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good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm marci gonzalez. here are some of the top headlines we're following this morning on "world news now." up in flames. wind-driven wildfires are raging in the west, burning neighborhoods and driving thousands of people from their homes. that stifling heat fueling the flames is about to get worse. a full report coming up. south african athlete oscar pistorius is expected to be released from prison this week after serving ten months for killing his girlfriend. he had been sentenced to five years. the faa is investigating what caused the top of a hot air balloon to blow over and hit power lines after it landed in a pennsylvania field. the three people on board suffered burns after being shocked. and golfer jason day was in tears on the 18th green before
tapping in a putt to seal his first pga championship victory. day finished at 20 under par, the first ever player to win a major with that low of a score. those are just some of our top stories on this monday, august 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everyone. we begin this half hour with the west up in flames. dozens of wildfires blazing across eight states, turning homes into smoldering shells. >> the flames driven by erratic winds and scorching heat took a toll on firefighters and forced the evacuation of campgrounds near los angeles. and there's even more damage in the pacific northwest. more now from abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: the view from the air over washington state. national guard crews navigating smokey skies over scorched ground, helicopters making water drop after water drop. but they're battling conditions that grow worse by the hour as
the temperatures heat up. the all-out air assault is key to keeping residents and firefighters on the ground safe, but resources are stretched thin. in some parts of the state, the only way to survey the damage is by boat. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: these homes sitting right on a lake now just blackened, smoldering ruins. >> by the time we got in the car, the fire was in our backyard, and we barely made it out. >> reporter: in oregon, the fires are also growing. at least 26 homes destroyed on saturday alone, including sally polk adams'. she left without even putting her shoes on. >> this is my home. where are we going to go? some of us don't have homes to go home to. >> reporter: in idaho, a 70-year-old woman died while preparing to evacuate. dozens of homes reduced to ash and cinder blocks. in california, firefighters are battling flames and heat exhaustion. ventura crews had to call in outside help twice on saturday. >> is there a feeling right now among firefighters like are we going to get a break? >> yes, there is. and it doesn't look like we're going to get it.
it's still hot. it's still dry. the weather doesn't look to be improving any time soon. we are stretched very thin here in the state. >> reporter: that's bad news since fire season doesn't typically start in southern california until the fall. it's two months early. kayna whitworth, abc news, ventura county, california. this week begins with record-breaking heat on both coasts and storms threatening the middle of the country. >> let's get the latest now from molly cochran at accuweather. good morning, molly. >> thanks, phillip and marci. wildfires continue to burn across the pac northwest. not the best of news monday to wednesday. we're looking at record-challenging temperatures on tuesday. the heat once again going to be turned on. now, across the country's midsection, we do have the threat for severe storms monday, impacting denver and also near colorado springs. this area of low pressure going to be packing a punch tuesday and wednesday, impacting kansas city as far as severe weather's concerned. and then by wednesday, that threat going to shift into chicago. meanwhile, the northeast going
to be baking for monday. the ac going to be on full blast. accuweather real feels in some places getting into the triple digits. phillip and marci, back to you. >> molly, thank you. volcanoes on different sides of the world are causing all sorts of problems. in southern japan, people living near a volcano have been moved out of their homes because of the threat of an eruption. scientists in japan called for the evacuation over the weekend after volcanic earthquakes were recorded. those are a sign of a possible eruption. in ecuador, residents in the capital of quito are on alert. a volcano 30 miles from the city unleashed an ash cloud more than two miles into the sky. scientists say the ash from the volcano indicate violent explosions inside. that volcano hasn't had a major eruption since 1877. the death toll is expected to rise following that explosion in the chinese city of tianjin. 114 people are confirmed dead, but dozens more are still missing, including a number of firefighters and police.
the prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into whether there was any criminal wrongdoing. the wreckage of an indonesian airliner has been spotted in a remote area. rescue crews are preparing to try to reach the site in the indonesian mountains both by air and by foot. the twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and 5 crew members. five children, including two infants, were among the passengers. commuter rail service is expected to be back to normal this morning on new york's long island after a small plane crashed onto the tracks. the pilot was killed in the sunday morning accident and a passenger injured. the cause of the crash is under investigation. the pilot had issued a mayday call, saying he was having trouble maintaining altitude. a tragic end for a soldier who served five tours in iraq and afghanistan. 32-year-old sergeant 1st class corey hood died after colliding with a navy skydiver during an air show in chicago. hood was performing for the army golden knights parachute team when he was knocked unconscious during a stunt.
