Transcript for ABC News Live Prime: Friday, May 13, 2022
KAYNA WHITWORTH: A moment of sadness turns chaotic and violent in Jerusalem. It's all caught on camera. Israeli police clashing with mourners at the funeral for a slain Palestinian-American journalist, pallbearers nearly dropping her casket.
A nationwide baby formula shortage turning into a crisis-- empty shelves and desperate parents-- some traveling for hours, all in search of formula to feed their babies. More than 40% of supplies out of stock. Among the hardest-hit-- lower-income families. Now, new concerns over price-gouging, hoarding, and scammers-- the FDA's plan to ease the pain of the shortage.
An alarming new COVID prediction tonight from Dr. Anthony Fauci. There isn't just a threat, but a likelihood of a fall and winter surge. Backpedaling, after the first suggestion the United States was moving out of the pandemic, now saying we're still in the middle of it. The increased push from the White House for COVID funding from Congress.
Overseas, Russian forces facing major setbacks as they try to cross a river in the Eastern Donbas region. New verified video showing a pontoon bridge sinking and Russian tanks destroyed.
Her star is rising. And in the midst of her success, Stephanie Hsu is breaking barriers in the world of entertainment. ABC's Stephanie Ramos sits down with the Everything Everywhere All At Once actress about bringing all kinds of representation to the screen and doing it in style.
- I think that when people see themselves, they know that they are worthy of existing, worthy of living a beautiful life, worthy of pursuing their dreams.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: It's the touchdown of the century for the family of this 11-year-old on the field moment that he and his family will never forget.
- I'm very happy.
- You're very happy?
- Very, very happy.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: And good evening, everybody. I'm Kayna Whitworth, in for Linsey Davis here in Los Angeles tonight. And thank you so much for streaming with us. And we begin this Friday night with frustration turning to anger for parents across this country, desperate to find baby formula.
Some are driving for hours just to buy it. An estimated 40% of brands are out of stock. Many stores-- look at that-- have empty shelves. Post-pandemic supply problems are adding to this issue.
And tonight, Congress is demanding answers, and the White House says it is taking steps to ramp up the supply. But exhausted parents are getting fed up, wondering why this has gone on for so long.
Meanwhile, the FDA warning parents not to use some formula made here in the US after four babies got sick with a rare bacterial infection. Two of them died. This plant in Michigan says there is no evidence linking their formula to the illnesses, but they were shut down in February, investigated, and could be weeks before they're up and running again.
So what can parents do in the meantime? We have Dr. Alok Patel standing by with those answers. But first, Mary Bruce leads us off from the White House.
MARY BRUCE: Tonight, the FDA insists the nation's stock of baby formula is, quote, "stabilizing." But around the country, anxious parents are staring at empty shelves as one of the nation's top manufacturers warns shortages could last throughout the year. Moms like Jennifer Kersey of Cheshire, Connecticut, frustrated and confused.
- All of a sudden, we go to buy formula, everything is gone.
MARY BRUCE: At the White House today, President Biden tried to offer reassurances.
- There's nothing more urgent we're working on than that right now. And I think we're going to be making some significant progress.
MARY BRUCE: Roughly 40% of formula brands are now out of stock-- retailers like CVS and Walgreens limiting how much you can buy. In Nashville, Daria Grattan is struggling to find specialized formula for her daughter, Daisy Lynn, who has a milk allergy.
DARIA GRATTON: I have family in other states, looking for me. I currently have about a month of inventory in my house. But after that, I don't know what we're going to do.
MARY BRUCE: Valerie Farnsworth of Fresno says the search is exhausting and expensive.
- Not only can we not find it, but when we do find it, there's always a 20% markup on it.
MARY BRUCE: This crisis has been building for months. The cause-- pandemic-related supply issues and a massive recall of Abbott brand formula after it was linked to the death of two infants. Abbott now says they could restart production in two weeks once the FDA gives them the go-ahead, and get formula back on shelves in another six to eight weeks.
But we're told the FDA is still investigating safety conditions at Abbott's facility. The White House now stepping in-- giving families that rely on government assistance more flexibility to purchase any brands available, taking steps to import more formula, and cracking down on price gouging across the country. Parents now leaning on each other. Alleyah Gaines connected with another mom on Facebook, Nadette Branche, who was happy to help.
- When I was pregnant, people had given me boxes, like gift set boxes, with formula in them. I was like, hey, let me see if somebody could have a good use for it.
- I quickly commented, and I was like, you know, can I please get this formula? And she was like, yes, of course. I just was so ecstatic.
- That mom community can be so important, especially at times like this. Mary Bruce joining us now. So Mary, the President spoke with two of the biggest manufacturers of baby formula here-- Gerber and Reckitt. And we know that they're ramping up production, but still, is there any clear sense that you have on when we can actually expect to see more formula on these shelves?
