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good morning, america. on the world stage, president biden attending a high stakes meeting in rome, what he hopes to accomplish at the g20 summit. his historic conversation with the pope and the pontiff's show of support. plus, biden's attempt to smooth things over with the president of france. security alert. the potential threat for some shoppers on this busy halloween weekend. is there a link to isis? what you need to know before heading to the mall. fda approval. pfizer's covid vaccine getting the okay for ages 5 to 11. parents with mixed reaction. >> it's going to give us a little bit of peace of mind. >> scared. we're scared. we're nervous. >> a pediatrician answering your questions. plus, are new york city's
frontline workers meeting the vaccination deadline? flood alert for over 18 million people from virginia to maine. over 3 inches of rain in some spots. the forecast for trick-or-treaters. singer's plea. zayn malik answering harassment charges made by gigi hadid and her mother. what he's saying and the judge's sentence. truckin'. the new generation answering the call. >> i don't know nowhere you can go without a college education and make $70,000 a year. >> the incentives offered to get more drivers on the road. and halloween bash. "gma's" scaring up the sweets and treats as we flash back to the '90s. the looks we want to remember or maybe not. and good morning, america. so great to have you with us on a saturday.
eva once again on leave this morning, spending some time with her baby girl ella but once again we're excited to have stephanie ramos and gio benitez at the desk once again this morning and we're looking forward to some halloween surprises still ahead. you ready for that? >> oh, listen this, is my favorite holiday so i'm glad to be spending it with you. >> this we know. >> we heard about it all week. it will be so good. >> as we heard there some '90s looks to look forward to or maybe not. we'll see. should be a lot of fun. we're looking forward to that. first, though, we do have a busy morning here, and we begin with president biden's trip overseas. >> a short time ago the president coming together with world leaders at the g20 summit for what's known as the family photo. there it is. this a day after biden, only the second catholic president in u.s. history, holding an historic meeting with pope francis. >> biden also met with french president emmanuel macron on friday for their first face-to-face meeting since the nuclear sub diplomatic spat and abc's chief white house correspondent cecilia vega
is in rome this morning with a look at what lies ahead for the president in the coming hours. cecilia, good morning. >> reporter: hey, gio, good morning to you. the real work for president biden starts right now here this morning in rome. these meetings are under way as we speak, and his must do list this morning, convince these allies that america is back and is a steady and reliable partner. this morning, president biden on the world stage ahead of high stakes meetings in rome. leaders of the world's most powerful countries gathering for the g20 kicking off the summit with a group photo. on the agenda the president sitting down with allies hoping to find solutions to the global supply chain crisis that is making goods scarce and driving up prices back home. he's also looking for countries to agree to a sweeping international tax overhaul cracking down on companies that dodge taxes by shifting profits abroad. but so much of this trip aimed at making nice with allies especially in the wake of that chaotic withdrawal from afghanistan. and this morning, the relationship with america's oldest ally is back on track in
front of the cameras, president biden and france's emmanuel macron arm in arm and laughing it off. >> do you have to apologize, mr. president? >> to whom? >> reporter: a stark contrast to last month when france was so furious that the white house teamed up with australia on a nuclear powered submarine deal they recalled their ambassador. president biden now conceding it could have been handled better. >> what we did was clumsy. it was not done with a lot of grace. i was under the impression that france had been informed long before that the deal was not coming through. honest to god did not know you had not been. >> reporter: the president also spending 90 minutes, longer than expected, in a closed-door meeting with pope francis. the two leaders who have known each other for years exchanging gifts, laughing and deep in conversation. >> you are the most significant warrior for peace i've ever met. >> reporter: the white house calling the sit-down deeply personal for america's second catholic president. it also sends a strong message
