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america. >> have a great day. making news in america this morning, a candlelight march at the university of virginia. the large crowd called for peace and understanding in the same place white nationalists gathered nearly a week ago. that gathering followed an emotional memorial service for the woman killed in last week's chaos. president trump facing new fallout from ace controversial comments about the events in charlottesville and now concerns beginning to grow about a big rally being planned for this coming weekend. we're live in washington. also this morning, a potential break in the case of natalie holloway. what her father is saying about human remains that he recently found after a tip. and the powerball jumbo jackpot swelling overnight. no winner after last night's drawing, so how big is it now?
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a good thursday morning. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm ryan smith in for kendis gibson and we begin with a powerful show of solidarity and peace in charlottesville, virginia, just days after the city erupted in deadly violence. >> hundreds of people descended on the university of virginia campus overnight singing together and honoring those who died. that gathering happened in the same spot where white supremacists had just spewed hatred and gathered just the weekend before. >> and the vigil playing out as president trump faces more fallout. abc's emlay rah has the latest from washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning, ryan and diane. president trump's latest comments really the last straw for a lot of the country's top ceos. the fallout continuing for president trump as the charlottesville community comes together. >> but still like dust i'll rise. >> reporter: less than a week after chaos and hate filled the streets of charlottesville, hundreds gathered once again. ♪ let it shine >> reporter: but this time in the name of peace.
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>> we're here to take back the lawn from this student generation. >> reporter: the show of support coming as president trump continues to lose backing from the business community. >> i think there's blame on both sides. you look at -- you look at both sides. i think there's blame on both sides. >> reporter: those comments setting off another wave of backlash. trump who sold himself as the businessman president forced to shut down his major business advisory councils amid an exodus of corporate leaders. a key advisory council of top ceos from powerhouse companies like pepsi, ge, ibm and walmart even voting to disband informing president trump who quickly tweeted, rather than putting pressure on the business people of the manufacturing council and strategy and policy forum, i am ending both. thank you all. and the ceo of apple is taking it a step further announcing a million dollar donation to two simpson civil rights groups and telling employees that he does
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not agree with president trump's comments. diane and ryan, back to you. >> that's abc's emily rau reporting from washington for us, thanks, emily. sorrow and anger over charlottesville followed vice president pence to latin america. dozens of people mostly americans gathered for a vigil overnight across the street from the hotel where he was staying in chile and held up signs denouncing hate. boston okayed a permit for a controversial rally on saturday, and organizers are calling it a free speech rally. but there is some concern because some of the people who appeared in charlottesville had been scheduled to speak in boston. still organizers say they do not support hate groups and are not affiliated with the organizers of the charlottesville protests. boston officials warn that the rally will be shut down if it gets out of control. >> respect this city because we respect your right to come in and speak. so if we're going to respect your right to come in, we expect you to respect our city, our people, the people that live here.
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don't pass hate. don't pass judgment on people. >> all marchers will have to adhere to conditions including a ban on any weapons, backpacks or even sticks. well, the grieving parents of heather heyer, the car attack victim in charlottesville, are calling for calm in the wake of her death. >> mark heyer and susan bro emotionally about their daughter during yesterday's memorial service. bro asked mourners to make a difference in the fight against injustice. heyer made a call for peace. >> she wanted to put down hate and for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. >> say to yourself, what can i do to make a difference, and that's how you're going to make my child's death worthwhile. i'd rather have my child but by golly if i got to give her up, we're going to make it count. >> more than a thousand people gathered for that memorial just a half a mile from where heyer died. and we have new details
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about the past of the man charged with killing heather heyer. 911 transcripts obtained reveals james alex fields assaulted his mother who uses a wheelchair. there were two reported incidents, both in his early teens. now, fields is currently being held without bail on a number of charges including second degree murder. and the man some are blaming for president trump's response to charlottesville is speaking out. without chief strategist steve bannon is now slamming the far right as irrelevant saying, quote, i think the media plays it up too much. these guys are a collection of clowns. abc news has learned the investigator leading the special counsel's russia probe has left. it's the first reported glitch in robert mueller's probe. the agent is now working with the fbi's human resources department. it's unclear why he left or if the move was voluntary. the unexpected departure comes as the investigation appears to be intensifying. and an intense is under way for five crew members missing after an army helicopter crashed in hawaii.
