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making news in america this morning, several breaking stories overnight including the historic flooding in louisiana. tens of thousands of people rescued after more than 20 inches of rain, and it's not over yet. a wildfire forces thousands of people to evacuate in northern california destroying homes along the way. one man survives by getting in his pool as the flames engulf his yard. more unrest in milwaukee. cars burned. at least one person shot and a police officer hospitalized. a second night of protests following a deadly police involved shooting. and people running for safety at one of the country's busiest airports, officers came in with guns drawn as all flights were grounded. we have the latest on what
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good monday morning, everyone. it's been a busy overnight hours for us. we're following several breaking news stories starting with the epic floods in southern louisiana expected to get worse today. >> overnight the number of people being rescued nearly tripled in size to 20,000. parts of the area received over 20 inches of rain since friday. >> and this new video, take a look. a boat full of people making its way through a flooded street. only car roofs peeking above the water. abc's ray raimundi has the latest. >> reporter: this drone video giving a snapshot of parts of baton rouge, louisiana, submerged underwater. >> i roger that. >> reporter: u.s. national guard helicopters swooping in to rescue this man and this little boy from the rising floodwaters, just 2 of the more than 20,000 rescued in southern louisiana. the federal government officially declaring louisiana as a major disaster. >> obviously this remains a very
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flooding, and it remains ongoing. >> reporter: cars submerged underwater. >> i'm going to break this window. >> reporter: dramatic rescues like this one captured all across southern louisiana. >> get my dog. get my dog. >> your dog? >> get my dog. >> reporter: this man rescuing a woman after her convertible sunk underneath the rising waters. interstate 12 a major highway now a makeshift river complete with a ten-mile stretch of abandoned cars. >> as you can see behind me, a lot of interstates are flooded. we've been here for about 30 hours now. >> reporter: the national guard moving in to rescue those trapped. more than 10,000 people now in shelters. this woman lucky to escape the floods with her two daughters. >> i just wanted to get out. i'm like, it's not going to stop. once i saw it coming up my
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we got to get out. like my kids got to be safe. >> reporter: in the midst of the disaster extraordinary acts of courage from flood victims. >> oh, lord. glad to see you. >> reporter: neighbor helping neighbor, some delivering water. others passed out food. ray raimundi, abc news, new york. and the region's rivers are cresting, which means more flooding is likely. the storms are still active and moving up from the gulf of mexico bringing in more heavy rain today as well. >> yeah, so clearly we're in the thick of a busy weather pattern right now. accuweather's paul williams tracking it all. good morning. >> good morning to you as well, diane, kendis. a high pressure system will keep it hot boston, new york down towards d.c. but here's what's in the wings, afternoon, evening thunderstorms from richmond all the way towards columbus covering the ohio valley region, and it reaches down towards the deep south as well. in fact, this is widespread rain that's going to be in the misery of heavy downpours. and likelihood of some flash flooding to occur. gusty winds with these as well. winds accelerating up to 45 to 65 miles an hour. kendis, diane. >> all right.
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breaking news story we're covering, this from northern california. a fast-moving fire known as the clayton fire threatening towns in northern california forcing thousands of people to evacuate. officially ten homes have been destroyed but eyewitnesses report seeing others on fire. commercial buildings and a post office have also been burned and another 1,000 structures are in danger right now. one resident taking shelter in his swimming pool. >> just about 20, 15 minutes or so, it got intense, smoke and fire and sparks just blowing for awhile hire. >> well, the fire has burned at least 3,000 acres, and we're told it is 5% contained. that same area was devastated by a wildfire nearly a year ago. a second day of protests in milwaukee ended with shots fired and at least two people injured, one of those people was rushed to the hospital after being shot. the other was an officer injured after his patrol car was pelted with rocks. the violence marked the second day of unrest in the city, though, there was less widespread destruction of property than we saw with saturday night's rioting.
