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this morning on "world news now," millions in the path of a nasty storm front. >> that same system that spawned an outbreak of deadly tornados in the midwest now moves east. intense wind gusts breaking apart homes and tossing vehicles around like toys. accuweather has the latest on the brutal path of destruction. our other top lead story, the revelation that attorney general jeff sessions was in contact with the russian ambassador curing the presidential campaign. before this development, the concern was whether sessions should front the investigation into the alleged russian ties to the campaign. now he finds himself at the center of that scandal. details ahead. a new romantic twist inside the biden family. what we're finding out this morning about the romantic relationship between the widow of joe biden's son beau and
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and why the vice president and his wife have given their blessing. old hold on to your socks. this daredevil is taking us along for his typical morning workout but it's. >> crazy. >> not really everybody's typical workout. that's quite a handstand. grab your barf bag. it's thursday, march 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." isn't it too early to say barf bag. >> i think it is in a lot of ways. but what a rough couple of days it has been from a weather front. >> it's going to be moving our way. our top story this half hour, the severe storms responsible for at least three deaths in the midwest and the system is now heading east. >> seven tornados confirmed. five of them ef-3s. one of the twisters in illinois packed winds of 160 miles an hour. in arkansas, many residents took shelter from the deadly
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in local schools. hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or damaged. many families say they lost just about everything. more from abc's richard cantu. [ siren ] >> reporter: tornado sirens blairing in tennessee. the huge storm system that spawned tornadoes in the midwest is on the move. students at tennessee tech forced to shelter in place. in maryland, powerful wind and rain brought down power lines. this one burning a hole in the street. back behind the system half a dozen states are left surveying the damage. the view from the air shows the scope of the devastation. on the ground, emotions running high. >> a lot of us have lived down here all of our lives. never had nothing like this but you know we'll get through it. >> reporter: more than a dozen tornadoes now confirmed, missouri, illinois and indiana hit hard. hundreds of homes damaged or demolished. lifetimes of memories smashed or blown away.
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home when a tornado tore through, ripping the house down to the foundation. >> i'm not a strong person but when you think you're about to lose your son because have you no walls you hold on tight. >> reporter: so many people left trying to process what happened and the clean-up to come. >> had to get in the bathtub to survive and my whole street is racked. now that i see it, that's my home. now it's gone. but it's just a blessing that none of my family was in there. >> reporter: the east coast is the also feeling the power of the storm. ar a terrific snarled at laguardia airport in new york. >> light sning strike. >> reporter: it's not over yet. behind ittrong wind, warnings and advisories already in effect for thursday. richard cantu, abc news, new york. >> wow, as we mentioned the storm system is now heading east. while tornados are not as likely, strong winds and cold temperatures are. >> it's quite an impressive image behind us.
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accuweather's justin povick has the details good morning. >> kendis, thanks and good morning to you. that storm system responsible for all the severe weather and the tornadoes well off the coast at this point. now we're talking about some gusty winds and this could cause some travel delays of its own. along with that, we're also going to be talking about some much colder temperatures. and in fact, this is going to be the coldest air mass we have seen in quite some time. continuing into friday along with perhaps some snow showers in spots. kendis, adrienne? >> and justin, now to the firestorm of controversy brewing overnight. attorney general jeff sessions met twice last year with russia's ambassador to the u.s., something he denied under oath. one of those meetings was a private conversation in september and the other was in a group setting. during his confirmation hearing, he said he did not have communications with the russians. sessions was a top adviser to the trump campaign. as he's now overseeing at
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investigation into possible contacts between russia and trump campaign staffers. some congressional democrats including nancy pelosi and elijah cummings are calling for him to step down and resign. and republican senator ripped say graham says there may be a need for a special prosecutor. >> if there is something there, and it goes up the chain of investigation, it is clear to me that yef sessions who is my dear friend cannot make this decision about trump. >> sessions released a statement overnight saying "i never met with any russian officials to discuss issues of the campaign. i have no idea what this allegation is about. it is false." the administration says the white house counsel's office has instructed president trump's aides to preserve all russia related material. and new details this morning about president trump's revised travel ban which remains on hold. sources say the new executive order on immigration will not includ
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citizens. they tell abc news james mattis and others expressed concerns that keeping iraq on the list could hinder the fight against isis and say the order may take two weeks before going into effect. the rollout postponed after the president's speech. still not clear when he plans to sign it. all of wall street's major stock averages opened this morning at record high level. it sent the dow to its first close above the 21,000 mark. the dow climbed 303 points. best performance so far this year. you've heard president trump speak how the markets have done better since his election to office. the more moderate tone of president trump's address to congress helped refuel that rally we're told. most of the major averages across asia posted gains, as well. seven baltimore officers accused in a racketeering conspiracy that will includes charges of robbery and extortion. prosecut
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thousands of dollars filing false police reports and inflating time sheetses. because of the arrests prosecutors in baltimore have dropped five criminal cases brought by the officers who are now charged themselves in that racketeering conspiracy. a wild police chase in louisiana ending with the driver of a stoken pickup truck losing control. flying into a restaurant parking lot. and landed on another vehicle. police say the truck was stolen by an escaped prisoner who ran over spike strips on the highway. nobody was hurt. that escapee is back in custody but kind of looks like a scene out of dukes of hazard. >> seriously. a truck has some air. >> the general lee it is not. well, authorities working themselves to the bone searching for a missing piano player in south florida. fina gan is short, has white hair and taught himself how to tickle the ivories. he's a dog. >> you had me.
