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heart is broken. the questions, what went wrong what type of projectile was fired and new reporting. what crew members walked off the set hours before the fatal shot. also tonight, pfizer saying its covid vaccine is more than 90% effective in children 5 to 11 how soon could they get it plus boosters for all three brands available. who is eligible? and mix and match boosters. if you got johnson & johnson first, should you get a different booster? the supreme court taking up challenges to the texas abortion law but leaving it in place. there is word democrats are close to a deal on president biden's agenda. what's in and what's out. the urgent recall by walmart the product containing a rare bacteria linked to deaths. what to do if you have a bottle in your home. inside the supply chain crisis what i found during my visit to a major u.s. port where a massive traffic jam of ships waits to unload. and remembering peter scolari. the emmy-winning actor's two-year
health battle. this is nbc "nightly news" with lester holt. good evening here in hollywood and across the film industry, there is shock and disbelief tonight after actor alec baldwin was involved in a fatal and apparent accidental shooting of a woman on a new mexico movie set baldwin expressing his shock and sadness over the death of the film cinematographer, after the 63-year-old movie and tv star fired a gun used as a prop during production of a western-themed movie the movie's director was wounded. film experts are aghast that such an accident could happen, given strict safety standards governing firearms on film sets. tonight no charges have been filed, but plenty of questions, including whether safety concerns were dismissed before the shooting baldwin pledging his cooperation with police miguel almaguer now
with late details. >> reporter: shortly after the fatal shooting, a distressed alec baldwin outside the sheriffs department in santa fe investigators say the veteran actor fired a prop gun on his new mexico movie set thursday killing the film's director of photography and seriously injuring the director. according to court documents obtained by the ap and not verified by nbc news, baldwin wa handed a gun by the assistant director who indicated it was safe to use but who did not know live rounds were in the prop gun. the director of photography was shot in the chest >> was it loaded with a real bullet? >> i cannot tell you that >> okay. >> we have two injuries >> reporter: but just hours before the deadly shooting on the set of "rust," an independent movie in which baldwin is also one of the producers, nbc news has learned that several crew members walked off the set over safety concerns, including multiple previous misfires of the prop
gun, according to a source familiar with the matter baldwin, who is 63, expressing remorse there are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of halyna hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. i'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred >> one of the things about firearms onset that people don't realize is that even if it's set up to fire blanks, federally it is still a real gun. >> reporter: larry zanoff, a hollywood weapons expert who was not on the set of "rust," says when strict safety guidelines are followed accidents should never happen. >> the way we handle weapons and the blank ammunition onset, that seems very difficult to imagine how a blank would do that. >> gentleman >> reporter: in 1993 after brandon lee, the son of bruce lee, was killed in a filming
accident involving a prop gun, industry safety measures tightened. >> to my mind, this accident happened because somebody missed some check that they should have done. >> reporter: hutchins, who was 42 and posted photos of horse back riding near the set, was quickly becoming a hollywood star "rust" actress francis fisher posting this tribute saying rest in paradise, dear halyna. tonight a tragic accident and now mounting questions as to how something like this could ever happen. >> miguel joining me right now. as you mentioned, so many questions here. what is the movie production company saying >> the production company says they're not aware of any complaints about safety but say they're fully cooperating with investigators. >> all right thank you very much. important new developments tonight on the covid vaccine front. there is good news for parents who want their younger children vaccinated and for people waiting to get the added protection of a booster shot. tom costello now has the latest. >> reporter: it is a critical development
for the 28 million 5 to 11-year-olds potentially eligible for a covid vaccine. pfizer today said its vaccine is nearly 91% effective in preventing symptomatic covid for that age group. now the fda will meet next week to consider giving its approval. >> plenty of children get seriously ill if you go to pediatric hospitals throughout the country. so although the incidents of severe disease is less, we still want to protect the children. >> reporter: meanwhile, the cdc has now officially cleared all vaccine booster shots. here's what you need to know. if you received your second moderna or pfizer vaccine more than six months ago, you're eligible for a booster if you're at least 65 years old or you live in a long-term care facility or you have underlying medical conditions or you live or work in a high-risk location pregnant women are also encouraged to get a booster. >> if you are among the 15 million americans who received the one-shot johnson & johnson vaccine and