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deadly police shooting of a black man, but police say the man had a gun and they have the video to prove it. also breaking overnight, reports of a shooting at new york's jfk airport shut down operations and sent people running for cover. a loud noise prompted a report of gunfire at term flals used by american airlines. while officers were seen running through with their guns drawn you see people there in the terminal dropping to the ground. the terminals were evacuated and a by but the gunfire was actually never confirmed and there were no injuries. donald trump is looking to get back on message today as he lays out his vision for defeating isis. this after spending a lot of the weekend tangling with the media. trump's now facing a a blistering op-ed suggesting a landslide defeat is possible and it comes after trump blasted "the new york times" for an article about turmoil in his campaign. >> the newspaper's going to
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maybe we'll start thinking about taking about taking their press credentials away from them. >> and trump's campaign manager is now the focus of another "new york times" article. investigators in the ukraine told "the times" they found secret ledgers showing $12.7 million in an undisclosed cash payment designated for paul manafort. manafort had consulted with ukraine's pro-russian political party. his lawyer says he hasn't received any such payments. and vice president joe biden is hitting the campaign trail with hillary clinton for the fit they're holding a rally in his hometown of scranton, pennsylvania. now, scranton has been a democratic stronghold, but trump is hoping to capitalize on their stagnation and anger over illegal immigration. clinton's support among the working class there has been eroding, so she's hoping biden can help. well, let's get on now to the olympics and simone biles in action again today looking to build on her third gold medal performance. >> biles came out on top in the vaults last night. she now has two more events to
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if she can medal in both, she'll be the first american gymnast to win five medals in a single round of games since 1904. >> history in the making. it is an olympic three-peat for usain bolt. the jamaican sprinter hangs on to the title of world's fastest man beating out american justin gatlin in the 100 meters. bolt is the first man or woman to win the event in three straight olympics, and have you seen this photo? bolt, even before the final, he pulls away from his opponents in his semifinal heat. now while bolt has a what, me worried look on his face, the other three guys look a little stressed out. >> what's so remarkable about that photo too, it's not like he was in the lead the whole time but sort of pulls ahead at the end. so, to have that much confidence when you just finally get out in front, great, great photo. >> that's why he's one of the greatest. >> speaking of the greatest, let's take a look at the medal count, shall we?
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overall and the americans also lead in the number of gold medals with 26. >> the american games in rio. well, still ahead, more news from rio. gold medalist ryan lochte talking about getting robbed at gunpoint. plus, a little girl snatched away from a campsite. hear how her family's quick thinking saved her from a lion. and a pilot forced to ditch his plane in the water during an air show. how those people on the beach came to his rescue. i love that my shop is part of the morning ritual around here. people rely on that first cup and i wouldn't want to mess with that. but when (my) back pain got bad, i couldn't sleep. i had trouble getting there on time. then i found aleve pm. aleve pm is the only one to combine a safe sleep aid plus the 12 hour strength of aleve. for pain relief that can last into the morning. ? look up at a new day...? hey guys!
