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good morning, america. good morning, america. david muir goes one on one with president obama. his history making trip to cuba this morning. the first u.s. president on the island in nearly 90 years. >> change is going to happen here and i think that raul castro understands that. >> the president prepares for a meeting as human rights protesters hit the streets. spring snowstorm. as much as half a foot in the east. schools closed in boston. more than a dozen states facing freeze warnings. severe weather causing this massive waterspout. plunging temperatures as far as florida. donald trump announces he will beef up security over the weekend. one supporter shrugs a
protester. trump blames professional agitators on the eve of another big vote. >> the tennis tournament ceo taking aim at the world's best female athletes saying they owe it all to the men. >> they ride on the coat tails of the men. they're very, very lucky. >> now serena williams slamming back. and good morning, america. welcome to spring. welcome back to sam champion. >> i'm representing spring. i'm sam. i realize spring has a lot to apologize for. we'll get to that later. day of history in cuba. president obama is there right now. he'll meet with cuban leader raul castro today. downpour last night, look at that low-landing for air force one. people gathering on the streets of havana seeing the president land. >> president obama sending this tweet as soon as he landed --
translated, that means, what's up, cuba? he's looking forward to meeting and hearing directly from the cuban people. and david muir has an exclusive interview with the president. good morning, david. >> good morning robin from havana. history made here in cuba. president obama touching down here. the first president since calvin coolidge in 1928 to visit cuba. this visit does not come without controversy. i asked president obama about a visit to cuba more than a year ago overnight explaining to me why the time is right. the president and first lady and their daughters coming off air force one in havana cuba. an image unimaginable and just a short time after touching down our interview with the president. >> we meet in cuba. >> how about that. >> how about that. you know, as you're aware when we spoke last time more than a year ago i asked if you would be visiting cuba before the end of your presidency and you said
let's see how things evolve. >> right. >> why now? >> the time is right. knowing that change wasn't going to happen overnight. what we have already seen is the reopening of the embassy. although we have significant differences inside of cuba we felt that coming now would maximize our ability to prompt more change. >> but you have said when you visit countries around the world that they put a fresh coat of paint up. is there any concern cuba is doing that here? what are you looking for for progress? >> there's no doubt that the cuban government is still a one party state exerting control and is stifling dissent.
>> he's already searing cuban entrepreneurs blossom. >> you hear them saying if we don't lift the embargo other countries will get the deals. >> there's no doubt we have work to do and part is bringing an end to the embargo that is currently in place. >> does that happen during your presidency? >> it may not happen between now and then particularly since we're in election year but it is inevitable. >> you see the young people all gathered on the street corners to borrow the wi-fi. fewer than 5% here have access to the internet. >> that's part of why the changes can be so significant and one of the things we'll be announcing is that google has a deal. to set up more wi-fi and broadband access on the island. >> reporter: how quickly does that change a country? >> well, you know, change is going to happen here and i think
that raul castro understands that. >> the president telling us change is coming to cuba and adding raul castro knows that. president obama will meet with president castro and i asked him if he'll be blunt with president castro. he said he'll be talking about human rights and about the freedoms for ordinary cubans here. robin. >> you referred to the meeting with raul castro later today. he did not greet the cuban president -- did not greet president obama at the airport and many critics are making note of that, david. >> reporter: that's right robin. making global headlines. there were a number of dignitaries waiting to welcome the first family, president obama when he landed in havana but raul castro was not among them and many believe that's because a delicate dance being played out. he wants to remain firm on this island nation while at the same
time the people welcoming this first family with open arms. >> delicate, indeed. thank you so much. more of your exclusive in the next hour and more on "world news tonight." george, you'll be anchoring special coverage later this morning. >> right around 11:00 a.m. >> to the nasty spring storm more than a dozen states facing freezing temperatures as far as florida and new jersey to maine and many facing a messy commute. good morning rob. >> reporter: good morning, george. welcome to spring. how about this. after a relatively mild winter compared to last year the first day of spring has a snowstorm covering boston. >> the mass turnpike outside of the city where traffic is moving slow. the roads, the big ones are slushy. over 3,000 crews or nearly 3,000 crews that are battling this snowstorm with salt and plows. several inches. schools are closed for an extended weekend. good for snowball fights but the
problem is that it's a wet snow. so it will weigh down some of the tree limbs and could see power outages. a very, very difficult start to the workweek and spring for that matter. red sox, their home opener just three weeks away. certainly doesn't feel like spring here in eastern massachusetts. >> rob, thanks very much. sam is tracking the latest on the storm. hey, sam. >> tracking is the word. tracking it out of times square already having sunshine. in new england northern new england we have snow. let's show you. here the winter storm watches and warnings still out. if you're flying toward maine and into boston delays for 35, 45 minutes. west coast, we're looking at you. you're where the spring warmth is. look at 92 this afternoon in palm springs. 94 in phoenix. phoenix, maybe the driest winter in a while if not on record. 82 degrees tomorrow and northwest, a spring storm.
northern california to points north. a lot of rain and some high elevation snow. some places in the sierra could see about 14 inches of snow. george. >> thanks sam. the race for the white house now. as anther weekend of protests at rallies for donald trump. i pressed donald trump to condemn the protests. all of this major policy speeches among the top candidates in washington today. votes in key states tomorrow. abc's tom llamas here with the latest. >> reporter: donald trump and the other gop candidates head to d.c. today to address aipac, the powerful lobbying organization for israel. trump expected to meet with republican leaders before his address as he tries to improve relations with gop powerbrokers. this morning, donald trump's campaign changing the way they handle scenes like this. violent outbursts at campaign rallies. over the weekend, in tucson, a protester punched and stomped as he was led out by security.
