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proudly caring for northern california, birthplace of pioneers. good morning, america. new overnight on the attack. president trump ratcheting up his war on the media. >> they shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. >> so, why did the white house organize a briefing insisting that officials be quoted anonymously? and the new question this morning, did the white house ask key members of congress to counter stories about alleged contact between trump associates and russian officials. deadly nerve agent. the killer chemical used to assassinate the half brother of the north korean leader. the u.s. condemning the use of a weapon of mass destruction and how much one of the female suspects claims she was paid to carry out the attack and why she thought it was only harmless oil. wild shootout. look at this.
[ gunfire ] the quiet neighborhood turned into a crime scene. this car riddled with bullets. casings littering the street. >> it was scary, man. >> the woman holding police at bay. why police say they were forced to open fire here. and it's all about oscar. the major hits and tough competition with suspense building. the categories to watch that could hold huge clues. >> it still feels completely surreal. >> and hollywood's biggest awards show. hey, good morning, and we start here with president trump ramping up his attacks on the media overnight. >> in a late night tweet the president saying, quote, fake news media knowingly doesn't tell the truth, a great danger to our country. >> yeah, this came just hours after the president spoke to a group of conservative activists saying reporters should not be allowed to quote anonymous sources. >> but this morning "the washington post" reporting the
trump administration recruited members of the intelligence community to counter stories about trump associates, ties to russia and that some of those officials spoke to reporters anonymously. >> all this is happening as the democrats gather in atlanta to elect a new party chair. they're really trying to chart a course forward in the age of trump. many angles to cover this morning, and we kick it all off with abc's david kerley, who is at the white house. david, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. you're right. overnight the war of words between the president and his white house and the attacks on the media continued and underlying all of this are the investigations of possible contacts between the trump campaign and russian officials. facing stories and investigations about alleged ties to russia, this morning president trump and his white house are again targeting journalists. >> i called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. they are the enemy of the people because they have no sources.
they just make them up. >> reporter: the president apparently talking about a "new york times" story saying his campaign had numerous contacts with russian intelligence. >> i'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources. they shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. >> reporter: a white house source ironically requiring anonymity says the chief of staff was told by an fbi official that the story was not true, but when reince priebus asked the fbi to say so publicly, the bureau declined and the president questioned the bureau in tweets saying, the fbi is totally unable to stop the national security leakers. they can't even find the leakers within the fbi itself. and this morning, a "washington post" report saying the trump administration reportedly tried to enlist other politicians to quiet the russian stories. the president set aside that controversy to bask in the bright lights of cpac, having co-opted much of the conservative movement, which did
not warm to him until the election. >> the core conviction of our movement is that we are a nation that put and will put its own citizens first. >> reporter: but more conflict just hours later after the president signs an executive order to study reducing regulation, the press secretary held an off camera briefing in his office but left some major news outlets out which our cecilia vega asked sean spicer about. >> but why not those other outlets today? >> because, cecilia, there's 3,000 people credentialaled. >> but there are six -- >> no, there's not six. there's actually -- no, actually that is false. to say that there are six, maybe six that reached out to you. >> reporter: among the outlets excluded from that briefing, "the new york times." the president has nothing on his schedule today. a grand ball is planned for sunday evening with governors from around the country. dan and paula. >> david, thank you, and we've got a powerhouse pair of
political analysts, cokie roberts in washington and matthew dowd who is in austin, texas. good morning to both of you. cokie, let me start with you. we're watching the trump administration really escalate the attacks on the media. so, what's the strategy here and is it likely to work? >> well, it works for the people who love donald trump and hate the media, and that's an awful lot of americans. the fact is is that it puts the media in a difficult situation because every day we're forced to say here's what he said that isn't true. and then people say, well, he says that's fake news and then people start to say, well, who is right here? and that becomes very difficult. >> matt, do you think this is a winning strategy? >> i think in the short term it helps him because it undermines the press and undermines anybody that tries to have some factual dispute with him. donald trump for the last two years has to have somebody to post up against. he had it with the republicans when he ran in the primary. he had it with hillary clinton and now he wants to create it
