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4:00 am (tdd# 1-800-448-1433) making news in america this morning, severe threat. overnight wind and rain causing flash floods. water surrounding cars. hail, you're going to see here, pummeling a pool. it's not over yet. we're tracking it all. breaking overnight, an heir to the getty fortune found dead in his home. the latest tragedy for one of the country's wealthiest families. also breaking right now, joni mitchell rushed to the hospital. the singer found unconscious in her home. new details just in about her condition. and don't be fooled. move over, selfie stick. the one april fools' joke that already has everyone talking.
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good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm bazi kanani in for reena ninan. >> and hello to you all. i'm t.j. holmes. we start with spring storms causing severe flooding overnight. >> the radar is showing the problem areas right now. storms are stretching across the south from georgia all the way to oklahoma. this video just in from oklahoma, heavy rain and wind pounding the area. >> and the scene also in oklahoma city overnight. heavy rain causing flash flooding. see these cars, the tires covered in water. this is in a mall parking lot. and from arkansas, that is not snow. it's hail. one dash cam captured the sight and sound of it hitting a windshield and hood, and take a look at the swimming pool near little rock percolating as the hail hits the water. >> so who is in for stormy weather today? here now accuweather meteorologist justin povick. good morning to you, justin. >> t.j. and bazi, thanks.
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the northeast quieting down on this wednesday with high pressure in place and lots of sunshine. it will start out sunny over the central plains, but unfortunately the concern turns to severe weather later on in the day. early to mid afternoonafternoon around omaha, northbound, the twin cities and all the way back to south wichita damaging winds, large hail, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out. not expecting a tornado outbreak but it only takes one to do a lot of damage. southbound toward dallas, little rock still dealing with some general thunderstorms. severe chances not as high but there will be some drenching downpours and some gusty winds. later on this week and storminess switches to the southeast with wet weather also in the northeast. t.j. and bazi, back to you. >> thanks, justin. breaking overnight in los angeles, tragedy for one of america's wealthiest families. >> oil heir, andrew getty, has been found dead at his home in the hollywood hills. sources tell "the l.a. times" that getty died from
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blunt force trauma but that the death does not appear to be a crime. getty was 47 years old. he was the grandson of the late oil baron, j. paul getty. the family is said to be worth more than $5 billion. also from los angeles this morning, singer/songwriter joni mitchell hospitalized in intensive care. her official website reports that she was found unconscious at her bel air home, but regained consciousness in the ambulance, and she is now undergoing tests and is reported to be awake and in good spirits. the 71-year-old is an eight-time grammy winner whose hits include "woodstock," "both sides now" and "big yellow taxi." marathon talks over iran's nuclear program are now in overtime after dragging past a midnight deadline. secretary of state john kerry briefed president obama and his national security team by video teleconference from switzerland. the state department saying there's been enough progress to merit continuing negotiations but several difficult hurdles remain. iran and six nations have been trying to hammer out an outline for a future agreement aimed at curbing iran's nuclear program
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and a final deal could end crushing economic sanctions against iran. indiana's legislature trying to hammer out a fix to its controversial religious freedom act. governor mike pence is now leading the call to change it after days of protest during which he refused to say whether it shoulding legal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation. he says it is now time to be clear. >> should it be legal in the state of indiana to discriminate against gays and lesbians? what do you say now? >> i don't support discrimination against gays or lesbians or anyone else. >> so no. >> no. >> but governor pence says the fix to the law won't involve approving anti-discrimination legislation for gays and lesbians. it will only make clear that businesses don't have the right to deny services to anyone. meanwhile arkansas legislatures approved a similar bill even as the controversy was playing out in indiana.
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arkansas governor asa hutchison has promised to sign it but the chief executive of the state's biggest business walmart is among those requesting that he veto it. in a tweet he said that it undermines what he calls the spirit of inclusion in the state. we have several major developments in the germanwings crash investigation. first the bombshell from parent company lufthansa that the airline knew about the co-pilot's long battle with depression despite saying last week that he was fit to fly. french officials are denying european reports, meanwhile, of cell phone video showing inside the plane during the flight's final seconds. they say phones have been found but their contents have not yet been reviewed. we turn to boston now and the defense has rested in the marathon bombing trial after calling just four witnesses. their testimony was meant to demonstrate that dzhokhar tsarnaev had nothing to do with the planning of the attack and that he was being influenced by his older brother. the defense made it clear from the start of the case that its strategy was to avoid the death penalty. closing arguments are scheduled for next monday.
