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making news in america this morning, unspeakable brutality. islamic militants claim to kill a kidnapped american journalist and post the gruesome video. they're warning president obama and america as we hear from the victim's family overnight. tense standoff. peaceful protests in ferguson again turned raucous late into the night as people demand answers into the michael brown shooting. plus, the new deadly police involved shooting that happened nearby. chilling plot. police say they intercepted a planned massacre at a high school. >> i am convinced that we averted a mass murder here. >> what investigators say the two teens were hoping to do and the tip that uncovered their alleged plan. and caught on camera, the motorcyclist who flipped his ride and sticks a perfect landing.
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good morning. i'm michelle franzen. >> and i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. we begin this morning with a horrific video posted online by an islamic militant group purported to show the gruesome execution of an american journalist. >> his name, james foley. he's been held captive since disappearing in syria in 2012. >> abc's susan saulny has been following the story and has the details. >> reporter: the video is brutal with details of an execution too graphic to show. 40-year-old american journalist james foley kidnapped in syria two years ago now in the hands of isis. the images show the captive on his knees in an orange prison suit, a black clad executioner next to him, a knife in hand. the apparent execution is said
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to be in retaliation for u.s. air strikes on 90 isis targets. the video surfaced late tuesday appearing to show members of the militant islamic group beheading a young man believed to be james foley. his family's pastor talked to abc station wcvv. >> this is a tragedy which is beyond imagining. there are no words to describe this kind of inhumanity. >> reporter: although u.s. intelligence agencies are still analyzing the video, foley's mother released this statement, "we thank jim for all the joy he gave us. he was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person." foley was a seasoned correspondent on assignment for "the global post" when he disappeared in northern syria. in the video, foley's hooded executioner speaks in what sounds like british accented english addressing president obama. he says the air strikes by the u.s. air force "have resulted in the bloodshed of your people." president obama has said the air strikes have helped the iraqis and kurds take a major step forward in reclaiming the critical mosul dam. news of the apparent execution came after isis posted messages
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looking for lone wolves to make homemade bombs and kill americans inside the united states. michelle, devin. >> susan saulny live in washington, thank you. meantime, overnight in houston, family and friends held a candlelight vigil for another american journalist taken captive in syria. austin tice was abducted by extremists over two years ago. his parents said they have become close with james foley's family. they heard the news of foley's death as they prepared for this gathering. now to our other top story, this morning, another tense night on the streets of ferguson, missouri. >> 11 days after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer, protesters again squared off against police and the national guard. >> and this comes on the heels of yet another deadly police shooting just a few miles from ferguson. abc's tahman bradley is live there now with the latest. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: devin and michelle, good morning to you. there were fewer incidents here overnight. the demonstrations were mostly
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peaceful until around midnight when according to police, violent criminals threw bottles. overnight authorities in ferguson again changed tactics trying to keep a lower profile hiding tactical units, but peaceful demonstrations got out of hand. >> you need to return. >> reporter: officers drew their guns and made arrests. >> the agitators, the criminals, embedded themselves and hid behind media. they began throwing bottles. they threw urine on officers, and that's what caused officers to take action and began to make arrests. >> reporter: and outside ferguson yesterday afternoon, there was this angry demonstration after another police shooting. officers in st. louis shot and killed a 23-year-old black man they say was coming at them waving a knife. >> officers' safety is the number one issue. so if you're the family of a police officer and somebody approaches you within three feet with a knife, i think you have
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the right to defend yourself and protect yourself. >> reporter: today attorney general eric holder travels to ferguson to meet with community leaders and check on the investigation into the police shooting of 18-year-old michael brown. local authorities interviewed the officer who shot and killed brown, darren wilson, and a grand jury will likely start hearing evidence today. officer wilson's good friend, who asked that we conceal his identity, is now speaking out. >> darren is a good person, and people have just immediately jumped to label him as a cold-blooded murderer, and that's just not the type of person that he is. >> reporter: it's not clear how long it will take to determine whether wilson will be charged. the funeral for michael brown will be held here on monday. michelle and devin. >> tahman, as you said, police said there were no gunshots overnight, no molotov cocktails thrown but certainly tense there. what steps are the city council
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and mayor taking to keep things calmed down here? >> reporter: well, devin, they desperately want to reconnect with the community here, the majority, black community, and they're going to do that by trying to recruit more black police officers. remember that there are just three black officers on the police force of more than 50 people, and they also want the community to help them raise money for cameras that police officers can put on their equipment and also in their patrol cars. >> tahman bradley live in ferguson, thank you. well, texas governor rick perry will be arraigned on friday morning on two felony counts of abuse of power. perry was booked yesterday in austin, fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken. the indictment stems from his threat to cut funding for the office of a district attorney, a democrat, who was convicted of drunk driving. perry claims the charges against him are politically motivated. he says he'll fight them with every fiber of his being. a fast-moving wildfire in central california has forced about 1,000 people from their homes north of fresno. the fire threatens about 500
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homes in the community of oakhurst as it rages just 16 miles from one entrance to yosemite national park. the wind-whipped fire has already destroyed eight structures. well, a terrifying scene at a middle school football practice in new mexico when several students were struck by lightning. one boy is hospitalized and is listed in critical condition this morning. four other boys and a coach were also injured. three were sent to the hospital, but all were said to be responsive. and torrential rains have triggered epic flooding in arizona. at least 8 inches of rain fell north of phoenix yesterday with more on the way. the flash floods are washing out highways, lifting houses off their foundations and forcing rescuers across the state to save people trapped in cars and homes. the national weather service says some areas got more rain yesterday than they did all last summer. >> deluge. time now for today's weather. scattered showers and thunderstorms across the southwest and four corners. severe storms across the midwest
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could bring hail and tornadoes and a band of heavy rain extends across the ohio valley up in the mid-atlantic and down into florida. >> most of the nation today will see temperatures in the 80s and 90s. 70s though in the pacific northwest and new england. still ahead, a favorite among beer drinkers is being recalled for fears of pieces of glass in bottles. and missing moms. the striking similarities in the cases that have investigators looking into whether the disappearances are connected. plus, morning coffee at a restaurant nearly turned tragic for customers when a high-speed chase gets out of control.