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the black hawk went down during a routine training exercise on tuesday night and that's after losing radio and visual contact with another chopper. now, search and rescue crews found and collected pieces of the helicopter's fuselage and a helmet in the debris in a field over oahu. now for a look at your weather. an outbreak of severe storms spawned seven tornadoes in minnesota including this one in southwest minneapolis. hurricane gert is now a category 2 storm with 105-mile-per-hour winds. it should start losing steam later today as it tracks farther out to sea but it's still triggering dangerous surf and rip currents along the new england coast. meanwhile, three tropical waves still have the potential to develop in named storms over the next several days. be very careful if you're hitting the beach. and it is official, the
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nation's got a major case of powerball fever. now, no one hit the jackpot last night. the next drawing is saturday night with an estimated jackpot of, hold your breath, $510 million. >> that's a cash value of more than $324 million. but winning all that money is a pretty big long shot. the actual odds are 1 in nearly 300 million. >> i'll take those odds. >> okay. >> all right. well, coming up, the annual list of the nation's friendliest cities is out. plus, the woman who survived weeks in the woods on her own is speaking out in our exclusive interview offering some new details about her life-threatening ordeal. and incredible images from overseas. that building tumbling right into a raging river. the details straight ahead.
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we're seeing heartbreaking images from sierra leone after a building collapsed into raging water below. devastating mudslides have already killed nearly 400 people there. the red cross estimates another 600 people are missing. also overseas a manhunt is under way in london for a gang of jewel thieves on motorcycles. video of their daring heist in broad daylight shows them using a sledgehammer to smash their way into a luxury jewelry store and they grab a still unknown amount of valuables from the disly cases and make a speedy getaway. no one hurt and so far have made no arrests. natalie holloway's father is revealing a possible break in her disappearance in aruba. dave holloway says a tip recently led him to find human remains behind a house on that caribbean island. the family is awaiting the results of dna tests. natalie, then 18 years old
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disappeared while vacationing with friends. the high-profile case was never solved and the dutch man last seen with her is currently serving 28 years in a peruvian jail after being convicted of murdering a different woman in 2010. two jetblue flight attendants were rushed to the hospital after becoming ill on a flight. the airline says they were overcome by the smell of nail polish remover but it's the third issue of odor within the week. a group representing airline workers say they're getting more issues about odors and they're working on the issue. new details about that giant elm tree that collapsed in new york's central park. injuring a mother and her three young sons. now, authorities say it suffered from a decay of its root system and they added that the tree had been regularly inspected. most recently last fall and there were no visible signs of decay or disease. >> strange. lots of cities have beautiful scenery and beautiful trees, great things to see and great things to do but conde
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nast is ranking -- "conde nast" magazine has a different ranking in case you want to go to the friendliest city. >> ashland, oregon is number five followed by nashville, key west and telluride but number one, charleston, south carolina. once again, by the way. >> charleston sticking to the top spot. "conde nast" says it has the charm of an old world city. >> you're friendly. when we come back an injury update following an accident for tom cruise. maybe the worst ceremonial first pitch ever. the guy that got hurt never saw it coming. (woman) when you have type 2 diabetes, there's a moment of truth. and now with victoza®, a better moment of proof.
