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making news in america this morning, republicans and democrats taking to the field coming together after the shooting rampage during practice. the first pitch by one of the capitol police heroes. there it is. the accused shooter's wife speaking out. more trouble for the president's inner circle. the new report about jared kushner being under investigation. and the new attack from the president aimed at hillary clinton. plus, what he's expected to announce today about u.s. relations with cuba. breaking overnight, captured. the escaped inmates accused of killing prison guards back in cuss dichlt how they were found. a blimp falling out of the sky not far from the u.s. open golf tournament. the fireball after it crashed and an update on the pilot's condition.
and we do say good morning, everybody. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm adrienne bankert in for diane macedo. >> we're going to get to those other stories in a moment. first breaking news right now and what could potentially be a big development in the fight against terror. russia this morning claiming it has killed the leader of isis in an air strike. the russian defense ministry says al baghdadi was killed three weeks ago along with other top militants. the u.s. has not confirmed this. >> this comes as isis continues to lose territory in iraq and syria. for years al baghdadi was one of the most wanted men. a $25 million reward from the u.s. for information leading to his capture. the last public video of baghdadi was from a mosque in mosul in 2014. >> he has been on the run quite a bit since thenment russia this morning says it has killed the leader of isis, of course, we'll continue to stay on top of this breaking story and bring you the
very latest if and when we get confirmation. now to something rare in the nation's capital. true bipartisanship on display at last night's congressional baseball game. there were ball, strike, runs, of course, scored. in the end the democrats defeating the republicans. >> not as important as the unity they showed on the field following wednesday's attack at a republican practice and stephanie ramos reports. >> reporter: the annual congressional baseball game in washington pitting democrats against republicans hit a home run last night. the first pitch thrown by capitol police officer david bailey. he was hit by gunfire wednesday morning when 66-year-old james hodgkinson started shooting at republican congressmen and staff gearing up for batting practice at a ballpark in alexandria, virginia. the suspected shooter reportedly angry with the republican party and the president. firing at congressman steve scalise who remains in critical
condition. >> steve scalise, this hat is for you. >> reporter: the injured showing up to support. the first family also there, but the president making his appearance on the jumbotron due to security concerns. >> tonight's game is taking on a much deeper level of meaning. >> reporter: the game is a 108-year-old tradition. this year's event raising more than a million dollars for charity and trying to send the message of unity despite the divisive political times. >> when the speaker announced we were going to do it, every republican i know and every democrat said that's the right thing to do. everybody wants to play. >> we want to beat those guys and they want to beat us. afterwards we'll give each other a hug and drink beer together. >> reporter: the shooter's wife in illinois emotionally speaking to reporters. >> i had no idea this was going to happen and i don't know what to say about it. >> reporter: the shooting has raised concerns about lawmakers' security. house minority leader nancy pelosi says if there were any changes that will be up to the capitol police but in times like
these when there is a group of lawmakers around she says security should be present. kendis, adrienne. >> and security was certainly tight last night. stephanie, thank you. to you to the expanding investigation into allegations of russian interference in the election prompting president trump to unleash on twitter. >> as the special counsel reportedly tries to determine if the president obstructed justice, sources say investigators are now looking into the finances of one of his closest confidants. his son-in-law. this morning a key figure of president trump's inner circle, possibly under investigation. "the washington post" reporting special counsel robert mueller is looking into the business dealings of jared kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser as part of the probe into russia's interference in the election. curb they're lawyer saying we do not what this report refers to. he previously volunteered to share with congress what he knows about russia-related matters. the new revelation comes after the president himself slammed a "post" report that he's now the subject of an investigation by
