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pleasant right now on "america this morning," kids and covid. a new time line for when kids ages 5 to 11 will be able to get the vaccine. drama in d.c. with the clock ticking down to a government shutdown, president biden cancels travel plans today to try to save his infrastructure bill. meanwhile, the white house struggles to respond after u.s. military leaders contradict the president's statement on the afghanistan withdrawal. plus, the new tell all book on the trump white house revealing what trump once told vladimir putin and the story behind trump's mysterious visit to the hospital in 2019. a new twist in the search for brian laundrie after the murder of his fiancee gabby petito. what we're learning about laundrie's camping trip after he
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returned home without gabby. a couple who says they were in the campsite n the mine er dozens of men trapped underground. how they made it to safety. decision day for britney spears. what we're learning about today's court hearing. and artist or con artist? artwork who delivered a blank canvas and kept the cash. good wednesday morning, everyone. we begin with the race to vaccinate children against the coronavirus. >> we're learning about a new time line regarding when kids ages 5 to 11 can get the shot, and it comes after pfizer released new data to the fda. >> children now make up more than one-quarter of new cases and abc's alex presha is here with the very latest. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, mona.
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we have that major announcement from pfizer, which could pave the way for kids 5 to 11 to get the vaccine by thanksgiving. this morning, the big news from pfizer saying its vaccine is safe and effective in children 5 to 11 and has submitted supporting data to the fda for review. one federal official telling abc news those shots could begin rolling out before thanksgiving. a few weeks later than they hped. pediatric health car anxious for the additional protection for kids. >> this year it seems like they're so much sicker and can't breathe. i'm worried and anxious for them. >> some good news. since the beginning of the month, hospitalizations for covid have dropped by more than 20%. the forecasting hub predicting hospitalizations will continue to fall into october. >> right now it looks like we're turning the corner a bit. >> reporter: but the death toll still devastating. more than 27,000 deaths in a roughly two-week span. across the country new vaccination lines for pfizer boosters. more than 400,000
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have rolled up their sleeves since the weekend. >> if you know you can do something to help you stay well, then why not do it. >> reporter: the white house still focusing on the 70 million unvaccinated americans. >> those who are unvaccinated remain the most vulnerable to infection, severe disease, hospitalization. >> reporter: in new york vaccinations for state health 9% ahead of the state's deadline to get vaccinated but in kansas city, missouri, 39 employees resigned from a health system instead of complying with the mandate there and a day after nba star kyrie irving missed a team event after reports he was unvaccinated his former teammate lebron james explaining why he got the shot. >> after doing my research and things of that nature, i felt it was best suited for me and my family and friends. >> reporter: dr. anthony fauci gave a loose time line for when the fda would have enough data to look at mixing and matching vaccines. had they'll have data for all three vaccines, pfizer, moderna and
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johnson & johnson, by mid-october. mona. >> alex, thank you. more high stakes meetings are planned in washington as lawmakers race to avoid a government shutdown tomorrow night. sources say top splat democrats and republicans are working to fast track a bill to keep the government from running out of money and president biden is scrambling to keep his domestic agenda from collapsing. he canceled travel plans today to continue negotiations for his $3.5 trillion social safety net package. meanwhile, the treasury secretary says the government will be unable to pay its bills unless congress raises the debt ceiling by mid-october. democrats are now working on a stand-alone bill to address the issue. the other big story this morning is the fallout from the top military generals testifying on capitol hill. they contradicted what president biden has said about the withdrawal from afghanistan. this morning, america's top military leaders are contradicting president biden's statements on the withdrawal from afghanistan. >> good morning. >> reporter: on tuesday, the three most senior officials of the defense department testified
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they did not support pulling all u.s. troops out of the country telling lawmakers they advised both biden and former president trump to keep at least 2,500 troops in afghanistan. >> my view is that 2,500 was an appropriate number to remain and that if we went below that number, in fact, we probably would witness a chanollapse of afghan government. >> reporter: but last month president biden told abc's george stephanopoulos that no one advised him to keep 2,500 troops in the country. >> no, no one said that to me that i can recall. >> reporter: the white house responding by claiming the president's military advisers were split on the decision. >> secretary austin specifically said, if you stayed there at a force posture of 2,500, certainly you'd be in a fight with the taliban and you'd have to reinforce, so what should everybody take from that? there was a range of viewpoints. >> reporter: the hearing also turning contentious. they pressed mark milley on why he did not resign after the chaotic evacuation in kabul which left 13 u.s. service members dead. >> it would be an incredible
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act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to resign because my advice is not taken. outcomes in a war, an outcome in a war like this, the enemy is in charge in kabul. there's no way else to describe that. that outcome is a cumulative effect of 20 years, not 20 days. >> reporter: milley also facing tough questions after a book revealed he spoke to a top general in china in the final months of trump's presidency to reassure the chinese that the u.s. would not launch a surprise attack after intelligence indicated china was worried. >> i know, i am certain that president trump did not intend to attack the chinese. and it is my directed responsibility and it was my directed responsibility by the secretary to convey that intent to the chinese. >> general milley also warned that al qaeda could rebuild its network inside afghanistan in the next 12 months.
