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this morning on "world news now," killer storm. tropical storm erika's rampage through the caribbean. today's preparations along the southeast coast as the storm is expected to get even more powerful. new details from virginia after two journalists were killed on live tv. new details about the dead gunman, what the shooting survivor is saying and the community in grief. >> caught on camera, a bus driver under attack. >> the disturbing surveillance video, the driver's injuries and what the attacker has to say. and later in the skinny, justin believe ser back. his new video just leaked and big news about sunday's music video awards. it's friday, august 2th. from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this friday. i'm phillip mena. >> i'm reena ninan.
we thought the storm was going to pass florida and not make landfall but it looks like if you're tracking tron cal storm erika, it could turn into the first hurricaning to hit florida in about ten years. >> the storm has already left four dead in dominica and could bring heavy rain to the virgin islands and puerto rico from before taking aim on the southeast. here's rob marciano. >> florida's fear, scenes liking this tropical storm erika hammering the eastern caribbean with up to 15 inches of rain in 24 hours on the island of dome nick ca. rivers of muddy water washing over cars, trees and debris covering roads. terrified residents watch as the flood when suddenly, the side of this church sheered off. on the island at least four people killed. 20 missing. in florida, it's been 3,595 days since the state's last hurricane. >> we've been very fortunate for a long time that we've got to get prepared. >> reporter: preparations well
under way as officials watch the storm's every move. clearly lots of moisture with tropical storm erika. prosecutor needs the rain. they may be getting too much today and this storm forecast to strengthen as it approaches the lower 48, florida, georgia, south carolina in the path come sunday, monday and tuesday. rob marciano, abc news, new york. that is not the only trouble in the tropics. in the pacific, ignacio strengthened into a hurricane. the storm's maximum sustained winds increased to about 90 miles an hour. the storm is east-southeast of hilo, hawaii. ignacio could bring dangerous wind gusts and rain to the hawaiian islands at the beginning of next week. former president george w. bush returns to new orleans to help the city mark the 10th anniversary of hurricane katrina. yesterday president obama praised the city for its ability to bounce back from the effects of the storm. he spoking in an area of the city that was once 17 feet
underwater. >> if katrina was initially an example of what happens when government fails, the recovery has been an example of what's possible when government works together. >> tomorrow is the actual anniversary of that deadly storm. new orleans is hosting a power of community gathering which is the city's signature post katrina event. former president bill clinton will also be there. now to the investigation into this week's on air shootings in virginia. police discovered items in a car rented by gunman vester flanagan that suggest he wanted to evade authorities. among those items found, a wig, sunglasses, a shawl, a black hat and three additional license plates. they also recovered a glock .9 millimeter pistol and six magazines of ammunition. >> the challenge for the colleagues of the shooting victims allison parker and adam ward is to continue working while going through an emotional ordeal. the challenge was there for all to see as abc's jim avila
reports. >> good morning, it is just after 5:00 on thursday -- >> reporter: the early morning team at roanoke channel 7 minus two on the day after. >> we come to you this morning with very heavy hearts. two of our own were shot and killed during a live shot yesterday morning. >> reporter: murdered on live unedited tv, a fatal interruption during a simple feature about tourism. gunshots and screams. leaving the reporter and photographer dead, the shooter's image briefly captured by the wounded photographer's lens and almost immediately identified as a former employee -- >> so i immediately think is he coming to the station. is he coming to the station to kill us all. >> reporter: roanoke police ring the station, employees warned to stay away from windows. news crews kept on base. that violent suspect now on the loose. >> the suspect is believed to be armed and dangerous. use caution. >> reporter: tracked from southwestern virginia, in total traveling 200 miles. but shooting himself fatally just before the trooper could
get to him. >> it's affected everybody in this community and i think everybody across the country. i mean, because she was such a kind and sweet person. >> i texted her that i loved her and to have a good day. and she said, "good night, sweet boy." and that was the last that i ever heard from her. >> reporter: now some good news about the third victim in the shooting. survivor vicki gardener woke up from a medically induced coma and is now in good condition. jim avila, abc news, roanoke, virginia. and vicki gardener has been speaking out about the attack for the first time. gardener was shot in the back and she's told her husband that the gunman's pistol misfired as he stood over her. eventually she got up and walked to an ambulance after being wounded. she has lost a kidney and had two surgeries since wednesday. tim gardener says his wife is now surrounded by family. the campus of savannah state university was on lockdown overnight after a shooting.