mueller for possible obstruction of justice. the president on twitter calling it the single greatest witch-hunt in american political history led by some very bad and conflicted people. he was asked about the report in person. >> mr. president, do you believe that you are under investigation now? >> reporter: and ignored the question but the president did call for unity following the shooting that injured congressman steve scalise. >> and i have a feeling that steve has made a great sacrifice but there could be some unity being brought to our country. let's hope so. >> reporter: but hours later, a far cry from that plea, back on twitter and on the attack. this time going after hillary clinton. tweeting, why is it that hillary clinton's family and dems dealings with russia are not looked at but my nondealings are? we should mention the president has a busy day ahead heading to miami to change course on cuba expected to roll back some of the changes president obama made
when he restored diplomatic relations. the revised policy will restrict travel and business with cuban companies many owned by the military but the u.s. embassy in havana will remain open and americans can continue to bring back rum and cuban cigars. >> the u.s. military is sending more troops to afghanistan. a trump administration official says the pentagon will deploy almost 4,000 additional troops into the war-torn country hoping to end a stalemate in a war that's now been passed on to a third u.s. president. the decision could be announced as early as next week. the american college student recently released from a north korean prison remains in a coma this morning. doctors say otto warmbier is in a state of unresponsive wakefulness at an ohio hospital and still not sure what caused his severe brain damage. his relatives are angered. the 22-year-old's condition was not revealed sooner. his father speaking out wearing the jacket his son wore when he
was taken into north korea. >> we're thrilled that our son is on american soil and i'm able to talk to you on otto's behalf and i'm able to wear the jacket that he wore when he gave his confession. >> north korea claims warmbier fell into a coma as a result of botulism and a sleeping pill. doctors say they have not found any evidence of botulism. now, let's take a look at the nation's weather. we're watching two storm systems, one right now is in the east, moving toward the coast. it'll bring showers and possibly thunderstorms toward the coast this morning and heavier rain later. the other stretches from oklahoma up into iowa. some very strong storms are likely today in the central plains. and they're cleaning up in northeast wisconsin from the
second largest swarm of tornadoes ever in northeast wisconsin. in a single afternoon, nine of them, twisters uprooting tree, tearing off roofs, as well, as you can see there. and still ahead a verdict watch in the bill cosby trial. what the judge told the jury after they said they were deadlocked. breaking overnight an end to the massive manhunt for two escaped inmates. where they were found and a new picture after being captured. plus, a missing navy sailor found alive. wait until we tell you where he was for seven days.
so, just what was he thinking? new jersey state police would like to find this guy and ask. several drivers phoning in to report a shirtless young man hanging out the window of an suv as it was racing down the atlantic city expressway going 80 miles an hour. to pennsylvania now and the bill cosby sex assault jury returns this morning for a fifth day of deliberations. the seven men and five women have told the judge they are deadlocked and cannot reach a unanimous decision on any of the charges. they have already spent 30 hours in deliberations and worked until 9:00 last night. cosby's accused of drugging and molesting a woman 13 years ago. he claims the sex was consensual. a grand jury will decide whether to indict a murder suspect in ohio.
45-year-old george brinkman broke down in tears in court yesterday as prosecutors accused him of murdering suzanne taylor and her two college-age daughters. the three women among five people he is accused of killing over just a three-day period. friends say brinkman and taylor were long-term friends who graduated high school together but he wanted more from their friendship. in london two separate investigations are under way into the deadly high-rise apartment fire. crews were able to access some parts of this scorched tower. the search for the victims remains continues. we know there are at least 17 casualties. many people are still unaccounted for. officials say they may not be able to identify all of those killed. a taifal technician thought to be missing at sea has been found on his ship. peter mims' disappearance triggered a massive man overboard search in the philippines sea that lasted for several days. mims was found yesterday hiding in the engine room of his ship.
the "uss shiloh." he was being mistreated and wanted to leave the navy. when we come back a blimp deflates and bursts into flames while flying over the u.s. open golf tournament. what we're learning about the pilot. plus, a high-flying stunt over niagara falls. the daredevil hanging on by her teeth. gone, people. and one of us used up all the sunscreen! i wonder who... . we're gonna need some reinforcements...quick. copy that. walgreens makes it easy when summer needs a little help. your summer base camp is just around the corner so you can get in, out and back to those summer shenanigans. walgreens. at the corner of happy & healthy®. this week, redeem balance rewards points and get a coupon for 10 times everyday points.
