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on time. michael finney told us about a new scam and we looked back tonight, paying tribute to colin powell. a soldier and a statesman who broke barriers. and tonight, what we've now learned about his recent battle with covid and what put him at risk. remember remembered as a trail blazer. she joined as secretary of state and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. the first black man to hold either post. tonight, he died from complications of covid and his other health battles. colin powell in his own words on a life lived. and on his most controversial moment, making the case for the second iraq war. what he told our barbara walters look after. and tonight, martha raddatz here on the tributes pouring in. also tonight, the fbi now on the ground in haiti, where 16 americans and one canadian, five
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of them children, have been kidnapped. what we're now learning. marcus moore on the ground in haiti. the battle over mandates tonight. parents pushing back. and this evening, what they say when asked if they got their children other vaccinations when they were young. and news tonight on the virus. where they're seeing a delta sub variant. why authorities say it requires urgent research. overseas tonight, china denying it has tested a new supersonic missile, reportedly flying five times the speed of sound. how would you track it if it was carrying a nuclear weapon? and was u.s. intelligence caught offguard? jury selection under way tonight in the murder of ahmaud arbery. three white men, including a father and son, accused of killing arbery. and now the key video that will be at the center of this trial. the abc news exclusive. the former british spy behind the infamous steele dossier. investigating possible linked between then candidate donald trump and russia.
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tonight, speaking for the first time. what he now says about the most damning claims in his report, including the suggestion there was a compromising videotape. george stephanopoulos one-on-one with christopher steele. and anyone who loves tony bennett will love the reason he's in the news tonight. ng it g h powell, a diplomat, an adviser to presidents, republican and democrat. a life dedicated to service, a life of breaking barriers. we learned today not only of his death but of his private battle with covid. he was flly vaccinated but now we've learned of his other private health battles that put him at increased risk. tonight here, the tributes now pouring in. president biden ordering flags to half staff, calling powell a, quote, patriot of unmatched honor and dignity.
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he grew up in the bronx, the son of immigrants. he found his calling in the u.s. military. tonight, what he said, how it felt when he first put on that uniform. two tours in vietnam, rising to four-star general and then the nation's top military leader. the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. he then served as secretary of state. the first black man to serve in both of those roles. as secretary of state, he made the case for the second invasion of iraq, the weapons of mass destructi destruction. what he told barbara walters about that moment. colin powell worked for four presidents. he put country ahead of party. and tonight, he is being remembered and honored by presidents, diplomats and by the men and women in uniform. martha raddatz, who covered general powell for years, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, the nation remembering general colin powell, a trailblazing leader, a diplomat, a soldier, a patriot who served as the first black secretary of state, first black chairman of the joint chiefs and
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first black national security adviser. this to ronald reagan. today, defense secretary lloyd austin, the country's first black pentagon chief, who looked to powell as a mentor and friend, saying powell's death leaves a hole in his heart. >> the world lost one of the greatest leaders that we have ever witnessed. >> reporter: president biden ordering flags to be flown at half staff, saying, "colin embodied the highest i deals of both warrior and diplomat," adding, "he put country before self, before party, before all else -- in uniform and out." >> he's not only a dear friend and a patriot, but one of our great military leaders and a man of overwhelming decency. >> reporter: powell died of complications from covid-19 at walter reed medical center. he was 84. a spokeswoman revealing powell had been battling a rare blood cancer called multiple myeloma and parkinson's, too.
