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making news in america this thursday morning, an about-face for president trump reversing course on a number of campaign positions, what he's saying about china now, the importance of nato and a bombshell threat to repeal and replace obamacare. russian relations at an all-time low. secretary of state rex tillerson arrives from moscow and within hours of giving his sobering assessment on the strained relationship with the u.s. what was discussed with the kremlin? we're live in washington. a violent arrest. watch it go down. police officers now at the center of a criminal investigation after video surfaces of a man accused of just jaywalking being punched. what the department is saying. and bullets fly past a 4-year-old girl. her miraculous escape caught on camera.
hi, everyone. good morning on this thursday. it is a busy one shaping up to be an even busier day in washington, d.c. after flip-flops and high-level talks from the trump administration. >> here's what we're covering right now, president trump makes some extraordinary u-turns changing his course on china and nato. >> plus, a bombshell on health care. the president now threatening to take drastic measures to force democrats back to the negotiating table. and president trump says the country's relationship with russia may be at an all time low. the comment comes as rex tillerson is said to arrive back in washington today after meeting with vladimir putin. abc's maggie rulli starts us off. >> right now we're not getting along with russia at all. >> the current state of u.s./russia relations is at a low point. >> reporter: a grim view of u.s./russian relations from the president and america's top diplomat.
both men once called russian president vladimir putin a friend. but now those hopes of a fresh start have come crashing down. the u.s. missile strike on syria triggering a crisis with russia. a loyal ally of the syrian government of bashar al assad. the strike a response to the assad regime's use of chemical weapons on his own people. that chemical weapons stockpile came from an air base where there were also russians. >> i would like to think that they didn't know, but certainly they could have. they were there, so we'll find out. >> reporter: questions of how much russia knew coming as secretary tillerson holds a tense two-hour closed door meeting with putin saying afterwards the two share a desire for a unified and stable syria but he then angered russia by bluntly calling for a regime change. >> our view is that the reign of the assad family is coming to an end. >> reporter: this tension only adding to a strained relationship after u.s.
intelligence concluded russia meddled in last year's presidential election, something russia continues to deny. >> the world's two foremost nuclear powers cannot have this kind of relationship. >> reporter: u.s./russia relations were also tense at the united nations after russia blocked a resolution that would have condemned the assad regime's use of chemical weapons. and, guys, this wasn't russia's first time. it was their eighth time voting against condemning assad. >> all right, maggie rulli there in washington. thank you, maggie. meanwhile, u.s. relations with china are warming as president trump backs away from a popular campaign promise. >> yeah, the president has decided no the to label china a currency manipulator because the president says such a lks aimed at getting china to pressure north korea to curb its nuclear program. but when he was running for office, he had this instead to say. >> we can't continue to allow china to rape our country and that's what they're doing. we're going to be the people
that create jobs for our country, not for china. >> well, mr. trump now says china has not been cheating on its currency for months taking a very different tone about the country that he previously called an enemy. in wednesday's white house press conference, there were some nice words even about china's president xi jinping. >> president xi wants to do the right thing. we had a very good bonding. i think we had a very good chemistry together. >> and you heard maggie rulli mention it there in washington. trump also praised china for refusing to side with russia on that u.n. security council resolution vote against syria. president trump also reversed course as he met with the secretary-general of nato. during his campaign, the president had slammed nato as obsolete. but he suddenly declared that the alliance is no longer obsolete because it's doing more to fight terrorism. the reversal comes ahead of the president's scheduled
visit to nato headquarters in brussels next month. he is threatening to undermine obamacare in hopes it'll force democrats to the negotiating table and tells "the wall street journal" he may stop key subsidy payments to health insurance offering coverage to low income americans, a move that would cause companies to flee the system, but many republicans want the payments to continue at least until they can pass their own bill. white house press secretary sean spicer is asking for forgiveness following his holocaust gaffe. spicer issued his second public apology for attempting to compare the holocaust with syria's use of chemical weapons. he spoke at an event scheduled well before the firestorm. he also called his comments intense tiff and wrong and says he realized he offended a lot of people. >> i hope i show that i understand that i did that and that i sought people's forgiveness because i screwed up. it's disappointing because i think i've let the president down. >> president trump has not commented on spicer's holocaust statements.