to catholics around the world. the president telling reporters pope francis gave him a vote of support on a controversial effort by conservative u.s. bishops back home to deny communion to politicians like this president who support abortion rights. >> mr. president, did the issue of abortion come up at all? >> no, it didn't. it came up -- we just talked about the fact that he was happy i was a good catholic and wanted me to keep receiving communion. >> he said you should keep receiving communion? >> yes. >> reporter: that was a very important statement there. it's important to note that that is president biden's version of what happened in that meeting. the vatican isn't confirming it saying it was a private meeting between these two men. as for today, gio, so many big issues on the agenda. they're going to be talking about iran's nuclear program. also this demand for oil. you've been talking about this so much in your reporting that is driving up gas prices around the country. two big names to note who are note here, notably absent,
china and russia, president biden not able to sit down face-to-face with these two adversaries. >> cecelia, hanging over this trip is the president's stalled domestic agenda here at home. this is not what the white house wanted. >> reporter: exactly not what the white house wanted and publicly they're trying to downplay it saying, look, these countries, allies that the president is talking about, they have messy politics at home. they understand how hard it is to have your own version of domestic agenda, messy politics. progressives at home are signaling they could be making progress finalizing the language of the bill and could have something ready in a couple of days, stephanie, but right now, the president is here without that signed legislation. he really wanted that. >> we know you'll follow the president every step of the way. thank you so much, cecilia. now to breaking news overnight about an urgent security warning for shoppers. abc's kenneth moton is in washington with the latest. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, stephanie. sources say the credibility of this potential threat is still being assessed, but federal and local authorities are not taking any chances. overnight law enforcement in the d.c. suburbs of several northern
virginia communities on alert on this busy halloween weekend with increased police presence around shopping malls and centers. multiple law enforcement and intelligence sources tell abc news that this potential threat came from intelligence possibly linked to isis. the fbi would not comment about those details but said in a statement, the fbi takes all potential threats to public safety seriously, and we take all appropriate steps to determine the credibility of any information we receive. we've heard from police departments in arlington, fairfax and loudoun counties, arlington saying in a statement there is no specific or identified threat, but it deployed more police resources both visible and nonvisible. and the department urged the public to remain attentive especially in areas where large crowds of people gather. shopping centers, restaurant districts, religious services and public transportation hubs. we've seen similar statements from the other counties as well. authorities say in this region
around the nation's capital that it's routine around the holidays to increase security especially when they get this type of intelligence from federal partners and with election day in virginia just a few days away, local authorities say that increased police presence will be extended into next week. whit? >> and people need to be on alert as well. kenneth moton for us, thank you so much. we turn to the pandemic and a major step toward vaccinating younger kids. the fda authorizing the pfizer vaccine for those ages 5 to 11 years old, but they can't get those shots just yet. janai norman joins us with a look at what comes next. janai, good morning. >> reporter: whit, good morning to you. still a few days away from those younger children being able to get that shot but health officials are already preparing hoping for a smooth and seamless rollout when those kids ages 5 to 11 are expected to become eligible in just a few days. for the first time 15 million doses of pfizer's covid vaccine for young kids shipping out this morning, following fda authorization of the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. >> our actions today, plus cdc's
recommendations next week, help us get closer to hopefully closing another chapter in this pandemic. >> reporter: and ahead of a possible winter surge, 28 million children could be eligible to get the shot as soon as wednesday, the day after the cdc director is expected to sign off. state and local officials getting a jump on ordering those doses, now en route to medical centers, doctors' offices, pharmacies, community centers and mass vaccination sites.chil already opening up appointments. since the start of the pandemic, some 6 million children have been diagnosed with covid-19, an estimated 700 children and teens under age 18 have died. >> one-third of the children who are hospitalized or otherwise healthy before that hospitalization. so we can't predict ahead of time who's at risk. >> reporter: data showing the pfizer vaccine to be 91% effective in young children with no reports of serious safety concerns.