- Well, Kayna, that is the real big question right now. We are told that these two companies are significantly ramping up production by 50% and 30%. But when we've pressed the White House on how long these shortages are going to last, they simply cannot say. You know, as frustrating as it is for parents, as hard as this is to hear, right now, there simply is no firm answer on when this crisis is going to end. Kayna.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Mary, our thanks to you. With all these mixed messages we're hearing in regards to when this problem could actually be solved, we want to check in with ABC medical contributor, Dr. Alok Patel, with what parents need to know. Dr. Patel, thank you so much for joining us.
- Kayna, thank you for talking about this. We are hearing questions and concerns from all over the country.
- Absolutely. So really, it's trying to figure out what parents can do in the meantime, right? So first of all, let's start with this. If people can't find their preferred brand of formula on store shelves, is it safe to change formula for your baby? And what is the best way to then introduce new formula to your baby's diet?
- Kayna, for the majority of infants who are formula-fed or supplemented, it is safe to try to find an alternative. Now, as a parent of a formula-fed infant, I understand that some babies can be picky, so it's totally a viable option try it out.
For those kids who may have a specific dietary need, such as children with heart disease, children who have trouble digesting certain formulas, food allergies, you want to check in with the health care professional or a pediatrician to find a safe alternative. That's actually the specific population I'm most worried about.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Right, those kids that need that specific kind of formula, right?
- Absolutely. And there's a lot of them. Anyone out there could go and look at the three major formula suppliers-- Abbott, Mead Johnson, or Gerber-- and you will see it's not just that general infant formula. There's a lot of different formulas out there, including soy milk-based, hydrolyzed, or formulas that are easier to digest-- even formulas that have a higher caloric value for those kids who need that extra boost. So it's very specific in some cases.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Wow. And so many kids out there, I know, have a soy allergy, so that can be tough when it comes to formula. And then, also, at what age can you introduce cow- or plant-based milks? I always remember it being around one.
- Generally, Kayna, it is around one when it's safe to introduce those types of milks. Now, in an absolute crisis, any parent of a child who's six months or older can talk to their doctor to look to see what options they have, in terms of getting extra calories. That's around the age when children can start taking in some solid foods and may be able to take a little bit of cow's milk for that time being.
But this is not a safe alternative for young babies. When we look at almond milk, oat milk, plant-based milk, cow's milk, they do not have the right nutrient profile, including electrolytes, sugar, and iron for young developing babies. So that is not a safe alternative.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: OK, and let's touch on this real quickly. You mentioned it. You are a formula household. We were a breast milk household. Why is it that some parents either can't breastfeed, or it's just simply not an option for them?
- I am glad you brought this up, because I talk to new parents literally every day. And every parent looks at their own individual situation. Some parents, for a medical reason, cannot breastfeed, even though they try to.
Some parents in the early stages may not have the right milk supply. There's trouble with lack lactating, or there's the trouble with latching from the baby. And there's a lot of kids with medical reasons where they can't actually breastfeed as well.
And then, we look at societal issues and the pressures that are put on new parents. We don't have paid maternity leave. So the reasons are numerous, and I absolutely think that's something we should address right now and wonder why we don't have the right support for parents out there who want to breastfeed but can't.
- Right. And on the flip side, I will say, I had a surplus, so I started donating my breast milk. What advice do you have to parents out there that might want to go that route? That they might want to look at using either donated breast milk or perhaps try to buy some?
- Well, I do want a slow clap to you and all the mothers out there who are stepping up right now to support one another. The altruism is inspiring. Now, using donor breast milk is a perfectly viable option for a lot of people out there.
You want to make sure you're getting it from a reputable source, because these donor milk banks are going to be the places that are going to screen all that milk just to make sure there's nothing concerning in there. Now, people might say, like, hey, I can't do that, because I don't have a doctor's prescription, or I can't afford to purchase donor breast milk.
If you're going to get donor breast milk online, it's not the safest option. But I know someone out there is going to anyway. Just make sure you trust the source. And feel empowered to ask a medical history from anyone, even if it's a friend, that you're getting donor breast milk from.
- Oh, that's really good advice. And what about purchasing formula online? What should parents watch out for there specifically?
- I am imploring parents to not buy formula from a shady website. Be very careful. You're buying it from a third-party vendor. I think this is a situation the FDA is going to have to really reconsider when it comes to what formulas are imported into the United States.
You want to make sure any formula you are buying meets FDA standards. That is extremely important. And please, any parents out there, do not try to replicate the intricate science of breast milk or formula in your household blender.
Homemade formula is not safe. You risk a nutritional deficiency or worse if you feed that to young babies.
- Yeah. And that was my next question. What about people making that really hard decision to dilute the formula that they do have?
- If you actually look at formula, there's a very specific minimum and maximum for all the vitamins, minerals, the electrolytes in the formula. And if you dilute that, you're potentially changing all of it.
We've actually seen children hospitalized because of diluted formula. And the fact that this is even a topic of consideration right now-- it, Kayna, is completely heartbreaking that there are parents out there who cannot find formula, and as a last resort are thinking about diluting it.
It's just-- it's a gut punch to think that that's where some families are at right now. But it is not safe at all to dilute formula.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Oh, thank you so much for that advice, and I completely agree with you, that it is really hard to hear. Dr. Patel, our thanks to you.
