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this morning on "world news now," the raging wildfire in southern california still burning, leaving a path of destruction and expanding overnight. and members of the usa swim team pulled from a plane. see the video prompting authorities to question their account about an alleged robbery. and record breaking daredevil learning a valuable lesson. he made the world's highest bungee jump. he forgot to empty his pockets. what he dropped that's going to cost him. and adele is issuing an apology. she posted a late night video. see the emotional message to her fans and why she's saying she's sorry in the skinny on this august 17th.
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she was hoping to say hello. >> and then i'm sorry. >> yeah. that's a different singer, though. >> we'll get to that. let's start with the west and the progress against the huge wildfire in southern california. crews now say the blue cut fire is 4% contained. >> the flames are coming close to several communities near san bernardino. dozens of homes have been lost. >> this is nuts. fire on both sides of me. >> reporter: hundreds of firefighters on the defensive fighting the massive and fast-moving blue cut fire on the ground and by air. >> this is a monster of a fire that is moving faster than any fire i've seen in a very, very long time. >> reporter: the fire is showing no mercy on san bernardino county. two firefighters have been injured. more than 82,000 residents forced to leave.
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orders to get out. >> i think this is the worst that i've ever seen. you know? and it's kind of getting used to the idea of being homeless. >> reporter: even the main road leading evacuees to safety is engulfed in flames. triple digit temperatures and fierce winds adding fuel to the fire. >> i'm opening it up to get the heat out so we can put it out to mitigate the smoke impacting the freeways. >> reporter: with hot spots burning, we don't know how many homes or structures have been destroyed by the fire. this is a little bit of good news. firefighters telling us the fire is now at least 4% contained. now to the breaking news from rio where two u.s. olympics swimmers were pulled off a plane. take a look at video of jack conger and gunnar bentz after they were removed from a u.s. bound flight. it's part of an investigatio
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into sunday's alleged gunpoint robbery of the four american swimmers including ryan lochte. they reportedly will not be allowed to leave brazil until they testify about that robbery. lochte is back in the u.s. while the men claim they were robbed by a gunman posing as police officers as they took a taxi back to the village. surveillance video recorded after the alleged incident is raising questions about the story. here's matt gutman with the details. >> reporter: abc news learned brazilian police are investigating whether ryan lochte lied to authorities about the night he was mugged at gunpoint. lochte with 12 olympics medals said. >> he put a gun to my head. he said get down. i put my hands up. i was like whatever. >> reporter: he said the men
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money but not their phones. a brazilian judge with a warrant to have the rooms searched. and be passports confiscated. all on suspicious of giving a false sworn statement punishable by up to six months in jail. the phones are critical and could determine where the men were that night. lochte posted this snap chat. the left the club at around 4:00 a.m. driving 40 minutes to the olympics village. just before 7:00 a.m. they reenter the village as seen on this security footage. the brazilian judge saying the time line doesn't match the video obtained. the judge also wondering why the men seemed so unphased if they'd really just been robbed at gunpoint. only later did they provide a statement. police say the men were so drunk they were unable to give much
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information regarding the perpetrators, the vehicles the criminals used or the license plate. >> is there any concern that they may have been trying to cover something up? >> i couldn't comment on that. >> reporter: the usoc wouldn't comment on it. we have confirmed that lochte is back in the u.s. his lawyer telling us he gave statements of the state department and the fbi. he says there's no question the robbery did occur. we've learned from police sources here that the two men, jack conger and gunnar bentz were pulled off a u.s.-bound flight. the two men are being questioned by police. they're now investigating them for providing false testimony to the police. the authorities here in brazil have left the door open to prosecuting all four men. the coast guard is investigating a fire that forced more than 500 people to evacuate a ship off puerto rico.
