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>> that's what's making news in america this morning. stay with us for "good morning america." breaking news in america this morning, the new fight against the coronavirus. the white house now set to request billions of dollars to respond to the global outbreak. just hours after the worst day on wall street in years. this morning, the new travel warning. the precautions in europe and the toll this health crisis is taking on businesses here at home. harvey weinstein rushed to the hospital just hours after being found guilty of rape. the disgraced hollywood producer treated overnight. his condition, and we hear from his accusers, why they say this verdict signals a new era. weather alert. the biggest snowstorm of the season taking aim at this hour. the areas affected and what to expect today.
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new this morning, a key endorsement in the race for president that could shake up the race in south carolina. plus, a new plan to prevent head injuries in youth soccer. and the new social media experiment that proves seeing isn't believing when it's online. good tuesday morning, everyone. thank you for joining us. we begin with that breaking news overnight in the fight against the new coronavirus. >> we've learned the white house will be requesting billions of dollars in emergency funds to respond to the outbreak. it comes just hours after the stock market saw the worst drop in two years with investors growing more worried about the virus spreading through asia and europe. >> italy is taking new precautions while the cdc is now warning americans to avoid traveling to south korea and new cases inside iran are raising concern about a massive outbreak there. >> abc's serena marshall has the latest from washington where health officials will be briefing senators today.
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good morning, serena. >> reporter: kenneth, mona, good morning to both of you. the house speaker has called the president's proposed $2.5 billi2.5 billion funding request long overdue and completely inadequate and plans to have their own proposal to combat the virus. from the empty streets of italy to the shuttered schools of iran, the impact of the coronavirus moving beyond china and taking hold across the globe. on pennsylvania avenue, a $2.5 billion request sent to congress to help combat the deadly virus. >> it is time to prepare. it is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic. >> house speaker nancy pelosi called the white house request totally inadequate. the senate minority leader chuck schumer writing on twitter, the president and his administration aren't taking the coronavirus crisis as seriously as they need to be. earlier monday president trump took to twitter writing the coronavirus is very much under control in the usa and adding, the stock market starting to look very good to me even as
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fears over the spread sent the dow plunging more than 1,000 points. investors concerned over global economic production and supply with china producing nearly a quarter of the world's manufactured goods. >> there is some fear creeping into the markets now. >> reporter: outside china the covid-19 virus spreading person to person. americans told to avoid all nonessential travel to south korea as cases surge. in milan models walking the runway to an empty room. abc's james longman is in italy. >> reporter: this is the police line. beyond here are the 12 towns that are on lockdown and take a look. on google maps you can see every way in is shut down. >> reporter: here at home the number of coronavirus cases rising to 53. officials from the cdc, hhs, state department and homeland security are heading to capitol hill later today to brief a bipartisan group of lawmakers. part of that briefing will be classified. in the meantime, asian markets are continuing to see losses. in japan they fell 3% this morning. kenneth, mona.
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>> all right, serena, thank you. there's a lot of focus on what's being done to stop this coronavirus and an experimental vaccine for the disease developed in massachusetts is now being sent to the government researchers. "the wall street journal" reports the first human tests could begin by the end of april with initial results possible this summer. breaking overnight, a deadly shooting at a community center near st. louis. police say a gunman walked into the building then shot and killed a woman. people ran for cover hiding in closets and workout rooms. a police officer exchanged fire with the shooter whose motive is still unclear. police say the gunman is in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. and we turn now to disgraced movie producer harvey weinstein in the hospital overnight after a jury convicted him of rape. >> he was being transported to rikers island jail when he was suddenly rerouted to the hospital. moments after being convicted of rape and sexual assault, a judge ordered harvey weinstein to rikers island in new york. but he was diverted strapped to a stretcher in his suit and sent
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to the hospital after complaining of chest pains. >> we just heard before coming on that he was experiencing some high blood pressure and some heart palpitations. >> reporter: this morning his defense team says it will appeal the verdict after a jury found weinstein guilty of the third degree rape of jessica mann in 2013 and guilty of sexually aqualitying mimi haleyi in 2006. >> he is a vicious sexual predator who used his power to threaten, rape, assault, trick, humiliate and silence his victims. >> reporter: the former movie mogul appeared stunned by the jury's decision as he was lifted out of his seat. >> he looked at me and said i'm innocent. he's like, i'm innocent. he's like, how could this happen in america? >> reporter: the jury acquitted weinstein on two counts of predatory sexual assault which carried a possible life sentence as well as a charge of first degree rape but is still facing a possible 25 years in prison when he is sentenced next month.
