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making news in america this morning, a looming indictment. the first charges expected today in special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. what we know right now and the president's reaction. military murder case. a green beret strangled. >> rangers, green berets, s.e.a.l.s, any special operation troops are so disciplined, so highly trained, something like this is just almost unimaginable. >> this morning, two elite navy s.e.a.l.s under investigation. breaking overnight, kevin spacey bombshell. the actor's very personal response overnight to allegations of sexual misconduct from a fellow actor who claims spacey forced himself on to him at a party. and home run derby. >> another home run. >> another epic extra inning thriller in the world series. a record 22 home runs now fueling controversy over whether the balls have been altered
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leading to more big hits. and a halloween prank gone too far. shou people in the park really face jail time? a good monday morning and we begin with a potential bombshell in the russia investigation. the first criminal charges are expected to be announced today. >> and this indictment is coming on a very busy week for the president. on wednesday house republicans plan to release their version of the tax overhaul bill that he's been pushing. friday the president kicks off a 12-day trip to asia as tensions with north korea escalate, and he's promised to reveal his choice to lead the federal reserve before heading overseas. >> abc's janai norman has the latest from washington. janai. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. the president still insists this investigation is nothing more than a political witch-hunt. and now here we are almost a full year after the 2016 election and indictments and at
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least one arrest appear imminent. all eyes are on the nation's capital. americans anxious to learn the latest about the investigation into russians meddling in last year's election and any possible collusion. abc news has confirmed that a senior prosecutor from special counsel robert mueller's office who specializes in fraud cases was at the federal courthouse in washington friday. sources tell abc news the grand jury has approved charges. >> believe me, if you're the person, you know. i mean, you've already been told you're a target. >> reporter: at this point it's a game of russian roulette, unclear what those charges may be and who could be charged, but a number of the president's men have faced questions about their dealings with russians and now some in his inner circle are lashing out. >> give me a break, okay. look, the speculation is so insane right now, what we should be focusing on are the continued lies of the clinton administration. >> reporter: and the ranking member of the house intelligence committee refusing to comment on
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whether the president himself could be a target of the ongoing investigation. >> i can't comment on that, george. i can't answer that one way or the other. >> one way or the -- you wouldn't know whether robert mueller is investigating the president? >> i can't -- i can't comment on that at all. >> reporter: and the president unleashed a tweet storm sunday aimed at democrats and hillary clinton tweeting, there is, quote, so much guilt, but the white house lawyer saying those tweets weren't related to the impending arrest adding that president trump continues to cooperate with the investigation. diane and kendis. >> all right. we'll all be anxiously awaiting to hear that name. janai norman, thank you. turning now to the severe weather that's battering the east coast this morning and could impact travel across the country. southern new england has been hit with the worst of the torrential rains and damaging winds with wind gusts of up to 70 miles an hour. the south coast of massachusetts bracing for major urban flooding, and nearly 1 million power outages have been reported overnight from new york to maine and dozens of flights have been delayed.
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we're going to check in with accuweather for a time line on the storm's exit coming up in just a few minutes. two elite navy s.e.a.l.s are under investigation this morning in the death of a green beret in the african nation of mali. army staff sergeant logan melgar is believed to have been strangled. he was found dead in june inside his embassy housing that he shared with other special operations forces. the two s.e.a.l.s under scrutiny are from the famed s.e.a.l. team 6 unit that killed osama bin laden. >> rangers, green berets, s.e.a.l., any special operations troops are so disciplined, so highly trained, something like this is almost unimaginable. >> the two s.e.a.l.s in question were placed on administrative leave but so far no charges have been filed. puerto rico's utility authority is now moving to cancel its controversial $300 million contract with whitefish energy, the small company from montana, which is from interior secretary ryan zinke's hometown had only two full time employees. now, the decision to scrap the contract could delay some power restoration projects by up to three months.
