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making news in america this morning, president trump enters a very busy week amid a cloud of controversy. a video he posted is drawing harsh criticism about attacks on the media, this as the president gets set for another overseas trip. also, government shutdowns in several states as millions try to enjoy the holiday and growing anger against new jersey's governor after he hit the beach when everyone else was kept off it. and caught on camera, an emergency on the runway as a plane's engine bursts into flames. see why passengers are thanking the crew this morning. and a battle on the beach. man versus hammerhead shark. the catch of a lifetime and the struggle that followed.
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i think i would let the hammerhead win at that point. >> stand back. >> good morning, everyone. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm nick watt in for kendis gibson. we begin with president trump ignoring criticism and doubling down on his assault on the media. >> as the president prepares to head to germany for his first g-20 summit, he unleashed a few attacks against the press including a doctored video that some say could trigger violence. abc's emily rau has the latest from washington. emily, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, diane and nick. there's no shortage of important topics on president trump's agenda for this week, but it seems attacking the press remains a top priority. a cnn smackdown. president trump tweeting this video sunday morning showing him punching and tackling a man with the cnn logo covering his face. some republicans even speaking out against it. >> the president of the united states is inciting violence against the free press. >> it's unfortunate and the
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people are now begging the president not to do this. >> reporter: trump's homeland security adviser tom bossert defending the president. >> you're in charge of homeland security there. >> yep. >> that seems like a threat. >> yeah, it's certainly not, though. i think that no one would perceive that as a threat. i hope they don't. >> reporter: cnn issued a statement saying, it is a sad day when the president of the united states encourages violence against reporters. clearly sarah huckabee sanders lied when she said the president had never done so. sanders, the white house deputy press secretary, spoke thursday. >> the president in no way, form or fashion has ever promoted or encouraged violence. if anything, quite the contrary. >> reporter: the president's hometown tabloids having a field day. >> the fake media tried to stop us from going to the white house, but i'm president, and they're not. we won, and they lost. >> reporter: and team trump deploying another tactic over
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the weekend launching a weekly e-mail newsletter called the real news report highlighting items they feel didn't get proper coverage. nick and diane. >> all right. abc's emily rau live from washington for us. emily, thanks. and a top white house aide says president trump was still making calls to undecided senators in hopes of passing the gop health care bill, but he also made it clear that a repeal only bill is still an option. over the weekend the president suggested in a tweet that obamacare be repealed right away and replaced later. some conservatives have endorsed that plan but senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he's sticking with the original bill. thousands of protesters across the country are calling for president trump to be kicked out of office. impeachment rallies were held yesterday in dozens of cities from los angeles to new york right outside trump tower. the demonstrators say the president obstructed justice and violated the constitution. small groups of trump supporters held counterprotests.
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overseas authorities are planning a week of celebrations in iraq with u.s. and iraqi forces set to clinch a major victory against isis. after eight months of deadly battles, coalition forces are on the verge of taking back iraq's second largest city. they've even regained control of what's left of the city's most important mosque. but thousands of civilians are still trapped by the fighting. meanwhile, democratic forces are slowly retaking a major isis hold-out in syria. nearly 1,000 troops have joined in the fight for raqqah. the kurdish-led alliance has been liberating the city one neighborhood at a time. to the south, the heart of syria's capital, damascus, was rocked yesterday by a rare and deadly suicide bombing. security forces had been chasing three cars loaded with explosives intercepting and destroying two of them, but as they closed in on the third, the bomber on board detonated it killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others. it was the first day back to work following a major muslim
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holiday. and back here at home during this extended fourth of july holiday weekend, budget battles have forced partial government shutdowns in maine and new jersey. in addition to government offices being shut down, state parks and beaches are now closed on one of the busiest summer weekends of the year. but those closed signs apparently don't apply to the governor of new jersey. aerial cameras caught governor christie enjoying some family time at island beach state park. he even reportedly managed to avoid traffic by arriving on a state police helicopter. on saturday christie told reporters the state provided beach house where he and his family stayed is actually separate from the park. the fourth of july weekend is turning into another violent one for chicago. at least 4 people are dead and nearly 50 others injured in shootings across the city. the son of a cook county judge is among the victims. more police are on the streets this year. last year's holiday weekend ended with 66 shootings. in pennsylvania, a suspect is charged in the road rage murder of a college-bound teen.