he then hit an apartment building and plunged to the ground. the navy jumper suffered a broken leg. federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the deadly midair collision between two small planes in southern california. the planes were approaching the airport when they crashed, killing at least five people. candice crohn reports from san diego. >> reporter: smoke poured from the remnants of two planes after they collided midair. the crash was so violent, debris scattered everywhere. >> i see that black smoke. a lot of smoke. my god, it's terrible. >> reporter: authorities say a sabreliner and a cessna 172 were both approaching brown field when they somehow collided. >> the witnesses reported seeing the midair collision, they reported seeing the aircraft hit the ground, and we had numerous reports that there was fires in the area. >> reporter: moments after they crashed they burst into flames. you can see charred brush from
where a small two-acre fire started. investigators are working to determine who the planes belonged to to learn more about the people killed. >> we can't confirm where the four passengers came from. obviously, we know at least one was in each aircraft. >> reporter: temperatures soared past 90 degrees at the crash site. paramedics took one firefighter to the hospital for heat exhaustion. investigators say this area sees a lot of air traffic but say most of the pilots passing through are very skilled. >> candice crohn reporting from san diego. one plane crashed on a grassy slope. the other crashed in the san diego national wildlife refuge. faa officials say a software glitch probably caused those widespread flight delays in the northeast over the weekend. the software upgrade was designed to provide additional tools for controllers. it has been disabled while the agency completes its investigation. nearly 500 flights were cancelled, another 500 delayed. the air traffic system is nearly back to normal, though, this morning. the white house is expected to announce a new program today
aimed at reducing the number of heroin overdose deaths. according to this morning's "washington post," the plan will pair law enforcement with public health workers to emphasize treatment instead of prosecution. heroin overdose deaths in the u.s. nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. civil rights icon julian bond is being remembered this morning. bond was the longtime president of the naacp and the first black american to be nominated as vice president. president obama on vacation in martha's vineyard called bond a hero and a friend who helped change america. julian bond died in florida. his wife said the cause was complications of vascular disease. bond was 75 years old. donald trump's taking a day off from campaigning today. the republican front-runner is expected to report for jury duty in new york. over the weekend, trump made the rounds at the iowa state fair and revealed specifics about his immigration plan. abc's devin dwyer is in des moines. >> reporter: the so-called trump tsunami still sweeping iowa.
>> there hasn't been nobody like him. >> he doesn't pull any punches. i like that. >> i'm not supporting. but i'm talking about him. >> reporter: the gop's front-runner's private helicopter spotted above the fair for a second day after that dramatic arrival saturday and free rides for kids. our martha raddatz exclusively tagging along. >> but you know where we were four years ago here, the people at the bottom of the polls didn't eventually do so well. >> who was here? who was? >> well, you had michele bachmann in the iowa straw poll, but rick santorum took it. >> but they're not me. they're not me. >> reporter: trump getting more serious and specific about his policies. >> we're building a wall, it's going to be strong. >> reporter: in his first policy paper on immigration, trump says he'd force mexico to foot the bill for his border wall by steeply hiking fees on u.s. visas for mexicans. he'd triple the number of immigration officers and end birthright citizenship, which he calls the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. it's full steam ahead for trump who's willing to spend more of
his own money on the campaign than all his rivals have raised combined. >> mr. trump, would you spend a billion dollars on the election? >> i would do that, yeah, if i had to. >> reporter: trump still way ahead in a new national poll since that first debate, while jeb bush has taken a hit, down to fourth place. ben carson surging to number two, arrived at the fair. can you catch trump in iowa? >> it's a marathon, it's not a sprint. >> reporter: and iowans have been casting their kernels all day here at the fair, giving us an unofficial look at who's popular. donald trump, hillary clinton right out front, no surprise there. devin dwyer, abc news at the iowa state fair. a sign of progress for a new jersey shore community that took a direct hit from superstorm sandy. you might remember the roller coaster that wound up in the atlantic ocean nearly three years ago off seaside heights, new jersey. the pier it sat on suffered damage. now the pier's owner has been given state approval to rebuild a portion of the site. no word yet on when the work will begin. well, many of the presidential candidates were meeting voters, eating some weird stuff like pork chops on a
stick, as devin was kind of mentioning there, at the iowa state fair over the weekend, but that wasn't the only fair going whole hog. you know what we're talking about. >> i know what you mean. this was the scene at the orange county fair in california. eight little piggies doing their best american pharoah impression. >> they had to run and jump a hurdle on the way to the finish line. wow, they've got some skills there! i mean, what's more entertaining, that or a butter sculpture? jack, did you write that? what butter sculpture? where is there a butter -- >> butter sculpture, wisconsin. all those places. >> all right. >> there you go. that's california, though. i can't believe how fast these pigs are. [ inaudible ] >> got you. got you. >> i think we're debunking some rumors there. i had no idea that pigs were that fast. no idea. >> that was very, very entertaining. all right, learning something new here every day at "world news now." >> better than a butter sculpture, too. coming up, the girl who wanted one thing for her
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hospital that got her back on her feet. abc's john donvan has this story. >> reporter: standing on that street corner near her home in north texas, addie brian is collecting money, because for her 8th birthday, as a present to herself, she wants to give some money away. >> for my birthday wish, i want to raise $8,000 for texas scottish rite hospital. >> reporter: that's $1,000 for every year she's been alive to give to the hospital where she knows there are a lot of kids wanting to get back home. >> i think all the kids are going to be happy. and they can get out of the hospital faster. >> reporter: because she herself was born with a rare bone disease, her knees basically backwards. but years of treatment at the scottish rite hospital, that and her own pluck, literally got addie on her feet. >> she's the one that's probably pulled us more through than the other way around. >> reporter: plus, look at this, addie can fly down the sidewalk. when her story caught the
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far bigger story. with more now, here's abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: moviegoers flocking in record numbers to see this. ♪ the portrayal of black youth struggles with police resonating today just as it did more than 20 years ago when these artists straight out of compton first broke on to the scene, pushing back against alleged police violence with music. ♪ ♪ they have the authority to kill a minority ♪ >> reporter: n.w.a.'s rallying call, "f" the police. in this era of ferguson, freddie gray and sandra bland, these images fueling today's black lives matter movement. but before there was a hashtag, n.w.a.'s lyrics struck a similar nerve. >> it was our only way to shed light on what was going on. >> reporter: the group formed in an era when crime in compton was at an all-time high. >> we're trying to check these bangers to make sure they're clean. >> all right, i'm sorry, these are not bangers, okay? these are artists. >> reporter: the landscape of compton has changed. now the city is predominantly hispanic.
