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deaths. we also took you live to taiwan and talked about how they're tonight, the u.s. officially reaches that grim and heartbreaking milestone. 200,000 american lives lost. the u.s. has 4% of the world's population and more than 20% of the world's coronavir each number, an american life, a family forever changed. president trump overnight saying of young people, it effects virtually nobody. dr. anthony fauci calling the numbers sobering and stunning. and tonight, 33 states with cases rising. wisconsin now declaring a new public health emergency. and the fda tonight, the new move and what it now likely means when it comes to a vaccine in this country near election day. the other major story tonight, the supreme court battle. senate republicans sick nalling they have the votes. president trump set to name his
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pick to replace justice ruth bader ginsburg. what we've now learned about two more key republican senators. the tropical storm slamming the ugs and at this hour, hovering over houston. a flash flood warning. dangerous conditions bumping more than a foot of rain. the police body cam video made public tonight. officers shooting a 13-year-old boy with autism. firing nearly a dozen times. his mother had called 911 asking for help, but what she warned the officers. and what one officer said moments before the shooting started. word from the louisville mail your at this hour in the breonna taylor case, with a state of emergency in place there. the nfl. three head coaches and their teams fined tonight. the major rule they're accused of breaking. and remembering an american original. the singer from a legendary doo-wop group. good evening and it's great
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to have you with us here on a very busy tuesday night. there is news coming in on the supreme court battle, where things stand tonight in the republicans' effort to replace justice ruth bader ginsburg. but we do begin tonight with that grim new milestone here in the u.s. more than 200,000 lives now lost to coronavirus. and tonight, amid concern about we head into the fall and head back indoors, closer together, cases are now rising again in 33 states, washington, d.c. and puerto rico. deaths rising in 15 states. tonight, so many families forever changed. just some of the there. the u.s. leading the world in deaths. as the president heads to another rally tonight, he made news overnight at a rally in ohio, saying it mostly affects the elderly with heart problems and of young people, he says, it affects virtually nobody. tonight, dr. anthony fauci responding. and right here, the families have lost loved ones. joe biden saying, we can't let the numbers become statistics and background noise, ad, idn ho
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when ceso vacne in esent'sn mn pu for an karl ni >> reporter: president trump said little to mark today's grim milestone. 200,000 americans killed by coronavirus. but in an interview this morning, he did praise his handling of the pandemic. >> we've done a tremendous job. the only thing we've done a bad job in is public relations, because we haven't been able to convince people, which is basically the fake news, what a great job we've done. >> reporter: but dr. anthony fauci called the death toll of 200,000 americans sobering and stunning. asked to assess the government's handling of crisis, dr. fauci said this -- >> take a look at the numbers and make up your own mind. i mean -- you know, you don't need a sound bite from me. take a look at the numbers. >> reporter: the united states
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has 4% of the world's population and more than 20% of the world's covid-19 related deaths. today, the american medical association, the american hospital association and the american nurses association issued an extraordinary joint statement, saying covid-19 is "affecting americans at a rate that represents a nearly worst-case scenario." but the president is speaking as if the pandemic is a thing of the past. at his rally last night in ohio he said, incorrectly, that the virus only really affects elderly people who are already elderly people with heart problems and other problems. if they have other problems. that's what it really affects. that's it. >> reporter: and he said, also incorrectly, young people are basically immune. >> but it affects virtually nobody. it's a -- it's an amazing thing. >> reporter: dr. fauci today said that is just not true. >> it's the elderly and people
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at any age with underlying conditions. undeining ths y so, don't just think the elderly are the problem. there are plenty of younger people who have underlying conditions that put them at risk. >> reporter: today, across the country, families are mourning loved ones gone too soon. from 9-year-old kimora lynum, who was supposed to start the fourth grade. >> she was perfect. >> reporter: to the youth hockey coach from texas, 29-year-old tyler amburgey, a young father and husband. >> he always wanted his players to be standup human beings on the ice and off the ice. >> reporter: joe biden today tweeted of the 200,000 milestone, "it didn't have to be this bad." deaths recorded as of today, because of the coronavirus. 200,000 deaths.
