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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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a good thursday morning to you. we begin with breaking news. an investigation that may become olympic size. >> this new video in showing two american swimmers shortly after they were detained at the airport in rio pulled off their planes moments before takeoff to the u.s. now, brazilian authorities questioning whether they along with gold medalist ryan lochte and another teammate were really robbed at gunpoint. >> there's this video obtained by dailymail.com showing them arriving at olympic village 7:00 sunday morning, roughly 2 1/2 hours after they say they were attacked. now, the judge questioned that time gap and also wondered why they seemed so upbeat if they really had just been robbed. >> that brazilian judge ordered the seizure but he is back in the u.s. more from matt gutman in rio. >> reporter: we've learned from police sources here that those two men jack conger and gunner bentz have been pulled off
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the two are being questioned by police. their passports have been confiscated. at issue is a story that those two men plus ryan lochte, one of the most decorated swimmers of all time and jack fagan told police, they said coming back from partying early sunday morning they were pulled over by men wearing police uniforms, flashing badges, one of them put a gun to ryan lochte's head and demanded their money. after a couple of days of investigating this, police have found that their facts and the story that they told simply have not added up. 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. matt gutman, abc news, rio. >> those two swimmers detained overnight are expected to give statements to brazilian police today. more on "good morning america." also breaking the blue cut fire in southern california now spans more than 25,000 acres. >> hundreds of firefighters are on the
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still only managed to contain 4% of it. one bright spot overnight the northbound lanes of interstate 15, the main route from southern california to las vegas re-opening easing the way for commuters and he vac whiches. stephanie ramos has more. >> this is nuts. fire on both sides of me. >> reporter: the out-of-control blue cut wildfire is not letting up in southern california. >> it hit hard. it hit fast. it hit with an intensity that we haven't seen. >> reporter: it started as a small brush fire then morphed into this massive blaze burning about 40 square miles. fire crews fighting the flames on the ground. and in the air, trying to stop the fire fueled by intense winds from ripping through any more dry brush. abc's rob marciano on the scene. >> sky cranes have been dipping into this lake. moments ago that hillside was on fire. >> reporter: at least 82,000 people told to evacuate. but fir
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to half aren't budging. >> i see visible flames, i see it down the street -- i'm packed up now ready but haven't loaded anything. >> reporter: the better news, the clayton fire is beginning to dwindle. this as 40-year-old damin anthony pashlik is charged with sparking those fires. >> it just caused devastation. >> reporter: stephanie ramos, abc news. to the east coast where severe storms hit the mid-atlantic region leaving damage and flooding. the roof was blown off of a washington, d.c. apartment building leaving about 60 residents homeless and streets were flooded in baltimore where power was also knocked out to thousands of customers. but in louisiana, the death toll has risen to 13 in that historic epic flooding. 6,000 people spent another night in shelters down from 11,000. the head of homeland security is expected to v
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government's response to the disaster. there's now concern that west nile virus will spread due to all the standing water. a newly named storm formed in the atlantic overnight. tropical storm fiona located a thousand miles off cape verde islands. we will continuing monitoring it. the coast guard investigating a fire that forced more than 500 people to evacuate wha a ship off puerto rico. more than 100 treated at the scene. 24 were hospitalized. the ship was coming from the dominican republic. mechanics tried to put it out themselves for two hours before sounding the alarm. donald trump is holding a rally in north carolina this evening after shaking up his campaign staff at the highest level naming a ceo and a new campaign manager. trump was ushered into an fbi office in new york for his first intelligence briefing. but he raised eyebrows. before that meeting when asked if
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>> not so much from the people that have been doing it for our country. i mean, look what's happened over the last ten years. look what's happened over the years. i mean it's been catastrophic. >> well, that comment is likely an example of trump's plan to reject efforts to moderate his tone and instead just be himself. hillary clinton pounced on the shake-up in the trump campaign during a rally in cleveland. she told supporters that despite the changes trump is still the same man he always has been. >> there are just 83 days left in this election. i keep track of them. cross them 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.
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lead in the polls her e-mail controversy is not going away. a judge is expected to decide next week when to release thousands of deleted e-mails from her private server. >> let's get back to the olympics now. shall we. in track and field, a first for team usa. >> the american women swept the 100-meter hurdles, brianna rollins, nia ali and kristi castlin took the gold, silver and bronze. they're the first hurdlers from any country to finish one, two and three in that event. first time american women have swept any event in olympic history. >> some fun on the track for usain bolt. the jamaican star was having such a good time during the 200-meter semis he shared a laugh with one of his opponents. andre de grasse and bolt were grinning at each other. they have qualified for the final. the u.s. men's basketball team rolled into the semifinals after trailing argentina by ten early on. they hit a lead of
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kevin durant led the way with 27 points. the americans will play spain on friday. >> okay, so let's see how much we're dominating rio right now. for the second straight day, the u.s. picked up nine overall medals. that raises the americans' total to 93. the u.s. also has 30 golds. china and great britain are tied with 19. >> we'll have to expand the graph out a little bit if we hit 100. >> we will. coming up, the details of a tech giant announcing thousands of layoffs. changes are coming to every target store. the company spending millions to ease a specific customer complaint. plus, j.k. rolling said she was done with the boy wizard but not so fast. some new harry potter books coming soon.
