on the road to vaccinating younger children. pfizer asking for emergency authorization for 5 to 11-year-olds after reporting the shots were safe and generated a robust antibody response with one-third of the adult dose. >> the immune response or protection that you get from the vaccine appears to be just as good as it is in adolescents and young adults. >> reporter: side effects similar too, like fever, headache and sore arm. all eyes now on an fda panel which will review the data on october 26th. and within days, the cdc could sign off on the vaccine for 28 million more children. >> after everything is reviewed and looks good, i'm hopeful that we'll see something in november.
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>> reporter: 9-year-old luke moore wanted to join the pfizer trial after his parents and friends volunteered. >> honestly, i don't really think it's going to be dangerous and also, i feel good about it. >> reporter: for many parents, the vaccine can't come soon enough. nearly 5.9 million kids have been infected with covid. now a new study looks at the heavy burden many children are also facing. an estimated 140,000 have lost a parent or caregiver to the virus. families in color hit hardest. in pennsylvania, 30-year-old alan brown left behind a wife and four children. >> i'm 30 years old and i'm a widow. you don't hear that. >> reporter: alan's family says he changed his mind about the vaccine, but it was too late. they want others to get vaccinated. >> particularly in the african-american community who are not listening and don't
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believe that this is real -- this is real. my grandchildren lost their father. this is real. >> reporter: and tonight, the cdc is warning of the potential for severe flu this season. americans have little immunity after very few cases last year. >> get a covid-19 vaccine as soon as you can and ideally, get a flu vaccine by the end of october. flu and covid 19 vaccines can be given at the same visit. >> reporter: and late today in chicago, the president making the case vaccine mandates are working. >> my message is require your employees to get vaccinated. with vaccinations, we're going to beat this pandemic finally. without them, we face endless months of chaos in our hospitals, damage to our economy and anxiety in our schools. >> the president there today in chicago. erielle back with us tonight. and erielle, we know authorization for this pfizer vaccine for children 5 to 11 could some soon after that key fda meeting, which is three weeks from tonight. once the green light is given, which is expected, how soon then
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does all of this roll out? >> reporter: well, david, just like for adults, those younger children will need two shots three weeks apart and then it takes another two weeks for them to be considered fully vaccinated, so, likely this age group won't be fully vaccinated until after thanksgiving at the earliest. david? >> all right, erielle reshef leading us off tonight. erielle, thank you. and now to that battle over the controversial new texas law that had halted nearly all abortions in that state. overnight, a federal judge temporarily blocking enforcement of that new law in a 113-page ruling. the judge saying the new law is flagrantly unconstitutional. tonight, texas promptly filing an appeal, so, where does this go from here? and why many clinics are hesitant to reopen in that state. tonight, rachel scott with the story of one young woman and her difficult decision. her journey in the middle of all this. >> reporter: tonight in texas, supporters of abortion rights cheering the federal judge's ruling putting a temporary hold on the most restrictive abortion law in the land.
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>> we reached out to some of the patients that we had on a waiting list to come in to have abortions today. >> reporter: the law bans abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy and it deputizes every day citizens to file lawsuits against anyone they say "aids or abets" an abortion, from the doctor who performs the procedure to uber driver who takes the woman to a clinic. if they win, they get a bounty of at least $10,000. but now, as legal challenges make their way through the courts, judge robert pittman putting the law on pause, ruling that because of its "unprecedented and aggressive scheme, women have been unlawfully prevented from exercising control over their lives in ways that are protected by the constitution." since the law went into effect, most texas women seeking abortions have had to leave the state to get one. i sat down with maddie, a 21-year-old college student, the day before she traveled to mississippi for the procedure. at six weeks, you didn't even know you were pregnant? >> not even close.
