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making news in america this monday morning, new challenges for president trump and his new white house chief of staff. john kelly moves into the west wing today as the trump administration deals with new provocations from russia and north korea. we are live in washington. new details this morning about an alleged terror plot in australia. hear the latest on how the suspects allegedly planned to use poisonous gas, and steps being taken to keep flights here in the u.s. safe. breaking overnight, a massive manhunt after a jail break in alabama. authorities working hard through the night to recapture them. and an epic comeback by the u.s. women's soccer team facing
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s they shot, they scored, they won. we do say good morning, everybody, on this monday. big changes and new challenges for the trump white house this morning. >> retired general john kelly is officially taking over as white house chief of staff today as president trump tries to hit the reset button going into another busy week. abc news kenneth moton has the latest from washington. kenneth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. after that surprise announcement on twitter, president trump's new chief of staff will be sworn in today and his to do list is already long. today general john kelly will take the reigns of trump white house. >> john kelly will do a fantastic job. >> reporter: the homeland security secretary replacing chief of staff reince priebus, hoping to bring order off six months in office for trump. >> he brought kelly in for the same reason he
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successful businessmen and generals. >> reporter: this week set to be a busy one for the new chief of staff. two u.s. bombers flew over the korean peninsula. japan and south korea joining the force against north korea after it launched another intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the u.s. mainland. >> reliability equals credibility which means we have to take this threat seriously. >> reporter: trump blamed china in a tweet saying they do nothing for us against north korea. we will no longer allow this to continue. >> any military action we take would probably trigger a war. >> reporter: the president expected to green light new sanctions against russia. the bill already sparking retaliation by president vladimir putin who kicked hundreds of u.s. diplomats out of his country. vice-president pence in estonia reassuring allies that russian aggression in the region is unacceptable. >> our allies in eastern europe can be confident that the united states of america stands with them. >> reporter: despite russia
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president trump objected to the new sanctions bill approved by congress but we're told is expected to sign it soon. >> that's kenneth moton for us live from washington. thanks, kenneth. and president trump is refusing to give up on health care. the president is urging republican senators to keep working, tweeting that the world is watching. and after saying let obamacare implode, he's threatening to end payments to insurers designed to cut costs for lower income americans. meanwhile, john mccain is back in arizona following his dramatic no vote on the gop bill. he's scheduled to start treatment for brain cancer today. overseas australia is on alert this morning after an alleged terror plot. reports indicate that the suspects planned to use poisonous gas to take down on airline. extra security measures including intense screenings causing plenty of airport delays across that country this morning. >> reporter: investigators scrambling to examine evidence of an alleged plot to bring down an
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police summoned hazmat suits, others wearing gas masks aaustralia sydney, australia. four men arrested. >> we believe it's islamic inspired terrorism. >> reporter: officials believe the terror plan involved an improvised device. sources tell abc news that american intelligence officials are closely monitoring the case because of suspected communications between the alleged plotters and isis. chilling new details from the newspaper, the australian. the suspects allegedly constructing an explosive device using poisonous gas that would kill or immobilize everyone on the aircraft. abc news has not verified this report. >> if australian media reports are correct, this would be the first time that we've seen any sort of terrorist act that involved gas on an airplane. >> reporter: airports across australia intensifying armed patrols, warning passengers of vigorous security. >> the heightened security
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undertaken at our airports have been done on the advice of our security agencies which are the best in the world. >> reporter: jennifer eccleston, abc news, london. more violent clashes are expected in venezuela today as opposition leaders call for a protest against president nicolas maduro's newly elected constitution assembly. an explosion in caracas wounded at least four police officers as thousands protested yesterday to rewrite the country's constitution. electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted in favor of maduro's power grab. one candidate up for election was shot in his home. stunning images from taiwan after two typhoons hit within a 24-hour period. absolutely amazing. more than 100 people were injured after the first typhoon struck, and several parts o
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from the twin storms. thousands without power. those storms are triggering land slides as well. now for a look at your weather. there's a muddy mess to clean up across some parts of west virginia after flash flooding over the weekend. the hardest hit areas received about four inches of rain in just two hours. residents reported several feet of water in their homes and the mud left behind in some areas is being measured in feet. meanwhile record heat is building across the west. plenty of triple digits temperatures from today through the middle of the week. heat advisories, watches and warnings are posted from washington all the way down to southern california. the mayor of nashville, tennessee and her husband are mourning the loss of their only child apparently to a drug overdose. mayor megan berry said her 22-year-
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he graduated from college only last month. in a statement the berries asked for privacy as they mourned their loss. it could be as long as two weeks before the power problem on north carolina's outer banks is solved. >> tourists evacuated over the weekend. the electricity has been out for much of the area since thursday. that's when a work crew hit a power line. restaurants say they are losing huge profits during what's typically a busy time of year. and still ahead, the court case involving shrinking airline seats. what the faa was just ordered to do about it. plus suspects on the run. authorities trying to recapture escaped inmates in the dark of the night. and a frightening scene in los angeles. a lunch interrupted by an out of control van. we have the details straight ahead.
