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tonight, breaking news as we come on the air. russian-controlled media tonight now showing two of the americans missing in ukraine. tonight, what they're showing. former marine corporal andy huynh believed to be under some duress, making a pro-russian statement. the video reportedly shot in a russian detention center in the donbas region in the east. another video of former army solider alexander drueke with a message for his mother. >> i'm alive. hope to be back home as soon as i can. love you. >> tonight, here, news on the third american, a former marine captain. james longman inside ukraine with late reporting tonight. also as we come on the air, the severe storms hitting tonight across several states in the east. and what about father's day? we have that, and now another dangerous heat wave building. rob marciano standing by to take
us through it all. the deadly shooting at an alabama church. we learned late today a third person has now died. authorities tonight charging a 70-year-old man with capital murder. elwyn lopez on the scene. news on the pandemic tonight. and vaccines will be available likely first thing next week for children under 5 in this country. but tonight, what florida's governor is now saying about vaccines for toddlers and what this could mean for parents in that state. and news tonight on long covid. symptoms long after you have it. what researchers have now revealed. steve osunsami reporting. tonight, 24 hours after the january 6th committee revealed that former president trump was told that what he wanted mike pence to do was illegal, tonight the former president going after pence again. jon karl is standing by. tonight, just days after the fed raised rates the news on mortgages, the impact mediate. some brokers hope there might be
a key silver lining in this for those who have been looking to buy a home for some time now. victor oquendo explains. the couple kidnapped at gunpoint hiking in colorado. how this played out. also tonight, paul mccartney and the surprise guest on stage with him. and of course we celebrate our dads tonight. good evening, and it's great to have you with us as we near the end of another week together here. we'll get to those severe storms in parts of the east tonight, father's day weekend, and this next heat wave already building. but we begin tonight with the american veterans missing in ukraine. two now believed to be in the custody of russian forces. the families of the men desperate for any news. the men are among as many as 20,000 foreign volunteers who have traveled to join the fight in ukraine. two of them from alabama seen together in this image, alexander drueke and andy huynh. tonight, the images from state-controlled media, showing
andy huynh appearing under duress, delivering a propaganda message. alexander drueke sending a message to his mother back home. late today, retired marine captain grady kurpasi identified as a third volunteer missing in ukraine. his family hasn't heard from him since april. tonight, the kremlin is denying they know anything about these men. president biden saying he has been briefed, and the president again urging americans not to go to ukraine. abc's james longman leading us off tonight from eastern ukraine. >> reporter: tonight, state-controlled media in russia has released videos of two americans taken captive in ukraine. 27-year-old andy huynh of alabama was recorded here delivering pro-russian propaganda, presumably coerced into doing so. abc news will not air the contents of the message. the russian news outlet rt says the video was recorded yesterday in a detention center in the donbas region of eastern ukraine. another video shows 39-year-old
alexander drueke also from alabama delivering a message to his mother. >> mom, i just want to let you know that i'm alive, and i hope to be back home as soon as i can be. >> reporter: the two went missing a week ago fighting alongside kharkiv in the northeast. close to the russian border. back home, the families of the men are desperate for any information. >> it's stressful, because we don't have answers at the moment. waiting is always very hard. but we are encouraged. >> reporter: tonight, a third american is missing in ukraine. he's identified as retired marine captain grady kurpasi. his family tells abc news they have not been in contact with him since late april. but he's believed to be in the kherson region of ukraine. don turner served with kurpasi 12 years in the marine corps. >> couldn't stress enough the sheer fact that he cared more about others than he did himself. >> reporter: despite the release of the videos, the kremlin earlier today denied having any information at all about captured americans, and today president biden said the whereabouts of the men are
unknown. >> i have been briefed. we don't know where we are. we don't know where they are. but i want to reiterate, americans should not be going to ukraine. >> reporter: but hundreds already have, according to conservative estimates. last month, abc news interviewed soldiers of the ukraine foreign legion. at least 25 in this unit outside kharkiv were american. >> really we just wanted to help the ukraine people. we believe that their fight is a just fight, and we wanted to be here and support them. >> let's get right to james longman with us again tonight from dnipro in eastern ukraine. james, these captured americans and of course the question tonight, what, if any, protections they have. are they considered prisoners of war here? do we know anything on that front yet? >> reporter: david, the main issue here is that they're being held by russian-backed separatists in the east rather than by moscow itself, which gives the kremlin a certain degree of deniability. they don't regard them as prisoners of war, they regard them as mercenaries.
