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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, long lines at airports and frustrated passengers, some just off long overseas flights. a major computer malfunction causing a ripple effect across the country. new details just in. back on the trail after the big debate, the candidates taking jabs at each other as the deadline nears for joe biden to make a decision. plus, a fight breaking out at a donald trump rally. we're live in washington. caught on camera. a truck loses control, hits an embankment and flies off a freeway. how road rage might be to blame. and playoff picture. the american league championship series is set after one of the most bizarre plays you'll ever see.
well, good thursday morning. we begin with the chaos and confusion at airports across the country. >> it started when the customs computer system that screens for terror suspects went down. long lines quickly formed like this one at dallas/ft. worth. passengers traveling internationally waiting in line for hours. >> some of the busiest airports affected from coast to coast, jfk, boston, logan, atlanta and l.a.x. overnight, a serious slowdown at american airports. >> it's crazy. i never saw anything like this. >> reporter: from los angeles to new york, major delays and long lines forming for international travelers at check-in counters and in customs. >> the people up there were all cursing. there was people that couldn't walk. it was crazy. it was crazy. people in a wheelchair that were like crying waiting there for hours. >> they told me the computer system was down and that we needed to fill out some forms old school style. >> reporter: the problem was with the department of homeland
security's system. it checks passenger names against the country's terror watch lists. the key customs computer system down for about 90 minutes but the lines lasting much longer. >> they should have had a better system like another backup or something. >> reporter: this morning on social media tweets pouring in from passengers having a hard time getting through customs. one passenger writing, "challenges in a digital world. check in system crashed at jfk airport." homeland security says the outage does not appear to be malicious. turning now to politics, the clock is ticking for joe biden to make up his mind about a run for the white house. >> now hillary clinton's camp is calling for a decision from the vice president fresh from her performance at the debate. abc's kenneth moton has the latest from washington. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, reena and phillip. yes, it is back to work on the trail for the democrats and now that we are post-debate, the focus on vice president joe biden is only intensifying. >> it is so great to be here with all of you.
>> reporter: hillary clinton taking a victory lap in las vegas after her strong debate performance. >> did we have a good debate last night? [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: clinton rallied a crowd of 2500 people, picked up a union endorsement and weighed in on vice president joe biden's tough decision. >> i just think he needs to decide what is best for him and his family. >> reporter: biden chimed in about the debate but still no word on his potential run. >> i thought they all did well. ♪ ♪ nothing will ever keep me down ♪ >> reporter: donald trump was also back on the trail greeted by immigration and black lives matter activists last night in richmond, virginia. a fight actually broke out. trump didn't miss a beat. >> that's why we have freedom of speech, folks, you know. >> reporter: trump called clinton the winner of tuesday night's debate and set his sights on bernie sanders. >> the world is a dangerous place. we need a tough, strong leader, and it's not this guy. >> reporter: trump posted that on social media and said this about the self-described democratic socialist.
>> i call him a socialist, slash, communist, okay, because that's what he is. >> reporter: sanders was busy at an l.a. fund-raiser introduced by comedian seth mcfarland who took a jab at jim webb's debate complaints. >> i've been trying to get in the conversation for about ten minutes. >> i'm going to be brief because i want to make sure that jim webb has a chance to talk. >> reporter: as for joe biden, the chairman of the clinton campaign says he knows the vice president has been through a tremendous family tragedy, but the time has come to make a decision. reena and phillip. >> kenneth moton live in washington, thank you. secretary of state john kerry will travel to the middle east as a wave of deadly violence there grows worse. at least 8 israelis and 31 palestinians have been killed so far. in the latest attack a 70-year-old woman was stabbed outside a bus station in israel. abc's alex marquardt is in jerusalem and says the tension between the two sides is at the highest level in years. >> reporter: you can see here these young palestinians throwing rocks at those israeli soldiers down the road.
the fear now is that these scenes are not part of the regular cycle of violence but rather with a growing number of attacks and clashes that this will now turn into something much bigger. >> the palestinian u.n. ambassador says israel's response has been, quote, savage. he says 7 of the 30 palestinians killed are children and that 1500 people have been wounded. well, an anxious night for some residents in central texas as a fast-moving wildfire is only 10% contained. the fire in basdrop county has destroyed nine homes and about 150 structures are still threatened. several neighborhoods were evacuated. fire crews are facing challenging weather conditions with highs in the 90s and gusty winds. police in nevada have released the 911 calls that came in after former nba star lamar odom was found unconscious at a brothel. the 35-year-old odom reportedly told employees at the brothel that he had used cocaine before arriving there on saturday. during his stay, he drank
alcohol and had taken an over-the-counter sexual performance enhancer. here is part of the call to authorities. >> they need to hurry please because he's got blood coming out of his nose, white stuff coming out of his mouth, and they can't get him to wake up. >> odom remains on life support at a las vegas hospital. he was on an open-ended reservation at the brothel and was said to be staying in its best vip suite. >> breaking news about the u.s. war in afghanistan. the white house announcing that president obama will keep more than 5,000 troops in the country when he leaves office in 2017. that's despite his promise to end the war on his watch. military leaders have argued for months that the afghans need u.s. assistance to battle a growing taliban insurgency. an army captain from maryland is being given the nation's highest military award for his life-saving actions in afghanistan. captain florent groberg will
receive the medal of honor next month while on security detail. captain groberg pushed a suicide bomber to the ground. that prevented the bomb from going off in a crowd of senior officers. he's only the tenth living service member to receive the award for actions in afghanistan or iraq. coming up, a salmonella scare sparks a major food recall. we have the details. and caught on camera. airborne, a truck speeding out of control flying off a freeway. plus, what a weird play this baseball incident in an important game that left everyone scratching their heads.