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panic and chaos in los angeles as a van plows into people who were eating outside of a restaurant. at least nine people were injured. several others are still in the hospital. investigators say the incident is not terror related. witnesses say the van swerved after allegedly running a red light to avoid hitting other cars and ended up on the sidewalk. the driver is in custody and is facing hit and run charges. most rides at the ohio state fair have re-opened after last week's deadly accident. they were closed after the fireball ride broke apart mid-air killing a teenager and injuring seven others. that ride is still closed. the ride's owner is blaming mechanical failure for the accident. airline passengers unhappy with their seat size, well, they now have a powerful new ally. >> a federal appeals court says the faa should reconsider
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shrinking airline seats. >> from cabin confrontations leading to scenes like this to delays, the cabin pressure keeps rising. one thing seems to keep shrinking, leg room. seat widths have decreased an inch and a half. not only that they say the space between seats has decreased from an average of 35 inches to about 31 inches. some bargain airlines like frontier and spirit have just 28 inches of leg room. >> the seats really were designed for the way people were in the 1950s and obviously people have gotten larger. >> a passenger group appealing says cramped planes are becoming a hazard, they slow down emergency evacuations and increase the danger of passengers develop blood clots in their legs. we have much more
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coming up on "good morning america." twitter is reaching out to tap into a larger pool of advertisers. >> the struggling social media giant is testing a premium subprescription plan. for $99 a month they'll remote your tweets onto the timelines of people who don't follow your account. another american tourist shot in a popular vacation destination. the latest on this newest investigation. and the u.s. women's soccer team performing their latest bit of magic on the field.
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really big double decker there. let's try to get you on the road safely this morning. most of them will actually be dry but there could be some flooding in florida around western texas, up into colorado. wet roads also for the upper midwest. >> if you are flying here in the u.s., weather related delays are possible in miami. >> hopefully no 60 mile per hour wind gusts. for the second time this summer a dream vacation has turned into a nightmare for an american family in turks and caicos. >> a wash "dc dialogud. washing shot. >> reporter: a manhunt for a gunman who shot an american tourist. they were returning to this lavish beach home when two matchinged men forced their way in, overpowering the security guard on duty. >> the security guard has been bound at the scene with his own shoelaces. >> reporter: jone
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washington d.c. attorney and georgetown law professor reportedly confronting one of the intruders who then shoots the 57-year-old, the gunman getting away with only a laptop. jones transferred to a hospital in south florida where he is listed in stable condition. this luxury villa rents for more than $2200 a night. and gaining notoriety for violence. the crime rate on the island is increasing but the american tourist shootings don't appear to be connected. >> when you come here you don't automatically assume that nothing can happen to you because we have criminals. >> reporter: officials there insist the country remains safe and the state department has not issued any advisories for american travelers. an intense manhunt is on the way for two inmates on the run who escaped sunday evening from the walker county jail
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near birmingham. ten of those inmates have been recaptured. two were in jail for attempted murder. a pregnant woman was among dozens of people rescued from stranded gondolas in germany. they were trapped more than 100 feet above the ryne river in cologne. one struck a support column. the mother to be was among two adults who suffered minor injuries. a fast and furious finish helped the u.s. soccer team pull off quite a comeback in san diego. they wiped out a two-goal deficit in the final ten minutes against brazil. meg megan rapinoe tied. in the 9th minute julie ertz scored after a scramble in the front. the u.s. wins 4-3. we go from football to some baseball. >> let's get the highlights from espn. >> john butch
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anderson. adrian beltran, there it is, 3,000th career hit. first guy in a texas ranger uniform to do that, first guy from the dominican republic to join the 3000-hit club. only 31 players have done it. he gets a double. texas lost the game but a beautiful day for his family. the rangers, a good job celebrating the moment, 3,000 career hits. baseball, excellent finish. kyle farmer called up to the big leagues a couple of days ago. dodgers are down to the giants 2-1. he doubles down the right field line. he's batting 1,000 in his big league career. justin turner scores. dodgers go crazy with the walk-off win. now they lead the giants by 34.5 games. >> i think they may have eliminated them. >> goodness
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exciting time for kyle farmer. >> hope he didn't need that jersey tomorrow. baseball has officially welcomed three of its former players into the hall of fame. >> we're talking about tim raines, jeff bagwell and puj rodriguez. they were joined by former major league commissioner bud selig and atlanta braves president and long time executive john sherholtz. up next, a spectacular new feature in the swissal ps. and something of a mystery, who put their footprints in the wet cement? who did this? the apb that's out right now. and on our facebook page, an epic day for a doctor who took a break from having her own baby to help someone else deliver theirs. that's an atmfans.com. people would stare.