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right now 70% of puerto rico is still without power. repairs could cost $1 billion. the bitter divide inside spain has triggered a massive protest on the streets of barcelona. police estimate more than 1 million people turned out to protest catalonia's push for independence. now, the region has considered itself separate from spain with its own language, culture and regional government, but catalonia has also grown increasingly frustrated with higher taxes they say to subsidize it, and now we're hearing from folks who want to stay. four guards at a jail in west virginia have been suspended without pay following one inmate's brazen escape. security cameras caught todd boyes dressed in civilian clothes casually walking out of the jail. despite three head counts, guards failed to notice he was missing for 37 hours. >> this is either an inside job or it's just out and out incompetence. >> boyes was captured near laredo, texas, while
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trying to cross into mexico. during his time on the run, he had traveled 1,400 miles. he was already facing up to 20 years in prison for a carjacking. now, let's take a look at your monday morning weather. good morning. this low pressure system that's been dropping rain all night long and causing some flash flooding will continue to track to the north along the coast from portland all the way towards boston towards new york watching out for high tides between one and two feet above the norm with beach erosion and rough surf a concern along with very gusty winds between 60 and 70-mile-per-hour winds along the coast and then right along the border between vermont and new hampshire, and this has nothing to do with philippe. phillip is carrying out to the water courtesy of a cold front. i'm accuweather meteorologist paul williams. drivers could be paying a lot more for gas this week. we'll explain why next. also breaking overnight, kevin spacey responds after a
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fellow actor accuses him of sexual misconduct. why spacey's apology is now facing criticism.
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we're back with questions this morning about queen elizabeth and her security after an apparent breach at heathrow airport. the security breach was reported after a man found a usb memory stick on the side of a street in london. "the sunday mirror" says the flash drive contains 76 folders' worth of unencrypted information including the exact route the queen takes to heathrow airport and the security measures taken to protect her including a network of tunnels and escape routes there. heathrow airport says it is investigating. new crash testing is raising concern about safety on school
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buses. the demonstration showed just how dangerous side impact crashes can be. the company conducting the testing is marketing a new seat belt system, but only six states require seat belts on school buses, and many school districts have been concerned about the cost of installing seat belts. a mother who lost a child in a bus crash says that's not acceptable. >> when it comes to safety for our children, what is the cost of a child's life. >> the federal government does not require seat belts on school buses. it says side impact crashes are rare, but the government is working to make sure that if belts are installed, they're used properly. well, gas prices are about to go up 12 cents a gallon for millions in california later this week. the extra 12 cents is actually a new tax to fund transportation projects. the state already has the highest gas prices in the lower 48 states, almost 60 cents above the national average. as of wednesday only pennsylvania's gas taxes will be higher. in the meantime, the white house
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is considering whether to raise the federal tax rate to pay for infrastructure. the president's top economic adviser told lawmakers last week a vote could come as early as next year. billionaire elon musk has shared the first image of what he hopes will one day alleviate the notorious traffic jams of los angeles. it's a photo of a completed 500-foot portion of an underground tunnel that he hopes will soon shuttle cars on electric skates at 150 miles per hour. musk says the tunnel should stretch along l.a.'s interstate 405 with that corridor happening within a year or so. >> yeah, he's hoping for a mile or two within the next three months. and here's a business deal getting a lot of buzz, you might say. corona's parent company has reportedly bought part of a canadian marijuana grower. "the wall street journal" reports constellation brands has taken a stake in canopy growth corporation and will develop marijuana-infused drinks, but they won't be sold in the u.s. unless marijuana is legalized nationwide.
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coming up, the college student who could face years in prison for a cheating scandal. and the accusations against harvey weinstein are piling up. "the sopranos" actress now coming forward and the new allegations of hush money. plus, pitchers in the world series are crying foul. hear why they think baseballs are to blame for so many home runs. many home runs. they think baseballs are to blame for so many home runs. am. i think is today going to be the day, that we find a cure? i think how much i can do to help change people's lives. i may not benefit from those breakthroughs, but i'm sure going to... i'm bringing forward a treatment for alzheimer's disease, yes, in my lifetime, i will make sure.
