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good morning, america, for our viewers in the west. as those covid cases surge nationwide big vaccine news for parents this friday morning. breaking overnight. the cdc director signs off on booster shots for children 5 to 11. this morning, the new data from pfizer, and white house covid response coordinator dr. ashish jha joins us live. president biden touching down in south korea this morning. his first trip to asia as president with threats looming from north korea and china. why the stakes are so high. new show of support. the massive $40 billion aid package for ukraine passed in the senate. as our ian pannell goes inside a unit with foreign fighters. >> the fight is a just fight, and we want to be here to support them. >> including at least 25
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americans defending ukraine. sxwlnchts hot spring. the record-breaking heat spreading across the country and two dozen uncontained wildfires burning in the west. the critical fire danger from california to texas. sam champion tracking it all. on the brink of an energy emergency? how the government is trying to crack down on gas prices as americans brace for another possible surge for summer. abortion rights fight. oklahoma passing the strictest law in the nation. what it means for women with the supreme court possibly on the verge of overturning roe versus wade. "operation fly formula." the first shipment of baby formula from overseas gets ready to take off as one key plant gets closer to re-opening. ♪ big benny and the "top gun" jets. tom cruise's long-awaited sequel getting a royal audience. plus, we're live from london
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behind the scenes of big ben's big makeover. >> oh, my gosh. this is it. >> and houston, do we have a problem? >> let's get ready for launch. >> welcome to the bridge. >> no problem for kaylee. she isn't messing around in my home city as we "rise & shine" from a whole lot of places this morning. ♪ bennie, bennie, bennie and the jets ♪ good morning america. it's good to see high hometown of houston even though it's just on video. >> you don't want to give me a yee-haw you gave me earlier this morning. >> no, i'll pass. >> we're all over the place, we're also in london. our maggie rulli will take us behind the scenes of one of the city's landmarks, big ben. >> that's coming up. first news for parents breaking overnight. the head of the cdc signed off on a covid booster shot for
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children 5 to 11 as cases are rising nationwide. white house covid response coordinator dr. ashish jha is standing by. whit johnson starts us off at a hospital in connecticut where children are receiving their boosters right now. good morning, whit. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. we're here at hartford hospital, where these are some of the first kids in the country between 5 and 11 lining up to get those boosters today. the cdc director giving the green light saying they are safe and will help restore protection as cases rise across the country. overnight, the cdc director signing off on boosters for kids 5 to 11. at least five months after their initial shots. >> i'm pretty excited for it. >> reporter: the cdc calling for boosters as the vaccine shows waning protection against symptomatic infections across all age groups from 60% after two doses down to 20% a few months later but protection remains strong against severe disease. >> variants will continue to evolve so at this point it seems like the best thing to do to protect our children from getting the virus but also from hospitalization as well in this
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age group. >> reporter: new data from pfizer showing the booster shot increased antibodies 22-fold against omicron in 5 to 11-year-olds who had no evidence of prior covid infection. janet peacock sees the booster as an added layer of protection for her 8-year-old son. >> he's around a lot of people all the time and everybody does things differently so if i can take one step in which i feel i'm keeping him safer, then i will. >> reporter: but other parents deciding to wait. >> i would rather wait for it. i would rather see how things go. >> reporter: the debate over boosters comes amid rising covid infections nationwide. new cases now averaging just under 100,000 per day. but testing is down 78% since the omicron peak in january with more people now testing at home. hospital admissions climbing too in 39 states and territories. now, there's still a lot of concern among health officials about the more than 70% of kids 5 to 11 across the country who still haven't received their
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first vaccine doses but for those who did early on and are now eligible like these youngsters right here getting their shots today, parents can begin scheduling appointments right away. george. >> okay, whit, thanks very much. let's bring in dr. ashish jha from the white house. dr. jha, thanks for joining us again this morning. so, should parents be taking their kids in right now? >> good morning, george. thanks for having me here.pthe yes. i have a 10-year-old and plan to get him boosted probably in the next few days. >> what about the concern that so many children, fewer than 35% of children 5 to 11, haven't had their first shots? can we do both at the same time? or should we focus on the first shots? >> i think we can do both. the good news is, we have plenty of vaccines and plenty of vaccination capability and we have to remind parents is that adding vaccines is -- vaccines are a really important layer of protection for kids whether that's the first shot, second shot or third shot. >> where do we stand on things, the authorization process for
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vaccines for children under 5? >> yeah, i know a lot of parents who have kids under 5 who reallly, really want this and where we are right now is fda is reviewing the data from moderna. my expectation is that that review is going to get done in the next couple of weeks and my hope is we'll have an answer soon there after that. we're waiting for fda eva evaluation. >> how about those of us over 50 and the second booster, should that be timed in some way? should people wait until we're closer to the possibility of a fall surge? >> you know, george, we have a lot of infection out there right now. and what i am recommending to basically everybody over 50 is, given how much infection there is, given that extra layer of protection that the second booster offers, that there's no reason to wait. people should go out and get that second shot and we'll see where things are in the fall and if people need additional we'll manage it at that point, but at this point i'm recommending that people go and get it. it certainly adds protection. >> covid funding bill still stalled in congress. what are the consequences? >> oh, i mean, i think if
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congress does not step up we will have a lot of difficulties as we go ahead and we will run out of treatments for americans and we're not going to get the next generation of vaccines other countries are starting to sign up for. we will run out of testing. it's going to be a real challenge so i'm hoping congress steps up and does the right thing. >> dr. jha, thanks as always for your time and your information. cecilia. we turn now to president biden arriving in south korea early this morning on his first trip to asia since taking office. mary, we've been talking about this, the stakes couldn't be higher especially when it comes to north korea. >> reporter: yes, cecilia, this trip comes at a critical time for president biden's foreign policy. even though much of his attention has been dominated by the war in ukraine, this trip, his first to asia as president, is now a chance to reinforce key relations. president biden first thing this morning meeting with the new south korean president, touring a semiconductor factory and touting the close economic ties between our two countries but you mentioned it, top of mind
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here, is also north korea, u.s. officials saying there's a, quote, real risk that pyongyang could launch another long-range missile or even test a nuclear missile. this would be an unprecedented provocation with biden here on the ground and could come even as the north is facing a real covid crisis. officials there say that roughly 2.2 million people are now sick. the regime, though, is still resisting most outside assistance. but u.s. officials say they are prepared and ready if the north does go ahead with this test, cecilia. >> they're certainly monitoring that closely and hanging over all this, this trip, china and its influence on the region. >> reporter: yeah, cecilia, you know this. president biden came into office promising to make countering the influence of china a real top priority. that's been overshadowed somewhat and outnumbered a bit by, of course, the war in ukraine, but biden's trip here to seoul and his visit to tokyo in the coming days is a real chance to underscore these relations to deepen ties and to try and send a real clear message to china about curbing its influence. >> you'll be with the president
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over the nexwe, ank yoso much. now the latest on the war in ukraine. the senate passing that $40 billion package in new aid for the fight against russia. our senior foreign correspondent ian pannell is on the scene in ukraine. good morning, ian. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, michael. the ukrainian military say the russians are starting to pull troops out of this region having failed to take ukraine's second largest city and are instead concentrating them in the east, in the donbas, which is now the scene of some heavy bombardments. this morning, the u.s. doubling down on military aid to ukraine. the senate passing a massive $40 billion package allowing more u.s. weapons and supplies to help ukraine's war with russia. russia escalating its devastating attacks in the donbas region in the east. it's been relentlessly bombed for days. the governor of this region releasing this video. the attacks there leaving at least 12 dead and over 40 injured. president zelenskyy saying the
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region is being destroyed. [ speaking foreign language ] calling it hell there and in kyiv, the first war crimes trial of a russian soldier who admits shooting and killing a 62-year-old civilian. his widow testifying saying, i think he deserves a life sentence but i wouldn't mind if he's exchanged for our mariupol defenders and this morning, further evidence of potential war crimes. "the new york times" obtaining this security camera film and eyewitness testimony of russian soldiers executing at least eight men in the town of bucha. here outside of kharkiv, ukrainian troops pushing russian forces back. we met a group of foreign fighters helping at a secret location. in this unit alone there are at least 25 americans, many of them combat veterans of iraq and afghanistan. >> we believe that their fight is a just fight and we wanted to be here and support them. >> reporter: well, there are now hundreds of those foreign volunteers in the country, but
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it's the money and the intelligence from america and others that's really keeping ukraine in this fight. there doesn't seem to be an end in sight for this war but given what's happening in the east, it looks like it could be about to get even worse. george. >> ian pannell, thanks very much. now to record heat spreading to the northeast. critical fire danger from california to texas. sam champion is in for ginger and he's tracking it all, good morning. >> remember in the old days when the fire danger in the west was probably four months. now it seems like we talk about it almost all year long. we're going to show you some images and this is starting with a crazy one. this is a large fire, almost 30,000 acres near abilene, texas, and you can see when it causes its own wind patterns that fire is burning so hot to make its own weather. now we're going to move because there are almost more than two dozen large uncontained wildfires, this one in oklahoma, just a big spacious fire, a couple hundred acres but likely to continue. so we got critical fire danger and when we see that we've got three things going on that are a problem. first of all, let's talk about how dry it is. we've got that 4% humidity.
