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good morning, america. new this morning, deadly standoff. a decorated army veteran being treated for ptsd taking hostages at a veterans' home in california. armed to the teeth. police storming in finding him and three employees dead. >> this is a tragic piece of news. >> the investigation this morning. breaking news overnight. killed in the line of duty. [ gunfire ] bullets flying on this california street, sounding like a shooting gallery. two officers shot. one fatally wounded. fellow officers rushing to help. the crash that started it all. meeting conditions. the white house addressing the planned face to face between president trump and north korean dictator kim jong-un and what needs to happen first.
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this, as former trump campaign aide sam nunberg appears before a grand jury looking into russian meddling. >> i think vladimir putin, if you look at it objectively, is really taking advantage of the president. >> speaking to "gma" right after that grand jury appearance. and missing teen. the search for this girl from pennsylvania. is she with this man she met at church? who signed her out of school without her mother's permission? where they were last seen. hey, good morning. let's get right to our top story. the breaking news overnight. a fatal ending to a hostage standoff at a massive veterans' home in northern california. >> this home servicing veterans suffering from ptsd. overnight, police raided the area where the gunman had taken three women hostage. despite attempts to negotiate, they found all four people, including the gunman, were dead. >> this morning, our first look
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at the victims. a psychologist. a therapist. the executive director of a nonprofit. all of whom work at this facility. which is the largest veterans' home if the country. they were attending a going away party for colleagues when the shooter barged in. >> and this is the man identified as the shooter. his name is albert wong. he is a veteran of afghanistan who had been treated at the facility for ptsd. abc's marci gonzalez is on the scene. marci, good morning. >> reporter: paul larks dan, good morning. the scene here is still blocked off. investigators are trying to piece together what played out in the room during that day-long standoff. and whether the victims were specifically targeted. this morning, the hostage standoff inside the largest veterans' home in america over. officers finding all three women and the man who held them at gun point, dead. >> this is a tragic piece of news. one we were really hoping we wouldn't have to come before the public to give. >> reporter: the call first coming in around 10:30 friday morning. 36-year-old albert wong, a
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former client at the facility that treats veterans for ptsd, armed with a rifle. the decorated former soldier who served a year in afghanistan opening fire. shooting at a deputy. walking into a going away party. for one of the center's employees. >> there was cake. you know, a little bit of a celebration. and then this man walked in. with a gun. my wife and three other women were able to leave. >> reporter: but three other women, all employees, all taken hostage. >> he does still have three people inside. units be advised. he does have a sash of bullets around his neck. >> reporter: s.w.a.t. teams surrounding the building as workers, volunteers, and residents at the sprawling veterans' facility evacuated or sheltered in place. >> they're safe. but they're not being let out at all until they get the suspect. >> reporter: hostage negotiators trying to reach wong for more than seven hours. getting no response. authorities finally making the call around 6:00 p.m. to move in.
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>> law enforcement personnel made entry into the room. where we felt the hostages were being held by the suspect. and unfortunately made the discovery. >> reporter: and president trump tweeted this morning, we're deeply saddened by the tragic situation in yountville and mourn the loss of three incredible women who cared for our veterans. dan, paula, back to you. >> marci, thank you. more questions to be answered. we move now to the state of florida. where in the wake of the massacre at that high school in parkland, the governor signed a major new bill to beef up school safety and put if place some new gun restrictions. >> the national rifle association not pleased with the bill. the nra already filed a federal lawsuit. erielle reshef is on the story the morning. >> reporter: floridians waking up to new gun laws this morning, less than a month after 17 students and faculty were shot and killed at stoneman douglas high school. the republican governor taking that bold step. and this morning, the country's largest gun lobby responding swiftly, by suing the state.