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a grass fire and a wooden trestle made for a bad combination in northern california. this happened in san jose. the thick black smoke from the burning trestle was visible from miles away. a nearby apartment building had to be evacuated. no one was injured. target is making some major changes after immre membplement policy for transgendered. they will add private single stall bathrooms to their stores. groups had threatened to boycott them over that policy. cisco is laying over 5500 employees. it's the largest manufacturer of networking gear and has struggled as technology changes. remember that attempt to add a healthy touch to its happy meals. well, it appears to have backfired already. those brightly colored fitness trackers are no longer part of the happy meal. the company says it p
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trackers after getting reports of skin irritation, possibly caused by the band. at&t is joining other wireless carriers in eliminating fees for data overaverages. starting sunday at&t users can choose a plan which will slow down their data speed when they approach their data limit instead of paying the overaverage fee. now, verizon announced a similar plan last month. a daredevil from ireland says he's learned his lesson. empty pockets before bungee jumping. the guy was brave enough to jump off a very high bridge in south africa and also recorded the whole thing. but he also recorded the part when his phone slid out of his pocket plumbing to the ground. that same phone was stolen then recovered in italy earlier this year so he was pretty lucky the first time he lost it. we're guessing not so much this time. >> just destiny for that phone. >> really wanted to get away from him. all right, when we come back severe storms taking a toll on communities across a dozen
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ne. get back to great. this week sharpie twelve-packs just three dollars. office depot officemax. gear up for school. gear up for great. a major highway in the cincinnati area could be closed for weeks after heavy storms caused part of the roadway to collapse. eyewitnesses said a van on the highway at the time avoided disaster by a
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so no storms in that area but drivers in the dakotas, minnesota, western wisconsin could see heavy rain and even some hail. if you're flying you can expect delays in dallas and minneapolis. a police officer was wounded in a wild shoot-out caught on camera in chicago. >> the police were chasing a suspected carjacker when that man opened fire. the bullet came through the officer's windshield and grazed his face. the suspect was arrested after losing control of the stolen suv. he's now -- already a convicted felon who was on parole for armed robbery. and a murder trial is under way in south florida after a woman was accused of skilling her birlova who is a miami police officer. abc's steve osunsami has the latest. >> reporter: lawyers fighting for her freedom say that that nico thompson is a victim claiming her police officer birlova was physically abusive and saying that she shot him accide
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over his gun. >> then the swabs came back positive but her dna up on his fingernails. >> reporter: before police charged her with second degree murder she told wtvj her birlova officer karl pat africa put a gun in her face the night he died in may of 2014. >> and i held on and we struggled because i wasn't going to let go. >> reporter: but prosecutors say it's all a lie saying that for 13 months she pretended she was pregnant with his child and the fight broke out, they say, when he learned the truth. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. the man who climbed trump tower here in new york has been arraigned. 19-year-old steven rigato used suction cups. prosecutors say he actually planned and practiced the climb ordering the equipment on amazon and waiting until his parents were away before going to new york city. he entered no plea from a hospital room where he's been undergoing mental evaluation. the youngest girl injured in
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week is back home. 6-year-old briley reynolds was released wednesday. she suffered a traumatic brain injury from the nearly 40-foot drop. briley and her older sister kayla and a 16-year-old friend were all hurt. the other two treated and released. explorers have made an incredible discovery. they found a ship that sank more than 200 years ago. the washington went down during a storm in 1803. it's the second oldest confirmed shipwreck in the great lakes. >> fascinating find. time for sports. >> i was still so focused on the ship. i was about to say i wonder if there's any treasure in there. >> of course you'd think that. we should get to sports. august is more than halfway over which means the playoff race is heating up in the mlb. >> it's getting there. here's last night's action from our guys at espn. >> good morning, it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. and this race in the national league west looks like it could go right down to t
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>> tight. >> locked up in a tight one. dodgers/giants. who would have thought? the first time since may 10th the dodgers have held sole possession of first place. lee singer, research, google it. adrian gonzalez, if you're not familiar with him, google him doing selfies and everything. that's the dodgers that loose taking selfies. justin turner said, i would like to hit a home run and be in another selfie. gonzalez hit two. turner hit one. the dodgers are up big. this highlight is for you. l.a., 7-2. >> what if there's stuff that they doesn't want people to know. >> too late. s-i-n-g-e-r. gaptss taking on the pirates. mckutcher on off matt cain. two mitts in the inning. pirates up, 6-4. bottom nine, buster po