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david desper turned himself in early sunday morning after a nationwide manhunt. police say a barrage of tips from the public led them to a red pickup truck and the alleged gun used in the fatal shooting of bianca roberson. a .40-caliber handgun and ammunition was found at the suspect's home. >> the round recovered from her was reviewed by a forensic ballistics expert who told us that that round came from a .40-caliber smith & wesson semiautomatic handgun. >> desper is charged with first and third degree murder. police say there is no indication that this was a hate crime. roberson's father says she wanted to study forensics for a career in law. now for a look at your weather. it should be much nicer in northern new england today after a weekend of wild weather there, a waterspout and at least three tornadoes occurred in maine.
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that's more twisters than the state usually sees in a year. there was also some wind damage and flash flooding in northern new hampshire. several severe storms in the southwest as well. hard hitting hail formed a river of ice and water in northern new mexico. the hailstones were an inch or even two in diameter. you can see the rushing waters coming in, as well. flooding in the area. there has been a setback for the private rocket company spacex. >> its satellite launched from the kennedy space center was scrubbed just ten seconds before launch. apparently there was a problem with the falcon 9 rocket's guidance and navigation system. the computer aborted the launch. it would have been their third launch in just nine days. and still ahead, the engine fire on board an airliner. new video just in. plus, a deadly scene after a house in pennsylvania was blown to pieces. what investigators are saying this morning. and the man accused of kidnapping a female student at
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one of the country's largest universities, he is set for a court appearance as the search for the woman continues. today there is only one park for every 14,000 americans. connection to nature is a right that the trust for public land is fighting to preserve. from boulevards to ball fields and ponds to playgrounds, together we have saved over 3 million acres of land. a park is a gift that is worth protecting. help support the trust for public land and the gift of parks today.
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this was th this was the scene yesterday in hollywood after a water main burst right under the street. crews are still trying to fix it. and there is no word on how long those repairs could take. authorities still don't know what caused that pipe to burst. a home explosion in pennsylvania has killed a utility worker. three others were also injured in the blast which rocked the neighborhood in lancaster county. one of those victims is in critical condition. authorities say the workers were trying to repair a gas leak. the house was leveled and four
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others nearby severely damaged. the woman inside the home escaped before the blast. investigators are trying to determine what caused an amtrak train derailment south of tacoma in washington state. more than 260 passengers were on that train when four cars derailed sunday afternoon. fortunately only minor injuries were reported. the train derailed near the chambers bay golf course, which was the site of the 2015 u.s. open. and an investigation is under way after a jet engine burst into flames on a runway at denver international airport. the commuter flight was taxiing after arriving from aspen when it experienced engine problems. all 59 passengers and 4 crew members were safely removed. an emergency crew then rushed to the scene and quickly put out that fire. no injuries reported. and samsung's ill-fated galaxy note 7 phone is going back on sale this friday. >> a refurbished version of the device will only be available in south korea. it will use different batteries than those that caught fire last year.