>> this was an african-american man and his family that were there to listen to me speak. they couldn't hear me speak because of the commotion being made by very few people. >> reporter: trump telling george on "this week" the protesters are not innocent lambs. >> at what point do the people blame the protesters. these are people that are professional -- >> so you're blaming the protesters, not the person that actually kicked the protester. >> no, i'm saying these are professional agitators. and they should be blamed there, too. >> reporter: the campaign manager the man in the gray suit was caught on tape grabbing a protester by the collar. trump defending his top aide. >> i give him credit. he wanted them to take down those powerful profanity-laced signs. >> reporter: this is the second time he has been accused of getting physical at a rally. his campaign saying they'll be dedicating additional security resources to larger events in the future to prevent staff from having to intervene. ♪
♪ donald, stand by me >> reporter: overnight, trump hosting palm beach republicans at his mar-a-lago resort. including dr. ben carson. but ted cruz and john kasich showing no signs of giving up. >> i have the experience and the record to lead this country trump fighting another war, this time against fox news' megyn kelly. going on a twitter tirade calling her overrated, crazy and sick. fox news firing back, defending kelly, saying trump's extreme sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate. both trump and senator cruz addressed the president's trip to cuba. trump saying obama's trip was amateur hour because raul castro didn't greet him at the airport. and cruz saying he would only visit a free cuba. george. let's talk with matt dowd.
let's talk about some votes tomorrow. arizona and utah. the big votes for republicans. trump favored in arizona. utah becoming must-win for ted cruz. >> cruz wants 50%. if he gets more than 50% he wins all the delegates. that's an interesting dynamic here. it's like a high-stakes risk board, where they're moving armies around and having alliances in some places and fighting each other in other places. i think john kasich and donald trump's strategy in utah is to keep ted cruz under 50% so he can't get all the delegates. that's the dynamic going on in this race right now. >> a dynamic going inside the republican party, about 100-day plan by anti-trump agitators who want to stop him from getting the delegates he needs before the convention, but time is running short. >> well, i think, george, we have seen over the course of this last year the republican party, republican establishment
has had various plans in the course of this of how to stop donald trump in this. right now, donald trump looks to be, if things proceed, has the odds on to win the delegates. a lot depends on tomorrow night. you're right, time is running out for the republican party in this. tomorrow night is a good indication of what's going to happen in this race. but they'll have a hard time stopping him before the convention. >> wisconsin will become a must-win for the anti-trump forces if they're going to have any hope. >> absolutely. absolutely. now to chilly new information about the paris terror attack suspect. in custody this morning, officials say there may have been new attacks in the work and he had the people and the weapons to do it. abc's alex marquardt is in brussels with the latest. >> reporter: this morning, belgian authorities are worried about the arrest of salah abdeslam can activate other terrorist cells. according to a security minister.
they believe he was planning more attacks with the help of a support network that's bigger than they originally thought. this morning, new video of the dramatic raid that captured abdeslam. heavily armed s.w.a.t. teams slowly approaching a house in molenbeek suddenly as a man sprints out and tries to flee but is shot and taken down. then another suspect also shot and led away. now, salah abdeslam is being pressed by belgian interrogators to reveal more. about the paris attacks and other plots in the works. he was ready to restart something in brussels, belgium's foreign minister said after a large of cache of weapons was fond in a raid last tuesday. and new evidence of a new broad support network. right under the noses of the police. >> the real key from this arrest is the opportunity to interrogate abdeslam. to find out more about his ties to isis. >> reporter: abdeslam is
frightened and weak. his lawyer has insisted to a belgian newspaper. already, abdeslam has revealed he wasn't meant to be the only surviving terrorist of the november attacks. he was supposed to be among the team of suicide bombers that he drove to the germany/france game. but he backed out. ditching his suicide vest and calling accomplices to come pick him up and take him to belgium. belgian authorities tell us this morning the arrest could trigger a new attack or make the terrorist go to ground and wait for the pressure to ease up. the alert in belgium hasn't been raised yet. but european officials say the likelihood of new attacks is very high. >> something to keep in mind. alex, thank you. now to amy with the other headlines. breaking news out of north korea. >> north korea fired off five missiles overnight, all landing in sea. this morning's launching come as u.s. and south korea hold their largest joint exercise. north korea says those drills are rehearsal for invasion.
the pentagon is sending several hundred marines to iraq in the battle against isis. they're headed to a base that came under attack by isis over the weekend. killing a marine from southern california. experts from the u.s. are helping russia as it investigates this weekend's horrific plane crash, all 62 aboard the flight were killed when it nose-dived into the ground at an airport during strong winds. it nearly disintegrated on impact. overnight, russian investigators saying they're having trouble reading the data from those damaged black boxes. this is 20,000 pounds of illegal fireworks going up in smoke. after the atf ordered they all be destroyed. to another first family have welcomed another member. bald eagle parents had a lot to chirp about. the second of their babies came
out of its shell. they'll likely be named by public vote. right now, their names are dc2 and dc 3. not so great though. lot of people want malia and sasha. that makes sense. >> that's cute. >> they wouldn't mind that. we'll move on to some outrage in the tennis world. after the bnp paribas open ceo said that the men carry the sport. and that's drawing fire from stars like serena williams. >> reporter: it's one of the most popular tennis tournaments in the world. but this morning, raymond moore the man in charge of the bnp paribas open in indian wells, california, is causing uproar. over his comments about female tennis players. >> you know, if in my next life i want to be somebody in the wta because they ride on the coat tails of the men. they don't make any decisions. they're lucky. if i was a lady player, i would
go every night on my knees and thank god that roger federer and rafa nadal were born. because they have carried the sport. >> serena williams who won the event twice responded immediately. >> getting on your knees which is offensive enough. and thank the men. we as women have come a long way. >> his comments didn't stop there as he singled out two successful players but whether it was for their looks or ability was unclear. >> we have a handful of very attractive prospects that can assume the mental, jeanie bouchard. >> you mean physically attractive or competitively? >> i mean both. >> that is such a disservice to her and every female, not only a female athlete but every woman on this planet.
>> raymond moore has issued an apology for his comments saying they were in extremely poor taste. unlikely any of the female players will forget these comments. >> any female period, right. >> does he know at the u.s. open this past year, the women's single final sold out before the men's? >> he knows now. unbelievable. thank you, linsey. back to sam. >> spring has a doctor's note. it would like to show it to you. a little late on the eastern seaboard. fully on the west, we already got that air. it takes time to move across. give us two days and this milder air gets to the eastern seaboard. new york by wednesday you're 69 degrees. d.c. 73 by wednesday. your selected cities are brought to you by macy's. here's what you can expect this morning.
>> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco with the bay area forecast. mostly sunny this afternoon. mild temperatures. spring starts this weekend. a cooling trend will lead to light rain on sunday and monday and tuesday. a difference in temperatures along the cost at 60 at half moon bay. mid-to-upper 60s in the north bay and low-to-mid 70s inland and east bay and south bay. the clouds back with drizzle and upper 40s to mid-50s. my seven-day forecast shows a chance of light rain on sunday and again on amy and i are still fuming from that previous story. >> coming up, lucky to be alive. the teen pilot with the quick-thinking decision that saved he and his girlfriend. this iphone going up in flames.