a spokeswoman says one person was taken to the hospital. the victim's injuries are not known. police say no arrests were made in the lockdown at the georgia school was lifted after a few hours. jurors in new hampshire began their first full day of deliberations of the sex assault case at an elite prep school. it was part of a tradition called senior salute. he denies they had sex despite the fact he bragged about it on social media. jeb bush picked up the endorsement of former republican heavyweight eric cantor. the pair are campaigning together today in canter's home state of virginia. captoras once the house majority leader. he left congress after a stunning upset. on the democratic side, hillary clinton attacking her republican rivals on the issue of women's rights. this as her poll numbers start to slip. here's abc's cecilia vega. >> reporter: in the swing state of ohio, hillary clinton coming
out swinging, comparing republicans to terrorists on women's issues. >> extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. we expect that from people who don't want to live in the modern world. but it's a little hard to take coming from republicans who want to be the president of the united states. >> reporter: her rivals firing back. jeb bush tweeting -- "hillary clinton compares pro-life americans to terrorists but defends despicable planned parenthood treatment of the unborn?" and donald trump -- >> i will take care of women's health and women's health issues better than anybody and far better than hillary clinton who doesn't have a clue. >> reporter: a new poll showing voters have some choice words of their own to describe the candidates. asked the first word that comes to mind about clinton, people say liar, dishonest, untrustworthy. for trump it's arrogant, blowhard, idiot.
and the number one word that comes to mind for bush? bush. >> you have to do an inspection. this is getty crazy. >> reporter: maybe the word of the day, bizarre. trump on the trail in south carolina inviting a supporter on stage to touch his hair to prove once and for all that it is indeed real. >> yes, i believe it is. >> thank you. >> reporter: that new poll out still shows hillary clinton far ahead of her pack but shows she's slipping when it comes to trustworthiness. six in ten voters now say they do not find her to be honest or trustworthy, showing this controversy over e-mails may be now having an effect on her campaign. cecilia vega, abc news, new york. a southern california treehouse built in memory of a beloved father and husband may have to come down due to code violations. dr. joanie doe terry had the $16,000 treehouse professionally built as a memorial for her two sons after their dad died in a
surfing is accident three years ago. >> it dominates the family's front yard. doherty called code enforcements before it was built and says she got the green light. now someone complained and she received a violation. so the battle goes on to get permits and find plenty of support from neighbors and their kids. they all really are said to love this treehouse. >> it's a shame when red tape has to disrupt a beautiful tribute like that. it's a great looking treehouse. $16,000. it's such a nice tribute. but county is working with them i guess. >> we hope they can get it together and let them keep the treehouse. it looks amazing. it's such a helpful thing for the community. people are rallying around the treehouse. >> they've collected signatures already trying to petition to let them have that treehouse. you know, it's on their property. it's a little bigger than regulation but i'm sure they'll all get it worked out. >> we're hoping for the best. coming up in "the skinny," excitement as justin bieber's new video is leaked and a sneak peek at the new "star wars" movie.
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he says he's a drug user and does not remember hurting anyone. >> now to a consumer alert. a sara lee bread recall in 11 states. the bread may contain fragments from a broken light bulb at a company factory. one consumer found small pieces of glass outside the bread. the recall covers seven different sara lee products, two sold under the nature's harvest and grand value brands. look for the best buy dates between august 29th and september 1st on the packaging. >> that is frightening to find in your bread. if you go shopping this weekend you may find yourself humming it's beginning to look a lot like christmas. >> at least one major retailer is humming that tune. it is kicking off its holiday campaign starting today. and others may have to follow suit. santa's suit. abc's rebecca jarvis has the story. >> reporter: walmart hoping to have you doing this. >> yea. >> reporter: four months before christmas. launching its earliest ever holiday layaway program on 40,000 items.
>> retailers want to get customers can as soon as possible. walmart's jumping the gun saying spend all of your money here in august. then you won't have money to spend other places. >> reporter: toy sales this year projected to claim more than 6% to $20 billion thanks in part to the new "star wars" movie produced by our parent company. walmart betting the force will be with it, starting september 4th, the retailer will stock its shelves with 500 "star wars" items, toys "r" us joining in on the action with its own midnight events. >> how big of a deal is "star wars" for toys? >> "star wars" is everything this holiday season. that's where all the toy action is. >> reporter: what retailers want to do is get you through the doors and on their web sites first because historically speaking, where you start your who dey shopping gets the biggest chunk of your budget. reena, phillip? >> thank you. i'm looking at the walmart
website. you can get an inflatable santa claus for $68.95. it's part of the red nosed christmas decorations. >> that's par of it. they've manufactured this toy week that started already. >> oh, let it snow. >> everybody likes christmas and they like money even better than christmas. look at that. you know what, i take it all back. maybe you should start shopping. >> i have been shopping for you. can't you tell? you see the decorations i've wrapped up in a box. >> i have a lot to go. i'll start with that inflatable santa you've got going on. this is a genius idea by them. they want their money and want it early. hey, don't forget to spend over here. let's start toy week. >> i'm done with my christmas list for you. >> already? you have plenty more to go. next good music and bad and why center stage is the same as center court. >> we'll also look at jedi and a wizard of sorts. "the skinny" is next. "world news now" continues
♪ skinny, so skinny okay. the mtv video music awards are this sunday evening. there are always surprises at the vmas. aren't there. >> yeah, every year there's some news worthy thing comes out of that. >> the unpredictable miley cyrus is going to host and perform. two years ago, she set the pop world on edge with the twerking
thing with rob thicke. >> it's still going on. that twerking thing. earlier this week, she showed her comedy chops by going undercover on jimmy kimmel. >> that was funny. >> that's her undercover there. nicki minaj and justin bieber will also be there to perform. mr. bieb will debut his new single "what do you mean," and tweeted he's back presumably from his recent problems. beyonce has the most nominations for vmas this year. i look forward to this. is that the new music video? >> i'm assuming so but beyonce owning the world. i'm trying to slow play it there. >> i love it. there's just 11 more days till christmas and 111 till the debut of "star wars," the force awakens. there you have it. it's a disney our parent company is teasing us a little bit with trailers. there was a two-minute video posted just a few months ago. >> now there's a 15-second one if you don't have two minutes that confirms there will be some lightsaber action.