with the press. he does not want to stand unto himself because he doesn't want that kind of introspection on him. >> okay, guys, let's shift gears and let's talk about russia because senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said recently it's highly likely an investigation will be launched. a bipartisan investigation. we know the probes are intensifying but the white house says that any insinuation of possible contacts between trump associates and russia is a witch-hunt. what's your view? >> well, an investigation obviously will be launched. what's unsettling, to put it mildly, about the stories today are that one of the people or two of the people enlisted by the white house to try to knock down the stories are the heads, the republican heads of the senate and house intelligence committees, and those would be the bodies doing the investigations unless they set up a separate commission which they've said they don't want to do, that they want the intelligence committees to do the investigation. well, if the white house already
has the chairs saying there's no story here, what kind of investigation does that become? >> matt. >> well, in the land of oz sometimes you do find a witch in a witch-hunt, and i think this has been a cloud hanging over donald trump for the entirety of his campaign and obviously we know that from our intelligence agencies russia was involved in hacking into our election and in releasing information that affected our election in some way. donald trump and his people, there's relationships that exist there, so the senate and the house need to investigate this and we'll see over time what all is involved. >> finally the democrats gathered today to elect a new party chair, hillary clinton's been cheering them on from the sidelines in a slick new video that was released yesterday. it seems like the choice the party faces right now is whether to go into all-out war mode with trump or -- as many activists are demanding or whether to find areas where they can cooperate so, cokie, let me start with you. what's the better strategy for the democrats? >> i don't think they have a whole lot of choice here. i think, you know, the
republicans said all through the campaign nothing brings you together like winning, which we saw yesterday with trump and cpac. nothing divides you more than losing, and that's where the democrats are. they're very divided. everybody blaming everybody else for their loss. but the grass roots have taken over and want to be active. it's instructive that the person that the leaders of the party have chosen to respond to the president on tuesday is former governor of kentucky brashear, who is very much a moderate. i'm not sure how that's going to play with the democratic base. >> and, matt, do you want to follow up on that? >> sure, i think the democrats would be much better positioned, yes, create a resistance to whatever they don't like but be thoughtful about it, but in the end the problem for them isn't donald trump and the republicans. the problem for them is their brand, is their own brand and their own candidates that don't seem to have a capacity to connect with the american public
and especially in those industrial midwest states and electing a chairperson in this is a little bit like saying it will solve their problem is a little bit like saying the head of marketing is the reason why the cubs won. it wasn't the reason why the cubs won. they won because they had players. the democrats need to get better players. >> perfect way to end it with a classic matthew dowd analogy. matt dowd and cokie roberts -- >> always about sports. >> that's right, and i don't even know much about sports and got that one. thank you very much both of you. we really appreciate it. >> all you need to know is the cubs won the world series. >> yes, i do know that. >> all right. cokie and matt, thank you. and this morning, a deadly shooting near kansas city and a mosque fire in tampa are both being investigated as possible hate crimes. a new widow explaining her husband was simply meeting a friend when gunned down and abc's eva pilgrim is covering those stories for us this morning. good morning, eva. >> reporter: good morning. it seems like one after another, different times of day, different targets, different states. the one thing they all have in common, they are all now being investigated as possible hate crimes.
from coast to coast a rash of possible hate crimes putting many on edge. this morning the wife of a man killed in a busy kansas sports bar speaking out. >> he was just enjoying his glass of beer. >> reporter: authorities say the shooter, adam purinton, targeted two indian men he allegedly described as two middle eastern men. >> even though the guy was talking so discriminately about his race, he was still minding his own business. >> i've got two down with gunshot wounds to the chest. i've got a third with a wound to the hip. >> reporter: purinton now behind bars, the fbi investigating whether this was a hate crime. >> not everyone is a muslim. >> reporter: authorities watching 917 active hate groups as they track recent hate crimes across the country. during the last week, waves of bomb threats temporarily shutting down jewish community centers across the country. 69 threats at 54 jccs since the beginning of this year.
