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breaking news this morning on "world news now." deadly earthquake #italy. the 6.2 magnitude tremor felt throughout the region near rome. some victims out in the streets as others are trapped under the rubble. we'll have a live report. hillary clinton opens a huge lead over donald trump. but trump is pushing for a new issue to battle clinton over. we'll have the latest from the campaign trail just ahead. >> and new this half hour, the recovery of a young boy receiving transplants for both of his hands. hear the heart warming moment he tried to convince his mom to let him play football. it is wednesday, august 24th th. from abc news, this is "world news now."
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>> good morning. i'm diane macedo. >> i'm kendis gibson. we're going to get to the top story, the devastating earthquake that's developing overnight in italy. most residents were asleep. >> some were buried in the collapsing buildings. the epicenter is about 100 miles north of rome. because there's only six miles deep, it was felt over a wide area off a large portion of central italy. the greatest damage was in the central part of that country where many buildings collapsed. we're going to get a better idea of the extent of the damage as the sun comes up over there. already one mayor says more than half his town is gone. a bridge is danger of collapse. there were some deaths but the number is not known. >> one report says a family of four was killed while they were sleeping.
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electricity, gas and phone service are out in much of the area. and roads are blocked by debris. they had an earthquake three years ago. >> the state department is asking people to contact their family and friends as soon as possible, checking in on social media as well. you look at some of these early images that we're getting. you're getting a sense this was a devastating earthquake for central italy. >> the civil protection agency there is already calling the quake severe, 6.2 magnitude. the usgs is saying seven aftershocks. sometimes the aftershocks can be nearly as damaging or sometimes more than the quake itself. a very developing story here for you. we'll continue to monitor it for you. we'll switch gears and move to politics. hillary clinton has opened up a 16 point lead over donald trump in the key battle ground state of virginia. >> trump is hoping to gain ground as he has a string of attacks accusing clinton for swapping access to her
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what is the latest in this? it seems to be a lot of e-mails going back and forth. >> this is donald trump's new favorite topic. his assault on hillary clinton and the clinton foundation. he suggested high dollar donors got time with secretary clinton during her time as secretary of state. more than half of clinton's meetings outside the government were held with top donors of the clinton foundation. here's what trump had to say to that. >> it is impossible to figure out where the clinton foundation ends and the state department begins. it is now abundantly clear that the clintons set up a business to profit from public office. >> the clinton campaign is disputing the report saying, quote, this story relies on flawed data.
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it cherry picked a limited subset of secretary clinton's schedule to give a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations. questions continue to mount about it. >> you get a sense he's going to continue to hammer home on that topic. a lot of people are talking about his immigration policy and it seems to be signaling a change in the policy. >> that's right. overnight he said he is considering softening his stance. he also has said he wants to enforce the current laws, but that the process of creating new laws could be brutal. one thing to point out is he's talking about this in interviews. at his campaign rallies, he's stayed away from talking about any type of policy shift. we'll have to see in the coming weeks what he might unveil about that. >> we will. thank you for being with us. health officials in the tampa bay area are on alert
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transmitted zika virus was diagnosed in that area. >> they were diagnosed, but the exact location won't be revealed unless there are more cases. officials have already started aggressive spraying for mosquitos. the total number of locally transmitted zika cases in florida is 42. researchers in brazil say the damage to a baby's brain from the disease may be more extensive. doctors released the new brain scan images. it showed the range of destruction. half a dozen brain defects were found in nearly all the babies in the zika virus study. doctors are crediting divine intervention after a teen survived a brain eating infection which is fatal nearly 100% of the time. >> this 16-year-old is a walking miracle. >> i had to tell them -- >> ror
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initially prepared his family for the worst. you see, sebastian was diagnosed with a rare infection caused by a brain eating amoeba. of the 138 cases reported in the last 50 years, only three survived. >> we decided to take it out, and within hours he spoke. sorry. >> reporter: and with that, sebastian became the fourth survivor and his family couldn't be more grateful. >> wonderful team. and we are so thankful for the gift of life. >> reporter: the amoeba is found in fresh water lakes, ponds and rivers. usually deadly when it travels to the brain. in his case, what made the difference was how quickly he was diagnosed and treated. >> if you have kids with the gn
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neck, and mention any warm body of water, i would be concerned. >> reporter: not only was it imperative he got to the hospital when he did, but also working in his favor, the drug used to treat the infection is manufactured in orlando, and it was delivered in minutes. the agricultural department is taking a big bite out of the country's cheese surplus. it is buying 11 million pounds to distribute to food banks across the country. there's a global milk glut and falling prices, and the cheese stock prices are at record levels. and the stock price for dominos opens at an all time high. they are successfully courting millennials. customers can order by text or tweet.
