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making news in america this morning, hillary clinton and donald trump regain the momentum but can they lock it up with the next big test than a week away. we're live with the latest. breaking overnight, a wrestling legend found dead. the tributes pouring in for chyna as the investigation gets under way. texas faces new concerns as aging dams holding back walls of water are deemed extremely high risk. plus, a home on the brink of falling right into ray swollen river. >> and happy birthday, your majesty, the queen of england turned 90 pictured proudly with the youngest members of the royal family. good thursday morning. we begin with the race for the white house and the
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front-runners looking to the general election after crushing their rivals in new york. >> the other candidates, though, are not giving up. they're also hitting the campaign trail today hoping to score some more crucial delegates in the next round of primaries. it's "your voice, your vote." we get the latest from abc's bazi kanani. good morning, bazi. >> reporter: good morning, diane. morning, ryan. donald trump says his campaign is evolving. he is hiring new staff and working to change his tone. hillary clinton also moving on from the bitter battle for new york. hillary clinton turns her focus to the general election attacking her potential republican challengers' rhetoric. >> what they say is not only offensive but downright dangerous. >> reporter: after her double-digit new york blow-out she could lose the rest of the primaries by wide margins and still enough delegates to win the nomination and appealing for party unity. >> to all the people who supported senator sanders, i believe there is much more that
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unites us than divides us. >> reporter: but bernie sanders says not so fast. >> we believe we have the momentum and we believe we have a path toward victory. >> reporter: clinton emerges bruised from the tough new york primary fight, republicans pouncing. >> you know what bernie sanders said about her twice, he said, bad judgment. she's got bad judgment. we are going to beat her so badly. >> reporter: donald trump also promises to clinch the nomination after winning nearly all of new york's delegates, now calling on ted cruz to drop out. but cruz balks. >> upon winning his home state donald with the characteristic display of humility, declared this race is over. >> reporter: both cruz and john kasich insist they can still win at a contested convention. the next round of primaries is this coming tuesday in five northeastern states.
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diane. ryan. >> bazi kanani live in washington, thanks, bazi. later on "good morning america," a live town hall event with hillary clinton. we have some breaking news this morning now from southern california. it's a shocker for millions of wrestling fans, wwe legend chyna has died. anyone who watched wrestling in the '90s knew the superstar. her given name joanie laurer, she was found dead in her home in redondo beach, california. no word on the cause of death but her manager says she died peacefully. stephanie mcmahon tweet ed chyn was going to be missed. she was 45 years old. over to michigan where the first criminal charges have been filed in flint. three government officials could now face prison time for their alleged part in triggering the city's lead contamination crisis then trying to cover it up. abc's alex perez has the latest. >> reporter: the first criminal charges filed in flint tonight
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in the wake of the crisis that found toxic levels of lead in the water. poisoning a community. >> they failed in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of families of flint. >> reporter: now facing felony charges, michigan department of environmental quality supervisor, steven bush and engineer michael prysby and city of flint water quality supervisor, michael glasgow. >> they failed michigan families, indeed, they failed us all. >> reporter: prosecutors allege prysby and busch tampered with lead test results reported to the epa and officials say prysby approved a permit for the flint water plant knowing it would not provide safe drinking water. both officials pleading not guilty in court. glasgow, authorities say, filed false reports lying about which homes were tested for lead so that results would appear to be at safe levels. but his attorney firing back saying glasgow strongly opposed the transfer of the source of water for flint.
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the attorney general insisting more charges will come. >> is the governor ultimately responsible and will he face charges? >> no one is off the table. >> reporter: when asked if he broke the law governor snyder only saying -- >> i don't believe so. >> reporter: alex perez, flint michigan. the slow moving system that drenched texas is moving on up into the ohio valley today, although it won't be as strong as it was in texas. enough of the storm is remaining behind to dump more rain on texas. by evening the rain will reach the northeast. even though the rain is tapering off there's still a threat of more flooding in the houston area. two aging dams that should have been replaced years ago are all that stand between reservoirs near capacity and catastrophic flooding. a major highway through houston is expected to remain under water for at least another month. this epic flooding proved the final straw for a home about 40 miles north of houston. it's been sliding into the san jacinto river for a year.