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>> i was surprised to hear that harvey weinstein was surprised at the verdict today and that he was saying, i'm innocent, i'm innocent. harvey, i can tell you this, you were presumed innocent unless and until you were proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. that happened today. so you are no longer legally innocent. >> reporter: more than 80 women have accused weinstein of sexual misconduct. survivors and activists are calling it a moment of reckoning for the me too movement. the organization releasing a statement saying the verdict is proof no one is above the law, not even those with power, money or visibility. this case reminds us that sexual violence thrives on unchecked power and privilege. actress annabella sciorra who accused weinstein of raping her in the 1990s said her testimony against him was painful but necessary. adding in a statement, for in speaking truth to power we pave the way for a more just culture, free of the scourge of violence
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against women. the d.a. saying this case shattered myths about sexual violence, including myths that it only happens in dark alleys caused by someone you don't know. advocates say they hope this case signals a new era in criminal justice. >> i think this case may lead to a better understanding of rape, how it can happen, when it can happen, to whom it can happen and that could embolden prosecutors and victims to come forward more and take more chances in prosecuting cases that maybe ten years ago prosecutors would have thought, they couldn't win. they couldn't win. >> weinstein's lawyers are hoping to get him released from jail while the appeals process plays out. he still faces felony charges in los angeles. coming up on "good morning america," a live interview with one of his victims, mimi haleyi. new details in the case against opera singer placido domingo. a union investigation found what's being described as a clear pattern of abuse and misconduct. domingo is accused of
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harassing and sexually abusing several women. investigators now say more than two victims and witnesses have come forward. domingo responded overnight apologizing for his actions. in central germany police are trying to determine why a man drove a car into a crowd at a busy carnival injuring 30 people including children. some injuries are life-threatening. the driver had reportedly been drinking. germany has been on high alert since a shooting spree last week by a gunman who allegedly had far right views. turning to the weather, chicago and parts of the midwest are bracing for the biggest snowstorm of the season. let's take a look now at your tuesday forecast. >> good morning. snow showers decreasing across the plains for today, however, we will have more developing as you get into the midwest as we head through tonight and into our day tomorrow. snow persisting allowing for 6 to 12 inches of accumulation across northern illinois into central michigan.
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not as much snow for the northeast but we will have some rain showers and milder air moving in. a lot of the same story as you get into the southeast. storms into florida but drier, cooler air making its way into new orleans just in time for mardi gras. i'm accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso. >> coming up, the college basketball star who's done something no woman or man has ever done. but first the moving memorial to kobe bryant and his daughter. the life lessons that were shared and the lighter moments that made us laugh. and later, a troubling new sign for former vice president joe biden as he tries to stop senator bernie sanders' momentum in south carolina.
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♪ all that i see,
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i'm gonna give you everything, baby, love me lights out ♪ back now with beyonce at the memorial for kobe bryant and his daughter singing a soaring rendition of her hit song "xo." beyonce says it was one of kobe's favorite songs. the performance marked the beginning of an emotional day at the staples center packed with nearly 20,000 people. >> kobe bryant's widow who rarely speaks in public was among the speakers paying tribute to the nba legend and their daughter gigi. vanessa bryant captivated the crowd sharing memories and explaining how her late husband was the best father he could be. >> we will not be able to see gigi go to high school with natalia and ask her how her day went. we didn't get the chance to teach her how to drive a car. i won't be able to tell her how gorgeous she looks on her wedding day.
