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On the eve of the FDA's high-stakes meeting on booster shots, new data out of Israel indicates an additional Pfizer shot provided ten times more protection against COVID-19 and severe disease; The French government says it has killed the top ISIS leader in Africa who had claimed responsibility for the 2017 deadly ambush of four U.S. service members in Niger; The nationwide search for Gabby Petito, who vanished during a cross-country trip with her boyfriend. Authorities have released new body camera footage as Petito's boyfriend is now considered a person of interest
Several Olympic gymnastics, including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, testify before Congress saying they were betrayed by the FBI and accused the agency of burying their sexual abuse allegations against former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar. The FDA releases preliminary data from Pfizer on its booster shot trials, as the company recommends fully vaccinated Americans 16 and older receive a third shot. New reporting on the bombshell allegations in a book on the final days of the Trump presidency. North Korea tests two more ballistic missiles. And SpaceX launches to space with only civilians on board in a history-making mission.
Hurricane Nicholas slams into parts of Texas and Louisiana producing life-threatening flooding and winds up to 75 miles an hour. Child COVID cases now making up nearly 30 percent of all new cases in the U.S. Dr. Fauci weighs in on when children could become eligible to receive COVID vaccines and booster shots for adults. The first exit polls are in for California's governor recall election. The new tell-all book alleging America's top general took secret steps to prevent President Trump from potentially ordering a military strike or launching nuclear weapons. New information on Apple's urgent security update. And remembering a popular SNL star and comedian.
The surge in child COVID cases continues with over one million children testing positive across the U.S. in the last month. Parts of the U.S. bracing for as much as 20 inches of rain with Tropical Storm Nicholas taking aim at the Gulf Coast. Capitol Police arrest an armed man outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters. Secretary of State Antony Blinken grilled on Capitol Hill over the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. President Biden hits the campaign trail for California Governor Gavin Newsom on the eve of the state's recall election. And actor Jeff Bridges releases an update on his battle with cancer and COVID.
The FDA issues a new warning advising parents not to seek out COVID vaccinations for children under 12 years of age as millions more young people prepare to return back to school. The Biden administration defends its new vaccine mandates. Two weeks after Hurricane Ida's impact, Tropical Storm Nicholas takes aim at the Gulf Coast. New details after a massive explosion at an apartment complex outside of Atlanta. The final push in California with the state's governor recall election just two days away. And one football team rallies around a boy who felt lonely at school.
The United States now reporting four times more COVID patients hospitalized compared to last fall. Some hospitals now at a breaking point and forced to decide who receives care. This, as concerns are raised over the "Mu" variant and whether it could evade vaccines. The northeast preparing for a severe storm threat a week after being hit by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The FBI issues an update into the search for the suspect wanted for placing bombs outside the DNC and RNC headquarters the day before the Capitol riots. And the former prosecutor arrested and charged in the Ahmaud Arbery murder case.
Child COVID cases increasing nationwide to its largest number since the beginning of the pandemic with a reported 252,000 new cases in just the last week. President Biden tours the hardest hit areas of New Jersey and New York City that were affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. Four Americans have been rescued from Afghanistan. The alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks appearing in court in Guantanamo Bay. And Ethel Kennedy weighs in on the possible parole of her husband's killer.
New fears over a potential post-Labor Day COVID surge with the holiday travel rush hitting pre-pandemic levels. More than a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall, Louisiana and parts of the Northeast still reeling from Ida's aftermath. President Biden set to visit New Jersey and New York City tomorrow. The first Americans evacuating Afghanistan with U.S. help over land amid reports the Taliban is blocking charter flights. The member of a prominent legal family speaks out after the mysterious murders of his wife and son. And the famous actor known for his roles in "The Wire" and "Boardwalk Empire" dies.