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while looking at that that's mostly for texas. 5% in california right now. number two, the wind gust, look at these strong winds. 33 in flagstaff, 11 miles per hour in tucson, 20 to 24 in el paso is bad, and combine it with record heat, and we have what it takes to put together this tough fire situation, so texas, we're spreading, this is almost 12 days of record heat in texas right now, so we're spreading this all the way to eastern texas and by the way, chicagoland may be out of this but this goes all the way into new york starting tomorrow with the heat, michael. >> we've been talking about and getting heat and i guess we're getting more than we can bargain for. thank you, sam. going to turn now to those record-breaking gas prices that just might even get higher. our transportation correspondent gio benitez joining us with how the government is trying to crack down on alleged price gouging as americans brace for a possible summer surge. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, michael, good morning to you. gas prices, of course, are still going up, and experts say, that's going to be the story for months to come. let's take a look at the national average right now, $4.59 a gallon, but take a look
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at where we were just a year ago, almost $3 flat at $3.04. now, as those pries rise, democratic representatives in the house passed a bill to fight oil and gas price gouging. it would allow the president to issue an emergency declaration for energy and make it illegal for gas companies to excessively hike prices. the bill now heads to the senate. and we now know that many americans say that these rising gas prices are affecting those travel plans. one survey found that as many as 70% of americans may have to change those plans, and most of them say they are only going to take one or two road trips this summer, michael. >> all right, thank you so much, gio. cecilia? we're going to turn to the battle over abortion rights. oklahoma passing a near total ban outlawing the procedure from conception and in nearly all cases. it is the most restrictive ban in the country and it comes as the supreme court could soon overturn roe v. wade. terry moran is outside the court with the latest. good morning, terry. >> reporter: good morning, cecilia.
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this is a glimpse into the future for so many american women with the supreme court seemingly poised to overturn roe versus wade, it's looking more and more like a race among the states to pass the most extreme law restricting abortion and right now oklahoma is winning. this morning, there's a new reality for women emerging in oklahoma. the state legislature has passed the country's most restrictive ban on abortion relying on private citizens to enforce it. >> once signed, abortion will be illegal in oklahoma, full stop. >> reporter: the new law bans abortions from the moment of fertilization and in nearly all cases, except to protect the life of the mother or in cases of incest and rape, but only if those crimes are reported to police. abc's rachel scott noting how often crimes of rape and incest go unreported by victims pressed the bill's author. >> well, the goal of this is to protect the unborn child, so i believe putting in the exception
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as we have it is acceptable in this situation. >> reporter: oklahoma governor kevin stitt has vowed to sign it into law which would take effect immediately. >> we want to outlaw abortion in the state of oklahoma. >> reporter: this law is enforced by empowering private citizens to sue anyone who assists in an abortion with a reward of at least $10,000 like a law passed in texas last year. abortion has been a constitutional right for nearly half a century now, but the new conservative supermajority on the supreme court could change that. according to that leaked supreme court draft opinion obtained by politico, five of the nine justices are ready to overturn roe versus wade and let states make their own abortion laws. supporters of abortion rights including vice president kamala harris warn of a new repressive era if the oklahoma law becomes the norm. >> and it represents a threat, not just to women, but to all americans. >> reporter: that supreme court decision that could overturn roe versus wade could come as early as next week but more likely at
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the end of june, and if the supreme court does go all the way and overturn roe versus wade, there are at least 26 states that have laws eady to go that would ban or severely restrict abortion. george. >> seismic impact. okay, terry, thanks very much. now to growing concern about monkeypox. one case already confirmed in massachusetts and now a possible new case in new york city. trevor ault is at bellevue hospital where they're treating that patient. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, george. the new york city department of health is conducting preliminary tests to see if this is in fact monkeypox and if it comes back positive it will be sent to the cdc for further confirmation and would make it the second confirmed case here in the u.s. you mentioned that first case was announced earlier this week in massachusetts. that was a man who recently traveled back from canada. though abc news confirmed the cdc is also monitoring six other people for possible symptoms. now we know the big question a
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lot of viewers will be asking is simply what is monkeypox? it's a viral illness that comes from the same family as smallpox typically starts out similar to the flu an can cause rashes and it usually circulates in western africa, recently more than 100 cases have been confirmed in countries it's not usually found, the uk, canada, france and italy, and then we want to point out children tend to be at higher risk and can cause complications during pregnancy. but we should stress this is a very rare illness. it can be dangerous, even occasionally deadly though most people recover from it. >> how does it compare to covid? >> well, experts will tell you they know this virus very well. this is nothing similar to what we're seeing in terms of a covid-19 pandemic. first of all, there's already treatments and a vaccine for monkeypox. the u.s. has a stockpile of vaccines should that become necessary for everyone in the country, but we're nowhere near that being necessary because monkeypox does not spread easily between people, george. >> thank goodness for that. trevor ault, thanks very much. michael. we're going to turn to sports and i'm going to handle this because i know you're the
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expert in sports, but i'm going to handle this. i got you today. give you a break. we're going to go to the nba playoffs and it was a big night for the boston celtics. they dominated the heat in miami, winning game two by 25 points. that evened up the eastern conference finals at one game apiece and a trio of celtics scored more than 20 points led by all-star jayson tatum who had 27. the series goes back to boston with the celtics holding home court advantage. their next game is saturday night right here on abc and tonight we have the dallas mavericks and golden state warriors tipping off in game two of the western conference finals. >> good job. > thank you. >> a lot more coming up here on "gma," including that explosive testimony from another actress in the johnny depp/amber heard trial. and tom cruise starring in "top gun: maverick." will he work his magic on the box office and save the summer? let's go to our own superstar. good morning, sam. good morning, everybody. 180 storms yesterday. when you see this hail bouncing,
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that means it's getting into the tallest part of the storms, but we have three areas where you'll see storms later on today. here's what you can expect this morning. lisa: good friday morning. looking out towards our east bay hills, we have our wind advisory for the interior valleys and the upper elevations. gusty north winds drying out the atmosphere through the middle of the afternoon. winds will ease for your weekend. then looking at more hot weather into next week. highest today pretty comfortable, 60's at the coast, upper 70's across the bay. low to mid-80's inland.