- Thank you.
- And now, to an urgent search in rural Texas tonight. Authorities say that a convicted murderer stabbed the driver of a transport bus and got away. Nearby schools were canceled, neighbors were warned to stay inside, and tonight, US Marshals have joined that search. ABC's Mireya Villarreal has the latest.
MIREYA VILLARREAL: Tonight, residents being told to stay indoors and lock their doors and vehicles, as more than 300 officers from multiple agencies across Texas search for convicted murderer Gonzalo Artemio Lopez.
- He killed a man in 2005 with a pickax.
MIREYA VILLARREAL: Lopez was with 15 other prisoners in this white bus, being taken to a medical appointment in Huntsville, Texas on Thursday, when authorities say he somehow got free from his restraints and got through the wire cage protecting the driver.
- When he got through that opening that he cut open, that's when he started struggling with the officer.
MIREYA VILLARREAL: Stabbing the driver in the chest and hand with an unknown object, crashing the bus, and escaping into a pasture. Authorities setting up checkpoints, schools in the area closing down.
- The advice to the public right now is, if at all possible, stay in your homes. And if you see this guy, do not engage him.
- No word yet on if there are any cameras on that bus, but there is a $15,000 reward being offered for any information that leads to his arrest. And Kayna, it is expected to get up to 100 degrees here in Texas over the weekend, so law enforcement is hoping that he will get desperate and easier to find. Kayna.
- And Mireya, our thanks to you. And now, to the pandemic-- as new cases spike, health experts have an ominous new forecast. Hospital admissions and deaths are anticipated to rise over the next four weeks. In fact, up to 5,400 deaths are projected in just the next two weeks.
Health officials say many of those will be among the vaccinated but not boosted. Whit Johnson has the latest.
WHIT JOHNSON: Tonight, new COVID cases in the US tripling over the last six weeks. The country reporting more than 145,000 new infections in just 24 hours-- the highest daily total since mid-February, with that growing number of counties in the Northeast now at high risk.
- This pandemic is not over, and if we bring down our guard and not do the things we need to do, we can get ourselves into the same trouble we were several months ago.
WHIT JOHNSON: The White House warning, without more funding from Congress, Americans won't have access to the next generation of vaccines needed to fight newer variants.
- We're going to run out of treatments. We're going to run out of testing. And so whatever infections we see this fall and winter, we're going to have to deal with that. With none of these traditional tools with us, it's going to be a mess.
WHIT JOHNSON: Health experts point to the risk of waning immunity, especially among people who haven't been boosted and who are more than a year out from their initial vaccine doses. It comes as a growing proportion of COVID deaths are from breakthrough infections.
- There are vaccinated people who get infected, some of whom go on to severe disease and death. Those are very heavily weighted towards the elderly and those with underlying conditions.
WHIT JOHNSON: A new ABC News analysis of federal data showed in August, fully vaccinated Americans made up nearly 19% of COVID deaths. By February, that number more than doubled. And that same month, 1/4 of deaths were among people who were vaccinated and boosted with their first dose.
- These data should not be interpreted as, the vaccine is not working. In fact, it reaffirms the incredible protection that these vaccines are affording, especially when you're up to date with boosters.
- And Whit Johnson joining us now. So Whit, health experts stress the vaccines dramatically lower the risk of hospitalization and death, but about 1/2 of Americans who are eligible for a booster still haven't gotten one. How is this playing out?
- Well, Kayna, that's right. About 92 million eligible Americans still haven't gotten that first booster dose. And now, anyone over 50 is eligible for a second booster. Also, next month, we expect to learn a lot more about a possible modified vaccine for the fall and just how often we might need to get boosters in the future. Kayna.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: All right, Whit. Thank you so much. Turning overseas now to the latest signs of Russian setbacks in Ukraine, as the UK confirms that Ukrainian forces blocked Russia from an attempted river crossing in the Donbas region. It comes as US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with his Russian counterpart for the first time since before the invasion. Here's ABC's senior foreign correspondent, Ian Pannell.
IAN PANNELL: Tonight, Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine appearing to go awry. Britain's Ministry of Defense confirming Ukrainian claims that they repelled a Russian attempt to cross a key river in the East. Images show the Russians were trying to cross using two makeshift pontoon bridges that were totally destroyed-- the charred remains of more than 20 tanks and armored vehicles nearby.
And here in the Northeast of the country, Putin's invasion is going backwards-- a stiff Ukrainian counter-offensive forcing Russian troops to retreat back towards their own border. We were taken to a secret location inside Kharkiv. This speaks to quite how badly Putin's war is really going-- a refrigerated train carriage with the terrible truth the Kremlin doesn't even want its own people to see. The scene inside was graphic.
This is a total house of horrors. There are 41 Russian soldiers, their bodies here, wrapped in this thick black plastic. They've been kept inside this refrigerated train. But I have to tell you, the air is thick with the stench of decomposition.
We were shown the bodies and able to verify they were wearing Russian uniforms. Although some soldiers are returned to their families, Ukraine's security services accused the Russian military of listing soldiers that have been killed as missing.