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because energy that's absorbed slowly is energy that lasts. we're back with some stunning developments overnight after a sexual misconduct allegation against actor kevin spacey. >> this morning the two-time oscar winner has issued a very personal response to claims from a fellow actor. the allegation actually stems from an incident that reportedly happened in 1986 at spacey's apartment while both were starring on broadway. >> at the time spacey's accuser was just 14 years old. >> nope. i'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.
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>> this morning actor kevin spacey is speaking out after becoming the latest hollywood figure accused of sexual misconduct. >> i was told to expect a vulcan. >> there may be an understanding. >> on my part? >> yes. >> reporter: "star trek" discovery actor anthony rapp tells buzzfeed that in 1986 when he was just 14 years old, spacey pushed himself on rapp after a party at spacey's apartment. rapp says, quote, i came forward with my story standing on the shoulders of the many courageous women and men who have been speaking out. overnight spacey responded on twitter saying, i honestly do not remember the encounter, but if i did behave as he describes, i owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior. he goes on to say, i have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life and i choose now to live my life as a gay man. rumors about spacey's sexuality have been swirling for years. he made numerous jokes about those rumors while hosting the 2017 tony awards. ♪ i'm coming out no, wait. >> many are now criticizing
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spacey and his team for trying to distract from the allegations by finally acknowledging that spacey is gay. overnight comedian wanda sykes retweeted spacey's statement writing, you do not get to choose to hide under the rainbow. two more actresses are speaking out against former hollywood mogul harvey weinstein. actress rose mcgowan says she was offered $1 million in hush money the day before "the new york times" published its statements and "the sopranos" actress annabella sciorra tells "the new yorker" that weinstein raped her after giving her a ride home to her apartment back in the '90s. weinstein denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex. a former college wrestler is facing up to ten years in prison over a high-tech cheating scheme. trevor graves is accused of hacking computers at the university of iowa to change h h test scores and those of some other students.
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he also allegedly used passwords stolen from his professors to obtain advanced copies of exams. the fbi believes he pulled off the scheme for nearly two years. two women from hawaii who survived more than five months lost at sea have finally reached dry land. jennifer appel and tasha fuiava along with their two dogs arrived in okinawa today. they were rescued last week by the u.s. navy some 900 miles off japan. a storm had disabled their sailboat, which at one point was attacked by several sharks. their entire journey was supposed to take only 18 days but they were cautious and packed a year's worth of food. >> lucky they were prepared. and controversy is swirling around the world series. it centers on the number of home runs because there have been quite a lot. top pitchers from the astros and the dodgers says the balls being used feel slicker than usual. and they claim that is what's leading to more big hits. but baseball's commissioner insists nothing is out of the ordinary and says the world series balls are no different from any others. the astros and dodgers have combined for a series record 22
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home runs so far. >> amazing, and even astros fan j.j. watt of the texans saying last night there's got to be -- these balls are juiced, aren't they? seven of those home runs came last night alone and then the game went into extra innings. >> let's get highlights from espn. >> hi, welcome. this is your morning sports interrupting your news. >> good morning, america. good morning, utica. >> that's the thing he does. >> you were probably in bed late last night when this happened. >> you're probably asleep on your couch. >> because it was after midnight when alex bregman won game number five for houston with that rbi single plating derek fisher, who was a pinch runner. the astros had never won a world series in their team history. now they're only one win away and can do it tuesday in los angeles. game six in los angeles, game seven if necessary in l.a. this is tackle football. out in seattle, 30 seconds to go. seattle seahawks are down by four. russell wilson, jimmy graham, we're going to sizzler. 41-38.
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two touchdowns for graham. huge game for russell wilson. deshaun watson had a big game on the other side but the seehawks prevail and they've won like three straight football games, so there's your sports in the middle of the night. >> rainy, windy and raw in utica, new york, today, so you need an umbrella, a parka and you need perhaps a tuque. >> i see where you're going. make sure to set your clocks back. >> not yet. >> on the day that you're supposed to. >> it's next weekend. >> okay, preparing ahead for daylight saving. and astros pitcher justin verlander summed up the game pretty perfectly. >> verlander, of course, with the famous fiancee tweeted out this image, it's a before and after from the game. he wrote the game added 40 years to his life. >> he will pitch game six tomorrow night. big game. >> good luck. kate upton in the audience. up next in "the pulse," on board entertainment. reaction pours in after an airline unveils an idea to hold live concerts midflight.