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and new england patriots owner robert kraft was the star witness yesterday at the murder trial of his former tight end aaron hernandez. kraft said he had a conversation with hernandez in which hernandez said he was innocent of the murder for which he's charged. prosecutors and defense attorneys say they expect to wrap up their cases next week. a woman is under arrest this morning after yet another security breach at the san jose airport. a u.p.s. worker spotted the woman walking near a cargo area and police believe she jumped a fence to get onto the grounds. officers say the woman became combative when they approached her and she had to be subdued. that is the same airport where a teenager stowed away in a wheel well on a flight to hawaii. a brush fire that started out as a controlled burn threatened homes in the desert east of los angeles. residents in the apple valley area were forced to evacuate but they have been allowed to return home as firefighters gain control. authorities say the fire was started by the parks department. but gusty and unpredictable winds caused it to spread
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quickly. unsettling new images this morning of those luxury homes teetering on the edge of a hillside near seattle. a landslide that started friday continues to menace the area. chunks of earth pulling away and tumbling down taking trees with them. some residents were allowed back in yesterday to pack up their belongings. with more rain in the forecast, things are expected to get even worse. well, still ahead, internet outrage aimed at the new host of "the daily show." he answers his critics about his past tweets. and record fines. nascar hands down some big penalties because of some tire trickery. and a video going viral and now a police officer under investigation. what started the profanity-laced tirade.
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well, cadillac's new full size sedan has a unique security feature. the ct6 takes photos of everything around the car whenever the alarm system is set off. the technology relies on the same cameras used to help with parking the car. when the alarm goes off the security pictures are stored on a memory card. the new ct6 goes into production late this year. thousands of low wage workers in seattle are getting a raise starting today. the city begins phasing in a law which raises the minimum wage to $15en hour among the highest in the nation. a lobbying group representing franchise owners has tried to get an injunction to stop the law. but the judge refused. minimum wages aren't an issue for the rolling stones. they've just announced a new
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u.s. tour. the stones made about a half a billion dollars on their last tour. mick jagger alone said to be worth more than 300 million. keith richards just slightly less than that. their 15-city tour kicks off next month in san diego. it's their first here in 18 years. along the way they can sample the new drinks at starbucks. they combine juices and dannon greek yogurt sold in the 4300 starbucks locations in the northwest and alaska. the three flavors can be customized with fresh kale and protein powder. later this year the new starbucks/dannon partnership will expand to parfaits. attention, pac-man fans. how would you like to play the classic arcade game with a map as the board. that's exactly what you can do today thanks to google maps. just search an area and in the lower left click on the pac-man option, and then the map will be turned into a pac-man board. you can control pac-man with the direction keys. good luck, everyone, and be careful today.
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the boss might be walking by when you're on google maps. >> have you tried it? >> i tried it. it was fun, and i was still bad at pac-man. >> all right, folks, when we come back, cool and calm under pressure. a 12-year-old's 911 call when somebody broke into his house. and look out, below. a dramatic construction accident caught on camera. they call these sandwiches? this is a sandwich. introducing the new subway turkey italiano melt. tender oven-roasted turkey breast. robust genoa salami. smoky, spicy pepperoni. when these big 3 meet under a blanket of melty provolone with that tangy new subway vinaigrette... something delicious happens. only one place to get a fresh toasted sandwich this great on freshly baked bread. the new turkey italiano melt. only at subway.
