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. this morning on "world news now," covid shots for young kids set to begin as soon as today. also this morning, what to expect as the january 6th committee holds two more public hearings this week. the travel mess from london to cities across the u.s. hundreds of flights have already been canceled today, but the government has a message for the airlines. plus, swimming's world governing body votes to restrict transgender athletes from competing. what that means for swimmers like american lia thomas. and with the stanley cup final under way, we're meeting some superfans even naming their sons after hockey greats. it's monday, june 20th. >> announcer: from abc news, >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good monday morning, everyone. thanks for joining us.
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so naming, you know, your child ater a hockey great or a sports great is fine. >> yes. >> just don't get that tattoo of your team winning the championship before they win the championship, right? >> we're speaking to all you cleveland brown fans that do that. >> there was a boston celtics fan who went viral for doing that as well. just wait -- i mean, just get the ink right after. >> just wait. maybe, you know what? i see the power of speaking things into existence. >> sure. >> maybe it's like if i do this, the universe will answer. >> what about a henna tattoo? >> thank you. andrew found the solution. >> we'll tell you about that superfan in colorado coming up. first we're going to begin with a new weapon in the fight against covid-19. this one helping some of the youngest among us. >> the cdc was working over the weekend, giving its final approval to moderna and pfizer vaccines meant for children 5 years old and younger. >> but interest in the vaccines among parents could be underwhelming according to recent polls. this morning with vaccines for children between 6 months and 5
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years old now green-lit, shots could start to be administered as early as today. >> nearly 20 million children are now able to get vaccinated against covid-19. >> states have already begun ordering doses for the more than 18 million american children now eligible to receive it. new york city says it will start distributing the vaccine on pwe. the shots come as a relief to parents who have felt the need to isolate their unvaccinated children. >> we have a 4-year-old son, and we've been living quite a sheltered life over the last two years, trying to keep him safe. so this will give us a little bit of breathing room. >> reporter: octavio and xena theyhad nowil.enroll their theno thva i hencourage all parents to vaccinate their young kids it's really peacofd at yodot ed to worrt this really potentially dangerous and potentially fatal disease for your young kids. >> but many parents are in no rush to get their kids the shot.
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an april survey found that fewer than 1 in 5 parents said they are eager to vaccinate their child as soon as the shot became available. >> we don't feel confident enough at this point to make that decision. we would really like to wait a little while and see what happens. >> and many parents of children who have recently had covid are wondering if it's even worth getting the shot. but pfizer tells abc news every child should get the shots regardless if they've gotten covid because it adds extra protection against reinfection as well as serious complications should they get infected again. >> we have to look at the data. it clearly shows that the benefits far outweigh any risks related to these vaccines. >> moderna says it is planning to test its covid vaccine in babies as young as 3 months starting in september. air travelers are bracing for more disruptions today after thousands of flight delays left many people stranded over the holiday weekend. more than 6,600 flights were delayed or canceled across the country yesterday alone, and the number is already growing for today.
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airlines are scrambling to cope with a surge in demand amid staffing shortages and the residual effects of severe storms. they could face fines if the problem continues. the travel troubles go well beyond the u.s. take a look at this massive pile of luggage at london's heathrow airport. the baggage system malfunctioned, forcing some passengers to leave their suitcases behind. the january 6th committee is poised to present more evidence as it holds its fourth public hearing tomorrow. gop congressman adam kinzinger says he believes former president trump's actions amounted to criminal involvement and most americans agree. abc's maryalice parks has more. >> reporter: with three of seven hearings down and two more scheduled this week, the big question, will the january 6th select committee's findings lead the department of justice to bring any criminal charges? >> i certainly think the president is guilty of knowing what he did, seditious conspiracy, being involved in these, you know, kind of different segments of pressuring doj, vice president, et cetera.
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obviously you note we're not a criminal charges committee, so i want to be careful in specifically using that language. but i think what we're presenting before the american people certainly would rise to a level of criminal involvement by a president and definitely failure of the oath. >> reporter: 58% of americans in our new abc/ipsos poll believe donald trump should be criminally prosecuted for his role in the january 6th attack on the capitol. staff and his allies could be in jeopardy too. at the request of the justice department, the committee could turn over transcripts of all of their witness interviews as early as july. this week, the committee says they plan to show how president trump also pressured state officials like in this phone call when he asked georgia's secretary of state to find pvotes. >> all i want to do is this. i just want to find 11,780 votes. >> reporter: and detailed a plan to have state legislatures send their own representatives to washington to vote in the
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electoral college for trump. >> yes. we'll show evidence of the president's involvement in this scheme. >> reporter: we expect georgia's secretary of state, brad raffensperger, and his top deputy, gabe sterling, who were on the other end of that call with trump, to testify this week. we're also expecting a second hearing focused on what was happening at the justice department. the committee says trump was looking for people there who would elevate these conspiracy theories around the election after he lost. maryalice parks, abc news, capitol hill. >> maryalice, thank you. members of the uvalde, texas, police department could testify as soon as today before a panel of state lawmakers who are investigating the school massacre. their testimony would follow a report in the "san antonio express news" and confirmed by abc news, which says surveillance video shows police never tried to open the door to the two classrooms where the gunman killed 19 students and 2 teachers. officers are said to have had access to a tool which could have been used to open the doors. senators working on a bipartisan gun safety bill wrapped up another day of negotiations without finalizing the text.