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three weeks after the first chilling 911 calls detailed the horrors of one of the deadliest school shootings in american history -- >> he said shots, shots, shots. mom. god. >> reporter: -- florida governor rick scott flanked by families affected by the tragedy signing a sweeping bill. to tighten gun laws in his state. >> you helped change our state. you made a difference. you should be proud. >> reporter: the so called marjory stoneman douglas high school public safety act raised the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. extends a three-day waiting period. and bans bump stocks. which allow guns to mimic automatic fire. for many survivors, the measures don't go far enough. >> our students started the movement to have gun control. to take away that ar-15. and they completely didn't hear the message. >> reporter: the bill, also investing more than $400 million in school safety and mental health. a step forward for anguished families demanding change. but for the republican governor,
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a controversial split from the nra. this morning, the country's largest gun lobby filing a lawsuit to stop the legislation from taking effect. the organization claiming this blanket ban violates the fundamental rights of thousands of responsible, law-abiding, florida citizens. and is thus invalid under the second and 14th amendments. the signing of the school safety bill coming the same day suspected killer nikolas cruz appeared head lowered in a prison jump suit, before a judge. the 19-year-old held without bond. facing 17 counts of murder. and attempted murder. the school safety bill also adds a guardian program that enables teachers and other school employees to carry handguns. the broward county teacher's union, including some faculty from stoneman douglas high school, oppose this idea. the superintendent very vocal against it as well. >> thank you, erielle. we want to move to president trump's massive diplomatic gamble. his decision to say yes to a
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high-stakes, face-to-face with the north korean dictator kim jong-un. >> this morning, the messaging somewhat muddled. with the suggestion on friday that there may be new preconditions for the meeting. the white house now seems to be be walking that back. mary bruce will sort it out for us from the white house this morning. mary, good morning to you. >> reporter: mixed messages coming from this white house this morning. president trump shocked washington and the world by agreeing to sit down with north korea. but then the white house seemed to move the goal posts, suggesting this may not be such a done deal after all. less than 24 hours after agreeing to an historic face-to-face meeting with the north korean dictator, the white house seemed to say, not so fast. >> the president will not have the meeting without seeing concrete steps and concrete actions take place by north korea. >> reporter: but this morning, white house sources say the agreement has not changed. the president tweeting the deal with north korea is very much in the making. and will be, if completed, a very good one for the world. in order to talk the white house
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says north korea has agreed to stop its missile testing. and allow u.s. military exercises with the south. >> look, they have to follow through on the promises they have made. >> reporter: the announcement hasty and surprising. the president popping in the white house briefing room himself. to give reporters a heads-up. even his own secretary of state seemed caught offguard by the invitation. >> in all honesty, it was a -- it came as a little bit of a surprise to us, as well. >> reporter: no sitting u.s. president has ever met with the leader of north korea. for much of the past year, a sitdown seemed impossible. amid months of escalating tension and trash talk. >> rocketman is on a suicide mission for himself. >> reporter: trump has called kim a maniac and a madman. in return, kim called trump mentally deranged and an old lunatic. this morning, the question remains, can they put the name-calling aside and negotiate? officials expect the meeting to take place between now and the end of may.
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the white house has yet to announce exactly when or where this will take place. dan and paula? >> mary, thank you. as some critics, as you know, on the left have accused the president of agreeing to sit down with the north korean dictator, in part, as a way to get the news media to focus on something other than the russia investigation. >> on friday, a former trump campaign aide, sam nunberg appeared before a grand jury. this just days after appearing on a series of cable news shows to say he would not be cooperating. but he did. tara palmeri has more. from washington where she spoke to nunberg. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. that's right. sam nunberg spent 5 1/2 hours testifying before the grand jury. he blew past reporters. but sat down with abc news for his first interview since meeting with the special counsel. he's a former campaign aide to then-candidate trump. sam nunberg fired six weeks into the presidential campaign. but this morning, special prosecutors in the russia probe see him as a witness. >> i was there a long time.
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and they have a lot of questions. did i ever hear russian spoken in the office? and they asked why did president trump support putin in syria? >> reporter: did you know of contacts between the president and russians? do you think that shaped his foreign policy? >> i think vladimir putin, if you look at it objectively, is really taking advantage of the president. >> reporter: appearing before the mueller grand jury, he spent at least six hours testifying about what he knew when it came to russia's involvement in the 2016 election. >> vladimir putin, i think we could all agree, wanted donald trump to win. >> reporter: saying he was grilled about current and former staffers named in the investigation. >> i have never worked with anybody unethical there. i never have. okay? >> reporter: including political strategist roger stone, a close confidant of president trump, who he calls a mentor. stone denied any knowledge or involvement in russian collusion. are you worried about it? >> yes, i am. >> reporter: this comes as nunberg had a bizarre media blitz. >> i'm not cooperating.
