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making news in america this morning -- wicked weather. tornadoes and incredible scenes of hail, inches deep on the ground, and causing damage to airplanes. plus, where the severe threat is today. held hostage. new this morning, we're hearing from a woman who was recently found after being abducted a decade ago. a day at the pool goes horribly wrong when an electric shock is sent through the water, paralyzing young swimmers. the dramatic video as it happened, just released.b and impressive moves. a teenager is now an internet star for his jaw-dropping michael jackson impersonation. good thursday morning. the severe weather threat
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remains high today for millions, following a day of heavy hail, tornadoes and flooding. >> several areas have the potential for dangerous conditions today, including the plains, the tennessee valley, parts of texas and most of the ç east coast.u! >> the fierce weather system already left its mark in colorado. tornadoes and large hail pounded the denver area, damaging cars and even airplanes at the airport.w5k abc's tahman bradley has the latest. >> reporter: a powerful storm socked the denver area. it spawned tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and giant golf ball-sized hail. the sound, menacing. people ran for cover.m/y cars slid, more than an inch of hail fell in some areas. so, it had to be shoveled or even plowed. extreme weather shut down denver international airport. frontier airlines says some of its planes were damaged. snowplows cleared the runways. tense moments in and around the city, after these ominous clouds formed and tornado warnings were issued. >> i'm so scared.
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i don't know what's going to happen. but just know i love you. and tell my family that i love them. >> reporter: at least six twisters were spotted, but no significant damage was reported. a different storm system, ravaged parts of the midwest. from ohio -- to indiana. to illinois. in cleveland, spectacular p lightning lit up the sky. in other parts of ohio and pennsylvania, flash flooding closed highways and roads. these vehicles were swallowed up by the deep water. some people were stranded. >> i cannot even go home. i can't. so, i was thinking about going back to work.kozv there's no way out. everywhere you look, the water is high. >> reporter: thursday's forecas] calls for more severe weather, with dangerous thunderstorms across the rockies, the midwest and parts of the east coast. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. also breaking now, that ferocious wildfire, tearing across arizona. it's still 0% contained this morning.
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the fire has already forced evacuations and burned through 4,500 acres near sedona. and more than 3,000 others have been told to prepare to leave. vacationers heading to the popular recreation area for the( memorial day weekend are being turned away. and hundreds of homes are in danger. >> it's a difficult fire to catch when you have wind-driven and very, very steep terrain. that's why we have 15 hot shot crews on order because it's only the boots on the ground that ca get a fire line all the way up and around this stuff. >> about 500 firefighters are battling the fire this morning, with more on the way. officials say the fire was likely human caused. we are live in arizona on "good morning america." also breaking overnightx0n incredible story from california. a young woman who was kidnapped at 15 has been rescued after ten years of captivity. >> police say she was abducted by her mother's boyfriend shortly after moving to santa ana from mexico. 42-year-old isidro garcia was arrested when the woman found her sister on facebook.
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he's accused of repeatedly raping her and brainwashing her. the victim spoke exclusively with our abc station in l.a., with her mom by her side. >> i'm so happy and privileged to be back with my family. that's i want all the time. all the time i pray for her. for them. more for my mom and my sisters. i want to finish this all the time. but i can't do it. i was really afraid about everything because i was alone. i think i was alone. but i never was. my family was with me. >> police say garcia severely beat the victim when she tried to escape. he allegedly changed her identity and married her. and she had a child for him two years ago. the president's point person on the v.a. health care investigation is in phoenix, today, to visit the hospital at the center of the scandal. rob nabors' high-profile visit comes after strong words from the president himself.
