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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. what we've just learned about former president bill clinton. and for a second straight night here, a major new decision on boosters. that key fda panel now voting on the johnson & johnson booster today. unanimously voting yes on a second shot. when to get this shot, and this time a major difference when it comes to who should get it. and the question asked today in that room -- should the johnson & johnson shot have been two shots to begin with? we'll break it all down for you. what you need to know tonight. also tonight, news on former president bill clinton. in the hospital for several days in california. what we now know about his condition. hillary clinton visiting him in the hospital, and matt gutman is there. tonight, the first capitol police officer charged with obstruction of justice in the
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january 6th riot. the officer accused of telling a rioter, i agree with your political stance. and then what he allegedly told that rioter to do. pierre thomas with us live. tonight, the parkland school shooter nikolas cruz and what his attorney now says he's about to do. overseas tonight, the prominent british lawmaker stabbed and killed during a meeting with his constituents. ian pannell reporting from london. back here at home tonight, severe storms from arkansas all the way up to new york. damaging winds, large hail, possible tornadoes, and what's coming this weekend. rob times this out. the crisis in the supply chain. just six weeks ahead of black friday. tonight, this key part of this behind much of this backlog. and martha raddatz taking us out on the water, up close, the massive cargo ships waiting to be unloaded. and tonight, adele, that new song, and now 40 million views and what she's now revealed
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about it. and this evening, the clue. someone you met here. she stood up to overwhelming applause. what she's done now. who is our person of the week? good evening. and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. news just coming tonight in on former president bill clinton. we'll get to that in just a moment here. but we are going to begin tonight with the major headline in this pandemic. tonight, the fda's vaccine advisory panel unanimously endorsed johnson & johnson's booster shot too, suggesting you get it at least two months after the first shot. this time it's not just for 65 and older and for those at high risk. this particular booster is for everyone 18 years and older who got the johnson & johnson one-shot vaccine. they were unanimous. but one of the key questions in that room -- should the johnson & johnson vaccine have been a two-dose vaccine all along?
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tonight, it appears the country is moving forward with boosters for each of the vaccines. and today on the johnson & membs t paye nd sethooer, is imptarsile e, wass real urgency to their decision today. the other major headline tonight involves tourism in the u.s., visitors to the u.s., another encouraging sign we're moving forward. the u.s. announcing foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated will be welcome beginning november 8th. about three weeks from now. we begin with the new booster. the panel saying yes, and abc's whit johnson leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, a fda advisory panel voting anonymously to approve booster shots. but unlike pfizer and moderna boosters limited to older adults or those at high risk, the panel recommending the j&j booster for anyone 18 and older at least two months after getting the first single-shot vaccine.
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>> the fda panel clearly recognized some serious urgency to support the patients that have gotten the j&j vaccine, but ultimately were not necessarily satisfied with all the options in front of them, so they went for a broader recommendation. >> reporter: data from johnson & johnson show a booster two months after the first shot increased protection against symptomatic disease to 94% and up to 100% against severe disease. and a more limited study showed a booster after six months produced up to 12 times as many antibodies compared to those who did not get the extra dose. >> the safety was very good with the booster dose. the safety was actually slightly better than for the first dose. and no new or unexpected safety events occurred. >> reporter: panel members want to see more long-term data, but in the end recommended an earlier booster pointing to the lower overall effectiveness of the j&j vaccine compared to moderna and pfizer. >> what we're seeing is that
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this is a group with lower overall efficacy than we have seen with the mrna vaccines, so there is some urgency here. >> reporter: the advisers also launching into a spirited debate over whether j&j should have been a two-dose vaccine to begin with. the company defending the need for a single-shot option in a pandemic. and today, a key question on mixing and matching vaccines, specifically whether it's safe and effective to boost johnson & johnson with an mrna shot. a small study shows that a johnson & johnson booster dose triggered a climb in antibody levels fourfold, but a booster with pfizer sent those up 35-fold. and with a moderna boost, they jumped 76-fold. no decision today, but the panel members acknowledging the public needs guidance soon. >> in the real world all these combinations of boosters are already happening. we can't hide from it, and i do think we need to give guidance to the public. >> whit johnson back with us tonight.