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welcome back. there are concerns over selected packages of corona. constellation brands, which imports the beer, is recalling some 12-ounce bottles of corona extra gold fearing glass particles could be inside. it's expected though only 1% of bottles are affected. concerned consumers are asked to call constellation's hot line. apple is riding high this morning weeks before the next iphone gets unveiled. the tech giant's stock reached $100.53 a share yesterday, a record for the company following a stock split in june. investors believe the new iphone and smartwatch will jump-start revenue this fall. well, could bad news be on the horizon for nutella fans? there is a major shortage of hazelnuts because of bad weather in turkey, the world's largest producer of the nut. that could drive up prices and even cause a shortage of the chocolaty hazelnut spread. well, wake up and smell the
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mccafe right at home. mcdonald's is teaming up with kraft to sell the fast food restaurant's coffee in grocery stores. it will be available in a variety of flavors starting next year. and the nfl wants super bowl halftime performers to pay to play. "the wall street journal" reports that nfl representatives have asked potential performers to contribute a portion of the profits from their post-super bowl tours to the league. well, when we come back, plot foiled. how investigators stopped a school massacre just days before classes are set to begin. and strange sight. what in the world washed up on this american beach? i had ongoing pain. a deep ache all over. my doctor diagnosed it as fibromyalgia thought to be the result of overactive nerves that cause chronic, widespread pain. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. i learned lyrica can provide significant relief
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phoenix triggered rivers of powerful rushing waters sweeping cars right off their wheels. more rain on the way today. and now for a look at your morning road conditions, the southwest will see not just wet but flooded roads with wet conditions stretching up through the rockies and into the cascades. slippery conditions also stretch from the upper midwest through the ohio valley and into the mid-atlantic and along the gulf coast. and if you're flying today, airport delays are possible in detroit. well, investigators in southwest indiana are looking for potential links in the cases of two missing moms. >> the two women disappeared 5 weeks and less than 20 miles apart. 30-year-old joelle lockwood of evansville and 27-year-old kristy kelley of boonville are both mothers of two children. both were last seen wearing tank tops and blue jean shorts. >> and investigators say the eerie similarities don't end there but still they say there's no definitive proof yet that
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these cases are connected. well, two teenagers are in custody accused of plotting a massacre at their southern california high school. police say south pasadena high school was supposed to be the scene of the attack. the boys, ages 16 and 17, were arrested after authorities got a tip about their plot and monitored their internet activities. >> i can't emphasize enough that one phone call to us how it -- got the ball rolling. i am convinced that we averted a mass murder here. >> he also said there was no specific target. investigators found the boys were searching about weapons and how to make bombs. the first day of school there is tomorrow. and from the san francisco area, an outdoor breakfast that several people will never forget. as they're seated outside, watch the top of the screen as two cars crash and come right at them. the guy driving that white car closest to the camera was said to be fleeing police. he was wanted in a domestic violence case. police caught up with him after he ran away, and he was arrested.
