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making news in america this morning, pure devastation, a new view of the disaster zone in california. nearly two dozen fires raging. >> we have at least a dozen guys that have lost their homes. >> an entire city evacuated. more lives lost. and now dangerous winds are picking up again. the president versus the press. trump takes aim at the tv networks suggesting broadcasts rights should be challenged and what steve bannon is now saying about the odds of president trump being removed from office. breaking overnight did harvey weinstein's company know years ago about sexual assault allegations against him? new questions as the scandal takes a new turn. the boy scouts for girls? parents responding to the big change. >> there's no harm in seeing a girl swing an ax. >> but not all think it's a good
idea. plus the famous luxury label changes its name. an elk sandwich? one fast food giant's new idea. and we do say good morning, everyone, on this thursday. we start with breaking news in northern california's fire zone. heavy winds pushing the flames into new territory as the death toll rises. >> nearly a dozen fires are tearing through wine country forcing entire towns to evacuate. at least 23 people are confirmed dead and officials say the worst is far from over. abc's maggie rulli joins us from santa rosa. maggie, good morning. >> reporter: dan and kendis, good morning. overnight new evacuation orders have forced thousands of more residents to flee their homes and those who are allowed to come back are often finding this, their home, cars, everything completely destroyed.
22 fires are still burning in california pushing firefighters to their limits, unable to gain control of the flames they battle against the wind. >> we're trying to make a path forward so it comes up to that path and stops. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. over 170,000 acres, roughly four times the washington, d.c. have burned. over 20,000 displaced. over 3500 structures damaged or destroyed. residents who have been able to return to their hopes are finding there's nothing left. >> everybody's house is gone. >> reporter: but this iraq war veteran did find one cherished item he came looking for. >> your personal dog tags. >> the ones i deployed with. >> wow. >> after i deployed i gave them to my dad. >> reporter: in the heart of wine country officials went door urges residents to get out. >> evehe wind that's going to come our way and
we, you know, might end up losing the house. >> reporter: the wine industry in california employs hundreds of thousands and right now it's too early to estimate the damage they've done to the $50 billion a year industry. >> this is where all the wines remain and termed. >> reporter: while most are burping in the northern part of the state several fires have broke on out further south closing major highways around los angeles. we are in the middle of another that's the highest possible alert issued by the national weather service and there have been firefighters out here all night long working 24/7 trying to make sure that devastation like this does not happen to yet another neighborhood. now, in addition to trying to save all of these homes, firefighters are also working to save historical artifacts and landmark, in particular there's one spanish mission, a church dating all the way back to 1823. it is just one of many treasured sites here in sonoma and the
surrounding areas. crews have been removing artifacts trying to save them. these winds a just continuin pi very dry. >> the firefighters have a definitely. maggie rulli, thanks, maggie. now to washington where president trump is poised to sign an executive order on health care today. it's expected to offer americans more health insurance options with cheaper rates and promote competition. it could affect small businesses that band together to buy insurance but some experts say the order may further destabilize the obamacare markets. we're expecting more details late they are morning. the president is poised to make a big announcement on the iran nuclear deal. >> launching a new attack on the media, which critics call an attack on the free press while he makes a new push for sweeping tax cuts. abc's lana zak is covering it all and it is a lot. she joins us from washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, diane and kendis.
there's no shortage of stories coming out of washington now. the president on that last point has previously said nobody lovee does. but his latest words have people wondering if he actually is intending to threaten the very freedom of the institution he claims to love. as the president campaigned for his tax deal. >> we want lower taxes, bigger paychecks. >> reporter: he also hinted at a major foreign policy change. >> i'll also be announcing, as you know, my statement and what we'll be doing with respect to the iran deal speaking of badly negotiated deals, okay. >> reporter: abc news has learned the presidents expected to decertify the iran deal as early as friday. but democrats and some republicans disagree saying it's the best way to get international inspectors into those nuclear sites. >> as flawed as the deal is, i believe we must now enforce the hell out of it. >> reporter: earlier in the day the president vented his
frustration with an nbc report that claimed u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson called the president a moron after he suggested increasing the u.s. nuclear stockpiles. >> i never discussed increasing it. i wanted it in perfect shape. that was just fake news by nbc. >> reporter: the president going further suggesting nbc and others could lose their ability to broadcast tweeting with all the fake news coming out of nbc and the networks at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license? bad for country. in response, fcc commissioner jessica rosenworcel said not how it works and freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. hope my fcc colleagues can be on the same page with the first a.m. . at least one prominent republican is firing back. ben sasse saying to the president, quote, are you recanting the oath you took on january 20th to preserve, protect and defend the first amendment? diane, kendis. >> ben sasse with a critical statement overnight.