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a really interesting discussion from the panel about whether the johnson & johnson vaccine should have been a two-shot vaccine from the start. but big picture here tonight, the panel now saying yes to boosters from pfizer. that was weeks ago. the moderna booster they said yes to yesterday, and tonight yes to the johnson & johnson booster. so bottom line, boosters for all vaccines. how soon would we see the new boosters rolling out? >> reporter: this now moves on to a cdc panel meeting next wednesday and thursday on recommendations for both the moderna and johnson & johnson booster shots. if authorized, those shots could start rolling out by the end of next week. that same panel could also weigh in on this idea of mixing and matching vaccines. today's experts seem supportive but right now there's still no timeline for a decision. david? >> whit johnson leading us off on a friday night. whit, thank you. we have just learned tonight that former president bill clinton will spend at least another night in a california hospital. his doctors are saying, he is, quote, on the mend after being hospitalized for an infection
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that put him in the icu. overnight, hillary clinton seen leaving after visiting her husband. and tonight here, what we've now learned about his condition so far. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman outside the hospital in california tonight. >> reporter: tonight, bill clinton battling infection at a southern california hospital and speaking on the phone with president biden, who late today delivered an upbeat assessment. >> he's always been the comeback kid. he's getting out of the hospital, everything's going well. >> reporter: the 75-year-old clinton was admitted tuesday after feeling overly fatigued during his first west coast trip since the pandemic began. an aide telling abc news clinton was diagnosed with a urological infection, which then spread into a more general infection. overnight, secretary hillary clinton seen leaving the hospital hours after her husband's condition was made public. doctors saying he is responding to antibiotics well. >> he obviously has gotten very aggressive care with intravenous antibiotics and fluids. he's turned around really quickly.
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>> reporter: a clinton aide telling abc news the former president has been up and about, reading, texting, and joking and charming the hospital staff. doctors at uc-irvine medical center underscored that clinton does not have covid and his hospitalization was not related to his history of heart disease. clinton had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 and a pair of stents implanted in 2010. since then he's gone vegan and adopted a more healthy lifestyle, something he told abc news he wished he'd done sooner. >> maybe if i had stayed on a lower fat diet, you know, maybe if i had not eaten so many hamburgers and steaks, which i love, maybe if i had, you know, had slightly less stress in my life and not worked as hard since i left office as i did when i was there, maybe it would have been different. >> matt, i know the former president, even though he's going to stay another night, diagnosed with this urological
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infection which then spread. but the doctors are saying his prognosis is good. >> reporter: they are, and just moments ago his aides reiterating that the former president is responding well to that intravenous antibiotic treatment and critically his white blood cell count is decreasing. that could be evidence that his infection affecting his kidneys or bladder seems to be improving. but they want to keep him here one more night just to be sure. david? >> matt gutman with us tonight. thank you, matt. next tonight, the first capitol police officer charged with obstruction of justice in the january 6th riot. the officer accused of telling a rioter, i agree with your political stance. and what authorities say he then allegedly told that rioter to do. here's pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a decorated capitol police officer is accused of helping a rioter evade justice for his alleged role in the january 6th insurrection that injured many of the officer's peers. a potentially stunning turnaround for michael riley,
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seen here in a 2011 video when a national law enforcement organization honored him as officer of the month for helping an injured colleague. >> i would have done it for any other officer. >> reporter: but in obstruction of justice charges announced today, federal prosecutors describe riley as giving aid and comfort to a rioter. at one point, riley allegedly messaged the man, identified by a source as jacob hiles, writing, i'm a capitol police officer who agrees with your political stance. according to charging documents, hiles posted images of himself at the riot to facebook. riley is accused of warning hiles to remove those posts showing him inside the capitol. "everyone who was in the building is going to be charged. just looking out." according to the fbi, riley did this even while acknowledging to hiles, "we had over 50 officers hurt, some pretty bad." hiles was charged with a misdemeanor and pleaded guilty last month. david, more than 140 officers were injured that day. if convicted, riley faces up to 40 years in prison.
