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making news in america this morning, strong storms wreaking havoc across the middle of the country. heavy rain bringing flooding to texas. the threat of more tornadoes continue into the holiday weekend, even some snow as we approach the unofficial start of summer. breaking overnight, hundreds of passengers evacuated after a fire on board a passenger plane. the details are still coming in right now. the president's historic visit to hiroshima, japan, the city destroyed by an atomic bomb at the end of world war ii. strong emotions for an event decades in the making. and meet the new co-champs at the national spelling bee. you'll hear them spell words you probably never even knew existed.
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some overachievers, those young men. >> that's right. good friday morning to everyone. apologies for my voice. >> oh, you sound great. so we begin with the memorial day weekend getting off to kind of a nasty start for millions of americans with severe storms marked by rain, wind, hail and flooding, and it's not over yet. >> yeah, the radar really shows what's happening. those same dismal conditions will extend from the gulf coast to the great lakes and central texas has already taken an especially hard hit. a tornado ripped through bryan college station leaving residential areas in tatters. the storm also brought enough rain to cause widespread flooding that shut down major roadways and swamped city streets. >> in kansas city it was dark and gloomy over kauffman stadium. not exactly ideal conditions for the baseball game between the royals and the white sox. that game was postponed but not for a lack of optimism from some fans who stuck it out with that tiny hope they might see some action. in the meantime, the scene in denver, it looked more like
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the middle of winter. hail was piled so high in some areas, it looked like snow. several tornadoes also were reported throughout colorado causing major property damage and knocking down power poles. and you may recall that monster tornado that we showed you at this time yesterday, well, that touched down just a mile outside of solomon, kansas. the national weather service now says it was an ef-4 on the scale of tornado strength. it was packing winds of 180 miles an hour and measured half a mile across. >> and for millions of americans, the stormy weather is not over yet. >> and others can add sweltering temperatures to the mix for the holiday weekend. accuweather's justin povick joins us now with the forecast. good morning. >> diane, kendis, thanks. good morning to you, as well on this friday. we are concerned about more severe weather over many of the same areas that have had it all week long. >> damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes all possible through southern nebraska through the gulf coast. the northeast is summerlike.
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well into the 80s it will feel like and we'll take that to the bank all the way into memorial day with the warmth. there could be a couple of thunderstorms at that point. diane, kendis, back to you. >> all right, justin, thank you. and one more note on the fallout from all of this stormy weather. a group of geology students from clemson university were touring hidden river cave in kentucky when pouring rain triggered a flash flood. well, the tourists spent more than six hours then trapped inside the cave sometimes in neck deep water. eventually they managed to make their way to safety. overseas now where president obama is wrapping up his trip to japan with a high-profile visit to hiroshima. this morning the president laid a wreath at the city's peace memorial. he becomes the first sitting u.s. president to visit hiroshima where 140,000 people were killed by an atomic bomb in the closing days of world war ii. >> the flash of light and a wall of fire destroyed a city and
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demonstrated that mankind possessed the means to destroy itself. >> as expected the president did not apologize for the u.s. dropping the bomb. he did say the world has a responsibility to ask how to prevent such suffering from happening again. and also in japan, breaking news from tokyo where the engine of a korean airplane has caught on fire just before takeoff. you can see firefighters spraying some foam on that aircraft. all 302 passengers and 17 crew members were safely evacuated. flight 2708 was heading to seoul, south korea. the runway the plane was using had been closed and all other flights temporarily halted. that is at the city airport there in tokyo. now to the race for the white house and a big step forward for donald trump. >> yep, trump has now secured enough delegates to lock up the republican nomination. he laid out what was an aggressive energy policy and
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launched a new round of attacks against hillary clinton. we get the latest right now from abc's stephanie ramos. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: kendis and diane, good morning. so, last night donald trump unveiled his energy plan calling it america first. he vowed to bring energy independence to the u.s. by drilling more and getting rid of some regulations. in the meantime, all of the presidential candidates are campaigning in california today including donald trump who thanked north dakota delegates overnight after they helped him reach a major campaign milestone. donald trump did it. he reached the magic number of delegates needed to clinch the republican party's presidential nomination. >> i was coming out of my building this morning and there was a big news flash that donald trump had won the nomination. >> reporter: trump won't officially have the nomination until the convention this summer but until then the billionaire businessman is leapfrogging towards the general election going after his likely democratic opponent, hillary clinton.
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>> politicians like hillary clinton have failed you and they failed you badly. >> reporter: clinton acknowledging trump's milestone. >> that means an unqualified loose cannon is within reach of the most powerful job in the world. >> reporter: in response to her e-mail controversy and that critical inspector general's report, clinton says use of a private e-mail server was allowed. >> the use of personal e-mail was a practice by other secretaries of state and the rules were not clarified until after i had left. >> clinton still locked in a contentious primary battle with bernie sanders opting out of a one-on-one debate with the vermont senator. sanders instead taking trump's california debate offer made on "jimmy kimmel live." >> you made it possible for us to have a very interesting debate. >> that's right. >> about two guys who looked at the world very, very differently. >> oh, boy, do you guys look at it differently. >> reporter: there's no denying that. trump says a debate with sanders would not come cheap.