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passengers were forced to exit the ferry on emergency slides. more than 100 people were treated at the scene. 24 were hospitalized. no life threatening injuries. the ship was coming from the dominican republic. mechanics tried to put out the fire for two hours before sounding the alarm. donald trump is heading into the home stretch of the general election under new management. he put two long time associates at the top of the campaign and sidelined the man calling the shots. that means we can expect to see more of trump's free wheeling style. we'll get the latest now from tom llamas. >> reporter: cameras ushered in for what looked a lot like a trump cabinet meeting. trump surrounded by his top advisors and now some fresh faces. at the end of the table his new campaign ceo, steven bannon, and new campaign manager, kellyanne conway. trump not saying much during this photo op, but this sends a
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clear message. trump is going back to his way of doing things. >> i am who i am. it's me. i don't want to change. i don't want to pivot. you have to be you. >> reporter: bannon, a one-time goldman sachs banker and film director stepping down from his current job. he's never worked on a campaign, but the trump team touting in a press release, a magazine article calling him the most dangerous political operative in america. trump, a guest on bannon's radio show in may. bannon. making sure the candidate would not be swayed by republican leaders calling for a more moderate tone. >> the trump people want to know when they hear paul ryan talk, what they feel is going to be a collapse of what you ran on and a collapse of what they backed you on. >> my folks have nothing worry about it. that's the way it is. i won in landslides based on what i was saying and on my ideas and themes and my statements and policies.
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so i'm not going to go into a room and go back to the old stuff that's not working. >> reporter: conway, the new campaign manager, says like the primaries, they're banking almost entirely on trump. >> we'll never have the money and we'll never have the man power that clinton has in brooklyn. we don't need it. quality candidates matter. >> reporter: this is the second major shakeup for the campaign in two months. it comes on the day his motorcade pulled in to get his first classified intelligence briefing. trump seeming skeptical about the value of those briefings. >> do you trust intelligence? >> not so much from the people doing it for our country. look at over the years, it's been catastrophic. >> reporter: hillary clinton reminding trump the clock is ticking. >> there are just 83 days left in this election. i
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off. and for anyone waiting for donald trump to suddenly become more responsible, remember what a great american, maya angelou said. when someone shows you who they are, believe them. >> i spoke with trump's new campaign manager who tells me that her initial advice to donald trump will be to be authentic. that's what voters want. mcdonald's attempt to add a healthy touch to the happy meals appeared to have backfired. fitness trackers were pulled after reports of skin irritations possibly caused by the band. >> was that 48 hours? and then boom, it's gone. >> did you like the tracker you got with your happy meal? >> it was cute. thank you. a tourist from ireland said he learned an important lesson. empty your pocket before bungee
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he was brave enough to jump off a high bridge, the highest bridge in the world. during a trip to south africa. >> he was also brave enough to record it, even the part when his phone slid out of his pocket plummeting to the ground. >> oh, no. i dropped my phone. >> keep in mind, the same phone was stolen earlier during a trip to italy. he eventually got it back from the police. he was very lucky that time around. not so much this time around. >> if it was my phone, i would have said it's okay. cut me loose. i'm going after it. >> i'm going after it. i need that phone. >> i need that phone. that's kind of cool video. coming up, the american sprinters making history, taking not just gold, not just gold and silver. gold, silver and bronze. >> okay. thank you. >> i thought there might have been another one there. >> i kept the suspense up. >> and hello from th
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we're amateurs at this. we need some lessons. >> only two more. kerri walsh jennings is coming home from rio with a beach volleyball medal. >> the three time gold medal winner and april ross bounced back from the semi final loss. walsh jennings first of loss at the olympics, but they won the bronze medal. germany won gold defeating the other brazilian team that beat the americans. >> in track and field, a first for team usa. these ladies, the american women swept the 100 meter hurdles, brianna rollins, nia ali, and kristi castlin swept the field. it's the first time all three women from any country will sweep that event. and it's the first time american women have swept the field in any event. >> usain bolt was having such a good time during his 200 meter
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semis that she shared a laugh with an opponent. >> they were grinning at each other as they approached the finish line. both men qualified for the final, and this picture is now making the rounds on the internet. >> and he does it like no, no, no. the finger thing. >> and golden girl katie ledecky is back home. she got a huge ovation in dulles. >> she sent out this tweet that reads back in the usa, thanks to my gators. sr friends for the welcome home. that was a shout out to her school in bethesda, maryland. and michael phelps may be retired, but you skill can't keep him out of the pool. the most decorated athlete in united states history spent time in the water with his fiance and son and posted this adorable family shot to instagram.
