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making news in america this morning, getting personal. the white house chief of staff opens up about his son's death while defending the president's call to a soldier's family. >> absolutely stuns me. i thought at least that was sacred. >> and lasheses out at the congresswoman who criticized the call. this morning new insight into why she was listening and the growing questions over that deadly ambush in africa. speaking out, former president obama and bush on the state of today's politics. >> bigotry seems emboldened. >> and a message for america? and the decency and good will of the american people. >> what's behind their rare
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reviews. shocking find. police find a massive pile of weapons and school maps in a florida man's open. the handwritten note found at the scene. line shot and it is caught. >> plus, wild night. the dodgers celebrate. >> the dodgers are headed to the world series. >> and thursday night football's wildest ending ever. and why these guys really wish they had paid their $7 bill at waffle house. and a good friday morning. i'm erielle reshef in for diane macedo. >> i'm kendis gibson. we'll start with the white house chief of staff getting personal as he comes to the president's defense. >> joan john kelly invoked the memory of his son killed in combat. the growing questions this morning about that deadly ambush on u.s.
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>> reporter: it was a surprise visit to the white house briefing room for general john kelly hoping to end the controversy that's consumed the white house all week. it was an emotional defense of the president. not from chief of staff john kelly but gold star father john kelly. >> there's no perfect way to make that phone call. my first recommendation was he not do it. >> reporter: he lost his own son when he stepped on a land mine in afghanistan in 2010, something he doesn't talk about often but addressing an unusually silent press corps. >> my son's case in afghanistan, when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this earth. his friends. that's what the president tried to say to four families. >> reporter: kelly frustrated and brokenhearted over the politicalization. >> it stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in on that conversation. >> reporter: it's
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president's words versus intention not disputing the president told the widow of la david johnson he knew what he was signing up for but it still hearts even echoing those same words in his defense. >> he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted. >> reporter: the president just hours later hitting congressman frederica wilson for being on the call and giving a total lie on content. what the president and kelly didn't address wilson's relationship with the family that goes back decade as cording to "the washington post" and sergeant johnson's mother who told the paper, president trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband. wilson now saying she's done talking about it. seemingly lost in it all the four soldiers killed in niger including sergeant la david johnson his funeral scheduled for saturday. kendis, erielle. >> serena marshall, thank you. speaking of niger senator john mccain i
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subpoena the trump administration for more information on that deadly attack more than two weeks ago. the four americans killed were overwhelmed by the isis militants. a pentagon investigation is under way. officials say the unit did not expect to be in combat. question now is whether they had proper intelligence and backup support. u.s. forces have been in niger for the last four years because of the increasingly dangerous threat from terror groups. >> there's a reason we have u.s. army soldiers there and not the peace corps because we carry guns. >> general mattis there and raising red flag, the body of sergeant la david johnson was not recovered for at least 20 hours after the ambush. they deny he was left behind. they say that's how long it took to find him. the senate has paved the way for president trump's tax reform package overnight. lawmakers passing a $4 trillion budget overnight in a party line vote. democratic leader chuck schumer called this one of the worst budgets congress has ever
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passed. it included language that would prevent democrats from using filibuster against tax reform measures by allowing the bills to pass with a simple majority. a new warning about the danger posed by north korea, the head of the cia says the north koreans are now months away from perfecting their nuclear weapon capabilities to hit the u.s. mike pompeo says washington still prefers diplomacy. that said the national security adviser h.r. mcmaster warned they are running out of time to deal with it diplomatically. george w. bush and barack obama are back in the spotlight blasting the current state of american politics. rat a voter rally last night former president obama said messages of division threaten our democracy echoing a speech by president bush earlier that day. >> our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories. and outright fabrication. we've seen our discourse degraded by casualty
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forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the american creed. >> we shouldn't use the most painful parts of our history to gain political points. we saw what happened in charlottesville. but we also saw what happened after charlottesville when the biggest gatherings of all rejected fear and rejected hate. >> neither obama nor bush mentioned president trump by name during their speeches. white nationalist leader richard spencer was all but silenced when he tried to speak at the university of florida. as soon as he took the stage in gainesville the majority of the crowd booed and shouted drowning him out. he ended early and left the school campus. outside you can see there hundreds of protesters outnumbered by
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a few clashes reported with two arrests and a handful of minor injuries. there's a manhunt underway for three inmates who escaped from a tennessee jail overnight. they were serving time for assault and resisting arrest. two of the men escaped from the same facility just last month. they reportedly got out through an air vent. $1 billion is the estimated cost of the damage from the wildfire disaster in northern california this month. officials expect that figure will rise. 42 deaths are blamed on the fires. about 7,000 buildings have been destroyed. now let's take a look at your weather for this friday morning. well, all the rain hitting the northwest was too much for one hillside north of seattle. it gave way triggering a mudslide. it slammed into a house and caused a natural gas leak. 30 homes in the neighborhood evacuated while the stability of the hillside was evaluated.