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welcome back to "gma." you're looking live at boston, many facing a snowy commute this morning. schools are closed there right now. more than a dozen states under a freeze warning as far south as florida. and sam here to track it all this morning. >> thanks for that, sam. also right now, president obama making history in cuba, becoming the first sitting u.s. president to set foot in that country in nearly 90 years and preparing for a meeting with cuban leader raul castro later today. and david muir will have an interview about that. big birthday for twitter. the social media giant turning 10 years old. this is first tweet that came from the ceo jack dorsey. just setting up my -- maybe the spelling -- he had to take that one down. speaking of twitter, check out this young woman getting a lot of attention online. oh, so sad.
she's feeling that march sadness after her team, university of kentucky team, lost. she really is distraught. >> it's kentucky, george. >> there you go. more on tournament coming up. first in this half-hour, george, hulk hogan celebrating a big win this morning after a jury awarded the wrestling star $115 million in his legal fight with gawker. the fight far from over. round two starts today. abc's linzie janis is still there in st. petersburg for us this morning. good morning, linzie. >> reporter: good morning, robin. the jury giving hulk hogan that $115 million. which was more than he asked for but also electing to literally punish gawker with punitive damages on top of that. we're back here at court today to decide on a number. how are you feeling? this morning, an enormous victory for hulk hogan and his invasion of privacy battle against gawker. a jury deliberating for just six
hours before awarding him $115 million. once the verdict was read, hulk hogan bursting into tears and hugging his legal team. >> this is not only his victory but also anyone else who has been victimized by tabloid journalism. >> reporter: earlier in the trial, hogan telling the jury the tape that showed him having sex in 2007 with then-wife of his best friend at the time, bubba clem, turned his world upside-down. >> completely humiliating. >> reporter: in closing arguments his lawyer portraying gawk founder as a danger to society. >> everybody is some sort of a public figure. privacy invasion has a positive effect on society. who thinks like that. >> reporter: but gawker says hogan made his sex life news. giving them first amendment protection. >> giving the key evidence and
the most important witness in this case were withheld from the jury, we all knew that this -- the appeals court would need to resolve this case. >> reporter: denton is referring to bubba clem the judge would not let him testify because of his plans to plead the fifth. early on he said hogan knew he was being recorded and then later changed his story. gawker wants all of that considered in his appeal. robin. >> all right, linzie. thank you very much. joining us on what's next, dan abrams. lot of people talking about this. what do you make of the verdict? >> it's a crazy verdict. no matter how much you hate gawker and you side with hulk hogan, $115 million verdict before the punitive damages, meaning before the point where they're supposed to be punishing gawker makes no sense. the idea that they're giving economic damages in this case to hulk hogan, $55 million that he
supposedly suffered economically as a result of this makes no sense. so, i think they've got a very good chance of getting this reduced significantly on appeal. >> gawker has a good case for the appeal. >> yes. lot of people saying, no, problem, they'll go to the appellate court and they're going to throw this out. i'm not so sure. if i'm gawker i'm still incredibly nervous and concerned. yes, i'm confident that an appellate court will reduce the amount of this verdict. $115 million to $40 million. when it comes to economic and emotional damages. gawker is still in big trouble. the phase we're about to see the next day or so, where they'll punish them. >> that phase is? >> the punitive damages. it's supposed to be the time where they reward hogan with what he deserves and time to punish gawker with money. it seems pretty clear they have punished gawker with a lot of
money. >> lot of people are saying, hey, this is great news if you're worried about these tabloids being able to say anything about you and you're saying, maybe not -- so fast. >> i think this is going to have a big impact on anyone trying to publish a sex tape. that's going to be the impact it's going to have but we'll have to see what happens. >> people are wanting to watch -- >> lot of people are celebrating. the number doesn't make any sense. >> gotcha. >> it was eye-opening. thanks very much. a survival story now about two teens on spring break lucky to be alive after the engine in their plane gave out and they crash landed. they're speaking out about the terrifying moments. abc's kendis gibson has the story. >> several occupants and it looks like they're getting out of the plane but injured. >> reporter: this morning, two high school students recounting their spring break nightmare. >> i didn't know what to do. what was going on.
the first thing i thought about was my parents. >> reporter: certified pilot 17-year-old christian dell and his girlfriend saved up money to rent the small aircraft for a few days of fun in nashville. the couple seen here calm and in control during the hour and 45 minute return home. it was all smooth sailing until the last leg of the flight. >> it just started sputtering and it ultimately failed. >> i was just looking at him and just trusting he knew what to do. i prayed to god we were going to be okay. >> reporter: in an instant his emergency training kicked in. dodging homes, trees and power lines. crash-landing on the 14th hole of a golf course. >> he did his job and that's how we're kind of alive this morning. >> the pilot did an excellent job of what he did. >> reporter: residents who witnessed the rough landing rushed to their aid. the teens rushed to the hospital suffering concussions with cuts and bruises. they're expected to be okay. >> i kept telling him you're okay.
you didn't hurt anybody else. i mean, he landed right there in the middle of where no one was around. >> reporter: the faa is still investigating what went wrong. >> we're fortunate nobody else got hurt. >> reporter: for "good morning america" kendis gibson abc news, new york. >> my goodness. he did a great job. >> he did. coming up another mid-air scare. a passenger says her iphone burst into flames 30,000 feet in the air. >> and photos stolen and plastered online. how you can protect your precious pictures. come on back. red online. how you can protect your precious pictures. come on back. >>boo-yah. blow it up. bush's baked beans. slow cooked according to our secret family recipe with a hint of sweetness. they're the vegetable kids love. they're totally eating their vegetables. boo-yah. >>blow it up. whaaat? bush's baked beans. the veggie kids love. try our newest flavor,
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back now at 7:41 with that mid-air scare and an investigation that's under way after a passenger says her iphone bursts into flames on a flight to hawaii. these photos showing the damage. abc's gio benitez is here with all the details. good morning, gio. >> reporter: listen, this is rare but it does happen and boy is it scary.