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here's abc's jim avila. >> reporter: a national disgrace. durham, north carolina, this dying vietnam vet waits eight months for care. in indianapolis, this sick vet can't get her meds for months. >> this is the type of hospital care you receive? >> reporter: and in phoenix, sally barnes breen loses her father-in-law, thomas, to cancer, after waiting more than a year for a doctor. anxious to finally hear directly from president obama. >> yes. i wanted to hear a long time ago. >> reporter: the president, promising that if v.a. hospital staff anywhere has gamed the system, creating secret lists to hide delays, people will be punished. >> it is dishonorable. it is disgraceful. and i will not tolerate it, period. >> reporter: but the president stunned relatives by saying so far the i.g. has found no case where a death was actually caused by the delays.çó >> and the i.g. indicated that he did not see a link between the wait and them actually dying. >> reporter: bringing another
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wave of anger to sally, back in phoenix. >> he's lying. and that's why i'm angry zv because, in fact, they're responsible for his death. >> reporter: still, the president vowing to fix whateveú is wrong at the v.a. jim avila, abc news, the white house.nb 80% of american troops are headed to africa -- 80 troops are headed to africa to help search for the kidnapped nigerian schoolgirls. the pentagon says half of them will make up the launch and recovery teams for a drone that's being used in that search. the other 40 are providing security for that team. no troops will be involved in any ground searches. and breaking news from china, where an apparent terror attack has killed dozens. the attack took place today in the capital of china's volatile northwestern region. the assailants plowed through crowds of shoppers on offroad vehicles and threw explosives. it is the deadliest attack in a series of violent incidents blamed on radical separatist muslims. and it comes just days before the 25th anniversary of the tiananmen square protests.
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also breaking right now, there are new tensions in ukraine, with heavy artillery fire overnight in the country's eastern region. the shelling appeared to come from government positions and badly damaged homes and a restaurant. and we are learning about multiple people being killed during an attack at a military checkpoint. this new tension comes as president vladimir putin promised to withdraw troops from the region. an update on those young iranians arrested for posting their version of pharrell's hit song, "happy." the six men and women who bo9 appeared in the youtube video have now been released. ñ that she's back. in justifying the arrest, police called the video showing the unveiled women, vulgar. the iranian president and pharrell himself have expressed support for this group. also overnight, a small earthquake rattled central virginia, leaving behind some frayed nerves. the magnitude 3.2 quake was centered west of richmond. more than 1,100 reports of shaking were called in last night. no one was injured. the quake that damaged the
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washington monument nearly three years ago, that was centered in the very same area. coming up, a warning for the millions of ebay users. and caught on camera, some kids in a pool are shocked. literally shocked, while swimming. how did this happen? plus, she's all grown up. a big change coming to the white house and a member of the first family.
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the fewer words they hear, the greater their chances ofool and getting into trouble. talk. read. sing. your words have the power to shape their world. learn more at we may soon learn more about how general motors mishandled that ignition switch defect. ceo mary barra reportedly told members of congress her company's internal investigation is almost done. it may be released early next month. meanwhile the automaker added another 200,000 sub compacts to its recall list for an electrical problem. and you have the right to know exactly how much your
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airline ticket really costs. so says the transportation department, whichv7nnts airlines to spell out all the fees for basic services. like checking bags, carrying on bags and choosing seats. the industry says this rule isn't needed. the airlines already do that. it's time to change your ebay password.1e the online merchandise site says a database containing passwords and other information was hacked earlier this year. the data stolen was encrypted and it did not contain financial information, such as credit card numbers. there's also no evidence of unauthorized use. still, ebay says changing your password would be a good idea. and those irresistible odors from cinnabon stores in malls is no accident. "the wall street journal" reports it's part of the snack chain's strategy. it places its ovens near the front. and cinnabon stores are in enclosed places, like malls and airports. and some stores even heat trays of brown sugar and cinnamon just to keep that aroma in the air. >> what an aroma it is. >> just thinking about the aroma is making me hungry. >> yum, yum. when we come back, a quick getaway.
