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down everything you need to know about president biden's tonight, president biden addressing the nation a short time ago. his new vaccination mandate affecting millions of americans. amid soaring covid cases, more than 1,000 americans now dying a day, more than 1 in 4 new cases now churn. the president late today now hiding his frustration with the nearly 80 million unvaccinated americans. telling them, quote, the time for waiting is over. reminding them the fda has given full approval. and the president now ordering companies with 100 workers or more to require workers be vaccinated or be tested weekly. a new executive order requiring most federal employees and contractors to get vaccinated. what the president said about booster shots, that third shot. where does this stand tonight? and are those booster shots ready to go?
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matt gutman on the virus in this country and rachel scott at the white house. also tonight, the department of justice now revealing how it plans to sue texas over its new law banning most abortions in the state. attorney general merrick garland arguing the new law is, quote, clearly unconstitutional and an unprecedented scheme. terry moran live in washington. overseas tonight and americans in afghanistan and the new images. the first charter flight out of how many americans onboard?awal- the taliban allowing the plane to take off. several other planes still grounded. martha raddatz with late reporting. new images tonight of north korean dictator kim jong-un and why they're raising questions. back here at home tonight, police releasing frightening surveillance. young gunmen firing 150 shots into a house over an alleged high school dispute. inside that home, a 3-year-old boy is killed, his young sister wounded. tonight, one-time presidential candidate senator
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amy klobuchar revealing her very personal health battle. and diane sawyer here tonight with the children of 9/11. here years of reporting on them and now 20 years later, the remarkable reunion. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night. and we begin tonight with that sweeping new plan to fight covid. president biden a short time ago unveiling his newest effort to get ahold of this pandemic, to get millions of americans vaccinated and of course it comes as the delta variant sweeps across the country, crippling hospitals. 1 in 4 new cases of covid now in children. and 1,000 people dying every day. the president warning americans, we're in a tough stretch and that it could last for awhile. the president taking executive action to get more people vaccinated, most federal workers and contractors now must get vaccinated.
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millions of health care workers, not just nursing homes now, but hospital and home health care, as well. the president also ordering workplaces with 100 or more employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly. the president showing his frustration. and on booster shots tonight, those third shots, the president said he wanted to clear up any confusion out there. he said the decision is in the hands of the cdc and the fda and as soon as those booster shots have been authorized, he said, they've already been ordered up, they'll be ready to go. tonight here, the numbers. 73% of people 12 and older have had at least one shot. and the president tonight taking aim at passengers you've seen on those flights berating flight crews and fellow passengers over masks. he said, show flight attendants some respect, revealing the tsa will now double fines against passengers who refuse to wear masks. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman leading us off from california. >> reporter: faced with a relentless delta variant and 80 million unvaccinated
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americans, president biden late today laying out a sweeping strategy to lead the country out of the pandemic. >> we're in the tough stretch, and it could last for a while. >> reporter: the president unveiling that new emergency rule. >> i'm announcing that the department of labor is developing an emergency rule to require all employ years with 100 or more employees that together employ over 80 million workers to ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week. >> reporter: in addition to those companies with more than 100 employees, the plan extends the vaccine requirement beyond nursing homes to include workers at hospitals and home health care workers. the president also announcing that all executive branch and contract workers must get vaccinated. and that all companies with 100 or more workers must give paid
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time off to workers so they can get vaccinated. president biden taking aim at what he calls pandemic politics. governors and local officials in some parts of the country who are not encouraging vaccinations and masking. he said he'll work around them. >> if these governors won't help us beat the pandemic, i'll use my power as president to get them out of the way. >> reporter: the president even taking aim at those airline passengers refusing to mask up, saying they'll face double fines. >> if you break the rules, be prepared to pay. and by the way, show some respect. the anger you see on television toward flight attendants and others doing their job is wrong. >> reporter: and tonight in los angeles, another major push to vaccina vaccinate. l.a.'s school district is set to become the first major district in the country to require vaccines for students 12 and older attending school in person. bottom line is, if they don't get vaccinated and they don't have a valid medical exemption, they can't go to school. >> they can't go to school in person.