thank you. an eye-opening comment from former white house strategist steve bannon quoted he believes president trump has only a 30% chance of serving his full term in office. >> abc news learned the las vegas shooting rampage was under way when hotel security called police and officers did not reach the 32nd floor until after the shooting had stopped. a lawsuit filed on behalf of paige gasper is questioning the response time line and pot points to a six-minute gap between the shooting inside the hotel that left a security guard killed and the time the shooter started firing out of the hotel into the crowd but gasper's money says it's not money she's after. >> our driving force is wanting change and practices and security. when we buy a ticket to an event we need to know that our safety is considered and protected.
>> their attorney points to the fact that no public address system was in place to warn the concert audience and help them evacuate. now for a look at weather this thursday morning. a day of contrast lie ahead in the pacific northwest. rain is expected that long the coast and at lower elevations but up in the cascades there could be up to 14 i in some areas. temperatures in portland and seattle will be in the low 50s, still hot in phoenix and across the southeast. readings will be in the mid 80s in new orleans, atlanta and miami. and we'll finally get a touch of fall here in the northeast. 64 here in new york. 54 in boston. still hot, though, in miami. 85 there. well, coming up the world famous luxury brand changing its name. not a lot of people are happy about it. first some disturbing
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ten young men have been arrested in the suspected hazing death of a college freshman in louisiana. police say max gruver was singled out during a pledge event and forced to drink 190 proof liquor. a coroner's report says his blood alcohol level was 0.49 0.. one brother has been charged with negligent homicide. >> hazing is not being charged with a murder. or the death and i think that's
something that really needs to be kept in perspective. the individuals that are being charged with hazing are not being charged with his death. >> attorneys for at least two of the brothers deny any wrongdoing. we have an exclusive first look at a new investigation into the opioid crisis among veterans. "newsweek" is out with a cover story looking into why they have been twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses as civilians. they spoke with service members who blamed the v.a. for overprescribing opiates for more than a decade before cutting them back with patients with severe pain. a fearful environment for those who speak up. the "newsweek" story hits newsstands tomorrow. officials in oklahoma have come up with a new way to try to solve cold cases and issued playing cards, the decks have pictures of victims in unsolved cases from 1978 to 2013. they are sold to prisoners in hopes the inmates will help crack cases. the decks are reminiscent of those bearing pictures of
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>> reporter: new video from tmz of disgraced movie mogul harvey weinstein on the streets of los angeles with police on the scene. the lapd tells abc news they were called to the area after a family dispute involving weinstein and his 22-year-old daughter. no arrests were made. meanwhile, authorities are left answering questions about why weinstein was not prosecuted after this secretly recorded audio during a 2015 nypd sting operation. >> why yesterday you touch my breast. >> oh, please. come on in. i'm used to that. >> you're used to that? >> yes, come in. >> no, but i'm not used to it. >> i won't do it again. >> reporter: the manhattan d.a. defended its decision not to prosecute. >> obviously he has some serious issues and the tape is terrible. i as d.a. have to be guided by the evidence and the elements of the crime. >> reporter: now hollywood is hush-hush no more. similar stories are shared by more than 20 women who say they were sexually assaulted,
harassed or raped by weinstein. >> he comes back out and is fully naked. and that's when i just thought, what is happening? how is this happening and what is he going to do to me? >> reporter: many are asking how this culture of complicity was able to persist for so long. seth macfarlane saying he knew about the allegations for years and meant this moment as more of a jab than a joke. >> congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. >> reporter: mcfarlane tweeted it came from a place of loathing and anger after jessica bart told him she had been sexually harassed in and denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex and ben affleck called his actions sick but then rose mcgowan tweeted and told "the new york times" that she had told affleck that weinstein had behaved inappropriately with her years ago.