The death toll rises to at least 70 people across 8 states a week after Hurricane Ida slammed the U.S., as Louisiana and parts of the northeast continue to clean up and rebuild from the catastrophic storm. Fears for a post Labor Day-weekend COVID surge as scores of families travel and many pack stadiums nationwide. The top American general calling a terror resurgence in Afghanistan, "very likely," amid reports of the Taliban blocking Americans from departing at an airport. The federal unemployment COVID benefits set to expire for millions of Americans. And a look at California's governor recall election.
The staggering death toll continues to rise across the Northeast after catastrophic storms; The Supreme Court has rejected a request to block a new Texas law restricting most abortions in a 5-4 decision; Americans answer the call to help the millions in need across the country –– from the South and Northeast where Ida struck to the massive wildfires in the West.
The remnants of what was once Hurricane Ida lashes across the northeast prompting tornado and flash flood warnings from Virginia up to Boston. New developments on a deadly school shooting in North Carolina. Hundreds of thousands still without power in Louisiana as the state continues to cleanup from the hurricane. A new law is passed in Texas effectively banning most abortions and directly challenging Roe v. Wade. More than 4,000 first responders in California try to contain the Cauldor fire. And the search and rescue mission after a U.S. Navy helicopter crashes off the coast.
President Biden addresses the American people says he "takes responsibility" to end America's longest war in Afghanistan. The President pushing back on critics who were against the withdrawal, saying he was "not going to extend this forever war." The remnants of what was once Hurricane Ida now moving towards the northeast expected to pack heavy rains and straight line winds. This, as parts of the Gulf Coast begin to clean up and restore power. The alarming spike in child COVID cases with more than 300 children admitted daily to hospitals. And an 80 pound cougar found in one person's apartment in New York City.
The search and rescue efforts are underway in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida. Millions are in the dark without power as concerns turn towards those who are trapped in their homes. The latest on where the storm is going. The final U.S. troops pull out of Afghanistan as America ends its longest war. The Pentagon saying every single U.S. service member is out of the country, as an American general says there is "heartbreak" as not every American or every Afghan ally made it out. The number of child COVID cases soaring across the U.S. and the breaking headline on potential booster shots.
Hurricane Ida slams into Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane packing violent winds of over 115 miles an hour and delivering historic storm surge. Rooftops ripped off buildings, homes flooded and hundreds of thousands in the state without power. The new U.S. drone strike targeting ISIS-K, taking out a vehicle that carried a "substantial amount of explosive material" just outside the Kabul Airport. And remembering and honoring the 13 fallen U.S. service members as they arrive at Dover Airforce Base.
Hurricane Ida rapidly gains strength over the warm waters of the Gulf Coast with over six million Americans said to be in the path of the "extremely dangerous category 4" storm. The National Weather Service warning some places may be uninhabitable for weeks or possibly even months. President Biden warns another attack in Afghanistan over the next 24-36 hours is "highly likely." This, as the U.S. releases the names of the 13 fallen marines who were killed in a suicide attack in Kabul earlier this week. Thousands of Afghan refugees arrive at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. And the raging wildfire threatening Lake Tahoe.
Ida is now a Category 1 storm and forecasted to strengthen into a Category 4 hurricane before landfall in Louisiana Sunday - 16 years exactly since Katrina hit; American forces are on edge in Kabul as the White House warns that a new terror attack is "likely.”; The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. is rising with over 1,200 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, marking the highest single day total since early March as the Delta variant fuels the surge.
The Secretary of State acknowledges up to 1,500 Americans may still need to be evacuated from Afghanistan. More on the timeline to get U.S. troops out amid growing concerns about ISIS in the region. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson both say they have evidence showing a COVID booster shot "dramatically increase protection from COVID." The raging wildfires in California with one fire burning more than 123,000 acres. The release of a police body cam video showing a state trooper allegedly beating a Black driver with a flashlight during a traffic stop. And an honor long overdue.