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mourning the loss of a police officer. officer tim smith who would have turned 31 today was shot to death after he left his patrol car in the town of eastman in south central georgia. now, police are now looking for this man. they say raheem deeds should be considered armed and dangerous. three couples from mississippi were victims of a plane crash in alabama this weekend. they were returning from a dental convention in florida when their plane went down. investigators say the pilot issued a distress call crashing in a wooded area near the tuscaloosa airport. now to a dramatic crash landing in england. a small plane was forced to touch down along a beach during an air show. the plane hit the water hard and flipped upside down trapping the pilot, but onlookers came to the rescue and turned 9 the plane over. the pilot walked away with no serious injury and the plane seemed to be relatively unscathed, as well. >> nice landing. twitter may bring its football games to apple tv. the mini blogging service
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livestream thursday night nfl games. now twitter is reportedly in talks to put its app on apple tv which would let millions of that device's users watch the streams. and "suicide squad" held on to first place at the movies despite a huge drop-off from last week. "suicide squad" took in about $44 million. the raunchy "sausage party" surprised with 34 million and "pete's dragon" from our parent company had $21.5 million. when we come back, a boat sinks in the middle of the night. hear why these guys have a red cooler to thank for saving their lives. and mama bear jumps into action after her cubs take a
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have airport delays. houston, chicago, miami, memphis and new orleans, problems are likely. a nightmare for a family in idaho watching in horror as their little girl was swooped up by a mountain lion. >> that's right, and just like we saw the mother bear this is a different kind of mama bear that jumped into action. see what happened. a harrowing tale of child versus the wild. >> we didn't think we were in danger. we just thought it was passing through, but now we know it was actually stalking the kids becaus h dinner. >> reporter: kelsi butt was out camping with her family near green canyon hot springs when her mother put her down for a nap. >> it was after dinner i took her and her cousins to the tent. >> reporter: kelsey wandered off and that's when her mother says a mountain lion tried to carry her off clutching her in her mouth. her mom jumped in immediate. >> it just grabbed her with its teeth and flipped her over and we were there screaming running at the lion and i run up to her, i scoop her and she just clinging
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dropped the girl after hearing her mother scream left scratched and bruised but alive. big scare for the whole family. to lift little kelsi's spirits, the family has given her a new nickname, puma princess. this morning police in new york are questioning a man in connection with the shooting death of an imam and another man as they left a mosque. investigators say the man was seen in the area where the shooting took place and surveillance shows the gunman approached the victims from behind, opened fire and t walk away. they released a sketch of the suspect saying the motive is still unclear. neighbors believe it was an anti-muslim hate crime but police have not yet confirmed a motive. and who needs a life preserver when you have an ice cooler. three men whose speedboat sunk clung to a cooler and seat cushion and cries for help were heard on shore and a fourth tried to swim to shore. none of the four had been wearing a life jacket but luckily for them they had that cooler.
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u.s. swimmer, ryan lochte, and three teammates victims of a gunpoint robbery. the u.s. olympic committee says the group was in a taxi heading back to the olympic village early sunday morning when armed men posing as police pulled them over. lochte says the gunmen told the swimmers to get on the ground and he initially refused. >> and then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked, put it to my i put my hands up like, whatever. he took our money. >> well, lochte tweeted his thanks to family, friends and fans for their concern. the message went on to say, the most important thing is he and his teammates are safe and unharmed. >> now, it's kind of strange that the international olympic committee actually denied the story just a short while before the u.s. olympic committee came out and confirmed it. >> as if you wouldn't have four people saying, we lived through it. we know what happened. >> now we're hearing from them directly. >> yeah. all right, time now for
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>> let's go to espn. good morning, america. kevin connors, john anderson. you know, i was wondering at some point watching the 100 meters on sunday night if usain bolt was going to burst into flames he was so fast. >> he is fast and a little slower but at 29 you're allowed to do. here i will re-create the 100-meter dash. all right, and now we. >> on to baseball. mookie betts just went crazy for the red sox agait off zack greinke in the first. two-run shot. it's 2-0 and then he plowed a three-run homer out there. fenway all his home runs were over the monster. >> and there's a three-bagger. thank you very much. goodness me. 4 for 6, 26 homers on the year, 3 homers and 8 rbis, red sox won huge. >> cardinals and cubs, sunday night baseball on espn. cubs led 3-1 till eighth when stephen piscotty did that off
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and then what do your teammates do after you hit that kind of a home run, completely change the game and give your team a win? well, you get to the dugout, and they give you high-fives and chuck water in your face. that's a compliment now. used to be, what did i do? you apologize. now it's nice job. >> well, there's all kinds of ways to show that you're enamored with someone and your appreciation. if i h on you now. i don't, so good morning, america. can i get some water? >> i like that idea. >> don't you dare. up next in "the pulse," the big question at the medal ceremonies in rio, what are those trophies that the athletes are getting? >> ah, yeah. and the michael phelps face forever etched in ink.
