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good morning. i'm phillip mena in for t.j. holmes. >> and i'm reena ninan. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." football and sports broadcasting legend frank gifford has died at the age of 84. he was a star player for the new york giants, then part of the iconic "monday night football" broadcast on abc. an ex-con with a violent past is in custody in houston, charged with murdering eight members of a family. the victims including two adults and six children ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old. they were handcuffed and shot in the head. visitors to yellowstone national park are on high alert after the death of a hiker, apparently from a grizzly bear. the bear will be euthanized if trapped and linked to the attack. a wildfire sweeping through arizona is forcing the evacuation of up to 1,000 homes.
the fire erupted saturday, burning 5,000 acres near the california and nevada border. those are some of our top stories on this monday, august 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. we begin with the breaking news out of ferguson, missouri. st. louis county police confirm an officer who came under heavy gunfire last night in ferguson, missouri, came under heavy gunfire and returned the fire. a man in his 20s was shot. he's not been identified. he's in surgery, in critical but stable condition. police say there was another shooting, but details of that shooting still unclear. we get more details from abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: shots fired overnight in ferguson, missouri, the moment captured during an interview with interim police chief andre anderson. [ shots ] the violence broke out around 11:00 p.m. police in riot gear trying to keep peace and order.
st. louis county police say officers got into a gun fight with protesters, leaving cars with bullet holes. >> what we've done to date is we've allowed people to protest, but we've also allowed people to disseminate. we've given them plenty of egress so they can leave. >> reporter: the unrest comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of michael brown, an unarmed black man killed by ferguson white police officer darren wilson, who was later cleared of wrongdoing. the incident sparked outrage across the country and protests from coast to coast igniting the black lives matter movement. >> give all my love to my family my friends, my people, my new friends. >> reporter: yesterday brown's father led demonstrators in a quiet march. they also surrounded a memorial, the spot brown's lifeless body lied in the street. a "washington post" analysis shows 24 black men shot and killed by police this year. so many here still demanding justice. >> they are not going to give it to us! they have not given it to us yet!
>> next, we're going to go, of course, to the death of sports legend frank gifford. he first achieved fame as a star player for the giants, then he became a broadcaster. >> and at one point, gifford called nearly 600 consecutive games for this network, but it was which games that gave him his lasting fame. abc's chris connelly has more. >> reporter: from the 1950s onward, frank gifford was charismatic on the field and off. >> hello again, everyone. frank gifford with al michaels and dan dierdorf. >> reporter: gifford achieved his greatest moments of celebrity with abc's "monday night football," where he was on the broadcast team for 26 years. his chemistry with don meredith and howard cosell made monday night football a pop culture phenomenon. it was football that made gifford a star, beginning in college at usc, where he was an all-american, and then in 12 seasons with the new york giants, where his good looks and cool under pressure made him an icon of the era. >> i was out of the ordinary
because i was from california and my nose wasn't broken, i had all my teeth. i paid a price for it on the football field. i did within the giants itself in the early days until i proved that i could hit back as well as i could be hit. >> sends frank gifford flying around -- >> reporter: with the giants, gifford won a championship in 1956. he would retire from football in 1964 and become a broadcaster. through it all exuding unmistakable star quality as another former new york giant turned broadcaster, michael strahan, remembers. >> if you're a football fan, a giants fan and you remember him for all the great things he did on the field and you remember him from things you may have seen him do on tv, then that's great, too. i just hope people remember that we lost a very, very good man and a good person. >> i called her after that, i said -- >> reporter: while doing some guest hosting for "good morning america," he would meet the vivacious kathie lee johnson. they wed in 1986. she survives him along with five children and five grandchildren.
gifford died at his home at the age of 84, long to be remembered as an icon of broadcasting and a hero on the field. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. the u.s.-led coalition is beefing up its airpower in the fight against isis. six f-16 airplanes, support equipment and about 300 personnel have arrived at an air base in southern turkey. it's near isis strongholds across the border in syria. until now, the u.s. has flown only unarmed drones from the base. well, a solemn occasion in japan, as people commemorated the 70th anniversary of the u.s. atomic bombing. people gathered at a mass in nagasaki. the bomb detonated about 1,500 feet from that church. mohr than 70,000 people died during the bombing including 8,500 of the cathedral's parishioners. the church was rebuilt from the rubble. pope francis also remembering the anniversary of that bombing. he says it's a permanent warning to humanity to reject war and
ban weapons of mass destruction. the pope says that the bombing symbolizes man's power to destroy and abuse technology. well, to presidential politics now and donald trump refusing to back down from those comments he made about fox news anchor megyn kelly. so far, the fallout has a trump aide, who either resigned or was fired. with more, here's abc's devin dwyer. ♪ >> reporter: no apologies from donald trump. >> so, no apologies to megyn kelly? you don't think you crossed the line there? >> no, not at all! i said -- look, she asked me a very nasty question. i have nothing against megyn kelly, but she asked me a very, very nasty question. >> reporter: gop front-runner speaking on abc's "this week with george stephanopoulos," addressing the controversy following last week's republican debate. >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs. >> i've been very nice to you, although i could probably maybe not be, but i wouldn't do that. >> reporter: trump didn't like that line of questioning, attacking fox news moderator
megyn kelly during an interview on cnn friday. >> you know, you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her, wherever. >> reporter: some believe trump was implying that kelly was hormonal. trump insisted that's not at all what he meant. >> i was referring to nose, ears. they're very common statements, and only a deviant would think of what people said. some people said, only a deviant would even think that. >> reporter: republican party leaders, gop strategists and trump's rivals say the front-runner has gone too far. >> i'm not going to be quiet. i'm going to call out mr. trump or anybody else for offending young people that are up there giving their lives for us. it's not a political game with me. >> i would love to have an opportunity to stand on that stage and go into the details of why i defend things like social security and medicare, why i believe in the fair tax, but it's sometimes hard because all people want to ask me is, what do i think about donald trump? >> reporter: but that question not likely to go away any time
soon. >> full speed ahead. i'm having a good time. i really love it. >> reporter: devin dwyer, abc news, washington. well, there's a state of emergency in colorado after toxic sludge spilled out of an abandoned mine and into a river. the pollution stretches for 100 miles and is threatening resort communities, not only in colorado but also new mexico and utah, and maybe even the grand canyon. and the spill was caused by the environmental protection agency as it tried to clean up the mine. >> we misjudged. and this is something that i'm owning up to. >> well, the amount of sludge is now believed to be 3 million gallons, three times as much as first thought. the spill could end up going through the grand canyon. here's a look at your weather. heavy rain in much of the eastern third of the country. rain from denver down through new mexico. and expect showers in the northwest. >> a high of about 83 in washington, 89 in miami, but mid-90s in new orleans and memphis. triple digits in dallas, phoenix. 80s in the pacific northwest.