it's been at least two months, you can get a booster right now regardless of your age. and anyone can get a different booster than the original vaccine dose. >> there may be some people who might prefer another vaccine over the one that they received, and the current cdc recommendations now make that possible >> reporter: in chicago, 28-year-old shawn paul originally got the j&j vaccine. he's now hoping for even more protection >> i am interested in getting one of the other shots if possible and if that's what the cdc recommends as well, then i will definitely do that. >> reporter: in d.c., this 76-year-old works in a community clinic, putting him at increased risk for breakthrough covid he wants another moderna dose. >> i want to try to help protect my family and my grandkids and my coworkers and myself from this deadly virus. >> as this vaccine starts to wane, we want to make sure there is not another spike of covid in our communities. >> reporter: boosting immunity as the country enters its third covid winter for those who have had the j&j vaccine,
experts believe a moderna or pfizer booster shot would offer a more robust antibody protection. but a second j&j vaccine would also provide about 94% protection lester >> a lot of decisions to be made there, tom. thank you. new tonight, the supreme court once again refusing to block that texas law that bans most abortions in the state. pete williams is here. pete, the court agreed, however, to take up challenges to the law with unusual speed. >> reporter: yes, lester the court agreed to take up two challenges to the law on november 1st, but it delayed acting on the biden administration's request to put the law on hold while these cases play out one of them is a challenge brought by abortion providers in texas who say the state can't pass a law violating the right of access to abortion but then hand off enforcement to private lawsuits and then the court will decide whether the biden justice department has the legal authority to file its own lawsuit texas says the federal government can't sue the state this way justice sonja
sotomeyor says they should have blocked the law by now she said women seeking abortion are entitled to immediate relief. so as a practical matter, this means the texas law is likely to remain in effect for at least several more months, lester. >> all right pete williams in the supreme court. thank you. new signs this evening democrats may finally be close to a deal on president biden's spending plans minus key elements he fought for meantime, the president facing new criticism over some of his responses at a town hall. peter alexander at the white house now with more. >> reporter: tonight after months of infighting, top democrats insist they're nearing a deal on president biden's multi-trillion dollar spending plans house speaker nancy pelosi expressing optimism after a morning meeting with the president. >> it's exciting because whatever it is, it is going to be bigger than anything we have ever done for the american people. >> reporter: democrats say the house will aim to vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill and the president's larger social policy package next week.
>> compromise has become a dirty word. but bipartisan compromise still has to be possible >> reporter: president biden in a cnn town hall revealing key parts of his signature plan are off the table to satisfy holdouts within his party abandoning tuition free community college, shrinking paid parental leave from 12 weeks to 4 and likely scrapping a cornerstone clean energy program that's opposed by west virginia's joe manchin. and to accommodate another moderate kyrsten sinema, who refuses to back a tax hike on corporations, democrats are looking for other ways to pay for their plan all of it highlighting the challenges of a evenly divided senate. >> you have 50 democrats. every one is the president's. every single one. >> reporter: the president also raising eyebrows saying he's considering deploying the national guard to help ease the supply chain. >> absolutely i would do that. >> reporter: in fact, that's a decision that would be up to governors.
and the president drawing criticism for this answer about americans struggling with rising gas prices that just hit a seven-year high, admitting he does not have an immediate solution. >> i must tell you, i don't have a near-term answer. >> reporter: adding to the urgency for the president, the white house is eager to have an agreement on his plans before he heads overseas next week, hoping to showcase aggressive actions addressing climate change at key summits in europe. lester >> peter alexander, thanks. you heard the president talk about the clogged supply chain. in 60 seconds, i will take you inside the massive port of long beach, where i spoke to workers on the front lines. also the urgent warning about a room spray that may be linked to a deadly bacteria this mini majorette's gonna march her way right into your heart. -i'm sorry. can we stop? i know that we're selling car insurance here, but, you know, all the cute little animals, it's too much. define "too much." what's wrong with cute animals?