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then a crash. wait until you hear who was behind the wheel of this truck. plus, for the birds. a flock of feathered friends disrupting a baseball game. (music)
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morning at surveillance video from a frightening pool accident in florida. watch the girl who is highlighted here.zv she approaches the railing. she grabs it. she gets paralyzed by electricity. the man sitting there eventually pulls her out. >> another child is still in the water for several more seconds until another man risks his life to drag her to safety. in all, three children were shocked. >> i was in the pool. and then, the metal railing -- i was swimming close to it and then, i felt the shock. >> 10-year-old diego, his 6-year-old sister and a 5-year-old girl spent four nights in the hospital. inspectors say they were shocked because the pool pump wasn't properly grounded. and when it malfunctioned, it electrified the water around it. >> that is scary. a joyride ended with a bang in texas, when a 10-year-old boy was behind the wheel. police say the boy took the keys to his grandfather's pickup truck and drove through several busy streets in tyler. he went for about a mile before pulling into a parking lot and crashing into a guardrail. two men who spotted him called police. and they captured it all on camera. >> get out. hey. hey.
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get out of the car. get out. you're a kid. get out. >> he didn't know how to shut i mean, i don't see how he put it in reverse. they don't teach you that in school. >> man, oh, man. no one was hurt. no charges will be filed. >> get out. you're just a kid. i'm glad no one was hurt. two elementary school students in new york are accused of putting rat poison in their teacher's water. police say other students apparently witnessed the pair putting something into the teacher's water bottle at this school in brooklyn. well, a mother of one of the witnesses then called the school. and police got involved. that teacher is going to be okay. a member of the los angeles dodgers top farm team has been suspended for a bizarre fight ç with a teammate. the altercation happened tuesday. alex guerrero and catcher miguel olivo, had words on the mound during a pitching change. it continued in the dugout, where olivo bit guerrero's ear. olivo is now suspended. guerrero has undergone reconstructive surgery. he will be hospitalized for a few more days.
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how weird is that? this was a little weird, too. meanwhile, at chicago's wrigley field, the yankees and cubs found themselves sharing the field with a flock of seagulls. weren't they a band in the '80s? went into extra innings. it's believed they were probably hungry, and are used to eat what the fans left behind following an afternoon game. they had to wait, though. it took 13 innings for the yanks to win. it was feeding time. they're, like, we don't care if the game is going on. this is when we eat, fella. >> yeah. >> there's lots of popcorn out there. and we're going for it.u! it was a rare end to the game between the tigers and indians. >> a drive with the bases loaded in the 13th when detroit's pitcher balked. that sent the winning run home. and cleveland won it 11-10. >> it was the first so-called balk-off, in nearly three years. before we go any further, we should mention, that a certain milestone here on our staff has made it all the way to bristol, connecticut. >> so, for that and last night's playoff action, here's our guys at espn. >> good morning, america. he's stan. i'm neil.
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this is the "sportscenter" set. before we get to the highlights, we want to say happy anniversary, congrats to al. 50 years with abc. he's the one that makes this possible to get on to your television set. good on you, al. >> that's a lot of good mornings. >> there you go. >> for al. not a good night for the oklahoma city thunder. in san antonio, taking on the spurs. game two, western conference finals. first quarter. look at the passing from san antonio. ends up with an easy jam for tiñ duncan. 14 points, 12 rebounds for him. danny green hit seven three-pointers in ten attempts. that was good for all of his 21 points. and tony parker, had 22 points. just total domination for san antonio. this series headed to oklahoma city with the spurs up 2-0 ht games. they take game two, 112-77. stanley cup playoffs. ñ home ice. and they own the kings, historically, in chicago, during the playoffs. and they're up two goals. and they haven't lost a playoff game at home with a 2-0 lead in forever.