well, the san diego zoo has helped straighten out a flamingo born with crooked legs. when he hatched, staff at the san diego zoo knew something was off about the flamingo, named pink floyd. >> nice name, but floyd was born with two left feet and his ankles were crooked. zookeepers knew floyd's legs wouldn't be able to hold his growing weight, so he had surgery to straighten out the legs as the bone healed. now he is practically good as new, he is a big hit at the zoo and can now dance. no more two left feet. >> and he will be appearing on "dancing with the stars" next season. >> there he is. >> just kidding. coming up, "sports with reena," nfl highlights in early august and a big splash for michael phelps. >> you know i'm a big sports buff, right? >> i can't wait for this. also ahead, controversy and remembrance at the football hall of fame as loved ones pay tribute to an nfl great. but first, putting the brakes on police pursuits and looking for other ways to dangerous high-speed chases. you're watching "world news
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of there. well, law enforcement experts, they know high-speed chases are incredibly dangerous, and some police departments even have strict rules limiting or prohibiting them. >> yeah, but they keep happening anyway, often with tragic results. experts say the bad practice is often a result of an adrenaline hike when a suspect flees. >> reporter: take a look at this high-speed chase in texas. cop cars flying down the highway before the suspect tears off, flying into residential streets in this houston suburb, finally crashing into a homeowner's front yard. three suspects behind bars charged with felony evading, opening fire during the chase, lasting more than 20 miles. time and time again we see police chases end in injuries and even deaths of innocent bystanders. a "usa today" investigation found that more than 5,000 bystanders and passengers have been killed in police car chases since 1979. tens of thousands more have been injured. and over 90% of all chases are
for nonviolent crimes, making the pursuit itself often more dangerous than the original violation. in this northern california chase, a suspect's car slams into this sidewalk cafe, pinning a customer against the wall. to find out firsthand what an actual police chase feels like -- >> off the brake, come around. there's a parked car. you want to avoid that. >> reporter: -- we sought the help of commander thomas yates, a 22-year veteran of the tulsa police department. then it was my chance to get behind the wheel. >> your suspect's in the red truck. >> reporter: in the pursuit drill, my heart rate skyrockets, up from 84 to over 170. all i was doing in that moment was focusing on chasing. i was not really noticing too much else. >> reporter: and that's something police officers we spoke with say they struggle to keep in mind when the urge to chase kicks in. >> it's real difficult, and a lot of officers have a hard time dealing with it.
>> most police officers are in it for the right reasons. they're in it to serve. they're in it to bring bad guys to justice and justice to their victims. >> reporter: new technology is helping some departments to cut back on careening after suspects on the run. like this gps tracker launched from a dart gun on the front of some police cruisers. officers can fire it at a vehicle in motion and then track it in realtime, alerting other officers where and when it's safest to make an arrest. >> it's an investment in the safety of your officers, and it's an investment in the safety of the public. [ sirens ] >> so, you did a chase training. >> we did, just to see what it was like, and as i mentioned there, the tunnel vision, it's incredible. your adrenaline gets going and you don't notice anything else. but we also went to austin in addition to tulsa, and they've deployed that star chase system, the gps tracking on the back of those vehicles 36 times since they've started this a couple years ago. out of all 36, every single time they made an arrest. >> wow. >> and no one was injured, no one was hurt.