there better be. also that andy serkis who seems to be in everybody's fantasy and sci-fi movie these days, he's in this, too. >> there's been an awakening. have you felt it? >> this trail ser only 15 seconds, but you can expect "star wars" fans to dissect and discuss every single one of those 15 seconds at least till the next trailer comes out. >> they have been teasing us with this. haven't they? little little snippets of what to expect. >> here and there. a little more. because they know how much people love it. >> my 4-year-old son is obsessed. >> from 4 to 90, they're into it. not 90. >> it's a good point. another big name has signed up for the upcoming film about a different kind of fantasy. the drama about the bernie madoff scandal. michelle pfeiffer is going to star as his wife ruth in the
hbo "wizard of lies. robert deniro is set to play the swindler himself. >> it is first major television role for michelle pfeiffer in decades. she is best known, of course, for her films "scarface," she was in, she was great in that, "batman returns" and "dangerous liaisons." pfeiffer is 57 years old. ruth madoff was 67 when the scandal dominated world headlines. >> i bet she will be fantastic. this one lobs and swings. serena williams is the top seed for next week's u.s. open. >> but she took a break from the prep the other day by singing some karaoke at a pretournament party. so was she any good? judge. ♪ ♪ but that is a big mistake ♪ just look at the world around you right here on the ocean floor ♪ ♪ such wonderful things surround you ♪ >> she's good at tennis. >> that was supposed to be "under the sea." she has good dance moves.
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♪ finally this half hour, a look back at this week's headlines. it has been an eventful week with more than its share of tragedy. >> there were also heros. so as we head into the weekend, here's a look back in our "friday rewind." >> when i walk around i would run into alison or adam, it was the high point of my day because they always made me smile. >> at some point in his life, it would appear things were spiraling out of control. >> we saw him cocking the ak-47. so at that time, it was either do something or die. >> he seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. so so were we. >> instantly, it looked like i was in the middle of a napalm explosion. it was awful. >> the market has gotten ahead
of where the actual economy is. this is rarely a one-day event. this should play out over a couple of weeks. >> sit down. go ahead. >> i have the right to ask the question. >> no, you don't. you haven't been called. >> i have the right to ask a question. >> go back to univision. >> the president has indicated that to add joe biden to the ticket as his running mate was the smartest decision he had ever made in politics. >> no doubt in my mind that beau wanted to see his dad as president. >> why don't you tell me what state you're from. >> you d.c. >> d.c. i used to live there. >> i knew it wasn't good when everybody was surrounding him, there, surrounding his car. >> it makes you feel even prouder to be his brother and just sort of exemplifies the life that he led and always giving and thinking of other people. >> life is short. have an affair. my only hope is that the people of the 9th circuit will look at the body of work over 34 years and compare it to one incredibly
bad, childish, stupid error in judgment. >> we have a new giant panda cub. >> she delivered the cub nicely. scooped it right up. >> she puts the seat in recline, she takes her pants off, and i see the baby's head. i'm like, oh, my god, no. what a start. she's going to love this when she's older. >> that was a remarkable birth. >> i love that. that's the guy, the father remember that said and then it wasn't in her stomach anymore. >> that was a good line. >> it was there and then it wasn't in her stomach anymore. >> that was pretty funny. >> be able to tell that story over and over and over as she grows up. >> another thing we'll be watching is tropical storm erika. monday morning might be pretty busy here. >> don't miss our updates at facebook at wnnfans.com. >> more news coming up on abc. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. informing insomniacs for two decades.
. making news in america this morning, tracking the tropics. erika barreling through the caribbean overnight. already being blamed for a number of deaths. new video just in of the damage it's leaving behind as the u.s. coast prepares. new details in the on air murder of two journalist, we're learning about the gunman, his past, getting fired from the st. francis station he worked and items discovered inside his car. hair defense. in front of a packed crowd, donald trump calling a person up to check his trademark hairdo. >> i don't wear a toupee. we're going to settle this. >> a tug of the hair hoping to put those rumors to rest. >> and mowed down. stopped in his tracks, the fastest man in the world taken out by a segway.