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his first trip there as president. chance to reinforce key relations and meet with the new south korean president as u.s. officials say there is a real risk north korea could conduct another missile launch, even a nuclear test. plus, some signs of hope in the baby formula crisis, the biden administration secured 1.5 millions shipped overseas as part of "operation fly formula." more on that in our next hour. we have a lot more ahead. we are live in two gorgeous cities, maggie rulli is over in london bringing us an inside look at big ben after its major makeover and we are also in houston, texas, as we "rise & shine" this morning. kaylee hartung is there with some incredible volunteers at the lone star state's biggest rooftop urban garden. that is coming up, george. right now, we're going to get the latest on the johnny depp/amber heard trial. actress ellen barkin testified. amber heard's lawyers called a series of witnesses and amy is back from texas and she's tracking the trial. good morning, amy. >> thursday's witnesses focused on depp's drug and alcohol use and his reported out-of-control
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behavior. the centerpiece was that testimony from ellen barkin who said depp once threw a bottle at her. >> he's just a jealous man, controlling, where are you going? who are you going with? what did you do last night? >> reporter: hollywood star ellen barkin taking on ex johnny depp in court thursday as depp faces off with another ex, amber heard in his bombshell defamation battle. barkin who dated depp in the '90s said the actor was often out of control, drunk and high, recalling a night where an argument erupted between depp and his friends. >> mr. depp threw a wine bottle across the room, the hotel room on one instance in las vegas while we were shooting "fear and loathing" in las vegas. i don't know why he threw the bottle. >> when he threw it was it in your direction? >> yes. >> reporter: heard's team calling on barkin to testify as they try to prove depp was an abusive man, accusations he denies. heard claims she was a survivor of domestic abuse in a 2018 op-ed, and while she didn't name depp, he says his career and reputation were damaged and is now demanding $50 million.
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his team calling her allegations a hoax, which sparked heard's $100 million countersuit. adam waldman, depp's former attorney, asked about his involvement disparaging heard in the media in 2020 and leaking private audiotapes to "the daily mail." >> my recollection is i gave a pair of them. >> reporter: negative tweets posted about heard around the time they came out. >> how did you determine they were negative? >> we took a random sampling and looked at them and could not find any that were not negative toward ms. heard. >> reporter: heard alleges that negative press cost her career opportunities. now, all eyes on the jury made up of six men and three women set to decide whether heard, depp, or neither will walk away with millions. >> they're tasked with deciding who in this trial is telling the truth. this jury has been stoic, impressively straight-faced
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because you can tell they know that they're being watched. >> yesterday's testimony also touched on amber heard's $100 million countersuit specifically statements made by one of johnny depp's lawyers who called her allegations a hoax, said she faked being abused. closing arguments are still scheduled for next friday and heard's team could still call depp back to the stand, hard to believe there's still more testimony perhaps a full week's worth. >> wow. we'll be watching. amy, thanks so much. coming up, everybody, in just a bit, we can't wait for maggie rulli to give us a look at the new big ben. she's there live in london. and coming up next, tom cruise is fresh off the uk premiere for "top gun: maverick." so will the movie rule the box office? ♪♪ when you're chuggin' through life,
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♪ i went to the danger zone ♪ ♪ i went to the danger zone ♪ we're back now with "top gun: maverick," tom cruise's highly anticipated sequel getting rave reviews. a royal audience. prince will, kate. they were at the london premiere with tom cruise and this morning, chris connelly is there at the famous chinese theater in hollywood where the movie will open. good morning, chris. >> reporter: hey, good morning, cecilia. yeah, for 40 years no one has packed more people into movie theaters like this one than tom cruise has, and now, thanks to the need for speed, he's fixing to do it again. ö6 years since his
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groundbreaking flight, maverick's engines are back on and clear for takeoff. tom cruise and "top gun: maverick," the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 blockbuster "top gun," soaring into theaters memorial day weekend after months of pandemic postponements. g-forces are expected to shatter the box office. >> the critics are raving about "top gun: maverick." sources are telling us that you're looking to maybe up to $100 million over that three-day weekend. >> reporter: full-throttle frenzy thursday at the london premiere. the 59-year-old cruise walking the red carpet with william and kate. earlier this week at the cannes film festival greeted first with a flyover and then a five-minute standing "o" after the screening. ♪ i went to the danger zone ♪ >> reporter: once more cruise
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need for speeding into the danger zone landing a helicopter at the world premiere in san diego prevented from piloting an f-18 but doing much of his own flying in "top gun: maverick." his movements captured with six imax-quality cockpit cams. >> you just can't create this kind of experience unless you shoot it live. >> reporter: cruise was adamant that the film be experienced only on the big screen refusing a streaming debut. a real-life superhero of sorts determined to help save the theater industry after a rocky two years. even going undercover to see christopher nolan's "tenet" in theaters in 2020. driven as always to thrill his audience, dominated by superheroes and cgi, the last real movie star. >> the end is inevitable, maverick, your kind is headed for extinction. >> maybe so, sir, but not today. >> reporter: controversies, plenty of those. yet, fans still flock to cruise's foot to the floor intensity. his movies earning a total of more than $8 billion worldwide.
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>> he is the ultimate movie star. he is the guy for decades that we've gone to the theater for. this is the ultimate welcome home, welcome back to theaters. >> having any fun net? >> reporter: "top gun" won an academy award for best original song, and once this film's opening weekend is done, i predict the box office grosses will -- ♪ take my breath away ♪ >> oh. [ laughter ] >> wow. >> oh, sounds like chris is still singing. >> warned us that was going to happen, but i wasn't ready. >> i was going to say, how much did simone pay you to do that? ♪ >> hey, chris, i didn't notice the difference between that and when we played the real song. i thought it was fantastic. all right, chris, thank you so much. we appreciate you as always. coming up next, we have the breathtaking views over london. maggie is getting ready to give
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us a first look at the new and improved big ben. hey, maggie. >> reporter: hey, michael. i know, how about this view, i mean you just can't beat it. you can see parliament underneath me along the river thames, you have the london eye, westminster abbey and then, of course, big ben. you know, these views are unbelievable, guys. i'm so excited to show you what's next. we went all the way to the top of big ben. we saw how the clock works. here's a little tease, i may or may not have touched big ben. the actual bell. i cannot wait to show you all. >> we can't wait to see it. we'll be right back. ♪ medusa lived with a hideous curse. uhh, i mean the whole turning people to stone thing was a bit of a buzz kill, right? so she ordered sunglasses with prime, one day delivery. ♪♪ clever girl. people realized she's actually hilarious once you get to know her.
