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3:00 on air and on livestream, answering your questions. "world news tonight" with david muir is coming up next. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the biden administration rushing to solve the nationwide baby formula crisis. also, the urgent manhunt for a killer. a community warned tonight. and new signs of putin's challenges. what happened to the russians while trying to cross a key river in ukraine. first tonight, the baby formula supply crisis. the fda reporting the supply of formula is stabilizing, but many families are asking why, then, the empty shelves. reports more than 40% of formula out of stock. what several major companies are now saying. mary bruce live at the white house tonight. >> that massive manhunt under way for a dangerous. the inmate allegedly slipping his restraints, breaking through the metal cage that protects the
driver, stabbing the prison driver. the war in ukraine. reports of new russian losses tonight, pushed back while trying to cross that river in the east. images tonight showing russian pontoon bridges and more than 20 tanks and armored vehicles destroyed. ian pannell in ukraine. the pandemic tonight -- the number of new covid cases tripling in six weeks. 145,000 new infections in just the last 24 hours. additional counties in the northeast now at high risk tonight. what the biden administration is now warning about not being prepared for what could be coming. the severe storm threat as we come on tonight -- damaging winds and hail across several states. then the record heat from texas to the northeast. rob marciano tracking it all. is elon musk considering pulli pulling out of his deal to buy twitter? his message that made immediate news. the surprise appearance by the queen amid concerns about
her health. paying tribute to a beloved actor. and so many of you responded. you can likely guess our persons of the week. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together, and we begin with the anxiety felt by young parent, mothers across the country amid the nationwide shortage of baby formula. the white house taking steps to speed up supply, congress demanding answers and parents across the country going from store to store trying to find formula. the problem linked to supply chain issues and a massive recall by abbott after four babies became sick with a rare bacterial infection. two of them died. parents finding empty shelves, price hikes and limits on how much they can by. some 40% of brands are out of sock them abbott plant in michigan has been shut down
since february after that voluntary recall. tonight they're awaiting approval to start up again, and once that green light is given, it's another two weeks before they're up and runningen and parents already scrambling tonight, asking, how long will this last? mary bruce leading us off tonight. >> reporter: tonight fda insists the nation's stock of baby formula is "stabilizing." but around the country, anxious parents are staring at empty shelves, as one of the nation's top manufacturers warns shortages could last throughout the year. moms like jennifer kearsey of cheshire, connecticut, frustrated and confused. >> all of a sudden, we go to buy formula, everything is gone. >> reporter: at the white house today, president biden tried to offer reassurances. >> there's nothing more urgent we're working on than that right now, and i think we're going to be making some significant progress. >> reporter: roughly 40% of formula brands are now out of stock. retailers like cvs and walgreens limiting how much you can buy. in nashville, daria gratton is
struggling to find specialized formula for her daughter daisy lynn, who has a milk allergy. >> i have family in other states looking for me. i currently have a month of inventory in my house but after that, i don't know what we're going to do. >> reporter: valerie farnsworth of fresno says the search is exhausting and expensive. >> not only can we not find it, but when we do find it, there's always a 20% markup on it. >> reporter: this crisis has been building for months. the cause, pandemic-related supply issues and a massive recall of abbott brand formula after it was linked to the death of two infants. abbott now says they could restart production in two weeks once the fda gives them the go-ahead and get formula back on shelves in another six to eight weeks. but we're told the fda is still investigating safety conditions at abbott's facility. fily gornnt assistance more flexibility to purchase any
brands available, taking steps to import more formula, and cracking down on price gouging. across the country, parents now leaning on each other. alleyah gaines connected with another mom on facebook, nadette branche, who was happy to help. >> when i was pregnant, people had given me boxes with formula in them. but i produce enough milk for my baby and i didn't have any use for it. >> i quickly commented and i was like, you know, "can i please get this formula?" and she was like, "yes, of course." i just was so ecstatic. >> never surprising, mothers helping other mothers. mary bruce with us live from the white house tonight. mary, president biden, we know, talked with two of the biggest manufacturers of baby formula in the last two hours. we know they're ramping up production, but bottom line tonight, do we have any clearer sense on when we can expect the see more formula on shelves? >> that is the big question right now. we're told the companies ramped
up production significantly by 50% and 30%, but when we pressed the white house on when these short annals will end, how long this is going to last, they simply can't say. as hard as it is for parents to hear, there's no firm answer on when this crisis is going to end. david? >> mary bruce tonight leangu, m. the prisoner somehow slipping out of his restraints and the c the driver before he got away. checkpoints have been set up tonight. >> reporter: tonight, residents being told to stay indoors and lock their doors and vehicles, as more than 300 officers from multiple agencies across texas search for convicted murderer gonzalo artemio lopez. >> he killed a man in 2005 with a pickaxe.