david? >> a lot more to come on this story. we're thinking about the families again. james longman leading us off from ukraine again tonight. james, thank you. back here at home and to the severe storms expected across several states in the east. thousands of flights canceled in the past 48 hours because of weather. the southeast in the bull's-eye again tonight. more than 30 million americans on alert. high winds and heavy rain in raleigh, north carolina in the last 24 hours already. a high water rescue from a flooded suv in columbia, south carolina. and the images from boston tonight. planes waiting for gates upon arrival. more than 200 flights canceled or delayed at logan airport alone, the ripple effect here. and now the dangerous heat wave building yet again, a second one already. senior meteorologist rob marciano tracking it all for us. hey, rob. >> reporter: hi, david. as we've seen all week, that dangerous heat is feeding some of these storms. it hit 98 degrees, breaks a record in d.c. we had golf ball-sized hail in parts of tennessee. winds gusting over 60 miles per hour in kentucky. looks where the line is now -- crossing the carolinas, watch up in georgia. these are dangerous storms going
through raleigh. they'll calm down over the next couple of hours but immediately it's kind of dicey. here's the father's day outlook. we do get some relief east of the mississippi but the other heat wave is building in the central u.s. 98 degrees expected in dallas. 101 in north platt. here we go again. midweek in chicago, atlanta, raleigh, temperatures getting close to or over 100 degrees for another dangerous heat wave coming. david? >> rob marciano with us tonight. rob, thank you. we turn to the other news this friday night, and to the deadly shooting at an alabama church. a gunman opening fire at a potluck dinner, fatally killing two people. we learned a third person has now died as well. police called to the scene of an active shooter. a hero inside the church pinning the gunman down until authorities arrived. st. stephen's episcopal church, thece struck by gun violence. tonight the suspect, a 70-year-old man who had been seen at the church before, is charged. elwyn lopez is on the scene in alabama. >> reporter: tonight, authorities charging a
70-year-old man with capital murder, accused of killing three people inside an alabama church. >> have an active shooter situation. multiple patients at this time. >> reporter: late today, officials say robert findlay smith, seen here in this newly released mugshot with a black eye, opened fire at st. stephen's episcopal church during a potluck dinner on thursday. >> he produced a handgun and began shooting, striking three victims. >> reporter: the founder of that church saying his wife spotted the suspect there more than once. >> my wife says that he looked like he didn't take very good care of himself, and he had a hard time communicating with people. >> reporter: police crediting another attendee with stopping the shooting, taking the gunman down and pinning him until officers arrived. >> it was extremely critical in saving lives. the person that subdued the suspect, in my opinion, is a hero. >> reporter: officials identifying the victims as 84-year-old jane pounds, 75-year-old sarah yeager,
84-year-old walter bart rainy. >> one of the kindest people you could imagine. if you wanted to pick out somebody that you love being with, it would be bart rainy. >> reporter: david, police say they believe the gunman acted alone and there are currently no threats to the community. and tonight, officials have not released a motive. and david, i spoke to the founder of this church just a few moments ago, and he says that this will become a place of peace once again. david? >> elwyn lopez in alabama, thank you. we turn now to the pandemic tonight, and this evening the fda has cleared the moderna and pfizer vaccines for children under 5, as young as 6 months old. the cdc now is expected to give the final green light on this over the weekend. states across the country have preordered these doses for the youngest of children, except for florida, rejecting federal guidance. how will parents there get their children vaccinated? also tonight, news on long covid and the symptoms you feel after you have it. particularly with the omicron variant. what researchers have now found.
