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>> lila and the family, congrats to all. happening now in america this morning, panic inside walmart. >> i'm still shaking. it was just terrifying. >> a heavily armed man in body armor enters this store in missouri while recording himself. how an off-duty firefighter jumped into action. meanwhile, with the nation on edge from a string of mass shootings, what president trump and mitch mcconnell are now saying about the push for tighter gun laws. new overnight, biden gaffe. what the former vice president said on the campaign trail about poor children and the backlash this morning. washer machine tragedy, a little boy dies after becoming trapped inside a front loading washer just like this one. the three things parents can do to make sure the laundry room
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is safe. plus, the only flight attendant on this flight. just how drunk police say she was and what passengers noticed before she passed out. the news about coffee and its link to extreme headaches. what doctors are now saying. and it's the number one song of the summer. ♪ i'm gonna take my horse to the old town road ♪ >> see how "old town road" is now inspiring a crime spree. ♪ good morning, everyone. we begin with the chaos unfolding at a walmart in springfield, missouri, just days after that deadly shooting rampage in el paso. >> this time a man in military style clothing and body armor walked into a store armed with guns sending customers fleeing until an off-duty firefighter sprang in action. this man set off panic.
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he entered wearing a bulletproof vest armed with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. he grabbed a shopping and started walking around the store filming himself on his phone. >> i heard a voice off to my left saying is that a real rifle? >> man wearing a bulletproof vest and an ar around his neck just walked into the store. >> reporter: the store manager pulled the fire alarm and just as shoppers were evacuating an off-duty firefighter spotted the man holding him at gunpoint until officers arrived. no shots fired. >> when spd arrived there were a lot of people hiding outside behind these barriers and businesses and it was pretty chaotic. >> i'm still shaking. it was just terrifying. >> reporter: this video shows the moment outside the store as you can see the suspect hands raised with his phone still in his hand recording every moment approaching police where he is eventually arrested. police not yet saying what his motive may have been.
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>> what happened in texas and dayton and all that kind of stuff in the last seven days is on everybody's minds. >> reporter: meanwhile this morning, new information out of allen, texas, where police have confirmed that the mother of the el paso walmart shooting suspect did call to report her concerns that her 21-year-old son owned an ak-style rifle weeks before the massacre. >> the information that the caller relayed did not warrant any additional enforcement activity because there was never a mention made of concern for anybody other than that of her son. >> reporter: according to police the call taker did ask if he was suicidal or had made threats toward any other person. they say the mother said he was not. in the wake of the shootings in texas and ohio, new movement in washington in the gun debate. top democrats nancy pelosi and chuck schumer now saying that president trump has given them assurances he will review a house passed bill calling for tighter background checks. senate leader mitch mcconnell
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said thursday he believes congress may pass some form of gun regulated legislation when lawmakers return in september. but observers have strong doubts that it will include tighter background checks. and mcconnell has refused calls to bring the senate back from recess saying it would do nothing to help. stephanie. new details about a staff shake-up at the white house. president trump has named a new intelligence chief to replace dan coats. the nation's top counterterrorism official joseph maguire will become acting director of national intelligence when coats steps down next week. the president dropped his plan to nominate john ratcliffe about the job amid concerns about his qualifications. meanwhile, coats' deputy sue gordon, a widely respected intel official, announced she will resign. now to the battle at the border and those sweeping immigration raids in mississippi. agents say hundreds of undocumented workers have been rounded up but the raids have left many children separated from their parents.
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this morning, government officials are defending the raids as we hear exclusively from the acting secretary of homeland security. abc's mona kosar abdi is here with the new details. mona, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, gio. weeks after president trump's threats of nationwide mass deportation raids fell short of expectations, i.c.e. launched a secret operation resulting in the largest single state raid ever. this was the scene at several food processing plants in mississippi where i.c.e. officials launched coordinated raids targeting workers believed to be undocumented. agents apprehending nearly 700 immigrant workers taking them away on buses leaving some children without a parent at home. fighting back tears, in this video provided by wjtv begging for the return of their parents swept up in the largest crackdown ever by i.c.e. agents. >> i need my dad.
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my dad didn't do nothing. he's not a criminal. >> it's very heartbreaking especially to hear a child just crying out for their parents. you know, it's very disturbing. again, it's unfortunate. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview acting secretary of homeland security kevin mcaleenan tells abc news 40% of the people detained in that raid have been released with parents getting top priority. >> the biggest challenge is the fact that we're seeing so many vulnerable families and children crossing the border. >> reporter: they were the largest to occur since president trump took office and come as the number of people in i.c.e. custody hovers near all-time highs and prompting the agency to build temporary holding facilities like this one in yuma, arizona. for the first time homeland security allowing our camera into this facility where several migrant families can be seen laying down on cots wrapped in silver mylar blankets. the raids sow fear.