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♪ over the weekend, a star football player who took his own life, junior seau, received the game's highest honor, being inducted into the nfl hall of fame. >> his family received the award on behalf of him. and although they are involved in a wrongful death lawsuit against the league. abc's mara schiavocampo has the story. >> you are more than just junior seau, number 55 and a buddy. you are a light. >> reporter: a moment to remember a football legend in the middle of controversy. the late junior seau honored in saturday's hall of fame ceremony, his daughter speaking
on his behalf as the family is locked in a legal battle with the nfl over the san diego legend's 2012 death. >> you gave us your heart. >> reporter: remembered for a career spanning over two decades. >> intercepted. junior seau. >> reporter: the 12-time pro bowler is best known as a san diego charger. but his hard hits could have contributed to his death. seau's sudden suicide at age 43 stunning the football community. >> police are now confirming a suicide in the death of junior seau. >> reporter: in a study of seau's brain, the national institutes of health concluding the athlete most likely suffered from a concussion-related injury, allegedly from years on the football field. a condition plaguing many retired players. fueling the settlement that will cost the nfl up to $1 billion to resolve thousands of concussion-related lawsuits. seau's family is opting out of the deal, filing their own wrongful death lawsuit against
the league, still in litigation. the seaus are one of about 200 families rejecting the nfl settlement. the family's 2013 suit saying it concealed information about head injuries and failed to protect players. seau's daughter, sydney, receiving a standing ovation for a heartfelt speech that almost didn't happen. >> dad, i love you and i miss you. congratulations. you made it. >> reporter: mara schiavocampo abc news, new york. >> for those who didn't know, junior seau was one of the best players to ever play the game and he was such a tough guy known for a hard hitter, just feared. he was a linebacker, so he would just go barreling through, and he went through games. he was known as a tough guy. and who knows how many injuries, how many concussions he played with. he just played so tough and he was known for never wanting to leave a game. again, just tragic the way his life ended, but just a larger-than-life symbol there. >> and the family didn't even
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10 years younger age defy from clairol ♪ it is monday morning, which means there's plenty of sports action from the weekend. and it is time for "sports with reena." >> i told you i love my sports, phil. we're going to start off from last night until super bowl 50 which is on february 7th. there will be football, folks. that's right. it's already football season and the nfl preseason started last night in canton, ohio, at the hall of fame game. the vikings of minnesota beat the steelers of pittsburgh 14-3. but hey, you know, it really doesn't matter because there's a whole month until the real regular season. this is just the cocktail party before the main course. >> tell that to the degenerate gamblers in vegas. >> oh, that's a good point! moving on, the most decorated olympian of all time, michael phelps, is making a comeback. after completing treatment following a couple of drunk
driving arrests, phelps says he will remain sober. as recovering alcoholics know taking it one day at a time so important. and with him, it's one swim at a time, and this weekend he's getting closer to the top. barred from the world championships in russia, he pulled in some of the fastest times of his career here at the national championships, including one swim where his time beat the winner of the same event in russia. boom! michael phelps, we are behind you 100%. and moving on to baseball and baseball's bluest team, the blue jays, extending their winning streak of the navy blue pinstriped yankees. yep, the jays swept the yanks this weekend, making it eight wins in a row. they won yesterday 2-0. one of those runs coming from a home run shot by jose bautista, joey bats, right? >> good one. >> you like how i know the lingo? >> that's impressive. >> later. look at this. after that homer, a yankee fan
trying to prove, you know this thing if you catch an opposing team's baseball, you throw it back. only this fan hit yankee outfielder brett gardener in the back of his head, quite possibly the dumbest move a fan could make. i'm sorry to say anybody was dumb, but that was just -- you don't do that! >> i'm surprised they didn't get run out of there. >> we have to rerack the video to see if that happened later. >> i'm sure it did. >> and some other yankees fans. staten island yankees fans getting a treat this weekend when "game of thrones" author george r.r. martin made it out for the game last night. martin he's a mets fan and he said he couldn't do anything for the yankees. so they changed the name of the team to the staten island dire wolves after house stark of winterfell. >> they played the white walkers. >> oh. >> i'll explain later. >> you'll explain that. >> you know nothing, jon snow. we'll be back. snow. we'll be back.
breaking news this morning on "world news now." one rest in ferguson, missouri, one year after the police shooting that took michael brown's life. the developments coming in overnight. sports legend. remembering frank gifford from his days as a pro football player to his career on "monday night football." the tributes coming in. state of emergency. the toxic spill turning a river in colorado into a bright yellow mess. new fears about the pollution threatening an american treasure. >> we misjudged. and this is something that i'm owning up to. >> why a government agency is taking the blame. and later, fighting back. airlines making a fortune by charging you fees for baggage, ticket changes and just about everything in between. who is standing up for passengers?
it's monday, august 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good monday morning to you, everyone. we want to welcome phillip mena who is new to the network and filling in for t.j. today. thank you for joining us. >> so happy to be here. i am a night owl, so i'm excited to be on this show with you today. usually, though, staying up all night is discouraged, so i'm happy that it is encouraged for the first time ever in my life. let's get right to our breaking news. this morning, st. louis county police confirm an officer who came under heavy gunfire last night in ferguson, missouri, came under heavy gunfire and returned the fire. a man in his 20s has been shot. he's not been identified. he's in surgery, critical but stable condition. this comes on the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old michael brown. we get more details from abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: shots fired overnight in ferguson, missouri,
the moment captured during an interview with interim ferguson police chief andre anderson. [ shots ] the violence broke out around 11:00 p.m. police in riot gear trying to keep peace and order. st. louis county police say officers got into a gun fight with protesters, leaving cars with bullet holes. >> what we've done to date is we've allowed people to protest, but we also allow for people to disseminate. we've given them plenty of egress so that they can leave. >> reporter: the unrest comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old michael brown, an unarmed black man killed by white ferguson police officer darren wilson, who was later cleared of wrongdoing. the incident sparked riots in the city, outrage across the country and protests from coast to coast, igniting the "black lives matter" movement. >> give all my love to my family, my friends, my people, my new friends. >> reporter: yesterday, brown's father led hundreds of demonstrators in a quiet march. they also surrounded a memorial, the spot brown's lifeless body laid in the street.