thankfully this time no one was hurt. but this morning, a warning for all of us. >> i thought the plane was going to up in flames. >> reporter: this morning, these images of anna crail's charred iphone showing the aftermath of a mid-air scare. the 19-year-old on her way to honolulu said he was watching a movie on her apple iphone 6. when it bursts into flames eight inches hi. >> my mom yelled to get the extinguisher. >> they were like, oh, my gosh, they didn't know what to expect, either. >> reporter: the fire quickly extinguished. this morning the faa is investigating how it happened. the likely culprit the lithium-ion battery powering her phone. the agency testing the potential dangers of overheated batteries on planes. cautioning airlines about explosions like this when batteries shipped in cargo self-ignite. while they're rare they do happen. tony olson telling abc news,
while the batteries in our phones aren't likely to combust, when they do it can be catastrophic. >> the problem with lithium ion can happen almost at any point. it can happen when it's fully charged and plugged in. it could happen when it is fully charged and running off the battery. >> reporter: experts say avoid dangerously overheating your phone's battery. turn your phone off as much as you can. close the apps and tabs not in use. if you drop your phone get it inspected immediately. for this spring breaker, a catastrophe at 30,000 feet luckily averted. >> if i get a new phone i'm definitely going to keep it off the whole flight. >> one other tip, put your phone in airplane mode. this is in the settings. there's airplane mode right there. that's going to turn off cellular connections. your battery can overheat if it's constantly searching for that signal. as for that airplane fire, if apple saying it is in touch with the family, the airline is
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good! >> reporter: as ninth seed wisconsin upsets second-seeded xavier with three-point at the buzzer. the look on one superfan says it all. >> deadly silent. cinderella story out of nowhere. >> reporter: stephen f. austin, stunned looks, their season ended after this last-second tip-in by notre dame. but in this tournament, you can even find madness in the band section. the dance-off between unc and providence band members garnered as much excitement as the action on the court. ♪ and remember the girl who took home the title of last year's most disappointed fan. the villanova band member dubbed piccolo the girl. this year, the saxophone player captured sobbing after the wildcats lost to indiana
saturday night. the kentucky senior went viral this weekend dubbed march sadness girl. >> just to see the team and they got so upset, i took that in and took in that it was my last game i couldn't hold the emotions in. >> on bill murray, his son is assistant coach. that's why he was there. sam and i had it out in the hallway this morning. he doesn't get it, everybody's mad. >> i'm like, t.j., the headline why is everybody so angry about march? >> i totally didn't understand it. >> the emotion. he was dismissive. we yelled at each other. >> thank you, t.j. all right coming up in our next hour, kate middleton opening up with her little ones and their relationship with the queen. h the queen. relationship with the queen.
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he and his brother together have ruled cuba together with an iron fist for nearly six decades. you see the president now approaching the palace. inside an honor guard of the cuban military. the president will also be meeting with president raul castro later today, holding a joint press statement, press availability as well, before a state dinner tonight. as we watch the president i'm joined by "world news" anchor david muir. you met with the president yesterday. you'll have an exclusive interview tonight. as we keep our eye on the president, we are hear from david later. but we are about to see president obama greeted there by raul castro. there's president raul castro and president obama together for this moment of history.
jon karl in cuba as well. a long time coming for this meeting. >> reporter: it sure has been, george. and you know it's a meeting that also shows one thing that is yet to be done here with the president's policy. when he announced this dramatic change, re-opening diplomatic relations with cuba, he said that he would visit this country if there were signs of improvement to the human rights situation, and frankly, one thing we have not seen since diplomatic relations have been re-established is any improvement. in fact, 50 dissidents were arrested just a few miles from here. human rights groups say 25 dissidents were arrested in this country just in the first two months of this year. as the president makes this historic visit here, meeting face-to-face with raul castro here in havana, this is still a country that is very much a one-party state, a country where
it is dangerous to be critical of the government. >> and david muir spoke with the president yesterday and will sit down with him today after he meets with president castro. what do you expect to be the focus of that meeting? >> reporter: listen, he told me that he's going to be very frank with president castro. the meeting will be a private one where the president said that raul castro already understands that change is coming to cuba, george. the only question is how much president castro can actually control the pace of that. and the real test here will be the president's historic speech on live television here to the cuban people. i asked the president how strongly he would word that speech, will he take on their president during that speech, will there be a berlin wall moment. he told me that essentially that wall moment has happened here. business has begun to open up, entrepreneurs are blossoming, but he said expect him to be very honest with the cuban people that there needs to be reform here when it comes to human rights and the freedoms of
ordinary cuban people, george. >> jim avila also in havana. the president starting this process back in december 2014 with his opening up to cuba. you visited cuba more than 35 times in the last 20 years. what are the hopes there for the kind of changes that will follow? >> reporter: i think there's a lot of hope, george. in fact, when the cuban people see the pictures they're seeing today, it will have quite an impression. remember, this is a president from the united states. the united states for years has been trying to topple the castros. in fact, there have been -- this is just 50 years since the bay of pigs when the united states officially tried to overthrow this government, and now you have riding down the mol acohn of cuba, president obama welcomed by raul castro who was one of the generals who was trying to fight the americans just 55 years ago. this is quite an impression that's being made on the cuban people today. they have a lot of hope for more freedom, but as we've heard,
there's still a lot of work to do and the president acknowledges that. the biggest change you will see on the streets today since the change in december is that there are more americans here. there are about 30 percent more americans traveling to this country than ever before. >> and we're seeing the president there walk in with president raul castro. we saw his team there as well, secretary of state john kerry and the secretary of agriculture. ♪. and the cuban military band plays their national anthem, we're going to sign off right now and return to regular programming. full coverage of the president's trip and all the latest news on abcnews.com and watch for david's exclusive interview with the president tonight on "world news." have a good day.
good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. an abc news exclusive. david muir one-on-one with president obama, the first american president in cuba in almost 90 years. we're live from cuba this morning. also this morning -- scary celebrity hacks. adele's extremely personal photos stolen from her fiance's e-mail. vacation photos of kendall jenner plastered online. how you can keep your photos safe this morning. from all about that bass to all about this dance. meghann trainor will get you dancing across the room. her brand-new look and music this morning. ♪ and back in the ballroom and ready to tango.
we're exclusively behind the scenes with the all-star cast of "dancing with the stars" as they get ready for the biggest night of the ballroom and inside the final rehearsals as we say -- good morning, america. we definitely do say good morning, america. time to spring it on. we're putting a spring in your step. all week long. look at that. working off those winter blues. megafitness event coming up. speaking of spring, we have our own astro turf here. flowers for a fresh start to your spring. >> way to go props. >> yay! also, on this spring morning, we have an inspiring weight loss story from social media shrinking star, she shares it all online the apps and the tools she's using to stay on track.
also sharing with you, the reason we have our good friend sam champion is here is because -- ginger zee as you know, she's getting ready for her big debut tonight on "dancing with the stars." we have all the excitement. we'll take you behind the scenes for her final rehearsal. there you go. with val. >> she could really win this, folks. >> i'm not one to do it. she's on the odds-on favorite. from vegas. we're on team zee. david muir is in havana right now. we saw the beginning of the arrival ceremony. david meeting raul castro and the president arrived last night with his whole family, took a walk through the streets of havana and sat down and what are his hopes for this trip?