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>> they have succeeded. banred praise. and the raids took place the same day president trump left for el paso, a community grieving after a gunman killed 29 people there, particularly targeting latinos and abc news asked mcaleenan about it but he said plans were in place long before, gio and stephanie. >> thank you. former vice president joe biden is facing criticism for comments he made on the campaign trail. he was in iowa when he began speaking about education and the challenge that children from poor families face. critics say biden made an inappropriate racial distinction during his comment. listen. >> poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids, wealthy kids, asian kids. think about it.
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we think now we're going to dumb it down. they can do anything anybody else can do given a shot. >> critics say his initial comment implied that poor kids are not white. biden's campaign did not immediately address the backlash. now to the urgent search for a man who escaped from a tennessee prison and allegedly murdered a corrections employee. authorities say curtis watson used a tractor to make his getaway from the west tennessee state prison. watson had nine years left on his 15-year sentence for aggravated robbery. police admit he could be anywhere by now. a dramatic rescue after a plane crash in the bahamas. u.s. coast guard crews were responding to the crash when a fishing boat rescued the pilot and two passengers. the men had been drifting on a raft for more than an hour. authorities say the twin engine plane was heading to miami. no word on what caused that crash. time now for a look at your weather for this friday morning. reports of flash flooding
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and a mudslide are forcing some people to evacuate their homes near provo, utah. so far no reports of injuries. and the big weather story today is the heat in the south. the feel like temperatures could approach 110 in north texas. looking now at the rest of the country, high temperatures will be near 80 in the upper midwest and northeast. it'll be cooler in los angeles than in boston today and we could see strong or severe thunderstorms in oregon and the dakotas. and coming up right here, the mountain lion that crossed a busy highway and made history in california. also ahead, the new vodka that's raising eyebrows and health concerns. plus, a new legal battle for lady gaga accused of stealing the notes for her hit song "shallow." her response coming up next. and a rare close encounter with a killer whale.
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saoirse. we we are back with this mountain lion in california surviving a rare feat. authorities say this big cat recently crossed the busy 405 freeway near los angeles. he is only the second mountain lion on record to ever do it. they've tagged the animals to research the effects of development on their local population. former congressman patrick kennedy is sharing a tribute to his cousin saorise kennedy hill who died last week writing in "usa today." kennedy says his cousin was bravely open about her struggles with mental illness but kennedy had a clear message for those who claim his family is cursed writing, that offends me, and it would have offended saoirse. the kennedy family is in many ways painfully typical. we have an unsurprising addiionce of mental illness d our illnseno different
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than anyone else's. sources say saoirse died from a possible overdose. her uncle says she had just finished a college paper and was planning to celebrate. the prosecutor involved in the controversial plea deal for sex offender jeffrey epstein is now resigning. marie villafana's resignation from the justice department comes as the federal government looks into the handling of the 2008 agreement. that includes any potential misconduct by former labor secretary alex acosta who oversaw the case as the u.s. attorney when epstein and his associates were granted immunity. an unknown songwriter is reportedly threatening to sue lady gaga claiming she stole the melody of her hit song "shallow" from him. "the new york post" says he's staking claim to a three-note progression in the oscar-winning single from the soundtrack of "a star is born." he claims "shallow" is a song he released in 2012 which had fewer
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than 300 streams online. gaga calls the threat a brazen shakedown. a fishing trip off san diego turned into a whale of an encounter. five fishermen searching for yellow tail met up with a playful orca. the killer whale showed off for them performing a belly roll right beneath the surface and the orca stayed close to the boat for about ten minutes before finally swimming away. >> i would have loved to see that. they're amazing animals. >> what a treat. up next, the link between coffee and extreme headaches. what doctors are now saying. but first new details about the sole flight attendant on this plane allegedly drunk on the job before passing out. and the tragic death of a little boy inside a front loading washer machine. three things parents need to know right now to prevent accidents like this. stay with us. to prevent accidents like this. stay with us. this is not just the flu. it's meningitis b... and you're not there to help.
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by. look at that. >> but, wait, there's more. yet another line of ducks started crossing the road, 40 in all, including two stragglers who took their time getting to the other side. >> and people were just happy. they were just recording video right there. >> so sweet. all right, we're going to turn now to that scare in the air. shocking video of an airline flight attendant apparently drunk in the cabin. >> she was the only flight attendant on the united airlines flight, and now she's grounded facing charges. this morning, this flight attendant is out of a job and facing charges of endangering passengers and public intoxication. passengers on board say they knew something was wrong. >> the entire plane, like i said, a very small plane started to notice something was wrong. >> she was stumbling, bumping into passengers. >> reporter: on a united express flight from chicago passengers say the only flight attendant appeared impaired even before takeoff. >> she had no coordination, no balance, was incomprehensible over the microphone.