steve osunsami at the cdc in atlanta. >> reporter: with the stamp of approval from the fda, drugmakers are shipping millions of doses of the covid vaccine for the youngest children in america to pediatricians and pharmacies around the country. >> whatever vaccine your health care provider, pediatrician has, that's what i would give my child. >> reporter: children under 5 could start getting the shots tuesday after the cdc gives a final approval, expected this weekend. but many parents in florida may have to wait. it's the only state that didn't order doses of the children's vaccines ahead of time. >> it's infuriating. it's making it very difficult for parents that do want to get their children that are under 5 vaccinated. >> reporter: state officials are disagreeing with scientists and public health experts at the cdc and fda, saying they don't support giving the covid vaccine to healthy children under the age of 17. >> doctors can get it, hospitals can get it, but there's not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to get covid jabs to infants and toddlers. >> we need to make vaccine
access as easy as possible for providers and parents, and that just isn't happening in florida right now. >> steve osunsami with us tonight from the cdc. steve, we await these shots, likely first thing next week for the youngest of children across this country. in the meantime tonight, so much attention on long covid in this country. we know there's new research out on long covid, particularly involving the omicron variant. >> reporter: that's right, there are ongoing concerns, of course, about the long-haul, long-term effects. and this new study has some interesting findings. it finds that people who got sick with the omicron variant of the coronavirus were less likely to suffer these long-term, long-haul problems, and that's likely because the omicron variant caused milder symptoms. david? >> steve osunsami from atlanta tonight. steve, thank you as always. next here this evening, 24 hours after the january 6th committee revealed that former president trump was toldthat what he wanted mike pence to do on january 6th was illegal, tonight the former president
going after pence again. here's our chief washington correspondent jonathan karl. >> reporter: after three hearings documenting the horrors of january 6th, the attacks on officers, threats against mike pence's life, and 24 hours after the january 6th committee showed that donald trump was told what he was asking of his vice president was illegal, trump today denied the undeniable facts, saying only a, quote, small number of people went to the capitol that day, and many did nothing wrong. >> it was a simple protest. it got out of hand. >> hang mike pence! >> reporter: the january 6th committee showed just how close the mob calling for pence's execution got to the vice president. at one point, just 40 feet away. today, trump attacked pence once again. >> mike pence had a chance to be great. he had a chance to be, frankly, historic, but mike did not have
the courage to act. >> reporter: trump's own advisers have testified that they told him what he wanted pence to do was illegal. today he repeated lies about the election that his former attorney general said he told him were just not true. >> i did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff, which i told the president was [ bleep ]. >> reporter: as for those being prosecuted for the attack, trump said he might pardon them if he becomes president again. all this comes after the warning from respected conservative legal scholar and retired judge michael luttig. >> that still donald trump and his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to american democracy.
>> that warning of a clear and present danger. jon karl with us from washington again tonight. jon, i know the justice department has been calling on the january 6th committee to turn over the transcripts of its interviews with these key witnesses, and tonight you've learned that could happen as as soon as next month? >> reporter: the chairman of the january 6th select committee bennie thompson has said he'll not turn the transcripts over until their hearings are over. david, the hearings are scheduled to be completed by the end of this month. i am told that shortly after the hearings wrap up, they will likely turn the transcripts over. in other words, as early as july. david? >> all right, jon karl who's been with us all week long on this. jon, we appreciate it. we turn to the economy and news on mortgages across this country. this comes after a tough week already, the massive interest rate hike aimed at taming his tore ininflation here in the u.s. stocks closing out their worst week since march of 2020. and just days after the fed raised those rates, news on mortgages, the impact, and some brokers tonight who hope there might be a key silver lining in
all of this for some who have been looking to buy a home for some time now. victor oquendo from florida with the explanation. >> reporter: tonight, after the biggest weekly jump in mortgage rates since 1987 and home prices at record highs, an already tough year for homebuyers just got tougher. >> the average monthly payment for a mortgage has gone up 40% since the end of last year. and that's accounting for both rising interest rates and rising home prices. >> reporter: federal reserve chairman jerome powell announcing the biggest rate hike in decades, hoping the move will stabilize home prices. >> i would say if you're a homebuyer or a young person looking to buy a home, you need a bit of a reset. we need to get back to a place where supply and demand are back together. >> it's been a frenzy. >> reporter: but here in south florida, one of the hottest real estate markets in the country, realtors like jamie tompkins hope there's a silver lining in these rising rates.