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yeah, what you just saw there, an excavator that fell from the crane that was holding it up over a large construction hole. one of the workers caught this action on his camera. the hole is the site of a new subway station in chile. no one was hurt. when the excavator dropped into the hole there's a good chance it needed a little repair, however. >> i bet. well, now for a look at morning road conditions, a lot of trouble in the mississippi valley and central plains from texas all the way to the canadian border. some mountain snow in the northern rockies, as well. >> if you're flying, airport delays possible in kansas, minneapolis and memphis. kansas city, excuse me, i should say. nascar is coming down hard on one racing team for using illegal tires. >> driver ryan newman's team was found to have violated
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nascar rules by manipulating them allowing air to escape during the race. newman's crew chief was fined $25,000 and suspended for six weeks and two other crew members were suspended and all three will also be on probation for the season and newman was docked 75 points that dropped him 21 places. now to that latest twist in that so-called "gone girl" kidnapping case in california. labeled a hoax by police. it's a 15-page manifesto, four e-mails supposedly from the group that abducted denise huskins. they're defending the alleged victim and her boyfriend demanding an apology from the police for not believing them and they expressed regret for taking her saying she was not the intended target. huskins' attorney says it's proof that his client is not lying. >> i've been the recipient of all the e-mails and they're saying don't underestimate us. we are the ones responsible and the vallejo police hasd better
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apologize and it's unbelievable what has happened. >> the e-mails claim the kidnapping was just part of a dry run for higher profile victims that they plan to abduct in the future. a new york city terrorism detective is under investigation after his tirade against an uber driver went viral. in that video recorded by one of the uber passengers, the officer is seen yelling profanities at the driver and raising his voice as the driver tries to defend himself. listen. >> do you understand me? >> yes -- >> i don't know what [ bleep ] planet you think you're on right now. let me tell you something, the next time you do it again -- >> okay. >> are you going to let me finish? stop interrupting me. who do you think you're talking to here? >> now, as to what set the detective off, uber passengers say the driver honked his horn at the officer as he tried to park without using blinkers or hazard lights. >> won't do that again. well, near boston a 12-year-old became an unexpected hero when he was home alone and someone started ringing the doorbell repeatedly.
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the boy named luke peeked through the blinds and didn't recognize who it was when the man broke a window and went inside. luke locked himself in a bedroom and called 911. the 911 dispatcher gave him a secret code so the intruder wouldn't hear him. >> did he have a weapon in his hand? or anything? >> i don't know. >> okay. all i want you to do is press either 1 for yes, 2 for no, okay. >> well, the suspect ran off when police arrived but because luke had seen the man at the window, they found him nearby carrying a bag full of stolen loot. the police are now praising luke for his bravery. we turn to some sports now. kentucky, wisconsin, michigan state, duke getting ready to head to indianapolis. >> and as for the nba and the nhl, some of last night's highlights now from espn. >> hey there, the big news on "sportscenter," ludacris has a new cd but we have other sports that we carried over for you.
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neil. >> thank you, kenny. let's begin across the street. that's where steph curry and the golden state warriors have the nba's best record and taking on the clippers. clippers have been hot. oh, no. there's a man down. >> no, he didn't. >> the fellows like it. the golden state warriors are rubbing it in with that tweet. listen, that's the play everybody is talking about but if you don't win the game, that play loses a little bit of luster. golden state won the game so that play is getting a lot of play. clippers -- andrew bogut. ice hockey, hurricanes and the caps. alex ovechkin. 49 goals coming in. here we go caps up 1-0. the puck goes up. alexander semin's stick right to ovechkin. the sixth player to have six 50-goal seasons. who are the other five.
