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right now on "america this morning," the deadly concert stampede in houston. but the first lawsuits are now claiming as we learn more about the eight people killed, ranging from 14 to 27 years old. witnesses tribe what they saw, plus the troubling past of one of the performers on stage. caught on camera, pastor to the rescue. a man pulls a gun during a church service in tennessee. the quick action the pastor took to prevent bloodshed. $4 a gallon? what the biden administration is now saying about gas prices. putting younger teens to work. the debate over changing child labor laws to alleviate the shortage across america. the teenager rescued after
making a hand gesture made popular on social media. and from an 83-year-old hiker's towering achievement to a discovery from ancient rome to a fox wreaking havoc at this game, it's monday, november 8th. good monday morning, everyone. we begin with new details about that concert stampede in houston. eight people were killed. hundreds were injured. >> the first lawsuits have been if i would, targeting the concert organizers as well as rappers travis scott and drake. houston's mayor says there was more security at the event than at the world series, but he's promising a thorough investigation. >> amid the search for answers, we're learning more about the victims who were between 14 and 27 years old. >> reporter: overnight, a prayer vigil for victims of the music festival tragedy in houston. the church is just miles from
nrg stadium where a performance by rapper travis scott turned deadly saturday night. >> stop the show! >> reporter: an estimated 50,000 people were at the concert when the crowd surged toward the stage pushing fans toward the ground and trampling them. eight people died including 18-year-old john hillger, and this man who tried saving his fiancee. franco patino is now grappling with his death. >> we never believed that anything like this would happen to my little brother. he had a big heart. >> reporter: multiple lawsuits have already been filed against scott. rap superstar drake who was also on stage and live nation. one person says this was a,
quote, predictable tragedy. scott's concerts are known for rowdy crowds. he's been arrested twice for inciting riots and disorderly conduct at his shows. fans at friday's venue. the crowd is then heard chanting, stop the show as an injured person lay on the ground. an apple music live stream shows scott stopping the performance several times. >> somebody passed out right here. >> reporter: but the show wasn't stopped until 40 minutes after call wrs received of fans in distre distress. >> i was watching for people to see me. >> reporter: a nurse who didn't want to be identified saved his life. >> i'm so happy you're alive. >> thank you for saving me. >> reporter: abc news getting this exclusive video of their emotional reunion. >> i wake up and i'm thinking about you. i fell asleep and i'm thinking
about you. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. it really means a lot. >> reporter: travis scott has issued a statement saying he's, devastated dill help all those impacted. that nurse at the right place at the right time. drake did not immediately comment. live nation is pledging to support the investigation. a pastor in nashville is being hailed a hero for tackling a gunman during a church service. authorities say he was praying with parisianers when he held him down until police arrived. the pastor is thanking god for the outcome. >> i can say it was for god. because of him, i'm not doing anything, but i can say god, he was there. he had to do that. >> that he was there protecting him, i'm very happy because they
could have really died. >> the suspect is charged with aggravated assault. the u.s. has opened its borders to foreign nationals for the first time in 19 months. fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed into the country. many of them haven't been able to see their family members since the start of the pandemic. land borders with canada and mexico are now open as well. meanwhile the white house says it's confident its covid mandate will be upheld after it was temporarily blocked by an appeals court over the weekend. the president is also requiring federal workers to be vaccinated by november 22nd. nfl star aaron rodgers is face aggroing firestorm in the wake of testing positive for covid. his team suffered an ugly loss yesterday. critics accuse him of lying about his vaccination status. football hall of famer terry bradshaw did not hold back when discussing the fallout surrounding aaron rodgers. >> it would have been nice if he would have just come to the naval academy and learned how to
be honest. learned -- learned not to lie, because that's what you did, aaron. you lied to everyone. >> reporter: without aaron playing, the packer scored one touchdown in their loss to the chiefs. the mvp sidelined after testing positive for covid. he said back in august that he had been immunized. >> yeah, i have been immunized. there's guys on the team that haven't been vaccinated. i think it's a personal decision. i'm not going to judge those guys. >> reporter: rodgers calling this a witch hunt. >> i didn't lie in the initial press conference. during that time, it was very, you know, a witch hunt across the league where everybody in the media was so concerned about who was vaccinated. >> reporter: the situation even catching the attention of "saturday night live." >> people can talk all they want, but at the end of the day, my record is still 7-1, meaning of the eight people i've
infected seven are fine. >> reporter: now big bird is causing a stir over the vaccine, the "sesame street" character who is 6 years old on the show, getting the vaccine. texas senator ted cruz responded to big bird's tweet saying, government propaganda for your 5-year-old. big bird has discussed vaccines for decades on the show including the measles vaccine in this episode from 1972. >> there's a sign that says, don't wait. vaccinate. >> as for aaron rodgers, a wisconsin health care organization has now ended its partnership with him. officials at four ivy league schools are trying to figure out who's behind a series of fake bomb sars. three campuses had to be evacuated. the vice president of cornell called it a cruel hoax. no devices were found. now to washington and an historic infrastructure bill finally passed for democrats aimed at improving roads and internet service. the question now is what is in the bill, and what about the