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ben smith, great stretch pass right there. but drew dowdy goes hard. jeff carter redirects. that ties it. and it's back-to-back power play goals. jake muzzin for the kings. and carter, get carter. chicago couldn't. carter in for the hat trick. and the kings tie the series with a 6-2 win. game three saturday in l.a. >> yep. game three for the spurs and thunder on sunday. >> guys, thanks. michael jackson fans just got to see him again at the billboard awards. now, a california teenager is channeling his inner king of pop. it makes it our "play of the day." >> 17-year-old brett nichols brought "billie jean" back to life at his school talent show, wowing the crowd with jackson's signature moves. ♪ >> that's awesome. brett says he's been practicing to dance like michael for about
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ten years. and it shows. the video has nearly 2 million views on youtube. >> wow, oh, wow. am i the only one that's thinking about "napoleon dynamite"? >> no.-9ñ it occurred to me, too. "napoleon dynamite" doing michael. >> this is so great. wow. ten years. >> even that part.ym he went up on his toes. love it. >> it never gets old. >> good stuff. up next in "the pulse," a new list of the richest actors has some big surprises. plus, a baby goat takes its very first steps. valve problem. that puts her at a greater risk of stroke. rome? sure! before xarelto®, mary took warfarin, which required monthly trips to get her blood tested. but that's history. back to the museum? not this time! now that her doctor switched her to once-a-day xarelto®, mary can leave those monthly trips behind. domestic flight? not today! like warfarin, xarelto® is proven
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bucks. >> wow. >> shah rukh khan, the biggest bollywood star, but also sports team owner, is next. tom cruise with $480 million. johnny depp ties with tyler perry, at $450 million. there's quite a pair. >> all right. and here's the back five. they include jack nicholson, tom hanks, bill cosby, clint eastwood. all of them pretty long careers. so, it all makes sense. but then, look at that. number ten. adam sandler. how did he get on there? >> he makes all those movies himself. keeps every penny. lucky guy. moving on to this. the first daughter, malia obama, she's about to start driving lessons. she turns 16 years old on july 4th. that makes her old enough to get her learner's permit. >> he's all grown up. check her out. her mom tells "access hollywood," that the lessons will be a big part of a busy summer. >> there's a little bit of everything. camp, internships. one child is going to be driving this summer. look out, everyone. >> with secret service in the back? or how does that work out? >> we've got a plan.
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>> cars on either side. >> we won't disclose the plan to the public, billy. >> what we do know is that the first lady and the president won't be teaching malia to drive. >> something that is unclear, though, is where she will be practicing behind the wheel. i'm assuming not the local supermarket parking lot, like where i learned how to drive. >> i practiced behind center street school, actually, in long island, new york. this is our pic for cute animal video of the week, thanks to an animal sanctuary in australia. frosty has mobility again. the baby snow goat lost the use of her rear legs because of a joint disease. the wheeled device was originally developed for a pig. the hope is that frosty, as she moves about, will be able to flush out the toxins in his body. and that he'll be able to walk again. meanwhile, he can, take a look, sniff around at the friendly people, nibble on some grass, and he can park in the handicap spot. >> is that the cutest goat in the whole world?s remember lamb chop, the hand puppet? >> he's so pure white and just gorgeous. >> it's lamb chop. >> he is lamb chop.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> 4:128. it is thursday, friday eve, we are happy you are here. i am kristen sze. >> i am eric thomas. this friday leads up to a holiday weekend. meteorologist mike nicco? >> stay away from sleeping in. if you have memorial day off, do the same. >> low clouds are being tracked that are thicker with more moisture. you could have patchy drizzle. half moon bay has the lowest visibility at 2.5 miles. you can see the to which the bay bridge. we have light winds at the ferry building. mostly sunny today. up to 81 at bay and 61 to 67 with the clouds more stubborn at
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the coast. sue? >> good morning, everyone. speaking of drizzle we have moisture on the roadway that could cause slick driving. you may have needed the windshield wiper this morning. southbound 280 from 6 to 101 there will be bridge hinge repair. if you are leaving san francisco after 9:00 p.m. you have to take 101 because of the road closure. road work is ahead. kristen sze and eric? >> more on the story of the closing of southbound 280 will be closed for 107 hours. that is four days of detours and backups. amy hollyfield? >> good morning, that starts tonight. the signs are posted. when you drive you zip by quick
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ly. southbound 280 will be shutting down tonight at 9:00. we do not have only a sign but a map. you can get a good sense of what you will deal with. southbound 280, will start at king street by the ballpark. the giants are in town. it will stretch to mariposa. it is not a long distance but it could create huge problems. we are joined by c.h.p. officer to talk about it. mark andrews, what are your expectations? >> we caution drivers the freeway will be shut down this week for the memorial day weekend. ask the drives to plan accordingly. prepare extra time. leave early to get to your destination safe. >> do you expect need


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