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making news in america this morning, the trump administration seeks to explain a meeting members of the president's inner circle had with a lawyer who has connections with the kremlin. this as the president backs away from working with russia to prevent cyberattacks. we're live in washington. fire crews across the western u.s. struggle to deal with dozens of huge wildfires as thousands have been evacuated. so can the firefighters finally get help from the weather? well, we have the forecast ahead. caught on camera, a cyclist knocked down by a driver he never saw. the man who was behind the wheel now facing serious charges. the summer shopping season is hours away from kicking into high gear. we have all you need to know about prime day coming up.
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we do say good morning, everybody, on this monday and start with the newly disclosed meeting involving the president's son, the earliest known connection between the trump campaign and a russian associate. >> donald trump jr. acknowledged he met with a russian lawyer with ties to the kremlin. meanwhile, the president is backing away from the idea of teaming up with russia on cybersecurity. abc's janai norman has the latest from washington. janai, good morning. >> reporter: diane, kendis, good morning to both of you. don jr., jared kushner and then trump campaign manager paul manafort were all at that meeting and that's when the president's son believed he'd get information about alleged connections between russia, the dnc and hillary clinton. russian president vladimir putin dominating headlines and the president's twitter time line. overnight president donald trump backtrack on a discussion with the kremlin writing the fact that president putin and i discussed a cybersecurity unit
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doesn't mean i think it can happen. it can't. >> we might as well mail our ballot boxes to moscow. i don't think that's an answer at all. >> when it comes to russia he's got a blind spot and to forgive and forget when it comes to putin regarding cyberattacks is to empower putin. >> reporter: the idea outraging the president's own party as another bombshell makes waves. trump's inner circumstancing saying they met with a russian lawyer after trump clinched the republican nomination. don jr. revealing in a statement, i was asked to have a meeting with an acquaintance who i was told might have information helpful to the campaign. and the person, quote, stated that she had information that individuals connected to russia were supporting ms. clinton. he says when it became clear the attorney had no meaningful information, the meeting ended. though the white house chief of staff on fox news sunday painted a different picture of the same meeting. >> there was a meeting apparently about russian adoption and after about 20 minutes the meeting ended and
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that was the end of it. >> reporter: president trump's outside legal team said in a statement the president did not attend the meeting and was not aware of it. and don jr.'s statement appears to be the first publication that members of the trump team were willing to accept help from the russians and this comes amid mixed messages from the white house over whether the president accepted putin's denial about interfering in the election. diane and kendis. >> all right, that's abc's janai norman in washington for us. janai, thanks. as for those mixed messages the president tweeted that vladimir putin vehemently denied meddling in the election but did not say if he accepted that denial. white house chief of staff reince priebus said the president absolutely did not believe putin but secretary of state rex tillerson who was in the meeting would not confirm or deny if the president took putin at his word. congress returns to work today for -- from a week-lon recess after getting an earful from constituents. now, senator john mccain says
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the legislation is probably dead and suggested maybe it is time to draft a new proposal. senator ted cruz is circulating a new plan aimed at lowering premiums for healthy people. but some moderates have dismissed it as a way to get around coverage of pre-existing conditio conditions. dozens of wildfires racing across parts of the west destroying homes and forcing nearly 8,000 people to evacuate soy far. this broke out on saturday near santa barbara, california, temporarily trapping children and counselors at a summer camp. now this morning it's still only 5% contained. fire crews will get some help from the forecast, though. here's a look at today's weather. good morning, now, it may be more tolerable in the northwest with heat suppressed but it's down in the southwest portion of the country where it's going to stay still hot, still breezy, still dry. cooler along the coast with a few isolated pockets of
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thunderstorms but that's mainly in the mountainous region. bottom line from monday to wednesday low humidity, spotty thunderstorms at best. the gusty winds 2kr5drying thin out for the pockets we're having problems with fire. i'm meteorologist paul weather from accuweather. and this morning iraqi forces are pushing to retake the last areas of mosul under isis control. now, iraq's prime minister traveled to the mosul area to con grad late his country's u.s.-backed military forces. he walked among the soldiers at one point even draping the iraqi flag across his shoulders, but he's holding off on declaring victory over isis in iraq's second largest city until the government controls all of the city. isis does have other territories in iraq still under control. and north korea is sharply criticizing a practice bombing run conducted by the u.s. in south korea. a state-run newspaper called the
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mission reckless military provocations that pushed the risk of a nuclear war to a tipping point. the u.s. calls it a defensive show of force and commitment to its allies. the third highest ranking vatican leader is back home in australia to face sex abuse charges. cardinal george pell returned this morning. he is the pope's top financial adviser. the 76-year-old is due in court in two weeks. he made no comments this morning but last week said that he is innocent and looking forward to having his day in court. the case of a terminally ill british baby is back in court. charlie gard's parents are challenging the decision to take their son off life support. he has a disease that affects his vital organs. his parents obtained a petition with 350,000 signatures and raised funds so they can take their son to the u.s. for experimental treatment. >> he is our flesh and blood and it should be our right as parents to decide to give him a chance at life. >> he deserves his chance and
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hopefully will get it? we want to thank everyone that's supported us and signed the petition. >> let's get charlie the treatment he needs. >> if he's still fighting, we're still fighting. >> reporter: the hospital wanted to take him off life support but now wants the high court to rule on new medical evidence. pope francis and president trump are supporting the parents' efforts. investigators are trying to determine the cause of a huge fire burning at london's camden market. several floors and the roof of the building within that complex caught fire. ambulance crews rushed to the scene but no injuries reported and we're now told it's under control. this comes weeks after 80 people died as a fast-spreading fire destroyed the tower in west london. rex tillerson was in istanbul, turkey, to accept a lifetime achievement world from the world pe control yam congress. >> he spent his career in the energy industry and said he missed those in the business as
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colleagues, partners and competitors. well, still ahead right here, millions of bargain hunters are ready to shop till they drop on prime day. plus, a teenager attacked by a bear. hear how he lived to tell the sale. the young american who lost his life during a trip to greece. those believed to be responsible for his death are now facing justice.