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? all right, time to check "the pulse" starting with a major olympic milestone for the u.s. >> when simone manuel won the 4x100 medley relay over the weekend, the win clinched the 1,000th summer olympic gold medal to the americans. that dates back all the way to 1896, the first international olympic games in the modern era. >> okay, so that this tweet from president obama, "final win for phelps. world record for ledecky. three number one finishes for biles. that's how team usa gets america to 1,000 golds, way to make history." >> boom. and fans around the world are noticing a break in tradition at the rio games. something is missing at the awards podium. >> yeah, so instead of getting flowers, this year winners are getting this little guy. it's a figurine of the rio olympics logo, and it doubles
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organizers thought it would be nice to give the athletes something that won't be thrown away. >> well, the figurines have triggered a guessing game on social media with speculation ranging from a paperweight to a happy meal toy. >> it does look like a happy meal toy. michael phelps' intensity will live on on the leg of one of his fans. >> uh-huh. remember that death stare that he put on the south african chad le clos? that was before the 200-meter butterfly final. >> yep. who could et apparently liked it so much, he tattooed that stare on to his right leg. that's his leg right there on the right. fung said he wasn't even a fan of phelps before the games, but his performance this time around inspired him so much, now he's going to look at that for the rest of his life. >> yeah, it's pretty good. the toronto man said he didn't even like swimming, much less michael phelps before, but he was impressed and decided to etch it forever. >> great job by the tattoo artist.
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checking our top stories on this monday there was a second night of violent protests in milwaukee over the police shooting of a black man. now, police say the man had a gun when he was killed and that the officer's body camera images will prove that. at least ten homes and several other buildings have been destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire in northern california. thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate. more than 20 p been rescued from their flooded homes in southern louisiana, and 10,000 people taken to shelters overnight. the federal government has issued disaster declarations for four parishes. looking at today's weather, it will be very hot in the west. there will be more heavy rain throughout the south, especially in the gulf and it will be hazy, hot and humid in the northeast. finally this morning, a heart-warming moment for a family in illinois bringing everyone to tears. >> it was a gift from a teenager
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her completely by surprise. abc's john donvan explains. >> reporter: when joe iosco began unwrapping a present at a family get-together no one watched his face more intently than sally on the right, lauren to the left. >> how is he going to react? am i going to make him cry? >> reporter: now, joe is sally's boyfriend, a relationship that began when lauren who is sally's daughter was a year old already. so joe's been in lauren's life since she can remember. >> i was only with my biic i was with joe almost every day. >> reporter: and during that time, something like a real father/daughter bond formed. >> he did things for me and he took me places. >> as the years went by, you know, i not only fell in love with sally but i fell in love with lauren as well. >> reporter: now, the surprise inside the box was a framed poem of appreciation from lauren and that got joe crying already. but then he discovered the envelope with a set of legal
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we'll let the video explain the rest. >> i'm asking joe to adopt me. >> yes. >> reporter: people say joe's a man of few words, maybe. >> in the end she chose me so there's no better gift than that. >> reporter: few words but perfect for this picture. john donvan, abc news. >> and it turned out to be a happy graduation gift for her as he, of course, said yes. a happy moment. >> great to see him show his heart right there. >> he same he came from a separated family so never wanted to see another kid go through what he went through. >> congrats. >> that's what's making news in america this morning. >> do check us out at
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>> right now on "wisn 12 news this morning," another night, another round of unrest in milwaukee. police in riot gear patrolling the streets as crowds show up in the sherman park neighborhood. officers attacked, a shooting explosion caught on camera. we have live team coverage of the overnight emergencies. >> good morning and welcome to "wisn 12 news this morning." i'm ben wagner. >> and i'm melinda davenport. another tense morning in milwaukee. it's the second day in a row that problems were reported in the sherman park neighborhood. news chopper 12 was flying above the area overnight as shots were fired, fires were set, and officers were attacked. we have team coverage of a situation that continues to get


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