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making news in america this morning, tropical storm cindy pounding the gulf coast. forecasters are warning of high winds, heavy rains and flooding. we're live in the storm's path. president trump hits the road with a late night rally in iowa. his new plans for immigration and the wall along the southern border, plus, after the closed door meeting senate republicans will reveal their health care plan today. what we already know about it. the stabbing of an officer at an airport is now being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. what we're learning overnight as police raid the suspect's home. and out of the hospital and showing off her arm, the officer wounded at the congressional baseball practice throwing out a first pitch.
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a good thursday morning to you all. we are keeping a close eye on cindy. >> yeah, take a look at what a wide area is affected by the storm. nearly all of the u.s. gulf coast from texas to florida. the heavy rain and winds also extend quite a way inland. >> this is the scene right now at george bush airport in houston complete with raindrops on the camera lens in looks clear. >> only a handful of flights to and from houston have been canceled so far but airline passengers should keep checking with their carriers. >> besides flooding and rough seas tornadoes and waterspouts are likely today. like this one that was spotted off pensacola, florida. abc's marci gonzalez is about 300 miles to the west of there in lake charles, louisiana. marci, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and diane. yeah, right now it's just a bit drizzly and breezy here so while it may not be that bad here, some areas are getting soaked, bracing for more than a foot of rain and that is just a part of the storm's expected impact.
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with pounding rain and wind guffs up to 65 miles an hour, the first tropical system to make landfall this season is hitting the gulf coast. the effects being felt across five states. >> being prepared for the worst. >> reporter: tropical storm cindy is bringing the expected, already leaving parts of grand isle, louisiana and this neighborhood in galveston, texas, underwater. >> it could be worse. and that is a good thing because i've been through quite a few of them. >> reporter: with voluntary evacuations ordered for some low-lying areas, elsewhere storm hearty southerners with sandbags ready and supplies bought are riding out this storm. >> you know, we made a thing out of it, okay, everybody, one room, we're going to, you know, bring the water, bring the lanterns, bring everything. >> reporter: tropical storm cindy is already blamed for at least one death. a 10-year-old boy hit by a log picked up by the storm surge on an alabama beach. a state of emergency declared in
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alabama and louisiana. there and across the storm zone -- >> i've never seen the waves this big. >> reporter: -- concerns of flash flooding, power outages. >> it's notorious for losing electricity. >> reporter: and tornadoes with the leading edge of this storm filled with funnel clouds and one already possibly touching down in the florida panhandle. >> thank god nobody was hurt. yeah, this is terrible. >> reporter: and the risk of tornadoes continues throughout today and into tomorrow as the storm moves inland. kendis and diane. >> all right, marci, we know just because it looks calm means it will stay that way. you're expecting 5 to 8 inches there. take all the precautions you need. marci gonzalez from lake charles, louisiana. thanks, marci. to the president who is back in washington this morning after taking a victory lap in iowa overnight. >> the president addressed supporters at a campaign-style rally in cedar rapids vesseling in a string of conditional wins by republicans and slammed democrats and offered up new details on immigration reform.
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abc's janai norman has the latest. >> reporter: president trump still under siege in washington went back to his base wednesday rallying al baghdadi a crowd in the heartland. >> we have made amazing progress. >> reporter: at his fifth rally since taking office trump talked about plans for new immigration rules and his belief anyone seeking admission to the u.s. should be able to support themselves financially. >> and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years. >> reporter: plus, a new plan for the wall along the u.s./mexico border. a wall trump insists mexico will pay for. >> we're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall. >> reporter: and true to form, the president railed against the media and democrats. >> if we went and got the single greatest health care plan in the history of the world, we would not get one democrat vote because they're obstructionists. they're obstructionists.
