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making news in america this morning, record-breaking heat for millions of americans. the high temperatures are already affecting flights today. we'll show you where it can hit 124 degrees. plus, a tropical storm watch is posted as a storm barrels towards the gulf coast tracking it all. senate standoff. overnight a marathon of protests from democrats holding speeches well into the overnight hours hoping to draw attention to what they call secrecy surrounding the republicans' push to repeal and replace obamacare. will this technique work? plus, this. >> people run for cover as a helicopter gets too close to an airport. hear what the pilot is saying this morning. and a baby elephant falls into a pool. wait until you see what happens next.
there could be many lines about the unforgettable footage but we won't go there. >> maybe trying to cool off. >> could be, with the heat burning up this country. good morning tuesday morning. we'll begin with the dangerous and wild weather for millions of americans on this last day of spring. >> take a look at today's expected high temperatures. 116 in las vegas. 119 in phoenix. both close to record highs. 122 in palm springs and that heat stretches all the way to northern california. 107 in sacramento. a deadly pileup on the new mexico/arizona border during a dust storm. 25 vehicles involved. the extreme weather causing problems coast to coast. overnight high heat well after sundown. nearly 100 degrees in phoenix at midnight. the extreme heat now impacting travel plans. nearly 50 flights out of phoenix's sky harbor airport already canceled today. smaller regional jets must be
grounded when temperatures get above 118 degrees. the hot spot, death valley. where it could reach 124. and records could fall in the gambling mecca as well. visitors on the las vegas strip warned not to overexert themselves, and in southern california, generators used to keep the lights and ac on as the heat drains the power grid. in the east, the heat giving way to powerful storms. high winds bringing down trees. this time lapse showing the storm as it rolls over manhattan. in the south, a tropical storm watch from southeast texas to louisiana and bret becomes the earliest named storm ever for this part of the atlantic. that tropical storm bret, that is, that is out in the atlantic expected to become a hurricane before making landfall but it's worth watching. much more on its path from accuweather in minutes. turning to capitol hill,
though, where senate democrats are protesting what they're calling secrecy surrounding the gop health care bill. they held up the floor with a marathon session overnight calling on republican leaders to give them enough time to read and debate the bill before a vote is expected next week. >> what are you afraid of? bring that bill out. >> people are literally in tears on the phone. they are scared and they are angry. >> the president of the united states called it mean. >> there have been no hearings on the legislation which is being crafted by a group of 13 republican senators and even some republicans are now warning against rushing a vote. a big test today for the republican party and president trump as voters head to the polls for a special election in georgia. the candidates spent more than $50 million making it the most expensive congressional race in history. 30-year-old democrat jon ossoff is hoping to flip a seat held by republicans for nearly 40 years. he's taking on karen handel, a republican endorsed by the president.
and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are turning up the heat on north korea after the death of otto warmbier. >> yeah, the 22-year-old american student died yesterday. less than a week after he was returned to the u.s. suffering extensive brain damage after more than a year of captivity in north korea. abc's janai norman has the latest for us from washington. good morning, janai. >> reporter: kendis and diane, good morning to both of you. at least one top republican is calling what happened to otto warmbier murder. senator john mccain saying the u.s., quote, cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers. he was the college junior turned north korean prisoner, otto warmbier was enrolled at the university of virginia when he traveled to the communist country and was captured on video stealing a propaganda poster. state media claiming he was working to defame north korea as a pawn of the u.s. government. despite his pleas for mercy, he was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. >> please save my life.