that's leaving some parents eager to get their kids immunized. >> being able to get that vaccine is going to give us a little bit of peace of mind. >> reporter: research showing parents overwhelmingly hesitant. >> scared. we're scared. we're nervous. >> reporter: a kaiser family foundation poll finding just 27% of parents say they would get their children vaccinated right away while another 33% say they would want to wait and see. some parents also expressing concerns about the dosage for children ages 5 to 11. it's one-third the size of the dose for kids ages 12 and older. >> they all had the same level of immune response, so you don't need to worry that your 11-year-old is going to be underdosed. >> reporter: so this news impacts those estimated 28 million kids ages 5 to 11 but asked about the vaccine for kids under the age of 5, the fda saying we're probably still a few months out and this comes as a new cdc study finds that people with natural immunity
through covid infection were more than five times more likely to be reinfected with covid-19 compared to people who were fully vaccinated so more information to keep in mind, whit. >> absolutely. janai, thank you. across the country the covid-19 vaccine mandates are moving forward. some key deadlines are coming in just the next few days here. new york city is bracing for a potential worker shortage monday. police, firefighters, sanitation workers and most other city employees needed to show proof by 5:00 p.m. friday that they received at least one dose or face unpaid leave starting monday. thousands of city workers have been protesting the requirement. the fdny suspects a possible sick-out is currently under way in the ranks, the lack of firefighters causing several companies to temporarily go out of service, but union officials deny any knowledge of it. >> we would never advocate for the firehouse to be closed or for members not to work overtime. we need everyone we can to keep the city running and
keep it safe. we're trying to avoid what is going to be an inevitable disaster by design on monday morning. >> now, the nypd says more than 80% of its force is now fully vaccinated and that the department is, quote, in good shape for monday morning. the next vaccine mandate coming up is on tuesday when all active space force must be fully vaccinated as well. this would be the first branch of the military to reach its deadline, more than 96% of active airmen have already received at least one shot. stephanie? now to new details about the criminal charges filed against former new york governor andrew cuomo. the albany sheriff is defending his actions against accusations the charges were more about politics than justice. abc's phil lipof is in new york city with the story. phil, good morning. >> reporter: stephanie, good morning. the sheriff who filed that forcible touching charge against former new york governor andrew cuomo this morning is defending how he filed that charge. albany county sheriff craig
apple says he has overwhelming evidence against cuomo, but the former governor's team is accusing the sheriff of seeking headlines and not justice pointing to the fact that the sheriff filed that misdemeanor charge without telling the district attorney or the alleged victim. >> our investigators have sifted through hundreds of documents, if not thousands, executed several search warrants and executed -- and interviewed numerous witnesses, including our victim. >> reporter: according to the complaint, cuomo forcibly and intentionally placed his hand under the blouse of his accuser and onto her intimate body part intentionally and for no legitimate purpose. the alleged victim in this complaint is unnamed, but cuomo's former executive assistant brittany commisso went public with her accusations in august telling cbs and "the times union" cuomo groped her at the governor's mansion last december. now, cuomo has repeatedly denied those allegations.
