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right now on "america this morning," one year later. the commemorations planned today to mark one of the darkest days in american history. what's changed since the attack on the u.s. capitol, and what hasn't? and the message from president biden today about former president trump's role in fueling the riot. plus, the police officers who nearly lost their lives that day speaking out demanding accountability. we're live on capitol hill. also right now, more than 100 million americans under winter weather alerts coast to coast after days of treacherous conditions, dangerous driving and highway pileups. what to expect this morning.
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new details about this tragic fire in philadelphia. 12 people dead including 8 children. what we're learning about a recent inspection inside that home. booster green light. the news overnight, expanding protection for children as young as 12 as more schools cancel classes due to covid safety concerns. we have a winner. the two locations where winning powerball tickets were sold. the jackpot topping $630 million. and later a message from the pope to people obsessed with their pets. good thursday morning, everyone. we begin with a somber ceremony planned today to mark one year since the attack on the u.s. capitol. >> president biden will address the nation after 9:00 a.m. eastern and at noon a moment of silence will be held at the capitol. the images of that dark day, one year ago, are ingrained in the memories of most americans, but how history judges that day remains to be seen. investigations ongoing and americans largely divided over
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who should be held accountable. >> abc's ike ejiochi begins our coverage from capitol hill this morning. ike, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mona. a mob stormed this building a year ago trying to stop a certification of the election. the big question now is, what's being done to make sure it doesn't happen again. as we mark one year since the attack on the capitol, the eight-foot-high fence topped with razor wire surrounding the building after the riot is gone. and the tens of thousands of national guard troops who arrived from across the country in the aftermath of the assault are back home. authorities say there are no specific threats ahead of today's commemorations, but they've warned that extremists may try to take advantage of the anniversary. >> if january 6th taught us anything, it's that preparation matters. >> reporter: at a hearing on the eve of the anniversary, the chief of the capitol police said the department would be capable of fending off another mob-like attack but he expressed concern about severe staffing issues saying, after a wave of resignations and retirements,
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his department is about 400 officers short of what it needs. >> we intend to hire over 280 police officers in this fiscal year. in a normal year we would hire less than half of that. >> reporter: the chief telling lawmakers significant security improvements have been made in the last 12 months. he says the director of the intelligence for the capitol police will be named soon and the president recently signed a bill giving the capitol police chief the authority to directly ask the national guard for help instead of going through the capitol police board, which slowed down the response last year. this morning, president biden will deliver a speech to commemorate the attack. the white house says he will single out former president trump for stoking his supporters with false claims of election fraud leading up to the attack. >> he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the american people and his own supporters. >> reporter: wednesday, attorney general merrick garland spoke about the justice department's
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investigation aimed at holding those involved accountable. >> we will follow the facts wherever they lead. >> reporter: more than 700 people have been charged in connection with the riot. but the fbi is still looking for 350 people believed to have committed violent attacks. >> the justice department remains committed to holding all january 6th perpetrators at any level accountable under law. >> reporter: garland is under pressure from some democrats to go after former president trump and his allies. rhode island senator sheldon whitehouse saying, sweeping up low level players while ignoring the kingpins upstream isn't a full investigation. >> they were completely convinced that without any evidence whatsoever that the election was stolen and that they were doing the right thing. >> reporter: meanwhile, abc's david muir sat down with three officers still recovering from the capitol siege. they want trump held accountable. >> i just have to hope that, you know, they're doing everything
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they can to see that the people in power get what they deserve. you've got to deal with this harshly and quickly in order to squash any thoughts of this happening again. >> reporter: five people died as a result of the violence last january 6th. as for president trump, he canceled a news conference planned for today. instead he'll speak later this month at a rally in arizona. mona. >> ike, thank you. the house committee investigating the riot just heard from stephanie grisham, she served as president trump's press secretary. after meeting with the panel, she told reporters that she cooperated fully. she resigned on january 6th in response to the riot. she was expected to discuss what trump was doing as the riot unfolded. meanwhile, the ceo of my pillow, trump ally, mike lindell, is suing the january 6th committee to block a subpoena for his phone records. it's the latest in nearly a dozen similar lawsuits. one year after the capitol attack a new poll finds only 55% of americans accept that joe biden legitimately won the
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election, and 57% expect more events like the capitol attack. 37% say they've lost faith in american democracy. abc news will bring you live coverage of today's ceremonies marking january 6th beginning around 9:00 a.m. eastern. and now to philadelphia and serious questions being raised after a deadly house fire. 12 people were killed, 8 of them children. officials say the fire alarms in the public housing duplex did not appear to be working even though an inspection last may said they were working. a procession of police vans last night carried the victims' bodies from the scene to the medical examiner's office. one relative said she lost three sisters and their eight children in the fire. >> my sisters and my nephews and my nieces are gone. they are deceased. they are never coming back. >> just heartbreaking. sources say investigators are looking into the possibility the fire was may have been sparked by a christmas tree. turning to the pandemic, a major decision overnight to green light more vaccine booster shots.