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and half the company's sales are digital. other pizza chains are doing well as well such as papa johns and pizza hut's parent company. >> dominos had that track your pizza app. i think they were the first ones to have that out, i heard. a friend told me. a story out of russia shows us adoption knows no boundaries, including those between species. >> this 16-year-old has herself a new little monkey. the three week old squirrel monkey was abandoned by his mom. he was paired with the cat who never had kids herself, and the two have been inseparable. >> how can you not think that monkey is adorable? and he's clinging to her back. >> i'm thinking i need to get this monkey off my back. >> no. she loves the company. lo
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look at how excited she is. >> that's your happy moment of the day, i guess. take a look at that. coming up, we'll check in on a brave little guy who has made remarkable progress. and how ryan reynolds is dealing with rude tweets being sent from alleged fans. first, a look at today's forecast. "world news now" weather brought to you by american advisor's group. "world news now" weather brought to you by american advisor's group.
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we are following broking use of an earth day care in central hit. it hit around 3:30 a.m. local time. there's a 6 .2 magnitude quake. about an hour later the first aftershock hit. at least seven aftershocks have hit the area. residents are using shovels and bulldozers to try to look for victims. there are reports of people trapped under the rubble. power out. phone lines out. gas lines interrupted as well. the government has activated emergency procedures and is sending aid. rescue teams are having a tough time reaching the area which is only accessible by long, winding roads. landslides are likely among the mountain roads. we'll continue to monitor this throughout the morning. and flash flooding slams an area of colorado. this is in canyon city about 90 miles south of denver. no homes have been affected. the ground had already b
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fire. more than 26 square miles have burned. a lightning strike sparked the fire last month. the blue cut fire has finally been contained. the fire forced -- about 300 structured were destroyed. a third of those were home. they are asking for the public's health in finding out what sparked the fire. this is a progress report we're happy to tell you about. this little guy, nine-year-old zion is the star of this story. >> a year ago he went under a double hand transplant. >> yesterday we heard from him his hands, feet, and kidney had to be replaced because of a serious infection. >> yesterday we heard from him and his mother about his rehab. they said he's doing great and his doctors agreed. and the little boy made it clear he wants to do what a lot of other little kids
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>> she won't let me try out for football. >> no. we're going to start with baseball. >> why not? >> too dangerous. >> they're little kids. >> kids are -- >> not professionals. >> we'll have this argument later. >> and i will always lose. >> at least he knows. >> good tactic. try to persuade mom in public. >> good move. >> no dice. >> mom is banning him from the football, but t not stopping him. >> a reporter asked him what his next goal is. here's what he had to say about that. >> convince mom to let me play football. >> if he does keep insisting, you never know. he might be allowed out there. >> one of his doctors says he has coped with the surgery better than many adults handle simpler procedures.
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he says he's never seen zion cry or not want to do his physical therapy. such a cool kid there. >> now, what a great spirit he has. we should mention zion lost his feet to the same infection. he wears prosthetics that allow him to walk. just unbelievable that he stays so bright and cheery. ready to conquer the world. >> the doctors said he's a remarkable human being. >> an inspiration for us all. when we come back, the hump day skinny. >> today's hollywood's highest paid actresses. >> "world news now
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♪ ♪ it's skinny time. we start with leading ladies. there's the annual list of the highest paid actresses. >> this proves the point stars are like us. scarlett johansson made $205 -- $25 million over the past year before taxes, we should note. most of it is from acting. she also has an endorsement deal with dolce and ga ban in a.