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that forced samsung to recall about 3 million note 7 phones. the note 8, by the way, is expected later this year. and when we come back, big trouble stemming from a disastrous attempt to stage a music festival. and wimbledon is getting under way. we have details on who to watch coming up. (woman) when you have type 2 diabetes, there's a moment of truth. and now with victoza®, a better moment of proof. victoza® lowers my a1c and blood sugar better than the leading branded pill, which didn't get me to my goal. lowers my a1c better than the leading branded injectable. the one i used to take. victoza® lowers blood sugar in three ways. and while it isn't for weight loss, victoza® may help you lose some weight. non-insulin victoza® comes in a pen and is taken once a day. (announcer) victoza® is not recommended
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we're learning some new details about the disappearance of a chinese scholar at the university of illinois. >> authorities say the suspect charged with kidnapping the woman recently visited a fetish website that hosted an abduction 101 forum. abc's alex perez has more. >> reporter: 28-year-old brendt christensen is set to appear in federal court charged with kidnapping university of illinois college student yingying zhang who had recently moved to the united states, was last seen three weeks ago in this surveillance video from june 9th getting into christensen, a stranger's car. investigators believe she accepted the ride because she was running late for an appointment to sign a lease but never showed up. according to a criminal complaint, after first saying he did not recall his whereabouts on the day zhang disappeared, the fbi said christensen later told them he offered her a ride but let her out after she became panicked when he said he made a wrong turn. investigators have not yet found
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the graduate student's body. alex perez, abc news, chicago. the promoter of the disastrous fyre music festival is out on bail after being charged with fraud. billy mcfarland is accused of using fake documents to trick investors out of millions of dollars. the fyre festival had promised live music, luxury accommodations in the bahamas and a chance to mingle with celebrities. but headliners pulled out and ticket holders were given cheese sandwiches and put up in tents. and the third major tennis tournament of the year, wimbledon, is getting under way today in london. >> defending champion andy murray is the number one seed on the men's side. the top ranked woman this year is angelique kerber of germany. now, the defending ladies champion is serena williams, but she's not playing because she's pregnant. her sister venus is the highest ranked american woman. and baseball's all-star rosters have just been announced. aaron judge of the yankees was the top vote getter in the american league. >> and bryce harper of the
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nationals received the most votes from fans overall. last night he proved why. let's get some baseball highlights from espn. >> good morning, america. good morning, utica. john buccigross and kevin connors. and we begin with bryce harper, all-star-to-be, going yard. >> as american as apple pie and titanic home runs, sunday night baseball as seen on espn against the cardinals. top one, he's headed to his fifth all-star game, and she's a goner. 19th home run of the year, a two-run shot, but he was just getting started. might want to brush through that hair between the first and third inning, and then whatever he did paid off. third multi-home run game of the season, 13th of his career came off carlos martinez, a name brand who is headed to the all-star game himself. nationals win, 7-2. >> harper having a great year. in the n.l., mookie betts is really starting t get going for the red sox.
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they were in toronto sunday and betts, yard, what a game for mookie betts. two home runs, that one was 15 feet off the ground. he finished with eight rbis. only mookie betts and nomar garciaparra, only red sox players to have two career eight rbi games. >> all right. highlights from our guys at espn. thank you, guys. up next in "the pulse," the world's greatest competitive eaters are ready to weigh in and stare down the competition ahead of tomorrow's big hot dog eating contest. and a diver's close call with a whale. he got a lot closer than he ever thought he would. and on our facebook page, find out why ryan lochte says his suspension from swimming made him a better man. that's coming up on check it out.
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♪ ♪ time for your monday morning "pulse," and we start with that most gluttonous of american traditions, the annual nathan's hot dog eating contest in coney island, new york. now, all the competitors who
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will take part tomorrow will weigh in today. very important. >> and the big favorite among the men is defending champion joey "jaws" chestnut. he won last year by eating 70, 7-0, hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. >> you hungry now? >> no. >> on the women's side miki sudo is back to defend her title. she won the competition three years in a row, by the way, but sonya aka the black widow is expected to be her top competition. big, big competition. >> how do they know who is -- i mean -- >> because they train for this. >> they train. >> yeah, and then people keep an eye on how they're doing. >> it's quite odd. >> it's big time. >> it's gluttonous. >> yeah. >> but it works for the holiday. >> do you want a hot dog now? >> not really. i'm not really a big hot dog fan. >> i guess you're not going to win the competition then. >> i'd be terrible at it. moving on there was some competition between a man and a shark off the coast of florida's
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panhandle just this past weekend. >> yes, so that's a hammerhead being reeled in very slowly by a fisherman. the fisherman is the guy, by the way, also standing in the water. can't imagine why he's the only one in the water. at one point he actually grabs the shark by the tail and then eventually he does lose control of it. >> but eventually the fisherman is triumphant and the shark reportedly was then released and allowed to swim away. >> you first. >> well, i saw a baby -- i live in los angeles. i saw a baby great white a couple of weeks ago on the beach with my kids. they are coming in in bigger numbers to have their kids, to hang out, to feed, and they're right off the coast, and they're in ten feet of water right where -- >> did you react very calmly to all of this? >> it actually looked so -- i didn't know at first what it was. oh, my goodness, then by the time i realized what it was, it was gone. >> were you in the water? >> i was sort of paddling.