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it would have to raise at least $10 million for charity before he'd agree to do it. kendis and diane, back to you. >> all right. i think a lot of people want to see that. abc's stephanie ramos in washington. stephanie, thanks. the navy is investigating how two of its fighter jets crashed into the atlantic ocean off north carolina. the four crew members were plucked off a commercial fishing ship that pulled them out of the ocean. they were then taken to a hospital in norfolk, virginia, with only minor injuries. well, coming up, as we head into memorial day, good news for drivers hitting the road. >> keyword there, road. unlike this driver who instead came barreling down a city sidewalk. see what happened as people rushed to try to stop him. and that epic showdown at the national spelling bee round after round after round until finally the rules said, enough. more next. nally th
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frightening moments in a new york city neighborhood. a driver apparently trying to get away barreled down a sidewalk in brooklyn hitting a child. dash cam video captured the scene as the car hurtled down the sidewalk narrowly missing women, children, even a baby stroller. the driver eventually caught. also in new york, police have made an arrest in that deadly shooting at a popular concert venue. video shows a gunman bursting through the door of a vip room apparently chasing someone else as bystanders huddle in fear. one man was killed. three others hurt in that shooting, and it all happened as rapper t.i. was preparing to take the stage. well, as millions of americans hit the road for the memorial day weekend, prices at the pump have been rising for two weeks now. the average price for gas is now $2.33 a gallon. that's still 40 cents cheaper than this time last year, the lowest for this time of year in a decade. and millions of americans will be heading to the beach for the holiday weekend. >> that means it is time for the
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26th annual list of places none of us live. the best beaches compiled by a florida international university professor who goes by dr. beach. coming in at number three is kapalua bay beach in maui. second place goes to siesta beach, sarasota, florida, and in first hanauma bay nature preserve in oahu. >> that water sounds really nice. >> it sounds great. so peaceful. your moment of zen. when we come back, the serious fallout at baylor university amid claims the school didn't do enough to deal with sexual violence and who the president is. and the defending nba champs, did the warriors do enough to stay alive in the playoffs? highlights ahead. every ingredient is the main ingredient. whether it's big... or small. first to go. or best for last.
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course, is one of the nation's most prestigious universities, famed clinton prosecutor ken starr demoted from his job as president and the star football coach fired. >> now the school is under fire for its handling of sexual assault cases. abc's ryan smith has the details. >> reporter: a stunning shake-up at baylor university. president kenneth starr demoted and head football coach art briles fired after a law firm investigating the school's handling of sexual assault allegations finding baylor's response to sexual violence claims wholly inadequate and sacking the football program in particular saying it chose not to report sexual violence and dating violence and reinforced the overall perception that football was above the rules. >> that this went on in the name of football at baylor should just disgust every single one of us. >> reporter: just last year two players convicted of sexual assault. victim jasmine hernandez telling espn's "outside the lines" --
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>> you know, people keep coming out especially young women keep coming out of that school saying oh, by the way, a similar situation happened to me when i went to the school. >> reporter: starr's tenure as school president coinciding with the football team's rags to riches rise. with briles at the helm, big 12 champs, two of the last three seasons. to his players, "i am no longer the head coach, stay strong." starr saying in a statement he launched an investigation after hearing about assault claims adding he's, quote, profoundly sorry to the victims who didn't receive the support they deserved. ryan smith, abc news, new york. 41 secret service employees have been disciplined for reviewing private agency records including the failed job application of a top lawmaker who criticized the agency. utah republican jason chaffetz held several hearings to investigate mishaps and scandals with the secret service. now, details of his file were also leaked to the media sparking yet another scandal for the service.
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the mother of the so-called affluenza teen has been indicted by a texas grand jury. tonya couch is facing charges of hindering apprehension of a known felon and money laundering. the mother and son fled to mexico while the son was on probation for killing four people in a drunk driving crash. she allegedly used $30,000 to fund that trip. they were both caught in puerta vallarta in december. khloe kardashian has reportedly filed for divorce yet again from former basketball star lamar odom. >> this is the second time the pair are heading for divorce, and just like last time, the reason cited is irreconcilable differences. >> she withdrew her first petition after the former nba star was found unconscious in a nevada brothel. >> the two were married in 2009 for a special episode of "keeping up with the kardashians" just one month after meeting. so sunday is the 100th running of the indianapolis 500. >> we have highlights now from last night's sports from espn. >> we got a game seven in hockey. stan has a game five in the nba. the warriors and thunder,
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oklahoma state, back at home. down 3-1 in this series. steph curry doing mvp things. bucket and the foul after oklahoma city closes to a five-point game. so they're back up eight after the free throw. an eight-point game here. curry, steph is going to stuff. he had 31 points. second 30-point game of this postseason. russell westbrook missed this free throw. kevin durant had a look. could have cut it to a three-point game but he didn't. 31 for westbrook, 40 for durant but the warriors win. we'll see you in oklahoma city for game six. tampa bay dressed its captain steven stamkos after a couple months out with a blood clot. saw what kind of pop he'd give them. jonathan drouin, he is giving a pop, beats the rookie goalie murray right there. ties this game seven in pittsburgh. 1 apiece.