You seem to be suggesting that they don't want the bodies, because they don't want the truth to be shown. Letto collects the bodies. He says, as far as I know, the Russians don't tell their people about the real losses here. There have been more than 30,000 messages and calls to the Ukrainians from Russian families trying to find their missing sons.
These soldiers are waiting to be claimed. So far, no one's come forward. It's a sad indictment of a war Putin's men are struggling to win. And only adding to Russia's shame, the first war crimes trial of a Russian soldier accused of killing a 62-year-old civilian getting underway in Kyiv today.
- And Ian Pannell joining us now from Eastern Ukraine. So Ian, the US Defense Secretary called his Russian counterpart today for the first time since before this invasion began. So what are we learning about that conversation?
- Yeah, that's right. And I think it's important that the conversation actually took place at all. We know this is something that the Defense Secretary has been trying to have so far. Austin apparently urging an immediate ceasefire and the need to try and keep communications open.
We don't know any more details about what took place during that conversation, but I think the fact that it took place at all is a potentially positive development. Of course, it's really been a bad week for Vladimir Putin, really, on two fronts-- firstly, of course, because of the ground invasion having been halted or reversed in places like this.
And secondly, that decision potentially being taken by Sweden and Finland, the two Scandinavian countries, to join NATO would be the first time the alliance has enlarged in many, many years. And if that happens, that of course flies in the face of something that Vladimir Putin said he was launching this invasion in the first place to try and prevent-- in other words, the encroachment of NATO onto Russia's borders. Finland, of course, borders Russia.
So a bad week for Vladimir Putin. But this call-- potentially some signs of positive development, if only that the lines of communication are open. Kayna.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Right, right. Huge developments there. Ian, thank you so much. And also tonight, chaos and conflict at the funeral for assassinated Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. We have the violence to show you that erupted at her funeral. ABC's Maggie Rulli has the latest.
MAGGIE RULLI: Tonight, the funeral procession for Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh turning violent in East Jerusalem. Israeli police seen here, attacking, kicking, beating mourners with batons, setting off flash bangs.
Officers in riot gear pushing back the crowds waving Palestinian flags, even striking the pallbearers, causing them to almost drop the casket carrying Abu Akleh's body. This all happening outside of a hospital, as thousands of mourners tried to move Abu Akleh, who is a Christian, to a nearby church.
In a statement, Israeli police blaming outlaws for inciting the violent riots, and throwing stones and objects at the policemen. Tonight, US Secretary of State Tony Blinken saying in a statement, the Department was deeply troubled to see the images of Israeli police intruding into her funeral procession.
Abu Akleh, one of the most widely respected journalists known throughout the Middle East, shot in the head earlier this week while covering Israeli raids in Jenin for Al Jazeera.
Disturbing video shows her lying on the ground in her press vest as a colleague calls for help. Al Jazeera is accusing Israeli forces of her murder. Witnesses claim there were no clashes or militants in the area where Abu Akleh was killed.
- OK, and Maggie Rulli joining us now. So Maggie, where do things stand now in terms of the investigation into this murder?
- Yeah, well, Kayna, Israel's saying they want a joint investigation with the Palestinian Authority so they can analyze the bullet that was used. But the Palestinian Authority is saying they want an international committee to investigate. Kayna.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Wow, Maggie. Thank you very much. And also tonight, another passing to note-- legendary news veteran, Richard Wald, has died. A well-respected journalist and news executive, he served as Senior Vice President of ABC News.
He helped reshape the news division, creating both 2020 and Nightline. His career began in print journalism before moving to NBC and ABC, and then teaching at Columbia. He was also the model for William Holden's character in the movie, Network. Dick Wald was 92.
And when we come back tonight, the dramatic moments caught on camera at a Philadelphia gas station. Also, the flooding emergency down under forcing thousands to evacuate. And with fire season getting underway, the important work to rebuild communities and regrow forests-- one piece of wood and one tree at a time.
And welcome back, everybody. Police now searching for heavily armed suspects wanted for a deadly assault at a gas station in Philadelphia. What you're seeing here is surveillance video showing the masked gunman jumping out of the back of their car, opening fire, killing a man pumping gas.
Then, you see them run back to their car, the driver speeding away. The shooting all unfolded in about 15 seconds. Police say at this point, they are unsure of the motive.
And also tonight, wildfires. They are already devastating the West, consuming more land than can be reforested and rebuilt every single year. And tonight, we take you to a small California town that is quite literally rising from the ashes, repurposing the charred remains of trees to rebuild their town. This, while the Forest Service tries to replant and regrow trees and help prevent future fires.
This is the sound of slow but steady progress.
- I see the phoenix rising from the ashes.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: The burned out remains of tree logs taken away, young seedlings ready to restore the California forest. A welcome sign for this historic gold rush town of Greenville, turned to ash by the largest single-origin fire in California history.
MAN: We lost Greenville tonight.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: In August 2021, the Dixie fire torched nearly 1 million acres, burning for months. In Greenville, nearly every building destroyed.
