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making news in america this monday morning, major storm threats on both coasts. a powerful system spawning dozens of tornados in the southeast. the rescue operations overnight. plus, mudslide concerns on the west coast. watch and listen to these scenes out there. flash floods washing away cars, we're tracking it all. donald trump's first full week as president gets under way today. his administration falsely claiming his inauguration had the biggest crowd ever and going after the media. plus, his top aides saying the president's tax returns will never be released. caught on camera, a woman pulled from a burning car with seconds to spare. she's talking about the moment a police officer pulled her to safety. and super bowl li is officially set. the patriots versus the falcons. both pulling off big wins in
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conference championship games. the highlights and celebrations coming up. we do say good morning to you, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm erielle reshef in for diane macedo. we begin with the rising death toll in the southeast as severe storms spawned several tornadoes. >> first, let's take a look at the radar right now. you can see the powerful storm system stretching from south florida to north carolina. overnight tornado warnings posted for miami-dade county as well as down to the florida keys. >> there have been 28 reported tornadoes since saturday. 19 people are dead in mississippi and in georgia. video of the damage here in cook county, georgia. >> and it's not just the southeast getting hit with severe weather, concerns of flash flooding and mudslides in california. this video showing a car being swept away in santa clarita. dramatic images this morning from both coasts. severe weather slamming the south.
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this morning the storms hitting florida, downing trees and knocking out power. in adel, georgia, debris strewn everywhere after a tornado strike. the remains of what were once family homes. at least seven people killed in this small town alone. abc's gio benitez arriving there overnight. >> this is one of the hard-hit areas here in southern georgia, one of many places right now that we learned have been hard hit, and just take a look. behind me, we have these giant trees toppled over. this really is the only spot we were able to set up our camera because there's still a search and rescue effort under way in this area. >> reporter: this new video in louisiana near the texas border showing homes ripped apart. a tornado tore through here packing 135-mile-an-hour winds. >> this is our driveway right here. >> reporter: on the west coast, growing concerns about mudslides in southern california. this wall of water rushing down a hillside and filling the street. >> in all the years i've been here, this is way worse than
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anything i've seen. >> reporter: a flash flood near the cajon pass trapping these people in a pickup truck. both pulled to safety with the help from firefighters and a raft. and massive waves more than 30 feet high in monterey bay breaking apart this historic ship. here's what the "ss palo alto" used to look like. the world war i vessel built into a peer, the powerful waves flipping it over and separating the stern from the rest of the ship. and those storms are still on the move. much of the northeast is bracing for those powerful storms later today, and there's more rain and snow for southern california. >> accuweather's paul williams is tracking all of it. he joins us now. good morning, paul. >> reporter: good morning, kendis, erielle. as we're still tracking that dangerous storm, now it's going to become a two-headed monster down towards florida, widespread scattered showers that could cause some localized flooding but even more potent rain developing throughout the mid-atlantic and jettisoning that rain well to the north. keep in mind that we are expecting on the other side of the country widespread snow showers that's going to cover
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several states. heavy showers continuing throughout los angeles down towards san diego and those snow showers reaching up towards helena, as well. erielle, kendis. >> all right, our thanks to paul. now, today marks the first full weekday of the trump administration. the president actually has a pretty full schedule, which includes a meeting with leaders on capitol hill. >> this will be donald trump's first chance to sit down with lawmakers as he looks to set his agenda. it comes after a weekend battle with the media. abc's stephanie ramos joins us now live from washington. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: erielle and kendis, good morning. yeah, today is supposed to be a busy day at the white house. president trump is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders from both parties and also expected to try and reshape some policy through executive actions relating to trade, immigration and national security. president trump kicks off his first week on the job at the white house today. >> we have set up meetings with the prime minister of the united kingdom. >> reporter: trump is set to