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>> reporter: but the president without a single major legislative achievement and who is reported to be under investigation for obstruction of justice didn't fail to make headlines. he referenced his secretary of commerce wilbur ross' presence at the rally noting why his cabinet is full of billionaires. he doesn't want poor people in positions of power on economic issues. >> i love all people, rich or poor. but in those particular positions, i just don't want a poor person. does that make sense? >> reporter: and this comes as the congressional black caucuses refused to meet with president trump over his policies arguing some significantly hurt low income americans and it's worth noting the president's proposed 2018 budget includes more than a trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade to government programs like medicaid and food stamps. kendis and diane. >> janai, worth noting wilbur ross is worth $2.5 billion. definitely not poor. the president also said he hopes to deliver a new health care plan with heart. the senate is working on its
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version of the legislation behind closed doors set to be released today. congressional aides say the bill would drastic cut made cade and penalties on people not buying coverage and block federal funding to planned parenthood. unlike the house measure it keeps obamacare subsidies based on income instead of age. harassment are getting a clearer picture of the scope of russian attempts to interfere in the u.s. election. officials outlined efforts to hack into electronic electric systems in nearly two dozen states and flood the internet with misinformation. former homeland security chief jeh johnson told the house intelligence committee that he offered assistance to the states as he became increasingly concerned. >> in 2016 the russian government at the direction of vladimir putin himself orchestrated cyberattacks on our nation. that is a fact plain and simple. >> johnson said the hacking did not change the election totals but he wasn't sure if other meddling influenced public opinion and thereby the vote. and russia has canceled a
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meeting aimed at improving relations with the united states. a top state department official was headed to st. petersburg to meet with his russian counterpart when the talks were called off. russia says the u.s. ruined the meeting by announcing updated sanctions and refusing to turn over two russian diplomatic compounds in maryland and new york. one more note about russia and the scandal. president's son-in-law is facing more scrutiny over his security clearance. democrats say credible allegations about jared kushner's contacts with russian officials should be enough to suspend his access to sensitive information. they're demanding to see the security clearance applications and all related documents from kushner and former national security adviser michael flynn. both men had failed to disclose their meetings with top level russian officials. in the meantime, kushner is focusingen on other things like attempting to restart the stalled peace talks and met with benjamin netanyahu in jerusalem to discuss potential next steps in the process. it was followed by a meeting in the west bank with the
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palestinian president, mahmoud abbas. the white house played down any expectations for a quick result saying forging peace will take time. investigators are digging into the life of the man accused of stabbing an officer at the flint, michigan, airport. the suspect, amor ftouhi lived in montreal. authorities there have raided his home. a published report this morning claims ftouhi is a dual citizen of canada and tunisia. he is accused of stabbing that officer in the neck while yelling, god is great in arabic. the fbi is looking into it as an act of terrorism. officer jeff neville is listed in stable condition. >> a look at your weather now. residents of the southwest are bracing for another day of blistering heat. temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above normal. phoenix has set new records each of the past three days making it tough to fight wildfires in the west. several homes destroyed by fire
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in southern arizona. that was probably sparked by lightning. about 150 homes in new mexico were evacuated because of a fire there. but that fire is now contained and those residents were being allowed to go home overnight. well, still ahead right herage american kidnapped by the taliban last year seen alive in a new video. an abc news exclusive in the rocky mountain treasure hunt. that's turned deadly. what police are demanding from the author behind the hunt. plus, guns, ammunition and a massive machete. a man is accused of having this cache of weapons at a train station. was he planning an attack?
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i was kidnapped along with my colleague tim weeks by the taliban from kabul. my captors treat me well. >> so that is new video of kevin king, an american held by the taliban for nearly a year now. and king is heard there appealing to president trump to negotiate a prisoner exchange for his release. the taliban kidnapped king from the american university in kabul last year. he is a teacher at that university and in the video he's seen with an australian colleague, it's the first time they've been seen since january when the taliban released a similar video. an air national guard pilot is recovering this morning after his f-16 fighter jet caught fire and crashed. it happened yesterday at ellington airfield in houston. the pilot on a norad training flight managed to eject before the crash but nearby neighborhoods had to be evacuated as the team worked to
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secure the air-to-air missiles that plane was carrying and no one on the ground was hurt. the pilot got away with only minor injuries. meanwhile, on the west coast a dramatic rescue caught on camera as three men were plunged into san francisco bay after their catamaran capsized hatching just five minutes before a ferry was able to rescue one of them. five minutes later the coast guard scooped up the other two. the thing is all three men were not wearing the proper life jackets or even the proper clothing. they were all treated for mild hypothermia. very lucky those bystanders were there. the condition of congressman steve scalise has been upgraded to fair gravely wounded when a gunman opened fire on congressional republicans during their baseball practice. his doctors say the louisiana lawmaker is making good progress and starting a long period of rehabilitation. the capitol police officer crystal griner also injured during the baseball practice shoot-out is making good progress. you see her there, griner throwing out the first pitch at
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last night's congressional women's softball game. it's an annual game between lawmakers from both parties as well as members of the media. humble brag here, abc's mary bruce scored the game's first run in the media's 2-1 win. >> yeah. all right. i know if we have a company softball game, mary bruce, that's who i'm recruiting. all right, when we come back an abc news exclusive. jurors in the bill cosby trial are talking about what happened during deliberations. hear what led to that mistrial. and why the wildly popular fidget spinners just landed on a list of most dangerous toys. own fighting robots. s hr destroy. but when it comes to mortgages, she's less confident. fortunately for sarah, there's rocket mortgage by quicken loans. it's simple, so she can understand the details and be sure she's getting the right mortgage.