This is what's left of Greenville. That used to be a hair salon right there. This is a town that was built more than 160 years ago and burned down in just 30 minutes. But everyone here survived, and a majority of them plan to rebuild.
Primo Cassol home, standing for more than 100 years, completely destroyed.
- When I break, I don't have to think about it.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: The massive fire requiring an equally large response to rebuild. Primo, just one of 1,100 residents forced to start over, and there's a lot to be done. And it's more than taking hammer to nail.
There's serious innovation at work. Randy, a third-generation logger, part of that support, turning millions of burned down trees into affordable lumber.
RANDY PEW: We're trying to do what we can. Lumber prices are so high, and all this natural resource is going to waste. And you know, something had to be done.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Due to a lack of sawmills in the state, large mills have been overloaded for years, unable to process the millions of trees killed in wildfires and historic drought conditions. Acknowledging the value in the materials, this sawmill was the brainchild of people directly impacted by fire, and made possible in part through a grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
- It's so important that California retain the characteristics of rural communities.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Last year alone, nearly 3 million acres of California forests burned-- homes, communities, generational growth forests wiped off the map.
I was here as it was burning.
You see those flames are going hundreds of feet into the air, and you see the embers that are flying off those flames. So those can start new fires some five miles away.
It's sad to see it now.
- It's sad for me as well. I mean, it's devastating, the amount of destruction that's happened in the last three years.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: But the trees that survived can't do it alone.
If you didn't intervene and replant this area, it would be forever scarred.
RAMIRO ROJAS: It would accumulate shrubs. It would accumulate fuel. And then, when the next fire came, it would be even larger and more severe.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: The Forest Service is finding it difficult to keep up with the wildfires. Currently, they're facing a backlog of 1.2 million acres in need of reforestation. Enter, the largest seed extractor in the country and the Placerville Nursery.
Between July and October, they processed thousands of seeds every single day. Those months also coincide with some of the largest fires leaving National Forest geneticists to hike into fire zones and collect cones.
ARNALDO FERREIRA: It was a little bit stressful, but a feeling of reward, because in a weird way, you're feeling like a hero. You're going there to save a population.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Foresters need seven million seedlings to meet their target of receiving 30,000 acres a year. At that rate, it would take 50 years to catch up with the current backlog.
So then, will you eventually go plant these?
- Where we're standing right now is a success story.
DANA WALSH: It is. So this is the 1992 Cleveland fire. This is an example of where the Forest Service has done the site preparation. We've removed the dead trees that were killed by the fire. We planted. We controlled the competing vegetation and got the trees to live and grow.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Forester Dana Walsh says they can't even begin forest reconstruction until the ground is cleared, so it's great to see small communities like Greenville taking matters into their own hands.
DANA WALSH: You have to do something with that wood. And if they're able to productively pull together as a community, use that wood and rebuild their community, that is something that we definitely all want to support.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: And it's already happening. Primo has used wood burned in his community to build his fence-- the first step in coming home.
- Oh, I just come down here and sit, just to sit.
- What do you think about?
- How my house is going to look. [CHUCKLES]
KAYNA WHITWORTH: Good for you.
Primo told me he can't wait to have all his grandkids in his new house. And it's important to note that that sawmill opens officially on May 18, and they said this is incredible for the entire region. Well, still ahead here on Prime-- the suspected New York City subway shooter makes a court appearance.
Also, our conversation this AAPI month with a star of the hit movie, Everything Everywhere All at Once-- why Stephanie Hsu says this role was so important for her to take. And more than 350,000 web stories later, tonight, we celebrate a big milestone for ABC News by the numbers.
But first, our Tweet of the Day-- Kendrick Lamar's new album finally dropped last night. People are cheering all around. His first full-length album in five years. And now, he has announced his new tour dates.
- As of today, in a big way, it is going to be available on the internet. Today, with a great deal of pride, we have inaugurated ABCNews.com. It is, we think, a remarkable view-- 24-hour online news service, which enables you to have immediate access to news and information provided by all of our reporters and editors and producers all over the world.
- How good was that? That was Peter Jennings on May 15 of 1997, announcing a very interesting experiment by ABC News in a new technology called the internet. Yeah, so here is a look back on our quarter-century online by the numbers.
ABCNews.com came online 25 years ago this week. And for the first time, news viewers could continue to get updates on their favorite stories from ABC News around the clock. When ABC News joined the web, there was just over a million websites in the world.
Today, there are about 200 million active sites, and as the internet has grown, so has ABCNews.com. In September of 1999, Sam Donaldson hosted our first webcast. My Bureau Chief David Herndon sitting over there-- he remembers that.
And in 2002, ABC News launched the first regularly scheduled online newscast in the United States. In 2009, that's when ABC debuted a mobile app and also hit Twitter. All told, we have published more than 700,000 articles and videos since 1999.
And I mean, we're just getting started, right? Here's to the next 25 years. Don't go anywhere, because we still have a lot to get to on Prime-- the first images coming in of WNBA star Brittany Griner since her arrest. Also, Twitter deal-- could it be on hold?