please think of my family. >> reporter: that confession would be the last time otto's family would hear his voice. after 17 months he returned home but upon arrival otto was carried off a plane unable to walk, talk or respond to verbal commands. >> his neurological condition can be best described as a state of unresponsive wakefulness. >> reporter: doctors said they saw no evidence of physical beatings or of botulism which north korean officials claim otto contracted after taking a sleeping pill but the family isn't buying it. >> even if you believe their explanation of botulism and a sleeping pill causing the coma, and we don't, there's no excuse for any civilized nation to have kept his condition secret. >> reporter: and just six days later otto died. >> he was in very tough condition but he just passed away a little while ago. it is a brutal regime and we'll
be able to handle it. >> reporter: and it's not clear yet what impact his death will have on the already tense situation between the united states and the rogue nuclear power. but at least one top republican wants to ban tourist travel to north korea following warmbier's death. diane and kendis. >> all right, janai norman there, thank you. and a shake-up may be coming soon to the white house press office. sources tell politico that press secretary sean spicer is on his way out and looking for his own replacement, possibly fox news host laura ingraham. spicer will reportedly take on a larger role behind the scenes. briefings have become more restricted lately. yesterday reporters were barred from recording any video or audio, and there's no briefing on today's white house schedule. we return our focus to the national weather. here's a look at today's forecast. >> good morning, diane, kendis. scorching heat for the southwest. a strong and stubborn high pressure system will open the door for unnecessary sunshine.
i say unnecessary because we're looking at record highs challenged in vegas as well as phoenix into the one-teens to near 120. now, one good thing, the beaches will stay a little bit cooler, but heat exhaustion risk and elevated fire risk. on the other side of the gulf, we have this system that's continuing to develop right now, drenching storms from california all the way up towards new orleans. kendis, diane. still ahead, the new fees coming this holiday season from a major shipping company. plus, a man tries to drag a woman out of a store. the attempted kidnapping caught on camera. and a plane touches down with no front landing gear. see how the pilot pulled it off.
you're looking at a fast-moving brush fire near big bear, california, that's now triggered voluntary evacuation orders. the holcombe fire has grown to 858 acres and is now threatening campgrounds and a lake as well as a local dump but no homes are at risk. we're finding out more about the suspect in yesterday's vehicle attack in paris along the famed champs-elysees. the 31-year-old man rammed a car packed with explosives into a police van but only had his vehicle burst into flames. a suspect died from the burns but no police or bystanders were injured. there's been no claim of responsibility, but the man was known to authorities with links to islamic extremist. meanwhile, police in wales have be for sunday's attack in north london. 47-year-old darren osborne is a married father of four who neighbors recently say
voiced hatred toward muslims. he drove a truck into a group of worshippers outside a mosque injuring at least nine, investigators say there's no immediate evidence that osborne was an active member of any extremist organizations. also overseas, we have new information this morning on the investigation into that deadly collision involving the "uss fitzgerald." investigators say the other vessel, the acx crystal, sailed more than ten miles after the crash and then finally turned back to the scene. the japanese company that chartered the ship hasn't explained why it left the scene. seven americans died when the cargo ship pierced the steel hull of the destroyer flooding the compartment where those young men were sleeping. well, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser jared kushner did something he almost never does, he spoke in public. kushner made his comments as head of the newly created white house office of innovation addressing tech ceos about the administration's efforts to modernize government. >> before i came to washington, many warned me that the bureaucracy would resist any change that we tried to implement.
so far, i have found exactly the opposite. to date we've been working with hundreds of talented civil servants, men and women who want to serve their country and see their government do better. >> we could hear much more from kushner as he attempts to broker a middle east peace deal. he's heading to the region tomorrow to meet separately with the israeli prime minister and the palestinian president. and you could be paying more for shipping this holiday season. u.p.s. says it is going to charge individual and commercial customers between 27 and 97 cents extra per package during certain times in november and december. the new charges for oversized and international packages will be much steeper. u.p.s. says this is due to rising costs. when we come back, tiger woods releasing details of his struggles with prescription pills. and too close for comfort. a helicopter does some damage during a landing. comfort. a helicopter does some damage during a landing.