commisso is just 1 of 11 women who the former governor was found to have harassed in a report by the state attorney general leticia james. this note, just yesterday james announced that she was running for cuomo's old job, governor of new york. cuomo is due in court november 17th. gio? >> all right, phil, thank you so much. we're going to turn now to the investigation into the deadly shooting on an alec baldwin movie set. the armorer defending herself in a statement through her attorney and abc's zohreen shah has the details now from our l.a. bureau. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gio. the mystery question so far is what led up to a live round leaving that gun and this morning, we have more details from that story from the very woman in charge of firearm safety on that set. all this coming as halyna hutchins' family prepares for her funeral. this morning, we're hearing from the armorer in charge of weapons on alec baldwin's film, "rust," following cinematographer halyna hutchins' death. speaking through a lawyer,
armorer hannah gutierrez reed saying in a statement she has no idea where live rounds came from. her lawyer saying she is devastated adding, hannah was hired on two positions on this film, which made it extremely difficult to focus on her job as an armorer. she fought for training, days to maintain weapons and proper time to prepare for gunfire but was ultimately overruled by production and her department. >> i was sitting -- rehearsing and it went off and i ran out. >> reporter: the production team has not responded to requests for comment. "rust" movie productions, the company created to produce the film, has said it was not aware of safety concerns on set and was cooperating in the investigation. officials obtained a warrant to search the prop truck that stored the weapons on set and say a slew of weapons including 12 revolvers and 4 boxes and a black bag with ammo were recovered. gun experts say hutchins' death
would have not happened if the gun had been closely checked. >> in doing this you're not going to be able to tell if it's planks or real. >> reporter: the sheriff acknowledging he thinks there was some complacency leang to the shooting. experts say to expect major changes in the industry. >> i don't think we have enough information to really determine who's in the most legal precarious situation for criminal charges. i think as this situation develops, that will give us a better indication. >> reporter: the sheriff also says they are looking into reports that some crew members were using the guns for target practice in between film shoots. gutierrez reed's statement indicates that did not happen. whit? >> zohreen shah with the latest developments, thank you. this morning there are growing concerns about the health of queen elizabeth. her majesty extending the time that she'll be spending away from her official visits, and abc's julia macfarlane is in london with what we're learning this morning. julia, good morning to you. >> reporter: whit, good morning from london. the whole country is wishing the
queen well this weekend. buckingham palace announcing yesterday that the 95-year-old monarch is extending her rest on doctor's advice for at least another two weeks.the emenoctor desk-based duties but not to undertake any official visits at this time. now, we last saw her on thursday conducting a virtual audience from windsor castle. but earlier in the week, she had reluctantly canceled her plans to attend that upcoming climate conference in glasgow. the queen also spending a night in the hospital last week to undergo what was described as preliminary investigations. buckingham palace only admitting that stay after it was leaked to a newspaper. furthermore, they're also not providing any more details on the queen's health. however, a royal source is telling abc news it is not covid related. now, the next time we hope to see the queen out in public is the remembrance day service in a little over two weeks time in central london. that is a particularly important
event for the queen, and the palace says she has the firm intention of attending. stephanie? >> a tradition that's been in place since 1919. we hope the queen feels better. thanks so much, julia. it is time now for weather with the one and only rob marciano. there he is in studio live and in person. >> one and only. >> great to see you. i like seeing rob. >> you're special, rob. that's what it is. >> thank you for saying that. such sincerity. navy cat.os, i know you're not - but you have friends there, no doubt about it. >> of course. >> this is annapolis, maryland. look at that. flooding there. some of the worst they have seen in years. all that water pushing up from the chesapeake that we're all experiencing in the northeastern third of the country and heavy winds, 55 to 60-mile-per-hour winds from long island back through delaware and power out around the baltimore area and more video out of the chesapeake bay area with the waves with that water. so coastal flooding still a problem off the potomac as well. the delaware river and bay still have a couple more high tide cycles to deal with.