>> the president said that he believes it's time for this visit. as you know, 88 years. the last president to be here. calvin coolidge in 1928. the president is aware of the criticism from some who believe it's too early, the embargo should not be lifted but he says the help already arrived is helping ordinary cubans and he's going to make that a part of his message when he talks to the cuban people, a historic moment tomorrow. i asked him how far he'll press this president and he said he'll be very honest with him and of course before that speech even happens a private meeting with president raul castro today. an honest meeting. we'll sit down with president obama right after that. >> we will be looking for that on "world news tonight" as we seeing the president being greeted by members of his own delegation. susan rice greeting raul castro. the secretary of commerce as well. jon karl also in cuba right now.
john, the president under some fairly heavy criticism especially the republican candidates for right tackle. >> reporter: from republicans and also from some of his own party. this is a dramatic change in u.s. policy to see a president here on the ground in cuba all smiles with cuban president raul castro. the pressure that the president has been under is this happens despite the fact there's been no tangible progress on issues of human rights. you have had a number of dissidents arrested in the past 24 hours, 50 arrested at a demonstration not far from here. you know, you have a situation where the president when he opened -- made this dramatic move to re-establish diplomatic relations, reopened the embassy here in cuba he said he would make a trip here but it would be to highlight progress on issues of liberty and freedom for ordinary cubans. that progress has not been seen here yet in havana. that's something the president
is under criticism for. the argument the white house makes is that this is the way to press for progress is to engage the cuban people and government. >> let's talk more about the cuban people. jim avila has visited cuba so many times over the last 20 years. what are they seeing in this visit by president obama? >> reporter: i think the cubans are hoping that they're seeing hope in president obama. he's probably the most popular politician in cuba, more popular that fidel or raul castro. what they're seeing on their tv screens is an american president shaking hands, smiling along with raul castro, certainly amazing. >> we'll have more tonight with david muir and the interview with president obama as we're live on the west coast for "gma." but now we'll go back to sam champion bringing us the weather. >> just pause it's spring.
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♪ you know that voice. adele. mesmerizing performance when we were young. >> wow. >> that was at the recent brit awards. the star, though, is facing unwelcome attention this morning reportedly becoming the latest victim of online hacking. her private photos posted online and jesse palmer is here with the latest on that. good morning, jesse. >> reporter: adele's attack is another in a series of celeb hacks. a huge invasion on this famously private star's life. ♪ hello >> reporter: this morning, global pop sensation, adele the newest victim of an alleged photo hacking scandal. her private photos, reportedly stolen and posted to a fan page on facebook. according to the sun, the leak include extremely personal photographs taken during her pregnancy.
an ultra sound scan and newborn photos of her now 3-year-old son. the british paper reporting that one of adele's fans came across the photos and decided to alert the adele's management team. saying i was appalled and upset when i saw the pictures. they are really private and should not be passed around. the report also claims that adele's photos were obtained from the e-mail of her boyfriend, simon konecki. adele isn't the first celebrity targeted by hackers. the #annescicloud after vacation photos of harry stiles and kendall jenner were allegely stolen and leaked online saturday. in 2014 a major hack leaked racy photos to the public. targeting more than 100 celebs including jennifer lawrence and kate upton. the fbi is still investigating
this case. one of the person responsible, pleading guilty of felony. facing anywhere from 18 months to 5 years behind bars. ♪ >> reporter: while adele is known for letting her voice take center stage she's kept her personal life far from the spotlight. she even battled the paparazzi back in 2014 after photos taken over her and her son and won. >> she works very hard to keep her private life private. this was a major violation for her. >> it will be interested to see how the handles this situation going forward. >> reporter: it is unclear if she's taking any legal action. representatives from adele declined to comment on the matter. pretty scary stuff. you think all the private information that we have on our phones and our computers. obviously this is something that can happen to any of us. robin now has more on how to keep your information safe online. joining us more is becky worley and abc senior legal
correspondent sunny hostin. let's start with becky first out in san francisco, what can you do to protect yourself? >> good morning, robin. most of us aren't as famous as adel but identity theft each year and revenge hacking on the rise, security matters. so, let's start with the cloud. all pictures and your data backed up to the internet. it's a life-saver if you lose your phone, but that account can be access from anyone from anywhere who can guess your password. tip one, your google and apple pass words need to be rock solid. this is important. so much hacking is done by people you know. so, lock down your security questions. shouldn't be the town you were born in or your mom's maiden name. >> you know, i never thought about that. you try to make it easy for yourself. if you're doing it, you're making it easy for somebody
else's as well. we're heard that the adele's boyfriend, it was his phone where the photos were hacked. >> e-mail is a particularly point of vulnerability. but not because of any technical weakness. hackers send phony links to people in e-mails. they go to fake websites that are made just to steal logon credentials and passwords. tip number two, never click a link that comes in an e-mail. even if it look like it from apple, google. or your bank for that matter. >> and a tip from facebook. >> i am shocked at the number of people who have their facebook set too public meaning anyone cn see them. tip three, you have got to set your facebook account to friends only. instagram and twitter they're public. >> all right, becky, thank you when a picture of his dog was enlarged and his home address could be read on the dog's collar.