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but they're little, but i mean southern california is becoming a bigger and bigger problem. they're not fished for in those waters. they're perfect waters for them. they're warm, for the food. >> here's another place with a lot of sharks. a diver off the coast of australia was given a friendly nudge, luckily not by a shark, but by two whales. >> so he was boating on the waters off tasmania when he encountered two southern right whales. >> he says the group's boat even stopped hoping to get a closer view. he jumped in the water. well, mission accomplished. >> yeah, well done. well done. ♪he's gotta play it cool to seal the deal.♪ ♪better find a way to smooth things over.♪ ♪if only harry used some... ♪...bounce, to dry. ♪yeah! ♪he would be a less wrinkly, and winning at life.♪
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>> good morning. i know a lot of you have off this morning. welcome to monday. jessica is not here today. the rest of us are. we have a traffic situation developing right now. alexis, start us off. >> it's a serious crash in the san pablo area. this is a fatal collision on the westbound side of 80 near dam road. we have one lane getting by right now. the far left lane is open. the rest of the lanes are blocked. they're calling for the coroner to the scene. this all happened 15, 20 minutes ago. this is a sig alert. we're seeing a backup as well. i am hoping with the days off we won't see big delays. i'll try to get more details
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confirmed and have an update in a few minutes. let's check in with meteorologist mike nicco with a look at the forecast. >> hi, live doppler 7. drizzle reported overnight along the peninsula coast. a lot of us waiting for the cloud cover to roll in. it will through 7:00. in the mid 50s to near 60. heading towards noon, the cloud cover back to the coast. 70s, 80s inland. 70s around the bay, 60s on the peninsula and into san francisco. to 4:00. temperatures pretty much the same. a 91 maybe in antioch. the clouds creeping in and cooler conditions by 7:00. 50s at the coast and san francisco. 60s around the bay. 70s inland. county fairs to talk about today when we come back and the temperatures when you step out the door. new this morning. a tweet from elon musk makes it official. tesla's first model 3 rolls off the assembly line friday. >> the debut would beat the company's time line. the question if the first mass
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market model can keep to its production schedule. matt keeler is live in fremont. >> reporter: the first one expected on friday. the first 30 customers will be able to get into the driver's seat by the end of this month. this all came out via twitter from the founder of tesla, elon musk. here was his first tweet late last night. model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule, expecting to complete sn 1 on friday. sn 1 stands for serial number 1. musk says the handover party for the first model 3s july 28. august should be 100 cars. september, 1500, by december, 20,000 cars per month. model 3 starts around $35,000, but with a $7500 federal electric car tax credit it could cost $27,500. tesla says it will about 215 miles on a single charge and
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accelerates from 0 to 60 in under 6 seconds. reporting live, matt keller, abc7 news. thanks, matt. new developments out of fremont. a suspect in custody after a three-hour standoff with police. police say it started when a man with a knife went into a neighbor's house. he cut someone on the hand and refused to come out. officers launched a drone to survey the house where the man barricaded himself. he surrendered after 11:00 p.m. napa firefighters responding to a water main break on laurel street this morning. they posted the video on twitter of water flowing down the street around 12:30 a.m. officials say no homes or apartments were damaged by the break. happening now, the commute across the golden gate bridge a little more expensive. this is a live picture from the bridge. drivers paying 20 cents more to cross. with fast track it costs $6.75. the bridge disic


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