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doctors say the blood cancer can weaken the immune system, making him more vulnerable, even though he was fully vaccinated. he had been scheduled for the booster right when he came down with covid. powell's journey was an american journey. born to jamaican immigrants in harlem, powell grew up in the bronx, joining the army rotc in college, serving two combat tours in vietnam. powell once said when he first put on a uniform, he liked what he saw. powell would soon break through barriers, becoming a four-star general, serving under four presidents, republican and democrat. in 1991, overseeing the successful gulf war, when the u.s. ousted iraqi president saddam hussein from kuwait. his most controversial moment coming more than 20 years later. in 2003, as secretary of state, during a speech to the u.n., powell made the case for war,
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telling the world of iraq's weapons of mass destruction. >> the gravity of this moment is matched by the gravity of the threat that iraq's weapons of mass destruction pose to the world. >> reporter: those weapons did not exist. the intelligence was flawed. telling abc's barbara walters he felt terrible about the claims made in that speech. >> do you think this blot on your record will stay with you for the rest of your life? >> of course it will. >> well, it's a -- of course it will. it's a blot. i'm the one who presented it on behalf of the united nations, united states to the world and it will always be part of my record. >> how painful is that? >> it was painful. it's painful now. >> reporter: tonight, former president george w. bush calling powell "a great public servant." bill and hillary clinton saying he was "a courageous soldier, a skilled commander, a dedicated diplomat and a good and decent man." president obama saying he
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embodied what america "can and should be." general powell on his own words on a life well lived -- >> my life has been blessed because i have had a chance to serve my country, and i've had a chance to do things that have benefited my country. and when it's all over, i just hope that they say, "he was a good soldier, he did a good job, raised a good family and god bless him." that's all i ask for. >> powerful words from general powell tonight. martha with us from washington. and martha, we know many republicans wanted powell to run for president along the way. he famously resisted and it was often reported that his wife alma was not keen on the idea. >> reporter: she was not, david. and i think she was largely concerned about his safely. and in the end, he really didn't want to run for president, because whenever you ask colin powell whether he wanted to be called secretary of general, he would always say general, because he was a soldier at heart, a good soldier, david. >> i know that was something you
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asked him along the way. martha, thank you. we're going to turn now to the other news this monday night. the fbi and a team of u.s. officials now on the ground in haiti tonight, joining the urgent search after 16 americans and a canadian have been kidnapped, five of them children. abc's marcus moore in port-au-prince tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi now part of the urgent, coordinated effort to rescue 17 members of a christian organization kidnapped in haiti, including more than a dozen americans. a team of u.s. officials now on the ground working with senior haitian authorities to secure their safe release after the group of missionaries were abducted saturday by a gang. ohio-based christian aid ministries confirming the 17 kidnapped members include 16 americans, one canadian and five children. the group had just visited this orphan imagine near port-au-prince when haitian authorities say they were stopped at a checkpoint run by one of the country's most notorious gangs, 400 mawozo.
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>> that's their modus operandi. they tend to attack convoys, buses, and taxis, and so this operation.the pattern of - >> reporter: in a newly released statement, the ohio-based organization tonight asking the public to "join us in prayer that god's grace would sustain the men, women and children who are being held hostage." by some estimates, those violent gangs now control nearly half of the capital city of port-au-prince, terrorizing locals with violent gun battles and those brazen kidnappings. the surge in gang violent further crippling the impovh rizzed nation after the july assassination of its president and an earthquake in august that kill killed more than 2,000 people. >> reporter: the fbi has been contact with the gang, but the exact nature of their communication is unclear tonight. and david, as you know, this is still a very delicate situation. >> marcus moore in haiti for us. thank you, marcus. we're going to turn now to the covid pandemic and the battle over vaccine mandates.