President Biden provides an update on getting Americans and U.S. troops out of Afghanistan by the August 31st deadline as the pace of evacuations dramatically increases. The U.S. now reporting more than 140,000 new COVID cases a day. Dr. Fauci speaks about what Americans can do to get control of the virus to have some sort of normalcy by next spring. The House approves President Biden's $3.5 trillion budget blueprint. The scare forcing Vice President Harris's flight to Vietnam to be delayed for several hours. The search for the missing continues after historic flooding in Tennessee. And remembering Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.
The FDA gives full approval to the Pfizer COVID vaccine for Americans 16 and older. Federal authorities hope this will help convince more of the unvaccinated to get the vaccine. The mass evacuations continue in Afghanistan as the Taliban calls the U.S.'s August 31 deadline to get Americans and Afghan interpreters out of the country a "redline." At least 21 people killed in historic flooding in Tennessee as the northeast cleans up following Tropical Storm Henri. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives a farewell message in his final hours in office. And remembering a rock n' roll pioneer.
Coastal towns feeling the brunt of Henri's powerful storm surge; A desperate search for dozens in Tennessee; President Biden, while facing an avalanche of criticism, telling Americans "a lot could still go wrong;" And the Surgeon General is hopeful more people will get the shot once the Pfizer vaccine gets full approval.
Hurricane Henri picks up steam as it heads toward the northeast, leading to hurricane and tropical storm warnings posted from New Jersey to Massachusetts. The category one hurricane, with winds up to 75 miles per hour, set to make landfall on Long Island Sunday. At least seven are dead after they were crushed in a crowd of people trying to flee Afghanistan, as the Pentagon reports 17,000 people have been evacuated from the country over the past week. The U.S. averaging 132,000 new daily COVID cases amid the heated battle over school mask mandates. And new information surrounding the mysterious deaths of a family of three in Oregon.
President Biden promises Americans in Afghanistan, "we will get you home." The Associated Press now reporting U.S. military helicopters have begun flying into Taliban-held Kabul to airlift evacuees to the airport. The President saying over 6,000 American boots are on the ground assisting in the evacuations. Tropical Storm Henri set to become a hurricane, prompting warnings in six states as it moves up the East Coast. The U.S. records its worst day in the pandemic in nearly six months with nearly 158,000 new COVID cases in the past 24 hours. And the new Jeopardy host stepping down just nine days after getting the job.
President Biden gives his first interview to ABC News since the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban. The President was pressed on previous comments he made about a Taliban takeover being "highly unlikely," and whether there was an intelligence failure. On the streets, gunfire and beatings believed to be from the Taliban occur outside the Kabul Airport, as thousands of Afghan men, women and children desperately try to flee the country. The Biden Administration now recommending fully vaccinated Americans receive a COVID booster shot. And the big day for a former First Lady.
The State Department now reporting all American embassy personnel are out of Afghanistan after the country fell to the Taliban. Efforts are now turning towards evacuating other Americans and the Afghans who helped the U.S. out of the country. The political fallout mounting with questions over whether U.S. intelligence was ignored. The Biden administration will likely recommend vaccinated Americans receive a third COVID vaccine dose eight months after the second dose, as the Delta variant reaches all 50 states. And the latest on several tropical storm threats in the Caribbean and Haiti.
President Biden addresses the American people and defends the U.S.'s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan. This as the Taliban assumes full control of the country. Afghan citizens seen racing towards a U.S. Military C-17 plane heading down a runway for take off with some clinging on to the plane. Tropical Storm Fred slams into the southeastern part of the U.S. with winds gusting up to 60 miles an hour and delivering heavy rains. And the desperate search for survivors in Haiti following an horrific 7.2 magnitude earthquake.
The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan's capital as Kabul's government collapses and citizens, foreigners scramble for safety, with new video showing militants in the presidential palace; The search for survivors intensifying as the death toll rises in Haiti after a catastrophic quake and the acting prime minister declaring a state of emergency as the nation braces for Tropical Depression Grace; A group of 85 cyclists from The University of Texas at Austin have completed a 4,000-mile, 70-day bike ride across the country to raise money for the fight against cancer.
