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tonight, new details about new york city subway shooting suspect frank james. federal prosecutors calling the attack entirely premeditated. frank james ordered held without bail, accused of shooting ten people on a subway in brooklyn, injuring 29 in all. prosecutors saying he terrified the entire city. abc news learning authorities believe he rushed the attack, setting off smoke grenades on the train earlier than planned. prosecutors also say he had enough supplies to carry out more attacks. his attorney urging against a rush to judgment, praising him for calling crimestoppers to turn himself in. janai norman outside federal court. overseas tonight, a major blow to russian naval forces off ukraine. the russian flagship sinking in the black sea, crippled by an explosion. ukraine claims to have hit it with a missile strike, but
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russia has a different explanation. russian troops now gearing up for a major offensive in the eastern region. and president biden is asked if he will go to ukraine. ames longman in kyiv for us. back here at home, the dangerous storm threat as we come on the air. severe storms pushing into the northeast, heavy rain and damaging winds from d.c. to philadelphia to new york. ginger zee timing it out. pfizer submits new data on booster shots for children ages 5 to 11. and prepares to ask the fda for emergency authorization. the company says human trials show a 36-fold increase in protection against severe infections. health officials are now tracking two new versions of the omicron variant now making up 90% of new cases in central new york. and late today, the fda authorizing the first covid breath test. the battle over abortion rights in america. florida governor ron desantis signing the state's new law banning most abortions after 15 weeks.
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florida joining a growing number of states restricting abortion, including kentucky, oklahoma, and idaho. and elon musk launching a possible takeover of twitter, with an offer to buy the social media giant for $43 billion. how the company is responding tonight. good evening, everyone. i'm linsey davis, in for david tonight. we have a lot to get to. a major setback for russia's military in ukraine. the sinking of its flagship vessel in the black sea. and severe weather also moving into the northeast as we come on the air. but we do begin with the subway shooting here in new york. new details from the investigation tonight. did the shooter rush the attack? the suspect, frank james, was in court today, ordered held without bail. remain in federal prison in oul- brooklyn because the attack was premeditated, carefully planned
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and caused terror among the victims and the entire city. and they claim he could carry out more attacks because he had ammunition and other gun-related items in a storage unit in philadelphia. but his court-appointed defense attorney argued against a rush to judgment and said james should be credited for seeing his photo on the news and calling crime stoppers himself, telling police where they could find him. and we have learned that four of his alleged victims remain in the hospital tonight, though the most seriously injured have been released. abc's janai norman leads us off in brooklyn once again for us tonight. >> reporter: frank james appearing today before a federal judge in brooklyn, 48 hours after allegedly unleashing carnage and mayhem on a rush hour subway train. prosecutors calling the attack "entirely premeditated," and "carefully planned," saying it "caused terror among the victims and our entire city." james now represented by public defenders. >> we are all still learning about what happened on that train and we caution against a rush to judgment. what we do know is this. yesterday, mr. james saw his
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photograph on the news. he called crimestoppers to help. he told them where he was. >> reporter: yes, it was james himself who called in the tip that led to his own arrest. police nabbing him as he wandered around manhattan's east village, where bystanders already had a sense that they were looking at the most wanted man in new york city. >> i just saw him walking behind me and he was mumbling and saying [ bleep ] about the fbi. and literally, i was telling my wife, "i think that's him, walk faster." >> reporter: james taken into custody without incident. >> perp is in custody. >> is that the perp? >> confirmed. >> reporter: investigators have been piecing together clues, examining hours of video. abc news has learned they believe james may have rushed the attack, allegedly setting off smoke grenades earlier than he planned. they think he dropped to one knee to avoid the rising smoke
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and opened fire from that crouched position. they say that's why the victims were mostly shot in their hands or legs. in the chaotic aftermath, police say james slipped onto another train. this picture shows him emerging from another station. investigators were able to determine his identity from items he allegedly left at the scene -- a gun, a bright orange vest, a credit card, and the key to a u-haul rented in his name. but those things weren't discovered until after the bomb squad cleared the area. police say that gave james a head start to escape. >> the public helping out in this case. janai norman joins us now from outside federal court in brooklyn. and janai, james had not yet entered a plea. the judge, though, ordering him held without bail? >> reporter: yeah, linsey, prosecutors calling him a severe and ongoing threat to the s community, pointing to ammunition and other gun-related items found in a philadelphia storage unit, to argue that frank james had the means to carry out more attacks. he's now being held, as you said, without bail, and though he did not enter a plea, his
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attorney asking the judge to provide him with psychiatric care. linsey? >> janai, thank you. now to that breaking news, a major setback for russia and their war in ukraine. the flagship of their black sea fleet has sunk. russia says what happened was a fire onboard their warship moskva ignited ammunition. the ship sinking while being towed for repair. ukraine, however, claims the ship was destroyed by its missile strike. its loss casts a long shadow as russia gears up for that major offensive in eastern ukraine. abc's james longman reports in from kyiv tonight. >> reporter: tonight, humiliation for vladimir putin. russia saying its largest and most powerful vessel in the black sea has sunk. ukraine said it had hit the moskva with two cruise missiles. russia only admitted to a fire near its ammunition store. either way, the ship is gone. russia's ministry of defense saying the ship "lost its stability" as it was towed to port after what they say was a fire on board. adding, "the ship sank in a stormy sea." >> it has anti-ship missiles, it has anti-air missiles, and it