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for the second straight day the u.s. picked up nine overall medals. that raises the american's total to 93. the u.s. has 30 golds. china and great britain are tied at 19. >> all right. 30, 32, and 31 with the medal count. it liked them all at 28. >> when we come back, adele's emotional message to who are friends. >> why she had to cancel her concert. "the skinny" is next. but now we samba. "world news now" continues after this. > "world news now" continues after this.
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♪ ♪ >> it is skinny time. there are disappointed adele fans out there this morning. the singing sensation was forced to say hello from the other side, probably the other side being the hotel on the other side of phoenix instead of getting to the arena. she cancelled a show because of a cold and posted this message to her fans. >> i'm so sorry to let you down. i know lots of you were flying in from all over. it's the last thing i want to do, but i have to look at myself because i have so many more shows to do. i will reschedule the show, and i will come back and smash it for you. i'm really, really sorry.
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me. >> oh. >> and fans are offering her support saying they hope she feels better. this was supposed to be her second night in phoenix. she says she pushed it too hard tuesday night and now the cold has gotten the better of her. she can't muscle it out anymore. >> we wish her well. it's kind of cool to present that video there, showing her raw to her fans there. a much different apology, blake shelton is saying sorry for tweets from earlier in his career. they have him in hot water. twitter users dug up the old offensive comments that. range from home phobic to misogynistic. >> and comedy has been a big part of his career, but he said anyone that knows me knows i have no tolerance of hate for any kind of form. he admits jokes can be inappropriate, but they're never hateful. many of the old tweets were reportedly deleted. one of the most iconic
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♪ >> a live picture in rio where it is 77 degrees, and they're an hour ahead of the east coast there. >> and most of us don't have what it qualifies for the olympics let alone medal, but there are other ways to get in on the action. >> one super fan is snapping pictures with most of the top american athletes except for one elusive champion. >> reporter: who is that guy? the final five are all smiles posing for a selfie with him. here he is with u.s. track star, allyson felix, and here with ryan murphy. who is he? brent foalen of fort worth, texas, the undisputed selfie king of the rio olympics.
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raisman during her medal ceremony. >> right place right time. if they would give medals to spectators, i would for sure get a gold for my performance this olympics. >> reporter: brent describes himself as a sports super fan. he used all his vacation time to be here. his wild ride in rio and his impressive collection of selfies won't be complete without that one selfie he's desperate to get. michael phelps. >> phelps is like my white buffalo. he's the reason why i skipped my flight home. >> reporter: that's right. he had to call his boss to ask for more vacation time to stay in rio longer to pursue a coveted selfie with phelps. will the gamble pay off? well, what brent doesn't know is that our interview with him is just a front. >> tell me the trick now to doing a selfie.
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let's see here. what's the trick? look around for me. yeah. what's the trick? >> oh. >> there's a trick to doing this selfie. >> no way. >> yes. >> what's up, man? so good. this is not real. >> reporter: he just called you his white buffalo. he's been trying to track you down this whole time. >> here i am. here we are. >> rio at the olympics. >> i was supposed to fly home three days ago and i skipped it to try to meet you, and it happened. >> what a great moment. >> he got his selfie with michael phelps. >> who's the most famous person you've taken selfie with? >> i took one with donimique dawes yesterday morning. i think my favorite person to take selfies with is kendis gibson. you know that guy? >> i'm thinking beyonce. that will be who i'd go for. >> wait. instead of me? >>
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making news in america this morning, two u.s. olympians pulled off their flight home. brazilian authorities are holding them amid questions whether they were really robbed at gunpoint along with teammate ryan lochte. >> breaking now, the monster wildfire tearing across southern california. consuming 40 square miles so far. now closing in on neighborhoods. new flooding overnight as severe storms hit the east coast. but plus the destruction left behind in the south and midwest. back in rio, clean sweep. the americans own the 100-meter hurdles as the hoops team loaded with nba stars, they move on and our golden girl simone biles rewards herself, yes, she'll have fries with that.

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