The concerns Elon Musk is raising ahead of his proposed acquisition of the social media giant. And it was far more than just a touchdown for this 11-year-old with Down syndrome. Why this special moment means so much to his family. But first, a look at our top trending stories on ABCNews.com.
REPORTER: President Biden says his administration is working urgently to boost baby formula production and supplies, the FDA now clearing away restrictions so suppliers can import from approved countries.
REPORTER: Supply chain issues, along with voluntary formula recalls, cutting inventory nationwide by more than 43%. ABC News has learned the House Oversight Committee is also launching an investigation into the shortage.
REPORTER: Abbott, the manufacturer of several popular brands, says it could take 10 weeks to get their products back in stores.
REPORTER: WNBA star Brittany Griner remains detained in Russia, following an appearance in a Moscow court.
REPORTER: Griner was stopped at a Russian airport after security personnel claimed to have found vape cartridges containing a cannabis derivative in her luggage. The White House calls it a case of wrongful detention. A hearing today ended with a finding that Griner would remain in Russian custody for at least another month before her case comes to trial.
REPORTER: In Brooklyn Federal Court today, the subway shooting suspect made an appearance and entered a plea of not-guilty to charges, including one terrorism-related charge.
REPORTER: Frank James lumbered into court under the guard of two US Marshals, and when the judge asked how he was doing, James replied, pretty good. James pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of carrying out a terror attack on a mass transit system and discharging a 9-millimeter Glock during the crime. 10 commuters were shot and wounded during the morning commute on a Manhattan-bound N train in what federal prosecutors called an entirely premeditated attack.
REPORTER: Elon Musk has hit the pause button on his multibillion deal to buy Twitter. He calls it temporary.
REPORTER: Musk pausing the deal to confirm a report showing spam and fake accounts make up less than 5% of Twitter's users. He wants to make sure that number is real and not larger. The stock dropping nearly 10% today. Musk later tweeting still committed to acquisition. He will owe Twitter $1 billion if he cancels the deal.
REPORTER: Both cryptocurrencies and stocks ended on a higher note to cap an otherwise chaotic week. Bitcoin rose back to above $30,000-- a slight rebound after falling to as low as just above $25,000 on Thursday-- its lowest point since December, 2020.
Meanwhile, the NASDAQ finished Friday, up 3%, as tech stocks rebounded. The Dow gained 400 points to end an otherwise rough week, the Dow finishing, down 2%, its seventh-straight losing week. The NASDAQ and S&P 500 also finishing down for the week overall, as investors still weigh concerns about interest rates and the threat of recession.
- I want to say thank you to the President and the First Lady. They entrusted me in serving in this role for the last 15 months.
REPORTER: Outgoing White House press Secretary Jen Psaki saying goodbye at her final press briefing for the Biden administration today. Psaki reflected on how nervous she was when she first met the Bidens in November 2020, and about how their first conversation was about restoring integrity, civility, and respect to the White House.
- I hope I followed the example of integrity and grace that they have set for all of us and do set for all of us every day.
REPORTER: She thanked administration officials, her own press shop, and the Press Corps.
- You have debated me, and at times, we have disagreed. That is democracy in action. That is it working. Without accountability, without debate, government is not as strong. And you all play an incredibly pivotal role. Thank you for what you do.
REPORTER: Karine Jean-Pierre will take over as Press Secretary, the first Black woman and openly LGBTQ person in the role.
- And now, we turn our attention to that severe weather threat-- damaging wind and hail across several states from Wisconsin to Oklahoma, as record heat makes its way from Texas to the Northeast to Maine. ABC's Rob Marciano is tracking it all for us. Hey, Rob.
- Hi, Kayna. You mentioned Maine. It hit 90 degrees in Caribou Maine. That's a record. The old record was 78 degrees.
Green Bay, home of the frozen tundra, hit 90 degrees back-to-back days. So that hasn't happened in a couple of decades, and it was much later in the season. All right.
So that heat is being bumped up against a cold front. So we've got a severe weather threat, and it's from that same system that created the winds of hundreds-plus miles per hour in that dust storm yesterday. High-wind warnings still persist across parts of the Dakotas, and red flag warnings around the southern low there in Colorado.
But the severe weather threat tonight-- you're kind of starting to see the storms pop there, along the Red River Valley of Texas, all the way up through Southern Wisconsin. And it'll be another day tomorrow of record-breaking heat in many spots. 96 in Dallas, 86 in Cincinnati, and Boston and Albany getting into the act as well.
And again, that cold front will slam up against that heat, and that will pop some storms, the bulk of which on Sunday will be Little Rock, Memphis, Louisville, and wrapping up our weekend in Cleveland. Stay cool. Summer hasn't even started yet. Kayna.
KAYNA WHITWORTH: All right. Saddle up, Rob. Thank you so much. Now to a rising star who is bringing representation to the screen in style-- Stephanie Hsu is a breakout star of the smash-hit Everything Everywhere All at Once, a film centered around a Chinese-American family, their dynamics, and a multiverse of possibilities. ABC's Stephanie Ramos sat down with the actress to talk life, work, and the importance of young people seeing themselves in film.