a century old jewish cemetery in missouri vandalized. headstones toppled, left in disarray. and just outside of tampa a fire at a mosque friday also being investigated as a possible hate crime. >> whoever did this maybe intended to discourage us but this makes us much stronger. >> reporter: authorities say someone started the fire at one of the doors, no one was hurt but the building was damaged. now, authorities now looking at security cameras hoping they will provide clues as to who started that mosque fire. members there say there has been the occasional hate-filled social media post but no specific threat before the fire. >> we're sending our best to that community, eva, thank you. we are going to move on now to new details in that bizarre assassination of north korean leader kim jong-un's half brother which played out on surveillance cameras and we're now hearing one of the female suspects was had paid just $90 to help carry out this attack which involved vx nerve agent and alex marquardt is on the story from our london bureau.
alec, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. that's right, $90 in cash that suspect said to rub what she claimed she shout was baby oil on the face of kim jong-nam. instead it was one of the deadliest chemical weapons on the planet. north korea has denied any role in this murder, which raises new concerns about the extent of their weapons arsenal and how they may use it against their enemies. the brazen killing in one of the world's busiest airports taking an even darker turn with the revelation that the chemical used was the rare nerve agent vx. >> it's exceptionally lethal. it's one of the most lethal creations that man has ever come up with. >> reporter: vx is classified as a chemical weapon of mass destruction. the two female suspects at the kuala lumpur airport believed to have rubbed it on their hands before smothering it on the face of kim jong-nam, the estranged older half brother of north korean dictator kim jong-un. vx has no odor or taste. a minuscule amount will trigger uncontrollable muscle contractions, confusion, drowsiness and nausea resulting
in death or paralysis. as kim arrives at the airport, you can see a woman lunging at her target quickly rubbing his face before escaping. a second woman was also involved. one of the female suspects from indonesia claims she thought she was participating in a tv prank show for which she was allegedly paid around $90 to rub an oil on kim's face. kim immediately alerted airport authorities then collapsed. the assailants said to have quickly washed their hands, one of them vomiting but otherwise unaffected. >> the amount that they put on that individual's face would have been enough to have killed tens of people if not hundreds of people if actually sort of dispersed properly. >> reporter: malaysian authorities have just announced they will be carrying out a sweep in that terminal later today for any remaining radioactive or chemical elements. this use of vx has been widely condemned including by american officials. a pentagon spokesman calling it a very real threat. this attack sending a clear message about the brutal lengths that kim jong-un is willing to go.
paula. >> all right, alex marquardt reporting for us this morning, thank you, alex. and back at home the wild shoot-out caught on camera. the search for two burglary suspects ending in a standoff and gunfire. abc's adrienne bankert has the details. >> reporter: the wild scene in a quiet texas neighborhood caught on camera. [ gunfire ] >> it was scary, man. >> reporter: one woman is dead and a man in custody after a massive shoot-out with police friday afternoon. casings littering the asphalt, the suspect's car riddled with dozens of holes after authorities say the 33-year-old woman shot at officers during a standoff. >> that's when you hear like 20 guns just go off. >> reporter: the hail of gunfire that followed captured by a neighbor in this cell phone video. [ gunfire ] according to police the altercation started early friday. officers attempting to arrest the unidentified woman for a burglary warrant. but the suspect speeding off leading officers on a high-speed
chase that ended nearly ten miles away on this suburban street. s.w.a.t. teams arriving on scene attempting to negotiate with the woman for nearly half an hour. >> i just can't believe that it went as far as it did. i was out there expecting to see somebody get wrestled to the ground and not killed. >> reporter: and, again, you can tell from that video this was all playing out in a suburb. i want you to imagine people are on the street, they're getting back from the store unloading groceries when they see this procession of police vehicles, s.w.a.t. teams, really concerning. police have still not released the name of that suspect but some good news. the officers were not injured in that shoot-out. >> what a harrowing story. definitely. adrienne, appreciate it. a lot of other news this morning and for that, as always, it's over to dr. ron claiborne. good morning, sir. >> hey, dan, good morning to you and paula. robert, good morning to you. good morning, everyone. we begin in pennsylvania where an amber alert covering three states ended with a little girl found safe and the alleged murder of her mother under arrest. oscar hernandez is accused of killing the mother, his former girlfriend at their home in connecticut and taking off with their 6-year-old daughter.
