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news at 6:00. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] breaking news as we come on the air tonight. the dangerous dual weather threats rapidly intensifying. tens of millions of americans under threat from coast to coast. the monster atmospheric river slamming the west coast tonight. unleashing punishing rains, and potentially life-threatening flash flooding and landslides. part of a highway destroyed. evacuation orders in effect for communities ravaged by recent wildfires. in the central u.s., another threat. tornadoes already reported. and the new storm danger unfolding in the east. rob marciano is standing by, timing it all out. also tonight, the investigation into the deadly movie set tragedy. the powerful new images coming in. alec baldwin embracing halyna
hutchins' husband and young son just days after her death. what we're learning about the prop gun that discharged. and what the armorer said just weeks before the horrific accident. and the news tonight on covid shots for children ages 5 to 11, potentially just weeks away. 28 million american children in that age group still not protected. what pfizer's early data shows about vaccinating them with a smaller dose. the major decision heading to an fda advisory panel in just days. and the booster rollout for millions of eligible americans. tonight, what dr. anthony fauci is saying about mixing and matching. and the last minute negotiations in the push for democrats' ambitious spending plan. president biden meeting at his delaware home with majority leader chuck schumer and senator joe manchin. a major holdout. where things stand tonight. the deadly drag race crash. two children killed, others injured, when a driver crashes into the crowd of spectators. and "america strong" tonight. the two teenage sisters making
history on the football field. good evening, everyone. thanks so much for joining us on this busy sunday. i'm linsey davis. we're following several breaking stories as we come on the air. but we begin with tens of millions on alert as two extremely dangerous and massive weather systems take aim. part of the west coast is in the path of an atmospheric river, triggering torrential rain and potentially deadly flash flooding. the powerful storms is bringing high winds, knocking down trees and causing power outages already. much of the rain is falling on communities that have suffered from droughts and wildfires for months, creating risk of mudslides. and in the midwest, forecasters warn of severe thunderstorms. there are already reports
tornadoes, large hail, and flood watches in effect across several states. rob marciano is standing by with the track in a minute. but first, will carr leads us off from sacramento. >> reporter: tonight, tens of millions from coast to coast on alert, with two dangerous weather systems taking aim. a monster storm along the west coast dumping torrential rain and triggering dangerous flash flooding. this video from santa rosa, california, showing roads turning into rivers. intense winds knocking out power for more than 150,000 customers across three states. from san francisco to sacramento, evacuations under way for hundreds of homes in the mountains. an atmospheric river sparking a relentless deluge. authorities urging residents to stay off the roads. >> we've lived here 20 years. never seen it this high. >> reporter: concerns of life-threatening flash flooding across wildfire ravaged areas in california. this drone video showing a landslide in the area where the dixie fire ravaged over 950,000 acres. and tonight, a major severe weather threat unfolding in the
heartlan hail pounding northern arkansas. storms targeting oklahoma to illinois. at least two reported tornadoes touching down. with the threat of more flooding and mudslides tonight, here in sacramento, we're facing the worst of the storm right now. with millions bracing for dangerous conditions through the night. linsey? >> will, thank you. let's get right to rob marciano. time this all out for us, heading into monday. >> reporter: linsey, this is a large and powerful system that rapidly intensitied. the atmospheric river continues to pour in. heavy rain, more wind tonight. and snow at the highest elevations. we'll see another 5 to 10 inches of rainfall, more flooding, more debris flows expected there. and the energy from yesterday's
storm now in the midwest. tornado watches posted for eastern oklahoma through st. louis, into illinois. and it combines with energy off the coast, and we'll see a nor'easter in the northeast tuesday and wednesday. linsey? >> rob, thank you. now to the deadly shooting on a movie set. and the emotional new images coming in. alec baldwin embracing the husband and young son of halyna hutchins, the cinematographer killed thursday by a gun fired by the actor. investigators are focusing on the gun, and how it was handled by the crew in the days leading up to the deadly shooting. here's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, as authorities investigate the movie set shooting death of cinematographer halyna hutchins, these images. actor alec baldwin meeting with hutchins' husband matthew and their 9-year-old son, as they traveled to santa fe. baldwin sharing emotional embraces with each of them. >> we have two people accidentally shot on a movie set by a prop gun. we need help immediately. >> reporter: investigators are
now zeroing in on the chain of custody of that prop gun that accidentally killed hutchins on the set of the western "rust." the sheriff's report saying it was one of three prop guns set up on a cart by the film's armorer, hannah gutierrez-reed. an assistant director handing the gun to baldwin, saying it was cold, meaning it was not loaded with any live rounds. but while the gun was in baldwin's hands, a projector fired, killing hutchins and injuring director, joel souza. >> we were rehearsing, and it went off, and i ran out. we all ran out. >> reporter: the a.d. telling investigators he did not know the gun contained live rounds. >> i'm shocked, first of all, that something like this could ever happen on a film set. i mean, there are no, there are no live bullets ever on a film. >> reporter: a film's armorer is in charge of all prop weapons on set. on a podcast just six weeks ago, gutierrez-reed describes how nervous she was to take her first job as lead armorer on another film earlier this year. >> i almost didn't take the job, because i wasn't sure if i was ready.
