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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 coronavirus deaths, more than any other country. a each number, an american life, a family forever changed. president trump overnight saying of young people, it affects virtually nobody. dr. anthony fauci today saying, just look at the numbers and decide at home for yourself. 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 signaling they have the votes. president trump set to name his pick to replace justice ruth
bader ginsburg. what we've now learned about two more key republican senators. the tropical storm slamming the u.s. and at this hour, hovering over houston. a flash flood warning. dangerous conditions dumping more than a foot of rain. and where this is headed next. 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 mayor 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-p good evening and it's great 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 as 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 faces right 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 who have lost loved ones. joe biden acknowledging the 200,000 milestone, saying we can't let the numbers become statistics and background noise, adding, "it didn't have to be this bad." there's also news tonight from
the fda, the new move. and what this could now mean when it comes to a vaccine in this country and the president's push for a vaccine close to the election. so, we begin here with our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tonight. >> 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
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 worse-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 sick. >> it affects elderly people, 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 at any age with underlying
conditions. underlining any age. 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 very talkative and just really, really happy. she made friends very easily. 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." a00,0ths of dacae he coronavirus. 200,000 deaths 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've 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. all attending must file a disclaimer saying that they, quote, voluntarily assume all risks related to the exposure to
covid-19 and waive release, and discharge donald j. trump for president inc. for any illness or injury. >> all right, so, let's get to jon karl in washington tonight. and just 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, tothe wainon post" first reporting the fda is preparing tough new standards for authorizing vaccines. so, what does that mean now for any timeline? and the cdc revealing tonight that even when a vaccine is 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.
>> reporter: four out of those 200,000 american deaths are being counted tonight in this one family. the beltrans got sick with covid-19 after a get-together at a home in phoenix and lost a father, mother and two sons. >> we did everything together. 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. >> as we go indoors and viruses
do better in the winter, we may see some of the restrictions needing to be rolled out again. >> 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 the cdc is out with new guidelines tonight for halloween. >> reporter: yes, david. health authorities here are encouraging families who planned on 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 today 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 are all but certain to confirm president trump's eventual nominee to the supreme 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 actually 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, is onboard, too. sources tell abc amy coney barrett is at the top of the president's list and that he met with her in-person yesterday, describing it as a, quote, 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 may 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 months away.
senator lindsey graham adamant 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. >> all right. >> 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, says he will advance the nomination before the election, just 42 days away. >> we've got the votes to confirm the judge. >> reporter: critics say it's blatant hypocrisy. today, reporters pressing republican leader mitch mcconnell. >> but do you understand why many americans view this as a double standard? >> 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.
>> reporter: one republican 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. democrats tonight powerless and furious. >> if leader mcconnell presses forward, the republican majority will have stolen two supreme court seats four years apart, using completely contradictory rationale. >> let's get to mary bruce tonight. 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, in the presidential race, news coming in tonight on cindy mccain, a big move coming from her? >> reporter: well, we saw cindy
mccain, the wife of late republican senator john mccain, praise joe biden during the democratic convention and now we've learned she is going to make it official. she is expected to formally endorse joe biden. david? >> all right, mary bruce on it all tonight. 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 parts of downtown houston tonight. more on the way. and high water rescues are under way, as well. 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 288 in houston when the water came up fast. >> oh, it looks like a car is stuck right up there. >> reporter: we managed to get out. >> and there he is. >> reporter: but dozens of motorists in the nation's fourth-largest city didn't. by midday, houston's fire department rescuing more than 60 people. motorists with lifted pickups plowing a path. >> i expect to have 100,
200-plus vehicle recoveries today. >> reporter: it took its time, but beta made landfall and history overnight. the first storm named with a greek letter ever to hit the continental u.s. and david, you can 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, our thanks to 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 for reforms and that the officer
involved to be fired. we're going to turn next tonight to our month-long series of reports, "turning point," examining the conversation on race across this country. tonight here, the digital divide. with more than 50 million american children learning at home in this pandemic, this evening, we hear from families across this country. what about children at home 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 schedules. >> reporter: to missouri -- >> how do you 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
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 only the start. >> just because we handed the student a tablet and gave them the wifi, it doesn't make them more academically ready. >> reporter: and across the u.s., parents told us that even with internet access and devices, there's so much stress. in the bronx, fatema mustafa's kindergartner zarar has autism and adhd. he'll return to class next week. she said the lack of socialization in virtual learning has caused him distress and meltdowns at home. >> i'm hoping he starts going 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 four 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: now, there are a number of nonprofits and corporations working 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? >> abcnews.com. really important reporting, adrienne, thank you. out that or series "turning point" 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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restrictions. why won't we see a difference? if the state says nail salons can open but the county doesn't, who has the final say? >> reporter: people are upset about the plan by the county to quarantine people for covid-19 at a church in the middle of the city. that story is coming up. >> the 200,000 number is sickening, heart breaking, sobering. >> it really is. that's the doctor's diagnosis of today's milestone in the pandemic. the official loss of 200,000 lives in the united states and conditions could be about to get worse. good evening. thank you for joining us. >> as you heard dr. patel say there, this is sobering. 200,000 deaths from coronavirus in the united states. and nearly a third of the states are in the red zone because their case counts