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we'll be here every weekday at re-:00 to answer your question tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. president biden on the hill a short time ago. what he said behind closed doors. amid this showdown among democrats on the president as two key bills. one on traditional infrastructure. the other bill expanding health care, child care, education, and fighting climate change. what we have just learned tonight. what the president floated in that room. rachel scott live on the hill. also tonight, the coronavirus and the major headline this evening. what could be a new covid pill. merck saying they're trials involving a pill were so encouraging they've stopped trials early. they will ask for emergency use authorization. they say the pill cut risk of severe covid and death in half. dr. jha standing by with your
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questions answered. and just in tonight, justice society mtomayor and her decisi involving vaccine mandates for teachers in new york city schools. justice kavanaugh testing positive for covid, a breakthrough case. a shooting at a school in houston. an employee shot in the back. the alleged gunman, a former student, at shooing his way into the school. newly released body camera video tonight involving gabby petito. the part of the video not shown before. officers seeing bruises, ask if she was hit in the face. her exchange with police. the news involving the national women's soccer league postponing games after two coaches were fired amid allegations of misconduct and abusei behavior. several players coming forward. already some high profile support. the deadly midair collision. a frantic mother's harrowing 911 call after a toddler fall down an open manhole at a
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playground. seconds later, jumping down to rescue her boy herself. and what happened 50 years ago today? tonight we've gone back to find the images -- american workers billing the magic. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together. we begin tonight with two developing stories. news of the potential covid pill. dr. jha standing by. how this would work. but we begin with president biden, a short time ago on capitol hill meeting with house democrats. moderates and progressives together behind closed doors. and we have just learned tonight the president appearing to float a compromise. his domestic agenda at stake. two key bills. the $1 trillion bill for roads, bridges, broadband and jobs. the larger one that would expand
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child care, health-care, and fight climate change. the price tag on that bill making news now. sources say presidents floated a new price tag, a range he hopes moderates and progressives will embrace. the question tonight -- will it work? and what the president said when asked, will both bills pass, and when? rachel scott leading us off from the hill again tonight. >> reporter: with his domestic agenda on the line, president biden today traveling to capitol hill to try and unite his own party. mr. president, any compromise? >> permission to come aboard. >> reporter: the president meeting with house democrats for just over a half hour. >> i'm telling you, we're going to get this done. it doesn't matter when. it doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. we're going to get it done. >> sources in the meeting telling us the president floated a compromise between moderates in the senate and progressives in the house.
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a $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion price tag for a sweeping bill covering everything from early childhood education to health care to fighting climate change. progressives want $3.5 trillion, saying until there's a vote on that, they won't support the separate bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> we need a vote. we need to be real. are we going to deliver universal pre-k to this country, or not? are we going to expand health care to our seniors and improve vision and dental, or not? >> reporter: but the head of the progressive caucus hinting if speaker pelosi and president biden can reach an ironclad agreement with moderate senators joe manchin and kyrsten sinema, that might be enough. >> i want to be assured that there is no delay and that there is no misunderstandings about what we agreed to. and so if there's something else that's short of a vote that somebody can offer me that gives me those same assurances, i want to listen to that. >> reporter: but jayapal saying they're not there yet. >> are you working through the weekend or are you leaving town? >> me? i'm here, baby.
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i'm here. >> they'll be there this weekend. let's get to rachel scott. you'll be watching from washington as well. the president saying it doesn't matter if it takes six minutes, six days or six weeks but of course veterans on the hill knows the longer this drags out, the trickier this all gets. >> reporter: that's exactly right. a troubling sign for democrats. they have been working all week to close this deal and tonight still do not have to votes to get it passed. some members left the meeting frustrated. i spoke to one democrat who said victory would have been a path forward, but right now we're still searching for that. david? >> rachel scott still leading us off friday night, nd the days are counting. the other major news this friday night, the sobering milestone in this pandemic. nearly 700,000 lives lost. now the deadliest pandemic in u.s. history. with that number comes new hope for a potential new weapon. drugmaker merck announcing a new
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pill, an anti-viral treatment for people who have symptoms. so encouraged by what they were seeing they cut their trials short and will ask for emergency authorization right away. merck saying the covid pill reduces the risk of hospitalization and death by up to 50%, but authorities warn it will not be a replacement for the effectiveness seen in these vaccines. california tonight the first state that will require covid vaccinations for school children once it's fully approved by the fda. and late today, supreme court justice sonya society mai yard denying a request to block the mandate for school employees. so that deadline to be vaccinated by today remained this place. a lot of attention tonight, a lot of hope for this new covid pill. dr. jha is here, and here's abc's whit johnson here in new york. >> reporter: tonight, a potential game changer in the battle against the virus. the first antiviral medication specifically designed to treat covid-19. pharmaceutical giant merck