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the hot weather is causing all sorts of problems especially for anyone who wanted to go swimming in this backyard pool. this is in central new jersey. the black bear apparently wanted to do a little cooling off before finally walking away. temperatures in the area by the way are expected to be around 90 degrees today so watch out for that bear. >> look out for more bear sightings in your pool. check out morning road conditions now. nice and dry for most of the northeast and entire western u.s. but there will be some wet conditions near the great lakes. flooding is possible along the gulf coast because of that tropical system we talked about. >> if you're flying expect some airport delays in new orleans. the search for a famous hidden treasure has claimed another life. >> pastor paris wallace was reportedly missing in new mexico last week. he had been searching for treasure that author forrest fenn said he hid years ago in the rockies north of santa fe.
wallace, get this, is now the second man in just over a year to die looking for fenn's treasure. fenn calls the loss of life a terrible tragedy. we're finding out more about the death of actress carrie fisher. she went into cardiac arrest last december aboard an l.a.-bound flight but the coroner's report now reveals fisher had a cocktail of drugs in her system including cocaine, heroin, alcohol and ecstasy. now, her cause of death was listed as sleep apnea along with heart disease and drug use. and tiger woods says he's getting professional help to manage his medications as well as his back pain and sleep disorder. woods was charged with driving under the influence after officers found him asleep at the wheel of his mercedes last month. he told police his condition was the result of taking several prescription drugs. in southern california a man has been arrested after allegedly trying to kidnap a woman, and it was caught on camera. this happened at a baby boutique in the city of irvine. you can see here, the man grabbing the employee by her hair and then he tries to drag
her into a back room of the store. police say he stopped after the woman told him there was surveillance cameras. she's expected to be okay. and can you tell what's missing from this next video? the single engine plane touched down in bremerton, washington, without its front landing gear. it had to circle for about an hour to burn off fuel before the pilot brought the plane in. after sliding a few hundred feet, watch as all three people on board jumped right out. everyone is okay. >> nothing to see here. thanks for hanging around, firefighters. >> still don't know what happened with that landing gear. but, yeah, easy day for the firefighters on the scene. and check out this one in austria. one of the helicopter blades slams right into an airport building. people nearby raced off understandably so. the helicopter even caught fire off camera, but no one was hurt. the spectators weren't hurt. the pilot is okay and admits the dent was caused by
what he calls a parking mistake. >> ah. i hate when that happens when you're trying to park, you know. >> like parallel parking. >> yeah, parallel parking is always tough. now to some sports. >> so let's get baseball highlights from our guys over at espn. >> hey, here's your sports. it's pretty late, isn't it? >> mets/dodgers, cody bellinger. his dad has the hospice fund-raiser up there. he hit 21 homers in 51 games, that's quicker than anybody in major league history. clayton kershaw gave up four home runs, i fact-checked it. it's not fake news. fact-checked it. >> quit complaining. >> kershaw gave up four home runs. he had never done that before. chris hatcher gets jose reyes who had a couple of those home runs. and the dodgers win 10-6. i won't interrupt you. >> since he won you could say he scattered four home runs. marlins/nationals, n.l. east, giancarlo stanton hit over some fencing that had been set up. that's his 18th homer, not in
this game. marlins tied at 7. now, the bases are loaded. bottom of the ninth, a lot of drama, marcell ozuna puts that thing in the gap. his friend dee gordon will come and score. this is a walkoff. nats win it, 8-7. >> you wouldn't believe what was in this one. >> we should probably do that. there seems to be a lot of animosity between us. >> we don't have time, no. we're fine. he's leaving. larry beil tomorrow. >> all right. we look forward to seeing larry tomorrow. up next in "the pulse," breaking from tradition, why one groom is taking the bride's name. and the swift response by two elephants after a baby falls into the pool. and happening right now on our facebook page, an amazing rendition of a disney song. you could see her get into it. the must see performance from a 4-year-old. that's on atmfans.com. 4-year-old. that's on atmfans.com.
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♪ your tuesday "pulse." and we're going to start with a big debate over intelligence and your dominant hand. >> all right. a new study says lefties may be smarter than righties, especially when it comes to math. researchers reviewed math tests by over 2,000 people and say when it came to tougher problem solving, lefties outperformed the righties. >> and we should point out, there are some very smart lefties out there like bill gates who is the richest man in the world. >> barack obama also a lefty. >> bieber, also a southpaw. >> okay. >> like we said, some of the smartest people out there are lefties. mark zuckerberg is a lefty. 13% of the population lefties. other studies show they are overrepresented among musicians and chess players.