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♪ i'm still standing ♪ we're back now with something we've been waiting for all morning, the return of one of the most iconic towers in the world, big ben in london is open again after a five-year conservation effort. maggie rulli got the first look inside the clock tower and she joins us from high above the city right now. good morning, maggie. how is it going? >> reporter: hey, michael. good morning. take a look at this skyline. i mean the london skyline is back. my favorite part, you can see, bg ben once again ticking loudly above london, but you know, michael, that tower is actually called the elizabeth tower named after the one and only queen elizabeth. and it's the bell that you hear tolling that's called big ben. now, guys, the only thing that's more spectacular than this view is getting a look inside.
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it's the great clock on everyone's british bucket list. >> kids, big ben, parliament. >> reporter: and now, for the first time since 2017, the iconic clock tower is once again shining scaffolding-free fresh with $100 million renovation and we're getting an upclose look. all right, we've got 334 steps to big ben. come on. going up and up until finally, oh, my gosh, this is it. this is -- we're inside behind big ben right now. take a look at this. this is when you know you're really behind something special. we look up at big ben, you always notice that beautiful clock face. originally designed as the biggest and most accurate clock in the world in 1843. matthew hamlyn says the goal was to return the clock to its victorian glory with a few modern touches. >> all the glass has been completely replaced. there are 324 pieces, these will
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be the new lights that illuminate the dials from behind. >> reporter: one surprise, discovering the 14-foot-long hands on the clock face weren't black but actually a vibrant prussian blue. every single one of the more than 1,000 components that make up the beating heart of big ben were removed and cleaned. the first time in the clock's nearly 200-year history. oh, is that it working right there? >> yes, and that is the pendulum, which as you can see swinging to and fro, that is regulating the time. >> reporter: no electricity, no this massive clock is powered but nothing but gravity and accurate down to the second. here's the question for you, what's more accurate, big ben or a phone? >> well, obviously i'm going to say big ben because this is regulated to within an inch of its life and we have also had 160 years experience of keeping it accurate. >> reporter: and then one more flight up. >> oh, my gosh, look at that. wow, big ben in real life. wow.
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it's -- they didn't lie. it's big. >> reporter: the tower is made up of five bells weighing in at 21 tons attached by wire to the clock below striking with precision every 15 minutes with big ben chiming on the hour. as adam watrobski, their principal architect, puts it, big ben is the heartbeat of london. what is so special about this bell? >> it was the only bell allowed 20 strike during the second world war so became the voice of liberty and hope so that cemented its fame. >> reporter: now, guys, one of my favorite parts that even from all the way up here you can still see the bright blue on the clock face. it is just gorgeous. we asked the guys behind the restoration what would happen next, they said now thanks to all this work the clock has been ticking for 200 years and will keep ticking for 200 more and the best part big ben is looking all fresh and pretty just in time for the queen's platinum jubilee. guys. >> yeah, as you said, maggie, the heartbeat of london. thank you so much.
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falls, oklahoma city, they curve around to grand rapids right there and then they go right to state college. three hot spots for potential storm, damaging winds and large hail. coming up, 'nsync's lance bass revealing his medical struggles and sharing how his family helps keep his spirits high. and the texas teens fighting for the right to read forming what they call their own banned book club. judd apatow joins us live in times square to talk about his new project about the comedian who inspired him. here's your local news and dog.
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. reggie: good morning. how is traffic today? jobina: it is improving. we will start with a live look at the golden gate bridge. no advisories coming in from the chp regarding wind. in the south bay, showing off 87. some minor slowing in the east bay. it is not that bad. lisa: friday, that is great. we love this speech shot. 59 in oakland. 56 santa clara. it is the upper elevation wins we are watching. near 60 by the delta. that north wind is over 30 miles per hour. today is going to end up being a
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. overnight, the cdc director signs off on booster shots for children 5 to 11. this morning, the new data from pfizer as covid cases surge nationwide. what parents need to know. help on the way. the major baby formula shipment getting ready to come from overseas. when will americans see relief? ♪ rihanna is a mom. the billionaire giving birth to her first child. what we're learning this morning. ♪ 'nsync superstar lance bass going public with his pain after a year's long battle with chronic illness. >> i was so glad that i got it under control before i had kids. >> and finding happiness with his family.
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the stars of "pistol" are here live in times square. >> we're not into music. we're into chaos. >> as we rock into the weekend. ♪ i feel alive ♪ and it's time for texas, round two in houston. we're live in my hometown, home to out-of-this-world adventures. >> let's get ready for launch. >> welcome to the bridge. >> and wait until you see the lone star state's biggest urban rooftop farm and we're saying -- >> all: good morning, america. [ cheers and applause ] >> huge crew down there in houston this morning for "good morning america," "rise & shine." we cannot wait to hear what kaylee hartung will bring us. >> i wonder what they are cooking up and what they have up their sleeve in my hometown. kaylee is there with some incredible folks, and we're also going beyond houston to meet
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some famous dolphins. >> we love "rise & shine." and we're going from the lone star state to london. take a look at this beautiful view of buckingham palace. the entire uk gearing up for the queen's platinum jubilee celebration and we have a big announcement about that coming up. news to get to starting with the parents' news breaking off. the head of the cdc signed off on a covid booster for children 5 to 11 and let's go back to whit johnson at a hospital there. >> reporter: we're here at hartford hospital where just moments ago some of the first kids in the country between 5 and 11 received their booster shots. this is video from earlier this morning. overnight, the cdc director signing off on those boosters for younger children at least five months after their initial shots. one of the reasons they're calling for boosters now is because the vaccines have shown waning protection against symptomatic infections across all age groups from 60% after two doses down to 20% a few months later, but protection
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remains strong against severe disease and new data from pfizer showed the booster shot increase antibodies 22-fold against omicron in 5 to 11-year-olds who had no evidence of prior covid infection. all this happening as cases are increasing across the country, now averaging just under 100,000 per day, and hospital admissions are up in 39 states and territories. the cdc director insisting the booster shots are safe and parents can start scheduling those appointments today. michael. >> all right, thank you so much, whit. now to "operation fly formula" set to take off. 1.5 million bottles of formula are set to land in indiana as part of president biden's new action to ease the shortage crisis. zohreen shah is here in the studio with the details. good morning, zohreen. >> reporter: parents across this country are still scrambling as the widespread formula shortages intensify. this morning, new details on
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when relief might arrive, it's called "operation fly formula," and president biden is directing the pentagon to get formula overseas transporting three different types of hypoallergenic formula made by nestle to indiana. that's equivalent of a 1.5 million eight-ounce bottles that will be sent. flights have not started yet, but the pentagon saying planning is well under way and formula is a top priority. the fda commissioner saying yesterday that things will gradually get better, also adding that progress with re-opening the abbott plant is on track for the next week or two. even then it takes time to ramp up production. guys. >> a lot of people are sure waiting for that. thank you so much, zohreen. great to have you here in the studio. coming up, on our "gma morning menu," superstar singer rihanna welcoming her first child. what we're learning this morning. also ahead, lance bass is speaking out about his painful chronic illness and his family. and kaylee hartung, she's
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♪ ♪ i've been playing that song all morning. welcome back. and here's why, because we want to get right to our "gma" cover story. nine-time grammy winner and fenty mogul rihanna is now a mom, and erielle reshef is here with all the details. >> reporter: good morning. it's nice to have a little happy news to report this morning. we have watched rihanna evolve to creative force, to pregnancy style icon, now she takes on her newest role, mom. ♪ this morning, recording superstar and billionaire makeup mogul rihanna is adding mom to her growing list of titles. the first-time mother and her boyfriend rapper a$ap rocky welcoming a baby boy according to "people" magazine. the barbados-born star is featured on this month's cover
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of "vogue" wearing a red lace bodysuit opening up about impending motherhood saying balance will be key. i have businesses that aren't going to run themselves. my mom handled the three of us with not even close to the resources i have so i can absolutely do it. what it looks like? i'm not sure. and looking forward to meeting her little one rihanna telling the magazine they're going to teach me more than i could ever teach them and i want them to go for it. i want to see who they are in the world, who they become. ♪ the 34-year-old has been making headlines with her fashion forward ensembles ever since the couple announced in january that they were expecting a child. the grammy-winning artist winning admirers for redefining maternity chic. ♪ like diamonds in the sky ♪ >> reporter: sources also tell "people," the proud parents are currently resting at their home in l.a. with their newborn son whose name remains unknown. and not entirely surprising, not many details are out about the little one yet.