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this morning on "world news now," firefighters battling the worst. >> from california and up into washington and idaho, flames are consuming property and forest land at a rapid rate. the explosive conditions and today's big threat. tangled up. the hot air balloon that hit power lines. new details about the frightening scene and the three people on board. controversial policy. republican front-runner donald trump and how he wants to take aim at mexican immigrants while taking the iowa state fair by storm. and later, kitchen door surprise. the wild bear that peeked inside a house through the cat's door. the shocked homeowners capturing it all on camera. it is monday, august 17th.
>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm marci gonzalez in for reena ninan. good to have you all with us this morning. we want to begin, though, with those out-of-control wildfires raging in the west, menacing millions of people in eight states. >> these firefighters in southern california struggling to cope in soaring temperatures. at least ten of them had to be treated for heat exhaustion and dehydrati dehydration. dozens of homes have gone up in flames, and many others are still in danger. we get the latest now from abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: the west under assaults by flames with no end in sight. >> we're starting to change over from being defensive going point to point with a lot of hand-to-hand firefighting. >> reporter: resources stretched so thin that smaller fire departments can't afford to send crews where they're needed. and on the front lines, firefighters working 12-hour shifts in temperatures over 100 degrees. in washington state, the national guard is using black hawk helicopters for water drops.
9,000 people in the area without power, the fire taking out a substation and power poles. at alta lake, residents who had rebuilt after last year's fire -- >> three or four that way, down to the ground. three that way, one burnt right down to the ground. >> reporter: -- evacuated again. sarah winter evacuating with her family and dogs as fire threatened their home near addie. >> next thing you know we're getting a phone call saying there's a fire and we're being evacuated. >> reporter: now staying at this red cross shelter. >> it concerns me that we have people here who don't know if they've lost their home or not. >> reporter: in iowa, a 70-year-old woman died while trying to leave the complex fire that destroyed 70 homes. in oregon, where dozens of homes have burned, courtney fox snapped this photo as she fled the flames, returning an hour later to find this. all that smoke now spreading over 155,000 square miles, affecting the air of more than 3 million people. here you can clearly see what years of extreme drought is doing to the mountains in california. firefighters saying that the trees are so dry, coupled with
excessive heat. they're about two months ahead in fire season. they're calling these conditions explosive. kayna whitworth, abc news, angeles national forest. >> we see the problems that the heat is causing there, and their august heat is oppressive on both coasts. record highs are expected again in the northwest. and in the northeast, it could be the hottest it's been in years with heat indexes and air quality in the danger zone. our coverage continues with accuweather's molly cochran. good morning to you, molly. >> thanks, phillip and marci. we do have the threat for some excessive heat coming into the pac northwest monday through wednesday. definitely not the best of news as we continue to have wildfires burn across idaho, washington and also oregon. farther to the east, looking at the threat for afternoon severe thunderstorms from denver to colorado springs monday. some of those storms could bring in a few isolated tornadoes and also the threat for hail. now, this area of low pressure going to be gaining strength as we go throughout tuesday and
wednesday, moving into kansas city and wichita, and then by the middle half of the week impacting chicago as well. the heat is going to be felt across the northeast for the early half of the workweek from new york city to d.c. phillip and marci, back to you. >> thanks, molly. china's top prosecutors say they are setting up a team to investigate possible crimes related to last week's warehouse explosion. a least 112 people died and hundreds of others were injured. 85 firefighters are still missing. authorities say there were several hundred tons of sodium cyanide on the site. that is a toxic chemical that can form a flammable gas upon contact with water. search-and-rescue teams are preparing to try to reach the site where a passenger plane crashed sunday in indonesia. a search plane has spotted the wreckage, but there's no word if any of the 54 people on board survived. the airline, trigana, is a well-known airline in southeast asia but is black-listed in many other parts of the world. >> the european union won't even let them in because of their safety compliance record in the
past. >> bad weather and the rugged mountain terrain have been hampering efforts to reach the site, which is at an altitude of about 8,500 feet. in san diego, a midair collision between two small planes left five people dead in san diego. the planes, a sabreliner and a single-engine cessna 172, collided as they were approaching an airport and burst into flames. the faa and ntsb are investigating the cause of the crash. one of the planes crashed in a nature preserve. an army skydiver has died after a midair collision with another jumper at an air show in chicago. corey hood was knocked unconscious during the stunt. he hit an apartment building and plummeted to the ground with his parachute trailing behind him. the 32-year-old was a decorated veteran who served five tours in iraq and afghanistan. the navy jumper he collided with suffered only a broken leg. and another aviation accident over the weekend, this one involving a hot air balloon
in pennsylvania. three people lucky to survive. here's abc's karen travers. >> reporter: with darkness setting in, chaos and confusion. >> hot air balloon crashed, down over the wires. >> reporter: the balloon actually landed safely in a field, but when it was deflating, the top blew over, hitting electric lines, the impact sending a surge right down into the basket. >> now we're getting reports of one of them in cardiac arrest. >> the basket was laying on the ground. there was some people laying beside it. by that time then, all the, you know, the ambulances were coming. >> there were three people in the balloon. all three were injured and suffered electrical burns. >> oh, my god! >> reporter: it's just the latest terrifying incident involving a hot air balloon and power lines. last july, in massachusetts, a balloon with six people on board crashing into electric lines, setting off two explosions. a similar incident just two months earlier in virginia, killing three.
