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the rain, and the latest covid-19 headlights. we'll be here every weekday at 3:00 tonight, several breaking stories as we come on the air. the fbi moments ago revealing the human remains found in florida are brian laundrie. the news just coming in. those remains found in a florida nature reserve more than 24 hours ago. they have now determined they are laundrie after a month-long search in the gabby petito murder case. late word coming in. we'll go live to florida. also breaking as we come on the air tonight, a cdc panel moments ago voting unanimously to recommend boosters now for all three vaccines, not just pfizer. now the moderna and johnson & johnson boosters, too. the panel also clearing the way for mixing and matching. and this question tonight -- if you got the one-shot johnson & johnson vaccine, should you consider a pfizer or moderna booster?
dr. jha standing by to answer your questions tonight. also developing late today, huse lawmakers including nine republicans voting to recommend criminal contempt charges against steve bannon for refusing to show up to answer questions about what led to the january 6th attack on the capitol. and the audio, what bannon told his listeners just one day before the attack. jon karl standing by. also at this hour, the news just coming in tonight on queen elizabeth, spending the night in a hospital. we'll go live to london. the americans kidnapped in haiti, held for days now. and tonight, the chilling threat from the gang leader. the video on social media. the demands. and why authorities are studying this video message. authorities late today in california on three members of . their dog dying, too, and now we learn how they died. the findings revealed. the storms in the west. several days of heavy rain, strong winds and snow on tap. and then noaa out tonight with
the new outlook for winter across this country. and spirit day, america strong. good evening and it's great to have you with us here on a thursday night and we are following several developing stories as we come on the air tonight. the cdc a short time ago on boosters. there is news tonight on queen elizabeth spending the night in the hospital. but we do begin this evening with news just coming in moments ago from the fbi. they now say the human remains found in a florida nature reserve are those of brian laundrie. that confirmation tonight from the fbi after this month-long search now for brian laundrie. much of it centered on the diffswerinn florida. all of it, of course in the case of gabby petito. a little more than 24 hours ago, the discovery of laundrie's backpack and notebook and what were believed to be human
remains. it was laundrie's parents who led authorities along the trail where his remains were found and their attorney tonight clarifying the timeline of this discovery. and tonight, the petito and laundrie families both reacting to this news from the fbi. abc's trevor ault leading us off from florida tonight. >> reporter: tonight, authorities confirming the remains discovered in florida's carlton nature reserve are those of brian laundrie. those remains are skeletal and the fbi making the confirmation using a comparison of dental records. the grim discovery made off a nature trail alongside laundrie's backpack and notebook, found a month after hisdy peerns in an area previously under water. >> these are very, very difficult conditions. these areas are huge and they're covered by water. >> reporter: the announcement marks the end of a nationwide manhunt for laundrie, still the only named person of interest in
petito's murder after he returned home from theircotr tr and nowin tion t ftisen leuthoriyes where the remains we found. >> this is an area that we initially noti clarifying the timeline, telling cnn any suggestion the laundries planted those personal items is "hogwash." saying wednesday chris laundrie found a pag belonging to brian off one side of the trail but law enforcement located brian's backpack and then the remains. >> at that point, the laundries were notified that there was also remains near the backpack and they were asked to leave the preserve. >> reporter: now, about autopsy will determine brian laundrie's cause of death and david, his parents' attorney says the family is asking for privacy and the attorney for gabby petito's family says they are not giving any statements or interviews right now.
david? >> trevor ault, thank you. now to the other major news just before we came on tonight. the cdc on booster shots, clearing another major hurdle at this hour. late today, an independent cdc advisory panel voting unanimously to recommend boosters from moderna and johnson & johnson now. boosters for all three vaccines now in this country. and the panel also paving the way to allow mixing and matching when getting your booster. tonight, only one step left, cdc director dr. rochelle walensky must sign off. every indication that she will and quickly. and that means millions of americans could be getting their boosters by this weekend. dr. ashish jha standing by to answer your questions in a moment. we'll ask him about mixing and matching. but first, whit johnson here and what this key cdc panel just decided. >> reporter: tonight, those long awaited recommendations for moderna and johnson & johnson booster shots, along with guidance for americans considering mixing and matching boosters. >> vote number one passes with
15 yes, ses and 0 nos. >> reporter: a cdc panel voting unanimously to recommend that people who got moderna get a booster shot at least 6 months after vaccination. for people over 65 and any adult whose health or work puts them at higher risk. and for the 15 million johnson & johnson recipients, a second dose recommended at least two months after vaccination, for anyone over 18. the panel also allowing americans to have flexibility to choose a different vaccine brand for a booster. >> well, i think we've gotten more clarity because it's leveling the playing field across all three vaccines. now there's an openness to boosting no matter what vaccine you got, but there's still some confusion. >> reporter: so many have been looking for guidance on booster shots. >> i would like to talk to my doctor, just to get -- just to be informed. >> reporter: the recommendations raising questions for people who got the johnson & johnson shot, after a limited study suggested they might benefit more from an mrna booster, meaning pfizer or moderna. for those given an extra j&j
shot, antibodies rose four fold. but a booster with pfizer sent those antibodies up 35 fold. and with a moderna boost, they jumped 76 fold. still, no evidence yet that mixing leads to greater long term protection. in chicago, nathan bean got the j&j one shot and experienced a breakthrough infection four months later. >> night two of coronavirus. >> reporter: after talking with his doctors nathan's planning on getting a moderna booster, saying he wants to take every precaution before seeing his mother, who is immunocompromised. >> i was excited to be able to get this moderna shot. we're going to be able to celebrate christmas and just celebrate being with each other for the first time in 2 1/2 years. >> everybody looking forward to that the holidays, but conducting the holidays safely again this year. whit johnson with us now and whit, with a sign-off from the cdc director, which we do expect shortly, how soon could we see this next round of booster shots actually start to unroll?