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rihanna telling "vogue" she will be fiercely protective of her family. no doubt this baby will be well dressed and well loved. so nice to see this happy news, congratulations to them. >> that's great news for their family. thank you, erielle. we move to lance bass, the 'nsync star opening up about a painful condition he's been living with for years. will reeve sat down to talk to him about it. good morning, will. >> reporter: good morning. for years lance attributed his achy bones and tender joints to a lifetime of performing around the world but then he found out he had a common ailment, so he changed his diet, his exercise, now he's living his best life in so many ways. ♪ never seems enough for you ♪ >> reporter: he shot to fame as a teenager with dance moves like these as part of the one of the biggest boy bands of awe tile. ♪ ain't no lie ♪ >> reporter: and this morning, former 'nsync star lance bass is speaking out about an ailment that's plagued him for years. what exactly is psoriatic arthritis?
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>> i am still confused on exactly what causes it. but the symptoms for me were just aches in your joints and really started with psoriasis. i would have this psoriasis patch like underneath my hair right here. >> reporter: the autoimmune condition causes inflammation in the skin and joints. most people develop it before being diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. the former pop star now a 43-year-old father and entrepreneur says he was hurting for a long time. you just lived with this pain for awhile? >> i was a dancer my whole life so i didn't -- i didn't think anything of it, pain in your joints, your head, your knees, your heels, it just feels like to me almost like glass, i was so glad that i got this under control before i had kids because there's no way i could have even fed a baby lifting like that. >> reporter: bass says the key to managing psoriatic arthritis is exercise. and keeping a healthy diet.
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>> come from mississippi so we, you know, we like to eat and not the healthiest things. i love my fried foods and all my cheeses. i am eating so many more veggies now, the most important thing can you do is eat as many veggies as possible. >> reporter: while treatment for psoriatic arthritis may require a change in lifestyle experts say many who are diagnosed can lead happy and healthy lives. >> it's not a preventable disease but it's certainly a disease that's treatable and many patients are able to live normal, active life doing whatever they were doing before their diagnosis. >> reporter: bass now able to carry his twins alexander and violet who were born last october. >> i cannot be happier. i'm in love with my amazing husband. i'm in love with my two children. it's just -- it's a good life right now. it's just been so great and just to watch them grow so quickly is scary because now they're 7 months old and i can't believe time is flying. everyone tells you, just watch. time will fly so quickly with
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kids and it really does. it just keeps going. >> reporter: bass says that coming out in 2006 helped him finally live his truth and find his authentic voice and he says he's never been happier. by the way, guys, three of his fellow 'nsync alums are dads and lance say they trade parenting tips and dad jokes. >> of course, they do. thank you, will. all right. now it is time to say good morning from my beloved hometown, houston. kaylee hartung is there for day two of our "rise & shine" adventure. kaylee, how are my friends back home treating you? >> reporter: michael, i've been dropping your name all over town and you know what, it opens doors around here. now i know you are familiar with this beautiful skyline but i don't know if you've ever seen it from this vantage point. now, before we show you more of what is going on right here on this rooftop, i want to introduce you to even more of the incredible people in the
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great state of texas who are bringing smiles to people's faces. let's get ready for launch. >> welcome to the bridge. >> reporter: they say everything is bigger in texas. making it a fitting place for giant leaps for mankind to start. >> playground for astronauts and trainers and everybody that ever wanted to go to space or wondered about being in space. >> reporter: astronaut randy bresnik has logged 150 days in space. at the johnson space center in houston taking me inside nasa's ni capsuleorhe first how cools is? ars. right here.a on the pton >> absolutely. >> you look at, you know, the apollo missions and we had men and only white men that went to the moon. we now have women, we have people of color. when we go to the moon this time, we'll be going differently. >> reporter: just down the road
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in galveston, keep a sharp lookout, because dolphins are all around. on baywatch dolphin tours, owned by craig cornell, with captain victor at the helm. >> all right. >> reporter: you're in for a good time. >> how much do pirates pay for corn on the cob? a buccaneer. rrr. >> for me the best part is the thrill of the smile on the face of a 90-year-old and a 3-year-old. everybody has a great time. and if you can do a job where you're making people happy and making people smile, there isn't much better than that. ♪ >> reporter: over in corpus christi, everything is so good, proud mexicana, elena flores, whose heritage bleeds in everything she does. >> i wanted to bring that south texas flair to corpus christi.
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in doing so i created and met a bunch of other vendors and creator that are just like me. representation matters. >> reporter: but the sweetest flair can be found at three brothers bakery run by the self-proclaimed king of disasters. >> we've had four floods, a fire, hurricane, pandemic, and we have survived it all and kept all of our employees working during those times. >> how? how have you done that? >> you have to be prepared as a small business. you got to take care of your employees and that's like the most important part. >> reporter: bobby serving up award-winning treats 73 years after his dad and two uncles started baking them. >> i got no bad news. i'm doing birthdays and weddings, so i make people feel good every day and what better job is that than, you know, than anything else? it's good, right? >> right to my heart. i love this. >> in a good way. >> in a good way.