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has anti-missile missiles, which means this should have been able to defend itself. >> reporter: by sea and on land, ukrainian forces are preparing for russia's offensive in the east. having failed to take kyiv, russia is expected to unleash an even deeper fury on the east. today striking this factory in kramatorsk. the city, a main industrial center and entry point to eastern ukraine. its train station was hit just last week. 57 people were killed, mainly women and children trying to escape the fight. and after announcing a new $800 million military aid package for ukraine yesterday, president biden was pressed today on his administration's travel plans. >> will you send senior officials to ukraine? >> well, we're making that decision now. thank you. >> who would you send? >> are you ready to go? >> are you? >> yeah. >> reporter: now, the loss of the moskva means a big hit to russia's military capabilities, just as the u.s. steps up its help. new american support includes 1,400 stinger missiles, 5,500
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javelin rockets, and 700 switchblade drones. linsey? >> james, thank you. back here now, that severe weather is moving into the i-95 corridor as we come on tonight. damaging winds from d.c. to philly to new york. this funnel cloud in mississippi. more than 30 reported tornadoes in the last three days. significant damage across the storm zone. a woman was killed in arkansas when a tree fell on her mobile home. tonight, the east is bracing for rain and wind that could be more than 60 miles per hour. abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee is timing it out for us. hey, ginger. >> reporter: hey, linsey. the strongest of those thunderstorms just blew through here. and now the wind is kicking and we're going to see temperatures drop. newark tied a record today at through for most folks.ome - philadelphia had gusts up to 59 miles per hour at the airport. there are trees down in connecticut.
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we'll still have this line with us for the next hour to two hours, depending on how far east you are. and then we have to look west, because there have been extreme winds, high wind warnings up to 65 miles per hour. that goes through tomorrow morning right through the great lakes. and those red flag warnings that extend all the way down to new mexico, where relative humidity has been as low as 2% and they've seen those deadly fires. linsey? >> we know you'll be tracking it for us. ginger, thank you. next tonight, tesla ceo elon musk offering to buy twitter for $43 billion. the company's board says they're weighing whether that's in the best interest of shareholders. musk has accused the social media platform of limiting free speech and now says taking it private could transform the company. here's abc's kaylee hartung. >> reporter: tonight, the richest man in the world is launching a takeover of twitter. hours after elon musk announced his $43 billion offer for the social media platform, telling an audience at a ted conference that it's not about the money. >> i think it's very important for there to be an inclusive arena for free speech. >> reporter: musk, the ceo of tesla and spacex, is worth an
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estimated $265 billion. he's a prolific tweeter, with more than 80 million followers. and also one of its biggest critics. just last week, he disclosed his 9% stake in twitter, making him one of the largest shareholders, sending the stock price soaring. >> musk will have to show his ability to finance the deal to the twitter board, and that's why this is a soap opera that's going to have many twists and turns ahead. >> reporter: and if refused by the board, musk writes, "i would need to reconsider my position as a shareholder." >> if musk decided to just cut and run, i mean, the stock could go down 30%, 40%. this forces the board's hand. >> reporter: linsey, twitter's board says it will review the proposal and if they reject it, elon musk says he does have a plan b, he just won't elaborate on what that is. linsey? >> curious to see what that is. kaylee, thank you. now, to the pandemic and news on covid boosters tonight. pfizer is preparing to ask the fda for authorization for a booster dose of its vaccine for children 5 to 11 years old, and
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ahead of the holiday weekend, a reminder of how to gather safely amid the spread of new omicron subvariants. here's abc's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, pfizer says it will ask the fda to authorize a booster for 5 to 11-year-olds after data showed a strong immune response from a third shot. the smaller pediatric dose given six months after the second shot increased antibodies by 36-fold. but experts say, for now, parents should be reassured that two doses still give excellent protection against severe disease. >> it is true that giving a third dose increases neutralizing antibodies and it will do that for three months, maybe as long as six months. but then it will fade again, and children will once again be at risk for mild disease, but that's okay. the goal of this vaccine is to keep children out of the hospital, out of the intensive care unit, and to prevent them from dying. that's the goal. >> reporter: and tonight, with millions of families on the move for the holiday weekend, amid rising infections, the new
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white house covid response coordinator, dr. ashish jha, is reminding americans to take those familiar precautions. >> we know how to gather together safely now. if you're going to see somebody high risk, get a test before you do that. >> reporter: while the ba.2 subvariant fuels a fresh wave, health authorities are closely tracking two new versions of omicron now making up 90% of new cases in central new york. ba.2.12 and ba.2.12.1 could be about 25% more infectious than ba.2, and experts say they've been detected in more than 30 states and 40 countries. >> we don't know yet if it's more contagious, or if potentially has the ability to evade the immune system. either way, we know that they confer a growth advantage, which means that they're spreading rapidly in the community. >> and erielle joins us now. erielle, the fda tonight granting authorization to a new covid breath test? >> reporter: that's right, linsey. it would be used at doctor's offices and testing sites. the fda pointing out that a positive test on this breathalyzer should be confirmed
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by a pcr test and that these tests will roll out gradually. linsey? >> that weather already rolling in. erielle, thank you. next tonight, a major new setback to abortion access. florida's governor ron desantis signing into law a 15-week abortion ban with no exceptions for rape, incest, or human trafficking. it's the late nest a growing number of states enacting strict new measures ahead of a supreme court decision that could roll back abortion rights nationwide. here's abc's rachel scott. >> reporter: tonight, florida joining a wave of states restricting access to abortion. governor ron desantis today signing a new law banning most aortions past 15 weeks. >> we are here today to protect life. we are here today to defend those who can't defend themselves.