he was captured after a chase. that ended with his car crashing. immigration officials say hernandez was deported to his native el salvador in 2013. and breaking overnight reports of a wave of suicide bombing attacks in syria. syrian media say a number of explosions hit what is described as a security compound in the city of homs. the human rights group says at least 14 people were killed. homs is syria's third largest city is mostly under government control. and back at home stocks edged up a little bit on friday. but it was enough for the dow to set another record high. the index finishing at 20,821. that made 11 straight days that the dow has established a new peak and that is a new record. and here in new york, a warm reception for former president barack obama when he turned up in public. a crowd gathering and cheering when mr. obama was spotted at a starbucks in manhattan friday. later he and daughter malia attended a broadway show, "the price," an arthur miller play.
and finally talk about bouncing back from adversity, a florida man finished a half marathon less than a month after he nearly died of a heart attack while running in that race. in january, craig smith collapsed a little more than halfway through the race. several nurses who were there gave him cpr, saving his life. on friday, smith smith returned to the spot where he fell and walked the rest of that route. how about that? i think it was 27 days after he was felled by a heart attack. >> love it. >> back and walking the route. great. >> good for him. >> it was. >> all right, robin, so hearing about some treacherous weather back in the midwest. >> we had this record heat and now we have thunderstorms that are push nothing that so some of them became severe. this is what happened in indiana yesterday. greensburg, yeah, quarter-inch size hail pounding the windshields making driving difficult. also difficult driving on the back side of this storm which had big-time snow.
matter of fact they closed interstate west of lincoln, nebraska. it's since open but a bit of a mess. in some spots over 20 inches of snow falling, generally speaking, though, a swath of about a foot north of lincoln up through green bay. the snow is winding down but this line, this ribbon of thunderstorms could become severe later on today in the way of some hail and some gusty winds along the highly populated i-95 corridor. the timing of that is between 3:00 p.m. and about 8:00 p.m. tonight and we'll see probably some hail and some damaging winds. more records expected to fall today. we had dozens yesterday. for the month about 5,000 record highs have occurred and here are some of the all-time records for february. 81 degrees yesterday in louisville. 78 degrees in columbus, ohio. even boston, 73 degrees. yes, it is february. good saturday morning, i'm mar lisa argen, enjoy this beautiful picture, a little bit of sunshine for you before we see scattered showers arrive over the weekend and they will be cold showers, lowering snow level down to 2500 feet.
mt. diablo and mt. ma'am hamilton could see snow as well. 1 on our storm impact scale today, tomorrow, and into monday. we're looking at about 1/3 to maybe 4/1010 of after inch of big day tomorrow. oscars in l.a. a chance for rain and they are running at daytona, baby. we'll talk about the race day forecast. >> what are they running? >> the daytona 500. >> i just loved how you said it. >> it was hard to understand with a southern accent. >> it comes out once in a while. >> i didn't know what you said. >> so, winter is not over basically. >> not quite, yeah, not quite. it's coming back next week. >> so, i shouldn't have assembled my outdoor patio furniture yesterday? too aggressive. >> we'll meet you there. >> all right, well, you mentioned the treacherous weather in the midwest. we have a much better story coming out of the midwest. a small town in indiana is on a big high this morning abuzz with the powerball mystery. who bought the single winning ticket to a gigantic jackpot. and diane --
>> i got so excited. your story was so exciting about this. did you win it? >> are you going to start with a southern accent as well? >> this is like a big game of guess who, everybody. i have no idea if that was any good or not. >> wow, diane. >> but, it is. >> i feel like we've walked on to the set of "steel magnolias." >> where is the oscar, everybody? >> this is like -- it's a giant game of guess who basically. this powerball winner has 180 days to claim their prize but everyone in lafayette, indiana, where the ticket was sold is dying to know who they are now and perhaps more importantly how they plan to spend that $435 million prize. >> this is powerball. >> reporter: someone in the hoosier state is $435 million richer this morning. >> i hope you have your powerball tickets. good luck. >> reporter: but lottery officials say it's still a mystery who in the small town of lafayette holds the winning numbers. >> the powerball ticket. >> reporter: melinda carter, manager of the lucky store, says even she doesn't know who bought the winning ticket but like the rest of the country, she can't wait to find out.