Hundreds are dead after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti Saturday morning reducing buildings to rubble, and overwhelming hospitals with wounded victims; U.S. troops will be helping to evacuate embassy staff and Afghan visa applicants out of Kabul, as the Taliban advances; he White House is now reportedly planning for the possibility that more American's will need booster shots, as COVID-19 cases surge.
The CDC is recommending a third shot for those with weakened immune systems; The crisis in Afghanistan is worsening as the Taliban swiftly closes in on Kabul, with the first of the 3,000 American troops now there to help with emergency evacuations from the embassy; The latest in the fallout after New York Gov. Cuomo's resignation, with the state assembly saying that it will now suspend its impeachment investigation.
The Delta variant surging across the country and hospitalizations hitting their highest level in six months; The U.S. military is deploying roughly 3,000 troops back to Afghanistan to help with the emergency evacuation of some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul as the Taliban's grip on the country tightens; Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, will step down as conservator of the pop star's estate.
Governor Abbott has announced the deployment of 2,500 medical personnel to help hospitals across the state of Texas; Government officials confirming to ABC News that the FDA is expected to authorize a third booster shot for the immune-compromised people; Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul to be Governor of New York and making it clear it will be different when she's in office; The senate now approving President Biden's 3.5 trillion-dollar budget resolution... but democrats only; The Taliban fighters now claim nine key cities in Afghanistan; Two Georgia high school basketball coaches facing murder charges after one of their players died; Jeopardy announces not one, but two new hosts.
The U.S. records over 100,000 new COVID infections for the fourth straight day. Florida leading the country in new hospitalizations as health care workers are pushed to the brink. Several people unaccounted for as the Dixie wildfire now threatens more homes and other buildings. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo possibly facing criminal charges after one of his accusers say Cuomo groped her at the Governor's mansion. The bi-partisan infrastructure bill clearing a major hurdle. Americans encouraged to immediately evacuate the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan. And Allyson Felix becomes the most decorated U.S. track and field Olympian.
A new milestone in the race to vaccinate: 50 percent of American adults are now fully vaccinated. This, as school districts in several states battle with government officials over masks. The fast-moving Dixie fire exploding again overnight in California. One of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's accusers has filed a criminal complaint against him, alleging he inappropriately touched her chest at the state residence. Spirit Airlines cancels hundreds of more flights leaving thousands of passengers stranded. And how the Delta variant could threaten the economic progress following an impressive new jobs report.
A senior government official tells ABC News the FDA plans to offer a COVID booster vaccines for immunocompromised Americans within the next few weeks. Dangerous wind and erratic winds fueling extreme wildfires across California. Spirit Airlines issues more widespread cancelations for a fifth day. An impeachment investigation into New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said to be nearing its end as he continues to experience more fallout from the Attorney General's report claiming he sexually harassed multiple women. And Congressional gold medals awarded to multiple police officers who defended the Capitol on January 6.
The CDC releases a new alarming forecast warning that hospitalizations in the U.S. could triple by the end of the month and daily cases could soar to nearly 200,000 a day. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to defy calls to resign following the release of a scathing report saying he sexually harassed 11 people. The new body camera video released after a workplace shooting in Tennessee. Excessive heat fueling raging wildfires in the west. And hundreds of passengers left stranded after Spirit Airlines grounding nearly 60 percent of its flights.
The U.S. finally hits President Biden's goal to have 70 percent of American adults receive at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. This, as the U.S.'s daily case average jumps by over 500 percent fueled by the Delta variant. Olympic superstar gymnast Simone Biles will return for the balance beam individual final tomorrow as her American teammate Jade Carey wins gold in the floor exercise. 5 police officers in Miami Beach now facing charges after troubling surveillance video shows officers kicking a suspect. Millions of Americans face an uncertain future after Congress failed to extend the federal moratorium on evictions. And why one airline says it was forced to ground a third of its fleet.