a "washington post" analysis shows 24 black men shot and killed by police this year. so many here still demanding justice. >> they are not going to give it to us! they have not given it to us yet! >> reporter: and the protests will continue today in ferguson. it's a planned day of civil disobedience. police say they are ready to protect businesses and law-abiding residents. phillip and reena? to another developing story. >> yep, donald trump. and he's coming to his own defense after the remarks he made about fox news anchor megyn kelly. >> the republican front-runner made the rounds of the sunday talk shows, insisting, "i cherish women" and refusing to apologize. with more, here's abc's devin dwyer. >> reporter: under fire and firing back, donald trump standing by insults he hurled at fox debate moderator megyn kelly. >> so, no apologies to megyn kelly? >> no, not at all! i said, look, she asked me a very nasty question. i have nothing against megyn kelly, but she asked me a very, very nasty question. >> reporter: on abc's "this week," trump defending his comments that set off a firestorm.
>> blood coming out of her wherever. >> reporter: insisting he did not mean to imply anything inappropriate. >> i was referring to nose, ears -- they're very common statements, and only a deviant would think of what people -- >> reporter: the republican front-runner with a recent history of comments about immigrants and p.o.w.s now arguing he has no problem with women. >> i've always had a great relationship with women. women are tremendous! >> reporter: the woman at the center of it all? >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs -- >> reporter: for the first time, her defending her treatment of trump. >> you know, he felt attacked. it wasn't an attack. it was a fair question, but i get it. and he's in the arena and so am i. >> reporter: megyn kelly moving on as trump's gop rivals sensing an opening in the race try to do the same. >> all the air in the balloon is going to donald trump right now. >> i don't really pay any attention to these other things. >> reporter: but can trump sustain his surge? for the second time in a week, his campaign facing a major
shake-up. the billionaire businessman says he fired longtime top political adviser roger stone, stone claiming he fired trump. and despite the turmoil, trump says he's having a great time with the campaign and is full speed ahead. one of his advisers telling me he plans to put out specific policy proposals on immigration and jobs in the next few days. devin dwyer, abc news, washington. an ex-con with a long history of violence has been charged with the murders of eight family members in houston. police say david conley snuck through a window, handcuffed the victims and shot each one in the head. killed were a husband and wife and six children ranging in age from 6 to 13 years old. conley had previously been arrested for attacking the woman with whom he shared a child. that child among the victims. a wisconsin judge is expected to announce today whether two girls in the so-called slender man case will be tried as adults or juveniles. the teens are accused of stabbing a classmate to please
an online horror character. the girls were just 12 years old at the time and the victim survived. a conviction in adult court could get them up to 65 years in prison compared to 5 years in juvenile court. and park rangers at yellowstone national park are on the scene collecting evidence from what appears to be a deadly bear attack. a forensic autopsy is scheduled for today and park rangers say, if the bear is trapped and linked to the attack, it will be euthanized. abc's linzie janis has more. >> reporter: visitors at yellowstone national park on high alert after authorities say a man was apparently attacked and killed by a grizzly bear. they say the 63-year-old, whose name isn't being released, was an experienced hiker and worked at a medical center inside the park. his body discovered friday afternoon near a popular trail. investigators saying his forearms had defensive wounds. and they found partial tracks believed to be from an adult female bear and at least one cub. >> we hope to capture a bear
some time in the very near future. >> reporter: just two months ago at yellowstone -- >> there's a bear on my car! oh, my gosh! >> reporter: pouncing on one family's car and scaring the children inside. and three months ago -- >> go, go! >> reporter: this black bear and her cubs appearing on one of the park's bridges lined with sightseers. mama bear charging one family as they scrambled to their car. no one was injured in either incident, but on average, one person is injured in a grizzly attack every year in yellowstone's backcountry with black bear attacks in the park more rare, one every six years. >> we have to respect what we have here. in order to have a safe visit, there is a personal responsibility for people, as well. >> reporter: wildlife officials are reminding people, if you're in bear country, try to hike in groups of three or more, stick to designated trails and carry a can of bear spray, like this one. linzie janis, abc news, new york. a central florida woman lost
her right arm in an alligator attack. she was swimming in a river upstream. it was on a crowded beach area and she was seeking to get away from the crowd. there are signs warning of alligators and snakes in the water, and some were seen on the banks of the river. the nearly nine-foot alligator bit the college spanish teacher twice, severing her right arm above the elbow. >> apparently, these two kayakers came to her rescue. one of them hit the gator with a paddle, and he released the victim. they got her to safety. >> doctors were not able to save the arm. the alligator was captured and killed hours later. it's the second alligator bite in central florida in just two weeks. as a player and then broadcaster, frank gifford was a major figure in pro football for more than 50 years. he was the cornerstone of abc's "monday night football" in its heyday. gifford died of natural causes at the age of 84. abc's tom llamas has more. >> reporter: with his dashing good looks and his dazzling
moves on the gridiron, frank gifford was a natural. an all-american in college at usc, gifford was a first-round draft pick of the new york giants in 1952. >> i was out of the ordinary because i was from california and my nose wasn't broken. i had all my teeth. i paid an enormous price for it, too, on the football field. i did within the giants itself in the early days until i proved that i could hit back as well as i could be hit. >> reporter: he proved it in 12 seasons with the giants, helping them to the league championship in 1956 and winning the nfl's mvp award. in new york city, he was the gif and he was the toast of the town. >> and if you grew up in new york in the '50s and the '60s,