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announcing that trials show its new drug, molnupiravir, may cut the risk of hospitalization or death in half. >> this is a pill you can take at home and will significantly reduce the risk that you either ultimately are hospitalized or more importantly, that you would ever face the unfortunate outcome of death. >> reporter: the drug consists of 4 pills taken every 12 hours for 5 days, beginning soon after testing positive. the trial included 775 patients with mild to moderate covid who had at least one risk factor for severe disease. after 29 days, no deaths reported in patients who received the drug, compared to eight deaths in patients who got a placebo. the drug also appeared to be effective against variants of concern like the delta strain. >> take something which is such a devastating disease like covid-19 and hopefully turns it into something that's manageable. >> reporter: merck saying the results of their phase-three trial were so promising, they ended it more than a month
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early with support from the fda and plan to apply for emergency use authorization within days. >> the news of the efficacy of this particular antiviral is obviously very good news. they will be submitting their data to the fda imminently. the data are impressive. >> reporter: while other treatments like monoclonal antibodies require patients to be infused at a hospital or clinic, these pills would only need a prescription and could be taken at home. data on two more antiviral drugs from pfizer and roche are also expected in the coming months. but health officials insist they are not replacements for the vaccine. >> vaccination is our best defense against covid-19. we have the scientific tools needed to put an end to this pandemic. >> reporter: across the country, a sweeping push for vaccine mandates. california today becoming the first state in the nation to require the vaccine for all students as soon as it gets final fda approval for each age group. >> we want to end this pandemic.
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we are all exhausted by it. >> reporter: the governor pointing out that schools already require multiple vaccines for diseases like measles and mumps, saying vaccines work. [ crowd chanting "usa" ] and in new york city, despite protests and a last minute appeal to the u.s. supreme court, which was denied, time running out late today for school staff to get vaccinated or lose their jobs by monday. >> it wasn't an easy decision because, you know, i'm giving up first and foremost, how i support my family. i'm a single mom. >> reporter: still, the city saying 90% of school employees now have at least one shot. >> this mandate has worked, and the goal was to protect kids including our youngest kids who can't be vaccinated yet. >> reporter: and tonight, word of another breakthrough infection. the supreme court confirming justice brett kavanaugh has tested positive for covid-19. he's been vaccinated since january and is currently showing no symptoms.
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david, we're learning it was supreme court justice sonya sotomayor who denied the request for an emergency junction against new york city's vaccine mandate for school employees. she has the power to make that call because she oversees the second circuit, including new york. so s sotomayor did not release a statement. >> that mandate remains in place. we want to get back to the potential covid pill from merck. let's bring in dr. jha, dean of brown school of the public health. the fact that merck would stop this trial after finding the pill, they say, cut hospitalizations and deaths in half. if this science holds up on this, this could be significant. >> good evening, david. thanks for having me back. absolutely. this is enormously important. we've all been waiting for an oral pill that could reduce the severity of this illness. this might be it. we'll see what the full data
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looks like, but it's going to be an important tool in the fight against the pandemic. >> you know there are already concerns from some that people will hear about the pill coming and say, why get the vaccine if the pill will cut severity in half? >> look, the pill is important, but vaccines cut hospitalizations by more than 95%. vaccines prevent the spread of the virus. vaccines are a whole different set of preventive therapies. it's much, much better than the pill. but the pill is an important tool. vaccines are the path out of the pandemic. >> dr. jha with us on a friday night. good to see you outdoors and out of the office for a change. we appreciate it. we continue with the news this friday night, and for the second night of a row, we find ourselves reporting on a school shooting. a terrible incident at a houston high school. the staff member shot in the back. the suspect a former student, they say at shooing his way into the school. ken moton in houston. >> reporter: tonight, scenes of panic at this houston school. just before noon reports of an
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active shooter on the campus. >> there's a man with a gun in the school. >> reporter: police say the gunman, identified as a 25-year-old former student at yes prep southwest, was armed with a rifle and shot his way into the school. >> the front door, it's a glass door, it was locked. he gained entry by shooting gl through a ass door and immediately fired upon one of the employees of the school. >> reporter: that employee struck in the back, rushed to the hospital in serious condition. police in tactical gear swarming the scene. >> we've got spent shell casings inside, so we're up against a rifle. anybody coming in this building, make sure you've got your plates and helmets. >> reporter: within minutes, police confronting the gunman, who they say surrendered immediately. more than a thousand middle and high school students evacuating with their hands up. anxious parents there to meet them. >> i got her. i got her. it's a blessing. as you can see, she's shook up, too. i just want to get her home, get her safe, and just love on her.