other social spending plan? abc's ike ejiochi is here to break it down for us. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. democrats are still fighting over the $1.75 trillion social spending package, creating uncertainty about what will be in the final bill. this morning, a massive legislative victory. >> the resolution is adopted. >> reporter: after months of back and forth, friday night, the house passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill, one-half of biden's build back better agenda. >> we took a monumental step forward as a nation, and we have just -- we're just getting started. >> reporter: the legislation calls for the single largest investment in the bridges, roads, and airlines in decades. $110 billion for the nation's highways, bridges and roads with $66 billion earmarked for passenger rails. $7.5 billion for charge stations, and $55 billion to upgrade the nation's power grid. $55 billion for clean drinking
water and $65 billion in high speed internet among other initiatives. the president traveling to baltimore wednesday to promote the package. he'll hold a formal signing ceremony when congress returns the week of november 15th. >> we will see the effects of the bill, this bill, probably starting within the next two to three months as we get the shovels in ground. it is a bill that's paid out over a number of years. >> reporter: the bill drawing support from 13 republican members of congress against the six progressive democrats who opposed the bill because it wasn't tied to the social spending package. dem democrats arguing what should be included in the other $1.75 trillion plan to address universal preschool, child care, home health care for the elderly and efforts to combat climate change. >> we are going to get a very strong version of this bill through the house, to the senate to the president's desk. >> reporter: moderates in the house have agreed to pass that
larger social spending package by november 15th, but it's up clear what will happen to the bill once it reaches the senate. >> thank you. time now for a look at your monday weather. coastal south carolina is still drying out after the so-called king tide this weekend. at one point, more than a dozen roads had to be closed in charleston due to flooding. skies are clear over most of the country today except the northern plains and the northwest which is bracing for more heavy rain and mountain snow. checking today's high temperatures, 60s in the northeast, 70s as you go further south. 40s and 50s as you move into the pacific northwest. 72 in dallas. and still to come, the possibility of gas hitting $4 per gallon. also ahead, the teenager rescued from a car on the highway after using a hand gesture seen on social media.
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tiktok. >> reporter: this morning, a 61-year-old man is under arrest and a teenager is home safe, all thanks, police say, to a hand gesture made popular on tiktok. >> he had no idea, she was putting out a distress signal. >> reporter: that signal, that looks like this, traces back to the canadian women's foundation. it was created during the pandemic in response to the domestic violence cases. >> if your hand is up like this, you tuck your thumb in. and back and forth. >> reporter: in this case, a 16-year-old from north carolina, whose parents were missing, used the signal from the passenger seat of a silver toyota. officials say he went through tennessee, kentucky and ohio. >> hen reports were a missing
juvenile, they got back in the vehicle. >> reporter: it was ager brick was later arrested in london, kentucky, just off i-75. >> fortunate of lady luck, the victim vehicle got off, at exit 41. our guys were waiting at the top of the ramp. run cruiser was getting behind the vehicle. another cruiser was getting in front of the vehicle. we boxed it in. >> authorities are not eliminating how the teen was taken or the circumstances. but she is now safely back home. andrew? mona? >> thanks, meghan. coming up, an 83-year-old hiker's remarkable achievement. hiker's remarkable achievement. first, to push to
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checking the top stories -- police are searching for answers after the deadly stampede at a music festival in houston. several lawsuits have been filed. travis scott and drake are among those named in the litigation. the u.s. is welcoming foreign travelers were the first time. the borders reopened for international visitors that are fully vaccinated. former president obama is speaking today in scotland. he will be talking about what's ahead in the battle against climate change. heavy rain and gusty winds on the pacific midwest coast. milder temperatures in the northeast today. and finally, the world is
running gan. >> marathons made it to the new york and the los angeles city pair thon. returning after their pandemic pauses. held on the same day for the first year ever. burke miller, in the hospital, just ten months ago. >> because it was covid, i couldn't have anybody with me. the worst days of my life. immense pain. i didn't have anybody with me and was really struggling. >> through that point, he wanted to tackle the 26.2 miles. >> i'm laying there and said, that's what i'm going to do. >> reporter: his three kids cheering him on when he finished his first-ever marathon. >> one foot in front of the other. >> john career winning in l.a.,
two years after being passed in the final 200 yards. back in new york, albert career of kenya, winning the men's and women's races respectively. barbara rubenstein has been helping runners reach the finish line for three decades. >> some man called out, thanks for all the years. it hit me so occasionally. i had to recompose myself to go on. >> we want to shoutout to members of the abc gfamily toda. one winning before the race even began. >> we're just tracing it next year. >> i had a thing. it didn't let me go to the
thing. >> yeah. >> right now on "america this morning," the deadly concert stampede in houston. but the first lawsuits are now claiming as we learn more about the eight people killed, ranging from 14 to 27 years old. witnesses tribe what they saw, plus the troubling past of one of the performers on stage. caught on camera, pastor to the rescue. a man pulls a gun during a church service in tennessee. the quick action the pastor took to prevent bloodshed. $4 a gallon? what the biden administration is now saying about gas prices. putting younger teens to work. the debate over changing child labor laws to alleviate the