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david? >> pierre thomas live at the capitol for us. thank you, pierre. next this evening, a major development after that horrific massacre at the marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida, nearly four years ago now. tonight, lawyers for accused gunman nikolas cruz on what their client now plans to do. abc's victor oquendo has been on this story from the start. >> reporter: nikolas cruz, the school shooter in parkland, florida, standing before a judge in court today. >> attempted aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon. how do you wish to plea? >> i plead guilty. >> reporter: pleading guilty to this assault of a prison guard in 2018. and in an unexpected development, his lawyers telling the judge that he intends to plead guilty to killing 14 students and 3 staff members and another 17 counts of attempted murder. >> we're going to ask the court to sentence him on counts 18 to 34 to 17 consecutive life sentences. >> they believe it's in cruz's best interest. they could say, look, he
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accepted responsibility for what he did. >> reporter: the pleas come with no conditions and prosecutors still plan on seeking the death penalty, but this would spare families of the victims from enduring a likely lengthy trial. 17-year-old joaquin oliver was killed at marjory stoneman douglas high school. his father telling abc news whether cruz gets life or death, that won't change his pain. >> it's not even close to what the worst punishment this guy will receive. so i think that justice will be just ending the chapter, ending it. >> reporter: in the months following the massacre, surviving students compelling the nation, starting the massive "march for our lives" movement. but ultimately, in the near four years since the shooting, there's been no legislative action on gun control. >> the fact of the matter is there are going to be more shootings that continue to happen until we get comprehensive action and address not only how people get guns, but why they pick them up in the first place. >> reporter: and next wednesday nikolas cruz is expected to plead guilty to 17 counts of murder.
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then comes the sentencing hearing, where a jury of 12 will decide if he gets life in prison or the death penalty, but that would have to be unanimous. david? >> thank you, victor. overseas tonight and to the shock and horror today after a member of the british parliament was stabbed to death during a meet and greet with his constituents inside a church hall. ian pannell from london tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the shocking murder of a prominent british lawmaker, stabbed to death inside a church hall. david amess was running a meet and greet with voters today in leigh on sea, about 40 miles from london. shortly after midday, an assailant rushed forward and stabbed him multiple times. an air ambulance was dispatched, but the man who'd served in public office for almost 40 years died soon after. police say a 25-year-old man has been arrested but hasn't been identified. the 69-year-old amess was outspoken in favor of brexit and an ardent animal rights activist. his death bringing back terrible memories of the shooting and
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stabbing to death of another mp, jo cox, five years ago. tonight, tributes pouring in. >> the reason i think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. >> reporter: amess leaves behind a wife and five children. tonight, flags flying at half-staff here at parliament in a country where politics, like in america, is becoming increasingly polarized and angry. and i think questions this evening about whether politicians are still safe to go about the most basic of duty, meeting the people who vote for them. david? >> polarized politics there as well. ian, thank you. back here at home tonight we're monitoring the potential for severe weather from arkansas all the way to new york. heavy rain, damaging winds, several possible tornadoes already. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all, and what we face this weekend. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. it is the same system that brought several days of severe weaher to the plains and it's running into unseasonably
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hot air across the east. record-setting in new york, in pennsylvania, delaware. 80-plus degree temperatures there. that's the fuel. we've got a storm watch posted for memphis. that line of storms will be pushing over the ohio river valley, the appalachians overnight, getting across the i-95 corridor about 5:00 tomorrow. that's when it could become severe across the heavily populated area. then it clears out and cools down. it will feel much more like fall come sunday morning. david? >> all right, rob. great to have you. we turn to the crisis in the supply chain tonight. we have been reporting on the cargo ships waiting off both coasts. tonight, martha raddatz takes us out on the water. and another key part of this backlog, a major shortage of truck drivers to deliver the goods. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: with empty shelves in stores across the country, tonight a clear portrait of one of the major causes of the supply chain crisis, a critical shortage of truck drivers. >> the trucking industry, a lot of them have sought other opportunities in other sectors.