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speak with foreign leaders including israeli prime minister netanyahu, but it was a rocky first weekend. on saturday, speaking at the cia on day one of his presidency in front of the memorial wall of fallen heroes, trump battling it out with the media accusing the press of inventing his feud with the intelligence community. >> i just want to let you know the reason your number one stop is exactly the opposite. >> reporter: then hours later in his first appearance at the podium, white house press secretary sean spicer railed on the media's coverage of trump's inaugural address crowd. >> this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period. >> reporter: but the pictures don't lie. this is the crowd as obama gave his first inaugural compared to the crowd on friday as trump delivered his remarks. both photos taken from the washington monument. trump adviser kellyanne conway stood by spicer's account. >> you're saying it's a falsehood and they're giving sean spicer -- our press secretary gave alternative facts to that. >> look, alternative facts are
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not facts. they're falsehoods. >> reporter: and across the nation, millions marching in opposition to president trump and in solidarity for women's rights. >> it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to speak up and be part of such a massive national movement. >> reporter: trump's team is getting to work. but many of his cabinet posts are still empty, but today the senate is expected to confirm two of his nominees, congressman mike pompeo for cia director and rex tillerson for secretary of state. kendis, erielle. >> stephanie ramos live in washington, thank you. >> and stephanie referred to rex tillerson there, and he has at least one supporter in his bid for the post. >> senator john mccain says he will vote in favor of the former exxonmobil ceo. the arizona republican does have concerns, though, about tillerson's relationship with russian leader vladimir putin, but mccain says he's giving the
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new president of the benefit of the doubt on this selection. >> it's still not clear how marco rubio will vote, however. the white house saying you won't be seeing the new president's tax returns during the election. you may remember donald trump said that he would release those tax returns once an irs audit was completed, but on abc's "this week with george stephanopoulos" on sunday, top aide kellyanne conway said trump will not be releasing his returns. she says it's because people don't care about them. a recent abc news/"wall street journal" poll found 74% of americans want to see those returns. switching gears now and the super bowl match-ups now set. new england versus atlanta. take a look. the pats demolished the pittsburgh steelers, 36-17. patriots fans celebrating their ninth super bowl appearance. their second in three years. >> ninth appearance and quarterback matt ryan made sure his falcons are going to the big game. atlanta clobbering the green bay packers, 44-21, ouch, for the packers, for their second appearance ever.
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check out falcons owner arthur blank. the 74-year-old billionaire on the dance floor with the team. we'll have, of course, a full wrap-up, the highlights in sports. >> arthur blank, of course, is the owner of home depot, and so he was landing some moves. >> jamming out. still ahead, a popular beer making -- beermaker pulling its brew off the shelves. the concerns coming up about glass bottles. and united airlines grounded, a computer glitch affecting all of its domestic flights. this morning, what we're learning about the i.t. issue. plus, caught on camera, a woman rescued from a burning car. we're hearing from her about this terrifying ordeal.
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former president george h.w. bush's condition is improving. this according to a family spokesman. mr. bush is being treated for pneumonia at a hospital in houston. now, doctors say he may leave the intensive care unit in the next day or two. meanwhile, former first lady barbara bush was given the option of going home on sunday but decided to stay for another night to be closer to her husband. united airlines is flying again. all domestic flights were grounded for more than two hours last night because of a data system that wasn't working. that system usually sends text messages to the pilots in the cockpit before they leave the gates with weight and balance figures. calculations normally are done by computer, and they had to be done manually, which takes much longer. samsung is providing more details about what caused the galaxy note 7 smartphones to overheat and explode. the tech giant blames battery manufacturing and design flaws for the fiasco. samsung was forced to recall the
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popular phones and stop production over that problem. there may be new trouble for yahoo! resulting from the two massive data breaches in recent years. "the wall street journal" reports the securities and exchange commission is looking into whether yahoo! should have told its investors about the problem sooner than it did. the breaches weren't disclosed until verizon agreed to buy yahoo!'s internet operations and the disclosures now may scuttle that deal entirely. there is a recall affecting one of the united states' top brewers. sierra nevada brewing is pulling some of its 12-ounce bottles off the shelves due to a packaging issue. so, the problem here is that it could cause glass to break and fall inside those bottles. the company says there haven't been any customer complaints or reports of injuries. the affected beers are sold in more than 30 states. full details on our website at when we come back, a deadly shooting at a texas mall. one person killed. several others injured, overnight a second person in
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custody. and a lawyer pleads guilty to hypnotizing his female client to assault them. the secret video that helped put him away.
