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>> he had a twitch or a dance. making news in america this tuesday morning, breaking overnight, new restrictions on electronics for flyers. anything larger than a cell phone now banned on certain flights. the new list of airports and airlines involved. the white house responds after fbi director james comey reveals an investigation into the president's possible links to russia and contradicts trump's wiretapping claims. we're live in washington. and a plane on fire after crash landing. how the quick-thinking pilot saved everyone on board. and mystery solved. investigators say they have found tom brady's missing super bowl jersey. see the surveillance video that helped them track it down in another country.
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and good tuesday morning. we begin with breaking news. the u.s. is banning passengers from carrying on certain electronic devices when flying from ten international airports. >> the new ban went into effect overnight. the official word is expected from homeland security a little later on this morning. passengers coming from the u.s. from mostly middle eastern country can no longer carry on devices larger than a cell phone. this morning, new air travel restrictions going into effect. the department of homeland security overnight issuing an emergency directive for passengers flying from ten middle eastern and african airports. any electronic that's not a medical device or larger than a cell phone now banned from the main cabin of flights coming from certain countries, and those include tablets, cameras and laptop computers. >> there's enough screening going on that that's not necessary. i don't know what the point would be. >> i think that's a little much.
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>> reporter: the countries impacted include jordan, egypt, turkey and the united arab emirates, home to dubai, an origin of several daily flights into the united states. a former counterterrorism official telling ab news it was probably driven by intelligence of a possible attack. >> what's likely happened is the u.s. government has developed some intelligence that a group or individual has developed some type of device they can get on to an airplane using a laptop or some other electronic appliance. >> reporter: electronics have been used before by terrorists as recently as last year. this hole blown through a jetliner by a laptop shortly after takeoff in somalia. the pilot managing to land and the alleged bomber the only death. aviation experts said at the time if the bomb went off at cruising altitude, the plane would almost certainly have been destroyed. and the ban does not affect any u.s. carriers. a government official tells abc news this has been considered for several weeks now. >> lawmakers were apparently briefed about it over the weekend. >> all right.
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and the white house is not backing down this morning after the head of the fbi testified on capitol hill debunking president trump's claim that former president obama wiretapped him. >> fbi director james comey also confirmed an investigation is under way into the trump campaign's possible ties to russia. but so far no reaction from president trump himself. here's abc's janai norman with the latest. >> reporter: the president rallied in kentucky. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: unfazed by the high drama on capitol hill. >> the fbi as part of our counterintelligence mission is investigating the russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. >> reporter: the testimony from fbi director james comey offering two black eyes to the trump administration first revealing an ongoing investigation now in its seventh month. >> that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the trump campaign and the russian
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government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and russia's efforts. >> reporter: and then publicly undercutting the president refuting trump's tweet, quote, obama has wiretaps in trump tower. >> director comey, was the president's statement that obama had his wires tapped in trump tower a true statement? >> the department has no information that supports those tweets. >> reporter: the white house still refusing to back down from the claims fired back at comey's testimony. >> investigating it and having proof of it are two different things. >> reporter: and then quickly distanced itself from former trump campaign associates caught up in the investigation including paul manafort. >> paul manafort. >> manafort. >> paul manafort. >> paul manafort. >> reporter: who served as trump's campaign chairman. >> and then obviously there's been discussion of paul manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time but beyond -- >> he was the chairman -- >> hey, jonathan -- >> reporter: fbi director comey says the russians were, quote,
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unusually loud about their intervention almost as if they didn't care the u.s. knew what they were doing. he says he believes they'll be back to meddling in the election in 2020 and possibly next year. diane and kendis. >> all right. many waiting to hear what the president himself will say about all this. janai norman live in washington for us, thanks. speaking of the president, despite the cloud of controversy he heads to capitol hill today. but he's looking to gain more support for the american health care act. >> he is set to meet with house republicans, that is, the vote is just two days away. it's still not clear if there is enough support to push through that replacement for the affordable care act. overnight house speaker paul ryan said some changes have been made to the bill to help older americans. and today's the second day of confirmation hearings for supreme court nominee neal gorsuch. the judge addressed democrats concerned about his independence from politics. white house chief of staff reince priebus described gorsuch as the type of judge that has the vision of donald trump. gorsuch insisted the bench is no place for politics. >> these days we sometimes hear
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judges cynically described as politicians in robes. seeking to enforce their own politics rather than striving to apply the law impartially. if i thought that were true, i'd hang up the robe. >> senate democrats clashed with republican members saying they'll try to block his nomination for coming to a final vote. near the end of his term they blocked president obama's nominee from getting a vote. the gorsuch hearings are set to last through thursday. oil is expected to start flowing through the dakota access pipeline this week and that's according to the company building the pipeline. in a court filing last night energy transfer partners said physical attacks along the pipeline will not stop operations. the company didn't elaborate on those attacks but two native american tribes and their supporters had blocked completion of the pipeline. and we're tracking a mixed bag of weather on this first full day of spring. wet weather has returned to the west coast. heavy rain is hitting most of california this morning. showers expected into tomorrow
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and record highs could fall in other states today. get this, temperatures in texas and other parts of the south could soar into the upper 80s, even the 90s. then the spring chill returns to the east coast. >> oh, great. >> later this week. wow. morning lows on thursday, 21 in new york, 15 in boston. syracuse at 10 degrees. >> my storage unit has never been more empty. all the seasons. >> what to wear. >> all the seasons are out. >> yes. >> okay, so the control burn of a grass fire northwest of tulsa, oklahoma, spun out of control causing this scene. winds whipping up the smoke forming a smokenado at one point but no one was injured. still ahead, federal investigators are warning of a growing phone scam. hear the areas codes to look out for. police searching the driver of this car. nearly running down a group of people. the dramatic video and we're learning why the driver was so angry. plus, tom brady's missing super bowl jersey is back in
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boston. we have the details on how it was tracked down and the other missing jersey found in that investigation. i don't have any symptoms. [female announcer] of cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the united states. and it doesn't always cause symptoms, especially early on. but i'm only 53.