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arrest me. >> reporter: when he publicly challenged the subpoena. >> i'm going to be the first one in history to flat-out say, i'm not going. >> reporter: now, nunberg walking back that fiery rhetoric saying the rants were just for show. >> people said i had a meltdown on tv. i melted tv down that day. i wanted to show what this independent counsel, this independent investigation does to people like me. >> reporter: also striking a much different tone. >> i was going to always comply with arriving today. i'm an attorney, first thing. this is my duty, as an american, to do the this, whether i like it or not. >> reporter: do you think it's a witch hunt? >> no, i don't. there's a lot there there. that's the sad truth. i don't believe it leads to the president. >> reporter: a source close to nunberg says he's not done testifying. he may be called in as many as five times. dan? paula? >> we want to say welcome to you on your first appearance here on "gma." we know that you have been part of the abc news family since
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october, joining us from politico. we just want to say welcome. great to have you with us. a warm welcome from the "gma" weekend family. >> yeah, let the hazing process begin. >> thank you, i'm happy to be here. >> thank you, tara. appreciate it. for more on all the political news of the morning, let's bring in another tara. abc news contributor and conservative commentator tara setmayer. good morning. thank you for being here. >> morning. >> let's start with sam nunberg. given his performance on the cable news shows this week, which some people described as somewhat unhinged, how credible a witness is he for robert mueller? >> the problem is, he put on a spectacle on monday. i think it hurts his credibility to some degree. you can tell it's about attention. he's an attention-seeker. which is why he engaged in that behavior earlier this week. however, he was close to the president at a time that is of interest to the mueller investigation. particularly concerning donald trump's dealings in russia during the miss universe pageant in 2013. prior to that, he said he's been with donald trump since 2011,
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where he potentially was laying the foundation for the presidential run. at the same time, seeking business in russia. just because he was a little unhinged on monday doesn't mean what he has to say isn't valid, given his experience. i don't think it helped him the way he handled himself all week long in front of the news cameras. it lends skepticism to why he's doing it. the motivation behind it. whether he's just being a good citizen or not, i'm not sure. >> when push came to shove, he was there for the grand jury. >> and didn't want to go to jail. >> good point. let's talk about president trump's possible meeting with kim jong-un. "the new york times" is saying some of the closest aides in the white house are skeptical this is going to happen. what do you think? >> well, they should be. the way that this was rolled out, this improvisational diplomacy is not how you do things when you're dealing with something as significant as north korea. the north koreans have been
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looking for legitimacy in the world for decades. they have pulled stunts like this. acting as though they want to talk and have some type of diplomatic relations. they violate any of those agreements and move forward with their nuclear program. the president making this decision like this, which seemingly was something ill advised by his advisers, those of them that knew about, it makes this a real heavy lift. to be this prepared, the level of preparation to have talks at this level in a couple of weeks from now, just seems unrealistic. so, i think it's a little bit less than a 50-50 chance that it actually does happen. because, kim jong-un got what he wanted. he already got an answer so quickly from the president of the united states. so if there's any hedging at that point, he can turn around and say, i didn't change the terms. the president of the united states did. those are pitfalls that i think the foreign policy community and our diplomats don't want to see the president of the united states or america fall into, dealing with the north koreans as we have in the past. >> it would be history in the making. >> it would be.
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>> tara, great to have you. thanks, tara. we want to move on to the search for a 16-year-old pennsylvania girl who disappeared on monday. this morning, federal agents joining the hunt. >> now police say they're looking into her relationship with a married man who checked her out of school ten times. abc's eva pilgrim has the story. >> reporter: this morning, an urgent search for a missing allentown teen and a 45-year-old man. the two last seen on monday. >> please, god, help me to bring her back. >> reporter: this woman says her daughter, 16-year-old amy yu, met kevin esterly at church, and was friends with his oldest daughter. in early february, amy's mother first discovered esterly signed her daughter out of school early and called police. something police say he did ten times between november and february without her mother's permission. >> just a plain, nice guy. that tried to help amy. not anymore. now i think that he's a very bad guy. >> reporter: the lehigh valley charter school's ceo confirming he signed her out.