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and the by onhit the road, perhaps going on his first tour. >> traveling to work. >> maybe. >> that guest is certainly now in the doghouse. needless to say. losing finney gan has hit a sour. >> are you sad. >> who wrote this? lloyd? has hit a sour note. they posted fliers and offered a reward. but it wasn't until they had cats. looking for the dog. private investigator jami katz that is. that finney gan turned up just a few hours ago safe and sound. >> yea. >> oh. >> katz. >> katz found the dog. >> katz found the dog. mr. katz. >> i'm glad they found that little doggie because he's adorable. >> apparently the key to finding a lot of piano. >> key, music. inspiration. moving on.
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this is an interestingtory we're going to delve into coming up. the widow of joe biden's son finding new love inside the family. what we're hearing this morning about the relationship between hallie biden and her late husband's brother. and the reaction from the former vice president. >> and the urgent manhunt under way in tennessee for a suspect caught on surveillance camera in the violent death of a young nurse in nashville. >> do remember to check out our behind the scenes pictures on instagram abc wn. you're watching "world news now." one pill fights congestion for 12 hours. no thank you very much, she's gonna stick with the short-term stuff. 12 hours? guess i won't be seeing you for a while. is that a bisque? i just lost my appetite. why take medicines that only last 4 hours, when just one mucinex
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so miami police are looking for a bus rider who are waited for just the right moment and you saw there, he snatched that woman's cell phone as the door opened. the bus waits while the victim gets off and looks for the robber but he's obviously long gone. >> i didn't think people stole cell phones anymore because they're so easy to get, so cheap. that is a little surprising. an urgent manhunt is underway in tennessee for a suspect caught on surveillance camera in the murder of a young nurse. >> the 23-year-old was found inside her apartment stabbed multiple times. abc's steve osunsami with what we're learning. >> reporter: tennessee police are looking for this man. an alleged burglar and now a murder suspect. seen outside this nashville condo around 5:00 a.m. tuesday morn
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he had facial hair and was wearing torn jeans. police think after checking for unlocked cars, he moved onto unlocked apartments. that's when they think he found 23-year-old tiffany ferguson and stabbed her repeatedly. >> this burglar, this murderer, left the apartment with some of the items from inside. >> reporter: ferguson was a nurse and a twin. she died at a nashville hospital. she had a roommate who said she woke up when she heard ferguson scream. in a phone interview with abc news, one of ferguson's sisters explains that there was trouble with their door. >> maybe when tiffy came in, it was left unlocked and that's how he got in. >> reporter: police have recovered a potential murder weapon, but will only describe it as a very sharp object. they are asking anyone who recognizes this man's features or even the way he walks to call them. >> steve tells us that ferguson had worked at the hospital for less than a year. >> wow. coming up in our next half hour, what oprah is now
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about a possible run for the white house. the media mogul has admitted in a television interview that at one point she thought she was unqualified bud now not anymore. >> but first the widow of joe biden's son beau now apparently finding comfort in the arms of his brother. what the former vp is saying about the unlikely affair. ergie. introducing flonase sensimist. more complete allergy relief in a gentle mist you may not even notice. using unique mistpro technology, new flonase sensimist delivers a gentle mist to help block six key inflammatory substances that cause your symptoms. most allergy pills only block one. and six is greater than one. break through your allergies. new flonase sensimist. ♪
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♪ >> i really like that song. >> i love that song. i think it was from the sharon stone movie soundtrack in way back when. there was a sharon stone sound track. >> '80s. >> probably. this morning we're hearing as we're talking about love, unique love story, two members of a prominent political family that you know very well. themselves apparently couldn't help falling in love. >> so you have the widow of former vice president joe biden's son, beau biden is reportedly finding comfort in the arms of his married younger brother. we're "up all nightline." here's abc's dan harris. >> reporter: new love said to be growing out of the most profound loss in former vice president joe biden's family. nearly two years after the death of biden's elder son beau, his widow hallie is now reportedly in a
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biden's younger son hunter. according to an article appearing on the "new york post"'s page 6 website. hunter biden reportedly saying in a statement given exclusively to page 6, hallie and i are incredibly lucky to have found the love and support we have for each other in such a difficult time and that's been obvious to the people who love us most. we've been so lucky to have family and friends hobby have supported us every step of the way. the former vice president joe biden beau and hunter's dad he and his wife jill did reportedly give a statement to page 6 saying they're happy for the new couple adding we're all lucky they found each other after such sadness. reached by abc news, a spokeswoman for the bidens declined to comment on the record. >> in situations of loss, transformation, and really difficulty, it's natural for people to connect. th
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vulnerability and a common cause. >> reporter: beau biden passed away in 2015 after a bat with brain cancer. he was a father of two and he had followed his own dad into a career in public service, joining the military and later successfully running for attorney general in delaware. the bidens are no strangers to public grief. joe biden's first wife neilia and his daughter naomi were both killed in a car wreck just weeks after joe was first elected to the senate in the 1972. hunter and beau survived the crash. >> the only way you deal with those things, a lot of people very dealt with things like what happened to me i think is you just got to, you got to the focus on what's left, what you have. >> reporter: the consummate family man, joe was sworn into office a few weeks later in the hospital at the bedside of 4-year-old beau. the beginning of an inseparable bond with his boys
