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in america this morning. making news in america this wednesday morning, one last shot to repeal and possibly replace obamacare. the group of republican senators meeting with the president today after his signature promise fell short and the president's late night tweets about an undisclosed meeting with vladimir putin. a vigil moments ago in australia remembering the woman shot and killed by police in minnesota. plus, new details released overnight from one of the officers involve wildfire emergency. an entire california town evacuated overnight as firefighters work to gain control of the flames. and a family breaking their silence overnight after they say a flight attendant kicked them off an airplane because of what their 1-year-old toddler did.
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we do say good morning, everyone. we've made it to the midweek mark. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm erielle reshef in for diane macedo this morning. we begin with the republican senators headed to the white house today after failing to deliver on their promise to overhaul health care. >> yeah, so the stinging defeat was followed by a repeal only effort. but there's already enough opposition to sink that bill as well. now, president trump says it's time to let obamacare fail. abc's janai norman tracking the overnight developments right now from washington. good morning, janai. >> reporter: good morning. the president has sought to deflect responsibility even trying to blame democrats for that senate bill failing but in the end it was republicans who tanked the latest health care plan. republicans promised to repeal and replace the affordable care act but the president's top legislative priority that barely made it out of the house alive is now dead in the senate with a group of republicans pulling the plug. >> i'm certainly disappointed. for seven years i've been
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hearing repeal and replace from congress, and i've been hearing it long and strong, and then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don't take advantage of it. >> reporter: it was a staple on president trump's campaign. >> we're going to repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: vowing to repeal and replace, but in the face of a legislative failure, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell plans to hold a vote early next week on a repeal only bill. a plan that appears dead on arrival as three republican senators have already said they'll vote against it. >> we'll let obamacare fail and then the democrats are going to come to us, and they're going to say, how do we fix it? how do we fix it? >> we're going to vote to repeal it, i think. >> reporter: republicans voted more than 60 times to repeal all or part of obamacare, but that was when president trump was in the white house and had veto power to stop it. now with trump at the helm, some are reversing course. moderates concerned repealing without a replacement could leave their constituents hanging.
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>> i do not think that it is going to be constructive to repeal a law that at this point is so interwoven within our health care system. >> reporter: and today president trump has invited all gop senators to the white house to talk about health care and to plot a path forward. erielle and kendis. >> that's going to be quite a lunch date there at the white house. janai, thank you. we have some new information this morning, though, about a previously undisclosed conversation between president trump and the russian leader vladimir putin at a g20 dinner in germany. >> the private chat took place hours after the two leaders sat down for their official meeting. sources say the only other person who knows what these two men talked about is putin's translator. the president fired off a pair of angry tweets last night calling the story fake news. he said the media is trying to make the dinner look sinister and he also called the story, quote, sick. the president's son donald trump jr. may be heading to capitol hill as early as next week to testify publicly about his meeting with the russian lawyer.
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special counsel robert mueller has given congress the okay to question don junior and former trump campaign chair paul manafort. now, mueller and lawmakers are looking into russian election meddling, and they want to hear from everyone who attended that meeting. a man president trump once accused of giving our country away to china is the president's choice to be ambassador to russia. former utah governor jon huntsman has been formally nominated for the post. he served as ambassador to china for two years under president obama. then citizen donald trump criticized huntsman's free trade policy with the chinese. family and friends have been paying tribute to the australian woman shot and killed by police in minneapolis. they silently gathered to mourn the death of justine damond this morning on a beach in sydney. meantime, one of the officers who responded to damond's initial 911 call is now detailing the incident. officer matthew harrity was in the squad car with his partner mohamed noor.