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but saying a student can be picked up only by someone on the emergency contact list provided by the parents. investigators saying amy changed the list, including esterly as her stepfather, making it possible for him to sign her out. police putting pressure on the pair, asking them questions when they disappeared. >> they've been gone for a number of days. with no sighting. the presumption is they'll be on the move. and go outside the state. >> reporter: esterly's wife reporting to police he withdrew $4,000 from her account the day he disappeared. police think the two could be traveling in his red honda accord with pennsylvania license plates. he's facing serious charges for interference with custody of children. this is similar to the charges we have seen with the other two cases we have followed. >> serious charges indeed. thank you. time to check the weather now. rob marciano is out. but we're very lucky and pleased to have sam champion filling in for a couple weeks. hello, sir. good morning. >> hello, sir. hello, paula. hello, everyone.
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>> hi, sam. >> we've got a lot going on this morning. you're going to notice the lake-effect snow. the bands of clouds and snow. coming off the great lakes. 4 of the 5 lakes have thawed a bit. lake-effect snow machine is on. as this cold air comes out of canada. the other thing going on today. look at the area of storms. strong to severe storms. there is heavy rain. the low moves across the deep south. everybody along the deep south gets a hit of rain, one to three inches of rain out of this. here's where we talk about the next nor'easter. this could be the third of the month. if it runs the pattern closer to the coastline, we get snow, wind, monday night into tuesday in the mid-atlantic or northeast. there's another opportunity -- the models have not gotten into agreement yet. that it goes a little bit further offshore. this storm hasn't put itself together yet. the low in texas today. we'll have better knowledge on it by the time we get to sunday, sunday night.
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good morning to you. it is a foggy start to your saturday morning. this is view from mount tam. certainly in the north bay, parts of the east bay. so be careful. the afternoon will be muggy with cloudy skies. more sun tomorrow. then we are looking at wet and then cooler pattern next week. highs today in the low skifts in san francisco. 67 in san jose. 65 in napa. the accuweather seven-day forecast, don't forget to set your clocks ahead tonight and >> everybody wants to know whether there's a third storm or not. we'll talk rain on the west coast in the next half hour. >> i want to say something about you and the continuing storms we have been having. what happens is, sam tells us we're going to have a storm. then he decamps to florida. and then posts pictures on instagram of himself at the pool. there's one right there. >> no, that's not -- okay. >> he's at the pool. talking about nor'easters. the word for that in german is schadenfreude. enjoying our suffering. >> he's just giving us hope that
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the sun still exists. >> i'm covering. >> where are you going to be monday? >> florida. >> florida. >> this is the baton. we're handing to it you. >> oh. okay. thank you very much. good morning, everyone. we're going to begin with breaking news from pomona, california, where two police officers were shot, one of them fatally, while responding to reports of a man barricaded inside of an apartment building. gunshots heard just before 10:00 p.m. after witnesses say they saw a man crash a pickup truck and then run into a two-storm apartment building there in pomo pomona. officers responding, carrying away one of their fellow wounded officers. s.w.a.t. teams on the scene right now this morning with the suspect believed to still be inside the building. here in new york city, a federal judge sentenced former drug executive martin shkreli to seven years behind bars. the so-called "pharma-bro" known for hiking the the price of a life-saving aids drug 5,000% when he ran the drug company. also known for his swaggering
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demeanor, breaking down in tears in court. while pleading for leniency. he was convicted of defrauding investors in two hedge funs he ran. in louisville, the neighbor accused of attacking senator rand paul while paul was landscaping at his home last november has pleaded guilty to federal charges of assaulting a member of congress. the attack left paul with six broken ribs. 59-year-old renee boucher saying the motive for the alleged assault was not political. but a neighbor's dispute over property rights. and renowned ice kating coach richard callahan, who coached tara lipinski and six-time u.s. champion todd eldridge has been suspended because of allegations of sexual misconduct. the claims first surfaced almost 20 years ago when a male student came forward in 1999. he had been training skaters then, at that time, at a rink in florida. good news on the economic front. a new jobs report showing a surge in hiring the in february. more than 313,000 jobs added last month. with 800,000 americans joining
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the workforce. one of the biggest one-month increases. the biggest since 1983. the unemployment rate unchanged for the month at 4.1%. stocks soaring on the news. the dow gaining 440 points. and finally, from virginia. a 4-year-old boy had a great time on his first trip to a bowling alley. check this out. ♪ >> ah! >> whoo! >> yes, his name is jackson bath. and he's -- i think the word is elated. over picking up a spare. imagine if he had thrown a strike. yeah. >> wow. >> 4 years old. 4 years old. >> he's got the bumpers on the side so it can't get in the gutter. >> it's still tough, though. >> he's a winner. >> a tough critic. >> that's the way sam feels when we're getting snowed on. coming up on "gma." >> you can't win, sam. can't win. >> i love you both. coming up on "gma," the former police officer slammed with criminal charges in connection with this violent confrontation with an alleged jaywalker.