>> it's overwhelming, the excitement. it really is. we just hope they come through and tell us who they are. >> reporter: the jackpot is one of the ten biggest in powerball history, and people here are hoping the money is well spent. >> i hope they use it for a good cause. hopefully some charitable donations, things of that nature. >> reporter: carter says the good news comes at a time when it's needed. >> i think it brings a positive note for everything that's going on right now. i mean i know there's a lot of things that are really bad going on but like for having a powerball winner here in lafayette, indiana, it's just -- it's amazing. now to add another layer to this guessing game, the ticket may have been bought by someone passing through the town rather than -- >> oh. >> -- someone from the town. here is the other thing. indiana law allows jackpot lottery winners to remain anonymous, so we may actually never know who won. >> it would be funny if the winner doesn't even know or threw it away. >> i hope they do. >> anybody know at the desk
anyone from lafayette, indiana? >> my husband is around there. i should ask my in-laws. >> if they buy a bentley. >> all of a sudden paula will have a better relationship with her in-laws. >> i love you, mother-in-law and father-in-law. coming up a key role in the sex assault case against bill cosby. who will and won't be allowed to testify. at the comedian's trial. keep it here. "gma" coming up. "good morning america" is brought to you by green mountain coffee, packed with goodness. erica" is brought to you by green mountain coffee, packed with goodness. isn mountain coffee and fair trade, told in the time it takes to brew your cup. let's take a trip to la plata, colombia. this is boris calvo. that's pepe. boris doesn't just grow good coffee, boris grows mind-blowing coffee. and because we pay him a fair price, he improves his farm to grow even better coffee and invest in his community, which makes his neighbor, gustavo, happy. that's blanca. yup, pepe and blanca got together. things happen. all this for a smoother tasting cup of coffee. green mountain coffee. packed with goodness.
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green mountain coffee. packed with goodness. hey, welcome back to "gma" on a saturday morning. happening right now, president trump on the attack again going after the media overnight. the president tweeting that the fake news media is a great danger to the country. earlier the president told conservative activists that reporters should not be allowed to quote unnamed sources. also right now, flood cleanup. people in california trying to repair damage and get rid of mud this weekend after heavy rains and flooding hit parts of the state. meantime, california governor jerry brown is calling for his state to spend more than $430 million on flood control projects. also this morning, massive data breach. a cybersecurity company says more than 3,000 websites and apps may have been unknowingly leaking their customers' data for a month.
uber, fitbit and the dating site okcupid all affected by the breach. they say the chances of this happening to you are very low but you should still go ahead and reset your passwords which has to be one of the most painful things to do. i know it's probably okcupid that -- >> yeah. just so you know i'm married. >> happily. >> yeah. >> he loves you, bianca. let's move it on before i get the divorce papers delivered right here to the set. coming up on "gma," we're also counting down to oscar. who are some of the big contenders? our chris connelly is going to break it all down and he says that we should expect some surprises. there's a shot of "moana." we're going to talk about how "moana" fits into it all. that's coming up. but first here, what could be a critical ruling in bill cosby's sex assault case. there are 13 additional women that prosecutors wanted to testify against him, but a judge is determining how many will, indeed, take the stand. abc's marci gonzalez has more. >> reporter: a judge ruling friday only one additional accuser will be allowed to take the stand and testify at bill
cosby's sexual assault trial this june saying in a one-page ruling that he carefully weighed the possible probative value of their testimony against the potential prejudice to cosby. >> this was certainly the most anticipated ruling. it's a substantial and significant loss for the prosecution. we still believe that no accusations from third parties should be admissible in the trial. >> reporter: cosby's lawyers have been fighting to keep his procession of accusers out of court. the women alleged he drugged and sexually assaulted them, something he denies. the defense is arguing the women's memories are tainted by time and prejudiced by media coverage. but the prosecution says this ruling is important as the jury will now be allowed to assess evidence that is relevant to establishing a common plan, scheme and design of sexual abuse. >> while this is a win for the defense, i don't necessarily think that it is a loss for the prosecution. you have the opportunity to focus on the crime, keep it
simple and not have jurors feel that he is being piled on with all of these incidents. >> the 79-year-old tv star has pleaded not guilty to accusations of sexually assaulting former temple university employee andrea constand at his suburban philadelphia home in 2004. this week's ruling is one of two key pretrial issues in the case. the judge ruling earlier that the jury can hear cosby's damaging testimony from constand's 2005 lawsuit. and cosby is free on a million dollars bail. he is expected back in court on monday for the start of a hearing during which a judge will consider his request to either select a jury from a different county or move the trial to a different location. dan and paula. >> lots to come on this case, marci, thank you. let's get it back to rob now for another look at the weather and you're moving from a southern accent to an irish brogue for this. >> i don't know. now we go midwest so i get a little flat "a" going for it. i would ask paula for it.