accidents are rare. over the past decade, government statistics show only around 120 involving hot air balloons and less than 20 deaths. the faa is investigating this incident in the pennsylvania. officials list one passenger in critical condition, the other stable. the pilot treated and released from the hospital. karen travers, abc news, washington. south african athlete oscar pistorius is expected to be released from prison this week after serving ten months for killing his girlfriend. pistorious was sentenced to five years in prison last october for the death of reeva steenkamp. he acknowledged firing shots through the bathroom door, but he said he thought he was shooting at an intruder rather than his girlfriend. a nearly three-week california manhunt is over after police shot and killed the murder suspect. benjamin peter ashley is suspected of killing a retired dentist, taking three men hostage and wounding two deputies. he was shot after displaying a handgun as officers tried to
stop him. ashley was spotted by an owner of the mini mart, where he purchased $100 worth of junk food. >> he just came in, got some food. he was just dirty. looked like he's been hiking for days. >> ashley may have been hit by his own gunfire as well as that from officers. three other guns were found on his body. authorities are been searching for him since july 2th. donald trump is providing specific details about his immigration plan. the republican front-runner says he wants to eliminate so-called birthright citizenship. that's when children born to parents here illegally are automatically american citizens. and trump says he will force mexico to foot the bill for a border wall by steeply hiking fees on u.s. visas for mexicans. >> we're building a wall. it's going to be strong, it's going to be solid, it's going to be policed. >> trump said he would also back mandatory deportation of all criminal aliens. he wants to triple the number of immigration officers by eliminating tax credit payments
to immigrant families living illegally in the u.s. detroit police are searching for the prized camaro that belongs to the owner of papa john's pizza. authorities say this is the moment the 1972 camaro was stolen. the suspects used a chevy truck to haul a trailer with the camaro inside. it happened during an annual classic car event in detroit. this was the third car stolen over the weekend. police are trying to figure out if there's any connection. golfer jason day wakes up this morning with a new line on his resume that a lot of people didn't think would ever be there, and that is major tournament winner. the 27-year-old australian was in tears on the 18th green yesterday before tapping in a putt to seal his pga championship victory. day finished at 20 under par, the first player to ever win a major with that low of a score. and jordan spieth, golf's number one player, finished second. a unique meeting before an nfl preseason game over the weekend. the league's first female referee, sarah thomas, taking a
moment to chat with the league's first female assistant coach, jen welter, who was hired to help coach the arizona cardinals inside linebackers. the two met before welter and the cardinals took on kansas city. welter and the rest of the cards defensive coaching staff got some work to do. they gave up four touchdowns and the chiefs won, 34-19. another first from this man, david denson. he is now the first openly gay player on a minor league team affiliated with major league baseball. the 20-year-old denson plays in the brewers farm system in idaho. he said the support he's received from teammates after telling them about his sexuality was "a giant relief." well, a year from right now, the summer olympics in rio will be in full swing, so organizers are running high-profile test events. one of them took place yesterday. 80 men took on the same 102-mile cycling course that will be used in next year's games. some of the riders said they thought it was dangerous. not only did the race take place, police had to deal with a large protest against brazil's
president. a classic video game can apparently help cut down on cravings. the video game is tetris. researchers say playing it can cut urges for cigarettes, alcohol, coffee, food, and even sex and sleeping. the reason, they say, is that cravings involve imagining something visually. they claim playing tetris occupies that same mental process, so you can't crave something and play tetris at the same time, but it kind of makes all of this sound a lot less fun. >> all right. well, a couple from western new york state got their life together off to a special start over the weekend. it was robert and amanda mcminn's wedding day, but their dog, fenway, was really the star of the show. >> there's fenway there. he was the honorary ringbearer at their ceremony. he even had on a specially made suit for the occasion. he also joined them on the dance floor. >> it was fenway who first brought the couple together. amanda came over to pet him at a bar, which led her to meeting robert.
so, he brought his dog to a bar. that was totally his intention was to pick up a chick at the bar. why not? >> that's the move, right? >> babies, dogs. >> take dogs. babies? >> not in a bar so much, but you know, when you go out, and they say that that's -- >> yeah, it's a magnet, i can see it. i'm glad it worked out. he must have been really well trained, because you can imagine all the ways that that could have gone awry very quickly. >> completely. all right, coming up in "the mix," waking up your kids so they get to school on time. wait until you see and hear one mom's solution. also ahead, the bear that's been pestering some homeowners, tries to get inside through the cat's door. the incredible scene. and the retired schoolteacher and grandmother renting out rooms through airbnb. a big crackdown and why she may end up losing a whole lot of money. and remember, you can find us on facebook, wnnfans.com and on twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now." you're watching "world news now." twitter @abcwnn. you're watching "world news now."