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harrity claims he was startled by a loud noise nearby then immediately damond walked up to the car. that's when he says officer noor fired from the passenger seat through the open driver's side window striking damond. the officer then began cpr. damond's father in australia is now pleading for the truth. >> we only ask that the light of justice shine down on the circumstances of her death. >> officer mohamed noor has not given a statement about the incident, and he cannot be compelled to speak out about it. investigators are asking for any possible witnesses to come forward. well, the lights are flickering in yosemite national park because of a nearby massive wildfire. the detwiler fire is interfering with the park's main power source. it has also destroyed at least eight structures and threatens hundreds of homes. the nearby town of mariposa with its 2,000 residents evacuated this morning. from space you can see the smoke
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stretching all the way north into idaho. and the yosemite valley is filling with smoke. check out these images from just four hours apart yesterday. half dome shrouded in smoke by the afternoon. to the south and east the monsoon season is hammering arizona with a flash flood watch in effect overnight. there are heavy thunderstorms and flash flooding nearly every day in arizona and other parts of the southwest. accuweather's paul williams says the forecast isn't good for the entire western u.s. good morning. we still have fire danger as well as a flash flood threat. high fire danger now is reaching throughout central and southern california covering all of nevada, a good chunk of utah up towards montana and the northwest. in addition to that we're looking for numerous thunderstorms throughout the four corners region courtesy of the monsoonal moisture coming out of the south so yet extended problems with urban flash flooding as well as sudden flooding and desert watches.
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i'm accuweather senior meteorologist paul williams. well, still ahead right here, a makeup product for kids pulled from the shelves. the serious concerns about what could be in the cosmetic. and new this morning, a family of five booted from an airplane. the parents say it's all because of what their 1-year-old daughter did. plus, a power line suddenly explodes. what caused it to happen.
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that explosion was caused by a couple of mylar balloons making contact with a power line. it actually knocked out power to nearby residents in long beach, california, for several hours. the power has since been restored.
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quite a scene there. and police in pennsylvania are skeptical about a claim that a quadruple murder suspect killed two other people. cosmo dinardo is charged with murdering four young men who went missing outside philadelphia this month. investigators say dinardo also claims he killed a man and a woman in philadelphia years ago. now, police are checking their records but call the claim sketchy. one of o.j. simpson's victims in the armed robbery incident that sent him to prison will attend his parole hearing in nevada tomorrow. that victim will be speaking on simpson's behalf. simpson is hoping to be paroled after serving nine years. if simpson wins parole, he won't be set free until october. the former nfl star has reportedly lost a lot of weight since he was last seen four years ago. and former house speaker dennis hastert is out of prison. the illinois republican served 15 months after being convicted on banking violations. that case revealed hastert had sexually abused teenagers while coaching wrestling decades ago. hastert must undergo
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court-ordered sex offender treatment. he also faces two civil lawsuits from men who claim hastert abused them as boys. a family of five from new york is demanding an apology after getting kicked off a jetblue flight in ft. lauderdale. the family claims they were booted without explanation after their 1-year-old baby started kicking a passenger's seat. but the airline said the adults and the family were making threats and the children had nothing to do with this. the family was given a refund and they caught another flight the next day. when we come back, you can catch a foul ball. you can't catch a break. new jersey governor chris christie makes a great grab at a baseball game, but the crowd made it clear they're not impressed. and a goat on the lam after a break-in caught on camera. you don't want to miss this. you don't want to miss this. joey here is a chihuahua.
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in new hampshire a group of bison brought traffic to a standstill. the big beasts, about a dozen of them, escaped from a nearby farm. neighbors think that they were frightened by loud roadwork and then took o as you see here, the neighborhood came together to round them all up. >> well, no bison on our road map this morning, but there could be flooding on the roads in the upper midwest and the southwest four corners region. watch out for wet roads along the gulf coast. if you're flying, airport delays are most likely in phoenix. a couple in iowa is hoping the tragic death of their young daughter can be a warning to other parents. >> yeah, their daughter mariana was born healthy on july 1st. a week later her parents say she stopped eating. doctors diagnosed the newborn with a form of the herpes virus which led to the meningitis and then took her life. it's believed she contracted the virus from a kiss. abc's linzie janis spoke to a specialist about this. >> how common is it for a baby to be kissed by someone and get
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the herpes virus? >> it's pretty rare for a baby to get hsv from a kiss, but it does happen. >> mariana's parents both tested negative for the herpes virus. they are warning other parents to be careful when letting people kiss their newborns. charlie gard's british doctors say they haven't been convinced by a u.s. neurosurgeon who says he can treat the 11-month-old. the specialist examined charlie on monday. he suffers from a rare genetic disease. british physicians say charlie has irreversible brain damage and life support should be removed. his parents want him to undergo experimental treatment in new york. an amazing discovery from switzerland. two bodies that may have been frozen inside a glacier for 75 years. the frozen remains of what appear to be a man and a woman were recovered from the swiss alps. it's believed they are a husband and wife who vanished in 1942. their 79-year-old daughter says the couple went out to feed their animals that summer and never came home.