sports operators are now the target of a preliminary federal investigation. the justice department and the fbi are looking into whether the business models of those operators violate federal law. fantasy sports sites have been exempt from certain laws because they're considered games of skill. the federal probe is trying to determine if daily fantasy games are a form of gambling that fall outside that exemption. the world's largest retailer walmart is facing a money crisis. walmart predicts earnings will drop steadily over the next year and a half. causing a stock market plunge yesterday, the company's stock has fallen 30% this year. it's facing fierce competition from amazon and other retailers. because of the stock plunge, the company's top ten shareholders saw $14.7 billion vanish. dole vegetables is voluntarily recalling some of its bagged spinach after a random sample tested positive for salmonella. the recall involves more than 33,000 bags with an october 15th
expiration date. in 13 states from missouri to massachusetts. dole says no illnesses have been reported. drivers in the denver area could soon pay a huge toll for access to a stretch of interstate 70. that toll, $40. the tolls were approved yesterday as a way to cut down on congestion. officials are hoping that it will encourage drivers to get an electronic express toll pass which shaves off a few dollars. traffic backups are common along that stretch of i-70 especially in winter. new details about a successor to the concorde hoping to fly from new york to london in as little as an hour. a patent was approved to design a concorde 2 that will travel three times faster than the original concorde. the supersonic airbus would have a rocket motor and soar high above conventional aircraft and it would carry just 19 passengers. >> i don't know about this one. a little bit too fast for me. >> if it works, it works though.
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ready to evacuate but that order was lifted. firefighters kept an eye on hot spots throughout the night. if you're about to head to work, watch out for thunderstorms stretching from los angeles to las vegas that could produce some flash flooding. also plan on rain around miami and a few showers from the ohio valley to the great lakes. and if you're flying, expect possible airport delays in those same spots, l.a., las vegas and miami. well, two parents in new york state are charged with a shocking crime, beating their teenage son to death at a church. >> the couple has been charged with manslaughter in the attack on their 19-year-old son during a so-called counseling session at the word of life church near syracuse. the victim's 17-year-old brother was injured in the attack. the church has drawn scrutiny from neighbors in the past. >> i used to live here for several years, and i never really had any ill problems with them, but i did see a lot of
sketchy things regarding stuff in my backyard weird hours of the night, weird chanting, humming. >> police say the point of the beatings was to get the brothers to confess their sins and then ask forgiveness. investigators are still working on details about what provoked the attack. more arrests are expected. in cleveland a truck driver is being held on a million dollar bond accused of being a serial killer and rapist. robert rembert served six years in prison for a fatal shooting in 1997. he is now charged with killing another person that same year and three other murders this year. prosecutors believe there were other victims in between. a former nfl player who took his own life had a brain disease linked to head trauma. adrian robinson jr. played two seasons in the league during which he suffered several concussions. his diagnosis of having cte was confirmed after a study of his brain. robinson committed suicide in may at age 25. links between concussion, cte and suicide are the subject of debate. federal investigators are
heading to eastern louisiana hoping to determine what caused the deadly plane crash there. the twin engine cessna went down in flames shortly after taking off from hammond airport killing two people. the pilot reported engine trouble and was returning to the airport when the plane crashed. a southern california driver caught this terrifying scene on his dash cam. a truck speeding up and trying to pass a mustang loses control, hits the mustang, veers off the freeway and flies over the embankment. the truck landed in a car dealership lot and flipped over. relatives say the driver is pretty banged up but should survive. witnesses say it appeared to be a case of road rage after both vehicles tried merging into the same lane. well, a new warning about dietary supplements including vitamins and energy boosters. "the new england journal of medicine" reports that at least 23,000 people are visiting emergency rooms every year. most are young people between 20
and 24 years old. the industry points out it's a small fraction of the 150 million who use dietary supplements. researchers say people in high stress jobs have a 22% higher risk of stroke, but they point out that work stress can lead to unhealthy behaviors like smoking, poor eating habits and lack of exercise. all proven risk factors for stroke. so they say more study is needed. a great stress reliever is some sports. the nfl week, it begins tonight with a rivalry game between the falcons and the saints. >> and, of course, there's playoff baseball going on tonight. highlights now from our guys at espn. >> with stan verrett, i'm steve levy. there was some win or go home baseball played on wednesday in a game i don't think we'll forget for a long time. >> no, if you didn't see rangers/blue jays, let me show you. two things in particular that you probably won't forget once you see them. tied at two. rougned odor on third. shin-soo choo takes the pitch. russell martin tries to throw it
back, it hits off choo's bat and gets away. odor comes home to score. what the -- >> umpires are like, we're not quite sure what to do. they got together and decided what to do. odor scores and the run counts. you have to look up the rule yourself. bottom seven tied at 3. jose bautista, joey bats, three-run shot. blue jays moving on to the alcs. a tough act to follow but we'll try, the astros and royals, also a win or go home scenario. dallas keuchel, the great starter, on in relief with two aboard. kendrys morales, if it's fair, it's gone, it's gone, all right, the whole thing is gone, three-run homer, royals take a 7-2 lead and they are on their way, ninth inning two out, wade davis on the pitch. george springer the drive, paulo orlando, the great grab to end the series. the royals, they advance on to the alcs and meet the blue jays, a whole lot of popping bottles. >> mets and dodgers meet later tonight for a chance to face the cubs in the nlcs. that's it from here.