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i was still living my life as regular and as carefree of a college kid as i could be. >> reporter: she was on birth control, but by the time she took a pregnancy test and went to the doctor, it was too late to get an abortion under texas law. >> when she told me that i was measuring at 10 1/2 weeks, i just cried. i was heartbroken. >> reporter: did it sink in in that moment that you would have to travel hundreds of miles to get an abortion procedure if you wanted to? >> yeah. the minute that they said how far along i was, i knew that this became 100 times more difficult, more expensive, and more time consuming. >> reporter: maddie started calling around to clinics in nearby states. how many clinics would you say you called altogether? >> easily 30, if not more. >> reporter: and most of them were booked. >> yeah. >> reporter: she finally got an appointment in mississippi. but when she got there, she was
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told the state has a mandatory waiting period. she had to go back to texas and return to mississippi the following week for the actual procedure. two seperate trips. what he is saj do you have for the texas lawmakers who backed this law? >> my body is not their property. they should have no say in what i do with myself. i am in charge of myself in every possible way. >> and rachel scott joins us live tonight from houston. and rachel, this law now on pause, but it's just one judge's ruling. the state of texas now appealing this decision. where does it go from here? >> reporter: well, david, the texas attorney general says this boils down to the sanctity of human life. he is appealing this to the fifth circuit. that is known to be one of the most conservative courts in the country. it could find itself in front of the supreme court. and even now, abortion providers in this state are hesitant to fully resume abortion procedures. one telling me tonight, they cannot afford to take the
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chance. david? >> rachel scott live in houston tonight. rachel, thank you. and i know rachel will have much more of her interview in a reporting project for "nightline" that will air next week. in the meantime here, we continue tonight and the u.s. navy now confirming the nuclear powered submarine, the uss connecticut, and a collision, striking an unknown object under water in the pacific. the boat now headed to port to assess the damage. we took you onboard a nuclear submarine in the med arbitrary yan this was two years ago, the uss florida. we saw that technology up close. we've saw how tell think these submarines are. wait to bring in martha raddatz, because martha, you've been on these submarines, as well. a lot of people at home are going to be asking, how does this happen, how does a collision even take place? >> reporter: david, we know these nuclear-powered attack submarines are all about stealth and in order to remain stealthy, the submarines will often turn off their act tive sew nor so ty can't be detected. so that leaves them blind,
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relying on charts and those charts would not show a sunken ship container or even sometimes a sea mountain. back in 2005, the uss san francisco hit a sea mountain off of guam. fortunately, this collision is not expected to be nearly as bad, but there were several sailors injured with bumps and bruises. submarine is now on its way back to port. david? >> martha raddatz with us from washington. martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to the deadly flash flooding in parts of the south now. at least four people killed in alabama. including a 4-year-old child, after up to 13 inches of rain in just a matter of hours. first responders making dozens of high water rescues from homes. and flooded vehicles, as well. some people were swept away before they could even be reached. more rain is on the way for those hard-hit areas and it's moving north. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. this system moving so slowly, hence the heavy rainfall and the flood threat far from over.
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georgia, the florida panhandle, the carolinas. you see the showers that are going to become more heavy as it gets towards the coastline.thsyt mid-atla eventually the northeast, late about sunday. into the west, heavy rain and mountain snow. this isenic we'll take it as we get deeper into fall. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. thank you, rob. next tonight, we do have late reporting here on the hunt for answers in that oil spill n california and now a criminal investigation into that leak. the coast guard also boarding this massive cargo ship that was in the vicinity late today. the company saying it was cleared of involvement. the first image tonight of the 13-inch cut in that damaged pipeline. and as the race to contain and clean up goes on, abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman on the investigation and what led to it tonight. >> reporter: tonight,
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authorities launching a criminal investigation into how tens of thousands of gallons of oil leaked into the pacific ocean off the coast of orange county. this as newly released video provides a close-up look at the pipeline's 13-inch slit, about 100 feet under water, but six days after the spill, questions and frustration mounting. >> do you think the public is getting the answers it needs? >> listen, matt, the public wants answers. my constituents want answers. we need to get to the bottom of this. how did it happen, how did it go undetected for so long?>>r:he c chasing alssive rgship's an mile-lg teip authorities confirming they boarded this ship late wednesday, the 1,000-foot long "rotterdam express" at the port of oakland. the associated press reporting the ship was anchored near the pipeline around the time of the spill, but late today, its operator saying the ship never passed over the pipeline and