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busiest transit hub in the western hemisphere. major renovations and repairs get under way today at new york's penn station forcing the closure of about a quarter of the tracks. many are calling it the summer of hell. that work is expected to last until at least september 1st. 18 former penn state fraternity brothers are back in court in the death of a pledge during an alleged hazing incident. the 19-year-old sophomore died in february after falling down the stairs at the fraternity house. they're accused of waiting nearly 12 hours before calling for help. amazon's third prime day starts tonight. the giant online retailer promising counts on items for its premium or prime members. it starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern time and runs until 3:00 a.m. wednesday. so prime day is actually 30 hours. more than a day. amazon says new deals will be offered as often as every five minutes and will be posted 24
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hours in advance on the amazon app but there are retarrylers getting involved as well. >> now turning into another black friday cyber monday type of holiday. and the wyoming fire department took special care to fight a fire at a recycling plant. >> and used special hazmat equipment because burning sulfur creates a dangerous gas and adding water creates a dangerous acid. when we come back, a driver takes down a cyclist and keeps going. we're going to hear from the guy on the back. the megadeal signed by james harden. it might have some others hoping to renegotiate. looking for balance in your digestive system?
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the driver of this truck apparently suffered a coughing spell before black out and slamming through the front doors of ktv news. no one was injured. the driver is expected to be okay but they didn't have to go far for that live shot. here's a look at this morning's road conditions. some flooding likely in the upper midwest and watch out for rainy slick roads from the gulf coast to the carolinas. airport delays possible in chicago and detroit. a college dean could find himself facing federal charges over a hit-and-run incident caught on camera. >> it happened over the weekend along a scenic national warrickway south of nashville. abc's adrienne bankert for the story. >> reporter: this is the instant a morning ride turns into a potential life or death moment. >> oh [ bleep ]. >> reporter: tyler no and a friend were cycling up a steep hill on a busy tennessee parkway saturday. >> yeah. >> reporter: a truck passes them then this. >> oh. >> reporter: the vehicle that knocks him from his bike keeps
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going. >> motor vehicle crash versus a pedestrian. >> reporter: saturday night police arrest 58-year-old marshall grant neely, a part-time dean of students at local private school the university school of nashville. this morning the cyclist is recovering from serious but not life-threatening injuries. >> my-could have been taken and i'm grateful i'm still here. >> reporter: adrienne bankert, abc news, new york. >> neely could face federal charges because it happened in a national park. the school where he's dean says they are aware of the situation. we have much more coming up on "good morning america." now to the tragic death of an american tourist in greece. police say 22-year-old bakari henderson died from severe head injuries suffered during a bar brawl. henderson's family says he was in greece for a photo shoot to launch his new clothing line. at least eight people have been arrested in connection with the murder. hebdo recently grad waited with honors from the university of arizona. and the hunt is on for a
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colorado bear that attacked a sleeping teenager. now, this is a warning now. some of the details this story and images are pretty graphic. that black bear apparently showed up in this lakeside campsite at around 4:00 a.m. and went trait for dylan who asks we don't reveal his last name. the teen says he woke up to a crunching sound with his head inside the bear's mouth. >> he grabbed me like this and pulled moo he and then it bit the back of my head and drug me. >> reporter: that's really not common black bear behavior. it is a dangerous bear and so we can't tolerate animals like that. >> dylan says he and his friends managed to punch and kick the bear till it ran away. dylan says he's okay. turning now to sports and a major payday. >> james harden has reached a deal with the houston rockets that gives him additional $170 million. all told that four-year contract extension will pay harden about $228 million over the next six
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seasons. >> that makes the deal the richest contract in nba history. not bad. now to some baseball and a rookie pitcher's near no-hitter. yeah. kyle free land of the rockies was two owes away when chicago's melky cabrera hit that soft single to left. >> well, that was it for free land who walked off to a standing ovation. waved his cap. the crowd applauded. let's get some pore baseball now from espn. i'm nicole. he's max. it is morning but we're already planning your night. the home run derby. 8:00 p.m. eastern on espn. >> sorry. that's right. carlos stanton the reigning champ. monday night in case you missed it. giancarlo stanton, he's starting to pile up numbers. he's been healthy, strong, 443 feet. he's having a good old time up there in san francisco. oh, he's done it again. piling it on. gone. >> it's practice. >> stanton did this on friday