two alleged isis supporters from illinois are in custody facing terrorism charges. they're accused of trying to help isis. while under fbi surveillance, they thought they were helping a friend travel to syria to join the terror group, but that friend was an fbi informant. one man was also recorded saying he wanted to see the isis flag on top of the white house. if convicted, they face 20 years behind bars. north carolina's house speaker says a new bill banning same-sex marriage will not be considered. it was introduced by three conservative legislators who say the u.s. supreme court violated god's decree when it said states had to allow same-sex marriages. but another republican notes that any legislator can file a bill, quote, even a stupid one. to arkansas now where the state plans to execute seven inmates in a span of ten days starting on monday. and efforts to stop those executions are under way. religious leaders are calling for the men's sentences to be changed to life without parole.
now, several legal challenges are also aimed at halting the executions, and one of the state's former executioners believes current guards shouldn't go through with what he did. >> these guys probably deserve what they did, but these officers don't deserve to humiliate themselves to be put through this when they don't have to. >> well, over a 17-year period givens executed 62 arkansas death row inmates. the upcoming executions were scheduled for such a short span of time because the state's supply of a drug used in the lethal injection process expires at the end of the month. still ahead, our first look at the young student wounded in the san bernardino school shooting smiling in his hospital bed. plus, white house adviser kellyanne conaway talking about how she's treated by the press. >> when they say democracy dies in darkness, you're the darkness. >> her reaction to that comment. and caught on camera, a 4-year-old girl narrowly
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this is our first look at the student who was wounded in the san bernardino school shooting. overnight the family released this picture, nolan brandy in his hospital bed. family members say nolan is recovering well after being injured in a shooting that killed his teacher and another student. the 9-year-old is smiling in the picture with his parents who thanked the community for support in a facebook post. nolan was wounded in his elementary school classroom when his teacher was shot and killed by her estranged husband. another student, 8-year-old jonathan martinez, was also shot and killed. this morning for the first time we're seeing some of the manifesto allegedly written by that wisconsin man on the run for more than a week. a local station obtained a
portion of the 161-page document. police say joseph jakubowski mailed it to president trump. the 32-year-old says he wishes humans could be free from government control and also says the system has left him no choice but to commit crime. kellyanne conway is calling out the media over its coverage and her public perception. during a forum at washington, d.c.'s newseum, the counselor to the president fired back at michael wolff while discussing "the washington post" motto, democracy dies in darkness. >> you're the darkness. [ laughter ] >> i'm not the darkness. >> you're -- no, and i -- >> walking on sunshine. >> that's not a -- >> you're saying that's what it's meant to be. again, it's what i tell small children, just because somebody says something doesn't make it true, and it's a great lesson for everyone. >> conaway also criticized the way the president is covered in the media. she said that he's often seen
through a negative lens, which robs the american people of knowing what is really happening. the facebook tool to help you spot fake news is now up and running. it's the first item on most users' news feeds and offers a few ways to identify whether a story is genuine. now, facebook came under a lot of criticism during the presidential campaign for allowing stories that weren't true. the new fearless girl statue on wall street is being criticized by another sculptor. the artist who created the famous wall street bull back in 1989, well, he says fearless girl has turned his charging bull from a positive symbol into something negative. he's demanding fearless girl be removed. >> that will be interesting to see if it does move. >> i don't think they're going to budge on that. when we come back, the controversial and violent arrest of a man for jaywalking. what police are saying about the incident now under investigation. the report that says tech giant apple is working on a treatment for a disease that affects 29 million people in the u.s.