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>> reporter: david, still no motive. no students were injured. and the one shooting victim is expected survive. students here had just gone through an active shooter drill two days ago, david. >> kenneth moton tonight, thank you. now to the gabby petito case and a footage showing part of an exchange between police and petito not shown before when she was asked if hit. here's victor oquendo. >> reporter: tonight, newly released police body camera footage revealing more about this domestic incident between brian laundrie and his girlfriend gabby petito, one of the last times they were seen together and she was seen alive. >> did you get hit in the face? >> reporter: officers in moab, utah responding to a 911 call in august. witnesses saying they saw brian hit gabby. >> did he hit you, though? >> i guess, but i hit him first. >> where did he hit you? >> he grabbed my face like this. he didn't, like, hit me in the face. like, he didn't punch me in the
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face or anything. >> reporter: police noticing bruises on her body, pressing petito. >> did he slap your face? >> he grabbed me with his nail. i definitely have a cut right here. if i touch it it burns. >> brian telling police his side of the story. the officers seen on the video discussing the incident and what to do next. >> in no way, shape, or form that i can perceive, does what happened here, a little slap fight between fiances who love each other and want to be with each other, can i perceive this is going to digress into situation where he's going to be a battered man. >> right. >> but then again, i don't have a crestal ball. >> reporter: officers deciding to separate the two for the night, putting brian in a hotel, gabby sleeping in the white van, neither pressing charges. there's now an independent investigation into how the police department handled this call. we've reached out to the city of
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moab. because of the investigation they're not commenting. >> victor, thanks again to you tonight. tonight, the women's soccer leagu in an extraordinary move, calling off weekend games after two coaches fired amid allegations of misconduct and abusive behavior. here's erielle reshef tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the national women's soccer league canceling all games for the weekend. two prominent professional women's soccer coaches fired amid sweeping allegations of misconduct. paul riley, head coach of the north carolina courage facing accusations of sexual harassment from several players. those allegations first surfacing in "the athletic." players sinead farelly and mana shim going on record accusing riley of making unwanted sexual advances. others accusing him of inappropriate comments about players' weight and sexual or generalation. riley denying a majority of accusations, writing i have never had sex with or made sexual advances towards these players. earlier this week, the head
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coach of the washington spirit richie burke who had been suspended by the team also fired after an investigation into allegations of verbal abuse of players. soccer stars like megan pa reno slamming the league, tweeting, burn it all down. let all their heads roll. >> this is a time of reckoning for this league, honestly, in terps of how they deal it and stand up for the players. >> reporter: the league acknowledging this has been -- for the players and staff. fifa is now investigating. david? >> erielle reshef tonight. thank you. when we come back, the deadly midair clirks a plane colliding with a helicopter. i asked for fluzone high-dose quadrivalent. it's the #1-used flu vaccine for people 65 and older. fluzone high-dose quadrivalent is the only vaccine approved
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got to be east of the mississippi. looking at several locations east of the mississippi. >> places like niagara falls. >> washington d.c. >> a location in new jersey. >> we looked at st. louis. >> reporter: walt disney would pick orlando, florida. the land, 27,440 acres, twice the size of manhattan, all to build a park in record time. >> believe me, it's the most challenging and exciting assignment we've ever tackled at walt disney productions. >> reporter: walt disney would die not long after embarking on this new project. his brother roy would keep it going. >> the responsibility is now ours to carry out walt disney's imaginative plan. >> reporter: the world's biggest construction project was going full steam ahead. >> reporter: 8,000 construction workers. >> enter locomotives from the yucatan, monorails from marietta. the carousel framework was erected two inches off target.
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tear it down and start again. >> i remember the day that we set the top spire on top of the castle. that was neat. >> reporter: october 1, 1971. >> the grand opening of walt disney world starring julie andrews. ♪ there's so much that we share that it's time we're aware ♪ ♪ it's a small world after all ♪ >> reporter: in that first year, 12 million people taking part in walt's dream. >> incredible to look back. tonight a special edition of "20/20" marking 50 years of walt disney world. i'm david muir. hope to see you back here on monday. from all of us here, good night.
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>> be the first state in america to move forward, but i do not believe we will be the last state. >> california will require eligible students be vaccinated for covid-19. >> you are watching abc 7 news at 4:00. kate larsen is a member of our vaccine team. she was at the governor's event today and joins us live from the newsroom. kate: school districts in oakland and los angeles have already taken steps to require the vaccine for eligible students, but newsom's mandate puts every student in the state on the same page. gov. newsom: we want to end this pandemic. we are exhausted by it. kate: governor newsom announced
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all students, public and private, kindergarten through 12th grade, be vaccinated once approved. gov. newsom: concurrent with that, we also want to see all of our staff the school system operational, also see them get vaccinated as well. kate: newsom is directing california's department of public health to add the vaccine to the list of diseases children must be immunized against in order to attend school. there will be medical and religious exemptions. >> is definitely a step. kate:kate:kate:kate: mar school in marin, in 2013, as a seven-year-old aquatic don't get sick at school. kate: he testified in s