The United States recording 100,000 new daily COVID cases fueled by the Delta variant, the highest jump in new cases in nearly six months. President Biden now signaling new restrictions could be on the way following the release of a CDC internal report indicating the Delta variant is more contagious than the chickenpox and common cold. The federal moratorium on evictions expected to expire at midnight without Congressional action. Simone Biles pulls out of two more gymnastics finals, but leaves the door open for a possible return. Afghan forces attempt to fend off the Taliban forcing millions to flee for safety. And the high horse-power gift from three loving stepdaughters.
An internal document from the CDC saying the war against the coronavirus has changed because of the Delta variant with new evidence showing it is as contagious as chickenpox and one person with the virus could infect up to nine others. The race to stop a nationwide eviction moratorium from expiring in just a few hours before millions of Americans could lose their homes. Cleanup after three confirmed tornadoes in Pennsylvania and severe storms in New Jersey. An update from the Olympic Games in Tokyo. And a House Committee releases handwritten notes appearing to show former President Trump pressuring the Justice Department to claim the 2020 presidential election "corrupt."
President Biden issues new sweeping vaccine and mask mandates for more than four million federal workers. This, as the U.S. now averages nearly 62,000 new COVID cases a day fueled by the Delta variant. Severe storms move into the Northeast prompting tornado watches from Maryland to New Jersey. America's Suni Lee wins gold in the women's gymnastics all-around final with Simone Biles looking on. Billionaire Trevor Milton charged with fraud after prosecutors allege his company never produced a single electric truck. And the push to extend the federal moratorium on evictions set to expire in two days.
New cases of the Delta COVID variant soaring over 400 percent in the U.S. just five weeks. This, as the White House is set to announce mandatory vaccines or testing for over 2 million federal employees. New research now showing fully vaccinated people with breakthrough infections can potentially spread the Delta variant. President Biden and a key group of bipartisan senators say they have reached an agreement on a new infrastructure bill and will bring it to a vote on the Senate floor. Gymnastics star Simone Biles withdraws from the individual all-around finals. And the tragic death of a high school football player in Georgia on the first day of practice.
New York City and California becoming the first to require front line health care workers, teachers and government officials to get vaccinated with new cases on the rise in 49 states. France now requiring vaccination passports for restaurants, bars and theaters causing several protests. More than 13 wildfires raging in the west and the air quality alerts issued all the way to the East coast. The House's January 6 Committee prepares to hold its first hearing tomorrow morning trying to get to the bottom of what caused the Capitol riots. An update from the Tokyo Olympics. And the mysterious sighting above the skies in Texas.
The Delta variant causes COVID cases to rise in nearly every region across the U.S. The new daily case average rises by over 300 percent since mid June, as the nation's top infectious disease doctor weighs in on a potential booster shot and possible changes to mask guidance for vaccinated Americans. America bounces back in day two of the Tokyo Olympics to win medals in the pool. More than 80 large wildfires raging across the west with one fire sparking evacuation orders for thousands in California. The dramatic rescue of a mother and her baby trapped underneath a wrecked car caught on camera. And one woman looks to reach new heights at the Tokyo Olympics.
The urgent new warnings from health officials as the number of new daily COVID cases more than triples to over 43,000 in the U.S. This, as some senior health officials discuss the possibility of a third booster shot for individuals with a compromised immune system. The first medals awarded at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Monsoon rains put millions of people at risk, as wildfires burn across 11 states. Two boats collide on a lake in Georgia. The NFL Players' Association weighs in on the league's new COVID protocols. And the surprise gift for a "Piano Man," changing his life forever.
Health officials caution the current Delta variant outbreak of the coronavirus may not peak until October. Some hospitals in the Midwest now running out of beds and other areas reissue mask mandates. The Summer Olympics officially underway in Tokyo with several demonstrations held outside the Opening Ceremony protesting the games amid the pandemic. Wildfires exploding across 14 states. Disgraced celebrity chef Mario Batali agrees to pay more than half a million dollars to settle allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace. And what's behind the new and used car price surge?