>> all right, becky, thank you very much. going to be bring in sunny now. from a legal perspective, what can we do? >> we have seen it over and over recently. hulk hogan gets over $100 million because someone leaked his sex tape online. we see erin andrews get over $50 million for the same behavior. the law often times doesn't catch up with technology. people should know the law is catching up now with technology. people will be held accountable for this kind of behavior. >> it's out there in the internet. is there anything we can do? >> once it's out there it's out there. that's why we're seeing juries coming back giving these astonishing jury awards because we know once it's out there you can't get it down. it's not just celebrities that the law is going to protect. everyday people are going to be protected. laws about revenge porn. i think all over the country, we're seeing laws crop up. people will be protected.
so the internet trolls need to be aware and watch out. >> it's not just public figures, we all have to be concerned about this. sunny, becky, thank you as well. amy. we have a good story about sharing photos next. it's the story that people can't stop sharing. this woman using the power of social media to shed major weight. and sharing tips and tricks with all of her followers online. she spoke with us first and abc's deborah roberts is here with the story. >> reporter: she has guts and determination. imagine struggling with your weight as a 20-something then imagine doing it in front of millions of people, not many of us would have the courage to do it. but she says public weight loss is the secret to her success. 26-year-old ariel is social media's shrinking star. dropping a whopping 85 pounds over the last year. sweet success after yo-yo diets.
>> i would limit my self to certain calories and burn off but i gained it all back because i was so deprived. >> this millennial has learned that slow and steady weight loss is the answer and apps make it easier. and plant nanny where her online plant dies if she's not drinking enough water. she focuses on better food chooses through weight watchers and online. >> an instagram diary has become her secret weapon. >> it's another thing to put it on instagram. that's a lot of pressure. >> it is. >> she shares her weight loss joyce and struggles with her online community. couple of months in, you had a setback. >> a man offered to give his seat. i thought because i was holding a lot of stuff. he said, yeah, you should sit because you're pregnant. that was the turning point. that something like that didn't
lead me off of the path. >> reporter: while honesty has set her instagram account on fire. going from 115 followers to more than 51,000. some saying i'm very motivated. especially after hearing i'm not alone in my struggles. you know you're my hero. who now takes the stairs. instead of the elevator. stands instead of sitting. and now, opts for a small salad during a company lunch. >> food and nutrition in your 20s helps reduce your risk of diet-related chronic illnesses when you make healthy food choices. >> what are the top three things you have learned. >> educate yourself, do your research and preparing your own food and number three is to focus on small goals and non-scale victories. we focus so much on the scale. like you didn't lose weight this week, like you failed. it's also, like, i ran a mile in
ten minutes this week. the airplane seat belt fits on me now. >> another nonscale victory throwing out her oversized clothes and donating them to needy women. the weight loss she says is always a work in progress. figuring out for instance low-cal and high protein snacks. another difference is cutting out alcohol. she said that was something she decided to do and made a difference in her life. these apps they're using, like the water nanny. you put it on your phone and you record your water intake and if you don't have enough your plant dies. if you're not drinking enough water you find out. another app, you can zap the bar code at different snacks to find out what's in the snack. >> that would be key. >> technology all the way around it's helping her and she's helping others. win-win. thank you so much. out to sam champion. >> good morning.
don't keep it all inside. we saw some sunshine a little bit earlier. young man, tell me your name. >> kyle from virginia. >> okay. >> i'm emily and i'm from columbus, georgia. >> i'm lexi and i'm from gainesville, virginia. >> welcome to you guys. let's get to the boards. how about this? waterspout off the coast of ft. lauderdale. they're amazing. sometimes they move on shore and sometimes off shore. that was great to look at. in the northeast, we got a good hit of spring snow. more than 5 inches of snow. be careful if you're driving on the west side of 95 for most folks. quick look at the nation. all across the nation. we got warm air rushing at us. that's the weather around the >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco with the bay area forecast. we have waves of shower today and a thunderstorm is possible across the north bay fewer and weaker showers tonight through tomorrow and dryer and warmer
into the holiday weekend. as far as today, the temperatures are in the upper 50s loan coast and san rafael and a lot of the in the bay where the rain falls and the rest us in the low-to-mid 50s and tonight, mid-to-upper 40s so cooler than this morning. my seven-day forecast shows hunting eggs under sunshine and 70 degree >> that's it for weather. let's go back inside to -- >> all: jesse. sam, come back into flower utopia. let's talk "pop news." one of the biggest movie premieres, batman v superman. we got the exclusive interviews. starring ben affleck, henry cavill. really special here, joining this cast of champions was a real-life superhero. the winner of "gma's" super life contest. the retired air force vet was nominated for his valiant 30 years of service to this country.
turnball and his family got to walk the red carpet at the premiere and got to meet hollywood heroes ben affleck and henry cavill. we're excited because ben will join us thursday and batman v. superman opens friday. >> 30 years of service. >> that's pretty amazing. >> black carpet not a red carpet. >> does a kid like superman or batman? >> and which one? >> can't wait to find out friday. from superhero news to royal news. the duchess of cambridge sat down for her first solo interview -- >> was that your british accent? >> he tried to slip it by you. >> that was so bad, jesse. >> i'm reading right through you. prince george and princess charlotte, the duchess shared details of her sharing nature. take a listen. >> she always leaves a little
gift in their room and that shows her love for her family. >> the queen is thrilled about little charlotte saying she's very fond of her. always asking about her and we can truly feel the royal family -- >> let's be fair. you just got back from sydney australia. why don't you give us an australian accent? >> i don't even know what time zone i'm in. i was reading what was on the prompt. >> i'm getting bullied by amy over here. amy and sam. here's my british accent. >> top of the morning to ya. >> that was awesome. >> and we digress. >> let's move on now to the meghan trainor's new video. her accent is probably better than mine. her video for her new song "no." ♪
>> of course, this is her first sing from her upcoming sophomore album, thank you, out on the 13th of may. she sports a confident new look. takes up dancing and she may be saying no, but we're saying yes to this high-power single. not so much to my english accent. >> she looks terrific. >> she looks fantastic. >> she does. >> thank you, jesse. >> we love you, jesse. >> i'm a great punching bag. so happy to be back, america. coming up, carrie underwood's trainer. great workout tips. and we're behind the scenes of "dancing with the stars" final rehearsal. ginger and the all-star cast coming up and danielle steel is going to be here as well. full half hour left here on "gma." come on back.