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this is new, because we're in a global once in a century pandemic, but it's not new that we require vaccinations to keep other kids safe. >> reporter: across the country, just 38% of teens between 12 and 17 are vaccinated. and the unvaccinated in that age group are ten times more likely to be hospitalized. one of them was 15-year-old victoria ramirez from florida. she and her family were unvaccinated when she got covid, passing away from complications. victoria's dad says she used to wear a mask to school, but they aren't required there. >> no more masks! >> reporter: the debate over masks in schools turning ugly. in tennessee, teenager grady knox trying to make the case for masks. >> i'm worried about my family. if i get covid, i'm going to bring it to my family. >> reporter: only to be cruelly mocked by the crowd when he shared how his grandmother, a former teacher, had died of covid. >> my grandmother, who was a former teacher at the rutherford county school system, died of
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covid because someone wasn't wearing a mask. this is a very -- >> shut up! >> you're not listening, shut up. >> this is a very -- >> hey, guys. we're here to act professional. >> reporter: in some southern states, infections and hospitalizations are leveling off, but they are climbing in states to the north. >> the country is still going to be in deep trouble for the rest of the year, although the worst affected areas are going to shift. >> we're going to be watching this closely. let's get right to matt tonight, because matt, the president also brought up booster shots. the president had said that they would be ready to go by september 20th, but he made it clear late today that this is in the hands of the fda, the cdc, bt that when the shots are authorized, the federal government will be ready? >> reporter: david, the president assuring americans that they will be ready, that they've purchased enough of those booster shots for all
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eligible americans and that the administration will be ready to administer those shots at tens of thousands of sites across the country for free in the coming days. that includes pharmacies and drugstores, as you mentioned, he is leaving the decision of who should get those boosters and when entirely up to the cdc and the fda. david? >> all right, matt gutman tonight. matt leadinging us off, thank you. as we said off the top tonight, the president warned we are in a tough stretch. he railed against what he called pandemic politics, the fights against masks and vaccinations. one more question on this tonight, rachel scott live at the white house. and rachel, the president taking aim at local officials that he said are actively working to undermine the fight against covid by opposing masks and vaccination mandates. he said, "i'll get them out of the way." the president frustrated with politics, the fights, the images that we saw out of tennessee, the young man trying to make the case. the president said this is getting in the way of haflting this virus. >> reporter: yes, david. clear frustration from the president tonight. but the white house is convinced
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that mandating vaccines for 100 million americans, giving them that time off to get those shots, will make a difference. the administration, though, already receiving push-back to this. just moments ago, south dakota governor christie nome tweeted to the president, "see in you court." the administration knew they had to take aggressive action to counter this and the president believes the steps he announced tonight will save lives, david. >> rachel scott, thank you. now to the department of justice. this evening revealing its new plan to sue the state of texas over its new law banning most abortions. one of the most restrictive laws in the country. today, attorney general merrick garland called the new law clearly unconstitutional, depriving women of their protected rights through a, quote, unprecedented scheme. deputizing ordinary citizens to serve as bounty hunters. here's our senior national correspondent tonight terry moran. >> reporter: attorney general merrick garland today bluntly
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declaring that the texas abortion law is unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent. >> this dangerous scheme to nullify the constitution of the united states is one that all americans, whatever their politics or party, should fear. >> reporter: the texas law bans abortion after about six weeks, before most women even know they're pregnant. today, the attorney general zeroed in on that highly unusual way the ban is enforced. the law empowers private citizens to bring their own lawsuits against anyone who "aids and abets" a woman seeking an abortion. everyone from the uber driver who takes her to the clinic to the doctor who performs the procedure. already, texas right to life is looking to recruit members of the public. >> if you hold evidence of an abortion occurring after the baby's heartbeat is detectible, you can anonymously report that. >> reporter: any private citizen who files a lawsuit and wins it can collect at least $10,000. >> the statute deputizes all
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private citizens without any showing of personal connection or injury to serve as bounty hunters. >> reporter: the justice department lawsuit charges the texas law denies women their constitutional right to choose abortion. abortions in the state have ground to a halt. providers intimidated by the threat of ruinous lawsuits. but now, the governor who signed it is on the defensive, the law has no exceptions for rape or incest. >> texas will work tirelessly to make sure that we eliminate all rapists from the streets of texas by aggressively going out and arresting them and prosecuting them and getting them off the streets. so, goal number one in the state of texas is to eliminate rape, so that no woman, no person will be a victim of rape. >> reporter: today, governor abbott responding to the federal lawsuit, saying, "the most precious freedom is life itself." and he's confident the courts will be on his side. >> and terry moran with us tonight. terry, the justice department, i know, is seeking an injunction to try to halt this law for now?