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drivers this morning will also find wet roads throughout most of the south and most of the interior northeast as well as much of the upper midwest. >> if you're flying expect airport delays in new orleans, houston, denver and chicago. authorities in new mexico are calling for the end of a treasure hunt that led to people actually being killed. >> they're calling the hunt nonsense and also insanity. after a man died while looking for hidden chest. abc's clayton sandell with the details. >> reporter: people are literally dying to find forrest fenn's infamous treasure and now new mexico's top cop wants it to end. he claims he's hidden a chest full of golds among other thing worth millions. a second person has died trying to find it. paris wallace found sunday was a colorado pastor. fenn says one of the points of his treasure hunt is to get people exploring the great outdoors but insists the chest
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is not hidden anywhere dangerous and if people are putting their lives at risk to find it they're looking in the wrong place. he says i have given a lot of thought about ending the search but i'm not sure what that would accomplish. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> a jury in wisconsin has found a former milwaukee cop not guilty in the killing of a black man. it sparked two days of riots. that officer dominique hagan brown was cleared of charges in smith's death. smith was armed when he ran from the officer raf a traffic stop and was shot twice dropping his gun between those shots. prosecutors argued he was defenseless at the time of the second shot. the defense claimed the officer feared for his life. and police say these were the weapons a 28-year-old man was carrying when he was arrested at a pasadena, california, train station. now, in addition to the assault rifle and that huge knife, the man had plenty of ammunition along with a bible and a notebook full of writing.
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no connection to terrorism has been found. now for an abc news exclusive on the bill cosby sex assault trial. the pennsylvania jury deliberated more than 50 hours before a mistrial was declared over the weekend. now a juror who asked to remain anonymous tells abc news that two hold-outs prevented a guilty verdict and in the words of this juror, the hold-outs were just not moving no matter what. at one point during the deliberations one juror punched a concrete wall and broke his pinkie. we're going to have much more on this and these shocking revelations on "good morning america." well, flu season officially ended last month but this morning, we're hearing that this past season's flu vaccine did a poor job of protecting some americans. health officials say despite the vaccine being well matched to flu bugs it was essentially ineffective in protecting dulls 18 to 49 as well as seniors over 65. however, it was about 60% effective among young children. a consumer watchdog group is souping a new alarm over fidget
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, thursday, june 22. coming up on "action news," a repo truck hauls away a car with a young girl in the back seat. philadelphia did not the child back safely. now they are investigating the incident. rescue crews in south jersey are looking for the teenager who went missing while swimming with friends. tropical storm cindy is making landfall. it's a big night for the sixers as they go to the nba draft, the latest from accuweather and whole lot more up next. and speak of that heat as the temperatures heat up, would you ever be desperate enough to quench your thirst with toilet
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water? >> so, on the sizzling sidewalks of l.a., some thirsty tourists were asked if they were up to the toilet to tap challenge. kabc's rob hays has how they reacted. >> reporter: the sun is glaring, temperatures skyrocketing and for folks out in the element thirst comes first. >> you got to stay hydrated, man. it's very hot. >> reporter: fortunately for him there it is an oasis on hollywood scorching sidewalks. heist cold free water. >> free? >> but like most free thing, there's a catch. in fact, it's fair to say this giveaway is flush with catches. >> the catchy headline is usually toilet to tap and it does get your attention. >> reporter: yep, these thirst quenching bottles of relief were once a less appetizing form of relief. the orange county water district for nearly ten years has been recycling wastewater. now, the water district has no plans to bottle their water. they set up this stand to try to get people to accept the idea of recycled wastewater so they could eventually pump it directly into the water system.
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that is a tough sell. >> what do i look like, a dog or something sfwli got an extra bottle to take home. we don't do things like this in georgia. >> reporter: for every -- >> ew. >> reporter: -- there were plenty of people willing to try it after a quick inspection. >> clear. crystal clear. >> clear. >> doesn't look like lemonade. no, if you're going to hand out water in hollywood shouldn't you hand it out at the hollywood bowl? >> it's good. i like that. >> if you say it's number one in your heart or -- maybe number two. [ laughter ] >> rob hays with the puns. >> with the toilet humor. >> we actually got a bottle that was sent to us here. diane is going to test it out. >> actually i got this right "hero" -- >> the second floor. >> yeah, of course. >> drink up, cheers, everybody. >> let us know. we -- this is interactive television. >> good morning it is thursday,
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june 22. matt o'donnell is off, jeanette reyes is joining us. >> we're following breaking news this morning. a repo driver talks off with a car with a young girl asleep in the back seat. we'll have a live report. >> rescuers in delaware cut through a correctage -- wreckage in an early morning crash to save a person. >> let's go over to david murphy who is


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