>> reporter: the 24-year-old saying she learned how to handle firearms from her father, legendary hollywood armorer thell reed. >> i think loading blanks was the scariest thing to me, because i was like, "oh, i don't know anything about it." >> reporter: one "rust" cast member telling abc news gutierrez-reed was always very professional on set and took her job seriously. the film's director, souza, recovering from his shoulder injury, saying he's gutted by his colleague's death. and at a local vigil, a "rust" crew member describing how talented and kind hutchins was. >> i would have been lucky to have ever done another movie with another person like that. or with her. and i don't get to. >> so many questions about how this happened. kaylee joins us now. so far, no charges have been filed. but the district attorney is not ruling anything out. what more are you learning? >> reporter: linsey, we reached out to both the armorer and assistant director and haven't heard back from either.
abc news has reported that some camera crew members walked off the set just hours before the shooting, citing concerns, including for gun safety. but the film's production company says they never received any official complaints about prop or weapon safety on the set. >> kaylee, thank you. now to the pandemic. 28 million american children between the ages of 5 and 11 may soon be eligible to receive the pfizer pediatric vaccine. shots for children could start in early november. the dose is one-third that of adults. and the vials contain distinctive orange caps. for the latest on that and what dr. fauci said today about booster shots, here's phil lipof from new york. >> reporter: tonight, doctors and nurses across the country preparing to offer covid vaccinations to children ages 5 to 11, as soon as the first two weeks of november. an fda panel set to review pfizer's data tuesday to determine authorizing the two-dose shot. >> in the meantime, the administration is working on the
operations and the logistics. so as soon as we have both the fda authorization and the cdc recommendations, there will be vaccine out there, so children can start rolling up their sleeves. >> reporter: 28 million children in the u.s. would be newly eligible. pfizer's early trial data showing the vaccine, one-third the adult dose, is nearly 91% effective against symptomatic illness in young children. also reporting zero cases of myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, occurring most often in young men a few weeks after the second shot. >> the younger age group had less severe side effects than even the older kids. that's probably because it's a smaller dose. >> reporter: renee and miguel chavez's two children, nico and sofia, took part in the pfizer trial. >> we all got vaccinated, and it was extremely important to us tat our kids were kept safe from covid as well. >> reporter: meantime, a massive booster rollout kicking off. more than 12 million americans already getting that additional shot. >> i'm so excited to get this booster. i'm very excited.
>> reporter: late last week, the cdc recommending boosters from moderna and johnson & johnson, after pfizer's got the green light last month. the cdc also determining it's okay to mix vaccines, meaning you can choose a different brand for a booster than the one you initially received. >> the good news about this is that it allows a considerable degree of flexibility for people to get what we hope they will get. namely, a booster that will increase and optimize their protection. >> reporter: both cvs and walgreens say they have the boosters ready to go. so do tens of thousands of other pharmacies and community centers across the country. if you want to know if you're eligible or to find a location near you, go to vaccines.gov. linsey? >> phil, thank you. today, a renewed sense of urgency from president biden and top democrats trying to nail down an agreement on the build back better agenda. today, the president met with joe manchin and chuck schumer. the white house saying they continued to make progress.