lopez was with 15 other prisoners in this white bus being taken to a medical appointment in huntsville, texas, on thursday, when authorities say he somehow got free from his restraints and got through the wire cage protecting the driver. >> when he got through that opening that he cut open, that's when he started struggling with up ing i t checkps. scol >> this engage him. >> reporter: no word on whether there were any security cameras on the bus. but there's a $15,000 are hoping he'll get desperate
and easier to find. david? >> thank you. to the war in ukraine tonight, and new evidence of major russian setbacks for vladimir putin. u.s. defense secretary lloyd austin also speaking today with his russian counterpart for the first time since before the invasion. what secretary austin said, and those images tonight -- the uk confirming ukrainian forces did block russia from an attempted crossing at a key river in ukraine in the donbas, destroying opinion toon bridges being used by the russians to cross. several military vehicles destroys as well. ian pannell from inside ukraine again tonight. >> reporter: tonight, vladimir putin's war in ukraine brain'mi sw we oo tlyesoy.tempt the charred remains of more than 20 tanks and armored vehicles nearby. and here in the northeast of the country, putin's invasion is
going backwards. a stiff ukrainian counteroffensive forcing russian troops to retreat back towards their own border. we were taken to a secret location inside kharkiv that speaks to how badly putin's war is really going. a refrigerated train carriage with the terrible truth the pele this is hoe of horrors. there are 41 russian soldiers. their bodies here wrapped in this thick black plastic. they're being kept inside this refrigerated train, but i have to tell you, the air is thick with the stench of decomposition. we were shown the bodies and able to verify they were wearing russian uniforms. although some soldiers are returned to their families, ukraine's security services accuse the russian military of listing soldiers that have been killed as missing. you seem to be suggesting that they don't want the bodies because they don't want the truth to be shown. leto collects the bodies.
he says, "as far as i know the russians don't tell their people about the real losses here." there have been more than 30,000 messages and calls to the ukrainians from russian families trying to find their missing sons. these soldiers are waiting to be claimed. so far, no one's come forward. it is a sad indictment of a war putin's men are struggling to win. iaof a russian sdier, sia's acsed of killiyeaning underway kyiv today. well, david, the u.s. defense secretary speaking with his russian counterpart. this is for the first time since the war broke out, lloyd austin urging an immediate cease tire, and importantly to try to keep those line of communication open. david? >> ian pannell with us all week long, ian, thank you. back here of the home to the pandemic. more than 145,000 new infections in just the past 24 hours, and take a look at this tonight -- the community level spread map. a growing number of counties in
the northeast, now moving back into the high risk level. here's abc's whit johnson tonight. >> reporter: tonight, new covid cases in the u.s. tripling over the last six weeks. the country reporting more than 145,000 new infections in just 24 hours, the highest daily total since mid-february. with that growing number of counties in the northeast now at high risk. >> this pandemic is not over, and if we bring down our guard and not do the things we need to do, we can get ourselves into the same trouble we were several months ago. >> reporter: the white house warning without more funding from congress, americans won't have access to the next generation of vaccines needed to fight newer variants. >> we're going to run out of treatments. we're going to run out of testing. so whatever infections we see this fall and winter, we're going to have to deal with that with none of these traditional tools with us. it's going to be a mess. >> reporter: health experts point to the risk of waning immunity, especially among people who haven't been boosted
and who are more than a year out from their initial vaccine doses. it comes as a growing proportion of covid deaths are from breakthrough infections. >> there are vaccinated people who get infected, some of whom go on to severe disease and death. those are very heavily weighted towards the elderly and those with underlying conditions. >> reporter: but health experts insist vaccines dramatically reduce the risk of hospitalization and death, and while they're urging americans to get their booster shots, half of those who are eligible, about 92 million people, still haven't gotten their first booster dose. david? >> whit johnson, we'll see you here this weekend. thank you. back here now to the severe weather threat, damaging wind and hail across several states from wisconsin to oklahoma, and record heat from texas to the northeast, to maine in fact. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all tonight. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. 90 degrees in caribou, maine. back-to-back 90s in green bay,
wisconsin. severe weather tonight, threat from wisconsin tolama. lows behind there. another day of heat tomorrow. we'll get to 80s, mid 90s in dallas, and that front will bump up against that heat all the way into the northeast. as we wrap the weekend, we'll see a severe weather threat from little rock to cleveland, ohio. david? >> rob marciano, thank you. in jerusalem tonight, a dangerous scene at the start of the funeral procession for an american journalist shot and killed covering an israeli raid in the west bank. mourners determined to carry her casket to the funeral service, beaten back by police. here as maggie rulli now. >> reporter: tonight, the proce american-palestinian journalist shireen abu akleh turning violent in east jerusalem. israeli police, seen here attacking, kicking, beating mourners with batons, setting off flash bangs. officers in riot gear pushing back the crowds waving
palestinian flags, even striking the pallbearers, causing them to almost drop the casket carrying abu akleh's body. this all happening outside of a hospital as thousands of mourners tried to move abu akleh, who was a christian, to a nearby church. in a statement, israeli police blaming outlaws for inciting the violent riots and throwing stones and objects at the policemen. tonight tony blinken saying -- abu akleh, one of the most widely-respected journalists known throughout the middle east, shot in the head earlier this week while covering israeli raids in jenin for al jazeera. disturbing video shows her lying on the ground in her press vest as a colleague calls for help. al jazeera accusing israeli forces for her murder. witnesses claim there were no clashes or militants in the area where abu akleh was killed. david, the israeli military says
its initial investigation shows that it's not possible to unequivocally determine which side killed abu akleh. palestinian authorities say they want an international committee to investigate. david? >> maggie rulli tonight. thank you. news on the wnba star held in russia. they have extended another month. accused of smuggling vape cartridges containing hashish oil and the country. former marine paul whelan also remains held in russia, his family desperately pushing for his release, too. when we come back here tonight, the queen in public for the first time in a long time. and remembering a well known actor.