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country living dubbed it the best pecan pie that america has to offer and just as fast as three brothers bakery can ship their pies anywhere across the country we've got them fresh straight to times square. how much does houston love three brothers bakery? [ cheers and applause ] i hope you guys enjoy it as much as i did. i should have brought pies for all these folks. >> kaylee is being fueled by the pie this morning. >> i got to say the pie is really good. >> it's really good. >> and, kaylee, so happy to see you in houston showing what my city has to offer. thank you so much and thank all those great people behind you too for helping to contribute to our show this morning. and now we're going to go over to sam champion who wants some of this pecan pie. oh, he has some. >> he already has some. >> it was good pie, michael. that's all i got to say. i don't know who these people
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are but order their pie. here's what's going on, a little fog -- i'm pointing a fork at you. i apologize america. we got a little fog in boston. also in new york but you if debt gown into d.c. things are gorgeous. now talking about the warm-up. we're getting temperatures up. heat advisory ahead of the weekend. record temperatures for the day but we may get some may record temperatures going here and our heat index in those zones may be up to 100 degrees. is it a beach weekend? yes, it definitely is. take a look at these numbers, by sunday, 91, new york, haven't been to 80 yet, but we'll get to 80 then we'll pass it and go straight to 90. last time we were in 90 in new york, august 27th of last year. lisa: good friday morning. looking out towards our east bay hills, we have our wind advisory for the interior valleys and the upper elevations. gusty north winds drying out the atmosphere through the middle of the afternoon. winds will ease for your weekend. then looking at more hot weather into next week. highest today pretty comfortable, 60's at the coast,
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upper 70's across the bay. low to mid-80's inland. seven day all right, we're excited all right, we're excited about this one, because we're going to talk about a rock 'n' roll revolution, the band the sex pistols were at the center of the punk rock movement in the late '70s and there is a new fx limited series "pistol." it is all about the band and their rise to fame. take a look. >> folks like the queen will get us notice. >> straight publicity. >> nobody will buy the record if they don't know about it. >> i don't care. >> i do. i agree with jonesy for once. we got to be notorious. >> the song is not about the queen. it's about how our generation has no future. >> our generation has no future. we have three members of the cast with us, anson boon, louis partridge and jacob slater. you were telling me this is your first time you get to travel around the u.s.
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>> yeah, well, we did shoot a little bit in texas actually. i see you've been talking about texas this morning. we did -- the sex pistols finished up their tour of the southern states of america and we went to texas and re-created that and so we were driving for like 12 hours a day. >> i was going to ask you about it, anson. i hear this involved a bus, all of you guys crammed on this bus at times with no a.c. in texas. >> in august, it was a '70s bus, no ac in august. we were sweating, four young lads. i wouldn't have advised a set visit. >> i have to say the cast something amazing. it's uncanny, you do look like the band with a lot of the side-by-sides. >> scrub up nicely. >> should have seen us filming. >> were you big fans before? >> honestly i didn't and it was kind of nice that way because i stepped into this world. i had no idea about and just absorbed all of this information and learned about what it meant. i heard the music and sort of knew the people like you do but really knew nothing about it. >> louis, the sex pistols were known for breaking the mold, right, and like really
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shattering music at the time. did you know much about them? >> i was a fan, i kind of got into them when i was about 14 years old. them and the clash and bands like that and they totally blew my mind, so it was nice to revisit that part of my life. >> so, you, jacob, you >> so, you, jacob, you played -- who is a musician. >> i'm a musician. >> is it true, did i read that this is your acting job. >> my first one ever. >> he's amazing in it. >> he's so good. >> i did my best. >> that's crazy. did you have to learn -- what was it like to learn this music? >> well, i played along to records a bit when i was younger but i'm more of a guitarist. i'm not actually a proper drummer and so it was interesting to get on the kit and kind of get to grips with that. i had a basic understanding but a great team that got us up to scratch to play our instruments and stuff. >> we did have to learn our instruments so jacob was the connoisseur helping me out with the bass. >> every performance you see in
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the show was actually a live gig and we didn't repreorder -- prerecord anything. nothing's edited in post production. what you see is what we recorded because our director danny boyle was that the sex pistols were perfectly imperfect. we wanted all the lumps and bumps of live performances. >> you bring some of the chaos -- >> chaos was the overriding title. >> really? >> yes. >> did you guys pick up any music abilities out of this? >> i don't know. >> i think so. after nine months of -- >> no, i didn't. i got to keep my bass i practiced on. don't tell production. they'll know now. >> i was really surprised to read about in that the sex pistols were really only together for three years but their legacy is huge. what do you think is so lasting about their music? >> i think they'll always be timeless because it's just this unapologetic sound and it's so powerful and they were just voicing their anger about everything at the time and i think it's the story of the
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underdog winning. tese were five working class boys and they changed music and fashion forever and it will always be a story worth telling. >> your co-star maisie williams was here. >> oh, was she? >> we asked her what should we ask you and she told us, someone has to volunteer and fess up and tell us the story, that you had a little bit of mischief on the set and what was it, breaking and entering? >> oh, no. >> i'm glad she brought that up. there were a few that i was a bit scared when you said mischief. >> some things you don't want to know. >> yeah. i think that was -- we were rehearsing in the studio with hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of equipment and it was one of our first days we were rehearsing and we went out -- i managed to memorize the code on the padlock so we broke back in and -- >> at midnight. >> tried to flick the switches and get it working. it was a pandemic and we finally got together. we could actually see people so we just -- we went a bit berserk. >> we can talk about it now because nothing got broken.
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at the time -- >> he went back the next morning just to check everything was okay. >> i went back and cleaned up. i felt so bad. yeah, yeah, yeah. >> who is the most punk of you guys? what's sticking -- >> you won't like it. >> no, i'm not. i'm just a musician. >> well, i did promise you guys some pie, guys, they want some pie. you're not getting out of here without getting pie. >> pecan pie. >> we went to texas and didn't have pecan pie. >> this is happening. stay with us. all right, guys, i'm super excited for you in the show. congratulations, everybody, you will want to see it. "pistol." you get a whole pie out of this. >> look at that. >> all right, you guys are going to eat. everybody, fx's "pistol" premieres may 31st with the full season dropping on hulu. eat your pie. coming up, kaylee hartung is high above houston at the biggest rooftop urban farm in texas and bon appetit. >> thank you.
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announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kumasi: let's get to jobina for a look at traffic. jobina: we are going to begin with the bay bridge toll plaza. with metering lights still on the backup has gone out of the way, so that's great news for anyone trying to make their way into san francisco. traffic is moving smoothly all over the bay area as we bring in our open camera showing the 880 at the coliseum. we will wrap up with our drive times, highway four to the maze, about 25 minutes. as well as the drive time from highway 85 to the san jose airport, 12 minutes. airport, 12 minutes. kumasi:porations wrote an online sports betting plan they call "solutions for the homeless".
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really? the corporations take 90 percent of the profits. and using loopholes they wrote, they'd take even more. the corporations' own promotional costs, like free bets, taken from the homeless funds. and they'd get a refund on their $100 million license fee, taken from homeless funds, too. these guys didn't write a plan for the homeless. they wrote it for themselves.