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well, an apple engineer's daughter may have cost her father his job. >> while visiting her dad at work, she reportedly videotaped the unreleased iphone x and then posted the video on her blog. even worse, you can see other secret apple information in the video. the video was then picked up by other sites. >> now, apple bans taking videos on its campus. it has not yet confirmed the firing. >> yikes. next is the guy in wisconsin who got locked inside a beer cooler inside a convenience store, there you see him, jeremy van ert found himself inside the cooler with the temperature around 32 degrees. >> police say instead of knocking for help, van ert decided to stay and drink. he helped himself to four drinks apparently before finally being let out after six hours. >> he took off before paying for those four drinks. he was cited for theft and locked up for violating his parole in another case. a couple of beers, a couple malt liquor. >> yeah, four drinks in six hours. >> in six hours. >> coco do bet ever than that. >> he was pacing himself.
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two new jersey teenagers were looking for some pre-halloween fun but now under fire for delivering a few too many tricks. >> the teens have been dressing up as bushes and scaring everyone who crosses their path in a local park. now, some of their victims got a big kick out of the teens calling it good old-fashioned pranking, but others were not amused. >> the prank caused such an uproar, police threatened to arrest the teenagers if they're caught doing it again. come on. >> just a prank. >> they're having a little fun. >> all right. >> lighten up. >> more news after this. when it comes to reducing the sugar in your family's diet coke, dr. pepper, and pepsi hear you and we're working together to do just that. bringing you more great tasting beverages with less sugar or no sugar at all. smaller portion sizes, clear calorie labels, and reminders to think balance. because we know mom wants what's best. more beverage choices, smaller portions, less sugar. balanceus.org
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welcome to monday. it is 4:27, october 30th. alexis on maternity leave. the rest of us here to welcome you into the week. >> yay. >> that was good. >> it'll be better. >> jump out there by yourself and we didn't follow. everyone like the return to autumn? >> yes. >> how about that? it will be even cooler today. a look at a gray start. we have visibility issues developing in the south bay. we have some clouds leaking in from the coast. visibility about a mile. take a look at your temperatures. dress for low to mid-50s if you're leaving right now.
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we'll take a look at your 12-hour day planner next. here is sue. traffic is moving nicely just a minute ago, though, chp did a traffic break. stopped all lanes and pulled off some sort of debris and was on the side of the road with an emergency vehicle. traffic is flowing back to normal. we do have reports of an accident in san jose we'll update in a couple of minutes. good morning, everyone. to breaking news in san jose. police are hunting for the people who took part in a huge sideshow that involved hundreds of people. abc 7 news reporter matt keller just spoke to police a few moments ago and has new information. matt? good morning, jessica. we do know an officer was injured when he was hit by a vehicle. he's going to be okay. he only suffered minor injuries.
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check out this video of the response at 680 and who is at the timer road in san jose. several different agencies were there. including san jose and morgan hills. the santa clara county sheriff. several vehicles were on capitol and aborn. and aborn. they impounded several cars. >> doing doughnuts or excessive speed. crashing into other vehicles or pedestrians. >> reporter: they say organizing these illegal events are a lot easier with social media and other forms of communication. investigators are in the process of figuring out the final arrest numbers. reporting live, matt keller, abc 7 news. matt, thank you. we are awaiting word of who will
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be charged in connection with the russia/trump investigation. >> twitter is calling this #muellermonday. special counsel robert mueller has filed the first criminal charges in the russia investigation. an announcement of an indictment and arrest could come as early as today. 17 agencies have found moscow interfered with the election to benefit president trump who has never acknowledged the findings. all right. it is 4:30 now. officially if you're just joining us a quick update on weather and traffic where you live starting with meteorologist mike nicco. hi, mike. >> natasha, reggie, hi everybody. you can see out the window at pier 15. the fog came back. cloudy sky and fog out there. 55 to 60 at noon as the sunshine will be slow to b

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