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finally tonight, so many of you sent beautiful notes on social media after meeting the children last night, the orphans of covid. 250,000 children in this country lost a parent or primary caregiver from covid. their bravery, their strength, our persons of the week. >> reporter: so many of you were moved by the stories of the children. eryday, 5:30 in the morning, at practice in honor of his dad, alan. >> our father. >> who art in heaven. >> reporter: 9 months after losing his father, telling us what he does before every game. you two to the sideline? >> yeah, right over there. >> reporter: and what do you do? >> well, i say a little prayer, and i talk to my dad just like i would before every game. he'd give me -- he would give me a phone call, so i just act like i'm on the same phone call,
and i just hear him talking back with me. and i know that he's watching me, so i know that i can play the game without any worries. >> reporter: you still hear his voice? >> yeah. definitely. >> reporter: we've now learned his final game is just two weeks away. he's about to become a senior too. >> rr: got history?>> yea >> i'm ready for history. it's gonna be a great day today. >> reporter: there was cornelia bell, on the choctaw reservation in mississippi. >> they were my mommy and daddy, but they died. >> reporter: the little girl who lost both parents, and her aunt mylyndie bell, now raising her niece. finishing the first grade on the honor roll. >> corenelia bell. [ applause ] >> reporter: and now, another milestone. >> they get to choose two dances, and they dance in front of the whole community. >> reporter: the first festival on the reservation since the
pandemic started. there was tre and jenny burrows, raising their two younger sisters after losing their mother. jenny telling me she always wearing her mother's cross. >> i don't feel right not wearing it. i've worn it every day since i got it from the hospital, so -- >> reporter: she was wearing that when she went to the hospital? >> yeah. yeah. this is the first thing that they handed to me. ever since then, i've had it. >> reporter: you saw we found tre after his emt test. so, how'd it go? >> i passed the first one. >> passed the first one? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: feeling good? >> yeah, i'm confident. reporte. e smile yst s ime. wearing his cap and gown. walking across the stage at palm beach state college. now on his way to becoming a frefighter. and in lyndhrst, new jersey, kylie and colton koehne, who lost their father.
colton starting hockey to honor his father. how are the pregame nerves? >> a little nervous. >> reporter: a little nervous? all right. tonight, colton telling his team has made it to the playoffs and he scored his first goal. >> one, two, three -- >> bears! >> reporter: and kylie, who that speech in honor of all the children who lost a parent. >> good afternoon, everyone. my name is kylie koehne. >> reporter: she has now heard from so many other children who lost parents from covid, too, inspired by her strength. >> going back to school was and still is the most challenging thing i ever had to conquer. this year, my brother decided to join hockey. we are slowly learning to find happiness in our lives again because that is what he would have wanted for us. perhaps sharing can let other families know, let other children know that they are not alone. thank you. [ applause ] >> so moving. our documentary, the orp
a week. >> this shortage has left moms on their own searching for ways to feed their babies. >> all of us are trying to share the formula that we have. sometimes even half a can, i'll take half, you take the other half. it is really serious. i cannot rest feed at all, so if i don't have formula, my baby is not going to eat. >> for the past two months, she has been contacting strangers on social media. >> i'm having formula shipped from oklahoma, from kentucky, from sacramento. i recently looked into buying from canada. >> finding formula on the shelves is almost isible.the m'n
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