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making new making news in america this tuesday morning, president donald trump apparently repeating another false claim overnight. plus, his press secretary facing reporters for the first time taking questions since his disputed claim that the inauguration was the most watched ever. we're live in washington. and a medical scare for minnesota's governor. he collapsed while addressing lawmakers. we now have an update on his condition. and more weather threats bearing down on both coasts. a powerful nor'easter dumping several inches of rain and high winds knocking down trees. plus, a state of emergency on the west coast as rain washes away roads. and the new research that claims burnt toast can carry some serious health risks.
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and we do say good morning on this tuesday. we're going to start with president trump wasting no time ticking off campaign promises in his first week on the job. the president has a packed schedule today including a meeting with his new cia chief but sources say he's also still dwelling on losing the popular vote claiming millions of illegal ballots were counted. abc's stephanie ramos has the latest from washington. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: diane and kendis, good morning. yeah, today president trump is set to meet with senate leaders as well at the white house after a day of revolving door activity. trump back in campaign mode complaining about losing the popular vote to hillary clinton in the 2016 election. sources say he repeated the false claim that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted. a republican aide claims he was only joking, but a democratic aide disagreed saying the president spent ten minutes
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talking about the election. while trump won 304 electoral votes to clinton's 227, clinton won nearly 3 million more popular votes. despite trump's claims, election officials have said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud. today president trump welcomes auto industry leaders to the white house as he makes a push for more jobs in the u.s. >> he looks forward to hearing their ideas on how we can work together to bring more jobs back to this industry. >> reporter: also on the agenda, mr. trump is set to sign another executive order, a day after pulling out of a major trade deal with asia, the transpacific partnership. >> a great thing for the american worker, what we just did. >> reporter: trump also signing two other memorandums. a hiring freeze on all federal workers except the military and an order banning foreign aid to groups who promote or pay for abortions. on the cabinet front, there's some progress. >> confirmation of mike pompeo. >> reporter: the senate confirmed kansas congressman mike pompeo to run the cia. as for secretary of state nominee rex tillerson, he's
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closer to being confirmed clearing a major hurdle in the senate. and if you're keeping track, 3 of trump's 15 cabinet nominees have been confirmed. kendis, diane. >> all right, still a ways to go. stephanie ramos live in washington, thank you. and white house press secretary sean spicer had a much smoother briefing we should say with reporters after getting off to a rocky start, as stephanie mentioned over the weekend. >> that's right but spicer stood by his claim that it was the most watched inaugural address ever. and this time he answered questions telling abc's jonathan karl that he intends to tell the truth from the podium. >> i believe that we have to be honest with the american people. i think sometimes we can disagree with the facts. there are certain things that we may not fully understand when we come out, but our intention is never to lie to you, jonathan. >> spicer refused to say whether the president ordered him into battle, so to speak, about the size of the crowd. >> president trump will hold his first one-on-one interview since his inauguration with abc's david muir during a one-hour
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special tomorrow at 10:00 p.m. eastern. next this morning a frightening incident for the governor of minnesota overnight. mark dayton stumbled last night after entering the statehouse chamber to deliver an annual address to lawmakers. then the 69-year-old democrat spoke for about 40 minutes and he took a long sip of water then this happened. >> but despite that -- >> get him to the ground. get him to the ground, please. >> now, dayton was not able to finish his address, but he did walk out of the building under his own power. his son later tweeted that dayton is, quote, doing great. his chief of staff says he will release his state budget proposal this morning. now to some severe weather, a powerful nor'easter is causing damaging winds and floods on the east coast as rainstorms raise mudslide fears in the west. >> take a look at the radar right now. and you can see this is just your typical nor'easter making
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its way into new england bringing rain, snow and ice and here's what it's leaving behind, waves crashing over the bulkhead. this is in atlantic city and outside new york city powerful winds knocked down a large tree nearly taking out that house. >> over on the west coast california's governor has already declared a state of emergency for 50 counties drenched by recent storms. the santa clara valley even got pounded with large hail. and some people in california are dealing with a lot of snow as well. this time-lapsed video shows a camper being dug out from five feet of snow in squaw valley. accuweather's paul williams is tracking it all for us. paul, good morning. >> good morning, diane, kendis. we still have concern for scattered showers right along the west coast. the california coast still a bit breezy as well and already been inundated by heavy showers and now we have another lingering low pressure system that will drag the west coast through at least one more day of it and travel delays as a result of that rain.