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and to another unusual sight on florida's hollywood beach. this, take a look here, this giant ocean sunfish stunned beachgoers, figuratively, of course, after it washed ashore. it measured about eight feet. believe it or not, this is one of the relatively small ones. the mola fish can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh up to 5,000 pounds. now to a topic dear to many of our insomniac viewings. a new ranking of the cities that get the most and least amounts of sleep. according to a recent survey, people in melbourne, australia, get the most sleep overall, an average of 6 hours, 59 minutes a night. the only american city coming close to that, orlando, 6 hours and 56 minutes and the most sleep deprived city, tokyo, japan averaging 5 hours and 44 minutes. >> precious zs. >> we hope you got your winks last night. the team from chicago has survived its second straight elimination game at the little league world series. >> they scored three runs in the first inning last night against the team from thks. they then tacked on another
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three in the fourth and that was more than enough. >> the kids from the south side win 6-1. they have today off but will be back in action tomorrow night once again facing elimination. >> good for them. we're rooting. of course, there was also some major league action last night. >> we get the baseball highlights from our guys at espn. >> good morning. welcome to our "sportscenter" set here in los angeles. along with neil everett, i'm stan verrett. let's just stop and amire neil's hair for a minute. >> thank you. real and i've never colored it. >> let's move on to baseball now. >> let's admire jered weaver's hair. that's some great hair. it's the angels and red sox and it's brock holt thinking he's going yard and it's kole calhoun thinking he's going wall. all the shop talk. boy, listen, that changed the the game right there. that was a three-run homer with the sox up, 1-0. chris iannetta back-to-back two-out doubles off koji uehara in the top of the nine breaks open a tie game and
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the angels win 4-3. whoo! angels are hot. a's were a half game back and taking on the mets. kazmir looking for his 14th win. see, he only had 13 in 2007 for his career high, but he was dealing. he was striking out. mets, he went six innings, gave up one earned run and struck out six and how about some run support? in the fourth coco crisp with the bases loaded. everybody's coming home. crisp in with a triple. josh reddick added a two-run home run to help oakland put it away. a's win it 6-2 to remain a half game back. >> i got so excited i pulled my ifb cord out so i can't hear anything. it's like i'm working without a net right now. >> back to you. well, up next in "the pulse," a former nfl player used an ice bucket challenge to unveil a personal battle. and talk about landing on your own feet. a wild motorcycle crash caught on camera.
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♪ welcome back. time to check "the pulse," stories we think you'll be talking about today. how about this, an als ice bucket challenge you will definitely want to see. >> tim shaw is a former linebacker in the nfl. the 30-year-old last played with the tennessee titans just a year ago. and shaw posted his ice bucket challenge and used the opportunity to reveal that he's been diagnosed with als. >> i'm tim shaw. a year ago i was playing nfl football. i recently have been diagnosed with als. i'm here today to stand up and fight with all of you against this disease. >> there it is. shaw goes on to challenge the
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entire titans organization and the football team at penn state where he played college ball. >> and a lot of people there can raise that challenge in a very personal tribute that he's going on camera with with that challenge. he's also called out the entire community of clarenceville, michigan, where he's from. and next, here's a challenge to find a commercial even worse than the one you're about to see. >> take a look. it's a 30-second tv spot for the east hills shopping center at st. joseph, missouri. but it's done so amateurishly, it's enough to make even the likes of don draper cringe over that martini. take a look. ♪ sales for back to school >> denim ♪ ♪ haircuts backpacks, backpacks come get your backpacks ♪ ♪ boots and pants and boots and pants ♪ ♪ new shoes ♪ the pulse, the news, america this morning right here you're watching us ♪ >> oh, you should have been in that commercial.
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>> i don't think so. >> the mall's general manager tells abc news it was meant to be extremely light-hearted and funny and they must know what they're doing. it's already racked up more than a million views on youtube. >> and sparked quite the debate on our facebook page. atmfans.com. you know, so many people talked about whether this was a smart thing to do, get the extra attention or downright stupid. >> we're talking about it. >> weigh in. finally the internet filled with wild videos shot from highways of russia. we've seen these before but none quite like this one. >> the dash cam shows a motorcyclist slam into a sedan, flip into the air and safely land on its roof. that could not have worked out better if they tried to plan that. it sure does -- >> is that real? >> it it looks like a stunt. >> it's crazy. there's actually no verification that this wasn't planned but the evidence seen here, we doubt it. look at that. in the end no matter what you see there, it is pretty amazing. don't try this at home. at least if you do, wear a helmet. look at that guy. no helmet there in that video.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. good weapons morning at 4:28. thank you for joining us. when i drove in not so much drizzle as yesterday but still a little bit in the city. when you drove in? you did not drive in on the driverless car? >> no one was driving for me. >> that is the good news, the drizzle is not so widespread. there is no rain. you can see the clouds hanging around but compared to yesterday we are closer to a normal pattern so we will have more sunshine and 80 to 85 inland and sunshine along the coast. we will not completely clear out, 63 to 69 and 72 to 80 at
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the bay. open wednesday morning, we will look at the commute, it is clear and from emeryville to san francisco, the rest of the bay area everything is moving along well and i have to say everything is cent with top speeds showing construction but, first, drive time traffic is 580 westbound tracy to dublin is 24 minutes along highway 4 westbound antioch to concord 14 miles per hours and from san rafael to san francisco under 20 minutes. >> fire investigators are looking into an early morning fire in san francisco that sent one to the hospital. amy hollyfield is on the scene. firefighters just packed up.
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they took everything out of the family garage looking for chews to the start of the fire and make sure it was out. they got the call at 1:00 o'clock a.m. if san -- in san francisco. the fire was in the garage according to a man who lives with his grandfather and grandmother. >> it was scary. i was more scared for my grandma, had to make sure she is safe and recovering. we are all happy. we will move on. we put everything back together. >> the grandmother was taken to the hospital to be checked and treated for smoke inhalation problems but will be oh case. no word on the cause. >> san francisco police have made an arre

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