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>> my friend, my father, my hero, the next vice president of the united states, joe biden. >> reporter: the vice president was devastated by beau's death. >> when anyone's in trouble, everyone sort of closes ranks around each other. >> reporter: reporter michael minimum moley has covered the biden family for years. >> while the vice president was obviously stricken with his grief, his focus was on his family. >> reporter: biden considered selling his house to help beau's family but he says president obama talked him out of it. >> this is no big deal, mr. president. he said we'll give you the money. we'll give you the money. promise me, promise me, you won't sell that house. >> reporter: biden's younger son hunter lives a more private life. he has three children with his wife kathleen, though the "new york post" reports the two the separated about five months after beau passed away in 2015. but despite the heart ache that followed, hunter,
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rest of their families say they are determined to move forward in a family where resilience and love have been demonstrated repeatedly. >> there will come a day, i promise you, and you parents, as well, when the thought of your son or daughter or your husband or wife brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. it will happen. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. as long as they're happy. >> you know. >> that's all that matters. >> i think it's also about the children. that's not something we discussed in that particular story but interestingly, beau's son, his name is hunter. he was likely named after his uncle hunter who is now going to be possibly his new father if this keeps on going. you think about the children. hunter has three children with his estranged wife kathleen. >> it saves the awkward moment of bringing home your new girlfriend to the family and
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showing them, she's actually just right there. no awkwardness there at all. it's like here it, my new girlfriend. my cold medicines' wearing off. that stuff only lasts a few hours. or, take mucinex. one pill fights congestion for 12 hours. guess i won't be seeing you for a while. why take medicines that only last 4 hours, when just one mucinex lasts 12 hours? let's end this. because my teeth are yellow. these photos? why don't you use a whitening toothpaste? i'm afraid it's bad for my teeth. try crest 3d white. crest 3d white diamond strong toothpaste and rinse...
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lasts 12 hours? let's end this. i'm never going to get tired of dancing that house music. >> especially requested during the commercial break just so that you can get down. >> let's talk about it. you know, a lot of people do what we're going to tell you about that's going viral now. blessing a person in line at the grocery store. i know you do this secretly. this man's getting attention for it. it happened to be in wyoming, australia, not wyoming, the state, this elderly woman was having a hard time. her card kept being declined. a gentleman behind her said i'll give you the money basically to take care of all of it. somebody snapped a photo and that's why this is going viral because somebody said you know, i'm going to shine a light on this good deed. very, very sweet. and it was 50
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>> insufficient funds for her $44 in groceries. he gave her $50. >> no lie, i have tried to do that just because i was annoyed somebody was their card was taking too long. i'm like you know what, i'll just pay for it. she added gum to her order. it was only $1.50. but i can like helping her out. you're going to grab something else. >> i can see why he's being called a hero and you were annoyed. >> just annoyed. this is something else we can relate to this this little kid here. >> we've all been there. >> you're having great french fries, you're having a good potato chip and then somebody goes in there. >> no, you did not. >> you just have to give him the stink eye. you know, the problem with this, it's not just that they went in there and grabbed the clip. dude do they know guacamole is extra? come on. >> you and your $1.50. at least the person didn'
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the ultravesty. >> complete stink eye. let's talk about workouts. kendis really works out. i just walk and eat. but this person is a daredevil extraordinary doing a handstand on the edge of a building. of course, i like the caption there, mind the gap. yeah. >> i like that. >> that was lovely. khalid tenny has been doing this in robot, morocco on a regular basis apparently trying to be a better balancing act. i would not be the one. >> does he make it down in yeah, he sticks the landing. > looks like he's kind of in pain. that's too much information. >> it is. it's all in just that one little shot right there. >> too much information. >> yeah. this is cool. this kid. >> moving on. >> goes from being excited about being on a ride for the first time. look at the ride to -- oh, god, what is going to happen, oh, my god, what is happening? oh, my go
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breaking news this morning on "world news now," the attorney general of the united states under fire for talking with the russian ambassador during the trump campaign and then denying any communication during his confirmation hearing. members of congress are now calling for sessions to resign, but overnight, sessions said the story is false. we're going to dig into this soon. >> and that deadly storm system that wrought deadly tornadoes continues its march efficient ever eastward with millions taking shelter as the high winds leave a trail of destruction. we'll tell you where it heads next. dumpster diving for your financial info. >> that's not what one man was trying to do, but when he went looking for something else, he found stacks of personal info instuding bank account numbers and

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