this low is moving so slowly and we just have that circulation out of the southeast off the ocean. so another round of heavy rain potentially as well for parts of the northeast. then beginning to wind things down a little bit tomorrow for the big day for the kids but rather unsettled. the rest of the country looks pretty good for trick-or-treating. all all right. kumasi: good morning -- lisa: good morning pure welcome to the weekend. it is a little foggy this morning. clouds will dominate our skies. maybe in isolated shower or drizzle in spots tomorrow. we are dry for halloween, but better chances arrive monday and then into late wednesday and thursday. highs today cooler, mid-60's in oakland, upper 60's san jose. and the accuweather 7-day forecast hi, we're back. happy birthday to gio. >> oh, yes, that's right. >> thank you. yes, yesterday. yesterday. >> he's got to share it with
halloween. >> but, you know, i like it. i like it. it makes it fun. 36. >> there is no way. >> there we go, 36. >> double the celebration. >> you're catching up. you're catching up. keep coming. >> rob, thank you so much. we'll stay with the weather now because it led to a delay in the planned halloween space launch for nasa and spacex. strong winds over the atlantic forcing the team of four astronauts to wait until at least wednesday to take off from the kennedy space center in florida heading for a six-month stay on the international space station. tom mashburn, he is the only veteran astronaut on the mission and he's also a doctor and a former nasa flight surgeon. the other three astronauts are first-time flyers. and janai is back here with some very sad news to report this morning, the loss of a friend in this industry. >> yes, and i'm sure you guys saw the tributes pouring in over social media. we're celebrating the life of one of our own, our colleague jovita moore, who was beloved anchor at wsb tv working at the station in atlanta since
1998. she died thursday night after being diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer back in april. her almost 30-year career started in ft. smith, arkansas, then memphis, and 23 years ago she made atlanta and wsb tv her permanent home. she covered everything from crime scenes to presidential inaugurations and even brought viewers to king tut's tomb. earlier this year she shared the news of her diagnosis hoping to help others. >> i was really concerned about why all of a sudden i was forgetful and disoriented and just not feeling myself, you know, and feeling like i was in a fog. >> jovita was a devoted mother, dedicated journalist and she called her children the most important accomplishments of her life. like i said, you guys probably saw the tributes pouring in on social media. but it was seeing tyler perry, reverend bernice king, the atlanta city council, both georgia senators, everyone speaking out showing that she was a titan in that town and this was a monumental loss for so many, none more than her
family. >> it was amazing it was seven months after the diagnosis as well. she had an impact on so many. >> yeah. >> she touched so many lives. >> just beloved. just beloved. >> janai, thank you for bringing us that story. coming up here on "gma," singer zayn malik pleads no contest in connection to an alleged heated dispute with the mother of his child, supermodel gigi hadid. the sentence for the former member of one direction. ♪ "good morning america" is sponsored by subaru. love, it's what makes subaru subaru. (man 1) oh, this looks like we're in a screen saver. (man 2) yeah, but we need to go higher. (man 1) higher. (man 2) definitely higher. (man 1) we're like yodeling high. [yodeling] yo-de-le-he... (man 2) hey, no. uh-uh, don't do that. (man 1) we should go even higher! (man 2) yeah, let's do it. (both) woah! (man 2) i'm good. (man 1) me, too. (man 2) mm-hm. (vo) adventure has a new look. (man 1) let's go lower. (man 2) lower, that sounds good. (vo) discover more in the all-new subaru outback wilderness.
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oh, trouble with the snap and the ball is free. it's picked up by michigan state's jalen watts-jackson and he scores. >> welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. remember that amazing play with michigan state shocking michigan scoring a touchdown on the final play of the game for a win back in 2015? well, that rivalry continues as the two teams meet again, and, of course, "college gameday" right there for today's showdown in east lansing. that coverage starts at 9:00 a.m. eastern over on espn. >> whether you're -- sorry. >> go for it. >> whether you're a sports fan or not good plays are always fun to watch. >> absolutely. let's turn to other big stories we're following. happening right now, police are gearing up for heightened security in kenosha, wisconsin,