there was mickey mantel and there was frank gifford. >> hello, again, everyone. frank gifford with al michaels and dan dierdorf. >> reporter: television beckoned gifford to a second career. he became a household name as one-third of abc's "monday night football" broadcast team. gifford spent 26 years behind that microphone alongside howard cosell, don meredith and al michaels. >> he was a man of style, a man of class and just a great guy to work about. you could count on him. >> reporter: while co-hosting "good morning america," gifford met kathie lee johnson and married her in 1986. she survives him along with five children and five grandchildren. frank gifford, a true giant on and off the field. tom llamas, abc news, new york. well, an out-of-control wildfire is forcing evacuations in arizona. hundreds of people have already fled their homes and others are being told to be ready to move at a moment's notice. the fire erupted saturday near the border with nevada and california, and it's already burned through more than 5,000 acres. two people and a dog had to be rescued after their boat caught fire about three miles off the coast of ocean city, new jersey. according to the coast guard, a good samaritan radioed for help while the three on board jumped on a dinghy stocked with life vests. the couple lived aboard the boat
and lost everything when it sank. a california woman is the fifth person to make a dangerous swim and the first woman. kim chambers swam from the farallon islands just off of san francisco to the golden gate bridge in just about 17 hours. that is a distance of about 30 miles. >> it's considered a dangerous crossing because of the unpredictable weather and sharks. she calls it the scariest thing she's ever done. just eight years ago, doctors told her she would never walk again after a severe leg injury. just incredible, the 30 miles, and like we mentioned, all of this shark scare that we've had this summer. just countless reasons why this is just such an amazing feat. >> she actually fell down a flight of stairs in 2007. so, the doctors had to amputate her leg. but it's pretty remarkable she went into swimming as therapy to help her get better. she's clearly done well for herself in the sport, huh? >> what an inspiration. >> yeah, totally. coming up in "the mix," a major change in social media. lol is out. >> is that right?
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take a look at this. it's a chain reaction. it destroyed a house. it began when a car was rear-ended and it crashed into someone's gas meter. firefighters saw the damaged meter, rushed the young couple and their baby out of the house. the couple's new home blew up just moments later, destroying practically everything they owned. four other homes were damaged. amazingly, no one was injured. the families of two florida teens missing at sea have ended their private search. the boys, both 14 years old, went missing on a fishing trip on july 24th. family members say it wasn't practical to continue the search without new information. according to a family spokesman, the search cost at least $40,000 a day. all the yellow sludge we've been seeing that's been floating down a river in southwest is much more than they initially thought it would be, 3 million gallons. the governor there has declared a state of emergency in colorado. >> an amazing sight. the abandoned mine is still discharging the wastewater but the pollution has been contained.
abc's mary bruce has more. >> reporter: new fears that this thick, yellow sludge is rushing down the animus river towards the crystal waters of lake powell in utah, a popular summer destination, and concerns it could reach as far as the grand canyon. toxic wastewater spewing from an abandoned mine in southwest colorado. >> it's scary! i mean, it's dangerous. >> reporter: and the environmental protection agency tasked with protecting these waters is to blame. a clean-up crew was digging near the old mine when it accidentally ripped this hole, releasing the mustard-colored sludge. >> we misjudged. and this is something that i'm owning up to. >> reporter: the epa under fire after waiting almost 24 hours to notify state and local officials of the spill. the contaminated wastewater snaking its way over 100 miles through colorado into new mexico, creeping toward utah. environmental officials say the water contains heavy metals, including lead and arsenic.
the acidity in some areas as strong as black coffee. municipal drinking water is safe, but the epa has warned people to stay out of the river. mary bruce, abc news, new york. >> seems hard to imagine, but the epa officials have said there really isn't a major health risk, but it looks just awful. and there's apparently a resort nearby that has to have water trucked in from 40 miles away. >> well, they have owned up to it, so there's that. coming up in our next half hour, distracted bus drivers caught using their phones while driving buses full of children. who is sounding the alarm and what's being done to stop it. but first, unfair fees. airlines being told to cut down on those hidden charges. what you need to know before booking your vacation flight this summer. you're watching "world news now." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc st
there are more fees now than ever before. >> it drives me nuts. and between choosing your seat or changing tickets or checking a bag or even carrying one on, there are always fees, and now some lawmakers are saying, okay, enough's enough. with more, here's abc's aditi roy. >> reporter: a call for a major government crackdown on airlines for those added fees to ticket prices. a recent report released by the minority staff of the senate commerce committee claims fees like checking baggage, change or cancellation charges, are often hidden, confusing and unfair. according to the report, between 2009 and 2014, three carriers increased baggage fees by 67%, four carriers increased domestic cancellation fees from $150 to $200, or 33%. and preferred seating is one of the fee categories in which airlines offer the least transparency. >> sometimes this i think is very tricky. the airlines will make it seem like the only seats available are the upgraded seats, so you end up paying extra when you really don't need to.