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this fiery wreck is causing some headaches for commuters in overland park, kansas. police say the truck driver likely had a medical episode before crashing. he was able to escape thanks to the help of some good samaritans but a portion of that highway is still closed this morning. now for a look at your morning road conditions. roads will be wet nearly everywhere east of the mississippi river with flooding conditions across the great lakes and wet roads through the lower midwest and into texas. >> if you're flying airport delays are most likely in detroit, chicago, and memphis. now, police had all but given hope of finding a young alabama woman missing for nearly a month. they found the two men she was last seen with and arrested them for burglary but there was no trace of her. >> and then cops say what was practically a miracle happened. abc's steve osunsami has the story. >> reporter: 25-year-old lisa theris says she's lucky she's alive. she last scars like these all over from the thorns and the bug bites in the woods and she says the poison ivy still stings.
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>> it was all about finding a road or finding a person. >> reporter: theris and her father showed us the walking stick she found that helped her make it out of the forest last saturday. >> it helped me out a lot. >> reporter: she had been missing for 25 days when a woman driving down a country road saw what she first saw was a dead animal and called police. >> i couldn't even hear any cars the whole time i was out there until the end. >> do you think you were drugged? >> it would make sense but i'm not sure. >> you don't know. >> i don't know for sure. >> what do you think? >> i think i heard that maybe so. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, troy, alabama. >> steve will have much more on that story later on on "good morning america." production of "mission: impossible 6" is on hold as tom cruise recovers from an injury he suffered on set. now, we showed you the video earlier this week, the 55-year-old leaping from a building during a stunt and then coming up short. slamming into the side of a
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building. yeah. turns out that cruise broke his ankle and paramount pictures says production for the film has shut down until cruise's full recovery. we hope it's a speedy one. and it was a night of good and bad for aaron judge of the yankees. first the good. judge crushed his american league leading 37th home run of the season giving the yankees the lead against the mets. >> now, later at bat in the ninth inning struck out for the 33rd game in a row. that gives judge the dubious record for the most consecutive strikeouts by a nonpepper. just means he's swinging for the fences and he's obviously doing it. >> you can't win the lotto if you don't buy a ticket is what my coach used to say. all right. enough with with baseball and enough with my coach. let's get highlights from espn. good morning. >> america. >> she's nicole. i'm neil. how is my hair? >> stellar. it's all real too, i hear. >> yeah. >> east coast bias so i get to go first. red sox looking to sweep the cardinals. the bottom of the ninth red sox trails 4-3. runners on first and second.
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two outs. mookie betts, off the monster and bogaerts is going to score. jackie bradley coming around from first, always fast, gets around the tag at home. molina, yadier molina can't get him. the ball is also not in his glove so it wouldn't have counted anyway. the red sox walk it off, 5-4. sweep complete. you can go now with your west coast team. >> no photographers were injured in the making of either of these highlights. you had a walkoff. the dodgers were in trouble because they were down going into the bottom of the ninth. you know what, the dodgers weren't in trouble because they're just -- they're having one of those seasons. logan forsythe, cody bellinger scores from first. 4-2 becomes 4-3 and then route 66 says walk this way. ♪ walk this way yasiel puig scores forsythe and scores barnes, dodgers come back
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with their 51st home win. 51 games over .500 which is a lot. >> that is a lot. the dodgers are having an historic season and you know what, there may not be crying in baseball, but it'll be tough not to after watching. >> sorry to the gentleman out there but a young man named jordan tossed what could be the worst ceremonial first pitch in history. watch. last night at fenway, yeah, he does not get it down the plate, instead he hits a cameraman behind home plate. >> that never feels good. the guy whose name is tony later tweeted, thank the lord it was just a bit outside. >> tony actually caught a photo of the ball coming in as it was heading toward him. >> all right. up next in "the pulse," a freak of nature. and an easy way to get another carrot for your diamond ring. the new football stadium in atlanta is ready for the season but fans will have to do without a certain snack during falcons games. we'll explain. on our facebook page a warning for "game of thrones" fans who might be thinking about getting a siberian husky because they look like direwolves.