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makeup marketed to young girls may actually make them sick. just shine shimmer face powder contains asbestos which is linked to cancer. the asbestos was discovered when our tv station, wtvd, sent it to a lab for testing, sent this makeup to a lab. the makeup was sold by the justice clothing chain which has pulled it from stores and online. other just shine products were okay. colorado police say a gang of kids vandalized a bunch of offices near denver, but it's not exactly what you think. here are those kids in question in air quotes. they're goats, and they were caught on camera. they smashed the glass windows here in this area of colorado. police say the goats just banged their heads right into the glass until it shattered. the kids are on the lam. get it. >> the puns are plenty. maybe they saw their reflection actually, and that's what they were kind of ramming. >> okay. >> my explanation. now to some sports.
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rookies with five nfl teams will be reporting to training camp today. >> can you believe it? and for baseball we get some highlights right now from espn. you can't actually see it but max and i are both wearing red shoes. >> if you want to see it, i can show you. we don't have enough time. >> no, no, no. we do have time for this, though, baseball. >> baseball and some really good baseball. some prime time performers like clayton kershaw, dodgers taking on the white sox. third inning. called for a balk on a pickoff attempt. so, the umpire said you were leaning too much. that's enough. he didn't like it, though. he would try again in the seventh. this time he successfully picks off tim anderson and it would be called. anderson would be called safe. they would review it. second time around, out. kershaw struck out seven over seven shutout innings to win his eighth straight. dodgers won ten straight. they won 30 of their last 34. nationals/angels. just the second time we've seen
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bryce harper and mike trout in a series head-to-head, and they didn't make us wait long. top of the first. harper doing his thing. solo shot, 405 feet over the head of mike trout. trout would have an answer to that. bottom of the first. that one went 448 feet so 43 feet beyond harper's shot. tied it two in the bottom of the eighth. ryan zimmerman. base hit. that will score. harper from third. >> there was also walkoffs in boston and san francisco. you never know where you'll have a great night of baseball. that's why you have to watch "sportscenter" every night. >> all night long. hey, speaking of baseball with a little tinge of politics, a well-known politician was in the right place at the right time last night. new jersey governor chris christie was at the new york mets game. >> so his seat was right there near home plate. perfect for snagging that foul ball. you can hear it, those hearty boos rang out when fans realized that christie wound up with the ball. they didn't stop even though christie gave that ball to a kid and signed it for him, as well,
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but can we look at what a nice grab he had there. >> very agile. >> yes. >> i mean you can't hate on the athleticism that took. >> i mean, it took him just reaching out a tad. >> i know but he didn't have to stand up. all right, up next in "the pulse," was "jurassic park" misleading? what researchers are now saying about the t-rex that really changes everything. and it's not just for the playground anymore. where tag is actually an organized sport. people make money on this. >> yeah. and right now on our facebook page, the big debate. the lpga's new dress code that's causing controversy. that's on atmfans.com. that's causing controversy. that's on atmfans.com. (woman) when you have type 2 diabetes, there's a moment of truth. and now with victoza®, a better moment of proof. victoza® lowers my a1c and blood sugar better than the leading branded pill, which didn't get me to my goal.