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the east coast. >> and all the biggest airports. >> avoid the east coast. well, breaking overnight the nationwide manhunt for two escaped georgia prison inmates is over. >> donnie rowe and rickie dubose captured by a tennessee homeowner as they allegedly tried to steal his car. >> right before that police say they had terrorized an elder i couple with a home invasion and led police on a high-speed chase then a chase on foot. officials say rowe and dubose escaped from a prison bus earlier this week by killing two security guards there. sergeants christopher monica and curtis blue. federal investigators are in wisconsin this morning looking into what caused a fiery crash of a blimp over yesterday's u.s. open golf tournament. >> the pilot who is now hospitalized in serious condition reportedly told authorities he had heard panels ripping off the side of the airship before it deflated and crashed. abc's alex perez with more. >> reporter: federal investigators working to figure out what caused this advertising
blimp to come crashing down exploding into a ball of flames. the aircraft crashing into this field about half a mile from the u.s. open tournament golf course in aaron hill, wisconsin, around 11:15 thursday morning. thousands of spectators watching the competition, many finding themselves watching this instead. in disbelief. >> we saw the whole thing going down and three explosions on the ground. >> reporter: on board the pilot trevor thompson. rescue crews pulling him from the wreckage moments before several explosions. crew chief matt schmidt told espn he was calling for help but couldn't move. thompson placed on a stretcher and carried on to a waiting medevac helicopter. alex perez, abc news, aaron hill, wisconsin. >> wow. well, a wallenda has broken another dramatic record by a wallenda. erendira wallenda, wife of nik wallenda, but 300 feet over
niagara falls. her stunt breaking her husband's previous record for highest suspension which he set six years ago hanging from his mouth over bronson, missouri. why by the teeth. now to sports and golden state warriors can look forward to next season now that they've officially celebrated recapturing the nba title. the scene there on the bay hundreds of thousands of fans coming out for the team's victory parade in oakland. >> yes, now let's get more highlights from espn. good morning, it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett. neil everett here. you take the baseball. i'll ham golf. >> i thought he should go first. he said i should go first so i'll go first. jeff samardzjia, wait, why is jeff samardzjia batting in the top of the ninth? because the giants had run out of players trying to make a comeback coming back from eight runs down late and winning. hunter strickland folded. that's your walkoff. that's your win. bud black was happy. rockies win, 10-9.
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jury is set to begin another day of deliberations, even after telling the judge, the jury was deadlocked. the search continues for two people off the coast of atlantic city. accuweather says your weekend could get off to a wet start in parts of the region. "action news" is next. today's cool in the northwest and lots of rain in the northeast. man, somebody close the oven in phoenix. 109 degrees. >> whoa. finally from us the political climate this week provided a lot of material for
the late night comics. >> the president turning 71. celebrating his birthday and there's the russian investigation. here now your "friday funnies." >> during his testimony sessions said he doesn't recall having any conversations with russian officials at the mayflower hotel. then john mccain interrupted to talk about being on the mayflower. at the time i was 65. >> i think at some point we're going to have to stop saying trump is committing political suicide. donald trump don't die, people. the movie of politics. no better how bad it gets it's never over and you don't think you know anybody who supports them but you do. president trump was talking with a group of senators about health care when he slipped in a pretty important date. take a listen to this. >> i've been talking about repealing and replacinging obamacare now for almost two years. don't forget on june 16th. june 14th is my birthday but june 16th is the day i announce
i was running. >> i don't want anyone to do anything special but i will say i love surprise parties. >> 71 years ago donald trump was just a little baby, little hands and feet going wah, wah, all day long and nothing has changed really since then. >> 71 candles on that cake. although trump later said it was over a million candles. most candles ever. >> trump received a card from vladimir putin. it said i hope you're enjoying the birthday present i gave you in november. >> must be hard to shop for trump. what do you get the man who has everything? i know, i know something he doesn't have. the popular vote. >> the comedians having a little bit of fun. that'll do it for us on "gma," the latest on the isis leader.
>> good morning it is 4:30 a.m., friday, june 16. >> good morning everyone, we're following breaking news a gunman opens fire outside a takeout restaurant overnight wounding one person. jurors in the bill cosby sex assault trial will meet today to keep trying. republicans and democrats meet for a baseball game as their colleague shot during practice