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it'll be 53 degrees in seattle today we should mention with more rain on the way. warmer than usual for the midwest to new england. 82 degrees in dallas and new orleans. 80 in denver. 87 in miami. coming up. o.j. simpson getting back to normal life after his release from prison. we'll show you how he's embracing his new-found freedom. serious new allegations against harvey weinstein. the bombshell claims from an oscar winning actress. and a new legal battle this morning over a key ingredient in diet soda.
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we're back with a pretty stunning view. so that's amazon ceo jeff bezos
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celebrating the company's latest wind farm all the way up there as you can see. that is in texas. more with dozens more in the works. the company hopes to produce enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 330,000 homes for a year. oscar winning actress lupita nyong'o is the latest to come forward with disturbing allegations against movie mogul harvey weinstein. in a "new york times" op-ed she details several incidents she describes as sexual harassment. that includes an encounter at his home where she says that harvey weinstein asked her for a massage while his children watched a movie in the next room. a spokesperson for weinstein says he, quote, has a different recollection of the events but believes lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force in the industry. last year she sent a personal invitation to mr. weinstein to see her in her broadway show "eclipsed." this comes as los angeles police launch a separate criminal
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italian actress who accused weinstein of raping her in her hotel room. >> some high school students in the charlotte, north carolina, area just barely managed to escape before this fire broke out on their bus. the quick-thinking driver smelled smoke, stopped the bus and evacuated the students moments before it burst into flames. everyone made it out safely. and in texas, a substitute teacher has been banned from an elementary school in the dallas area for duct taping the mouths of ten students. three of the fifth graders followed the teacher and put duct tape over their mouths. they were checked out by a nurse and were not injured. o.j. simpson is three weeks into his new life after being released from prison. part of his return to normalcy included smiling for his driver's license picture as he sat down for his written test as well. right now he's believed to be living in the summerland area of las vegas. locals have been sharing mixed opinions
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neighbor. he is expected to eventually move to florida. all right, there's a new legal battle over what's inside diet soda. that story is ahead. a disturbing discovery. police finding a massive arsenal of weapons. the details, pictures and the shocking note the suspect allegedly wrote. a new warning will your laptop and how you travel with it. airline authorities making a new recommendation. man: shh you guys, there she is. group: surprise! avo: nothing comes before coffee. enjoy the perfectly balanced flavor of mccafe coffee at home.
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aerial photos of two schools an a water treatment plant and notes on how to make explosive devices. police say the suspect, 24-year-old randall drake, has no criminal history and no history of mental issues. even his parents claim they had no idea about his collection. >> these are the people that are most concerning to us, what we call the lone wolves, you know, the sleepers that are out there, the people who are not on our radar. the people who have fallen under the radar or offer it. >> the suspect's handwritten note mentioned hatred and revenge. right now authorities say he is not talking. it's unclear what he may have been planning. air travelers may soon face a new laptop ban if the faa gets its way. the agency wants the global airline industry to restrict laptops to checked luggage to avoid potential midair fires like that the faa says when rechargeable batteries within overheat near an aerosol
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makers of the motor popular soft drinks are facing multiple class action lawsuits. the makers of coke, pepsi and dr. pepper are accused of using the word diet in advertising which the lawsuit claims is false and misleading. the suit also says the companies are fooling consumers into thinking they won't gain weight drinking those beverages. >> products that are marketed as diet products should be helpful in helping people lose weight and these products are not helpful in losing weight. >> the suits also claiming that the artificial sweetener aspartame useness diet sodas is more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss. walmart may be creating its own mall online. the company has reportedly offered upscale retailer lo lord & taylor a place on its site. they may better compete with samson. children are spending more time than ever staring at computer screens.