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>> lemieux, gretzky, lafleur, dionne and -- >> doesn't matter. off memory. ovechkin to ward. too late. >> no, it isn't. capitals win it by a count of 4-2. >> who was the other. >> bossy from the islanders. >> mike bossy, how about me getting the first name? >> there you go. >> barry melrose. >> thank you. we have nothing. we have a lot but -- >> oh, we're supposed to still talk. >> good-bye. >> they can stop talking now. up next in "the pulse," twitter feed fury. controversy surrounding comedy central's pick to replace jon stewart. also, fat cat, why this feline is worth millions of dollars. their type 2 diabetes... ...with non-insulin victoza. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza. he said victoza works differently than pills and comes in a pen. victoza is proven to lower blood sugar and a1c. it's taken once a day, any time. and the needle is thin. victoza is not for weight loss
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but it may help you lose some weight. victoza is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes when used with diet and exercise. it is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes and should not be used in people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. victoza has not been studied with mealtime insulin. victoza is not insulin. do not take victoza if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if you are allergic to victoza or any of its ingredients. symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include swelling of face lips, tongue or throat fainting or dizziness, very rapid heartbeat problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching. tell your doctor if you get a lump or swelling in your neck. serious side effects may happen in people who take victoza including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) which may be fatal. stop taking victoza and call your doctor right away if you have signs of pancreatitis,
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such as severe pain that will not go away in your abdomen or from your abdomen to your back with or without vomiting. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take and if you have any medical conditions. taking victoza with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. the most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, and headache. some side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney problems. if your pill isn't giving you the control you need... ask your doctor about non-insulin victoza. it's covered by most health plans. ♪ time now for "the pulse," and we start with some backlash against trevor noah, the south african comic set to succeed jon stewart on "the daily show." >> barely 48 hours after that
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announcement, critics are pointing to past tweets which are being described as racist, misogynist, anti-semitic homophobic and even fat-shaming. >> he said to reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn't land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian. >> comedy central, meanwhile, standing behind noah calling the criticism unfair. next it may not be fair but it sure is outrageous. fashion designer karl lagerfeld creative director at chanel now in the news for his big, fluffy cat. >> yes, he tells "new york" magazine that choupette isn't just pretty, she's worth millions. last year alone the cat made $3.2 million for just two modeling gigs, one for cars in germany and the other for a japanese beauty product. >> lagerfeld says, however, he would never let choupette do a food ad. he says she's just a little too sophisticated for that. >> well, amazon, meanwhile, has introduced a new device so customers can reorder certain products with a simple click
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from anywhere in the home. >> this is called the amazon dash button and the company insists this is not an april fools' joke. it's a tiny device that connects directly to wi-fi making it easier to replenish replies running low. >> the dash buttons are available to amazon prime members for more 250 products from detergent to coffee to paper towels. in honor of pranksters' favorite day we're taking a look at some of the most memorable april fools' day jokes. >> taco bell claimed it purchased the liberty bell. the company made the fake announcement in a full page ad in major newspapers. >> the national historic park in philly where the bell is kept was flooded with hundreds of angry phone calls. >> also just last year domino's fooled a lot of people announcing its edible pizza box. and take a look at one of the best so far this year, the selfie shoe. just stick your phone in and click.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good wednesday at 4:28. i am eric kristen sze were. >> i am it. >> it is april fools day. so what out. >> leyla gulen here with traffic and meteorologist mike nicco has the weather. >> month joke, it is cooler. here is why the raises are blowing through the dry air that we are dealing with. it will get more dry this afternoon. you can see the flag pointing to the east and that is an onshore breeze. temperatures in the 40s but by noon, upper 50s at coast and only low-to-mid 60s but the winds will pick up holding us in the 50s and 60s so have a colt
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>> i cannot make light of the traffic if i said the freeways were packed and they headed owe the door that would be cruel. >> here is a look and i did not pay the drivers to stack up in the parity that is a little bit of traffic and the rest of the movement is swift as you come in from the east bay to san francisco. we have construction that is going on on the san mateo bridge in preparation if the paving work taking place next month. meaning, in may. you can see we have cones but it look like today's construction is wrapping up. >> thanks. we will get to developing news. a lawmaker is calling for tighter airport security after a woman snuck into an area that is supposed to be off limits at mineta san jose international our reporter is there. isn't this the 5th security breach if less than a year? >> that has been an issue here kristen, in the past hour we
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have seen a security patrol come by the southwest corner here of the airport. several times. yesterday, they missed a woman who climbed and jumped over the fence and made her way on to the tarmac. she was crossing airfield and an u.p.s. employee noticed woman and stopped her he called for help. this was in the cargo area of the airport at gate 118. she resisted arrest but was taken and custody. the congressman is calling for more security. >> i have been calling for perimeter breach notification alerts that will tell you the moment a breach occurs. >> this is the 5th security breach in mineta san jose international airport in less than a year. in april last year a santa clara teen stowed away in the rear well of a jet. in august, marilyn harman


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