>> awesome. >> there you go. >> says the michigander. >> to wisconsin we go. pretty incredible stuff. there's oshkosh. lake winnebago. the ice shoves which basically happen usually late march are happening early. they're beautiful, but they can also be damaging when the ice begins to weaken because of warm weather and strong winds that piles up that lake ice on the western shores and that's -- wow, that is really piling up so just another sign that we are experiencing an incredibly warm february. but it's going tomorrow. here you go. here come the windchills back to reality. going to feel like 16 in chicago. 29 degrees in atlanta and 31 degrees in new york city. so winter not quite done yet, especially chicago, 32 and the oscars are tomorrow. a couple of showers but not nearly the rain that they saw last week. quick chec i'm lisa argen, looking at some sunshine here. in the outlook today and through monday we're looking at scattered showers. tuesday a big warm-up.
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died at the age of 97. only then did i learn that he had been a ground-breaking pioneer in the aerospace field going back to world war ii. this week i went to pennsylvania outside of philly to talk to his children, my cousins, about this remarkable man, a hidden figure in my own family. >> i need a mathematician that can look beyond the numbers. >> reporter: "hidden figures" tells the little known story of three female african-american mathematicians in the early years of the space program. what i never knew, there was a hidden figure in my own family. my cousin lin, a brilliant groundbreaking aeronautical engineer who worked for nasa's predecessor long before the women in that movie. >> i think it's kind of an unsung hidden figure particularly because he didn't ever, you know, toot his own horn. >> he never bragged. never. >> reporter: lin graduated from college in 1941 with a degree in aeronautical engineering and he was
immediately was recruited by the national advisory committee on aeronautics and developed aircraft for the military then racially segregated during world war ii. after the work he designed jet engines first for the government and later in private industry. >> the thing that he developed, it's like the science of how to make those jet engines more efficient. >> reporter: helping pave the way for affordable commercial air travel. lin retired in 1986, his final job, acting director of nasa's propulsion division. >> he loved flight, and he loved the exploration. >> a person with engineers in mind should be an engineer. you can't be a computer the rest of your life. >> reporter: just before lin died, he went to see "hidden figures." >> and afterwards we talked about it and he said, wow. that was great and -- >> he liked it? >> he loved it. >> you know, my cousins elsie and linda point out that it wasn't just their father, lin, who was one of the
african-americans in that field. there was what they called a dream team working at g.e. when he worked there in cincinnati but stories like this are really important to get that story out there about people like my cousin lin and, you know, his greatest achievement really was he was a really, really good guy. he was a gentle man and a gentleman, as i like to say. really miss him. >> you should make a movie. >> yeah, it should be. >> could be a great story. >> heck of a story. >> yeah. >> heck of a life. >> what a great story. we're so glad he's finally getting some credit, some additional credit as he deserved. >> and he got to see the movie too. >> that's great. >> very cool. >> now we have proof of your smarts gene pool. >> as evidenced. >> was it ever in doubt? >> never. >> never. >> not by me. >> never in doubt. thank you, ron, for bringing us this story. it was amazing. coming up on "gma" this saturday morning "pop news" so keep it right here. diane is on deck and ready to go. >> got it covered. we've all seen a film based on a book, a film based on a play,
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that makes pain a distant memory. time for "pop news." paula, did you put these -- >> don't give it away. >> -- crackers here? this is a sign of something to come? >> it is, indeed. it's some foreshadowing for "pop news." we'll get to that later. right now we have to get to george clooney, who won the most charismatic actor of his generation, but it was amal clooney who stole the spotlight at the cesar awards showing off her baby bump for the first time. the expectant parents led a wave of stars as they entered the french ceremony and amal looked absolutely stunning. she wore a custom versace gown embellished with black, white and gray feathers and they're expecting to welcome a baby girl and boy in june and on stage george said he was excited and i love you very much to amal. adorbs. >> sorry, i was laughing during that story because she was -- >> eating this. >> she got in our ear and said