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all caught on the officer's body cam. and the investigation into the poisoning of a former russian spy and his daughter. why these workers are looking for clues in the cemetery. we'll explain when we come back. >> really has people on edge in the small town in england. fascinating story. much more on that coming up on "gma." for you, it's always leap over look. now over later. and pause. not even in your vocabulary. so when a cold sore tingle strikes you act on it. only abreva can heal a cold sore in as little as two and a half days when used at the first sign. it starts to work immediately to block the virus and protect healthy cells. nothing heals a cold sore faster. and because abreva acts on it... you can too. act on it, with abreva.
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abc7 mornings. all news, all morning. yountville california veterans home is grieving after a troubled veteran took three women hostage. all four were found dead. the gunman has been identify as 36-year-old albert wong of
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sacramento. a former army infantry man. he was a decorated soldier. employees and police are searching for a motive. turning to weather now and our bay area forecast. >> 43 minute delays at sfo. we have dense fog in the east bay and north bey. it's mild though. 53 in mountain view. 55 in san jose. here's the fog. the vantage pointed from mount tam. the fog lifts in the next hour. mostly cloudy skies today. mild to muggy. mid to upper 60s. and then a rainy pattern next week
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welcome back to "gma" on a busy saturday morning. happening right now, a deadly end to a standoff in northern california. a decorated army vet treated for ptsd. he takes three women hostage at a california veterans' home. police storming in. unfortunately, despite attempts at hostage negotiation, they found that all four people, the gunman and three hostages, are dead. >> so tragic. passed the peak. federal officials saying the number of people sick with influenza is decreasing across the united states. but they warn, while the deadly flu season is winding down, it is not over yet. high levels of illness still being reported in 21 states. and spring forward, everyone. daylight savings time goes into effect at 2:00 a.m. eastern standard time. what time in guam, ron? >> the next day.
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>> so don't forget to set your clocks ahead before you go to sleep tonight. you'll lose an hour but you'll gain more sunlight. the hope that spring will be on its way. spring, the 20th of the month. >> a positive spin? >> we're gaining hope. >> we're gaining hope. >> it's the cruelest morning of the year for people who work in morning television. >> good thing you drink coffee? no, he doesn't. >> no. tomorrow, i may need it through an iv drip. we start this half hour with a date in court for a former police officer accused in a brutal assault all of which was caught on camera through his body cam. >> a confrontation over alleged jaywalking started this whole thing. what happened after that sparked outrage. with the fbi now involved, zachary kiesch joins us with more. good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning. why did it take six months? that's the question. a man cut across the street and was beaten for it. the officer didn't face charges until after the footage from his body cam was leaked.
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this is former cop chris hickman. >> yes, your honor. >> reporter: striking a different tone in front of a north carolina judge after this disturbing video was leaked. >> put your hands behind your back. >> reporter: that's johnny jermaine rush. a black man on his way home from work. confronted for all jaywalking. >> what's funny is you're going to get [ bleep ] up hard core. >> reporter: that's officer hickman. he's wearing a body cam. when rush tries talking his way out of the ticket. >> ow! >> reporter: he gets tased. beaten. and choked. >> oh, my gosh. >> there you go, rush. >> reporter: that was august of 2017. it wasn't until the body cam video was leaked last week and the fbi got involved that hickman was hit with charges, including felony strangulation. at the this time, the officer hasn't entered a plea. >> ran, laughing. >> reporter: the police chief says she's disciplined the supervisor you see here listening to the officer tell his side of the story. >> the supervisor dropped the ball in the response and was disciplined as a result. >> oh, my god.