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against the giants opposite field, he has two on sunday. the most he's had in a season is 37. he's done that twice. he stays healthy. he is going to top that. promo machine. tonight 8:00 p.m. eastern it's the home run derby. same rules as last year. we do provide the viewing options though because there's i simultaneous on espn2. that is in spanish. you want to take it with you on the go. you can stream it live on the espn app. want any more pro-mole details come up with them. >> you got a winner. >> stanton. >> stanton. two stantons. >> thanks, guys. up next in "the pulse," the husband and wife who sat on a porch swing and had the most important conversation of their lives. and a new theory about friends. was the legendary sitcom really an all in one character's head. our facebook page, oscar winner emma stone is speaking out about pay ex-quit in
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♪ it is your monday "pulse" and we'll start with a woman's life-saving gift to her husband. steve winfree is a big baseball fan and an avid card collector and in desperate need of a kidney. >> his wife heather found out she's a transplant match and shared that news in a very creative way. >> with his health issues he has been striking out a lot. he was not sure how he would wind up. his wife thinks he is a great catch so decided to go to bat. now he will be a rookie recipient of -- >> ah so heather made a baseball
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card with steve's face on it with the announcement on the back. winfree has had kidney disease for 14 years. you can understand those tears on sunday night he thanked folks for his response to the video which no doubt so emotional. >> oh, his reaction is priceless. well, good luck to both of them. >> an eye-opening observation sparked a twitter frenzy over "friends "friends.." >> fans took notice on the dvd cover of season 4 everyone appears to be sleeping except rachel. played by jennifer aniston so they're now offering theorys as to why her eyes are wide open. the leading explanation is a dream sequence theory. >> so apparently fans believe rachel had an anxiety dream the night before she was supposed to get married to barry and they say the entire series was all in rachel's head. >> apparently she invented all the other characters as an escape. >> so more than a decade it went off the air we are thinking about "friends." to an anxious bride from an
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, it is monday, july 10. we have breaking news, some type of haz/mat situation in chester county has sent several people including a pennsylvania state trooper to the hospital overnight. we have the the latest on what we know. developing this morning the certain goes on for four missing men in bucks county. sky6 live hd is staking live look there at the moon, it's a full, beautiful moon that if you get up early with us, you will see it out there. meteorologist david murphy is here, we had a nice weekend, he'll tell you what to expect as we get going on the week. "action news" is up next. now an outdoors. >> had morning hearing from a
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man who survived a brutal attack at a country club near knott meyers. he nearly lost an arm. abc's erielle reshef has his story. >> i wanted to pull away but i remembered not to do the tug-of-war, you know, because then he would think his food was still alive and, you know, start thrashing around. >> reporter: a florida man speaking from his hospital bed about the heart-stopping encounter with an alligator that turned into a daring escape. >> when he initially attacked me and shook his head, i mean, he moved my whole body with him. >> reporter: scott lahodik doing his job of 30 years diving for golf balls when the alligator attacked. >> 911, what is you are yo emergency? >> a man was in the water diving for golf balls. needless to say he was bit by a nine-foot alligator. >> reporter: the 51-year-old thinking fast. >> he rolled so i kind of played dead and rolled with him and i had thought my arm was gone
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because i didn't feel any more pain and then i looked and he was still there and then the thought came to me to start punching him. >> reporter: lahodik wrestling the reptile and wriggling free not before it tore into his arm. >> it was almost like a semi would have packed on my foredennis rodman art gator attacks rare but dangerous. a florida girl attacked while swimming in a lake managing to free herself by putting her fingers in the gator's nose. in both cases wildfire experts say the victims did the right thing, going after a gator's eyes or nose is the best way to get it to let go. lahodik is in the icu recovering with hundreds of stitches in his arm. erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> quick thinking on his part. >> yeah. he seemed in relative di good spirits considering surviving an alligator attack. >> this is why i don't play golf. >> that too. that's what's making news in
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amer >> good morning it is monday, july 10, matt o'donnell is off, jeanette reyes is joining us. >> here's what we're following this morning, breaking news, a pennsylvania state trooper is hurt in a hazardous materials call. four men have gone missing, police are trying to find them. septa rail riders will have to show their tickets sooner before they get on the train. >> i

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