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>> reporter: and once they were in the air, it appeared to passengers that julianne march had passed out. passengers even fastened her seat belt for her. >> the fact that we didn't have an operational flight attendant on the flight meant that all of our safety ant security was compromised. >> reporter: charging documents say upon landing in south bend officers noticed bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. when she finally took a breathalyzer test, it registered a 0.2, which is five times over the legal limit for flight attendants. >> it's unacceptable for anyone to have a distraction when they're performing safety sensitive work or be impaired when they're performing safety sensitive work. >> the flight attendants union like the pilots union offers a self-reporting program that allows them to get help for alcohol and drug-related injuries. a tragedy after a boy was
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after his plane was shot down. colonel roy knight's remains were recovered in laos near the site where he last flew combat missions. he was flown home on a southwest flight and the pilot was brian knight, who just a boy, when he waved to his dad and never saw him again. >> the pilot that flew you in today was that same 5-year-old boy who had left here at love field 52 years ago with his dad to say good-bye. so thank you so much. >> i love this guy. >> he's really coming home. he's really -- we're going to be able to bring him back. >> such an emotional moment there. military search teams did not find colonel knight's remains until this year. his sons say he's always been their greatest hero. >> finally some closure for that family. >> yeah, absolutely. well, coming up next in "the pulse," the new vodka raising health concerns. also ahead, the field of dreams coming to life. word of a special game being played in that special place. plus, how the hit song "old
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>> they'll play on the field which is home of the field in "field of dreams." >> if you build it, he will come. >> okay, you must have heard that. >> i heard it. major league baseball will build a temporary stadium near the site made famous in the movie. >> a pathway through the cornfield will lead fans through the park. they will play there next august. coming soon to a bar near you children nobody -- chernobyl vodka. >> made from water and grain from the site of the most famous nuclear disaster. scientists claim it is safe to drink. finally churches in england are starting to look more like amusement parks hoping to get more people in the pews. >> a 55-foot slide opened inside norwich cathedral church. officials say it will help visitors see the building and god sdlifrnly. >> just a few days ago,
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. making news right now at 4:27, a scare at san jose state after a man armed with a gun is spotted on campus. music, food and security are top of mind for everyone as outside lands kicks off in san francisco. the trump administration defending two mass deportation raids that separated parents from their children. thank you for joining us on this friday, august 9th i'm natasha >> let's take a look and show you what's going on outside. you may see some radar returns
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right now none of that is retching the groundment it will make for a little more humidity than what we're used to. let's check out our temperatures as we watch the radar returns slide from southwest to northeast. temperatures in the mid 50s to mid 60s. we'll end up this afternoon below average with the most cloud cover this morning. 69 in richmond. low to mid 70s around the bay. low to mid 80s inland. we'll take a look at the chance of a shower coming up. here is frances. we made it to friday. so far looking good on 101. yesterday was a nightmare as folks made their way out of morgan hill and gilroy. northbound 101 is fine this morning. that's 880 moving across your screen. we'll check out the ride on 680 in walnut creek. there was a stall reported in this area. traffic is flowing well on the
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south side. northbound delay-free as well. southbound 680 ride from walnut creek to dublin is only 13 minutes. 101 in the north bay, santa rosa to san francisco 46 minutes. also delay-free highway 17 from highway 1 to los gatos. in the south bay a man is in custody following a gun scare at san jose state. >> new this morning, san francisco police are investigating reports of a shooting in the western addition neighborhood. we want to show you this video into the abc news room overnight. early this morning officers scoured the area. they had their flashlight. this is on scott street between turk and eddy. we haven't heard back from san francisco police about exactly what happened. let's get to the news in san jose. police first got reports of a sighting at east sclera and second street ar round 5:30 last night. officers searched for a man with
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a gun inside the spartan complex building close to south 4th and san carlos streets. >> san jose police say somebody reported a man brandished a gun a few blocks from campus. when officers got there, they spotted the suspect who took off toward the campus. for hours they went floor by floor, room by room, finding the suspect in the third floor ceiling hiding in the duct work. a handgun was found in the area. >> i'm thinking about all the things that have happened in recent weeks. i think there have been numerous things we've been worried about in the area recently. >> police say there were three women inside the complex. two were immediately escorted out. the third student barricaded herself until it was safe to exit. happening today, the first artist will take the stage for outside lands. >> while there's always excitement about the music, security is always top of


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