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>> come on in. >> reporter: rachel smith, a retired teacher and grandmother, is smack dab in the middle of a debate raging in neighborhoods across the country. >> i'm a good neighbor. >> reporter: smith did what so many homeowners do to make extra money, she began renting out rooms in her san diego home on airbnb, charging 80 bucks a night, earning $15,000 over two years. >> this is one guest room that was available. >> reporter: smith says she thought she was following the rules. >> we contacted the city tax office, that assured us we were covered. >> reporter: but the city recently shut her down, slapping her with an $18,000 fine for running a bed and breakfast without a permit. communities from coast to coast now scrambling to catch up with the vacation rental craze. santa monica, california, cracking down, too, requiring airbnb hosts to live on the property during a renter's stay
and collect a 14% occupancy tax. and new york city considering fining hosts up to $50,000 for running illegal hotels. airbnb telling abc news it lists the rules for some cities on its website, but it's up to hosts to make sure they aren't breaking the law. >> one office says one thing and another office says something else, and i don't know which way to go. >> reporter: as for smith, she's fighting the fine, saying she's happy to play by the rules, if only they had been made more clear. linzie janis, abc news, new york. coming up, a very wild house guest. the visitor that decided to drop in uninvited, opting for the cat door to make an entrance. it's kind of tough to fit, though, when you're a bear, and it's hardly the first time for this homeowner. and ahead in our next half hour, high-tech highway robbery, crooks caught on camera hacking into gas pumps. how they're able to steal so easily.
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this time of year, it's nice to have visitors stop by, but climbing through the cat door definitely not the way to do it. >> no, especially if you're a bear. here's abc's sara haines with the awkward arrival of an uninvited house guest. >> reporter: imagine walking into your kitchen and spotting this furry fellow peeking its head through your cat door. >> i see the bear just keep trying to get to the door just bobbing his head in and out. >> reporter: but idaho resident doug harter no stranger to bears rummaging through his deck, like this not-so-cuddly one seemingly trying to get in. >> you know, it's very common. i live up on a mountain, and so, this is the wilderness. >> reporter: doug's first unexpected visit occurring back in may, when he woke up to these furry friends on his back porch.
>> it was about 5:00 in the morning. i heard a ruckus outside. i went out and saw mama bear and then one cub and another cub. >> reporter: doug was off the hook for a few months, until arriving home to this after a brief vacation. this time, the bear making it inside, leaving claw marks on his door post, guzzling down a 12-pack of pepsi and chowing down on bars of toblerone. >> i was gone for a couple days. i left my sliding glass door open about seven, eight inches. apparently, it squeezed through that. >> reporter: he's since scrubbed his porch clean, but there's no telling when or where they'll pop up next. sara haines, abc news, new york. >> that picture is priceless. >> mm-hmm. >> and you know, the porch that they were climbing up through is actually on the second level, so bears weren't just wandering up, they had to climb up. you can see he needs to be a little bit better about hiding the food. >> i know what was going on here. he's clearing looking for goldilocks and those other two bears. that's what's happening. >> must have been. >> there they were.
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>> and i've got a hit idea for the new fall season. don't do drugs. >> what happened to mr. belding? his message wasn't good enough? >> i guess not. >> they threw the police commissioner in there. they posted this to their youtube channel. no big explanation. that's just their way of telling kids to stay away from drugs. >> as corny as that was, always love seeing those guys together. no matter what. >> absolutely. >> any reason to bring them back up -- >> yes, yes. >> i'm all for it. >> i'm with you. all right, it's hard to get up in the morning for most of us. >> don't we know it. >> always a difficult thing. well, there was one mom who was at her wit's end with her 10-year-old daughter, so she decided she had to go to an extreme to get her daughter to wake up. >> one, two, three! ♪ >> that is a ragtime band. >> oh, that's just wrong. >> get up, little girl. get up. time to go to school. >> she looks horrified! look at her face. >> she looks traumatized, right? probably thinks she's in a nightmare. >> this would be my nightmare.