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her daughter-in-law found it wrapped around a carrot. >> yep, after all those years the carrot grew straight through the ring. allowing it to be plucked right out of the soil when that daughter-in-law plucked the carrot. >> your joke. >> she always wanted an extra carrot on that ring. >> ba-dum-dum. a wisconsin man cashed in on a big habit from hi younger days. >> charles' old collection of nintendo video games earned him $20,000. he sold 750 games on ebay and he says the collection started when he was a kid. >> he says most of the collection came from garage sales, goodwill and online auctions and paid as little as a dollar for many of them. hey, if you're interested, folks, i got some atari games at home. >> he said while he started the collection as a kid he really got into it five years ago. so this was an adult hobby that paid off. atlanta's new mercedes-benz stadium opens later this month. >> this is great. the nfl's falcons will play
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there and host super bowl liii in 2019 and it's going to have everything a fan could ask for including not one but two chick-fil-a stands. here's the thing. it won't happen on sundays where they play their home games. you see chick-fil-a isn't open on sundays anywhere. >> seven of the falcons' eight home games this season, you guessed it. they're on sundays. chick-fil-a says it will be open to the stadium's other events. >> you can sit outside of it and salivate while buying a chicken sandwich elsewhere. >> more news after this. what if i struggled... what if i sacrificed... and what if i swore i'd succeed... so you could wake up one day with the choice to be anything you wanted. well then, my great granddaughter... it would all be worth it.
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thanks for joining us. that breaking news is in the east bay. an officer-involved shooting in livermore. one man is dead. look at this. a house went up in flames. here's the latest we know. late last night, police got a call about a person behaving oddly at a mobile home park. they went to a home and found a man with a firearm. there was a standoff and ubtwo hours later, ther, the man lit inside the home. eventually, the man came out but refused to follow police orders. that is when police say they were forced to fire at the suspect. firefighters then quickly got the fire out. there is now a big investigation under way. abc7 news reporter matt keller is at the scene gathering details. he'll have more throughout the morning. >> thank you. overnight, hazmat crews worked to fix a propane leak at
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a refinery in the east bay. they were in martinez yesterday evening. they responded to what's called a small leak. shell did not respond to our request for comment but it was a, quote, operational issue that resulted in intermittent flaring. >> accused of racism for retweeting a prominent racist. several people held signs near lake merritt and oakland yesterday. the public information officer said the retweet was an accident. he said it happened while he was researching white nationalist groups for a planned event in burerkeley next weekend. critics say it wasn't an accident. >> regardless of their claims. there's a long pattern of racist attitudes and actions the department has taken. for example, the endorsement of jeff sessions as attorney general. >> the alameda county sheriff's department has issued an apology for the retweet.
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>> a hiker is safe after he got caught on the side of a cliff. he was 30 feet down with nowhere to go. rescuers from the police and fire departments worked to get him up. one climbed down the cliffside, hooked him to a harness and they made their way up to the top. coming up on 4:30. if you're just joining us let's get a quick look at weather and traffic. >> good morning. we're starting off, a lot of spot have clear skies. we see a lot of fog and cloud cover. the exploratorium camera, showing you a great start over san francisco. the majority of the region has clear skies. coastal cloud cover early on. a beautiful afternoon. by 4:00, pretty comfortable. 70s around the bay. our warmest spots getting close to 90 degrees. >> good morning. we do have an issue in the south bay. let's take you down to southbound highway 17. rollover crash happened about 15
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minutes ago past state route we were hearing all lanes were blocked, but now it sounds like just the far right lane is blocked. i do believe traffic is getting by. emergency crews just arriving on the scene. they're calling for an ambulance and a tow truck. i'm keeping a close eye on this and we'll check on overnight construction in less than ten minutes. >> an oakland woman and her husband will be waking up in mexico for the first time since they were deported. >> the couple and their 12-year-old son were forced to leave last night. their family now split. that will be the case for at least a decade. katie utes has the story. >> the sanchezs 15-year fight for their american treme has ended with deportation. despite calls in the final hours from their oakland home. >> that i pay taxes, that i work, that i'm not a burden to the community. >>

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