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it comes as more schools cancel in-person classes due to safety concerns. this morning, more children are now eligible for covid vaccine booster shots. the cdc giving the final go ahead last night for kids as young as 12 to get another shot. just as a surge of infections disrupt schools nationwide. >> we are going to fight to get our kids back to in-person learning. >> reporter: chicago schools canceling classes again today after the teachers union refused to return to the classroom citing a lack of testing and accusing the city of having no safety plan. >> if you want to get us back into the schools quicker, provide testing. >> we're trying to be practical for what makes the most sense for our district. >> reporter: covid causing school staffing shortages everywhere. in boston the superintendent stepped in to teach fourth grade. >> i jumped into gear and said i'll clear my calendar and i'll go over and teach a fourth grade class. >> reporter: the u.s. education
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secretary insisting in-person learning is safe. >> we have better tools including the mitigation strategies that we know works. >> reporter: in the meantime, stricter safety measures are coming to southern california. employers in los angeles county will soon be required to provide medical grade masks like the n95 to anyone working indoors. it comes as a testing site in los angeles confirms a case of so-called flurona, someone infected with both the flu and covid. >> it's not new that two viruses can infect someone at the same time, although it's not common. if you do get the virus, if you get two viruses and one which is rare, you will be protected if you're vaccinated. >> covid continues to take a toll on 9 the entertainment industry. the grammy awards have been postponed indefinitely. a major story developing overseas. russian paratroopers were sent to kazakhstan to help end violent protested. the president declared an emergency to quell the unrest which was triggered by an increase in fuel prices. dozens of people have been
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killed including several police officers including one who was beheaded. protesters also rammed a bulldozer into a bank and set stores on fire. ghislaine maxwell is asking for a new trial after being convicted for grooming young girls for jeffrey epstein. it comes after a member of the jury revealed he was sexually abused as a child and convinced others to believe maxwell's accusers. the juror says he does not recall being asked on the jury questionnaire whether he was an abuse victim. new revelations about the marathon bomber, he received a $1400 covid relief payment from the government last year. an inmate trust fund is holding the money. prosecutors are demanding it be given to victims of the attack. turning to the weather another winter storm is taking aim at parts of the south and east coast. virginia already declaring a state of emergency. let's take a look now at your thursday forecast. a storm makes its way
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to the southeast today bringing snow from tennessee to west virginia. by tomorrow morning's commute it hits the northeast, which could get up to six inches. a different system turned interstate 93 in new hampshire into a skating rink wednesday. the ice causing big rigs to slide into cars that were already stopped. luckily no injuries were reported. checking today's high temperatures, upper 30s in new england, frigid in the twin cities and mild across the southwest into the gulf coast. coming up, when buying groceries could soon get easier. also ahead police uncover a massive scheme to steal amazon packages before they're delivered. and later, antonio brown tells his side of the st
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back, now, with cows making trouble next to this highway in idaho. two escaped from the pasture. cowboys helped police corral the cattle into a trailer. it took about two hours. police in oklahoma have busted what they are calling a massive scheme to steal undelivered amazon packages. now three suspects are under arrest. here's andrea fujii. >> reporter: this morning, three people are e behind bars, accused of stealing thousands of amazon packages right before christmas. >> everywhere we look, there are packages. >> reporter: investigators finding packages upon packages at this oklahoma home on wednesday. one of the suspects was a contracted amazon driver and instead of taking the boxes from amazon to the post office, he took them to this home outside oklahoma city. >> when they would go to amazon distribution center to pick up their pallets, they would grab an extra pallet or two and take
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them to the residence and unload them. >> reporter: it's a scheme that allegedly went on for a while. >> there were several thousand packages there. that's not something you do overnight or in a month or two. >> reporter: one week ago, deputies found hundreds of packages on the side of the road. and with them, information leading them to that house. the sheriff's office says some of the packages have been returned to amazon and will be redelivered. amazon releasing a statement urging affected customers to customer service so we can work quickly to make it right. back in november, a similar discovery was made in alabama, where about 400 packages were found in this ditch. a fedex driver was arrested on suspicion of cargo theft. as far as the suspects in the oklahoma case, they are facing 15 felonies including possession of stolen property and embezzlement. >> andrea, thank you. walmart is expanding a
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since the's attack on our nation's capitol. where the investigation into that deadly day stands. kumasi: a surge of covid infections impacting schools nationwide. reggie: long lines as one school district distributed at home covid tests for students. the more efficient process it has planned. kumasi: it is thursday, january 6. you are watching abc seven mornings. reggie: we will start with a check on the weather. drew: there is a dense fog advisory in effect for solano county until 11:00 a.m. fog from concord to fairfield, down to one quarter mile visibility. three miles along the coast. here's a live look at the camera showing the skyline chopped in half because


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