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>> reporter: that's right, david. and it is possible that within a week or two, a lower federal court could issue an injunction that would block the law, but texas would appeal that probably all the kwa to the supreme court and there's no kwarn tee there. so, even with clear constitution rights at stake, this process has a ways to go. david? >> the legal fight we knew would come. terry, thank you. overseas tonight and to americans in afghanistan. tonight, the first charter out of kabul, u.s. citizens and permanent residents among the passengers on that flight. the images of that first international flight to take off since the u.s. military withdrawal. but there are several other planes the taliban has not allowed to leave. here's our chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: it was the first international flight from kabul airport since u.s. forces left afghanistan in chaos nearly two weeks ago. the qatar airways 777 manifested some 200 passengers, more than 30 american citizens and
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permanent residents invited to leave on the flight. but it's unclear how many of them were onboard. landing hours later in doha, the passengers, some from britain, germany and canada, disembarking before setting off to their next destination. the white house saying the taliban had been "cooperative," "businesslike" and "professional" in facilitating the departure. still hundreds, if not thousands, are still trying to leave afghanistan, including expired green card holder michael, who says he cannot get in touch with the state department. >> i tried to tell the state department that i will renew my green card, because it's still active and they are not responded to me yet. >> reporter: and at the airport in mazar-e-sharif in northern afghanistan, charter planes remain grounded. the taliban refusing to let 1,000 passengers leave including a small number of americans, saying not all who want to board have proper identification. even more alarming, these new
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images of badly beaten afghan journalists from a kabul newspaper who were covering the recent protests. the men say they were detained and tortured by the taliban. as for getting more people out of afghanistan, the state department will now coordinate with groups like task force pineapple, veterans groups that have managed to get countless people out of afghanistan. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff reached out to those groups and asked for their continued help. david? >> and you've been reporting on those groups for weeks now. martha raddatz tonight. martha, thank you. and from north korea tonight, images of kim jong-un making news around the world, appearing much slimmer during a celebration of his nation's 73rd anniversary. experts who had been studying what few images have been of the leader now say his weight loss is likely an effort to improve his health rather than a sign that he might be sick, but they certainly don't know for sure. back here at home tonight and to the investigation now under way after a horrific shooting in charlotte, north
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carolina. authorities say this might have been over a high school dispute. gunmen unloading at least 150 shots into a home, killing a sleeping 3-year-old boy. police say it's part of a deadly string of shootings tied to, quote, simple disputes between students. here's our senior national correspondent steve osunsami. >> reporter: police in charlotte, north carolina, tonight want parents to take a good look at this surveillance video from tuesday night. they say these are teenagers from local high schools in a gunfight in a residential neighborhood, seen firing off nearly 150 bullets shortly before midnight. and while it doesn't appear that any of the teenagers were seriously hurt, a 3-year-old who was asleep inside one on these homes was killed. his name is asiah figueroa, and police say his 5-year-old sister was also asleep in home, and was grazed by a bullet, but
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survived. the police chief is telling the suspects tonight that he will find them. >> how can you wake up this morning knowing that your actions last night took the life of a 3-year-old who never got the opportunity to grow up and play and have fun? it just makes no sense that you could have such disregard for human life and not hold yourself accountable for that. >> reporter: police say that at least six shootings since the beginning of the week have been tied to, quote, simple disputes between students at the high school s. four high schools have now been placed on what they're calling a modified lockdown. police have increased their presence at the schools. students have to remain inside their classrooms and are only allowed to move between classrooms when absolutely necessary. david? >> just an awful situation. steve, thank you. when we come back here, news tonight about one-time presidential candidate, the senator and her very personal
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all this week here, abc news reporting on 20 years since 9/11. and for two decades, diane sawyer has been reporting on the children of 9/11 and the remarkable mothers who raised them. tonight, diane and this 20-year journey that began just after the towers fell. >> reporter: 20 years ago, just after 9/11, we gathered young mothers and their new babies. and now, we brought them back
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and we have the answer to a question -- 20 years later, do those children look at the world through their father's eyes and smile their father's smile? scott larsen was a firefighter. his son was 4 years old. >> i look exactly like my father. everything from the beauty marks on my face, every single thing, i mean, like, identical. >> reporter: his son has become a firefighter at the same firehouse as his dad. >> go ahead. >> reporter: it would be 13 years after 9/11 that the larsen children would first hear that recording, the one that confirmed the full measure of their father's bravery that day. this is the sound of his voice on a fire department dispatch. >> i just got a report from the director of morgan stanley. 78 seems to have taken the brunt of this stuff. they say the stairway is clear all the way up, though. >> all right, 10-4 scott. >> reporter: carrying his heavy
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iron tools, he climbs on. >> what floor are you on? >> 48 right now. >> all right, more people are coming up behind you. >> reporter: 34 minutes later, the tower collapses. >> this is so moving. diane's powerful hour, friday night, 10:00 p.m. eastern. i'll be on right before at 9:00 p.m. on the day that changed america. diane, robin and i will be here saturday morning as we remember. good night.
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>> building a better bay area. moving forward. finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. larry: good afternoon and then give for joining us, i am larry beil. kristen: and i am kristen let's start with the leather watch. spencer christian is here with a look at the threat of lightning. spencer: let me show you what is happening, a live de prez seven. there is shower activity offshore. topical moisture moving in our direction. right now there's downpours within isolated storms and even lightning strikes. we are concerned about that because dry vegetation, that enhances the chance of a fire. satellite and radar has been showing the system pulling the tropical moisture up into our areas, the circulation around the low pressure system is moving in our direction. let's look at our chances for dry lightning. here is the risk meter. going into the evening hours,
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there is a little risk of dry-cleaning development. some light rain accompanying it around mendocino county, sacramento valley, and then during the overnight hours, the risk becomes moderate in the sacramento valley and other parts of the central valley, and parts of the northbay, even around san francisco and into the east bay hills. we will be monitoring that because it continues into the wee hours of the morning and contributes to the reason for this red flag warning for high fire danger at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon to 5:00 a.m. tomorrow for the northbay in east bay. i will have a closer look at this and the accuweather 7-day forecast a little bit later. back to larry: spencer, thank you. the countdown is on to the recall election, four days and 15 hours away. kristen: today the candidates will think to u unseat governor newsom were across the


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