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>> live with kelly and ryan is coming up. colton underwood is here. 9:00 abc 7. >> northerly wind is bringing in really dry air. a gorgeous view of the golden gate bridge, where it is 63 in
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mountain view. some high clouds, gusty upper elevation winds for the wind advisory through 2:00. a c >> announcer: starting next week, the countdown is on to the biggest party in the world. and things are about to get royally good because "gma" and "gma3" are right there with america's front row seat to everything. >> did you guys hear "gma" is coming for the jubilee? >> whoo! >> announcer: from windsor castle to the tower of london, buckingham palace, piccadilly and riding along the river thames, the royal pageantry, the celebration, the parties, the military parade and royal flyover and, oh, yes, the corgis, good morning, america, the royal jubilee, it all starts next thursday morning on "gma." america's front row seat to the royal party of the year. >> you know, you hear that, i
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just wanted to say my part with an accent. it's not as good as that was. "gma" is heading to the jubilee celebrating 70 years of queen elizabeth on the throne starting next thursday. amy, t.j. and the whole "gma" team is headed to london. they're going to be right there in london in the middle of it all with ten days of unprecedented access and we cannot wait. it's going to be a great celebration. >> it is going to be a great celebration. right now time to go back to texas, more of our "rise & shine." kaylee hartung has a special look at the biggest rooftop urban farm in texas, how it's changing the way we grow food. hey, kaylee. >> reporter: hey, george. now, this building i'm standing on top of was houston's grand central station a century ago but now it is taking on a new life entirely. there is a food hall here, a music venue and right now on this rooftop, the first seeds are being planted of a working farm that hopes to feed, educate and change this community. ♪
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just below the towering high-rises of downtown houston black woods sky farm is harvesting solutions to one of the city's biggest problems. >> we're a throw's away from a food desert where you don't have easy access to good food. >> reporter: half a million houstonians are living in low income, low access areas to fresh, healthy food, so these two want to help nourish the community's future with one of the largest urban rooftop farms in the world. what do you see as the significance of putting this farm right smack dab in the middle of one of the biggest metropolitan cities in this country. >> yes, well, it means that people have easier access to us, it means that we have easier access to people. i want them to take away that they understand that food is their best medicine and food is what will help them test better, run better, think better. >> reporter: with regenerative agriculture, the farm hoping to grow 100,000 pounds of food a year to give away.
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simultaneously feeding and educating. >> you were really your mother's test case. >> kicking me out the door and go get dirty. working in the gardens was a game, not a chore. >> reporter: kids like 10-year-old alice volunteering to dig into this project. it's fun to get your hands dirty, isn't it? >> yes. >> reporter: an opportunity aaron flores wishes he had at that age. >> both of my parents, i was born to teen parents. in the poorest part of town. i grew up feeding myself with what i thought was food and it was grilled cheeses with wonder bread and kraft singles. this has long-term health benefits. >> now here you are changing what it means to take food from farm to table. >> riht. yes, it's very exciting and we
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have a very unique opportunity to do this. clearly it takes help so we need the community, we need people to be involved. we need people to receive and then spread the information that we're trying to get out there. >> reporter: and what you are seeing now is just the beginning for the sky farm. right now, volunteers are hard at work putting plants and seeds into this soil. we've got tomatoes going in, eggplants and okra and before long it will be full of food. for some, maybe you lived in houston all their life and come up to enjoy this space, it might be the first time they see where their food is grown and that could change their perspective on the food system and what food equity really means. guys, how about these amazing volunteers? how about it? [ cheers and applause ] >> they get a round of applause from all of us. >> i don't really know what to do with this pitchfork but, you know. >> you got to get to work, kaylee. got to get to work. thank you so much. we are going to turn now, move from houston over to dallas, our mireya villarreal
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sat down with two texas teens who started what theu call their own banned book club and this is coming as more school districts around the country are pulling books off the shelf. hey, mireya. >> reporter: hey, good morning, cecilia. as many of those school districts across the country start to pull certain books off of the shelves we are seeing students start to fight back. they are creating all sorts of organizations, starting protests and they're also pulling together creating these safe spaces that are outside of the school's curriculum where people can come, read these banned books, discuss them. they say it's integral to their learning and growing. this morning, a growing list of school districts nationwide pulling books off library shelves. according to the nonprofit organization pen america, nearly 1,600 books were pulled across 26 states in the last year. just outside austin, texas, the school district removed over a dozen books from certain grades, libraries and book clubs last spring, prompting high school
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sophomores ella scott and alyssa hoy to start what they call the vandegrift high school banned book club. >> we started this club so we could learn because high school is a place of learning and that's why these books were here in the first place. >> reporter: many of the books on the list deal with race, sexuality and finding yourself. >> it is somebody's story and people need to learn about it and be okay talking about it. >> reporter: school officials tell abc news the district has not banned books and that if a book is submitted for review it goes through a process where it is decided if a book should be returned to shelves and in what capacity. ella and alyssa are not alone in their mission. two missouri students recently filing a class action lawsuit against their district for banning books they say contain the prospective of an author or protagonist who is nonwhite, lgbtq plus or otherwise identifies as a minority. some of the books have been put back on shelves. >> you have this list of books
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that people have said that you can't read. what is the fear behind them? >> it's just, it's something that they don't know a lot about and i think that scares them. >> i think just because it doesn't happen to you, it can -- it has happened to others. >> reporter: so, at leander, there is a committee that actually reviews all of these books and while many in question right now are not necessarily back in the classrooms the district tells us they are all on some of their campuses and can be found by the students so small victories right now, guys. >> such an important story, mireya, thank you so much. coming up, judd apatow is here live with his new project. ther
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welcome back to "good morning america." do me a favor. grab your phone. i have a qr code for you and you'll want to scan it to save money today. it's national streaming day and hulu wants to celebrate with you. with a special deal for your favorite new hulu shows but also you can tap into a vault of classics and live stream concerts too. starting today through next friday pay just, get this, $1 a month for three months. now, you get ad supported viewing for new and eligible re lisa: good morning, pretty shot from mount tam, but it gets warm today in the upper elevations and breezy to gusty winds.