>> eminem is apparently a lefty too. >> exactly. that study, by the way, was conducted by researchers in harvard who are all lefty. all right, next to some packers that are celebrating for a few reasons. >> so this is mr. ryan packer on the left and his bride dr. marie packer who were just married in chicago. big congratulations are in store. >> here's the important part about the packers. packer is her last name and since he is like a really big green bay packers fan, he decided i'm taking her name. >> ah. can't miss those jerseys poolside either on their honeymoon. mr. and dr. packer are happily celebrating. he says he can't wait to make that name change official, by the way. >> and have some young kids name brett and aaron rodgers packer. next, a dramatic rescue caught on camera and it was all inside a zoo in south korea. >> that's right. watch as the elephant named hope tests the water and then falls into the pool. but some adult elephants, the
calf's mother and aunt rush in to the rescue. >> do you see them all start mobilizing there? you can see in the background the third elephant behind the fence pacing back and forth clearly upset, but as you can see, both mother and aunt managed to pull the little hope back to safety in under a minute and in the end keeping hope alive. >> more news after this. >> more news after this. if you've got a life, you gotta swiffer
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>> good morning, south bay. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc 7 zblorngz good morning it's 4:sfwent, tuesday, june 20th. we've got some nice looking weather, at least i did. did you? >> i was going to ask who felt the difference yesterday anday this morning. >> in the north bay it was brutal. >> yesterday it was range, this morning, 68 degrees. >> okay. definitely a little bit warmer for you. i walked outside i could feel the heat coming off my house still from yesterday. it was amazing. for some of us yesterday was a relief, today a little bit more relief. for those of us that live inland also it gob fob a brutally hot day. we have a little bit of fog around half moon bay and down towards santa kruds otherwise the marine land clouds not going to be so prevalent there. temperatures in the mid to upper 50s 7:00 to 4:00 in the coast. we go from dpift 3 to 77 to 82
around our bay numbers. 88 and 94 inland. traffic. >> it's pretty light out there for 4:28 in the morning. we've got in taillights headed towards the western part of the san mateo bridge and it looks a little bit busier than normal. couple of problem spots we're highlight four. an zment santa rosa with taye car off the ditch, may have to get a tow truck on that. and a stalled big rig in oakland, check on that too. >> thank you. mike's going to get into more detail on this but it is going to get hotter as we go through the week and a lot of people are wondering hugh how you're going to beat the heat. >> tiffany has us covered. >> reporter: good morning, natasha. yes, if you thought yesterday was hot, prepare yourself because the extreme temperatures are going to continue today and tomorrow and that is something you need to keep in mind, especially if your compute commute takes you inland.
of course we know triple digit temperatures aren't just uncomfortable. then can be down right dangerous, especially for the oldest and youngest among us. they warn that dehydration can include many symptom including muscle cramps and vomit pgt stay hydrate and resting in a shady spot are some of the best thipgds you can do if you're out working or playing in the sun. people have found other ways to beat the heat including splashing in fountains, snacking on ice cream or buying fans and air-conditioning untsz to stay cool. >> heat normally doesn't bother me but yesterday it took a toll on me. and now we're talking about possibly 105 by thursday. so i'm just trying to prep myself. >> heat can also aggravate other underlying conditions like hypertension and asthma, so this blast of hot air is not to be taken lightly. live in berkley, tiffany pill
son. california's under a flex atlert morning and we'll all advised to conserve electricity to ease pressure on the power grid. this is a graph from the agency that oversees our statewide system. we're at the lowest point right now, but it is expected to peak between 5:00 and 6:00. the flex alert is issued from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. tomorrow with temperatures expected to climb even higher on thursday. they say this heat wave is the biggest single heat event affecting power use since 2006. >> and the heat is posting some problems for our roads. in santa rosa part of the sidewalk along shah nate road buckled under the triple digit temperatures. this happens when concrete expands due to prolonged heat. neighbors first spotted the buckled sidewalk saturday. street crews couldn't get to it till yesterday. there is a run on fans and air conditioners. abc 7 news was at the orchard supply