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all across this nation and it means -- it means there are empty chairs at dining room tables and kitchen tables. that weeks and months ago were filled with a loved one, a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister. we can't let the numbers become statistics and background noise, just a blur that we see on the nightly news. >> reporter: with fall stoking worries of a second wave combined with the flu season, dr. fauci is begging people to wear masks and avoid crowds. >> it's unacceptable to not realize that we are entering into a risk period and we have got to act accordingly as we enter into that risk period. >> reporter: but tonight, in pennsylvania, thousands of the president's supporters are lining up outside yet another rally. most of them not wearing masks laimer saying that they, quote, voluntarily assume all
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risks related to exposure to covid-19 and waive release, and discharge donald j. trump for president, for any illness or injury. >> all right, so, let's get to jon karl in washington tonight. and jubs moments ago, president trump was asked about today's grim milestone here in the u.s. >> reporter: david, he was asked about it twice. the first time, he ignored the question. when a second reporter asked again, the president said, quote, i think it's a shame. i think if we didn't do it properly we would have had 2 million deaths. and david, he also blamed china. >> jon karl leading us off tonight. jon, thank you. and the president has repeatedly talked about a vaek seen, saying it could come around the election, but tonight, "the washington post" first reporting the fda is preparing tough new standards and the a vaccine is t mn n ready for adults, it won't be immediately available for children. there's also new guidance tonight on halloween. here's steve osunsami at the cdc in atlanta.
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>> reporter: four out of those 200,000 american deaths are being counted tonight in this one family. the beltrans got sick with geer a momen a s. wd erhingoghe it's hard. more than half of my family is gone. >> reporter: a safe vaccine would help everyone, and chances of getting one by election day just fell. "the washington post" reports that the fda is announcing new rules for drugmakers. volunteers who test these vaccines would now need to be monitored for roughly two months after their second dose. and there's another discouraging update from health authorities. even when the first vaccines are ready, only adults will be allowed to use them. >> the first available vaccines are being tested in adults and they won't be immediately available for use in children. >> reporter: after weeks of better numbers across much of the country, the number of cases is now moving in the wrong direction in 33 states. and puerto rico. >> we may see some of the restrictions needing to be
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rolled out again. that's something people should anticipate. >> reporter: in wisconsin, the governor is calling it a new public health emergency, ordering anyone older than 5 to wear a mask indoors if they're with anyone outside their own household. >> and steve back with us tonight from the cdc and steve, i know they're out with new guidelines tonight for halloween. >> reporter: yes, david. health authorities here are encouraging families who planned out handing out candy to leave it outside. they're calling trick or treating a high risk activity that should probably be avoided. david? >> so many things different this year. steve, thank you. and we're going to move on now to the major headline tonight, the battle for the supreme court and what we learned about two more key republican senators. president trump set to name his pick to replace justice ruth bader ginsburg and tonight, senate republicans now signaling that they have the votes. here's our senior congressional correspondent mary bruce tonight. >> reporter: tonight, republicans all but certain to confirm president trump's eventual nominee to the supreme
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court. >> well, i'm more than hopeful. i think it's going to happen. >> reporter: mitt romney, the last potential holdout, today saying he supports holding a vote. >> what i intend to do is to proceed with the consideration process and if a nominee reaches the floor, then i will vote based upon the qualifications of that nominee. >> reporter: and cory gardner, despite a tough re-election fight in colorado, signaling he's onboard, too. amy coney barret is at the top of the president's list, and he met in-person with her yesterday, describing it as "a very good conversation." she's a devout catholic, backed by religious conservatives and anti-abortion activists. also high on the list, cuban-american judge barbara lagoa. choosing her could help the president win over latino voters, especially in the key battleground state of florida. trump membership meet with her there later this week. in 2016, republicans refused to even consider president obama's pick to fill justice antonin scalia's seat, saying it was too close to the election, eight
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months away. senator lindsey graham add mant they would do the same in 2020. >> if an opening comes in the last year of president trump's term and the primary process has started, we'll wait until the next election. and i've got a pretty good chance of being the judiciary -- >> you're on the record. >> yeah, hold the tape. >> reporter: but republicans say this time is different, because now they control both the white house and the senate. and graham, now the chairman of the judiciary committee -- >> we've got the votes to confirm the judge before the election. >> reporter: just 42 days away. critics say it's blatant hypocrisy. today, reporters pressing republican leader mitch mcconnell. >> do you unders >> i can only repeat that we have an obligation under the constitution should we choose to take advantage of it to fill the vacancy and i assure you, that's very likely to happen.