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>> number two, melissa mccarthy. $33 million. she designs her own clothing line. >> and once again, j-law is number one. she brought in $46 million. it included a big profit from the final installment in the hunger games. and lawrence is also the youngest actress on that list. >> good for them. >> next, some comments from scott eastwood, the son of clint eastwood. he opened up about the death of his former girlfriend in an interview with gq australia. >> she died in a car accident. the air bag in the car she was driving had been recalled. eastwood said it exploded with too much force. he said he still hasn't called her father about it because he hasn't found the right words. >> eastwood also talks about his father saying clint got physical at least once while growing up. he said his dad slammed him into
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face because he left his younger sister at a party. ryan reynolds obviously having some fun with some people who are getting in touch with him on social media. like plenty of hunks he gets questions about doing wild and unspeakable things on twitter. >> we're not going to show you them. this is a family show. we can tell you about reynolds' polite replies. >> in response to a request about a certain sex act, reynolds said sorry, just holding my infant niece in my arms for her baptism right now. >> a similar request had him respond, oops, i'm helping my nana take her diabetes medication right now. >> and he has his own theory about o
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is writing most of those. sounds like her. >> i wonder what blake thought about all that. >> she was like oh, oh. >> and finally british actor and producer saying he's fulfilling a lifelong ambition by training for a real kick boxing match. he's 43. that's not stopping him from getting in the ring. >> his yearlong training journey will take him to the far east. it's all for a series that will be called idris elba fire. it will air early next year. >> he did kick boxing training in his 20s but never competed in a match. he says that's a challenge he's wanted to take on for some time. >> i like that. i think i want to do something like that. >> he still looks pretty good. is he still on your vote for -- >> bond? yes. i want to see him be bond, and then i want
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k-y touch. ♪ ♪ yes, it is. i feel like you're going to knock me out. >> usually when we hear this song, we think of the holiday season. but that's not the case. >> no, it ain't. this most wonderful time of the year is when pumpkin flavor begins to dominate our taste buds. some investigative reporting. here. >> this is great. >> reporter: it's back. and earlier than ever. >> you can see the flavors. pumpkin spice everything coming together. >> and you get the latte. >> reporter: it's really good. the only part is it's talking after you eat it. pumpkin spice, the beloved fall
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autumn in august making its way from coffee cups to cereal bowls. a cereal bar in times square, the tasty treat will have a spacing up a classic. >> there's a pumpkin spice mini-wheats. it's one of the hottest summers. >> it's august. >> reporter: other retailers like mcdonald's and duncan donuts rolling out their pumpkin spice products. starbucks made it popular. in 2003. keeping its release date a carefully guarded secret. for those who just can't wait, this bowl could be the newest early way to satisfy that pumpkin spice craving with ground espresso and white chocolate chips. >> speechless. >> reporter: this is really good. this limited edition bowl even comes with this instagram worthy twist. >> how cool.
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our logo on it. it's the season. >> you covered the coffee and cereal, but you missed pumpkin flavored beer. >> the most important thing. >> exactly. >> you're partial. >> i am. however, even i think it's a little early. i can't do it until at least september. >> oh. >> we forgot the best part of the pumpkin season. >> never too early for that. >> never too early for a pumpkin onesie. it is a tutu. >> look at the pointed toes . >> why isn't the tutu bigger than that? >> beautiful form. this is abc's "world news now" informing insomniacs for two decades. this is abc's "world news w"
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two decades.
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making news in america this morning -- breaking yigt now, a powerful fuful earthquake hitsl italy. a mayor has described his town as no longer there. we're live with the latest. donald trump softening his stance on a controversial policy. what he said at a late night rally about immigration as he steps up attacks on hillary clinton. ager makes a rare recovery. surviving a brain-etting infection. a seal jumps on a boat. we'll tell you why that was a smart move.

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