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i'll never get to see my baby girl walk down the aisle, have a father/daughter dance with her daddy, dance on the dance floor with me or have babies of her own. kobe was the mvp of girl dads or mvd. he never left the toilet seat up, he always told the girls how beautiful and smart they are. he taught them how to be brave and how to keep pushing forward when things get tough. >> when kobe bryant died a piece of me died. now he's got me. i'll have to look at another crying meme for the next -- i told my wife i wasn't going to do this because i didn't want to see that for the next three or four years. that is what kobe bryant does to me. >> m.j. bringing a much needed laugh. it was also revealed that
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bryant's final text message moments before his death was sent to the general manager of the lakers asking about an internship for a young woman whose father also died in the crash. meanwhile, vanessa bryant has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the chopper's owner and operator claiming the pilot was negligent. the company called the crash a tragic accident. one of college basketball's biggest stars honored her mentor, kobe bryant, and then hours later she set a record on the court. oregon's sabrina ionescu praised kobe bryant and gianna calling gigi the future of women's basketball and after the memorial she flew to the bay area to become the first division 1 player to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds as the ducks beat stanford. >> black mama would be proud. coming up, the hardest working cities in america. number one may surprise you. first how bernie sanders is now defending his controversial comments about fidel castro. and later a new plan to prevent head injuries in youth soccer.
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back now with president trump getting another day of royal treatment. the president and first lady tossed petals at gandhi, part of a jam packed schedule. india agreed to purchase u.s. military equipment and the president says they've made progress with trade talks. we turn now to the race for the white house and the high stakes battle for south carolina. >> it is a must win state for joe biden, but bernie sanders is catching up. meanwhile, a key endorsement was announced overnight, and it was a different candidate who won it. overnight it was back. >> cancel all student debt. >> reporter: to back. >> most democrats are looking for a different answer than what senator sanders is offering. >> to back. >> but the answer is not for them to take over big parts of the government. >> reporter: democrats head into the home stretch in their fight
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for south carolina. a new poll shows bernie sanders now within the margin of error catching up with joe biden. >> we pay for it through a rather modest tax on wall street speculation. that is how we pay for that. >> reporter: sanders expanding on his college and medicare for all platforms that have landed him as an early favorite unveiling an itemized list of programs and how much they'll cost. >> this is a list which will be on our website tonight of how we pay for every program that we have developed. >> reporter: it comes as he faces backlash for these comments about fidel castro during a sunday interview. >> it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. you know, when fidel castro came into office, you know what he did, he had a massive literary program. is that a bad thing even though fidel castro did it? >> reporter: party members distancing themselves from sanders' comments. >> i thought when i heard that i shivered. that reinforced the fear that
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south carolinians have about his so-called democratic socialism. i think that was an unforced error. >> reporter: meanwhile, this morning a key endorsement for former south bend mayor pete buttigieg. "the state" newspaper, the second largest supporting buttigieg calling him, a quote energetic, disciplined candidate who can offer voters a powerful yet pragmatic vision of a better america. and tonight another big debate. seven candidates will face off in south carolina. michael bloomberg will try to recover from his disastrous performance. aides say he'll be taking direct aim at bernie sanders. another prison sentence has been down in the college admissions scandal. the former men's tennis coach at the university of texas was given six months behind bars. he pleaded guilty to accepting a $100,000 bribe for declaring a student to be a tennis recruit even though the student never played. there is a new plan to prevent head injuries in youth soccer. british authorities are banning children under 12 from hitting
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soccer balls with their heads during practice. a recent study found former soccer players are more likely to die from brain disease raising more concerns about safety. so americans may be working longer hours than ever, but which cities work the hardest? a new survey is out, and it might surprise you. anchorage, alaska, comes out on top followed by san francisco and virginia beach. cheyenne and irving rounded out the top five. it is based on the average number of hours worked per week and the number of people working multiple jobs. >> working hard up there in alaska. up next in "the pulse," the social media photo experiment. how easily we can be fooled. also ahead, the building in dallas that just refuses to be destroyed. plus, the giant sea lion found in the woods? >> okay. ic arthritis, little things, can become your big moment. that's why there's otezla. otezla is not an injection or a cream... ...it's a pill that treats differently.