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now, as we move over towards the east, look for widespread snow showers, a blast of cold air coming out of canada making for snowy conditions throughout wyoming going into south dakota, nebraska, into iowa, as well as minneapolis. keep in mind, we're watching out for blizzard-like conditions possible there with very gusty winds along with the blowing snow. rain along the east coast, the possibility of flash flooding, a wintry mix throughout pennsylvania, new york, vermont, new hampshire and maine. kendis, diane. >> and, paul, one more weather note, the death toll has risen to 20 following those destructive tornadoes in the south. most of the victims were from south georgia where a mobile home park was nearly destroyed by the powerful winds. officials initially said the tornado was an ef-2, but that could be upgraded. hundreds of residents who survived the storm have lost pretty much everything. the georgia governor asking for federal help now. all right, let's move on to some good news, shall we? former president george h.w. bush is on the mend. the new photo was posted here of mr. bush and his wife barbara. he is now out of intensive care at a houston hospital where he
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has been treated for pneumonia for over a week. barbara bush has also been discharged from that same hospital after being treated for bronchitis. and the obamas are on the second leg of their post-white house vacation. they were spotted arriving in the british virgin islands last night posing with some immigration officers. after spending the weekend in palm springs, which turned out to be pretty chilly, they are reportedly now relaxing on billionaire richard branson's private island. >> lots of smiles. >> that's pretty good. still ahead, why you might be waiting a little longer for that tax return this year. and a deadly plane crash at an american airport. see the new video as the investigation gets under way this morning. plus, caught on camera, a motorcyclist's brush with death. how he ended up riding on a car's trunk after a collision. how he ended up riding on a car's trunk after a collision.
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well, this is an interesting one. a new report claims that the deadly warehouse fire in northern california actually started next door. the fire killed 36 people last month. the report was prepared by defense attorneys for the manager of the warehouse. it also blames the fire on faulty wiring. the atf and the oakland fire department are still working to determine what caused the fire. the manager has not been charged. we have breaking news from great britain this morning. a landmark ruling in the brexit battle. the supreme court of the uk ruled 8-3 today that britain cannot exit the european union without an act of parliament. so the brexit deal now things not on the prime minister but on parliament which means lawmakers can amend the deal or try to stop it altogether. u.s. stock markets are set to open higher this morning on that news from the uk. the irs is delaying some tax
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refunds. there have been so many fraudulent uses of the earned income tax credit and additional child tax credit that if they appear on your return, the tax agency will hold your refund for extra verification. the credits are counted on by many low income families and delaying the refunds is likely to affect most of them. well, jay z and friends are getting some reinforcements for their streaming music service tidal. sprint is acquiring one-third of tidal but leaving the music artist in charge. tidal has had trouble competing with bigger services such as spotify, apple and amazon. this will give it access to sprint's 45 million customers and i'm loving that we have alicia keys in the background. and we now know the title of the next episode of the "star wars" saga. it's called "the last jedi." our parent company disney broke the news on the official "star wars" website, but now the question is, who is the last jedi? is it luke skywalker, who appears at the end of "the force awakens"? >> no, don't tell me. >> is it rey, who is an
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essential figure in "the force awakens," or it could be someone totally new. we'll just have to wait and see. "the last jedi" debuts in december. >> set your calendars. when we come back -- >> keep us in suspense. >> yeah, sort of like a spoiler alert there. the warning about cancer and its connection to eating toast and potatoes. and millions and millions of dollars all found in a box spring. investigators explain why it was there and how they found it. there and how they found it. tomorrow's the day we'll play something besides video games. every day is a gift. especially for people with heart failure. but today there's entresto... a breakthrough medicine that can help make more tomorrows possible. tomorrow, i want to see teddy bait his first hook. in the largest heart failure study ever, entresto was proven to help more people stay alive and out of the hospital than a leading heart failure medicine. women who are pregnant must not take entresto.