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fire crews are hard at work fighting a massive fire near kansas city. it started at an apartment complex but quickly spread to several houses and buildings. at least 17 homes were destroyed or badly damaged. one fire official described the scene as a war zone. three firefighters were injured but not seriously. the wind, though, is making it especially tough to fight. turning overseas right now and a dramatic survival story for people on board a plane that
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crash landed in sudan. it hit a fire truck as it was landing in thick fog and burst into flames. witnesses say the pile lost control. about 50 were on board that flight. reports say the pilot found the only door that wasn't on fire and opened it allowing everyone to escape. about a dozen people were injured. a suspected gang member has been arrested in connection with the murder of two colorado teenagers. gustavo marquez faces two counts of first degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. he was arrested in elle pass to county, not far from where the bodies of derek benjamin greer and natalie partida were found. police are not discussing a motive saying the investigation is ongoing. in northern california, police are searching for a woman who allegedly hit several people with her car in a walmart parking lot. surveillance video shows her nearly hitting a mother and a 3-year-old child. police say that she did strike at least five other people. she was apparently
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the store refused to allow her to return some batteries that she had purchased. >> all that because of batteries. >> she really wanted to return those batteries. >> i guess so. so, say you miss a call and don't recognize the number, apparently you shouldn't call back. the federal trade commission is warning of a one ring phone scam. so here's how it works. the crook's auto dialer is programmed to hang up after one ring. the number left on your phone looks like one in the united states but it's actually not and when you call back, you're hit for the connection as well as every minute that you're on hold. so here are the ten area codes most often associated with this particular scam. the list is also on our website, we should point out, if you don't recognize the number don't call back. this note about food prices are actually down as grocery store chains fight off deep discounters like walmart and online sellers. prices were down last year. the first time in nearly 50 years. chicken, eggs, meat have seen the biggest cuts.
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well, things getting ugly on the hardwood when we come back. two of the nba's biggest stars, steph curry and russell westbrook, in the middle of a fight. what started it all? check out this scene caught on camera. a driver makes a lucky escape has after his car was swept away in a flood. no one burns on my watch! try alka seltzer heartburn relief chews. they work fast and don't taste chalky. mmmmm...amazing. i have heartburn.
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if you've got a life, you gotta swiffer peru has seen the heaviest rainfall in nearly 30 years triggering deadly floods and mudslides. there have been some incredible survival stories like this driver rescue after his car flipped while crossing a swollen river. more than 70 people, though, have not been so lucky. more than 70 have died in that flooding. >> he was incredibly lucky. >> seeing that windshield smash and he walks right out. >> lucky break there. looking at the weather back at home, roads will be wet for most of the west coast this morning with snow in the
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western mountains and expect wet conditions stretching from kansas to the carolinas. >> if you're flying expect airport delays in san francisco and los angeles. the mystery surrounding the disappearance of tom brady's super bowl jersey finally solved. >> the patriots quarterback said it vanished from his bag shortly after he returned to the locker room after the big game. now, an international investigation led us to mexico. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: authorities in mexico and the u.s. say the longtime editor in chief of mexico's la princa, mauricio ortega, swiped his jersey moments after he was seen in this fox sports video strolling into the patriots locker room right behind coach bill belichick. 14 minutes later espn reports ortega walked out with a black plastic bag he didn't have before and allegedly with a jersey valued at half a million dollars. >> i put it in my bag. i absolutely 100% put it in my bag. did someone take my jersey? i put it in here, man.