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time to check "the pulse" and, mona, you know people like to do things for the gram. >> they sure do. >> showing the world that seeing is not always believing. >> especially on social media but this time instead of doing it for the gram, she did it for youtube. a woman on youtube posted these amazing photos of her exotic vacation to bali but natalia taylor hasn't stepped foot on the island. >> every photo she revealed was taken at her local ikea. >> oh, stop. >> at the furniture store. we all need a reminder that not everything online is accurate. i was like, do we need that reminder? i think we know. >> yeah. >> okay. >> lord. hey, next to dallas which still has its newest tourist attraction despite a demolition company's best effort. >> this office building became known as the leaning tower of dallas last week after an implosion failed to do the job leaving the building still standing but with the lean lean
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back. >> so get this, the demolition team brought in a wrecking ball. a really, really small tiny wrecking ball promising to bring down the building in a few hours but, nope, right there. the building stood the test. the wrecking ball no match. >> now the crew admits it could be days before the tower is brought down. until then, it's become a social media landmark. >> yes. next a remarkable discovery in argentina. >> scientists say four giant fossilized shells are ancient armadillos that lived 20,000 years ago. the largest of the shells is the size of a volkswagen beetle. >> whoa. experts believe they were two adults and two younger animals. >> punch bug, no punch back. >> huh? the wayward sea lion spotted a long way from home. >> it was found in a wooded area of castle rock, washington, just north of portland and two miles from any body of water. >> deputies had to corral the sea lion as they waited for a
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plus an immediate blast of cooling sensation. feel the clarity and live claritin clear. making news right now at 4:27, do you recognize this truck? police think it was a vehicle that hit a 12-year-old girl and left her to die on an east bay street. out of a job but still up for a fight. oakland's fired police chief says the city hasn't heard the last of her. crime filled, endless delays, there's a lot wrong and right with b.a.r.t. we're riding along to hear riders' frustrations and also hear solutions. good morning, everyone, it is tuesday, february 25th. >> it is a cool morning, but that's going to change. you're going to think spring is here. meteorologist mike nicco has a look at your day. >> first crack at record high temperatures will begin this afternoon and last for a couple
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more days. hi, everybody. 53 in san francisco for the warm spot. clover dale, 51. 54 in los gatos. up in the hills where it's a little breezy, a little bit warmer. the same think in farld where it's 51. a lot of 40s out there. 62 in brentwood, also. a little breezy this morning. temperatures, 66 at half moon bay. that's the cool spot. 80 in santa rosa is the warm spot. we'll go from 70 in san francisco. 74 in oakland. 76 in san jose. concord, 77. more on this record warmth coming up next. new this morning a wild police chase across the bay area. take a look at this. it started when vallejo police went after a car they believed was involved in a shooting. the car went south on 880 then into oakland, back onto the freeway and across the bay bridge. the chase ended around 3:00 a.m. with the car crashed into the median in san francisco. vallejo police arrested the driver. back here to the studio a
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live look showing you emeryville. the headlights making their way towards the maze which i can tell you looks very clear right now. the san mateo bridge, an easy right there as well this morning. no major problems on our roads. our commuter alert for the posey tube full closure from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. i'll let you know if there is any schedule change. tracy to dublin beginning that slowdown there for 31 minutes. dublin to mission boulevard, 14 minutes. highway 101 to cupertino, 15 minutes. abc 7 news is devoting a week to covering b.a.r.t. as part of our commitment to building a better bay area. we are riding trains all day long visiting every station. >> our mission is to talk to riders, to hear their concerns and frustrations with the system. amy hollyfield is live at the bart station in antioch this morning. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hi, good morning, kumasi. today is the big day. we will be riding b.a.r.t. all day long. i will be kicking it all off by
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starting on the first train out here in antioch, and i will start riding on the system. we will have crews riding until the very end of the day. we want to see what's going on. a year ago when we did this, we heard a lot of complaints about crowded trains. we heard about fare evaders. not enough parking. we heard about homeless people using the stations to sleep and do drugs. a lot has changed in the last year on b.a.r.t. walnut creek station has a big change. they've opened up a parking structure there. b.a.r.t. has added officers and fare inspectors to check all trains at the embarcadero for proof of payment or those people who didn't pay are getting escorted out of the system. b.a.r.t. at peak commute hours still crowded, still doing well as far as business. but weekends and nights have tapered off. they're not doing as much business at that point. so we'll be talking to people about all of these issues, what do they think, what grade would they give b.a.r.t. this past year, what do they

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