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southern california being hit by one of the most powerful storms in recent years. this truck on the flooded roadways near los angeles. the rain is expected to taper off tomorrow. so many images from southern california there are unbelievable. man, where aren't there going to be some weather problems today if you're hitting the roads? holy cow. i've never seen the map like that. heavy rain in the northeast with snow in the mountains. rain in the ohio valley. heavy snow in the sierra and the northern rockies. >> the only places in the clear, places like my hometown, oklahoma. if you're flying, airport delays are possible in new york, philly, washington, d.c., boston and los angeles. >> all the big cities impacted. to texas now and two suspects in a deadly mall shooting, they're both in custody this morning. the suspect was arrested last night after initially fleeing the scene.
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this video is new to us. it shows that second suspect at the police station and police say another suspect was shot after allegedly killing a good samaritan who tried to stop him in the first place. >> this incident starting after a robbery at a jewelry store. several others were injured during a shoot-out that forced terrified shoppers to run for cover. the suspects are facing several charges including capital murder. now to a shocking crime, an ohio lawyer convicted of hypnotizing female clients in order to have sex with them. >> yeah, one of those incidents was caught on tape in a police sting. now, this morning we're getting a first look at the secret video that helped put him away. here's abc's mara schiavocampo. >> reporter: shocking footage showing a divorce lawyer hypnotizing a client. >> one, two, three, sleep. >> reporter: and then taking advantage of her. >> part of you, one, two, three. >> reporter: watch as 59-year-old michael fine puts the woman into a trance without her knowledge or consent saying it's just a breathing exercise. but fine uses his hypnosis to make the woman walk over to the
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couch where he initiates a sexual encounter. >> your entire body is a vessel of pleasure. >> reporter: before awakening her and acting like nothing ever happened. >> okay, so we have some papers to go over. >> reporter: that's when police bust in and nab him. mara schiavocampo, abc news, new york. >> sit down. a baseball tragedy. two major league players die in unrelated car crashes in the dominican republic. right-hander yordano ventura was killed this weekend when he was thrown from his jeep. ventura played a major role in the royals' world series win in 2015. he was just 25 years old. also killed in a crash in the dominican republic this weekend former major league infielder andy marte. he played five of his seven seasons in the majors for the cleveland indians. a woman from spokane, washington, is incredibly grateful to be alive this morning thanks to a police officer. watch this. body cam video shows the officer breaking that woman's window
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with his baton after her car caught fire. now, along with the neighbor who rushed to the scene, they managed to pull the driver to safety. >> i honestly believed that i may not make it out of there, that i thought i was going to die there, and so panic was definitely setting in, and i was doing everything i had within my power. i mean, i tried all the doors and tried to open them myself and then kicking as hard as i possibly could. >> wow, she came so close right there. it is still a mystery, though, what caused kim novak's car to burst into flames, and the officer not only saved her life, but he brought her ice cream and wine the next day. he's a guy that keeps giving. >> a very, very happy ending there, thank goodness. and as we mentioned earlier, the patriots and the falcons will play in super bowl li. >> yeah, hoping for a happy ending in two weeks. we get the details from espn. >> good morning, america. it is the monday after championship sunday, and because we love america, we should have tom brady start because he's the greatest living american. >> yes, he is. and he's going back to the super bowl again.