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>> reporter: american retailers depending on those trucks to deliver billions of dollars of goods, now trapped on these massive cargo ships sitting idle in a floating logjam. our martha raddatz is in los angeles, where 25 more ships are expected in the coming days. >> reporter: right now in the port of long beach, there are more than 60 container ships anchored here. normally there wouldn't be any. and these are the ones we can see. out beyond here, there are dozens more waiting to anchor. >> reporter: the cost of shipping a container from china to the u.s. skyrocketing from roughly $1,300 to more than $16,000, and it's taking nearly twice as long. what once took 41 days to arrive, now taking 75. and with the holidays just around the corner, shortages from furniture to cars to electronics, including tablets and video games. ripple effects for big box retailers and mom and pop shops. mark levkowitz owns a music store in tucson.
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he says shipping companies are charging him five times as much for deliveries. >> it's very strange for us not being able to call up and get something in a couple of days. it's very frustrating. it's out of the norm. >> reporter: experts say the truck driver shortage is perhaps the weakest link in the supply chain, largely responsible for all that congestion we're seeing at the ports. and these disruptions are expected to get worse before they get better. david? >> thank you. we should mention, you saw martha raddatz out on the water. she'll have much more sunday on "this week." in the meantime, the texas law banning most abortions in that state is now headed back to the u.s. supreme court. the biden administration says it will ask the justices to issue a pause on the nation's strictest anti-abortion law and its enforcement mechanism that empowers individuals to sue anyone enabling an unlawful abortion in that state. the law took effect last month after the supreme court declined to intervene then. when we come back tonight, the former boeing pilot accused of lying about those 737 max jets.
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our person of the week. we have been reporting on yvonne llanes for years now, the san antonio mother of four was a teacher, a principal, and a freak accident changed her life forever. she was loading packages into the back of her suv when she was hit from behind, pinning her legs. both legs amputated above the knee. she would learn to use a wheelchair. >> i was just depressed, i was sad, and i wanted my life back. i wanted my legs back. >> reporter: after nearly ten years in that wheelchair, that's when we heard about what she had done. it was a promise she had made to her late father to stand again. her work began at the hanger clinic's boot camp for amputees. >> i met a group of amazing amputees. they were up and they were walking. >> reporter: after months of hard work, yvonne on stage, lifting herself out of her wheelchair.
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>> i have sat in that thing for nine years and seven months. i was going to get up, get on with life. >> reporter: and this week, yvonne back at that boot camp. we learned that during this pandemic, doctors told her she had stage two breast cancer. two surgeries. her boot camp family supporting her, wearing their yvonne strong t-shirts. tonight we can report she is now cancer free. a huge hug from her boot camp buddy amanda bordoi. >> i'm so happy you're okay. >> hi, david. it's yvonne. >> reporter: and tonight, this message from yvonne. >> life is going to throw obstacles at you. do not let those obstacles get in your way. >> yvonne, you have inspired us again. i'll see you monday. wher wt it mer eday.
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future.i'm tim johns mid-sina mg covid vaccines. can you do it? i'll tell you coming up. i'm meteorologist sandhya patel warm start to the weekend wet and i'll have the hour by hour timeline coming up abc 7 news at 6:00 starts right now. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. it's hard to believe with the view like this, but we are just two days away from a storm that will bring rain to the bay area and that is only the beginning good evening. thank you for joining us some amidate and i'm dan ashley. you're watching abc 7 news at six live here on abc 7 hulu live and wherever you stream. thanks for tuning in. we're going to go right to abc 7 news meteorologist, sandhya patel. she's tracking sandia weather changes that we will all notice this weekend. yes and a welcome change the how you live aelne sthat is don
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e raipafiorwehat will change come sunday. so let's time it out for you a lot of clouds in the morning a little drizzle not out of the question as we go into 2 pm notice the rain is moving into the north bay. it'll be light to moderate and intensity sliding south and east by 4 pm and then as we head into 7 pm most of that focus is in the south and the east bay, that's not our only opportunity for wet weather finally a change that we are looking forward to i'll have the complete look at the accuweather 7-day forecast which includes another level one storm ama. all right. thank you, sandhya. have breaking news now coming out of santa cruz county people throughout the south bay are seeing smoke from a wildfire in corralitos burning between watsonville and morgan hill cal fire says this 40 acre wildfire is under investigation. the smoke is coming from the same area where cal fire was conducting a controlled burn all day trying to get cal