linsey davis, abc news, new york. we have two more headlines concerning ben affleck under new scrutiny since condemning harvey weinstein. affleck has apologized after being accused of groping actress hilly burton on mtv in 2003. meanwhile, a canadian tv host is now defending affleck after a video from 2004 came to light showing him making sexual remarks to her. she says it was all an act for publicity. a mother from michigan has lost primary custody of her son after being jailed for five days for refusing to get him vaccinated. rebecca bredow was found in contempt of court after the dispute with his ex-husband. their son ended up getting four immunizations while his mother was behind bars. she says shek by the court's decision to grant her ex-husband joint custody. >> i feel a little spun around right now. i'm in shock because i was expecting to get him home today. >> do you still stand by your choices that you made beforehand? >> i do, absolutely. i still stand by my choices
because i stand up for what believe in. >> reporter: her attorney plans to ame. muhammadally's family is pit against fox broadcasting for $30 million. they claim the network used ali's name and image in a promotional video that aired before the super bowl without permission. the company argues the three-minute video could have been sold to advertisers for up to $30 million. and there is no joy in cleveland this morning after the yankees finished off a stuin comeback. they climbed out of a hole against the indians last night fighting back to win 5-2. they'll now play the astros in the american league championship series. game one is tomorrow night. go, yankees. >> well, we have the cubs anats da for boys anymore. is it good for girls? a controversial name change for the expensive coach bags many of you might have at home.
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>> hello everyone good morning, i'm matt o'donnell, developing on "action news," a store owner shoots someone during what he suspected was an attempted robbery. a philadelphia school is closed today, the latest school in the area dealing with a mold problem. storm tracker 6 live is tracking rain moving through the area we're looking at a live shot at philadelphia international. it's breezy, as well. david murphy will tell us when the skies clear. we'll take a look at the roads at this early hour, because they are wet and that's when problems start him all next on "action news." hard enough and even harder to do with an injury.
>> so that's what one runner was facing in chicago at the marathon when he got some much needed help. evelyn hughes from our station there has the story. >> reporter: edward say it's an experience he'll never forget. he later learned he ran most of the race with a broken hip. >> at one point they both said, it doesn't matter how long this takes we're going to be here and we're going to get to the finish line. >> reporter: the husband and father says sunday morning he felt some minor pain in his left thigh but not enough to keep him from running. the 47-year-old says at around mile 24 he felt something snap. that's when he sat down on the ground and couldn't get back up. >> i looked up and said, god, please, help me and no sooner than ten seconds did officer sisca show up. >> reporter: he was working the marathon detail and helped him get to an aid station.
>> i said if you want to do this we can make it happen. >> reporter: the unlikely duo limped for a block before al fredo martinez on the job for 18 months saw them an asked if he could help. >> he had made a joke or something and said, i wish i had a cane. and i don't know, we all looked over, one of us looked over, i'm like, folding chair. >> with the chair as his cane it took them an hour to walk the final two miles to give him a break from the pain. they talked about their families and how officer siska was about to become a father next month. he used a phone to call his wife who recorded him hopping on his right leg across the finish line as he recovers in the hospital, he says it's unclear if he'll ever be able to run marathons again but so grateful to the officers. >> when i look back i said i met two officers and i left with two friends. >> very cool for edward and the
police who helped him. congratulations. >> hein >> good morning it is 4:30 a.m., thursday, october 12. >> good morning everyone, here's what we're following on "action news." an elementary school in philadelphia is closed today as crews deal with a mold problem. some montgomery county residents find racist flyers in their mail boxes. >> wildfires continue in california where two dozen are dead and hundreds ever missing. >> we'll is get to those