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the landmark in dana point is usually bone dry, but now it is benefiting from all that storm runoff. one person said it looks more like hawaii than los angeles. well, now for a look at morning road conditions. slippery in the upper midwest. a stormy start in new england. heavy mountain snow, strong winds could make driving difficult across the rockies. and if you're flying, expect some airport delays in new york, philly, boston and minneapolis. federal aviation investigators are starting their look into a deadly small plane crash at the airport in tuesday tucson, arizona. >> passengers in the terminal captured video as flames engulfed the plane. two people were killed. the plane had taken off in some windy conditions when witnesses say it just dropped out of the sky. despite the incident airport operations did continue. okay, so watch this video pretty carefully. this is from a helmet cam from a motorcyclist. so, he drives up behind this vehicle then moments later the car that was ahead of him hits the brake. what you see there is his motorcycle going behind. at this point he is hanging on
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to the trunk of the car that hit him. >> they're going really fast too. >> yeah, so miraculously he is able to survive. the driver of that vehicle eventually stops. he was charged for drunk driving. amazing piece of video there. >> they're both lucky he didn't get hurt. >> yeah. and some advice from british food safety officials. don't burn your toast and don't overcook the potatoes. apparently eating starchy foods cooked at high temperatures creates a chemical that increases your risk of cancer. the foods standard agency doesn't say to skip the foods, just be careful on how you cook them and experts do say that there are other factors that are much more important, so don't stress too much if you do burn them. >> exactly. >> so, people used to hide some money under their mattress. well, maybe some still do but not like this. federal agents say they found $20 million cash in a box spring near boston. it's from a massive pyramid scheme left behind when one of the alleged masterminds fled to brazil.
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the feds say he's been sending people to pick up some of the cash ever since then. and a patriots fan has has pleaded not guilty to pulling a fire alarm at a boston hotel early sunday morning. the steelers were staying at that hotel ahead of championship sunday against the patriots. now, despite his not guilty plea, dennis harrison said he was drunk and that he was dared by his friends to set off the alarm. he is facing several charges this morning. so are you not guilty if someone triple dog dares you to do it? >> no, exactly, it's like, well, i was triple dog dared. no, the nfl is basically off until the super bowl, and there's no baseball in january. >> but there is some hoop action to tell you about. highlights now from our guys at espn. good morning, america. he's stan. i'm neil. man, we have had some rain over the weekend in los angeles and then monday we had thunder. >> absolutely, oklahoma city thunder. russell westbrook, you know all about him and his triple-doubles. well, he hadn't had one against the utah jazz, one of only five teams in the nba that
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hadn't seen him put up a triple-double. gordon hayward trying to keep it that way. ties it up at 95. fourth quarter. final minute, time winding down, westbrook puts the thunder up two with 1.4 seconds remaining. another look at it. somehow -- >> he's that open. >> he gets that much space. >> like who else was going to shoot? >> 38, 10 and 10 for westbrook. thunder by two over the jazz. >> i'll tell you who was going to shoot for miami, dion waiters right there. i mean, he had himself a game. the player of the game. we haven't got to the end of it yet because he had more than 27. you can see him, fourth quarter, 90 seconds left. that's with draymond green on him. waiters hits that and then green to kevin durant, no, boom. warriors shot just 8 of 30 from three. i mean, one of the best three-point shooting teams against one of the worst three-point shooting teams. don't tell that to waiters. he got klay thompson going one way, hit that and said my city. my city. it was on that night, heat beat the warriors, just golden
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♪ ♪ ♪ time now for "the pulse" and it's the biggest morning of the year for hollywood. oscar nominations will be announced in just a few hours. >> any oscar discussion this year has to start with la and la and end with land.