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that it is no longer under investigation. amplify energy not attending today's news conference, but the coast guard saying the pipeline operator is still part of the unified response. david, i'm told there are at least six investigations by state and federal agencies into this spill, including a criminal investigation by the orange county d.a. one reason that officials have been so tight-lipped about exactly how this disaster unfolded. david? >> that criminal investigation part of the new developments tonight. matt, thank you. on capitol hill tonight, the developing headline. a short-term deal, senate leaders announcing they have struck a deal, a vote scheduled for tonight. let's get to terry moran tonight. >> reporter: david, it is scheduled, but it's been a messy day up here, a lot of back and forth even with the m looing threat of the nation going into default on its debts, but we are told in the end, under that deal struck by majority leader chuck
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schumer and minority leader mitch mcconnell, the senate will vote to raise the debt limit by $480 billion. now, that's a temporary fix that will only allow the government to pay its bills through december 3rd or thereabouts, when it is likely we're going to go through this all over again. many republicans at this hour really digging their heels in, they object to president biden's spending priorities so there's still some suspension in this tonight, but the plan is to vote and to pass it and to get it to president biden, averting the crisis for now. david? >> for now. terry moran tonight. terry, thank you. and terry, as you know, also from the hill tonight, that sweeping senate report finding former president trump pressured the department of justice in the final weeks of his presidency to overturn the election. here's our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> reporter: in early january, donald trump attempted to use the justice department to effectively steal the presidential election. aid according to a new senate report, the documents this brazen attempt by trump to stay in power.
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>> former president donald trump would have shredded the constitution to keep his office in the presidency, there is no doubt in my mind. >> reporter: trump had been enraged when attorney general bill barr said there was no widespread fraud in early december. >> well, he hasn't done anything. so, he hasn't looked. they haven't looked very hard, which is a disappointment, to be honest with you. >> reporter: after barr left in mid-december, the report says trump turned the screws on acting attorney general jeffrey rosen to do what barr had refused to do. but rosen refused too. he told the senate committee he said to trump the justice department, quote, "can't and won't just flip a switch and change the election." in response, trump asked that doj "just say the election was corrupt and leave the rest to me and the republican congressmen." in late december, trump turned to an obscure environmental lawyer at doj named jeffrey clark who promised to do what barr and rosen would not do -- declare, without evidence, that there was widespread voter fraud and to pressure states that joe biden had won to change the results.
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at a dramatic, three-hour oval office meeting on january 3rd, trump said he wanted to fire rosen and make clark acting attorney general. rosen told the committee trump said to him, quote, "one thing we know is you, rosen, aren't going to do anything to overturn the election." at the meeting, trump was told that every senior doj official other than clark would resign if he went through with his plan. white house counsel pat cipollone said he would resign, too. and with that, trump reluctantly backed down. there is certainly more to come on this story as democrats vow to investigation. as senator durbin said today, we were so close to a constitutional crisis at that moment that it bears continued investigation and disclose sure. david? >> all right, jonathan karl tonight, thank you. overseas tonight and a powerful magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocking tokyo. the shaking captured on a camera
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announcer: building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. how much covid is circulating. >> it's not completely gone or even close to what we would like. >> it is safer for everyone for the majority of. >> the public. >> i would like to take them off. >> it would probably be after the holidays. larry: new mask up guidelines are coming, but don't estimate yet. good afternoon, thanks for joining us. i am larry beil. kristen: and i am kristen sze. you are watching abc 7 news live at 4:00 live, on who and wherever you stream. larry: no bay area county can take of masks just yet. each county must be in the yellow tier for covid transmission for at least three weeks. kristen:
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hospitalizations must be low and stable. larry bish 80% of the jurisdiction's total population is fully vaccinated with two doses of pfizer or moderna or one dose. kristen: we have a closer look at the new requirements and what they mean for you. stephanie: health officials say it is finally time for a transition as cases stemming from the delta waves are declining. but it is important to know, the mandates will not be lifted immediately. in fact, most of the bay area will not meet those three metrics for at least a couple of months, or at least by january. masks off? not quite. >> we are adopting shared metrics. stephanie: bay area health officials say before mask restrictions are lifted, counties need to meet three main criteria. first reach the cdc's yellow tier and remain there for three weeks. second, hospitalizations must remain low and stable and at the
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