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making news in america this morning, terror in new york. breaking details overnight about the suspect in the deadly truck rampage. >> his alleged ties to isis. the visa he used to enter the united states and his past in florida. >> also this morning, the victims of that attack. >> she just had eyes on the man with the guns. he pointed the gun at me. i'm sorry. i have to go get my child. >> the frightening moments for schoolchildren and new images. the school bus that stopped further carnage. >> this morning president trump responds with a new order to homeland security as new yorkers vow to move forward stronger than ever. >> we go forward together. we're not going to let them win. >> live team coverage right now on "america this morning."
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and we do say good morning on a busy wednesday. several breaking developments in that truck rampage here in new york. now being called an act of terror. >> at least eight people were killed including five people from argentina visiting new york to celebrate a high school reunion? >> overnight the fbi searching the suspect's home in new jersey and a local mosque where it's believed he prayed. we learned about his travel from uzbekistan, his past as an uber driver and a note found in the home depot rental truck claiming to link the attack to isis. >> forensic experts have been working the crime scene along that busy bike path the scene of the rampage and we're going to start off our coverage with abc's stephanie ramos who is there in lower manhattan. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: kendis and diane, good morning. we're just about a block away where that truck ended up in lower manhattan. a couple of schools in the area and that west side highway bike path is very popular for new yorkers, tourists making it an
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ideal location for a would-be terrorist. the terror began around 3:00 in the afternoon on halloween in lower manhattan. police say 29-year-old sayfullo saipov an uzbekistan immigrant living in paterson, new jersey, deliberately drove a rented home depot truck on to a bike and pedestrian path targeting people and running them over. >> we know that this action was intended to break our spirit. >> reporter: the crime scene stretching for several blocks. >> we got multiple casualties. this is a mass casualty situation here. >> reporter: his truck eventually colliding with a school bus injuring the two adults and two kids on board before finally coming to a stop just blocks away from the world trade center memorial. >> he had two guns on him and running in the treat. >> reporter: the fbi and nypd are urging the public to share any videos or images that could help in the investigation. like this cell phone video that shows the driver lumping after getting out of his truck holding
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what turned out to be two fake guns. witnesses telling abc news he shouted allahu akbar before being shot by an officer. >> i want to commend the response of our officer who stopped the carnage moments after it began. >> reporter: the nypd has been preparing for the possibility of vehicle attacks following similar incidents in france, london and berlin and last night security was stepped up even more. >> you'll see them in the airports and see them in the tunnels. it's not because there's any evidence of any ongoing threat or any additional threat. it is just out of vigilance and out of caution. >> reporter: and we're now learning more about the suspect. uber confirms he was a driver for the company. they also say he passed all background checks and that they've been this contact with the fbi. kendis, diane. >> stephanie ramos for us, thanks, stephanie. we'll continue monitoring this
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situation. president trump responding to the attack on twitter aing we must not allow isis to return or enter our country after defeating them in the middle east and elsewhere. enough. he also wrote, quote, i have just ordered homeland security to step up our already extreme vetting program. being politically correct is fine but for this and the suspect arrived in the united states from uzbek tan in 2010 after winning a hotry to get a visa under the diversity visa program. >> overnight we spoke to steve gomez former fbi counterterrorism official and asked him about the president on extreme vetting and where does it go from here. >> there's been the discussion that they were going to look at the procedures, the president's calling it extreme vetting procedures. i don't believe those are imm t immented at this time so it can only mean the evaluation process. >> they got this guy alive. how important is that at this point? >> this is amazing. we never see any of these
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terrorists, you know, walk away in custody and alive. in this case it appears that the officer who did a great job in resolving the situation in shooting the suspect. he shot him in a place where it put him down on the ground but didn't kill him and the suspect probably thought he would die by cop which is what a lot of these people think when you have these fake guns or a pellet gun or something like that so they're going to question him. try to get as much information from him as possible as far as why he did it. if he was doing this for isis, what led him to start to follow and believe in isis. >> that was counterterrorism expert steve gomez for us. we're now getting a closer look at the damage to that school bus hit in the attack. as stephanie mentioned two children and two adults were on that bus when the crash happened and were injured in all of this. >> but police say if it wasn't for that bus, the attack could have been even more deadly. you see the damage there because that driver could have continued his rampage if not for that bus. >> and one of the suspects former neighbors in florida said
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she's not surprised to learn of his involvement in this. melissa matthews said she lived near him for at least two years in tampa and says there was something odd about him. she says it seemed he didn't want to get to know anyone. >> i was surprised that it actually happened and i felt very shocked when i heard about the people who died but then it just seemed to kind of make sense when i thought about how he was and what happened afterwards. like in hindsight it was like, oh, i can see how it happened. >> she went on to say she recognized the white van found in new jersey that police believe belonged to the attacker. >> the top of the world trade center was lit up in red, white and blue last night. new york's governor urged residents to carry on saying the city will go forward stronger than ever. and indeed it did later this half hour we'll take you to new york's famed halloween parade as it marched on just hours after the attack. turning now to some of this morning's other news, house republicans have delayed the