>> reporter: experts say customers can protect themselves by reading the fine print. >> as you're going through the process to buy the ticket, look for all the fees that are associated with it. and this should be pretty easy. make sure that you've added them all up before you get to the final, you know, click to submit button. and if it seems more expensive, go back and compare again and look at other airlines before you actually buy that ticket. >> reporter: the airline industry is fighting back, saying, "it would be difficult to find an industry that is more transparent than airlines in their pricing." the report recommends to make it more clear that preferred seating is optional, limit change fees and refund bag charges for flights delayed more than six hours. aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. >> despite all these fees, there's still a record number of people traveling using the airways as a way, instead of driving or taking the train, but it drives me nuts. >> i think they can make people happy by just -- they can raise the fees all they want if -- there you go. >> there you go. >> if they made the first cocktail free, nobody would ever complain again! >> the phillip mena policy.
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and now it's time for "the mix." your very first "mix." hope you enjoy this one. >> should be some fun. what it's all about. >> did you ever do tae kwon do or karate when you were a kid? no. weren't into that. >> no, i never got a chance to do that. i should have, learned how to defend myself a little bit. i just learned how to run away from all danger. >> that also works. that also works. but this boy in south korea, take a look at this. you know, as part of getting a belt, you've got to break the box, right? they put this over. it's a board. it appears to be this prebent plastic practice board for kids. to get the belt, he's got to break it. he tries tapping his foot. tries putting all his force into it. i mean, this kid is giving everything. >> he is. looks like me trying to open the packaging of a cereal box. there you go! he got it! >> he got it. >> it's all about the hi-ya!
>> talk about "a" for effort. look at the dance after. a victory dance. got the belt. >> he on got the belt now. he's a white belt. >> there you go. what a cutie pie. >> that's awesome. all right, so, lol. do you ever use that, lol, when you're texting? >> no, actually. >> you don't? too cool for that, huh? is that what it is? >> okay, fine. >> there it is. well, you're not alone. not too many people are using "lol" anymore, according to somebody with a lot of time on their hands, checking out the facebook posts there. america is divided between haha and emojis. you can see the stats there. this is how americans laugh online. "haha," about a third of them use that, emoji a third of them, and the rest of them are "hehe" and lolers. >> i've never used an emoji in my life. >> they can be useful. i'm not going to lie. check out this map here. the most used lol, texas and florida, our home states. >> that's funny. >> you've got to have a sense of humor to live there. i think that's what it is. >> lol. >> it's hard to convey sarcasm there. that's why i'm not going to hate on that.
i used to. i am no longer an lol hater. >> okay. >> yes. >> you've turned around. >> i sure have. lmfao? no, nothing? >> yeah, i just learned that one like six months ago, so that goes to show you where i am. but hoverboards really big these days, right? >> yeah, we recently saw one, lexus came out with something like that. >> well, there's another one. it's like a segue. it looks like a mac probook, but it floats around here. it's called the walk car. it works similarly to segue. but it's much, much smaller. it's powerful enough to climb hills and stable enough it doesn't require a handlebar. it can go almost eight miles. >> up hill? >> yes, on a single three-hour charge. look at that. that's pretty impressive. >> that would be pretty useful. i'm pretty new to new york city here. i think that could be extremely useful in navigating the very packed streets of new york city. >> you won't have to worry about parking. >> among the other things. all right, our final little item on "the mix" -- >> you know what, i think we are going to have to hold that for
this morning on "world news now," breaking news from ferguson, missouri. the unrest overnight one year after the police shooting death of michael brown. why the riot police are out in force. remembering frank gifford, the pro football great turned broadcasting legend. his death and remarkable life. driving distracted. bus drivers busted while putting their phone calls and text messages ahead of safety. the latest incident and passengers saying enough is enough. and surprising comeback. funnyman bill murray returning to a movie franchise after an unforgettable role decades ago. get the scoop on the next "ghostbusters." that's later in "the skinny." it's monday, august 10th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." well, good morning on this
monday and good to have you here, phillip mena, filling in for t.j. holmes. >> happy to be here. it's a bit of an odd shift. i don't know if i'm supposed to be eating late-night snacks or breakfast or what. i don't know how to do this. >> we all fall into the same thing. we just don't know when to eat. >> i split the difference with coffee and pizza. >> two important food groups. >> we'll see if it works. >> very important food groups. let's get right to our breaking news. this morning, st. louis county police confirm that there was an officer who came under heavy gunfire last night in ferguson, missouri, and then the fire was returned. there was a press conference just a short while ago held by the chief, john belmar, who was talking about the situation, very fluid situation on the ground. we do know that there is currently one victim in serious condition undergoing surgery, critical but stable condition, and police also say there was a second shooting. >> yes, but right now the details on that are unclear. again, the man who was shot, he is in his 20s. not much is known other than he
is in critical but stable condition. now, the police chief there did say that there was heavy looting, that they had cash registers out, there were glass bottles being thrown, and all of this, of course, happening on the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of michael brown. again, other individuals they say are armed, but they did not give any other information about those individuals, but that's of concern as well. they were asking for the public's help and asking for any video or anything they may have seen when these shots rang out. >> and we do know that the people who did respond to this, the detectives had six years to twelve years experience. they will now be placed on administrative leave as they look into and investigate exactly the details. we go now to abc's kenneth moton. >> reporter: shots fired overnight in ferguson, missouri, the moment captured during an interview with interim ferguson police chief andre anderson.