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nearly 40 miners trapped underground for two days in ontario, canada, are now safe. a piece of equipment fell into the mine's elevator shaft blocking their exit but they managed to climb about 4,000 feet to the surface using ladders. some climbed for up to eight hours to get out. >> a parking blake apparently played a role in this deadly accident in connecticut. the twin engine jet went down in farmington, killing four people. they say the parking brake was still engaged so it wasn't going fast enough to climb into the air. we turn now to the gabby petito case. the 22-year-old found dead in wyoming after a road trip with her boyfriend. he remains missing and now we're learning what he did just after returning home. gabby petito's parents speaking to the media tuesday for the first time since her body was found in wyoming. >> she's with us. she's with us. >> she's with us. >> reporter: they unveiled matching tattoos designed and inspired by gabby
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reading, let it be, and vowed to help families of other missing. >> we're asking you to turn yourself in to the fbi or the nearest law enforcement agency. >> reporter: the fbi now leading the search for laundrie. his parents' attorney releasing a statement saying they don't know where brian is and that speculation they helped him hide is just wrong. this as new details emerge about lundrie's activity in the days after petito's death. ♪ the bounty hunter." >> reporter: reality tv star duane chapman better known as dog the hunter has joined the search. he says he got a tip that laundrie and his parents camped out in florida twice in early september just days after laundrie returned home without petito. >> they were registered, went through the gate. they're on camera. allegedly what we're hearing
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is two people left on the 8th, three people came in on the 6th. i think he's been here for sure. >> reporter: laundrie's attorney confirms the family did stay at the park 75 miles from their home and he says they all left the park, although he did not say if they all went home together, and now a ft. myers couple says they camped at the site right next to the laundries even providing this selfie, which possibly shows brian walking in the background. >> they kept to themselves. they were there, and then they weren't. >> reporter: it's the not first time laundrie has visited the park. this picture on petito's instagram account posted in february shows the couple at a fort inside the park. his hands clutching those bars. now, laundrie is not a suspect in petito's disappearance but he is wanted for using someone else's debit card in wyoming. time now for a look at your wednesday weather. >> it is feeling a lot more like fall in the northeast this morning. a storm system that brought
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heavy rain and hail to southern massachusetts has moved out to sea leaving behind cooler temperatures. on the radar today's most severe weather will be in the plains and along the western gulf coast. heavy rain could cause flooding. checking today's high temperatures, sweater weather in the northeast with highs only in the 60s. mid-80s across the plains and 88 degrees in phoenix. coming up, new revelations about how facebook tries to hook children. but first how a rookie cop responded to this scene. the fire so hot, the driver's shoes melted to the car. and new details on why former president trump went to the hospital in 2019 and why he didn't want to tell anyone.
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back, now, with a rescue in california. that's san jose police officer pedro garcia, pulling a man from a burning car. he got him out just before the entire car went up in flames. the man's shoes had melted to the car. garcia says he was in the right place at the right time. and his training kicked in. internal documents from facebook showed the company targeting children, between kids between 10 and 12, as valuable untapped audience. "the wall street journal" reports that facebook formed a team to find ways to monetize children and play dates. the company delayed plans to launch an instagram kids app, about the concern that instagram is having on teens' mental health. a new book by former president trump's press secretary is shedding light on key moments behind the scenes at the white house. the details include why trump went to the hospital in 2019. and what he once said to vladimir putin.
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stephanie grisham is best known as president trump's press secretary that never held a press briefing. now, she is breaking a silence in her new book, "i'll take you" "the new york times" and "washington post," obtaining copies, where grisham recalls a conversation between trump and vladimir putin in 2019. she says trump told putin, quote, okay, i'm going to act a little tougher with you for a few minutes. but it's all for the cameras. after they leave, we'll talk. you understand? >> what about the ukrainian -- >> don't meddle in ukraine. >> reporter: once the press left, grisham explains that putin brought in a translator that was attractive to distract trump. and trump became obsessed with a young female press aide, invi inviting her into his cabin. the book sheds light on trump's mysterious trip to walter reed medical center in 2019.
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back now with lava from the erupting volcano in the canary islands now reaching the atlantic. residents were ordered inside because the mixture of laver an ocean water can form toxic vapors. it also moved across a highway. 600 buildings have been destroyed. today is decision day for britney spears. her legal fight to end -- to regain control of her life comes down to a hearing today and new details about what her father is now claiming. here's abc's megan tevrizian. >> reporter: a pivotal day today in britney spears' legal fight. a judge will hear a petition to remove her father, jamie spears, as conservator of her estate and could decide whether the pop star will gain freedom over her life and finances. [ crowd chanting ] on the eve of the high stakes hearing, tmz is reporting jamie spears is objecting to the person britney and her legal team have nominated to take over as temporary conservator of her estate. jamie is reportedly claiming his potential replacement,
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accountant john zabel, has lost $1 million in a fraudulent real estate investment and is not qualified to manage britney's $60 million fortune, but jamie spears has problems of his own. a recent "the new york times" documentary claimed jamie who controlled nearly every aspect of britney's life for 13 years hired a security company that bugged her room and tracked her text messages and calls. >> her phone, her own phone, her own private conversations were used so often to control her, it didn't feel like she was being treated like a human being. >> reporter: in a recent legal filing, britney's new attorney mathew rosengart said there is now overwhelming evidence for her father to be removed immediately. earlier this month jamie said he wants out. >> jamie has now come in over the top and aid, okay, you want me out, i'll do you one better let's end the whole cnservatorship. >> reporter: the free britney movement is pushing for
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>> an old mall into a vaccination site for boosters. >> positive signs about the pandemic and where the country is headed. a new model predicts what we >> could see. >>back to court for britney spears. >> are favorite topic on this show, robots. amazon is ready with its new gadget to work for you. the tasks it can do in your home. >> i don't want to prejudge but you can keep it. >> pretty bold coming into my house. this is getting off to a great start. good morning. you are watching abc seven mornings live on abc seven, hulu live and wherever you stream. >> was that your robo voice? we begin with mike. mike:


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