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>> let someone at the door check everyone of these media people. >> no, it was just -- >> reporter: matt gutman, abc news. >> he stepped down from his job telling his employer he had family health issues. his newspaper says it did not realize he obtained press access to the super bowl. tmz reports brady's jersey was being shopped around for $75,000. >> and it's worth half a million. developments in home in the desperate search for that teacher in temperature accused of kidnaps his 15-year-old student. now, police have released new images in their search. 50-year-old tad cummins was seen in a store days before their disappearance appearing to pick up women's hair dye and filling up his car at a nearby gas station but the only trace of them since then has been a cell phone ping in alabama. the girl's family begging for her return. >> please let us know you're all right and please come home to us. i'm very angry.
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you know, somebody who is that old should know better than to pull something like this. >> and now even cummins' wife is speaking out publicly urging him to surrender. all right, time for sports including steph curry getting into a bit of a scuffle. >> yeah. a fight broke out. here's neil and stan at espn. >> good morning. it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett here, neil everett there. we got nba match-ups between contenders east and west. you go west. >> i'll go west, young man. i got the warriors against oklahoma city, kevin durant wanted to go to this game so bad he rode his bike from oakland to oklahoma city. that guy is in shape. steph curry, hey, get out of my face. bro. i don't even know your name. samaja christian and russell westbrook and curry got in a little beef right there. then they had a jump ball right afterwards. that's what curry did, hit that.
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golden state ran away with this one. not even close, 111-95. >> wizards and celtics. they don't like each other either. isaiah thomas back after missing two games with a knee. check this out. thomas, he's 5'9". jason smith is seven-feet tall but thomas able to get up and over him to tap that in. he had 25 points. avery bradley had 20. jae crowder, al horford, 16 apiece. celtics, a little bit from everyone and they win it, 110-102, so now boston in control of that two seed in the eastern conference behind cleveland. they're up 2 1/2 games on washington. that's it from here. back to you. >> get that man some halls. up next in "the pulse," 60 carats on sale. but wait till you hear how much this diamond is expected to be sold for. >> it's a bargain. and check this out. is it a chicken or a person in a chicken suit or some other kind of mutant?
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scattered rainmaking for potentially messy morning commute. live doppler 7 tracking the storm that soaked the bay area overnight and still isn't done with us quite yet. >> it's likely you heard this outside your window. here's a live look outside. it is going to be a bit slick as you get out on the roads this morning. good morning to you. it is tuesday, march 2 1. we are all present and accounted for today. welcome back, jess. >> good to see you. let's get over to mike nicco first. let's take a look at what happened overnight. first we have video from redwood city around bay shore and maple street. that's near the women's corrections center and you can see we had a healthy rainfall during the overnight hours. let's turn over to live doppler 7 and you can see we still have some rain falling.
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it's mainly light and it's going to continue through the morning commute. here's a look from the exploratorium camera. you can see the drops there. so rain through at least 7:00, very mild when you step outside, mid to upper 50s, we're going to dry a little bit around the lunch hour, see some sunshine, 57 to 62 and then showers will redevelop from 4:00 to 7:00, a slight chance of a thunderstorm this morning, a little better chance from 4:00 to 7:00 and that means brief heavy rain and even smal hail. on top of the rain we've got a little wind out there this morning so high wind advisory in effect for the san mateo bridge and the bay bridge here this morning so both hands on the wheel especially if you're in a high-profile vehicle and little soggier here as we look at san jose. 101 and 880, road spray kicking up. i know it's been a few days since we had a really soggy morning commute so just slow down and drive for conditions. i'll think about some cracks coming up. developing now, it is official. laptops and ipads are banned
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from -- excuse me -- from some u.s.-bound flights. >> this applies to nonstop flights from ten international airports in the middle east. abc7 news reporter matt keller like for us at sfo this morning. >> reporter: good morning, reggie and natasha. homeland security started notifying the airlines at midnight. they have 96 hours to roll this out. what does it mean for you? basically, you will not be able to bring an electronic on to the flight that is bigger than your cell phone. this does impact nine airlines from the middle east and africa. there have been many incidents, including terrorists using electronics on flights like the bomb in a laptop last year. passengers will have to check their laptops, tablets, even portable gaming units. some travelers that we spoke with say it would be a big inconvenience. >> not having my computer or not
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having things to write on, not having a large book to read, i would really have to rethink traveling to those countries. >> the nine airlines are royal jordanian, egypt air, turkish airlines, saudi arabian airlines, qatar airways and emirates. homeland security is making an official announcement later today but sources tell abc news that it's the result of newly evaluated intelligence and affects about 50 flights into the u.s. each day. reporting live at sfo, matt keller, abc7 news. fbi director james comey set the record straight, disputing president trump's claims he was wiretapped by president obama. here's abc news. >> reporter: the president rallied in kentucky. >> we will


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