[ shots ] the violence broke out around 11:00 p.m. police in riot gear trying to keep peace and order. st. louis county police say officers got into a gun fight with protesters, leaving cars with bullet holes. >> what we've done to date is we've allowed people to protest, but we've also allowed people to disseminate. we've given them plenty of egress so they can leave. >> reporter: the unrest comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of 18-year-old michael brown, an unarmed black man killed by white ferguson police officer darren wilson, who was later cleared of wrongdoing. the incident sparked riots in the city, outrage across the country and protests from coast to coast, igniting the "black lives matter" movement. >> give all my love to my family, my friends, my people, my new friends. >> reporter: yesterday, brown's father led hundreds of demonstrators in a quiet march. they also surrounded a memorial, the spot brown's lifeless body laid in the street. a "washington post" analysis shows 24 black men shot and killed by police this year. so many here still demanding justice. >> they are not going to give it to us! they have not given it to us
yet! >> reporter: and the protests will continue today in ferguson. it's a planned day of civil disobedience. police say they are ready to protect businesses and law-abiding residents. phillip and reena? we turn now to the death of a legend, frank gifford. he passed away yesterday morning from natural causes. he was a standout player at the university of southern california and played both offense and defense for the new york giants, often in the same game. but he achieved real celebrity as the cornerstone of abc "monday night football," beginning in the early '70s. >> if you're a football fan and a giants fan and you remember him for all the great things he did on the field and you remember him from all the things you may have seen him do on tv, then that's great, too. i just hope people remember that we lost a very, very good man and a good person. >> he was a legend. gifford was the nfl's mvp in 1956. he was inducted into the pro football hall of fame in 1977.
frank gifford would have celebrated his 85th birthday next sunday. well, an ex-con with a violent past is in custody in houston this morning, charged with murdering eight family members. police say david conley entered the home through a window, handcuffed the victims and shot each in the head. a married couple and six children were killed, including police. they say -- excuse me, police say that conley's 13-year-old son as well. conley had a longstanding dispute with his son's mother, one of the murdered victims. a california police chief is speaking out about a recent deadly attack that he blames on the nation's immigration laws. abc's aditi roy has the details. >> reporter: police say 29-year-old undocumented immigrant victor ramirez was one of two men who broke into 64-year-old marilyn pharis's home, sexually assaulted her, attacking her with a hammer. she later died. authorities say ramirez had been arrested six times in the last 15 months and was out on probation facing misdemeanor
drug charges. the santa maria police chief is now blaming weak drug laws that allowed ramirez to be released. >> i am not remiss to say that from washington, d.c., to sacramento, there's a blood trail into the bedroom of marilyn pharis. >> reporter: the case follows the high-profile shooting death of kate steinle on the san francisco waterfront. the suspect in that case pleading not guilty, an undocumented immigrant who had a federal immigration hold, a federal request to be held for pickup or deportation, but he was protected by so-called sanctuary laws, which prohibit local authorities from turning him over to immigration officials. but federal officials say there was no such hold on ramirez because he was charged with a misdemeanor. u.s. immigration and customs enforcement tells abc news it is seeking notification in advance of his release or transfer from local custody. the "los angeles times" reports, before pharis's death, ramirez pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, sexual assault and burglary.
ramirez remains behind bars and is scheduled to appear in court later this week. aditi roy, abc news, los angeles. well, a u.s.-led coalition is beefing up its air power in the fight against isis. six f-16 warplanes support equipment, about 300 personnel, have arrived at an air force base in southern turkey. the base is located close to isis strongholds across the border in syria. until now, the u.s. has flown only unarmed drones from the base. more than 20 people are dead in the wake of a typhoon in asia. the storm has moved from taiwan to the chinese mainland, bringing heavy rain and winds. power is out to more than a million homes. there is widespread agricultural damage in taiwan. at its peak, the typhoon had winds as much as 140 miles an hour, but it is now weakening. there are also severe storms here in the u.s. in the central plains overnight and a monster storm yesterday in arizona that may have ignited yet another wildfire. there is also extreme weather in
other parts of the country. abc's ryan owens reports. >> reporter: tampa can't seem to get a break. the florida city hit yet again. this neighborhood submerged after ten inches of rain in just eight days. pumps brought in to drain the water, homeowners facing major repairs. >> if the county and the state can't get together and come up with a permanent solution, i don't know how i can put more money back into this house. >> shut the door! >> reporter: in south dakota, this family racing to keep golf ball-sized hail out of their home. that same system lighting up skies over nebraska. >> tornado! >> reporter: tornadoes reported there and in kansas. out west, more than 40 large fires burning, including this fast-moving blaze in arizona. >> the fire is continuing to grow. this thing is burning and it's roaring! >> reporter: hundreds forced from their homes. more than 10,000 firefighters battling blazes in california, where one firefighter lost his life.
ryan owens, abc news, san diego. well, how about we take a look at your weather? severe storms threaten the ohio valley and the northeast. thunderstorms in the southern rockies and showers in the northwest. a heat wave in along the gulf coast. >> 90s in new orleans and memphis, 105 in dallas, 80s in chicago and kansas city. and new york and los angeles are in the 70s. this happy reunion was nine years in the making. the goldston family was reunited with their beloved dog, boozer, at a colorado animal shelter this weekend. >> the boxer mix had disappeared when the goldstons moved from tennessee to alabama. somehow, he ended up with an owner who moved to denver, then had to give up the dog. and that's when the animal shelter actually checked boozer's microchip and contacted the goldstons. boozer was just a puppy when he disappeared. >> oh, that's amazing. >> good reunion. >> yep. [ barking ] >> oh, okay. sound effects, i like it.