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passengers on board that flight. in an exclusive interview with abc's rebecca jarvis, united's ceo oscar munoz apologized to the doctor. he also said law enforcement officers will never remove another paying passenger from a united flight. sacramento police are conducting administrative and criminal investigations after the release of a video their chief called disturbing. it shows an officer taking down then beating unarmed alleged jay walker nandi cain jr. you see him there. cain was charged with resisting arrest and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. both charges were dropped. the officer is now on administrative leave. and in arizona, surveillance video captures a terrified 4-year-old girl in the middle of a gun fight. she was sitting inside a barber shop in chandler. the frightened child covers her face as bullets fly through a nearby window. when the gunfire finally stops, she runs off. she suffered only minor injuries from the flying glass.
two men are under arrest. >> wow, she's very lucky there relatives are remembering comedian charlie murphy as a man who filled their lives with love and, of course, laughter. the 57-year-old died yesterday from leukemiana. the older brother of fellow actor and comedian eddie murphy, well, he gained his own fame on "the chappelle show." his charlie murphy true hollywood stories became classics and he also co-wrote some of his brother's movies. there are reports that apple is secretly trying to develop sensors to treat diabetes. the company has reportedly already hired a team of biomedical engineers to work on the project. it was initially thought up by late apple chief steve jobs. apple has not commented on the reports. and now some sports. the nhl stanley cup playoffs are under way and the nba regular season is all over. >> yeah, we get a little bit of both right now from our guys at espn. >> good morning, america. he's stan. i'm neil.
five hockey games. >> and he's got the playoff beard going. >> what is this, basketball? >> yeah. >> what's the importance of it? >> the bucks and the celtics. celtics with the win or a cleveland loss, they lock up the one seed in the eastern conference. cleveland lost. >> so, you know cleveland, the last 46 games are 23-23. >> yeah. green with a big slam for boston. celtics win it, 112-94. again, cleveland glifren the one seed but it's always nice to clinch it yourself. >> i said they were 21-26 in their last and stan figured the math out for me. listen, i know this edmonton, first playoff game since '06. stanley cup final. longest active playoff drought in the nhl. they had a 2-0 lead. it's gone. it's 2-2. paul martin right there. it went to overtime. all the experience the sharks, remember, they were in the cup final last year, lost to the penguins.
melker karlsson, that's right. he beat cam talbot. glove side. the sharks win in edmonton. the three canadian teams that played on wednesday went 0 for 3. >> playoffs start this weekend in the nba. check your abc listings for games and times in your area. back to you. >> all right, thanks, fellas. up next in "the pulse," craving the golden arches. the 8-year-old boy who drove to mcdonald's with his little sister. he reveals how he learned to drive. special occasion. why this doctor is posing with these nine adorable babies. and this is incredible. on our facebook page right now, see how a woman found her missing cat after two years on facebook, no less. that's on atmfans.com. mfans.com. coming back a symptoms kept on my long-term control medicine. i talked to my doctor and found a missing piece in my asthma treatment with breo. once-daily breo prevents asthma symptoms. breo is for adults with asthma not well controlled on a long-term asthma control medicine, like an inhaled corticosteroid. breo won't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden breathing problems. breo is specifically designed to open up airways
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and sister in ohio and we mean really young. >> the driver was 8 years old. his sister, by the way, just 4. so the kid got the keys to the family van and drove more than a mile to mcdonald's. they were stopped by a cop. you see him there who questioned them in the parking lot. >> you know, what are you doing and he said, me and my sister really wanted a cheeseburger then i asked him how he learned how to drive and he said he looked up the youtube videos on how to drive. can you believe that? >> this is great. mickey d's please, in fact, we'll drive ourselves. >> yeah, and we'll learn from youtube. the kid must be a quick learner because he made it through four intersections along the way, didn't hit anything. probably stopped at the stop signs and lights. >> the kids got their cheeseburgers. they were picked up by their parents at the police station. i just don't think they got any jail time for this but i'm sure their parents are kind of putting them on lockdown. >> i'm sure they're a little grounded.