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good morning. as we get closer to 9:00 we closer to the hour more showers will start developing over the north bay and reaching the ground. slight chance of thunder up here too. as we head through the next six hours you can see through the afternoon hours where the rest of us will get a wetter chance of some of these scattered showers. rainfall amounts up to quarter of an inch and a little breezy. on our storm impact scale this is one, light. >> thank you so much, mike. we'll have another local news update in about 30 minutes.
join us weekdays 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. the news continues ♪ just dance it will be okay ♪ just dance welcome back to "good morning america." little sneak peek at "dancing with the stars'" final rehearsal. big premiere night. everyone getting ready. we'll take you behind the scenes coming up. >> trying to get situated over here. i was over there. over here. no chairs over here. >> i thought you were dancing. >> no, that would be ginger. >> that's ginger. lot more of that coming up. let's go upstairs to amy and sam right now. hey there. we were talking about amongst ourselves. time to spring it on. brand-new series helping you spring into shape. we're transforming your body with some help with celebrity trainer erin oprea. >> it's awesome to have her. her book by the way is inspiring
stars like carrie underwood and revealing how in four weeks you can change your life with four tips and four exercise and the 4, by 4 week tips. you have it separated into four different weeks. >> it's no starches in the evening. we'll do to zucchini. use a spiralizer. so delicious. >> it smells good, too. >> it makes me hungry. >> week two, we're going to cut back sugar, we're not going to cut it out. >> thank you. >> we got it change. we still need the berries and stuff. we'll go from these loaded and sugar brownies to these powered peanut -- >> these are no and these are yes, right? >> powdered peanut. >> honestly good. >> week three.
>> tacos are delicious. week three is no sodium. we eat too much sodium in our diet. so, right here, we'll go from tacos, we're going to do a low sodium or a no-salt seasoning. and then change it to lettuce -- >> i love lettuce wraps. the fourth one may be the hardest. >> unfortunately, week four is cutting back on alcohol. alcohol is not our friend as much as we may think it is. >> it's a good acquaintance. >> we want to cut it back two, three a week. >> i can do that. >> we can all do that. we just have to decide we want to. >> you want to talk about the exercise. we'll walk this way. all these folks have been doing your exercises. amy, don't leave me alone over here. you've got to help me. so, what are you supposed to do. they have a name. >> this is tabata, a four-minute
high intensity workout. 20-second exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. round one, they'll do it for 20 seconds. they have a jab cross. solid body. >> this is great for your shoulders. working some lats as well. >> working your core. >> i can see them squeeze their core. >> you do it with or without weights. 20 seconds on it. round two, we got jumping lunges. go down into a lunge form, jump and switch. >> not in these pants i'm not, it's the morning show. not in these pants i'm not. >> perfect form is important. you don't want to get injured. >> this one looks more complicated. there's moves in this. >> this is the gator hops. we're jumping side by side. staying down nice and low. for a modified version, you can touch your toe to the back. that's 20 seconds there.
that's round three. >> we want swim suit gluts. >> nice toned booty. >> what's on the last -- >> we have sumo squat jumps with air tap. tap your toes. more modified, jump in and touch. this one, nice and low, it will work your inner thighs, too. >> none of these are too complicated. you can get these and do them really quick. i got to say, everybody's smiling. usually in a workout segment everybody looks pained. >> that's the first four rounds. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. >> repeat each one one more time. this is so, now, you guys -- my book has easier ones. this is more advanced. beginner from advanced. >> i'm ready to go. >> let's get ready for bikini season. erin's book is available now. let's do a little bit of weather now. you guys, do you think you can
do it through weather all of the way through? i don't know. that's a lot of exercise. all right, here we go, one or two things on the board. if you're waking up this morning in deep south, guess what, the chill is on not just today we may have to put up for a little bit tomorrow. on the eastern side. early tuesday morning, tallahassee you're still at 40 degrees. meanwhile, there's a nice movement of warm air on the coast. it starts to swing all of the way to the eastern seaboard. orlando, 66 today. new york, forget the s >> good morning, i am meteorologist mike nicco, have the umbrella handy. scattered showers and thunder is possible, low-to-mid 60s in most of the neighbors of the tonight, a random sure or two and that will linger into tomorrow's forecast and sunshine and warmer-than-average on thursday through the >> amy has a very special guest. this is a great story. >> i know, this is why i left you for a moment. to grab my uncle steve.
steve actually was on jeopardy and this was a life long dreams of yours, correct? friday night, let's see what happened. take a look. >> his creator sometimes found him a detestable, bombastic, tiresome little creature. your response was who is poirot and we have a new champion in steve. $17,599. >> look at that. "jeopardy" winner. my uncle is seven years older than me. a lot commented he could be my brother which you could have been. you were in third place coming into final jeopardy. >> i had written it off. i was determined i lost. i thought there might be a chance at the very end. dream come true, unbelievable. >> what was the moment like. >> is there a trick with the button? >> the buzzer is the death of jeopardy, timing is everything.
you see me meshing like a madman. >> is that the trick, go, go, go. >> it's about timing and listening. >> i always wondered. >> now you're talking to the champ. he knows best. watch steve again tonight on jeopardy. we'll have an update for you tomorrow. back downstairs to george. >> that was pretty fun. the smarts run in the robach family. tonight, it's ginger's turn. new season of "dancing with the stars." features ginger zee. you see her there practicing with val. melissa rycroft. >> reporter: fox trotting. and cha chaing. >> i'm not really nervous. sasha haase -- has sasha-fied me. >> reporter: our very own ginger zee taking the ballroom by
storm. >> i love adventure. i'll bring it out. >> reporter: donald trump's former wife said she's focused on dance steps and not politics. >> i was happy that donald trump endorsed us. go marla. >> reporter: they're so bonded they developed their own language. >> bom-bom is completely everything is falling apart. >> reporter: paige vanzant trading gloves for glitter. >> they're going to see a girlie, different side of me. >> like is sequins are different? >> yes. >> what are his biggest assets in. >> his charm, his personality. >> reporter: they're excited for this opportunity to reach a huge audience. >> huge platform for me and the audience to raise awareness for deaf people.