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a tense situation at the ft. lauderdale airport as a single-engine piper plane lands low on its belly. the pilot reported a problem with its landing gear as he approached the airport. upon landing, he jumped out of the plane. amazingly, there are no apparent injuries. fire crews and police officers were on hand to monitor the situation and the faa is now investigating. a coast guard air crew rescued an 8-month-old boy after he suffered a head injury at sea in south carolina. the crew hoisted the child and his mother, transporting them to a nearby hospital for treatment. the infant was injured after the boat he was on suddenly grounded. rescuers noted a bump on the boy's head. no word yet on the baby's condition. another incident caught on camera, but this one much more disturbing. a multitasking bus driver behind the wheel with students on board. >> he was so engrossed with his cell phone conversation that he failed to notice the student recording him. abc's rebecca jarvis has more. >> reporter: caught in the act. a school bus driver talking on
his cell phone. the student filming tells her father it wasn't the first time. >> if it's happened before and it's happened again, to the point that she's taking a video of it, then it's not a mistake anymore. >> reporter: thomas houk says all he could think about was a deadly accident last year in nearby knox county, tennessee, two students and a teacher's aide killed. police now say the driver was sending a text at the time of the accident. >> we know from last year it cost some lives. i don't want my daughter to be one of them. >> reporter: distracted driving kills 3,000 americans every year, and texting is considered one of the most dangerous distractions. more and more bus riders are sounding the alarm. venus coda's 14-year-old daughter caught her bus driver with one hand on the wheel and two eyes on her phone. >> not only are they going to kill a driver, they're going to kill those children on that bus. >> reporter: this greyhound driver using his ipad while taking families to an amusement park. that driver lost his job and so
did the tennessee bus driver in this latest video. the knox county school district announcing it will now put two cameras on all of its buses and have police officers regularly board buses to monitor drivers. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> so dangerous. about a quarter of all auto accidents involve cell phone use nowadays. >> i'm not surprised. but you talk about how they're going to put police officers, possibly to monitor, multiple cameras on buses. i think we actually do need that because people are so hooked on to their cell phones. >> they notice nothing else even when they're entrusted with the lives of kids, still texting. can't believe that. coming up, bill murray fires up the old proton pack. >> oh, i hope that's true! a well-known actress takes a vow of silence. we'll see how that turns out next in "the skinny." >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our abc stations.
♪ skinny so skinny so, this morning in "the skinny," a movie mash-up of biblical proportions. did i get that right? proportions. we're talking dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. >> i'd be excited, too. reena is quoting dr. peter venkman because bill murray is joining the cast of the new "ghostbusters" movie. >> the all-female gang of
"ghostbusters," led by melissa mccarthy, currently in production, shooting a reboot of the beloved '80s film. and although murray had originally seemed reluctant to get involved, it has been confirmed by multiple sources, murray will indeed appear. >> we're not exactly sure what his role will be in the new "ghostbusters" movie that is due out next summer, but we already know that he also joins former ghostbuster dan aykroyd, who confirmed that he did shoot a scene last month. as long as the marshmallow man is in it, i'm cool with that. we need a cameo from the marshmallow man. >> you're right. classic. turning now to the man topping all the headlines lately, donald trump. >> it seems like it's been forever since tv executives said "you're fired" to the host of "celebrity apprentice" for his incendiary remarks about mexican immigrants. you remember those remarks? well, yeah. now we have rumors who might be replacing the donald doing all that firing on the show. >> according to various reports, amal clooney, of all people, is being tapped to replace trump on that show.
>> oh, come on, really? >> huh? the 37-year-old lawyer and newlywed, arguably the exact opposite of trump, especially since she rarely says anything in public, but the show is said to be looking for a woman as their new host. >> i would totally watch if she was there. >> i would too. >> i hope that rumor is true. but no word yet if she'll accept. so, the offers, we're betting there will probably be a polite no. >> that's one way to get viewers though. you throw that woman on television, we'll watch. >> i can see why. she's gorgeous and smart. well, next, to film or not to film, that's the question. >> if you're going to see hamlet as portrayed by benedict cumberbatch, the answer to that question is no. over the weekend the british actor made a plea with his audience to not record his onstage performances during the shakespeare play, explaining how it makes him feel. >> it's mortifying. there's nothing less supportive or enjoyable as an actor on stage experiencing that. and i can't give you what i want to give you, which is a live
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spends his time jet-setting and dabbling in other extreme activities, like kite boarding. on saturday, the daredevil/mogul sharing his latest death-defying day off with the bright wing walking team in hampshire, england, and one supportive wife. she even took this photo which musk posted casually writing "went for a nice wing walk. what could possibly go wrong?" sara haines, abc news, new york. >> that makes me nervous. >> i mean, the guy is brilliant, but if you're worth $13.2 billion, i'd be living in a bubble. >> i wouldn't go anywhere. don't step out. >> certainly not like that. >> did you know that he divorced his wife and then remarried her a year later? so, he's used to wild rides and -- >> that's living on the edge. >> that's living on the edge, right? don't miss our updates on facebook. we'll be right back. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. somniacs for two decades.
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