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rollout of their tax cut plan. it will be unveiled tomorrow instead of today. sources say that's because of n unresolved questions about key details of the bill which could include changes to local deductions and 401(k) plans. the bill is not expected to cut the tax rate for the wealthiest americans, it is expected to drop the corporate tax rate to 20% and delay a repeal to the estate tax. new information coming to light about george papadopoulos, the key figure in the investigation into the trump campaign's ties to russia. the former trump adviser pleading guilty to lying to the fbi about his contacts during the campaign with russians. well, documents show papadopoulos had conversations with multiple campaign officials including former managers paul manafort and corey lewandowski as well as sam clovis now nominated for a high level position at the department of agriculture. the president has not changed his views about clovis but the white house is distancing itself from papadopoulos. >> i think that papadopoulos is an example of actually somebody
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doing the wrong thing while the president's campaign did the right thing. what papadopoulos did was lie and that's on him. not on the campaign and we can't speak for that. >> in fact, the white house and president trump yesterday belittled him calling him, quote, a low-level volunteer who has already proven to be a liar. time now for a look at your weather on this wednesday morning. millions of trick-or-treaters made their way through halloween snow. the heaviest part of that was in michigan, it got up to 8 inches in some areas. snow also fell in the plains and in new york state near the great lakes. temperatures will be in the 40s in that area today. it'll be pleasantly warm across the south. 80 in miami, 79 in dallas, 72 degrees is unseasonably warm for denver. it'll also be sunny and 68 in los angeles. 50s can be expected in the northwest.
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well, coming up right here the new plan in las vegas to prevent terrorist attacks on the strip. also ahead another popular hollywood actor is facing sexual assault allegations this morning. but first a hostage standoff inside an elementary school classroom comes to a dramatic end as a parent is shot. the details next. there's nothing like those familiar scents that bring the spirit and joy of the holidays to life.
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the negotiators hadn't had any contact or heard anything from the victim herself during their communications with the suspect, so the decision was made to enter the classroom. >> that's police in riverside, california, defending their actions sending s.w.a.t. teams into an elementary classroom to end a hostage standoff there. the suspect in fact a father had taken a teacher hostage in a
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classroom. students were safely evacuated but police say for more than six hours the man refused to repeated calls to come out. when they had heard no response from that teacher the s.w.a.t. team moved in, witnesses reported hearing two flash bang grenades. at least one officer opened fire on the suspect. he later died from his injuries at the hospital. his motive remains unclear but the investigation does continue and family members say he had an emotional breakdown. the teacher is in good condition. another hollywood power player being accused of sexual assault. actor jeremy piven has been accused of by "suicide squad" actress ariane bellamar of groping her on the set of "entourage" and at the playboy mansion several years ago. piven fired back saying he denies the allegations. more fallout for actor kevin spacey. two new accusers have come forward including a mexican actor who says spacey tried to fondle him at a bar and
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filmmaker who claims he groped him at another bar 14 years ago. production of "house of cards" has been suspended indefinitely. >> three professors at dartmouth college have been placed on leave after they were accused of sexual misconduct. the new hampshire attorney general has launched a criminal investigation and they call it serious. at columbia university in new york a distinguished historian has stepped down after he was accused of groping a student. well, coming up right here the dodgers get even with the astros. first executives from facebook, twitter and google grilled on capitol hill about fake ads during the elections. later, the frightening moments on live tv as a talk show host passes out on camera. wendy williams responding to concerns about her health. mean i knew they weren't teethi perfect, but, ugh. oh well, all hope is lost! oh thanks! clearly my whitening toothpaste is not cutting it. time for whitestrips. crest glamorous white whitestrips are the only
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>> the question now is what will companies like facebook and twitter do to crack down in the future? abc's janai norman has more from washington. she's here with that status update. good morning. >> reporter: diane and kendis, good morning. we are one week out from the night donald trump was elected president and senators want to know why we're finding out how big of a problem this was. foreign actors attempting to influence americans exploiting social media sites aiming to sway the election. >> we saw this concerted effort to sow division and discord. >> reporter: executives from facebook, twitter and google appeared before the senate judiciary subcommittee to testify about the interference last year. >> so this continued after his election? >> it continued until we disabled the accounts. >> reporter: facebook admitting the company missed key signals
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and revealing russian-backed ads with false and inflammatory information reached more than half of all u.s. facebook users an estimated 126 million people. equal to more than one in three americans. senator al franken outraged demanding answers about how the sophisticated tech company missed the mark connecting russian money to ads about the u.s. presidential election. >> those are two data points. american political ads and russian money, rubles. how could you not connect those two dots? >> in hindsight we should have had a broader lens. there were signals we missed. >> reporter: and the social media companies say they're putting new restrictions in place including hiring more ad reviewers but descheidt that the russian foreign minister says no one has provided proof to confirm allegations of russia's
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interference in the election. diane and kendis. >> janai norman in d.c., thank you. today marks the beginning of the fifth enrollment period for obamacare. it has been slashed in half and end december 15th and consumers will have fewer choices with nearly one-third getting the choice of only one insurer. premiums for the benchmark silver plan are expected to skyrocket by nearly 40%. new details about a tour bus crash in palm spring, california, that left 13 people dead last year. investigators now say the driver of the bus and the driver of the truck involved were both sleepy at the time. the head of the ntsb is now criticizing the trump administration for dropping a proposal that would have required commercial drivers to be screened for sleep apnea. turning now to sport, the world series is headed to game seven. >> yeah, so the dodgers got even with the astros last night. we should mention there was a moment of silence for the victims of the new york city terror attack then the bats stayed mostly silent.