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north a mountain sent to your valleys, 60's to the coast, low to m m m m m m m we're here right now with the very we're here right now with the very talented judd apatow. he is a writer, director, producer of comedies that we love like "superbad" and "knocked up," now he's bringing us "george carlin's american dream," a new docu-series. good morning, good morning, good morning. >> i just want to talk about this hulu deal. i feel like i paid money for the hulu and i got the netflix and i got the hbo. sometimes you wish they could combine them and have like channels somewhere. >> yes, i can't find it. >> connected to cable somehow. >> $1 a month for three months, $3 a month for all three. thank you for being here, man. you're funny, you're brilliant. i love what you're doing. you did this docu-series on george carlin that explores his life and work and you talked to
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other performers and his family but when did you become a fan of his. >> when i was 10 i listened to him. hearing how he told jokes and wrote jokes like it puts the software of how to be a comedian in your brain. >> let's take a look at patton oswalt talking about george carlin. >> carlin's transformation wasn't a transformation. if anything, the carlin that was on stage in the tux and clean shaven was a persona that he had put on because that's what you did in show business times. he de-transformed into who he actually was. >> when we think of george carlin today we think of the long hair, the beard and the guy in jeans. he wasn't always like that. a real master of transformation. do you have a favorite incarnation of george carlin? >> the ending got really dark and people are like, he's too dark and would warn us, like, the game is rigged and he talked a lot about polarization and he said, you know, they want us fighting so that they can run away with all the money and people said, oh, man, he's
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really going for it. now you look back and you go, maybe he wasn't dark enough. things that really get -- >> he was prescient. >> yes. >> his work is to this day still so relevant and so timeless. i can't believe it's been 14 years since he actually passed away. why do you think he still remains as relevant as he was then? >> i think he found a way to sum up big issues, because it's weird. when something happens in the news he seems to be the person whose clip goes around and some of those clips are 30 years old like when we were talking about roe versus wade, suddenly his clip goes around and it was all about him saying, you know, when you're pre-born, you're good and when you're preschool, you're screwed. and suddenly people said, that sums up the entire conversation. very few other people who found a way to boil things down. >> both sides with those clips. >> yes, i think because he was so distrustful of government and of institutions because he really felt like it was like a game so that people could make a lot of money and they want
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people to be fighting and a lot of these issues that we hear about all the time like the book banning and all that, it's meant to just get people voting to keep, you know, very wealthy entities in power staying deregulated. getting their military contracts and a lot of what we're fighting about, those people don't really care about it. they just want to remain in power. >> ahead of his time. as brilliant as he was as a comedian, you are as a writer and director and everything else that you do. i want to talk about "superbad." i know at one time you thought about doing a sequel but the cast was worried that it wouldn't live up to the original. >> yes. >> is there another movie that you've dong that you consider doing a sequel? >> well, i just mentioned it in passing on the set. we should do another one and they were all like, no. it wasn't a long conversation. [ laughter ] i'd like to do "this is 50." the time is now and i'm living it.
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a lot of people were 40 when they watched "this is 40." >> about what about your daughters? would your daughters be up for a sequel at this point? available. know if they're - my daughters are very busy. >> may be too expensive too. >> maybe too expensive. >> we really are looking forward to this george carlin, i just think he was a brilliant -- i'm glad that you're bringing this to us. >> so timely. really timely. >> we appreciate you being here, judd. as always, the two-part documentary "george carlin's american dream" debuts on hbo and hbo max today. make sure you check that out. coming up, we have the author of the thriller so many people are talking about, the "gma" book club pick, "the change." we'll be right back. ♪
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we are back with our may "gma" book club pick, "the change." the novel follows three women
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who discovered they developed special powers and our juju chang sat down with the author kirsten miller. hey, juju. >> good morning to you, cecilia. let's face it who hasn't fantasized about taking down the bad guys, whether it's that toxic colleague at work who steals your ideas or real-life serial killers or predators. well, the three women in this book, "the change," discover they get superpowers and they can exact justice and it's a whole lot of fun. it's a little like "witches of eastwick" meets "big little lies" chock-full of suspense. as the saying goes, don't get mad, get even. that's just what the women in the novel "the change" do. it unfolds in a hamptons beach town with sinister secrets. the trio of middle-aged women are determined to uncover it. >> these are women that most of us would recognize from our everyday lives or as ourselves and they happen to stumble across the body of a girl and they set out to find her killer.
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> when you refer to "the change," menopause is often seen as negative. you're seeing this transformation into really powerful women. >> i thought, why is this something that comes with all of this shame and secrecy? "the change" is you know what you're doing. you know how to get it done and you know who you are. probably for the first time in your life. that's the change and that's the power that comes with it. >> reporter: their power at times supernatural as the mystery deepens. nessa a widowed mother can see the dead. while jo, a local gym owner channels her rage into superhuman strength. and harriet, a former advertising executive turned horticulturist bending nature to her will. harriet's mystical garden re-created by mcqueen's florists, the blossoms inspiring one of her favorite parts of the novel. >> i loved harriet's garden and this overgrown world of ferns and brambles and dangerous
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plants and that's where i started with it. this garden and all of its potential. >> your book has components ripped from the headlines. it's very subversive in the way that you take down some of these privileged characters. >> for decades very rich men have gotten away with everything, look at jeffrey epstein, look at harvey weinstein, these were men who basically paid to get themselves out of trouble time and time and time again and more often than not the victims of these men are young women. it's about going after men who have done women wrong and making sure that justice is served, whichever way they can. and that's not always -- in this book it's not always through official means. >> with twists that will keep you guessing until the page-turning finale. miller hopes her novel is the seed that will help women blossom in their mature years. >> we've been told that, you know, when you reach your late
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40s, 50s, that you are no longer needed and i think that that's wrong and i want to rewrite that story. it's a time of great power and we need to be figuring out how to make use of it. >> and this book is all about believing in your power but also the power of friendship. now, the book, "the change," is flying off bookshelves now. i mean it, i looked at three different bookstores yesterday to try to get this copy and we've had a lot of fun teaming up with little free library, we're sending out free copies to our lucky readers so check out a little free library location near you and, of course, keep reading along with us at or @gmabookclub. >> we'll be
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>> announcer: he is his high school's first openly gay class president and excited to give a speech at his graduation, but now he says he's being silenced by the principal and florida's don't say gay law. what does he want you to know? the exclusive breaks monday on "gma." a big thank you to our "rise & shine" crew in houston, texas. >> have a good weekend, everybody. ♪ like a true survivor ♪
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fanduel and draftkings, two out of state corporations making big promises to californians. what's the real math behind their ballot measure for online sports betting? 90% of profits go to the out of state corporations permanently.
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only eight and a half cents is left for the homeless. and in virginia, arizona, and other states, fanduel and draftkings use loopholes to pay far less than was promised. sound familiar? it should. it's another bad scheme for california. i joined the district attorney's office to pursue justice for everyone. but like so many of my colleagues, i resigned in protest because chesa boudin interfered in every single case and failed to do his job. the office is absolutely in disarray right now. chesa dissolved my unit prosecuting car break-ins. now criminals flock to san francisco because there are no consequences. we can't wait. recall chesa boudin now.
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announcer: building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. kumasi: good morning. here is jobina with traffic. jobina: we are going to end on a high note for the last update. the bay bridge toll plaza is almost empty even though the metering lights came on this morning. smooth sailing in both directions across the san mateo bridge. drive times are looking good as well, lisa. lisa: a beautiful day, although we are watching gusty wind with a wind advisory for the higher elevations and interior valleys of the east bay. 63 in santa clara. mount tam is dry, only 30% relative humidity. 61 i the delta. a comfortable day, but breezy at the coast and high fire danger
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by the delta. kumasi: it is time for live with kelly and ryan and we will be back at 11:00. lly and ryan." today, from the animated musical series "central park," josh gad, plus "beyond the edge" celebrity contestant colton underwood, and the toy guide brings us the hottest summer toys as we wrap up our "beat the heat" week. also, "ncis: hawaii" star vanessa lachey takes a seat at the co-host desk, all next on "live." and now, here are ryan seacrest and vanessa lachey. [music] - do we get to dance? - yes, we can dance. - we can dance? - yes, we can. oh, no, "mom moves," "mom moves." good morning, deja vu. - oh-- thank you. - come on in. what a gentleman. oh, gosh-- ugh! thank you. - well, yes. - good morning. people are excited. it's friday, may 20th, filling in for kelly is vanessa lachey. - [cheering, applause] - yeah!


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