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a slow motion disaster, unlike many people in houston, though, this homeowner had time to save her possessions before the house was destroyed. overseas some 500 refugees and mike grants now feared dead after their ship capsized off the greek coast earlier this week. only 41 people survived, among them one child, they say their group left libya last week before their smugglers moved to them to an already overcrowded larger boat which capsized and sank. those survivors spent three days at sea before being rescued. right now president obama is holding meetings in saudi arabia. the focus is on regional conflicts including syria and libya. yesterday the president's focus was on conflicts between the u.s. and the host country, saudi arabia, especially differences over iran, human rights and the best way to fight terror. president obama travels to london tonight. and here at home first lady michelle obama was talking everything from politics to health to a group of children. >> marking take our daughters
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and sons to work da she herself has no future white house am bigs. >> what she is striving to be is healthy and active. >> i want to be like a 90-year-old lady that's really fly, you know. do you guys have grandparents that are still pretty fly, they still are like, no, uh-huh. >> the first lady said after a new president is sworn in she and her husband might take a vacation or they might just take a nap. well, still ahead, a change for 20. your money getting a makeover. new reaction overnight about harriet tubman replacing andrew jackson. plus, a classroom attack. a teacher's aide going after the student. see the altercation caught on camera. a first in space, how an astronaut plans to run a marathon.
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federal agents have discovered a sophisticated drug tunnel running across the mexican border. the tunnel is a half a mile long going from a house in tijuana to a san diego lot and it was covered by a large trash bin. the tunnel had lights, ventilation, even a large freight elevator. agents seized more than two tons of cocaine and 11,000 pounds of marijuana. the president of ecuador is announcing some new plans aimed at rebuilding his quake devastated country. his order that the sales tax be raised and that millionaires be subject to a one time tax. the president is also warning residents the damage could run into the billions of dollars and take years to repair. the death toll is now nearing 600 as hope fades for any more
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survivors. democrats on capitol hill say there is a deal to partially fund president obama's request to fight the zika virus. the president wanted 1.9 billion. republicans have apparently agreed to just over a billion. a committee could vote on the deal later today, meanwhile, some residences in the florida keys are protesting a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes to help battling the virus. an agreement is expected to be announced today to compensate volkswagen owners involved in the emissions scandal. vw is buying back some of the diesel cars rigged to cheat on emission tests. individual owners could also be offered 5,000 in compensation, plus have their cars modified free of charge. final details are still being worked on ahead of today's hearing before a federal judge in san francisco. somecomcast cable customers will no longer need a box in order to watch cable tv. roku devices have the needed software. samsung tvs will have it later
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transgender people. >> former red sox pitcher curt schilling made the comments on facebook while reposting a meme widely seen as anti-transgender. >> that's not the first time his comments have gotten him in trouble. >> espn like abc is part of disney, last month shilling made a comment about the presidential race and last summer shilling was suspended for equating muslims with nazis. six men arrested during the unrest following the death of freddie gray have sued the baltimore police department. all the men were eventually cleared of the charges against them. they claim they were beaten, abused and deprived of their right to protest. among those suing larry lomax seen being pepper sprayed and yanked by the hair when he was arrested. disturbing video shows a teacher's aide attacking a student. the 39-year-old holds the 14-year-old student down shouting expletives at him. the aide was arrested and besides possible criminal charges he could be fired. the student was treated at a
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nearby hospital for minor injuries. and caught on video at a little league game outside of ft. lauderdale, florida, two coaches coming to blows after one coach reportedly switched out one player for a faster runner. the other coaches had to intervene to break up the fight. no one was seriously hurt. no charges filed and both coaches eventually shook hands but the league says both will now have to face a disciplinary board. a british astronaut is about to run the london marathon. in case you're not impressed yet. he's doing it from outer space. tim peake is currently living on the international space station but plans to take part in the race on sunday along with thousands of runners on earth and peake will run on the exercise treadmail for four hours. the biggest challenge is the harness used to keep his feet down because he's in zero gravity. >> my goodness. good luck to him. time now for sports and late night nba basketball. >> details from our friends at espn. >> good morning chlt, america.
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nhl. the playoffs, we can only give you two highlights. >> cavaliers and pistons to lead it off. this game two, cavaliers took game one, up four here. lebron james. oh, yeah. >> yeah. >> and then, you know, something to watch the rest of this series, the match between james and 9 rookie stanley johnson. >> stanley johnson is out of arizona. >> second year. >> second year. >> anyway, the cavaliers, they had a lot of three, 20 of them. they made 20 of them. they're up 2-0. 107-90. >> they know what we're saying. they know what we mean. blazers, clippers, right across the street. blake griffin is back. kind of weird to see him back after he was gone so long.
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chris paul, the three, blake griffin is back. did i say that? >> you said it. >> all right. >> yeah, blake griffin is back. >> oh. >> plumlee and harkless will attest. >> oh, boy. >> wow. >> so explosive. >> yeah. >> that guy is digging it. >> clippers up 2-0 in that series. so, yeah, johnson and lebron james jawing back and forth. >> yeah. >> game three is going to be pretty intense between those two. in the "d. >> in the "d." >> detroit. yeah, i got that. >> back to you. >> you guys okay? >> a little coffee maybe. thanks, guys. up next in "the pulse," a landmark birthday for queen elizabeth. landmark pictures of her majesty and who is holding her purse ♪ come and knock on our door >> "three's company" coming to the big screen.