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and golden girl katie ledecky is back home. >> yeah, she sent out this tweet after arriving at dulles airport outside the nation's capital, of course, giving a shout out to her bethesda, maryland, high school. >> two of america's final five gymnasts also asking a favor of michelle obama. simone biles and aly raisman are hoping that the first lady will ignore a tweet that they sent out of them eating mcdonald's to celebrate the rio performance. aly looks pretty happy. >> they both look happy with it and the price, i think they're all gone already. michael phelps in the meantime, he just can't stay out of the pool. this is the most decorated athlete in olympic history. how he's spending his first day of retirement in the water with his fiancee nicole and, of course, their son boomer. >> get to argue over that. no, i don't want to go in the pool. >> i still think it feels like work once he gets in the pool. a galaxy far, far away coming to hollywood. one of the most memorable sets from "star wars" will be brought to life in a new
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it's not up and running yet but soon you will be able to make ses remember sayses. >> it's being billed as a two-hour immersive experience and get a souvenir pint glass and don't forget to dress up because costumes, without one you would look weird. >> that's the best part. harry potter fans will soon be able to dig deeper into the world of witchcraft and wizardry, j.k. rolling is going back to school releasing a series of short e-books about some of the characters from hogwarts. >> comes on top of the first of three spin-off movies that are set to hit theaters later this year. a sold out play in london and the new book that is based on that play, of course, the e-books will be available as well starting september 6th so you get a sense harry potter is here to stay. >> pretty big. j.k. rolling, pretty busy, not a lot of time on her hands. more news after this.
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it's friday eve and you can expect the roads and sidewalks to be a little we this morning, after last night big storm. we'll get an update from veronica in just a moment but first. here are the top stores you need to know right now. the storm left more than wet roads in it's wake, hundreds of people waking up to major damage. in southeast washington-- strong winds tore the roof off this apartment building, leaving dozens displaced. no injuries were reported. breaking news overnight. two american swimmers-- including one from rockville-- held in rio. they're now banned from leaving the country until they talk to police about their claims of getting robbed at gunpoint right outside their olympic compound. good morning washington. toss to veronica thunderstorms and big rains are over today will be hot, but not as humid today: am cloud, pm sun isolated pm shower/t-storm highs 88-91 feeling like 93-96 tonight: partly cloudy lows: 70-75 friday: partly sunny, stray shower chance highs: 89-92
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breaking right now.. 9th and p
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now.. 9th and p breaking right now.. 9th and p streets northwest, shut down after a pedestrian was hit.
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down after a pedestrian was hit. it happened almost three hours ago near logan circle. and just minutes ago police confirmed that the pedestrian has died from his injuries. the car that hit him did stay on scene. we're learning more about the fairfax county man arrested for scaling trump tower in manhattan. prosecutors say 19-year-old stephen rogata of great falls ordered his suction cups he used-- on amazon. he also practiced ahead of time... then waited for his parents to go out of town before traveling to new york city. rogata appeared in a courtroom wednesday via video from a psychiatric hospital. he's charged with four misdemeanors, and is currently being held on 10-thousand dollars bond. here is a story you'll see only on seven... crews in hazmat suits clean up sludge-like sewage water in near triple-digit heat. now the company responsible is getting read to pay up. at least five homes in southeast washington saw the same disgusting sight-- basements filled with sewer water five to six inches deep. residents and the city blame
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contractor working on a job one street over from chesapeake street. the company says it has a claims process -- and is working with residents. in the meantime, the cleanup could take several days. she's one of the world's most famous swimmers-- and this morning, katie ledecky is back home. the bethesda native stepped off the plane at dulles airport last night, and received a hero's welcome. friends, fans, and family members were all there to greet the star, fresh off her four gold medal and one silver medal performance at the rio olympics. she was very gracious-- taking plenty of selfies and giving some autographs. next up for the olympian-- stanford university. she starts her freshman year there, next month. it's xx and we're just getting started.
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now.. 9th and p streets and breaking right now.. 9th and p streets northwest, shut down after a pedestrian is struck. just minutes ago we learned that the victims has died from his injuries. the accident happened less than 3 hours ago near logan circle. the car that hit him did stay on scene. good morning washington. thunderstorms and big rains are over today will be hot, but not as humid today: am cloud, pm sun isolated pm shower/t-storm highs 88-91 feeling like 93-96 tonight: partly cloudy lows: 70-75 friday: partly sunny, stray shower chance highs: 89-92 our stormwatch team is busy this morning.

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