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it is your monday morning pulse and we are going to start high in the swiss alps. take a look. that high. >> beautiful. >> something called the europe bridge and it has to be seen to be believed. >> all right, so it was built for hikers and is more than 1600 feet long. the bridge is being called the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world. >> it actually hangs about 280 feet above a ravine and features some sweeping views of the famous matterhorn. that's great. you can still see that from the ground, mind you. the bridge replaces another span that damaged by rock falls recently. it has a system to prevent it from swinging. >> wait, wait, what happened to the part, the one that was damage
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did it fall? >> i want to know the rest of that part. >> they provide buckets along the way for you to throw up in. >> i really -- i hope it was properly inspected. you can go first. >> 1600 feet span. >> all right, well if you're walking across the bridge you should probably focus but you'll be forced to if you're walking the streets of honolulu. no more texting. >> i get the message. whoa, it's from you too. it's true. starting in late october, crossing the street while texting will get you fined in the hawaiian capital. it's part of a crackdown on distracted walking, looking at a hand-held device in a crosswalk will cost you as much as $99. >> here's the thing though, talking on your cell phone still fine. honolulu's mayor says he wished that he didn't have to pass this law but sometimes people lack common sense. don't you agree, kendis? >> i agree but
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>> a one-way conversation. i am responsible with my walking habits. >> not the texting habits. so a tennessee kid is now an internet sensation after making an adorable and costly mess. the 2-year-old was looking for her parents when she walked through wet concrete in the basement of the home. >> i love how she's still smiling in the photograph. the construction company shared photos on facebook. at one point her parents considered leaving all the thanks for waking e as a momeemo up with good morning washington. it is july 31st.. the last day of the month and the first day of the work week. your forecast is moments away. but first-- here is quick look at some of this morning's top stories. it's the first day on the job for retired marine general john kelly. he takes over as the new white house chief of staff today. kelly takes over after reince priebus resigned late last wee
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in this morning, he will immediately attend a cabinet meeting. a georgetown law professor is recovering this morning after he was shot at a vacation resort in turks and caicos. police say michael jones may have confronted intruders at his rental home, when he was shot. two security guards were also tied up. jones was transferred to a hospital in south florida where he remains in stable condition. no arrests have been made. good morning washington. i'm scott abraham, in for larry smith. toss to veronica spectacular start to the week lots of sun with low humidity 90s return midweek (not too humid) tracking best rain friday today: mostly sunny, comfortably warm highs: 82-88 winds: north to sw 5-10 mph
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& comfortable lows: 68-73 winds: sw 5-10 mph tuesday: partly sunny, ideal for outdoors highs: 84-89 winds: sw 5-10 mph developing now...
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the u-s after north korea's most recent missile ballistic test. the pentagon says the air force conducted a successful test of a missile-defense system over the pacific. we also learned that a few hours earlier, a pair of b-1 bombers conducted exercises with aircraft from japan and south korea. even mike pence, on a trip to eastern europe focused on russia, weighed in. the u-s does not plan to call for a
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united nations security council meeting as it has after previous launches. u-s ambassador nikki haley said, such a meeting, would produce quote "nothing of consequence." a busy vacation destination... now a ghost town... at the height of summer. north carolina's governor ordered mandatory evacuations for all non-residents of hatteras and ocracoke islands. this comes after construction crews accidentally cut three electric cables that provide power from the mainland. as crews work to fix the problem, business owners... are already feeling pinched. there is still no word when power
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could take days or weeks. the humane rescue alliance is sending a very big thank you to all of it's supporters! this is why.. they received this heeping pile of blankets, towels, and bedding. we helped them put out a call for help after heavy rain-- backed up the sewage at the adoption center in northeast-- and flooded several kennels with contaminated water. staff spent saturday moving the dogs to dry kennels. now a better task, they still have to sort through all of the donations. it's xx and we're just getting started. reporting for duty. a new chief of staff is taking over the west wing. and day one will be a doozy. we break down what's on the agenda-- coming up. good morning washington. i'm scott abraham, in for larry smith. happy monday morning to ya.
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spectacular start to the week lots of sun with low humidity 90s return midweek (not too humid) tracking best rain friday today: mostly sunny, comfortably warm highs: 82-88 winds: north to sw 5-10 mph tonight: mostly clear & comfortable lows: 68-73 winds: sw 5-10 mph tuesday: partly sunny, ideal for outdoors highs: 84-89 winds: sw 5-10 mph happening this

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