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it's a musical love letter, you might say, to hollywood starring, of course, your favorite ryan gosling and emma stone, they're among the favorites in all major categories. >> including just life. but another major contender is "manchester by the sea" starring casey affleck. that one is expected to pick up several nominations and is considered a favorite for best original screenplay. >> and it could be a big morning for "arrival" as well. the sci-fi hit with amy adams looking to add some oscar nods to all the other nominations it's already received so far this year and this season. so, a few films have already been honored with nominations and this is really a big deal, folks. this is an honor. the razzie nominations marking the worst in hollywood are out. >> the worst in hollywood. they include box office bomb "zoolander 2." that one got nine razzie nominations inuding nods for ben stiller, owen wilson and will ferrell. okay, and coming in a close second, "batman v superman: dawn of justice," which got eight
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nominations. i think "batman versus superman" was robbed. it should have got more razzie nominations. >> so, ben affleck goes from winning an oscar to getting nominated for a razzie. the super bowl, as you know, is less than two weeks away and the party plans already getting under way. >> all right. so google has released the most searched super bowl food by state. some are the standard party grub, wings, dip, chili, you know. >> but some are untraditional like in maryland, the most searched food is chickpea soup. >> what? >> what? >> people eat chickpea soup on super bowl sunday? in west virginia, ooh, this sounds good, the bacon cheese ball. >> that's where we need to go, or in nevada, they're all about the cake pops. >> i'm eating the bacon cheese ball. you can have the chickpea soup. >> i'm surprised they didn't add like some crab to it there in maryland, but i don't know. and the phone is ringing off the hook at a deli in washington, d.c., but the callers are not looking for pastrami. they are looking for the president.
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this is how i'll do it. sarah: there you go. and good morning on this tuesday, january 24. it's 4:28. i'm reggie aqui. >> welcome, i'm natasha zouves. we've meteorologist mike nicco back. hey, good to see you, mike. and alexis smith, tracking the roads, of course. mike, let's start with you, because first day of not rain for a little while. >> a little bit out there but not widespread so not all of us are going to have to deal with it. let's bring you some good news unless you're near the coast or up in the north bay mountains. a check santa rosa, petaluma, novato, no rain at those official rarting stations, so wet roads out there but there were a lot of dry ones also for the morning commute and that was exciting. 37 to 45, so dress warmly. we'll hover around 50 at noochb,
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low to mid 50s this afternoon but low to upper 40s by 7:00. morning commute, how we doing? >> starting off a lot busier than we want to be. i want to take you to rb 80 just past the bay bridge toll plaza. you can see some heavy traffic here. it sounds like somebody tried to pull a u-turn, which you can't do right there and at least a couple lanes blocked. heavy traffic approaching. more on that in a moment. also quickly want to mention westbound 580 at north flynn, major pothole repair happening. check out this back-up approaching altamont pass already. we are start with a mystery in berkeley. how did two people and their pets die in their apartment. >> no obvious signs of trauma and hazmat fear has been ruled out. amy hollyfield is live for us in berkeley. >> reporter: hi, good morning, natasha. still a mystery here in berkeley. police have not figured out how
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the couple died inside this berkeley apartment. police shut down a block of deacon street, they were so concerned about these deaths and what could have caused them. they brought in hazmat crews and pg&e workers. they did some testing and ruled out a carbon monoxide leak but it was a tense time for residents who had toly homes. >> they evacuated the building ask we were not supposed to go back in but i was keeping track because i'm in apartment 1. the incident happened in apartment 4. but my cat is there, so i wanted to rescue my cat. >> reporter: neighbors say a man and a woman in their 30s lived here. officered found their bodies and two dead cats inside the armt after 1:00 yesterday afternoon. the

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