so where do things stand? here's maryalice parks. >> reporter: hoping to close the deal on his social spending package, president biden calling majority leader chuck schumer and senator joe manchin to his delaware home today. manchin, one of two key democratic holdouts forcing the white house to scale back ideas around fighting climate change. one proposal to get utility companies to switch to clean energy scrapped, raising questions about how the president can meet his emission reduction goals. democrats insisting even a trimmed-down spending plan would be transformational for the country. >> we can afford to do this. we can't afford not to do it. >> reporter: still on the table, expanding medicare for seniors to include dental, hearing, and vision coverage. >> dental is very expensive. so hearing and visual and dental. but dental will take a little longer to implement. >> reporter: speaker pelosi confident democrats have options
to cover the price tag that could be near $2 trillion. >> we're going to fully pay for the plan. we were ready to pay for $3.5, so we certainly can pay for half of that. >> reporter: democrats considering several ways to tax the nation's billionaires. progressive leaders now saying if there's a handshake on this, they'll be ready to vote for the president's other bill for traditional infrastructure too. >> i'm confident that the president will be able to give his word to the house caucus that he has that agreement, and that would then facilitate the vote on the infrastructure bill. >> reporter: democratic leaders say they're hoping to take a vote on the infrastructure bill by the middle of the week. the white house is putting a lot of pressure on lawmakers to get something done before the president travels overseas later this week. >> maryalice, thanks so much. and there are growing concerns over the supply chain crisis as we approach the holidays. and it's not just toys, shoes, and everyday staples. one woman waiting months for her wedding dress.
here's deirdre bolton. >> reporter: tonight, this massive container ship catching fire. just days after losing 40 containers during a storm. new trouble in the supply chain crisis affecting everything from furniture to your wedding. these dresses ordered in january, finally arriving this week. >> calls are coming in every hour, on the hour, pertaining to shipping. >> reporter: lindsey merlo had to reorder her wedding gown after receiving the wrong one. it arrived with only days to spare. >> get the ring. get the dress. it meant everything in the world to have the dress that i fell in love with. one little mistake can happen, and it can just really change your timeline. >> reporter: most experts say order early. inventory is lean. and expect costs to creep higher from here. >> this holiday shopping season
is unlike anything we've seen in the past. >> reporter: the postmaster general, widely criticized last year. now telling "the wall street journal," with more workers and warehouses, the agency is going to, quote, kill it in this unusual year. >> deirdre, thank you. gun violence in philadelphia is taking its toll on the city's young people. one student likening his commute to school to passing through a war zone. some educators are listening and making efforts at honest conversations to improve the lives of their students. here's zachary kiesch. >> reporter: tonight, in parts of north philly, the gun violence is so bad, just getting to and from school feels like a life or death risk for some students. >> they're walking in groups, they're looking for people to pick them up and take them to school. >> reporter: for the first time since '96, there are more than 400 murders in back to back years in the city of brotherly love. >> why do we just live to die? >> reporter: principal le'yondo dunn and others are coming to their kids' defense, demanding an end to the violence.
>> it's like there's no way out of this. >> reporter: nine kids at simon gratz high school were shot and killed in the last year. >> we had three students that we lost to gun violence in one week. imagine the weight of that, you're a kid. >> reporter: i met with a group of students juggling environment and the understanding that education is the best path out. what's your understanding of what is going on around here? >> it's very uncomfortable for us, when we want to hang out with our friends. we have to look over our shoulders every day. >> i don't walk to school or walk back, my mom makes me drive. >> you still have to think about what can i do to make sure that i'm not in that situation, or what can i do to make sure that my future and my life are set so i could get out of the city. >> reporter: more than 80% of homicide victims in philadelphia last year were black men. dunn says what's happening at gratz would be unacceptable in more affluent parts of the city. >> what do they not have in common is the color of their skin. and students should not have to
fight to change systems that they didn't create, that they were born into, that they exist within, it's not their responsibility to fix it. >> reporter: the cdc calling gun violence an epidemic and a serious health threat. the students telling me the football season was canceled not because of covid, but because of crime. linsey? >> zachary, thank you. still ahead on "world news tonight" this sunday, the terrifying scene at a drag race event. how police say two children ended up dead. before treating your chronic migraine, 15 or more headache days a month each lasting 4 hours or more, you're not the only one with questions about botox®. botox® prevents headaches in adults with chronic migraine before they even start, with about 10 minutes of treatment once every 3 months. so, ask your doctor if botox® is right for you, and if a sample is available. effects of botox® may spread hours to weeks after injection causing serious symptoms. alert your doctor right away, as difficulty swallowing,
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