- I can see where this story is going. It does not look good.
- I've seen thousands of Evelyns. You can access all of their memories, their emotions.
- Wow. Mom is really good.
STEPHANIE RAMOS: It is so hard to believe that Everything Everywhere All at Once is your first feature film. Incredible. Why do you think the film has been so successful?
- I think that the reason why our movie is translating, honestly-- yes, it's weird, it's wild, it's funny, it's excellent filmmaking. People are feeling excited by the art, but also because they're in the mood to heal and be held. I think that's why people are coming out, like, sobbing. And it's more than just the story.
- --concerning the fate of every single world of our infinite multiverse.
STEPHANIE RAMOS: Your character, Joy, wants her mother to understand her pain and to accept that she is queer. What do you hope people take away from this complex mother-daughter relationship?
- My favorite thing that's been happening is that people will tell me that after they watched the movie, they desperately, like, want to call their moms immediately or call their partners immediately. But the newest version of that is that people have been sending their parents to watch the movie, and their parents have then called them after to apologize. People are coming out of the film wanting to do the work to heal their relationships and their families.
- I just want to just share with you.
STEPHANIE RAMOS: What do you think it means for a generation to see their family dynamic represented on the big screen?
STEPHANIE HSU: Yeah. Representation is so important. When people see themselves, they know that they are worthy of existing, worthy of living a beautiful life, worthy of pursuing their dreams. But also, you know, our movie is centered around a very imperfect family, and I think it's important that people of color or marginalized people also have a space to be imperfect and to see that reflected.
- Speaking of pursuing your dreams, what motivated you to keep going, keep pushing for this?
- Yeah. I'm a freak. I don't know. [LAUGHS] I'm crazy. I'm a crazy person. I don't know. But I like to say that I have had guardian angels along the way who opened up doors that I never even knew existed for me.
I never even saw this version of my life that I'm currently living, because I just didn't think it was available to me. And so the thing that has been my guiding light is always to just work with people that I love and admire, and feel excited about making art that I care about.
- There's a lot of Asian-American representation in this film. How important do you think that is especially, in today's time, to have that? To be able to show younger people that, yeah, you can do this?
- You know, it's funny, when I was first offered to audition for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for the character of May--
- I think it's time for you to meet my parents.
- You can't just run! I know where you live!
- No, you don't!
- No, I don't!
- I thought to myself, there will never be a Chinese person in the 1950s in a period piece on television. Like, I was scared to read the script, because I was scared it was going to be offensive. Because I had seen so many versions of that before.
And luckily, it's this really special character, and I say that because I feel grateful that I am a very small part of making more space for people who come after me, and I could only be here because of all the people who came before me. And now, now that character exists, no one ever has to ask that question again or doubt themselves again.
- What does your family think about all of this? All of the success, the film, the shows, being on Broadway-- what do they say?
- Well, my mom-- I think it was after the third season of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel that something really clicked for her. She was on a trip, and she was on a tour bus, and there was two people sitting in front of her that she had no connection with. And one of them said, oh, and there's this new character this season. She's this Chinese woman, and she's so sassy and funny.
And my mom was like, I think that's my daughter. [LAUGHS] And I think that was a moment for her where she realized that what I do has impact beyond just the screen, right?
STEPHANIE RAMOS: Now, you've had so many different experiences, from being on Broadway in the musical, Be More Chill, and playing May on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, to now, Joy. What attracted you to these characters that really challenge the norm?
- Yeah, I love seeing characters or playing characters that we've never seen before. It's exciting to me. And I've been lucky that-- and certainly, with Everything Everywhere, the character of Joy and Jobu, this nihilistic villain, we've definitely never seen anything like that.
- Don't make me fight you. I am really good.
- I don't believe you.
- I hope to continue to surprise myself and other people. That's the space of art, right? Is to show people things we've never seen. Art at its best really does have that capability. And I think we really all need some coming together and some healing right now.
- Mm-hmm, we definitely do, and you're definitely doing that. I want to bring attention to a guest column--
STEPHANIE RAMOS: --for The Hollywood Reporter you wrote, reflecting on your own racist encounter. You write, "It's a confusing time to be Asian. Each success arrives alongside a heartbreak and oftentimes even anger." This was written just a year ago.
STEPHANIE RAMOS: What would you say to Asian-Americans in this country experiencing heartbreak and anger right now?
- Carrie Fisher-- take your broken heart, make it into art. Or, addendum, action. Find your community, and be with people who you can mourn with, and let it uplift you.
And I think the anger is so valid, and on the other side of anger is to find the joy and to find moments where we can really celebrate our existence and all the ancestry in our bones.
- For those who haven't seen the film yet--
STEPHANIE RAMOS: Yes.
- --what would you tell them?
- I would say, um, hello! Go see it! It is-- I promise, I promise, I promise it is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. It feels like such an important cultural moment that we're having.
And you want to see it with strangers. You want to see it with a community. You want to come together and feel catharsis, laugh, cry with people you don't know, but who are doing their best on this planet, just like you.
- Go see it. Go see it. Go see it.