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>> reporter: the law goes into effect july 1st, and the exceptions are narrow, only made if it's "necessary to save the pregnant woman's life" or poses a "serious risk." there are no exceptions for rape or incest. across the country, several states have enacted laws blocking access to abortion. just this week alone, oklahoma enacted a law to make performing an abortion illegal, punishable by up to ten years in prison. only exception is to save the life of the mother. it's set to take effect this summer. >> the implications for people in oklahoma are devastating. >> reporter: and 24 hours later in kentucky, republican lawmakers overrode the governor's veto on a new strict law there, forcing the only two remaining clinics in the state to stop providing the procedure while the law is challenged in court. opponents say kentucky is now the first state without legal abortion access since the landmark roe versus wade decision nearly 50 years ago. >> abortion rights advocates say the consequences are dire, that these new laws will force
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patients to travel out of state for procedures. all of this will certainly be challenged in court. and this very issue comes before the supreme court this summer. linsey? >> rachel, thank you so much. next, the reaction to the police shooting of a driver in police released video of the incident. state officials promising a full investigation. the unidentified officer pulling stopping 26-year-old patrick lyoya after a problem with his license plate. lyoya eventually tried to run. they struggled over the officer's taser. the officer then shooting lyoya in the head. protesters gathered outside the police station after seeing the video, and today, lyoya's parents, refugees from congo, describing their pain and loss, calling for justice. and in virginia, a federal jury has convicted a british national, one of the so-called isis beatles, for the kidnapping and deaths of four americans a decade ago. el shafee elsheikh was captured in syria back in 2018. surviving witnesses testified to the group's brutality, including beheadings.
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>> reporter: a priceless moment between a boy and his grandpa. that's joseph italiano and his papa dave singing to him "what a wonderful world" at joseph's birthday celebration two years ago. ♪ what a wonderful world ♪ >> it's the words of the song, the connection that they have. ♪ skies of blue ♪ >> reporter: joseph was 5 at the time. he has down syndrome. his parents say his personality is magnetic. and his grandpa dave takes him everywhere. ♪ and i think to myself ♪ >> it just seemed like a perfect song for joseph. he's a treasure to our family. i've been singing it to him since he's an infant. ♪ i see friends shaking hands ♪ >> reporter: their video received just a few views when it was initially posted, but recently, when joseph's relative put it up to honor him on world down syndrome day, it went viral. now with more than 4.5 million
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>> this is an overhead look at an open market for stolen goods in san francisco. a frustrated resident talked about what he is seeing every day. >> i could technically afford it. >> elon musk offers to buy twitter and make it a private company. what he would do with it if it's it -- if successful in his bid and it is looking more like winter these days than it did during winter. sandy has the forecast. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. >> laptops just sitting on the sidewalk, counting cash. it is remarkable. >> we are getting a firsthand overhead look at a fencing operation for stolen goods. what happens after all of those car breakups we have here on abc seven. >> that is one very frustrated
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san francisco resident who brought his complaints to dan noyes and he is here with a story you will see only on seven. >> he is really frustrated week after week, month after month. he reported it to police more than seven months ago but heard nothing. >> i tweeted i was researching this story about car break-ins. broken glass is such a common sight in san francisco so our clips of criminals breaking into cars, even with people inside of them. this violent robbery of a canadian camera crew. now, for the first time, we are seeing what appears to be at the next step in the criminal enterprise. the open air market for stolen