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sources say talks are moving in the right direction, and they have until tomorrow to write the bill if they want to vote on it before the july 4th recess. now to hockey. one denver area family has taken its love of the sport to a whole new level. >> the highlands' house is decked out in colorado avalanche fi b mom andav stanley cup a step further, naming some of their kids after their favorite players. >> this is jack mackinnon. he was named after nathan mckinnon. this is little harry highland. we named him harry highland after the first nhl hat trick scorer. >> i like it. they have a nice ring to them also. >> yeah. >> of course a hat trick is three goals in a game. and little harry there is the third son. game three of stanley cup finals is tonight on abc. a lot of threes. >> if they love it, i love it. >> i do too, yeah. as long as both parents are on board, too. it wasn't some compromise like,
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all right, i get to name -- >> i was going to say let's not act like there aren't a bunch of michaels around. >> of course. >> who were born in the '90s because of michael jackson, michael jordan, mike tyson. like, i'm pretty sure that -- >> i'll start feeling old when we watch the nba and there's just other lebrons, not related, you know? >> this is little lebron. coming up, celebrating juneteenth. the family torn apart by slavery reuniting 150 years later. plus, the oscar-winning director facing new sexual assault charges. and why two florida deputies are being disciplined over how they handled the death of bob saget. you're watching "world news now."
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check this out. a rare tornado in china caught on camera. the twister hit on sunday along the country's southern coast, roaring through a heavily populated district. no casualties were reported, but there were widespread power outages. oscar-winning director paul haggis is facing new sexual assault charges. haggis was arrested on sunday in italy. prosecutors say he had nonconsensual sex with a woman over two days, then left her at an airport. haggis was sued for sexual assault in new york in 2017. the case is still pending. three other women made similar claims following that incident. and there's fallout to report in the wake of bob saget's death. two orange county, florida deputies have been disciplined for leaking news of saget's passing before saget's family was notified. details of the disciplinary action were not specified. an autopsy found the beloved comedian and actor saget passed away in january in an orlando hotel room as a result of blunt head trauma. competitive swimming at the
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highest level has put a ban in place on transgender athletes in women's events. officials say it's meant to protect the sport's competitiveness. abc's rhiannon ally has those details. >> reporter: this morning, a major change to elite swimming competitions takes effect today. >> we have to protect the rights of all our athletes to compete. but we also have to protect competitive fairness. >> reporter: fina, swimming's world governing body, voting to restrict transgender athletes from competing. male-to-female transgender athletes will only be eligible to compete in the women's categories in fina competitions if they completed their transition before puberty or the age of 12. some medical experts say the effects of higher testosterone during male puberty may never fully be erased. >> the issues related to body size, airway size, hand size, foot size, perhaps bone density. >> reporter: abc news spoke
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exclusively last month to 23-year-old swimmer lia thomas, whose achievements on the women's swim team at the university of pennsylvania ignited a fierce debate around transgender rights and competitive fairness. >> lia thomas pulling away. >> reporter: thomas made history in march as the first known transgender athlete to win a division i national title. >> trans people don't transition for athletics. we transition to be happy and authentic. >> reporter: the new fina regulations will not affect thomas' collegiate career, but they will have a major impact on her olympic dream. >> it's been a goal of mine to swim at olympic trials for a very long time. >> reporter: anne lieberman of athlete ally, a nonprofit that advocates for lgbtq athletes, responded to the new policy, saying in a statement, "the eligibility criteria for the women's category, as it is laid out in the policy, will police the bodies of all women and will not be enforceable without seriously violating the privacy
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and human rights of any athlete looking to compete in the women's category." fina will establish a new working group in order to develop open-category events for transgender athletes that do not meet the new eligibility requirements. mona, andrew. >> rhiannon, thank you. coming up, this year's juneteenth celebrations and the new film about one family torn apart by slavery finally finding each other after more than a century. >> you are watching "world news now."