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>> there you go, rush. >> reporter: if you listen closely, you can hear the victim yell, i can't breathe. >> i can't breathe! >> reporter: all charges against rush were dropped. today, the mayor of asheville calling the officer's acts inexcusable. the officer faces jail time. but bigger than that, it's unfortunate when incidents like this happen, because they erode the relationship between the community and the police. and they need each other to get the job done. >> especially when the vast, vast, vast majority of police officers out there do a great job. and this is tough for them when they see these videos. and tough for the community, as well. >> reporter: incidents like this do a disservice to the guys out there doing it right. >> and the climate is fragile right now. zachary, thank you. >> thank you, zachary. let's check the weather. back to sam. good morning, sam. >> we have pulled out the fancy stuff. we're showing you water vapor. why are we showing you water vapor? this line of moisture coming off the pacific ocean is targeting california. it's going to get picked up.
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there's going to be a good dose of california rain and snow. that's why we're talking about this. watch the radar. we'll target the heavier rain. not a lot. from l.a. up to san francisco. there will be mountain snow out of this. then that system steps across the country, as well. here's where we think the heavier totals will be. vegas, albuquerque. phoenix, you're just a little bit out of it there. locally, one to two inches of rain. we need to set up the stuff in the east coast. a nice pocket of cold air. lakes unfrozen. snow machine is turned on. you'll get big great lakes totals from the lake-effect snow there. you have the cold air set up. and everyone in the deep south, it's all going to be rain. the big question is, monday night into tuesday, do we see this low move from texas to the carolinas and become the third coastal storm of the month? we'll watch that for you. we'll have the details tomorrow for sure. that's the weather around the nation. good saturday morning. i'm lisa argen. sfo with some fog, and cloudy skies remain on the peninsula
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as you can see there, investigators in hazmat suits descending on a cemetery in england looking for clues. >> trying to find out who poisoned a former russian spy and his daughter. both visited the cemetery recently. both are fighting for their lives. abc's molly hunter joins us from salisbury, england, this morning with the connection. molly, good morning. >> reporter: paula and dan, good morning. that's right. investigators are retracing
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every single step that sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia, may have taken. there's a lot of attention, of course, right now on the cemetery. investigators believe they may have come here last week. chemical weapons specialists out in salisbury. scouring this quiet city for evidence. military-trained in chemical warfare also involved. 180 troops sent in. and the investigation now spreading to this cemetery. hazmat crews placing a tent over the graves of sergei skripal's wife and his son. skripal was a former russian spy turned double agent for the british. convicted in 2006. and in 2010, released to the uk in a spy swap. for the last eight years, he's made this city home. >> he's kept a relatively low profile here in the uk, unlike other former officials. >> reporter: and the big question is how was the poison delivered? and when did skripal and his daughter, yulia, come in contact with it? they had lunch at zizzi's and then walked a short way to this bench, where they were found unconscious.
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moments before two people matching the victims' descriptioning were seen walking nearby on this zizzi tv footage that has reportedly been seized by investigators. officials are focused on the toxin. a nerve agent described as very rare. that could only have been produced by a few laboratories in the world. >> is it scarier to think that the kremlin might have decided to order a nerve gas attack on british soil? or is it scarier to think that somebody might have done this sort of on their own? >> reporter: and very scary, of course, either way. the suspicion is squarely on the russians. they have done it before. later today, a big emergency meeting held by the government. the second one this week. dan? paula? >> they have done it before. thank you very much. we appreciate you reporting this morning. coming up on "gma," a nightmare. a nightmare for people hoping to get pregnant. more than 2,000 eggs and embryos damaged after a freezer malfunctions at a fertility
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clinic. what you need to know when choosing a clinic. we have dr. jen ashton coming up. clin clinic. what you need to know when choosing a clinic.