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we're at the port of long beach in california the international long shore and warehouse union inviting us for a rare look at an unprecedented supply chain crisis through their eyes. >> what you are seeing out there is a problem with the supply chain being stressed at its fullest point. >> 40% of u.s. imports come through this port and the neighboring port of los angeles. much of it stuck for weeks in a giant backup at sea. 81 massive ships currently in line waiting to unload. we were there to see one of the ships that had docked it's going to take ten days to offload the 6,200 containers on this ship alone. for the time it takes to get that cargo to its final destination will be determined by other potential choke points in the supply chain. president biden recently tauted 24/7 operations here as a
way to ease the backlog. >> today's announcement has the potential to be a game changer. >> but so far workers say not much has changed. greg ponce de leon has been a crane operator for 25 years, telling us dock workers who have been on the job throughout the pandemic stand ready to move cargo around the clock, but they have been given few orders to do so. >> since they have announced 24/7, have your workers' lives changed appreciably? >> no, they have not. >> he says there is no shortage of workers at the local dispatch hall union leaders stressing dock workers are available 24/7, but it's not up to them when they're called to work is it frustrating to you that so much attention on the supply chain is coming here on the ports? >> yes, it is. this is not an l.a. long beach problem this is greater than that other ports in the supply chain need to be in tune with working 24/7. >> the next link, trains and trucks, moving all those goods out of the ports
drivers like alvarez who says sometimes he waits all day for a single containerin line. >> 6 to 8 hours a day waiting in line, sitting in line. >> there is also a shortage of equipment for moving containers. and storage warehouses are so full, some drivers are parking them on city streets. >> this is my driveway, and we are getting blocked as you can see. >> clogging up residential neighborhoods near the ports. >> have a great day. >> thank you >> reporter: nationwide, the supply chain crisis has led to empty store shelves and soaring prices, and it is likely to get even worse with a record shortage of truckers, the trucking industry is down 80,000 drivers. would you call this an emergency? >> well, it's certainly getting to crisis level. >> derek leathers is the ceo of werner enterprises, one of the largest trucking companies, delivering
goods across america he told us solving this growing crisis will not be easy. >> so the ports is where it starts. it's the most visible piece. but the problem is a lot more complicated than that. it's a combination of rail speeds, truck availability, warehouse space and ports, all of which are being stressed to their absolute capacity right now. >> and there is no let up in consumer demand for imported products. let's get to that new recall and warning tonight involving a room spray sold by walmart that's been linked to a deadly bacteria authorities now asking people to make sure they don't have it in their homes. here's kristen dahlgren. >> reporter: tonight answers to a mystery infection. the cdc believes this better homes and gardens aromatherapy spray sold by walmart should have been spreading the bacteria, sickening four people in four states and killing two of them. >> in testing hundreds
of samples from homes of these individuals, we came across a hit >> reporter: the bacteria more commonly found in southeast asia and northern australia can cause an illness called melioidosis. >> the cases that are being investigated by the cdc are individuals who had never traveled so it was unusual for these individuals to have developed this infection. >> reporter: in texas four-year-old lila baker was left unable to walk and talk. >> she's kind of like a princess meets superhero. >> reporter: several of her family members also tested positive but didn't get sick. it is still unclear if they had the aromatherapy spray but late today the consumer safety administration announced the recall of nearly 4,000 bottles, advising consumers to return the product to walmart, double bagged and in a cardboard box. also cleaning sheets or counters that may have been sprayed. in a statement, walmart expressed sympathy to the families impacted and said we pulled the product from the shelves of about 55 stores where it was
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tributes are pouring in for peter scolari. the emmy-winning actor who died today after a two-year battle with cancer scolari shot to fame opposite lifelong friend tom hanks in the 1980 sitcom "bosom buddies. he's also fondly remembered for his roles on "newhart" and "girls." scolari was 66. finally tonight, broadway is back the new season after its longest shut-down ever due to covid, featuring an unprecedented number
of black voices at center stage. here's ron allen >> reporter: after a chorus of calls for change on broadway, seven new shows in the iconic theaters known for their brilliant lights at the great white way feature the work of black play wrights. from comedies like "chicken and biscuits" about hidden family secrets exploding at a family funeral to dramas like "thoughts of a colored man," about the hopes and dreams of seven young black men. or one man show about the adoptive mother who raised him why do you think it is that this hit broadway now? >> broadway in every medium has to respond to the racial strife and discourse in this country. >> reporter: during the shutdown negotiated new industry-wide diversity standards. lynn meadow has spent 50 years in the theater business is there something that's really changed that's going to endure?
>> it is too early to know my hope is that we will flourish and we will continue to be >> reporter: tony award winner lashaun stars in trouble in mind ironically about discrimination in the theater industry. >> i'm shocked its taken 66 years for this brilliant play to have its debut on broadway. >> reporter: she's fighting to make sure this season's seven plays are not the last. >> we will keep our elbows holding that door open so that those behind us can continue to come in. >> reporter: you have strong elbows. broadway's new season with a new look. ron allen, nbc news, new york and that's "nightly news. thank you for watching, everyone i'm lester holt. please take care of yourself and each other. good night
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