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>> america's game. >> yeah, there he is, number 12. ben roethlisberger, he has a couple rings, as well. he's not going to get a chance for his third. brady to chris hogan. le'veon bell, maybe the best all around running back in the nfl, but he had a groin flare-up. only lasted six carries. that would be a major problem for the steeler offense. a little trickeration. a little flea flicker. once again it's hogan. nine catches, 180 yards and the patriots win easily and they'll play in super bowl li in houston against -- >> the nfc representative, here's their championship. packers/falcons, two fine quarterbacks in this one, matt ryan/aaron rodgers, although most of this belonged to matt ryan. 14-yard touchdown run, 17-0. and then julio jones, he had a beautiful touchdown catch at the end of the half. a little toe tapper and here 73 yards looking at the packers secondary, get off me. i would like to go to houston for the super bowl. falcons are going for the second
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time, 44-21, atlanta a winner which has sent all of my family into a deep season-ending depression, so if you see one of them, just put your arm around them and tell them everything will be fine. >> if you see my mom, tell her happy birthday. >> really? fantastic. >> she's 85 today. happy birthday, mom. >> you're a good son. >> good morning, mary, and america. >> happy birthday. >> happy birthday, ma. up next in "the pulse," more on super bowl li. the $80,000 tickets and the early favorite from vegas. and ready to jet. one city's creative new approach to firefighting.
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♪ okay, so it's your monday "pulse." and we're going to talk about sunday. afc championship game, and it was pretty cold outside of boston. 40 degrees. >> that's not that bad. >> not bad. >> patriots quarterback tom brady apparently couldn't resist
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snuggling into this crazy-looking winter coat. >> that's a weird little onesie there. >> spongebob. >> the twitterverse, of course, certainly took notice making reference to brady apparently channeling seinfeld's george costanza who had the big coat, of course. >> or maybe marge simpson, again, i'm sticking with spongebob. >> yeah. you know what, tom brady looks good doing anything. >> it looks like he's smuggling someone in there. >> or wearing anything. and we already have a super bowl mark to shoot for this year. the largest ticket transaction, one person actually bought six front row seats on the 30 yard line at more than $83,000. and in vegas, the patriots open as a three-point favorite. they do things in a big flashy way in dubai. tall skyscrapers, as you know, luxury jetliners and cutting-edge firefighting as it turns out. >> yeah, so the civil defense unit calls this system here the dolphin. it combines a jet ski with a jetpack for a quick response to fires on yachts and shoreline buildings, and there's no need
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for a hydrant, of course, you just lower the hose and, voila. >> only good on -- >> it's a prototype. so, where does a 600-pound sea lion -- >> where is he? >> -- sleep? apparently the answer being anywhere it wants to including the roof of this honda civic at a boat yard on whidbey island in puget sound. the animal seems to enjoy the attention it's getting preening a bit before catching a few more winks. >> the owner of the car didn't realize that the sea lion weighs quite a bit and that's going to be some damage. going to leave a mark but a cute sea lion, indeed.
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>> announcer: good morning, bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 mornings. >> the rain isn't done with us quite yet. live doppler 7 shows us spots of green all over the bay area so you'll need your umbrella one more day. >> some relief is on the way though. good morning. 4:30 club on a monday, january 23rd. i'm natasha zouves. alexis smith. >> lisa and i traded for reggie, jessica and mike. they're out today. we have the train lingering around. >> it is a one on the storm impact scale. we have scattered showers. as we look at live dob lppler they're over on the east bay. if you're heading to
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crockett, showers about to hit san francisco. mount hamilton, 30 degrees and looking at snow there. morganville, holster, it is wet there. rapid rises on the creeks and looking at the one on the storm impact scale. we could see a slight chance of a thunderstorm today. be careful. temperatures on the chilly side. al alexis? >> looking at the wet pavemen, x this is the west side of the san rafael bridge. drive for conditions. overall, we're quite this morning. can see live doppler 7 on top of the traffic maps. we have weather impacting the drive. getting reports of several inches of water around eastbound 80 at 8th in san francisco. slow down. don't hydroplain today. we'll look at the central valley next. a warning this morning if you use niles canyon road, it will be closed at 10:00 this
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morn singo crews can resume their search for a young woman's body. >> the 18-year-old lost control near palomares road and went into the creek saturday. she crossed into oncoming traffic, clipped a car and ended up in the creek. they found a piece of the car but that's not. t it'll be closed at 10:00 and into the afternoon. a tree crushed six cars in lafayette. it just missed crashing into the restaurant on lafayette circle. some of the damaged cars belong to people there. for a martinez at the time, she described what she heard. >> it sounded like thunder. but it was lightning. like an earthquake. thank god no one was hurt. >> you can seeow


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