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>> reporter: one republic senator, susan collins who says they should follow the same 2016 precedent, says firmly she will vote no if the senate moves to confirm before the election. >> if leader mcconnell presses forward, the republican majority will have stolen two supreme court seats four years apart, using completely contra districtry rationale. >> mary, republicans signaling there they have the votes. democrats signaling now moving forward that they're going to make this clear to the american people that among other things, obamacare, coverage for pre-existing conditions could be on the line here, because the supreme court is set to take this up right after the election? >> reporter: well, david, with very little power here, democrats are now going to focus on the issues at stake. like the affordable care act and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. with the court now set to hear just one week after the election, a case that could invalidate the law. david? >> and mary, news coming in tonight on cindy mccain, a big move coming from her? >> reporter: well, we saw cindy
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mccain, the wife of late republican senator john prseoe bidengoak ifial. she is expected to formally endorse joe biden. >> mary, thank you. now to the flash flooding, the warnings up as we're on the air tonight. up to 14 inches of rain flooding down town house tonight tonight. here's our chief national correspondent matt gutman from houston. >> reporter: tonight, the remnants of tropical storm beta stalling right over southeast texas. >> all these cars are stuck already. >> reporter: with blinding rain came rising water. we were there on highway up fast. >> looks like a car is stuck right up there. >> reporter: we mansioned to get out, but dozens of drivers in ers th jacke fourths fire depary
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beta made landfall and history overnight, the first storm named with a greek letter to strike the continental u.s. and david, can you tell by the cars that are trapped here how fast these waters can rise. and there's still eight more inches of rain forecast for houston through to louisiana. areas that got battered by hurricane laura. there are still more than 40,000 people without power in louisiana. david? >> that's just a stunning image tonight. matt, thank you. now to the police shooting under investigation in salt lake city tonight. the mayor and police chief there both calling it a tragedy. new body camera video showing an officer firing nearly a dozen shots at a 13-year-old with autism after he tried to run from police. the boy was wounded but survived. his mother had called for help, saying he was having a mental crisis. one officer can be heard saying to another officer that she wouldn't, quote, get in a shooting because he's upset. then the shooting happened. the boy's family is calling
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reheicedo be fi series of reports, "turning point, kws examine anyoning the conversation on race across this country. tonight here, the digital divide. with more than 50 million american children learning at home in this pan deck ing, this evening, we hear from families across this country. what about children that don't have access to computers and wifi? abc's adrienne bankert on the challenges facing so many families. >> reporter: tonight, with new york city public schools reopening virtually, including some in-person classes, parents across the country are sharing with us just how tough remote learning can be, despite attempts to bridge the digital divide. from texas -- >> trying to figure out how to manage three kids who are doing virtual learning on different owo y feel about learning at home instead of at school? >> i feel kind of sad about it. >> reporter: to rural california -- >> the internet connection stops so it kicks her out. then it starts again and it
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stops again, so, she doesn't get the whole class like she should. >> reporter: of the 50 million public school students learning remotely due to the pandemic, 15 to 16 million lack internet or devices to learn effectively. and 9 million don't have any access. children of color and those in rural communities are particularly impacted. >> thank you. >> reporter: since we spoke to them in may, east side house settlement has given out hundreds of tablets and wifi hotspots to bronx students, but it's just the start. >> just because we handed the student a tablet and gave them wifi, it doesn't make them more academically ready. >> reporter: and across the u.s., parents told us that even with internet access and devi devices, there's so much stress. in the bronx, fatema mustafa's kindergartener zarar has autism and adhd. he'll return to class next week. she said the lack of socialization in virtual >> luke:ing has caused him distress and meltdowns at home. >> i'm hoping he starts going
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back to normal again and learn his friends again. that's one of the other reasons, the social aspect of it. >> reporter: devon conley, a trustee of a school district in mountain view california, says even in tech rich silicon valley, 32% of students are low income. >> i personally know a family that is paying $150 a month for internet access for children to do online learning, but they can't afford food. we can do better than that. we have to do better than that. >> reporter: there are a number of nonprofits and corporations work, all over the country to help kids get online and to learn and parents and teachers can find a list of those resources on our home page. david? >>, really important reporting. adrienne, thank you. our series continues later tonight on "nightline." when we come back here tonight, word from the louisville mayor at this hour in the breonna taylor case, with a state of emergency in place there. and the nfl, fines for three head coaches tonight.
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we are seeing across the nation an increase in a number of states. we're seeing a second wave starting in europe. despite the steady downward trajectory, we cannot drop our guard. >> a warning to stay vigilant as the u.s. hits 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. but there is some good news right here in the bay area. good afternoon. thank you for joining us. >> johns hopkins university puts the u.s. at it is predicted 378,000 deaths by the end of the year. dr. anthony fauci called the death toll very sobering. early on he had predicted a lower death toll but says that was based on people adhering to faceas