>> reporter: david, some people will be able to go out and get these booster shots as early as tomorrow at pharmacies, vaccination sites or doctor's offices across the country. the white house insists there is enough supply in the pipeline for all eligible adults to be able to go out and get a booster shot when they need them. david? >> all right, whit johnson on the breaking news from the cdc. whit, thank you. we know many of you at home have questions tonight. so, let's bring in dr. ashish jha, dean of the brown university school of public health, back with us tonight. dr. jha, always great to have you with us. two kwey questions here tonight. you've been saying this, that this vaccines are working. the efficacy holding up pretty well, but what does the data show already? how much more protection do you get from these boosters? >> good evening, david, yes, thanks for having me back. the boosters are really helpful. the vaccines are working well in preventing severe infections, we are seeing breakthroughs and we see very clear evidence now that boosters make an enormous difference in reducing those
infections. >> i wanted to ask you about this small study we've been reporting on here this weekend envalving the johnson & johnson one-hot vaccine. this particular study shows that mixing and matching with an mrna vaccine, pfizer or moderna, one of their boosters, and that the study saw significant results. do you suggest considering this? >> yeah, so, what we know about mixing and matching is the following. first of all, it's very safe to do. whatever vaccine you got first, you can get a different booster and it's going to work fine. i don't think we have long-term followup that says one is better than the other. so, as far as i'm concerned, if you want to mix and match, that's fine. if you want to stick with the original, that's fine, as well. >> dr. jha helping us to break through it all once again tonight. great to have you. see you soon. we continue with the news here and from capitol hill late today, the house voting to move forward, including nine republicans, voting to recommend criminal contempt charges against steve bannon for refusing to show up to answer questions about what led up to the january 6th attack of the capitol.
and tonight here, the video, the audio, what bannon told his listeners just one day before the attack. here's our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl now. >> reporter: nine republicans joined all house democrats today in voting to hold steve bannon in criminal contempt of congress, asking the justice department to prosecute one of donald trump's staunchest allies. >> steve bannon has led us down this path by refusing to cooperate in any way with our investigation. >> reporter: the january 6th committee argued that the american people have a right to know what led up to moments like this. >> ahh! help! >> reporter: the contempt resolution pointed to bannon's own words on his podcast the day before the capitol riot. >> all hell is going to break lose tomorrow. >> reporter: bannon telling his trump supporters, "this is your time in history. ". >> all i can say is, strap in. you made this happen and tomorrow it's game day. >> mr. bannon's own public statements make clear he knew what was going to happen before
it did. >> reporter: still, the vast majority of republicans stood by bannon. >> the select committee despises steve bannon's politics, so they're abusing their power to put him in jail. >> reporter: trump himself weighed in today, lying about what happened on january 6th, insisting the riot we all saw was not a riot at all, saying, quote, "the insurrection took place on november 3rd, election day. january 6th was the protest." liz cheney today directly responding. >> today, madame speaker, the former president suggested that the violence was justified. the republican members of this body have to understand, have to recognize that there's a moment that politics must stop if we want to defend and protect our institutions. a violent assault on the capitol to stop a constitutional process of counting electoral votes is that moment. >> and jon karl with us live from washington tonight. and jon, it's now up to the justice department, of course,
whether to prosecute steve bannon. of course, everyone studying every word from the attorney general today and there weren't many. >> reporter: no, and david, congress has no power itself to prosecute so it is entirely up to the justice department and the attorney general. attorney general merrick garland wouldn't say today what he is going to do, saying only the doj, quote, will apply the facts and the law and make a decision consistent with the principles of prosecution. david? day long for us.owing this all - jon, thank you. and overseas tonight and we're following a developing headline at this hour involving queen elizabeth. >> we have learned that she spent the night in the hospital. she's now back home at windsor castle, but of course, a trip to the hospital always gets attention for the 95-year-old queen. so, let's bring in james longman live in london tonight. and james, what do we know about the queen's visit to the hospital? >> reporter: yeah, david, well, the queen is back at windsor castle tonight. we don't know exactly why she went into the hospital. buckingham palace is always very tight-lipped about her health.