as jury selection begins in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. rittenhouse is accused of shooting three men, killing two of them during a rally in august of 2020 following the shooting of jacob blake by police. rittenhouse claims that he shot the men in self-defense. also right now, the los angeles harbor commission unanimously approving a new measure to charge ships waiting in port to offload containers a $100 fee per container for every day they sit at sea after a designated grace period. the l.a. and long beach ports have upward of 80 ships waiting to unload due to a supply chain shortage. that fee kicks in on monday. and some famous faces are making an appearance at the nicu. two nurses have made it a tradition to dress up their babies in their care and this year their theme is famous people like dolly parton, peyton and eli manning and the rock and many, many more. the nurses say they do it to make the holiday just a little less scary for the families that
they help. >> absolutely sweet.that? the babies have no idea what's going on but they'll see the pictures. >> nicu nurses are true heroes, by the way, shoutout to them. >> absolutely. now we start this half hour with former one direction singer zayn malik answering to harassment charges made against him by model gigi hadid and her mother all stemming from an month with word that the power couple have gone their separate ways. ♪ bodies together ♪ >> reporter: multiplatinum singer zayn malik pleading no contest to four counts of harassment. the charges stemming from an allegedly heated argument at his pennsylvania home involving his former girlfriend supermodel gigi hadid's mother, a former "real housewife of beverly hills" star yolanda hadid. >> i can tell you one thing, both brenda and kim, they've supported me more than all of you together in my journey. >> reporter: according to court documents obtained by abc news, the former member of one direction shoved yolanda hadid
into a dresser while continuously cursing at her and allegedly demanding her to stay away from his daughter who he shares with gigi. the documents also describe him using threatening language towards gigi over the phone who was away at the time and attempting to physically engage in a fight with john mcmahon, a security guard in the home. it's unclear what led up to the alleged incident. malik and hadid's on again/off again relationship appearing steady after the birth of their baby daughter last september. the couple have reportedly since split after this incident. >> the police report is very damning. i think eventually he will be able to move on from this. it's going to take some time, but that's not discounting what he did. >> reporter: a judge sentencing 28-year-old malik to one year probation and to complete an anger management class. he also cannot have any contact with gigi or yolanda hadid or mcmahon. ♪ you're beautiful ♪ the british singer gaining
worldwide fame in 2010 with pop supergroup one direction before leaving the group to go solo in 2015. ♪ what is happening ♪ >> reporter: in response to the charges, malik tweeting a statement in part, i very much want to create a safe and private space for my daughter to grow up in. in an effort to protect that space for her, i agreed to not contest claims arising from an argument i had with a family member of my partner's. a representative for gigi hadid tells abc news she is solely focused on the best for her daughter. whit? now to the incentives to get more truck drivers on the road, especially as we gear up for the holiday season. abc's deidre bolton has more. >> reporter: this morning, meeting the next generation of essential workers, the new faces of truckers. >> i like trucks, and it's something that gives me more freedom. i can work in my own time. i like it. >> reporter: trucking companies making a push to keep cargo moving, especially as the
holiday season approaches. >> they are offering more pay and more incentives to get hired. >> reporter: more than 91,000 truck drivers have left the industry since the pandemic began. all the while consumer demand for goods has soared and ships are backed up coming into port. people who have jobs and are working from home have more money than ever. they're ordering electronics, home goods and clothes from all over the world. some say this record demand paired with supply chain kinks are part of the reason why shelves are empty or packages are late. >> we have had a shortage of drivers in this country. demand for truckload capacity at record highs. >> reporter: to address drivers reaching retirement age and lack of interest from new drivers, the biden administration is making a trucker apprentice program part of the infrastructure bill. it would pair 18 to 21-year-old drivers with more seasoned ones. the program experiencing some controversy over putting less experienced drivers behind the wheel. >> that's a lot of responsibility when it comes to driving one of those vehicles.