- All right, Stephanie Ramos, thank you so much. And boy, we have a lot to learn from that young woman. Also tonight, we are tracking several headlines from around the world.
First of all, the number of known survivors from that Haitian migrant vessel that capsized in Puerto Rico has reached 38. Up to 70 people were on board, and so far, the death toll remains unchanged at 11. Migrants, particularly from Haiti, have in recent months been attempting to escape gang violence and poverty through dangerous voyages.
Also, parts of Australia's Queensland state were hit hard by heavy rain-- look at that-- causing flash flooding as the state braced for more rain to come. Floodwater could be seen inundating the main shopping street as vehicles just lay submerged. Some residents were told to evacuate their homes as the weather system moved across the state.
And several people were injured in a knife attack on a train in Germany. According to local police, it was a hero cop in civilian clothes who intervened, alongside several passengers, and was able to overpower and arrest the attacker. Police would not comment on the gravity of the injuries or the motive of the attack.
Next, now, with the cost of travel, it's been on the rise. It is possible that the best way to get the best deal could be an old one. I like this. ABC's Trevor Ault has more on the return of the travel agent.
TREVOR AULT: Eager for a getaway, Nicky Watts and his wife Revonda went hunting for a tropical vacation.
- It was very much needed.
TREVOR AULT: But what they found was sticker shock.
- I've been getting ripped off all these years.
TREVOR AULT: So for the first time, Nicky decided to try a travel agent. And he says the result-- this incredible Key West vacation-- was unbelievable.
- She got it for me for half-price. I just-- I couldn't believe it.
TREVOR AULT: These days, travelers have more ways to plan their own vacations than ever before. The internet is bursting with booking sites, advertisements, even influencers telling you where to go. But travel agents, now often called travel advisors, say their business is booming.
- One of the things that the pandemic did is, it really helped people understand travel is not just one thing. It's a whole bevy of suppliers and destinations and rules and regulations that can be complex.
TREVOR AULT: Katrina Otto is the travel advisor who booked that great trip for Nicky and Revonda. She says a big part of her job lately has been helping clients navigate the constantly changing rules amid pandemic travel.
- We have access and know where to look to find the proper protocols.
TREVOR AULT: And the perks of using an advisor-- they can get you discounts through relationships they have with companies, often buying plane tickets or hotel rooms in bulk.
- We can add room upgrades. We can get free breakfast. We have access to be able to provide room credits that you may not get at resorts on your own.
- OK, Trevor Ault, booking my vacation right after this. Noted. Now, to an on-field moment that one family in North Carolina will never forget. The coaches of these two youth football teams conspire together to create a game plan that gave 11-year-old James, who lives with Down syndrome, the chance to score his first-ever touchdown. DaShawn Brown, with our partner station, WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina, brings us the story in tonight's Local Lowdown.
DASHAWN BROWN: There was something in the air, perhaps even the sweet aroma of something special.
- Apparently, his dad saw all the coaches talking, or someone was talking, and that's when he turned around to me and said, get your phone out.
DASHAWN BROWN: It happened on Mother's Day, and in a perfect storm between the Blizzard and James' team, the Twisters. James Steers lives with Down syndrome.
- You caught it!
DASHAWN BROWN: And man, does he live.
- You know, he's excelling in school. He's reading and writing. He's doing things that, you know, some children with Down syndrome will never be able to experience.
DASHAWN BROWN: Before now, James' mom and stepmom weren't sure if he'd ever experienced this.
- So they'd hand off the ball, and he would run, and the other teammates would-- they'd snatch his flag, you know, because they were a little quicker than he was on the field.
DASHAWN BROWN: But not this time. With the game's final score intact, Twisters coaches, then Blizzard coaches, all joined the same team, if only for one play.
KAREN BRYDEN: And they cleared a path.
JAMES STEERS: I went straight.
KAREN BRYDEN: Yeah, you did. You went straight down the field. I was crying like a baby, OK? Like, I was trying not to be screaming and yelling, because I was recording, and I didn't want my loudness in the video.
DASHAWN BROWN: James Steers scored his first-ever touchdown. Boy, was it something.
- I'm very happy.
- You're very happy?
- Very, very happy.
- Yeah? Every day, he does new things that amazes us. I just really, really hope that it opens doors for other people.
- Oh, what a great story, the power of sport. It can't be overlooked. And DaShawn Brown, our thank you to you. And before we go tonight, we have an Image of the Day for you. For anyone who's maybe not afraid of heights-- I don't know-- take a look at this.
Visitors are crossing this pedestrian suspension bridge. It is the longest such construction in the entire world, and it just officially opened in the Czech Republic. The bridge is more than 2,300 feet long, and what it does is it connects to mountain ridges.
But maybe you don't want to look down. It's more than 300 feet high. That is so high. So that's more than 25 stories, or the height of a giant sequoia. I have to be honest. I was in a sequoia, but I was only 200 feet high, and I was terrified.
So that's our show for this hour. Stay tuned to ABC News Live for more context and analysis of the day's top stories. Happy Friday, everybody. I'm Kayna Whitworth. Thank you for streaming with us.
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