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california parents opposed to mandates for school children says they will take their kids out of school. and that faceoff in chicago. police officers defying the mayor's demand they be vaccinated, amid that number that more than 60% of officers lost last year on the front lines were lost to covid. and tonight, the call to action after another sub variant has been detected in the uk and reports it's been detected in parts of the u.s., too. our chief national correspondent matt gutman from california now. >> reporter: across california today, in those boisterous protests, thousands opposing the state's vaccine mandate for students. some parents preparing to homeschool their kids. >> i will never vaccinate my kids. i will never vaccinate my kids. >> reporter: so you would pull them out? >> i will pull them out, i will quit my job. i will teach them at home if i have to. >> reporter: california teachers are now required to get the
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shot and all students will follow as soon as the vaccine is fully approved for their age group. the covid accine joining a list of ten other vaccines required for school like measles and mumps. lindsey mccoy, who sarted homeschooling her kids last year, says this vaccine is different. do you do the mmr vaccine and the polio and all that stuff? >> i am totally pro vaccine in general. in general. absolutely. and i think that it's my choice with my doctor. we should have a conversation and decide what is necessary for or children. >> reporter: and tonight, across the country, some police officers are also pushing back against vaccine mandates. in chicago, 35% of the police department's officers haven't reported their vaccination status and risk losing their jobs. >> i really hope the men and women of the chicago police department, who have been fed a lot of stuff, that's the most polite, appropriate word i can use, in this forum, are not going to ruin their careers over going to a website and saying yes or no.
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>> reporter: last year, nationwide, 62% of all officer deaths in the line of duty were from covid. >> so, let's bring in matt gutman tonight. i wanted to get to this other headline. scientists are now tracking what they call a delta sub variant, a related strain in the uk, where cases are rising. there are reports tonight it's been found in the u.s., too. what do we know so far? >> reporter: david, this is one of those so-called delta-plus variants. it hass be been detected in the. it's about 6% of all cases in the uk. you mentioned it is here in the u.s. and it's of such concern that one of the former heads of the fda, scott gottlieb, wrote today, "we need urgent research to figure out if this delta-plus is more transmissible." david? >> matt, thank you. we turn next here this evening to china. that country denying reports tonight that they have tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile. how would you track it if it was carrying a nuclear weapon?
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and was u.s. intelligence caught offguard? here's our foreign correspondent james longman now. >> reporter: china denying reports it test-fired a hypersonic missile, technology that would allow it to fire a nuclear warhead faster than anyone else. britain's "financial times" saying beijing test-launched the weapon this summer, sending it into space and around the planet before it landed just 25 miles away from its intended target. hypersonic glide weapons can fly five times the speed of sound and lower than conventional weapons. >> the u.s. does not currently have the ability to even track this weapon, much less defeat it. it will give the chinese the ability to conduct a nuclear strike anywhere in the world without warning. >> reporter: the u.s. and russia are also developing this capability, but it's thought they're far behind china in this particular weapons race. the report, which can't be independently verified by abc news, says that u.s. intelligence services had no idea china was so far ahead. china denies it was a hypersonic missile, calling it a routine
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test of a reusable spacecraft. but this will only add to u.s. concerns about china's nuclear buildup. david? >> all right, james, thank you. james longman tonight. back here at home now, jury selection is now under way in the murder trial of three men accused in the death of ahmaud arbery. and tonight, the video that will not play a central role. abc's elwyn lopez from georgia. >> reporter: tonight, jury selection is underway in the trial of three men charged in the killing of ahmaud arbery. of the thousand potential jurors summoned, 600 have been asked to report today. so far none have been seated. at the center of the trial will be this disturbing video, which emerged 2 1/2 months after arbery's death in february of last year. filmed by william "roddie" brian, it shows father and son gregory and travis mcmichael chasing an unarmed arbery, who was out for a jog in their
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pickup truck. 25-year-old in what prosecutors say was a racially motivated crime. the defense maintaining that the mcmichaels saw arbery leaving a house that was under construction and thought he was a burglar. using a then existing law to make a citizen's arrest. they say travis shot in self-defense. >> your honor, for the record, we don't believe this is a case about race. >> reporter: all three men have >> reporter: tonight, arbery's parents told me they believe justice will be served. do you think that you'll be able to see a fair jury? >> i'm praying to god. >> i think we will get justice for him. >> reporter: the three men pleaded not guilty to those charges and could take twoo weeks before all 12 jurors and four alternates are seated. david? >> elwyn lopez, thank you. we turn now to the abc news exclusive tonight. the former british spy behind theam,do nit,pe for the first time. what he now says about the most