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>> but not in the seventh. the dodgers joc pederson broke it open with a home run giving l.a. a 3-1 lead. that was the final score, the series is tied. it's on to the winner take all game seven. >> we've had so many home runs that we've been spoiled in the series so it was relatively quiet. >> why is this not another home run derby. >> more juiced ball, please. one other note, the first rankings for the college football playoff out. the georgia bulldogs number one. >> my cousin steve will be happy. followed by alabama, notre dame and clemson. >> repeating champs. up next, the worst team in the nfl gets more bad news but it's not the players' fault. plus, prince harry in chicago hanging out with the former first lady and talking about his late mom. the latest on talk show host wendy williams and her big health scare in front of the cameras. your body was made for better things than rheumatiod arthritis. before you and your rheumatologist
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talk show host wendy williams gave viewers a real scare. she was in the middle of introducing the show's annual halloween costume contest when this happened. talk show host just collapsed right there in front of camera. back on air after a long commercial break. she then told the audience it was not a stunt and says her statue of liberty costume caused her to overheat and faint. she is expected back at work today. she finished the show yesterday. but there are published reports that staff members have been concerned about her health though a spokesman said williams was just dehydrated and also notes she's never missed a day of work. >> glad to know she's feeling better. prince harry says his mother princess diana was an inspiration to him because of how she used her position for charitable work. harry is in chicago for the
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards. it is wednesday, november 1st. more details are coming out about the suspect in a terrifying attack in new york city. the lone wolf used a rental truck to deadly affect plowing into people on a bike path. trick-or-treating took a dangerous turn in south jersey where a young child was hit by a car on halloween night. the rules just changed for young smokers in new jersey. you now have to be older to light up legally as of this morning. we've got these stories, also your accuweather forecast. it's chilly out there this morning. that's all ahead on "action news." >> ♪ those posts along strip sidewalks. a look at today's weather, sunny along the west coast. rain and snow in the northern rockies as well as the upper midwest. rain also stretches from texas to new england.
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47 and seasonal in chicago. finally this morning, the hashtag new york strong is trending on twitter. >> it barely fazed new yorkers including the governor and mayor walking in unison at the halloween parade and lucy yang was there. >> reporter: the 44th annual again mitch village halloween parade kicked off as planned despite the deadly attack just a few hours earlier. the city deciding it was more important to show resiliency and strength in numbers. leading the march, the governor, the mayor, the police commissioner. it it is never easy patrolling such a large venue where so many faces hidden. there were even more layers of security. >> we've added more resource, more police officers, heavy weapons team, blocker vehicles leading to the route as well as more sand truck sflgs the thousands who came to be entertained there were plenty of
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ghouls and puppet, fantasies and families that eat together. >> i think it's new yorkers we wanted to show we can come out to the streets still. >> reporter: all thrilled it was not canceled. >> i think it's awesome. in a time like this we need to come together. >> i feel safe. >> we need this parade to lift the spirits of the people. it was unfortunate what happened. >> reporter: even kids with dressed up wheelchairs loved the show. >> i'm having a great time and i really like it. >> reporter: despite this being a school night we saw lots of families out here, lots of young children, perhaps nothing underscores just how well this city rebounds than the fact that so many parents felt comfortable letting their little ones come out here to enjoy the parade. lucy yang, abc news, new york. >> one of our local reporters said he came here to incite terror.
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> hello and good morning good morning every everyone. >> we're following the latest developments in the new york city terror attack. authorities are investigating the man who drove a truck into people just blocks from the world trade center killing eight. >> police in bucks county are looking for the driver who hit a pedestrian and drove off. >> and the city of philadelphia and conrail plan to extend the schuylkill river trail. >> let's see how november is going to start off with meteorologist, david murphy and karen rogers. >> i for got it's november. >> yes. >> feels like it. it's chilly.

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