helping some of the 12 million prospective home buyers that are priced out of the market, many of them first-timers. >> it will be a factor. it will start to slow it down a little bit, but honestly we need a little more normalcy in our market.rm so the interest rates will just add to more normalization of the market. >> reporter: so you're kind of in favor of what's happening right now? >> well, it's been too crazy. so it's been, you know -- properties go on the market, they go right away. now we're starting to see a slowdown where the average buyer can get into the market, and it's not a bidding war. >> reporter: experts we spoke with say that these mortgage rates could stay high until 2024, but warn it's difficult to make those projections. bottom line, the red-hot housing market we've seen for the last decade finally showing signs of slowing down. david? >> let's hope there is a silver lining the broker talked to you about. we'll see. victor, thank you. we turn back overseas tonight to more headlines. one from moscow, a court there sentencing american teacher mrc
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finally tonight here, the dad stepping in to take the children fishing. "america strong." >> reporter: tonight here, william dunn from lakeland, florida, a father with two children and two grandchildren as well. and what he now does for so many other children, too. william grew up fishing with his dad. he took his own children fishing along the way. and now he tries to take as many children fishing as possible, particularly those who don't have a father figure to take them fishing on their own. many of the children had never been fishing before. >> sand perch. good job, buddy. >> reporter: holding a punishing pole. >> that's what it's about, buddy. >> the big catch. >> that's it right there, buddy. claim your prize. >> reporter: william creating a nonprofit, take a kid fishing, inc. 3 of that years later, over 2,500 children have now gone fishing with him and his team of
volunteers. right here tonight, william and his message. >> i just want to let y'all know that i'm here for your needs if you ever need anything. if you need somebody to talk to, or lean on or just to discuss problems, i'm here for you guys. >> reporter: william was there for his children and now his grandchildren. also there for so many other children out there, too, and always ready to ask that question, what did you catch? >> what'd y'all catch? let me see them. >> we caught a fish! >> y'all having fun? >> yeah! >> we just love this. we celebrate william and all of our dads and stepdads out there. william, let us know if you catch anything good out there. from all of us here, happy father's day. good night. get ready for a dubn
celebration as the warriors flyn back to the bay area with their ship trophy. we've got the ins and outs of their first celebration parade in san francisco. plus we'll be joined live tonight by abc 7 news insider phil mateer a center designed to help those in need is closing. so what will replace it? san francisco mayor london breeds brother is asking for his 44-year prison sentence to be reduced. i i investigate her controversial involvement. building a better bay area moving forward finding solutions. this is abc 7. the crime happened more than 20 years ago now san francisco mayor london breed wants her brother out early from prison. good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm dionne lim and i'm dan ashley. the mayor's brother is serving a long prison sentence for murder robbery and carjacking. he has a resentencing hearing set for next week. abc 7 news 9 team reporter. dan noyes has been looking into case and the controversy.
san francisco mayor london breeds brother napoleon brown has served half of his 44-year cents for murder robbery and carjacking and now his attorney believes brown should be released because the laws changed in 2019. well, the basic point is that he doesn't meet the definition of murder anymore because you have to show reckless and difference to life. reckless in difference to life is typically explained as firing a gun into a crowd. here's what happened. just after midnight, june 19 2000 napoleon brown ended accomplice robbed. the johnny rockets restaurant a fisherman's wharf they crowded four workers into the basement and took 7,200 from the safe. the manager got a bump on his head when one of the suspects hit him because he wasn't opening the safe fast enough and undercover cop saw the men walking with a red bank deposit bag and get into a escort driven by lenty's white the officer followed as a sped onto the
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