but i guess you can't hit the snooze button on that. >> nope. the mom teamed one a radio station to help make this happen and she got a phone call from the radio station saying, hey, your mom -- that's the lady holding the phone there -- that's the radio station saying, that's what you get when you don't wake up. >> well, she's up now. >> there it is. okay, so, i'm a big fan of ice cream, and i also like ramen noodles, but i don't think i want to try them together, but it has been created. the fine folks at a museum honoring cup noodle. they've come up with two flavors of ice cream that come in the cup noodle hook thing. and it's, what do we have? soy flavor. and what's the other one? i'm missing it. >> but they've got shrimp on top of it, just like the ramen. >> oh, that is just -- i don't know which is worse, the band in the bedroom or ice cream that tastes like ramen noodles. >> i don't know, but stoners everywhere are rejoicing. best of both worlds there. all right, that will do it for "the mix" and that will do it for news this half hour. >> coming up, more news from abc. stay with us. up, more news from
this morning on "world news now," donald trump's hot-button issue, immigration. for the first time, he's revealing policy details while taking aim at mexico. the controversy as he dazzles the iowa state fair. burning up. firefighters in several states facing explosive conditions. the property loss, the human toll, and a big threat today from accuweather. and new this half hour, what a generous boss. >> his restaurant was closed for five months, and during that time, all the workers got paid. wait until you hear about the bonus. and in "the skinny," the boy band getting even more attention from admirers. one direction's big honors at an awards show. it's monday, august 17th.
>> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning. i'm phillip mena. >> and i'm marci gonzalez in for reena ninan. we usually only see each other in passing, in the field in stories, so it's nice to spend some time hanging out here this morning. >> you'll get a chance to see us hang out for the first time, live on air. >> all right. sounds so exciting. we begin with the 2016 presidential race and republican front-runner donald trump revealing his ideas for protecting the border. >> besides that border fence that he's been talking about, trump would end so-called birthright citizenship. abc's tom llamas has more. >> reporter: at the iowa state fair, they're still buzzing about donald trump's whirlwind campaign stop. >> hasn't been nobody like him. >> i'm not even supporting, but i'm talking about him. >> reporter: trump was treated as a conquering hero. at times, he could barely move, he was so mobbed by admirers. >> they said the biggest crowd ever. that's right. >> reporter: the billionaire
republican front-runner is making illegal immigration his showcase issue. >> we're building a wall. it's going to be a wall that is not -- nobody's going through my wall. >> reporter: in his first policy paper on the problem, trump said he'll force mexico to foot the bill for his border wall by steeply hiking fees on u.s. visas for mexicans. he would triple the number of immigration officers and end birthright citizenship, which he calls the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. >> cast your kernel here for the next president of the united states! >> reporter: as iowans voted their presidential preferences with corn kernels, a new national poll shows trump holding on to his big lead in the gop field. former front-runner jeb bush now shows up in fourth place and ben carson has now jumped into second. unlike trump, carson doesn't have a helicopter, so he had to fly over the fair on this skyglider ride. >> can you catch trump in iowa? >> you know, i don't even look at it in terms of whether i'm catching him or not. it's a marathon. it's not a sprint. we've got plenty of time to sort that out.
>> reporter: hillary clinton continues to be the favorite among democrats. >> i'm just having a good time. you know, we're only four months into this. i feel very positive. >> reporter: donald trump will be off the campaign trail monday. he's been summoned for jury duty in new york. tom llamas, abc news, new york. tributes have been pouring in this weekend for civil rights icon julian bond, who died saturday night. bond was the longtime president of the naacp and the first black american to be nominated as vice president. president obama on vacation in martha's vineyard called bond a hero and a friend who helped change america. what better way to be remembered than that, he said. julian bond died in florida from a brief illness. he was 75 years old. search-and-rescue teams are preparing to try to reach the site where a passenger plane crashed sunday in indonesia. a search plane spotted the wreckage, but there's still no word if any of the 54 people on board survived. crews will try to get to the crash scene in the mountains by
both air and foot. and now to a fatal midair accident between parachute teams from the army and navy. an army skydiver who served five tours in iraq and afghanistan has died a day after he collided with a navy jumper during an air show in chicago. sergeant 1st class corey hood was knocked unconscious, slammed into a building, and plunged to the ground. the navy skydiver is recovering from a broken leg. a weekend hot air balloon accident in pennsylvania has left three people injured. the balloon hit overhead electrical wires while landing in a field saturday evening, shocking the two passengers and the pilot. one of the victims was in cardiac arrest by the time rescue crews arrived. >> basket was laying on the ground. there were some people laying beside it. by that time, all the ambulances were coming. >> the faa is investigating what caused the top of the balloon to blow over onto the power lines. an intense manhunt for a suspected killer in california is over.
dozens of officers have been searching for benjamin peter ashley since july 28th. schools were closed and residents were warned to stay inside and lock their doors. abc's aditi roy has all the details. >> reporter: a nearly three-week manhunt for 34-year-old murder suspect benjamin peter ashley is over. >> i'm convinced that's him. >> reporter: ashley hiding out in a remote area 40 miles east of bakersfield, recognized by store clerk gary welfl, when he entered a local mini mart. >> he just came in, got some food. he's just dirty. looked like he had been hiking for days. >> reporter: unable to call for help, he texted his sister who then called authorities. police finding ashley on a remote road, shooting and killing him after they say the suspect brandished a firearm. the manhunt for ashley began after three men were reported kidnapped at gunpoint. those men escaped. the next day, a body is discovered inside a cabin, later identified as 64-year-old retired dentist david lewis
markowitz. august 1st, two officers are shot in a gun battle with the alleged suspect. both survive, but the suspect flees the scene. two days later, police release a sketch of ashley and link him to all three crimes the next day. investigators say ashley walked more than 30 miles over 18 days before authorities tracked him down. a community on edge, breathing a sigh of relief. while authorities believe the man deputies killed was ashley, they're still waiting on finger prints and dna evidence to positively identify him. an autopsy is scheduled for monday. aditi roy, abc news, san jose, california. at least 80 major wildfires are tearing across the west, scorching tinder box mountainside communities in eight states. firefighters are scrambling to save the popular resort town of chelan in central washington state and another area closer to the idaho state line. dozens of homes have been burned to the ground and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.