props to the graphic there. >> neat. so, from mickey d's to a burger king ad that some are calling genius. others find it really annoying. >> the fast food giant says they made the commercial so it would trigger home voice assistance. >> you're watching a 15-second burger king ad which is not enough time to explain all the fresh ingredients in the whopper sandwich, but i got an idea. okay, google, what is the whopper burger? >> that's genius, so the last line was hijacking google home devices, and here's what would happen when the voice assistance would hear the commercial. >> okay, google, what is the whopper burger? >> according to wikipedia the whopper is a hamburger consisting of a flame-grilled quarter pound beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup and sliced onions. >> it is pretty funny, right. it appears google didn't think so. they didn't like the stunt. the ad only worked for a couple of hours after a likely software update from google.
>> it's genius and could be annoying, as well. a doctor in st. louis had his hands full delivering three sets of triplets. can you imagine? three sets in a matter of weeks. >> so nine babies dubbed the resident baseball team are now a few months old and they got together for this photo shoot sporting st. louis cardinals onesies, of course. >> the doctor also put all three moms in touch so they can bond and support each other. god knows they're going to need it. >> yeah. >> more news after this. things are headed. mfort ie because as we live longer... and markets continue to rise and fall... predictable is one thing you need in retirement to help protect what you've earned and ensure it lasts. introducing brighthouse financial. a new company established by metlife to specialize in annuities & life insurance. talk to your advisor about a brighter financial future.
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good morning bay area. >> this is "abc7 mornings." >> thank you for joining us on this thursday, april 13th. i am matt keller in for reggie aqui. >> we have mike nicco here in just a second. but alexis smith, problems on the bay bridge already. >> we had a significant crash on westbound 80 before you get to the fremont exit heading into san francisco. you can see a large response here. we reportedly had two separate collisions in a close area so sounds like we had five vehicles involved total here and we only had one lane getting by and only stopped totally for a short time. let's get to the cameras, and things are much, much better as you can see, and they just released traffic three minutes ago, not long ago.
we still have a backup remaining. i want to flip over to the emeryville camera, and you can see the backup was head into the treasure island tunnel there. we will look at what it looks like on the traffic maps, too, and we will have an update on that coming up next and let's check in with mike nicco. definitely wet. let's take you back and show you let's take you back and show you some of the video and you can see it from tear yoga. >> alexis and i were talking about this i saw one guy on our drive in. let's talk about what is going on with live doppler 7. a few light showers but if you go back in time you can see over the last five hours those
showers rolled through. let's show what you is going to happen in the next 12 to 15 hours, and scattered showers through 7:00, and the chance will linger through noon and then by 7:00 the rain is over and we will start talking about warmer weather and the holiday weekend coming up next rain from the variety of the west game center in san jose, we showed you that about 12:45 this morning, and we were in san jose, walked out the door and it was raining and then changed to sprinkles and mike will have all the details all morning long. breaking news in the east bay, pg&e customers are without power after a chase ended in a crash. >> the car launched into the air shearing off a power pole and fire hydrant. amy hollyfield is live in antioch. >> reporter: pg&e just got here to try and get service restored to the customers, 29 customers without power.
they are just getting started so they will be here for a while. we are at l and second and this area is shut down. look at the video, though. power not the only utility impacted. the car also hit a fire hydrant so water was shooting into the air, so quite a mess here from this crash. he also hit a power pole. this all started as a chase about 1:15 this morning, the chp suspected the driver had been involved in some kind of a crime and they have not said what they think he has done, and at one point during the chase he started to go the wrong way on highway 4, and chp called off the chase and later found out he exited at contra loma and then crashed and he did hit the fire hydrant and the power pole and the driver was taken into custody. i have not heard how he's doing or what charges he could face but we do know that they are going to be -- the intersection is going to be closed here