>> reporter: one industry group says it's time to think outside of the box. the american trucking group says the industry needs more than 1 million workers added over the next decade to meet current demand. whit? >> all right, deidre, thanks so much. we want to turn for a check of the weather once again. rob marciano, we know the weather is turning, getting colder, but you have video of people skiing and snowboarding out there. >> you look so concerned. >> yeah. >> i thought you would be more expected. >> we're just taking the jackets out of the basement. now it's like snow. >> i'm not quite ready either. opened up parts of squaw valley. palisades i guess is the name of this resort. i skied everywhere in tahoe. maybe it was the old alpine. i don't know palisades. maybe near squaw. they had the olympics there in 1960. they got up there for the heavy snowfall and tore it up. not just there but in parts of colorado digging o the in dylan, loveland. yeah, i skied that one too. see the top of the ridge and got frost and colder air coming down
into the midsection of the country. behind this next system frost advisories are out, temperatures in the 30s and in the morning area. this is the coldest air of the season. we're going to start saying that every couple weeks. coldest air of the season. coldest air of the season as we get closer to december 21st and temperatures will be below freezing by tuesday lisa: good morning to you. saturday with a bunch of fog here on the golden gate bridge, so do be careful. sunshine for some of you, but overall, we could see some sprinkles around the bay. cool >> this weather report sponsored by tuff shed. >> so the next time you say coldest air of the season we should be like -- >> you said that yesterday, rob. >> i don't know about that. >> don't mess up my superlatives. okay? coldest air of the season. >> you said it. >> we'll wait for you to say it again tomorrow. thank you, rob. >> all right. coming up on "good morning america," why game three at the world series was more about
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professional sports games, it distills our existence into something that is so far from our reality. >> reporter: the chop has been a game day tradition for fans in atlanta since the '91 world series. the team went from worst to first in the division followed by a postseason run that left fans in a trance. chopping away. that chop was out in full force during last night's game. >> we would like to see that team step up to the plate. >> reporter: the braves have not issued a statement, but a section on their website reads, the atlanta braves have created a native american working group for guidance and leadership to help elevate awareness of native american culture while building relationships throughout the community. the issue is not new in the sports world. franchises like the nfl's washington football team recently retired their nickname and cleveland's major league baseball team switched to the guardians after facing criticism for using native american imagery.
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meeting el donya. one of central california's first drag kings. >> and being raised out on the farm, well, you know, i thought i was the only one that was gay. >> reporter: in chicago, wls speaking with tracy boehm, co-founder of "the windy city times" and at the time an underground newsletter sending out urgent warnings about potential raids at gay bars. >> a lot of it was tips and how to get legal protection, what your rights were if you were arrested. but in one incident they went actually all in and named the police officer who was doing the entrapment of gay men. >> reporter: in philadelphia, wpvi highlighting those who staged a sit-in at one of philadelphia's most popular coffee shops. >> they had a sit-in over the course of a couple days into the next weekend. it was the first lgbt sit-in of its type in the country. >> reporter: in raleigh, north carolina, wtvd speaking with
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providing food in the unusual way, which is the pumpkins. >> that little guy is really digging in there. >> you do jack-o'-lanterns by just eating the pumpkin from the inside out. i kind of like that. >> absolutely. hey, "gma" is now two hours on saturdays, so coming up the president's trip overseas and what he hopes to accomplish at the g20 summit. stick around. you're watching "gma." around. you're watching "gma." all morning. liz: gd morning, everybody. i am liz kreutz. vice-president kamala harris might have a tough path ahead if she decides to run for election if president biden does not run again. "business insider" is reporting she could face a difficult primary and case she might
likely face-off against trevor terry region secretary pete buttigieg -- transportation secretary pete buttigieg. donors are urging him to run if i didn't do step aside. a former staffer tells "business insider," she does not have a struggle hold on the party. this is the final we can check out the zoo. spooky solution for the whole family features costing parades, a haunted house, beer garden, and live music. instead of trick-or-treating, staff members will hand out goodie bags to all the kids. if you want to check out boo at zoo, make sure to schedule a reservation in advance. tomorrow is the last day. lisa, i took of the weather now. lisa: we have got some sunshine, 50 seven downtown, 59 in mountain view, with a mild 60 in san jose and plenty of clouds downtown. 54 santa rosa. clouds in the north bay, upper 50's and concord. the fog is been an issue along the coast from half moon bay to pacifica.
look at that, zero visibility. two miles at san carlos airport. cooler day today, warmer right now, but with all the cloud cover, we may even be in the mid 60's, maybe a few sprinkles out there tomorrow, liz. liz: all right, thank you. up next, hope and hesitancy. with the covid-19 vaccine for kids possibly being distributed, parents tell us what this means for their children. and outside lands is back. hundreds of thousands of people are expected at the festival this weekend. we will talk about it all on abc
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