>> everything that can be done now is being done out there, and our first priority is protecting people and homes and structures and livestock. >> six fires have burned more than 155 square miles in central washington alone. more than 50 homes have been destroyed. and the national guard has been called in to help. firefighters are also struggling to gain control of several fast-moving fires in southern california. six campgrounds were evacuated as flames swept through the angeles national forest as temperatures hovered near triple digits. ten firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion. the heat wave in the northwest is about to get worse. accuweather's molly cochran has the details. good morning, molly. >> thanks, phillip and marci. now, for monday through wednesday, we're talking heat once again across the pac northwest. not the best of news as we continue to have wildfires burn across idaho, washington and also oregon. farther to the east, we are looking at the threat for severe storms from denver to colorado
springs, monday. that does include the threat for a few isolated tornadoes and even some hail. across the northeast, we're going to be sizzling for the start of the workweek. temperatures getting into the upper 90s to triple digits. phillip and marci, back to you. >> thanks, molly. all right, let's give some recognition this morning to a guy who sure seems to be like one of the best bosses in the country. we're talking about jeff glover, who has run a chick-fil-a restaurant in austin, texas, for 15 years. the place is back open after a major remodeling which took five months. well, during that time, glover paid his whole staff, all 50 crew members still got a paycheck. >> wow. >> it would be a real financial crisis for the 50 families represented from the employees here. they have to go five months without a job. >> not only did everyone get paid during the remodeling, glover gave all the employees a dollar per hour raise just for sticking with the operation. by the way, he says he is still
hiring. >> that's how you get people to come work for you. >> absolutely. >> good for him. it is going to be a real scorcher here in the northeast today, and that is not a good thing for a youngster who's running for a great cause and his mom. >> 11-year-old ryan tarapchak is in the midst of 30 straight days of running. most days he goes with his mother. he's running as a way of helping raise money for 6-year-old isabella o'brien. >> she is the sister of a friend who is battling a rare form of cancer. ryan hopes to raise $10,000 for isabella's family by the time his daily runs end. that's going to be on september 8th. last we've heard, he's already raised nearly $2,000. >> pretty great. they have a website going, teamisabella.org. what a nice thing to do. toughing it out through all kinds of weather. >> that's right. it's worth another mention. he's got it figured out. you donate to teamisabella.org. great job, ryan. >> mm-hmm. coming up in "the skinny," who tripped at the "teen choice
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go, go, go, go! >> that is the sound of a nervous worker trying to get a bunch of horses back over to the circus in northwest indiana. those horses, apparently, just weren't feeling the circus thing anymore. they broke out saturday afternoon and just ran across the road, caused quite a bit of commotion, but they didn't get too far before they were finally caught, rounded up and brought back to the circus. >> amazing that "hey, come back" didn't work. >> i know, shocking. >> wow, blew my mind. better luck next time, dude. apple is reportedly ready to move forward with testing technology for a self-driving car. a published report says apple's work on such a car is called project titan. the company has reportedly contacted a vehicle testing center, asking about using the site. apple's ceo has been calling for meetings with top car industry executives. this is a daring crime in illinois. police say it happened while surveillance cameras were recording every moment. >> it took place at a gas station, where a man is accused of hijacking the pump's computer
system. abc's ron claiborne reports. >> reporter: take a close look at this security video at a suburban chicago gas station. police say what this man is doing is selling gas that he's hijacked from the station's pumps. that's right. he's allegedly filling up cars and pocketing the money while the cashier's computer inside shows nothing. >> i noticed that gas was being pumped, but nothing was indicating on the register. so, right away, my instincts kicked in that, okay, something's going on. >> reporter: it's a new and growing kind of theft, criminals hacking into gas pumps. >> there are several ways to do this. i believe the suspect in this case may have used some type of remote device that would manipulate the components inside the gas pump. >> reporter: more often, criminals purchase a stolen master key to unlock the pump, open it and then enter the manufacturer's default code, which turns off the station's computerized system of monitoring sales. amazingly, those default codes can sometimes be found on the internet. >> punch in the manufacturer's
passwords, and chances are, you get a 50/50 chance that you're going to be able to override the electronic control system. >> reporter: it's a sophisticated and high-tech way to steal gas, often without anyone at the gas station even being aware. some gas stations are now protecting themselves against hackers by resetting those codes that can so easily be found on the internet. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. coming up, the teens have spoken. they made their picks for last night's "teen choice awards." we'll have the big winners and who almost wiped out on stage. plus, backlash over sharon stone's naked photos. "the skinny's" coming up next. >> announcer: "world news now" continues after this from our
♪ skinny so skinny ♪ skinny so skinny all right. let's start off "the skinny" by checking on what the kids are into these days. >> yes. at last night's "teen choice awards," the surfboard trophies were handed out. >> let's start what would have been a wipeout, even without a surfboard, for "modern family" star sarah hyland, almost there. she recovered, though, after tripping on her way to present an award. she's okay. >> she can't blame it on a long dress like they do sometimes at the big awards shows. no excuses there. to the awards now and the guys from one direction were safe from tripping hazards because
they accepted one of their many, many surfboards on remote. the british boy band winning pretty much every category they were in. no surprise there. >> i guess you didn't have to be present to win. look at that. those teens also, apparently, really loved "fast and furious 7." they voted for it in choice movie categories, plus its big hit song from the soundtrack, "see you again" also pulling in some awards. >> winning for choice actor in a drama was scott eastwood, who is, of course, the son of clint eastwood. he earned a surfboard for his performance in "the longest ride." that's a movie panned by critics, but those critics are apparently not teenagers. >> teenagers, you don't know what they like. they like what they like. >> they loved it. >> finally last night, receiving the style icon award, ms. britney spears in that revealing dress. the 33-year-old singer also rocking some hair, half dyed blue, half dyed purple. still bringing it. 33 years old. >> they're liking her style. >> she's always been making news for what she wears or doesn't. >> yes, exactly.