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says that the screen time for kids under 9 years old is now about 2 hours and 20 minutes every day. that's up 25 minutes from just a few years ago and kids now spend about 45 minutes a way on smartphones and tablets. an ex-sight night for sports fans especially in los angeles. >> but there was great football action. highlights now from espn. good morning. it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett along with neil everett. dodger fans waited 29 years but the moment is finally here. >> you know your moment is finally right here to see the highlight. the dodgers were up 3-1. the guess of seven. first team to win four wins the series. kiki hernandez off hector ranon. first first pitch home run in this highlight. clayton kershaw, hug me. one shot ain't enough, jack. you better make it three,
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player with three home runs in postseason in a postseason game in dodger history. they've been around a long time first time since 19 8 when they beat the a's, they celebrate, tommy lasorda in there somewhere. thursday night football, raiders and chiefs in oakland. what a crazy ending. raiders down by 6, 23 seconds remaining. derek carr throwing it up. jared cook pulling it down. ruled a touchdown at first but then they say he was down inside the 1. after three penalties on three straight plays, carr, michael crabtree, that tied the game at 30. that veck cho's extra point to win it and he knocks it through and the raiders snap a four-game losing streak and win it 31-30 over the chiefs. the chiefs have won nine straight on the road, 12 straight in the division but that's all done now. >> so are we. >>ac
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sniffing out rabbits and squirrels. >> the dog's life. spam is apparently a hot commodity in hawaii. yes, spam, the canned meat product, not the annoying e-mails you get. >> the demand for spam in hawaii so great it's created its own black market of sorts. it is served in many ways in hawaii and practically a staple there. that's why thieves are stealing entire cases of it off store shelf. >> they can easily resell the stolen cans at a discount so to fight the rise in the spam scams, some stores are now keeping it under lock and key. >> that's amazing. >> locking up the spam. to the story about those two guys who didn't pay their bill at the waffle house in louisiana. they walked out on a $7.41 tab. >> well, police in louisiana finally tracked them down and they say that they found credit card scamming devices and other evidence that links them to a major identity theft scheme in california. >> okay, so after all that police say they also
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tab from waffle housein their van. $7.41. that's it. >> should have probably paid the bill. an overnight surprise from taylor swift. t. swift. >> yep, she just dropped the third single from her upcoming album. it's called "gorgeous." take a look. ♪ you're so gorgeous i can't say anything to your face." >> "gorgeous" is swift's ode to a crush apparently. some online critics sayinnow-- virginia state university on lockdown overnight as police investigate a shooting on campus. the victim was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. right now we are waiting for an update on his condition. police are calling this an "isolated incident". white house chief of staff, general john kell
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defense amid criticism for his contact with the family of fallen soldiers. sergeant la david johnson -- was killed along with three other soldiers in niger. reflecting on his own experience after his son was killed while serving in afghanistan-- general kelly told reporters that presidents don't always call families -- and that there's no perfect way to make that call. good morning washington. toss to eileen - sunny & warm through the weekend - orionid meteor shower peaks tonight - rain returns tuesday - another big temperature drop next week today: mostly sunny. cool start; warm afternoon. highs: 74-77 winds: nw 5-10 mph
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tonight: mainly clear and cool. lows: 43-53 winds: nw 5 to calm saturday: mostly sunny. warm. highs: 76-78 winds: se 5-10 mph developing right now in maryland... a girl scout leader is behind bars this morning and facing child pornography charges. police tell us he
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mizrahi's" home in ellicott city early thursday morning. there's no indication any of the images found involve children enrolled in the girl scouts. however-- he is now banned from his troop. the scouts released a statement saying in part - mr. mizrahi passed a background check when he registered as a troop leader. there's backlash about an ad released by m-g-m. some say the commercial is inappropriate. take a look... "" the 30-second spot is set to a somber version of the song "this little light of mine." it debuted on tuesday -- and immediately drew criticism on social media. some say it appears m-g-m is trying to exploit the tragedy -- and others say the ad was too capitalist. m-g-m said the ad is a tribute to the city's unity in the wake of the massacre. that's a point that security guard jesus campos stressed on the "ellen degeneres show." campos was called a hero for confronting the
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mandalay bay resort -- possibly saving lives. a new call for the d-c council to lessen the punishment metro fare evaders. under a bill proposed by councilmember trayon white - people who sneak into metro without paying.... would only get a citation. right now - metro transit police can arrest those offenders. white says the law targets the poor... but, metro transit police say it has cut crime on metro by 20-percent happening today-- first lady melania trump will take a piece of history out of her closet, and hand it over to the smithsonian. the first lady is donating the gown she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the first ladies collection at the smithsonian's national museum of american history. the gown was designed by trump in collaboration with herve pierre. she will officially hand it over at a ceremony later this morning. the dress will be in good company. the first ladies' exhibition, already features 26 dresses.
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it's xx and we're just getting started. breaking right now. a shooting on campus at virginia state university. the latest from police after the school is put on lockdown. good morning washington. - sunny & warm through the weekend - orionid meteor shower peaks tonight - rain returns tuesday - another big temperature drop next week today: mostly sunny. cool start; warm afternoon. highs: 74-77 winds: nw 5-10 mph tonight: mainly clear and cool. lows: 43-53 winds: nw 5 to calm saturday: mostly sunny. warm. highs: 76-78 winds: se 5-10 mph
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