>> reporter: wayna morris will be commuting by plane. >> i'm here, fly back to vegas do the show and fly back in the morning. and get ready for the show. >> reporter: he's not only the one who will be boo geeing coast to coast. >> you have a brand-new baby, and a full time job that starts at 3:00 a.m., what made you want to delve into this. >> i'm lucky, i got family, friends, everybody's making this not as difficult as it could be. >> ginger getting ready. >> new season of "dancing with the stars" premieres tonight at 8:00/7:00 central on abc. >> we're hopping on the plane and going to be there for ginger zee. the two of us. team zee representing for the team. >> back here tomorrow morning. >> so great sam you're here to help out, ginger being there in l.a.
you have the premiere of your show tomorrow night on the weather channel. we want people to understand about the flint water crisis. 23.5 degrees, our premier show is on the flint water crisis. now it happened to this community. they didn't know it was going to happen and had nothing to do with it. their water was switched from a clean water supply to the filthy flint river overnight. we traveled and talked to all the politicians and sign tigss involved. i want you to meet the people of flint. this can happen to almost any community and i think you'll find yourself in these moms and these families. here's one of the flint moms. >> we got our water tested. we got a water tested. got our blood tested and there it was there, too. looking at it's not safe. we're way more educated now. your water should never smell like anything or taste like anything. >> wow. >> all right, again, just happened to them. they did not know.
>> so many people. so many people failed. things need to be done. so this doesn't happen. other voices i want you to meet. i want you to meet john connor, a rapper, he grew up in flint. his mom lives there. >> your song fresh water for flint. powerful song. is it personal to you? >> absolutely personal to me. >> that's why we become artist to lend a voice to people that they're unheard. we are the voice for the voiceless. i have always tried to do that for flint, michigan. even before the water crisis. ♪ >> so happy sam you're bringing attention. because people can't forget what is happening there. and it could happen anywhere. >> a week ago, 30 schools in newark they shut the water down. because of led in the water in the school. happened in jackson -- >> a very long time.
>> yes. >> people need to understand clean water is not as easy as you think it is. >> it's not a privilege but a right. >> it's not regulated in one place. i think we'll learn a lot for the show. >> 23.5 degrees with sam champion premiers tuesday on the weather channel. thank you for that. coming up best-selling author danielle steel is here live.
>> back now with one of my all-time favors, danielle steel, for more than 40 years, her novels have captured readers' hearts. here with the hate ess ess esst latest on her new book. i'm saving this for my spring break in key west in a couple of weeks. >> it's always a thrill to see you, robin. i'm so happy. >> how many now? have you lost count? >> no. i just finished my 150th book last week. >> you write so many at the same time. >> i usually have five going at once. >> you said this year, you want to have six books out. how do you do it, danielle? >> i work all the time.
doing six books this year. because the readers keep saying can't you write more or faster. i'm like, are you kidding? i'd never get out of my house. >> i'm one of the those. i'm guilty. tell us about this new book. >> i'm often intrigued by much more older people who we had no idea of who they were originally. a woman who dies, no one knows who she is. she leaves a safe deposit book with fascinating letters a fortune in jewelry, even though everyone thought she was dead broke and two people, one from the court, one from an auction house want to find out who she was and they pursue her trail and find all kind of surprises and interesting things. really exciting. >> with you said you always fun, but you really enjoyed writing this one, why? >> i did, the woman was so
intriguing, following her history and it affected the current people and it turns out, one of them is related to her and really exciting. >> it's always that little twist. >> i know. that little twist. they sometimes happen without my help. i was doing one that will be out in a couple of years, the main character killed his best friend. how did that happen? and i called my editor and said you're not going to believe it, he killed bill. >> you have some superfans here with us. jennifer has a question for you. jennifer. >> yes, the beginning, middle or end, what's the most challenging for you to write? >> the beginning is the hardest, getting started. i usually alphabetize my nail polish, redo my underwear drawer. call all my children. i'm always looking for an excuse not to start. that's the hard part. once i get the story then i'm
off and running. >> just like us danielle steel. does your mother have a question? >> yes, if weren't a writer what would you be? >> dancing girl. no, i probably a designer because that was my training and i always liked the idea of being the lawyer. but i really like what i do, i wrote my first book at 19. i have been plugging away ever since. i really enjoy my work. >> i can get you on "dancing with the stars." >> oh, good. >> in case that's what you want to do. all right, you'd still be writing there on the ballroom floor. thank you, danielle steel. >> i love you, robin. take good, good care of yourself. >> that's going with me to key west next week. it's available in stores and online right now. martha plimpton is here live, next. ♪
the new abc comedy the real o'neal's list the vail on a too good to be true irish family. whose secrets are revealed all at once. martha plimpton plays the mom of this dysfunctional but lovable family that has to get back to work. >> i'm worried that no one will hire me. aside from teaching sunday school and making baskets for church auctions, i haven't had a real job since before the kids were born. >> your baskets are so good. remember the christmas basket that you made with the peppermint bark and the abstinence educational material. >> it was a classic. >> martha plimpton joins us now. the whole family watched last night. we had so much fun. your character eileen is a complicated one. >> she's very conservative, very faithful mother of three, homemaker who is sort of in the
midst of a major upheaval in her family life, she's getting a divorce, her son is gay and everybody knows. she wants to keep it a secret. she wants to sort of keep everybody perfect and under control the way she likes things and appearances are important to her. she has to renavigate her relationship with all of her kids. >> it kind of explodes. >> exactly. >> not a great moment for the family. this is based a little bit on real life the creator dan savage, a friend of yours, grew up in an irish family. in part it's his story. >> it's the launching point. very loosely based on his life, coming out to his catholic parents and his mother who was not happy about him being homosexual and really had to learn how to accept him and, you know, i don't know, be his advocate which she did
good morning. meteorologist has our bay area forecast. >> good morning. have the umbrellas handy. see the showers becoming more numerous over the north bay. even the thunderstorm up along the county coast. lit be the north bay with the best chance of a thunderstorm today. you see the yellows there. as the showers sink south ward we could get up to quarter of an inch of rain. this will be a one on our storm impact scale. it will be breezy but nothing damaging. sue. plagues with problems on the dunbar bridge. we have an accident just before the tunnel. traffic is very slow all the way back to walnut creek for a 30 minute drive. it's time for kelly and
michael. l be back at 11:00 a.m. reporting continues on our free abc 7 app. >> it's "live! with kelly & michael." today, film, broadway and television star, jeff daniels. and from "my big fat greek wedding 2," nia vardalos. also, we'll check out the hottest new luxury cars as we kick off our new york autoshow week. plus, "billons" co-star, malin åkerman takes a seat at the co-host desk. all next on "live." [captioning made possible by isney-abc domestic television] >> and now, here are michael strahan and malin åkerman! [cheers and applause] ♪