she looks great, though. [ inaudible ] [ laughter ] >> thanks, jack! thanks. >> we have a really staunch britney spears fan in the back there. >> yeah, defender. >> he's been yelling "leave britney alone" this whole time. >> and singing. he's singing. all right, let's move on now to an older star wearing even less clothing, if you can believe that, sharon stone. >> the 57-year-old actress, hollywood's hottest in the early '90s, of course, getting a lot of attention for a racy photo shoot for the magazine "harpers bazaar," going completely naked, bearing herself emotionally as well as physically, opening up about setbacks from a brain hemorrhage in 2001. >> i believe we did have to -- look, we had to superimpose those things very carefully. >> that's coming in very handy, a little "world news now." i've never seen it quite look like that. >> used so creatively? while some are impressed with the photos, which are a little too hot for tv, others are criticizing them for being too photo-shopped. >> critics say the images say one thing while stone says another in the interview, talking about being judged for her sex appeal. >> she looks great. good for her.
>> mm-hmm. moving on to music and a reggae artist, matisyahu, the american singer and rapper best known for his devout jewish faith was just dropped from a concert lineup over politics. >> matisyahu was scheduled to perform later in the week at a reggae music festival in spain, but the event's organizers have replaced him because he would not endorse a palestinian state. >> the festival supports an international campaign to boycott israel. apparently, they weren't really thinking. they weren't aware of matisyahu's background before booking him. he rose to fame as an orthodox jew dressing traditionally and avoiding performances on the sabbath. so, no surprise there. >> nope. finally, it seems that somebody in canada confused a tennis match with a reggae festival. the world's number one tennis player, novak djokovic, was competing in the semifinals of the rogers cup in montreal, when he apparently got a whiff of a strong smell. >> this serbian tennis star pointed out the weedy aroma to the umpire. >> somebody's getting high. honestly. >> i know. >> i can smell it.
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>> the force is strong. >> reporter: the new land's designed to be a trading port, likely like this famous one. ♪ even allowing visitors to pilot the legendary "millennium falcon." >> it's the ship that made the castle run in less than 12. >> reporter: and interact with some classic characters. >> this is madness. >> reporter: there will be freshened-up versions of current "star wars" attractions, the transformation of space mountain into, well, what else? hyperspace mountain. >> all right, let's make the jump to light speed. >> reporter: these announcements just some of the secrets revealed at disney's annual fan convention, d-23 expo, including a glimpse at the new chrometrooper and this new poster for "star wars: the force awakens," featuring some old friends. >> we're home. >> reporter: hans solo himself, harrison ford, storming in to an explosion of cheers. the 73-year-old actor recovered from his plane accident back in
march, barely able to get a word in edgewise. >> it's a great thrill to be here with you who made this whole thing happen. >> reporter: director j.j. abrams expressing his excitement about the project. >> i can't wait for you to see the film. >> reporter: and the newest leading lady, oscar winner lupita nyong'o, slated to play an alien space pilot in awe of it all. >> i just felt so honored to be a part of it, you know, to be a part of this thing that's been a part of popular culture for over 30 years. >> reporter: chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> people are really excited. >> yeah! >> dan harris was geeking out yesterday morning about it. >> about "star wars"? >> oh, yeah. >> we were talking about how we just had -- check this out, "insomnia wars." i love that. >> this is a great look for both of us. like the robe. >> admittedly, we need to check the movie out again. i love that whole series. it's pretty good, though, if you have it. spoiler alert. see you later. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
making news in america this morning -- fighting the fires. fast-moving flames burning thousands of arks in several states. thousands of people forced to evacuate with no signs of slowing. immigration plan. after a dramatic arrival in iowa, hovering in a helicopter, donald trump getting more specific about policies if e elected president. mass deportation. that's not all he wants to do withhe immigration system. wild reck. check the clearance. a truck driver smashes through an overhead. it's all caught on camera. going viral. an nfl player taking a stand. taking away his kids participation tr