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but 30 seconds later, rust never sleeps. bryan rust, the rookie, he got two. he got both for the penguins. swinger gave me a great stat in research about rookies and having the only goals in a game seven, and if i had more time, i would share it with you. >> don't forget, cavaliers/raptors, game six of their series tonight on espn. back to you. >> all right, that's the big one. excuse me. up next in "the pulse" -- >> two youngsters with plenty to be proud of this morning. and facebook founder mark zuckerberg and his curious real estate investment. what is he going to do with a lot of new space? lot of new space? can you actually love wearing powerful sunscreen? yes! neutrogena® ultra sheer. no other sunscreen works better or feels better. clinically proven helioplex® provides unbeatable uva/uvb protection to help prevent early skin aging and skin cancer all with a clean light feel. for unbeatable protection.
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♪ time now for "the pulse" and we start with the new co-champions of the national spelling bee. >> okay, so last night jairam hathwar and nihar janga went
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head-to-head or letter for letter through 24 rounds of competition. ultimately it all came down to this. >> r-a-i-s, feldenkrais. >> that's correct. >> h-a-f-t, gesellschaft. >> that is correct. >> oh, bless you. gesundheit. >> and with that both were declared the winners celebrating with their families who rushed the stage. they both get a trophy plus $40,000 and lots of academic prizes. >> and lots of confetti. >> and lots of media appearances, as well. they'll also ring the bell at the new york stock exchange next wednesday. so we're learning more about a west point cadet whose image went viral this week. >> lieutenant alix idrache was overcome with emotion during his graduation. he's now revealing the three things that led to those tears. >> the first is that as an immigrant from haiti, he never dreamed of such an honor being bestowed on him.
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and, second, he felt his place in the long tradition of west point graduates, and finally his future, he's off to flight school in alabama. >> and next to some celebrity real estate news. >> facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg has reportedly bought up some four neighboring homes for some $30 million. >> is that all? >> yeah, that's it and filed plans with the city of palo alto, california, to tear them down and rebuild updated versions. >> the thing is, it's those updated versions that are fueling some pretty wild speculation. >> "the new york post" points out one of those structures looks like a doomsday panic room-style bunker with solid brick walls, dark steel doors and windows. >> sounds like -- >> maybe he knows something we don't? >> perhaps. and finally a piece of '90s real estate nostalgia within reach of regular rich people. >> rich people, yeah. in san francisco, the "full house" house is for sale, it's listed for just over $4 million. >> sounds like a bargain by comparison. >> well, especially in san francisco, that's a steal.
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the 1883 victorian exterior was made famous, of course, on the hit show. >> now, the interior is way more awesome than the dreadful pedestrian '90s decor of the hollywood set. i kind of like the hollywood set. >> the hollywood set was nice. the interior looks nice, the real thing. the real thing features 11-foot ceilings and every square inch of the original period details. >> but does it come with john stamos? >> no, but it comes with a whole lot of daily visitors. it is still one of the top tourist attractions there in san francisco. >> is kimmy gibbler going to come over? >> let's hope not. more news coming up right after this. more news coming up right after this.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> what day is it. >> friday! >> good morning. welcome to friday. congratulations. you made it. >> this is reggie aqui. >> this is natasha zouves. >> this is 4:28. in the a.m. now, mike nicco has weather. >> warm weather. from news. if you don't like the warm i have great news. can you go to the cost to get freer air conditioning. live doppler hd is clear but a few clouds along the coast from half moon bay south. you will get total sunshine bit afternoon hours. 44 to 54 starting owe cooler this morning and 80 inland by noon and 86 is the spread at 4:00. enjoy the delightful evening, 60 to 64 i did not see anyone on
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the roads this morning. >> it is light. but this afternoon will be the get away and starting early today. the san mateo bridge, traffic is great. we have road work on the high wise this morning. it should be out of the lanes by action. green out of tracy, even. green is good. we have a blip red on 580, two left lanes are blocked westbound near airway. more on that ahead. >> breaking news from alameda a firefighter is hurt injured while fighting flames near santa clara avenue. the fire department said it broke out before 11 the local hop for treatment. a fire investigators is trying to figure what sparked the fire.
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>> where is pearl pinson? it has been 48 hours since police say a man kidnapped the teen in vallejo. police shot and killed the man. possibly the only person who knows where pearl is. we are in green bay where the search expands. amy? >> good morning. the necessity focus is on surveillance cameras in the area long sir francis drake boulevard and along green bay. they got a hit a car, a picture of a car in marin county taken on surveillance cameras of the car it was believed she was taken, and we will check all cameras in the area. they believe 19-year-old fernando castro took pearl. he was shot and killed in a shoot out with police yesterday. now her family in


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