she went in yesterday, she came out at lunchtime today. she was last seen hosting a reception on tuesday night at windsor castle after which she was told by her doctors that she could get some rest, so, that is what she did. the palace told abc news she went into the hospital for some preliminary investigations and that she is in good spirits. i think it's really important to say that a source told abc news on tuesday that this is not covid-related. the queen is back at windsor castle, she spent today behind her desk performing some light duties. >> james, thank you. we're going to turn now to haiti and a dangerous turn today for the 16 americans and one canadian kidnapped by a violent gang there. that gang now threatening to kill them if a $17 million ransom is not paid. and tonight, u.s. officials are now looking closely at this video, showing a man who authorities say is the gang leader, there in the blue. issuing an ultimatum. meantime, haiti is descending into chaos tonight. fires burning across the
capital. protesters in the streets. it appears police are losing control in many places. and this evening, the letter from the families of the hostages. marcus moore from haiti again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, wilson joseph, the gang leader authorities believe is holding those 17 missionaries hostage, sending a chilling message. if he doesnt get what he wants, he will put a bullet in the heads of the americans. authorities investigating the video circulating online that shows him standing by coffins he says hold five members of his gang who were recently killed. and threatening the prime minister and the chief of police saying, "i will make you guys cry blood." authorities believe his 400 mawozo gang is holding 16 americans and a canadian hostage. among them, five children, including an 8-month-old. the fbi is negotiating with the gang, who are demanding a million dollars ransom per person. >> these families are from communities in wisconsin, ohio, michigan, tennessee,
pennsylvania, oregon and ontario, canada. >> reporter: today, a spocksperson from the ohio-based christian aid ministries group read a statement from the families and asked for a day of prayer for them. >> we thank him, that he is god, and ask him to hear our prayers and bring our families home. >> reporter: meanwhile, on the streets of port-au-prince today, demonstrators burned tires and blocked roads. part of ongoing unrest over the dire economic situation gripping the country and neverending violence on the streets. late today, the chief of police stepped down. the demonstrators demanding the prime minister do the same. david, all day today, we have seen plumes of smoke rising into the air. the situation here so volatile, the u.s. embassy sent out a new alert to americans in the country, telling them to avoid all unnecessary travel. david? >> marcus and our team on the ground there. please stay safe. thank you. and in washington at this hour, president biden hoping that democrats will come together and make concessions on his domestic agenda, on the
second human infrastructure bill. and now tonight, arizona senator kyrsten sinema holding on out how to pay for it. she's apparently not onboard for taxes on the wealthy and corporations. and what senator joe manchin is saying about being a democrat versus an independent. rachel scott on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, president biden urging democrats to put their differences aside and make a deal. >> we can afford to do this. we can't afford not to do it. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi aknowledging the president told progressives to make concessions. telling them the $300 monthly child tax credit may only be extended for one year. would a one-year extension be sufficient or acceptable to you? >> that's what the president has agreed to. let me just say, i want permanent child tax credit. i've wanted it for years. >> reporter: democrats hoped to pay for the roughly $2 trillion package by increasing taxes on the wealthy and big corporations. but one key holdout, senator kyrsten sinema, is not on board with that. another moderate, joe manchin,
is resisting his party's efforts to combat climate change. >> is there a chance that you guys come to an agreement by the end of the week on a framework. >> i don't see that happening. >> reporter: today, he said he told his colleagues he would be willing to become an independent. >> i said, me being a moderate centrist democrat, if that causes you a problem, let me know. i'd switch to an independent but i'd still be caucusing with democrats. senator manchin with so much power in these negotiations. he left the capitol earlier today with brs brs, but behind closed doors, it has been tense. i'm told during one meeting, manchin even said to sanders he would be comfortable with doing nothing at all. david? >> yeah, show of unity in front of the cameras but contention and intrigue behind the cameras. rachel, thank you. and as all of this is debated in washington, there is a major infrastructure problem in benton, michigan. a system-wide loss of water pressure there. benton hair bonn had already been on notice because of high
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announcer: building a better bay area. moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kristen: two days in a row of rain. you can see rain and a lot of clouds across the bayea bca avaible toabt down in pleasant kristen: this 45'3" came crashing down on saturday street in san francisco, taking down some power lines with it. good afternoon, i am kristen sze. dan: and i am dan ashley, thank you for joining us. we have a live look for you from the north bay and the east bay. we have team coverage for you. abc 7's cornell barnard is in the north bay. kristen:. kristen: but let's begin with spencer christian and the forecast. spencer: right now you can see and doppler seven, scattered showers across the north bay right now and a few offshore as well. there are a few wet spots not
much in the we have significant rain at this moment. however, there is more on the way and tomorrow ranks number one on the storm impact scale. light intensity. but we expect showers and moderate rain with a few pockets of heavier rain overnight. starting at 6:00 p.m., notice in the north bay, a few scattered showers. then another wave of scattered heavier rain develops around midnight. there is probably going to be a very wet and messy morning that wave of rain will taper off by midday tomorrow leaving behind anywhere from a quarter inch up to about an inch of additional rainfall on top of what we have had already. in their weekend storm, you can see another stronger system sunday into monday that will produce steadier, heavier rainfall, perhaps localized flooding, maybe even some mudslides in the