stop crinkling. >> oyster crackers. i can't blame you, paula. on to katy perry, shall we? katy perry got quite a surprise when ed sheeran unexpectedly crashed the interview. he literally just walked into the studio in the middle of it as she was talking to bbc radio one. might have been a little awkward except that they're apparently besties and they talked about a whole bunch of cute things including the first time they ever met. listen to this. >> and i was sweating so bad. then i saw katy on the stage and i said, this is really embarrassing. i would hug you but ew. >> like then he was just ed sheeran, this guy, you know, with red hair and played guitar. >> she said if she realized at the time he was going to be ed sheeran like he is now she would have ecstatically hugged him and would still no matter how sweaty it is so there you go. now from sweaty hugs to fake freckles, that's apparently a new beauty trend. some major retailers are now selling freckle pencils. you can draw them on yourself. there's even a kick starter freckle yourself offering stencil-like adhesives and if you really want to commit there are also semi permanent tattoos
that use pigment instead of ink and last up to three years and cost about $250. finally i know some of you have this day on your calendar. it is national clam chowder day. >> chowder. >> chowder. >> hence the crinkling. >> and the question manhattan or new england. manhattan has tomatoes. new england is made of cream and milk. >> why do you have to choose? why can't you just have both? >> there's a fun fact for you. new england, these are from peter's clam bar. >> thank you, peter. >> they made a bowl for us but new englanders hate manhattan so much or the clam chowder, that is, that in 1939 a legislator in maine tried to make it illegal to put tomatoes in your clam chowder. >> did it pass? >> it did not pass. >> well, i can speak as a new englander and rob can join me on this, new england clam chowder is vastly better than -- >> how dare you include me? my mom -- i never had new england clam chowder until -- my mom always put tomatoes in everything. >> i'm a new yorker and prefer also new england -- >> and they are allowed to say that in new england --
>> we're banned to -- >> we're journalists so we're neutral so we like that equally. >> thanks. >> thanks, peter's clam bar. >> these are so good. >> inferior. >> no, it's not. >> thank you for watching. see you right back here tomorrow morning. >> really better than my mom's. okay, so monday the best morning after party goes to -- drum roll, please. >> no one does oscar like good morning. friends and family of a vallejo teen went missing nine months ago went walking today to call attention to the case. she was last seen on the overpass above highway 780 in vallejo. her suspected kidnapper died in a shootout with police in santa
barbara county one day after she went missing. today's walk starts at 3:00 on that overpass. right now, san jose mayor is hosting a neighborhood cleanup along kay yeet creek after this week's flooding. volunteers are needed today to clean up after the floods. if you can help shovel mud between now and 3:00 p.m., the city will provide gloves, tools and trash bags to anyone who comes down to help. it's difficult to understand if you're not there. so good opportunity to help today. now it's time to check in with lisa argen with your forecast. >> good morning, matt. you're looking at sunshine. if you're looking out your window, unfortunately it's not going to last. we have showers in the forecast. look at sutro, 44 in the city here, 38 in mountain view. we had a few showers this morning. you can see the clouds from
mount tam. numbers will remain cool, still in the upper 30s. we're slightly warmer than we have been due to the cloud cover. we have several weak weather systems headed our way the next several days. stay with us, i'm going to time out the rain for you, for the next several days and talk about spring-like weather coming up. matt? thank you, lisa. up next, a close call in concord where a 10-month-old baby was attacked by his own dog. how the young boy is doing, and what happened to the dog. one more day until the oscars. we'll check out some of the swag celebrities are getting this year
good morning bay area. let's get up and get going. this is "abc 7 mornings." thanks for joining us on this saturday, february 25th. i'm matt keller in for chris nguyen. here's meteorologist lisa argen with your forecast. >> good morning to you, matt. you can see we had a few showers earlier from the peninsula, through santa cruz. these were also in marin county earlier. but now looking at sfo, it's nice out there. we'll see clouds, sun, even showers. just 33 in gilroy. how about 36 in santa cruz. not even 50 today with the cloud cover and even showers there. 36 by the delta, 41 in livermore. from the east bay hills camera, looks a little gray out there. your forecast calls for cloudy skies throughout much of the