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damning claims in his report. george stephanopoulos one-on-one with christopher steele. here's jon karl. >> reporter: christopher steele, the former british spy who set off a political firestorm in the united states about donald trump's alleged ties to russia, is now speaking out in public for the first time in an exclusive interview with george stephanopoulos. >> give mee a declarative sentence. "christopher steele is --" >> a patriot. somebody who has professional integrity and expertise and somebody who is a true friend and ally of the united states. >> reporter: steele authored the infamous steele dossier, which presented some allegations about russian interference which proved to be accurate, but others, including a salacious claim that the russians may have had a video of trump watching prostitutes in a moscow hotel room, are either unproven or discredited. an investigation by the justice department's inspector general
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showed that the source who gave steele some of his key material, a washington analyst, told the fbi that much of it was "rumor and speculation," including the supposed videotape recorded by russia to blackmail trump, what's known in russia as "kompromat." >> one of your main collectors spoke to the inspector general. said that, especially the kompromat was word of mouth and hearsay, conversations with friends over beers. it was just talk. >> if you have a confidential source and that confidential source is blown or is uncovered, that confidential source will often take fright and try and downplay and underestimate what they've said and done. and i think that's probably what happened here. >> reporter: steele says he believes the video probably exists. but trump and allies say it was all lies designed to destroy his presidency before it even started. >> it's phony stuff. it didn't happen. >> reporter: but tonight, chrisser if steele defends his work. >> so you stand by the dossier. >> i stand by the work we did,
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the sources that we had and the professionalism which we applied to it. >> reporter: regarding that salacious video, although steele says he believes it probably does exist, he also says he, quote, wouldn't put 100% certainty onto it. regarding the overall dossier, david, he said, we knew some of it was right, but he adds, we suspected some of it may never be provable. david? >> jon karl live in washington. thank you. and there is much more of george's exclusive interview with christopher steele, available right now on hulu. when we come back here tonight, news this evening on a horrific attack on a woman on a passenger train here in the northeast and why passengers northeast and why passengers didn't try to stop it. ♪ thegressive family ♪ ♪ they're helpful but annoying ♪ ♪ they always leave us snoring ♪ ♪ accidents are boring with the progressive family ♪
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he is now the oldest person to release an album of new music. even more impressive as he battles alzheimer's. when we come back tonight, colin powell and his 13 rules to live by, in his own words.
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me," he went down the list. >> it ain't as bad as you think. it will look better in the morning. two, get mad, then get over it. three, avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. it can be done. be careful what you choose. you may get it. don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. you can't let someomake someone choices. you shouldn't let someone else make yours. check small things. share credit. remain calm. be kind. have a vision. be demanding. don't take counsel of your fears or nay sayers. perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. >> words to live by. we honor colin powell. good night.
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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc 7 news. >> a little bit of rain came down across the bay area, but a lot more is on the way. this is a live look outside right now where there are some clouds and a lot of blue skies, but all this is about to change. dan: you can see live doppler 7 right here. but it is about to change. kristen: we will dig deeper into the drought. let's begin with the forecast. >> i want to show you live doppler 7, because right now while things are quite, as you mention, we will get our next storm, already getting ready to hit us and that comes in tomorrow night. it's a level on the storm impact scale.
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widespread rain expected, briefly moderate to heavy and we are expecting gusty southerly winds. certainly more rain than what came through in the last 24 hours. take a look, tomorrow night 9 p.m., the bay area is getting wet weather. it's starting to move into san francisco in the wee hours of the morning. the showers will that's not the only chance. take a look at the chances of rain, all ones or twos for the next seven days. i'll be back with the closer look. dan: drought experts do not expect this week's rain to make any difference to the drought, we are so far behind. ryan, while it may not help with the drought, every drop does make at least some difference. ryan: any rain we get should be considered positive.
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