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it is your wednesday "pulse," and how we almost had a weather forecast made in political heaven. >> tropical storm don has been churning on its way to the caribbean. and in the pacific a new tropical storm is actually also forming. this one will be named hilary. can't make this up, folks. this one, though, only has one "l." >> so you had don and hilary. tropical storm don has lost power and is now just a depression. still sounds like a field day for social media even though the names are chosen years in advance by an international group. we came this close to a rematch of don and hillary. >> oh, the political irony. >> but in the tropics, yeah. pretty cool. it's time to celebrate
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because it is national hot dog day. >> it's a national holiday. 19 billion hot dogs are actually eaten in the united states every year. 7 billion during the summertime alone. >> many chains like some burger king and sonic locations are offering hot dog deals all day long. >> and so the most popular condiment, by the way, mustard. ketchup is popular as well, of course, but not in chicago. so the folks at heinz are trolling on the windy city with this new item they call chicago dog sauce. take a look at it carefully there. >> oddly resembles ketchup. >> just ketchup but they renamed it in hopes of bringing in the chicago folks. it's all a ruse, folks, in chicago. don't go for it. so, hollywood may have to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more realistic dinosaur story. >> a new story on the tyrannosaurus rex are upending the chase scenes from "jurassic park." researchers now say that t-rex actually could not run. the legs simile would not have been able to because it had such a large body mass. >> so skeletal stress analysis showed the t-rex could go no faster than 12 miles an hour so those guys would have been fine. not exactly the speed you need to chase down a prey. first dodgeball, now tag. there's money to be made in our
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old games. >> yeah, so check this out. this is the world chase tag league. the pro sport mixes tag with an obstacle course. it's apparently played in more than a dozen countries including here in the u.s. >> it's set up in rounds and if you avoid being tagged while staying inbounds, you earn points. tagging above the neck or below the waist, not allowed. >> wait, they actually have rules to this game of tag. >> they have rules and serious skill. >> yeah, and they're making money doing this. >> tag, you're it. >> a game of tag. camera. more news after this.
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thank you for waking up with us. 4:27 and wednesday, july 19th. we're all here with the exception of mike nicco, a special guest in today. lisa. >> nice to see you guys. brought a little fog with me. patchy fog along the shoreline. that's going to bring a pleasant day along the bay. the san mateo coast southward and also a bit across the golden gate bridge and through marin county. you can expect 50s and 60s as you head out. by the afternoon, some clouds at the coast, upper 50s to near about 80, but we'll stop at about 92 today to with more sunshine with a nice couple days ahead xemgz when we reach the weekend. >> good morning. we started off with kind of a scary situation if you're traveling on eastbound 580.
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towards the tracy area, through altamont pass. we have reports of a wrong-way driver. chp actually just ran a traffic break trying to find that vehicle. it was going westbound the eastbound lanes. i did see a backup on the eastbound side just a few moments ago. not sure if they found the vehicle or if the person left the highway, but they did release traffic a few mments ago. no backup on the eastbound side, but i'll keep a close eye on that. >> we'll take a look at some east bay road work in less than ten. >> we're starting this morning with breaking news in walnut creek. people living in an apartment complex had to run out in the middle of the night as a fire gutted part of the building. >> amy hollyfield is live on ignacio valley road. >> yeah, the families cannot live in these condos. hard to tell from the outside, the damage is all on the inside. when you see pictures of the fire, you'll understand why. take a look at this video of the fire that did all of the damage
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and destroyed some homes. it started just before 12:30 this morning here in walnut creek. this was a six-unit condo building. the red cross has helped eight people, a total of two families, get settled and find a place to stay tonight because their condos are uninhabitable. firefighters say this one was pretty big. they sent a crew of 30 to tackle this one. >> fire on the second floor, looked like it was lapping out of the window onto the roof. we made a good fire attack with two crews. knocked the fire out really quick. >> this is located on ignacio valley road, just down from john mooer medical center. no one was hurt. at this point, firefighters do not know what caused this fire. live in walnut creek, amy hollyfield. abc 7 news. >> and we have more breaking news we're tracking. a search under way right now for an arsonist in antioch after a small suspicious fires there
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overnight right near the fairgrounds. firefighters told us there were about five firefighters all within a one-mile radius of the fairgrounds. mainly grass and brush, but also a few trees. they have eliminated natural causes. they're now looking for whoever i'll let you know as soon as we get any updates. reggie. >> thanks. >> an entire california town is under an evacuation ordered this morning. a wildfire near yosemite national park has exploded in size and forced governor brown to declare a state of emergency. it's burning near mere aposa and has spread to more than 25,000 acres. it's just 5% contained. eight structures have already been destroyed. another 1500 are threatened. reporter natalie grounda from our sister station in fresno has that story. >> air crews re attacking the fl

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