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♪ gonna let these children know what's happening ♪ ♪ gonna let these children know what's happening ♪ ♪ gonna let these children know what's happening ♪
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billy porter was just one of many headliners last night for the juneteenth, a global celebration of freedom broadcast on cnn, which also featured chaka khan, khaled, and earth, wind & fire. >> juneteenth marks the day 157 years ago, that federal troops in galveston, texas, announced that all enslaved people were free. this morning, we're hearing how members of one family torn apart by slavery have now rediscovered their roots. here's abc's kenneth moton. >> hi. >> hello. >> reporter: these women are their ancestors' wildest dreams. >> "my name is hawkins wilson." >> reporter: hawkins wilson, born into slavery into virginia, sold as a boy, torn away from his family. >> "dear, sir --" >> reporter: from galveston, texas, wilson wrote these letters two years after the civil war ended, looking for his sisters. >> "i'm writing you tonight, my dear sister.
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"i'm writing you tonight, my dear sister, with my bible in my hand, praying." >> reporter: like so many black americans curious about their roots, kelly dixon-tealer of houston started the journey using kelly, why did you decide to go on this journey of tracing your roots? >> i wanted to stay closer to my grandparents. i wanted to dig more. >> reporter: kelly and her mother, alva marie jenkins, learned they're the second and third great-granddaughters of hawkins wilson. his letters also detailed his life of love, family, and faith in galveston, the birthplace of juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery. the letters, now part of the national archives, were never delivered. >> today is that time for his story to be shared. >> reporter: wilson's words featured in a powerful new documentary by ancestry, "a dream delivered: the lost letters of hawkins wilson."
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>> this story is really kind of a reminder that we should be chasing their voices, hearing from them, their perspective, and using that to kind of guide us going forward. >> reporter: the clues in wilson's letters led to this moment in virginia. for the first time, kelly and her mother meeting linda epps-parker and valerie gray-holmes, also descendants of hawkins wilson. >> meet your family. >> hi. >> how are you? >> i felt a connectedness to them. it just was genuine. >> reporter: we were there for their second reunion. it was just as emotional. >> god bless you. i'm so proud of you. >> thank you so, so much. >> reporter: more than 150 years after hawkins wilson wrote his letters, on this juneteenth, his descendants say he achieved his dream to reunite his family. kenneth moton, abc news, washington. >> thank you! >> so happy that kenneth was able to bring us that story. it shows the painful history in this country that still affects people today. >> yes, it does.
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♪ time now for "the mix," starting with a startling new study on sharks. >> based on previous studies of land predators, researchers had originally predicted that sharks would avoid densely populated coastlines. >> but new research is now pointing to the opposite. sharks appear to be increasingly attracted to populated coastlines for reasons that include nutrient runoff into the waters and sewage discharge feeding a bottom-up food chain. >> ba dump, ba dump, ba dump. still, while sharks are moving closer to coastal population centers, experts say the chances of getting attacked by one remains low, but not zero. >> but not zero. never zero. fun fact, "jaws" premiered in movie theaters on this day in 1975. >> no way. >> so it's fitting we're doing a shark story.
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>> it definitely is. next, to the epic bear brawl caught on camera in california. >> that's right. ring camera footage captured the moment two bears began trading jabs in the carport of a home in south lake tahoe. >> what do you think they're fighting about? the commotion woke up the resident, lisa quick. but just wait until you hear what happened next. >> quick says she screamed and both she and her dogs ran out there to break it up. both of the bears quickly ran off. ten out of ten, do not recommend doing that. they were throwing paws. >> they charged. >> yeah, and poor lisa quick. i mean she's got a lot to clean up. >> oh! >> okay. not going to lie. i'd watch this on showtime. i'd pay to watch this on showtime. >> celebrity death match or whatever. >> yes. next, to an hour's worth of push-ups. more than 3,100 of them. >> australian athlete daniel scally broke the male record for
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most push-ups in under one hour, completing a whopping 3,182. that's roughly one push-up per second nonstop for an hour. >> yeah, bro. this isn't the first time scally has tested the limits of endurance. last year he broke the record for longest abdominal plank, just under ten hours. >> look, it's bulking season, right? >> whatever. >> this is one way to get started. finally, to the last thing anyone expected to see on a golf course in texas. >> these golfers had their game interrupted by a high-speed car chase. video shows the suspect tearing across the course in a range rover with sheriff's deputies in hot pursuit. >> police say the driver ended up crashing the vehicle in a nearby neighborhood and fleeing on foot before he and a passenger were apprehended. no one was seriously hurt. andrew, did you see this during your sunday golf game? >> i did not. but excuse me, sir. it's cart path only. >> i know. that was probably a lot of damage to the course obviously. >> note the golfers helping out the deputies. he went that way.
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yikes. >> snitchin'.
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