now back to you. and he mentioned the cubs there. you might remember a towering home run hit on tuesday night at wrigley field. >> that is the ball there. it is dotting the "i" in the word budweiser in the right field scoreboard. the team says it's going to stay there. in fact, it has now been encased in plexiglas presumably so that steve bartman will not get his hands on it. >> oh, boy. well, up next in "the pulse," sweeping change, a popular restaurateur eliminating tips. from his establishment. will it start a trend? and big ben like you've never seen before. a bald eagle and a gopro giving amazing views of london. about long-acting levemir®. as my diabetes changed, it got harder to control my blood sugar. today, i'm asking about levemir®. vo: levemir® is an injectable insulin that can give you blood sugar control for up to 24 hours.
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by a new york businessman that could start a trend at restaurants all across the country. >> danny meyer is eliminating tipping at one of his top restaurants and doing the same in about a dozen others by the end of next year. he says he wants his 1800 workers to earn opportunities based on merit. >> but customers should not expect to pay less. with no gratuities, the price of a meal will, of course, go up. i like the idea. spreading the wealth. >> yeah, good idea. an uninvited guest rattling students and teachers. it showed up for class at a bozeman, montana, high school. >> it was this black bear first spotted on the football field then wandered up through an open garage door into the school. >> that bear roamed the halls sniffing around student lockers perhaps looking for a snack. police helped steer the bear toward a doorway, and it took off running. the bear was apparently unhappy about being chased off, and it left a little something behind for the cleanup crew.
>> oh, i'm guessing that was not a tip. >> no, but, wow, that's pretty scary seeing a bear there. a reason to go home. >> a reason to go home. school is out. and check out london like you've never seen it before. this camera shot by -- this video shot by a camera mounted on the back of a bald eagle. >> check that out. wow. it's soaring over the british capital, and it captures some of its most well-known landmarks. the 29-year-old bald eagle, his name is sidney, he's said to be comfortable in urban environments clearly. >> sidney flew around for three days. the footage in an especially designed camera captured about and eventually will be used in a new video game which will be set in london. >> wonder what that's all about. such a cool shot. gopros are such a -- >> everywhere. >> exactly. i don't know how they're able to corral that eagle and get it on top. >> we're thinking of strapping one on you tomorrow. >> great reason to stick around. more news after this.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. good morning on thursday. at 4:28. >> there are rain drops on the windshields. >> very excited about rain coming to san francisco. mike promised there would be rain. he delivered. we have if showers in union city before 11 o'clock, a welcome sight as kristen mentioned. >> regularly -- lightning in the sky last night. and now to meteorologist mike nicco with live doppler hd. >> could be busy trying to on get through this. it looks more impressive than it is. it is scattered and moving
backwards from what we used to, moving east to west. watch out for that. so far, no reported stations have measured any rain. that does not mean it is not falling between those. watch out this morning. we have a chance of light showers through noon. the chance will take more at 4:00. as we round out the day planner it should be quiet this evening and colorful. temperatures are 60s at the coast and 70s to 80's forest of us. leyla? >> be careful on the roads today. we are looking outside right now at the bay bridge toll plaza with a few cars on the left side. pretty empty. so far. i have a closure. that is the san mateo bridge. another great sight. you may have heard in union city we have a sinkhole. it will cause headaches this morning. at the intersection at new haven with details ahead. >> the sinkhole is in the middle
of an east bay intersection and ne tre is a new problem. it is spilling with water. they are trying to pin pout the source. a school has to figure out how to get the students around that. matt? how does it look? we have a busy work scene from alameda water county water district and pg&e and heavy equipment. it look like they have pumped out the water from the sinkhole. it was a dry sink hole yesterday. when the as fought collapsed it dams the water main creating a big leak. now the water is out for 15 customers. it has been shut off including at fire station 32 and new haven. >> my god, so much water coming from here so it is scary.