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with motrin liquid gels. ♪ time now to check "the pulse" starting with an honor for an american hero. >> slavery abolitionist harriet tubman will now grace the front of america's $0 bill knocking off the seventh president andrew jackson. >> now, tubman is credited with helping hundreds of dlafs escape to freedom through the underground railroad. >> and reaction to the move has been swift. hillary clinton tweeted a woman, a leader and a freedom fighter. >> edward snowden tweeted outlaw, fugitive, hero, #harriethubman. >> steve harvey tweeted i'm gonna need my pockets full of tubmans. >> all about the tubmans.
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well, a major milestone for queen elizabeth ii today celebrating her 90th birthday. >> the queen marked the occasion with an adorable family photo by annie liebowitz posing with her youngest or two youngest grandchildren, her five great grandchildren including the future king, 2-year-old prince george second from the right. >> his little sister charlotte perched on the queen alap and maya tindall holding her famous handbag. >> just adorable. well, come and knock on our door. ♪ we've been waiting for you >> looks like "three's company" is heading to the big screen. the beloved sitcom ran here on abc in the '70s and '80s. >> new line cinema is in taubs to acquire the rights tapping the writer in partners behind the film "he's just not that into you" from 2009. no word on who could be cast in those famous three roles. >> i'm hearing breaking news, though, this just in, abc is going to free me up to play jack tripper if needed. >> oh, all right. >> okay, so i'm ready, guys.
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>> call me, guys. >> maybe you should sing the theme song one more time. ♪ come and knock on our door who says animals can't communicate. we show you a limer who loves his back scratched. as long as they keep doing it, he's a happy camper but when they stop, here's his reaction. >> get back to it. what are you doing. keep scratching. you scratch my back and i won't let you stop. for all we know those kids are still there scratching away. just wanting a break. >> every time they stop there he is again. >> get back to it. >> continue for days. >> good strategy. >> i know. >> i love. >> it works. >> it does, there you go. there you go. feel better. can i stop now? >> no, absolutely not. >> we'll have more news for you after this. >> my fingers are hurting.
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good morning, i'm tamala edwards, it is thursday, april 21. here's what's up next on "action news," students fighting inside a classroom while the teacher is present, an adult i should say. "action news" has the story and what the school is saying about the incident. a high-speed chase reaches 100 miles per hour over packages of meat. the flyers are hanging on. a presidential poll out this morning what does it tell us where the candidates stand? those stories and more coming up on "action news." the dramatic e video yesterday of a great white shark leaping out of the water. >> now we're hearing from the surfer who just happened to be in the right place at the right
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time to capture that video. kabc's greg lee has that story. >> reporter: watch the center of your screen closely. this gopro video shows a great white shark breaching out of the water at sunset taken by drew palumbo while he and his friend were out surfing. >> kind of behind a wave as we were paddling out and it was pretty spectacular. >> reporter: palumbo said he just hit record when they saw the shark about 100 feet from them. he says they knew it was a great white right away and that's when they decided to get out of the water. >> once it went horizontal and could see the whole shape it was like, oh, i instantly looked over at my friend and i was l k like, this is not typical. >> huntington beach lifeguards had put up a sign after another sighting over the weekend. dr. chris lowe at cal state long beach says his students tagged 16 sharks near sunset beach last
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summer. dr. lowe says juvenile sharks like the one spotted in the video may breach to get parasites off their body. >> one reason they may jump and slam down to try to dislodge those from their body. the other possibility is they just do it for fun. >> reporter: whatever the reason palumbo says his front row seat was spectacular and nerve-racking all at the same time but he says that won't be enough to keep him from surfing here again. >> it's just like a part of the wildlife here and so you just have to be aware when you're out there. >> reporter: reporting in huntington beach, greg lee, abc 7, eyewitness news. >> i think that would stop me. >> i don't know if i would call that being the right place at the right time. that's what's making in us in america this morning. >> stay with us for "good morning america." a town hall today with hillary clinton. don't miss that and have yourself a great thursday. t
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is had 30:00, -- 4:30 a.m. a chain-reaction crash of a septa bus sends a person to the hospital overnight. a berks county school is investigating a video that you will see here. students fighting and an adult watching. a poll comes out talking about how people will vote in the pennsylvania primary. let's go over to david murphy and matt pellman has traffic. >> reporte a


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