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heartbreaking news. really frustrating news this morning for some people hoping
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to become parents with the help of a fertility clinic in ohio. officials at university hospital's clinic in cleveland. they say more than 2,000 frozen eggs and embryos may have been damaged when the temperature in a freezer rose above acceptable limits. joining us is chief medical correspondent dr. jen ashton. good morning to you. a whole lot of heartbreak right now. this is not the case of having a backup generator. tell us how these frozen eggs and embryos are stored. >> first of all, for people all over the country who have frozen eggs or embryos, they should be reassured that an event like this is exceedingly rare. and let me tell you why. these eggs and embryos are stored in stainless steel tanks filled with liquid nitrogen. this is not like your refrigerator with a plug connected to a wall connected to an electrical supply. so while these facilities, yes, they have backup generators. yes, they have battery power. this is all about liquid nitrogen. it would have to evaporate for those embryos to be in a temperature too high for them.
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to be able to be preserved. >> this is really rare what happened? >> incredibly rare. and unfortunately, there is no way to know if they have been damaged until they have been thawed and attempted to be used. >> we're told some of the samples date back to the 1980s? >> yeah, yeah. >> how long can you store these things? >> we think indefinitely. easily two decades. we recently reported on a woman who used an embryo that had been frozen for 24 years. >> wow. >> so there's no time limit. no biologic activity occurs when the freezing happens. >> as long as the freezing works. >> that's correct. >> if you're thinking of storing your eggs, what do you look at? >> go to a facility accredited by sart. the society for assisted reproductive technology. you should, of course, go to board-certified reproductive endocrinologists and physicians. ask them, how many cycles do you do a year? egg freezing? embryo freezing, a year. 100 is a good number. 200 is better.
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you don't want to go to a place that does this sporadically. >> dr. jen ashton, appreciate your advice and analysis. >> hoping for the best with this. >> yes, absolutely. thank you again. coming up next, something much much lighter to brighten the mood. "pop news." >> d. mac's coming. >> d. mac. . >> d. mac. great. smokey or natural eye? ugh, natural. good choice. how about calling or texting? definitely calling. puppies or kitties? sorry, cats. dry eyes or artificial tears? wait, that's a trick question. because they can both get in your way. that's why it is super-important to chat with your eye doctor if you're using artificial tears a lot and your eyes still feel dry. next question. guys, it's time for some eyelove! one hero was on a mission to save snack time. watch babybel in the great snack rescue. you want a piece of me? good, i'm delicious. creamy, delicious, 100% real cheese. mini babybel. snack a little bigger.
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♪ time for "pop news." very happy to have diane macedo on the set. d. mac. as we call her. >> good to be here. thanks, everybody. good the to see you guys. >> diane. we're going to start things off with some big news about "wonder woman," the sequel. we have a villain. director patty jenkins wrote so incredibly lucky to welcome the sensationally talented kristen wiig to our "wonder woman" family. the "saturday night live" alum is playing cheetah. gal gadot who plays wonder woman is so excited writing on twitter, this is going to be
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wonder-ful. >> oh, i get that. >> wonder-ful. >> is this going to be a villain with a comedic twist, though? >> i'm hoping for that. with wiig in the role, and they did have a little bit of comedy in the first one. hoping so. on to a reboot. what's old is new again. now a popular children's show is making a comeback. can you guess which one? here's a clue. ♪ >> hi, out there. >> that's right, everybody. "blue's clues." and not only can you watch, you might be able to star in it. the original show followed an animated dog, blue. leaving clues. for the audience and a host. now nickelodeon is hosting a casting call for a new host. april 14th in burbank, california. of the ten-year run, two actors held that role. this time, they're inviting men and women of any ethnicity to audition. you just have to look between 18 and 25. unfortunately, guys, i don't think we make the cut on that one. >> dan does. dan does.
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>> except you, dan. >> with the right lighting and the right makeup. >> blur the lens. a coating of vaseline. >> all right. well. >> did you have to give sam an opening to make fun of me? >> you're welcome, sam. we might all be a little too old to be in "blues clues." but we do have a chance to be in "star wars" sort of. disneyland is building "star wars galaxy's edge." we have a sneak peek. check out the drone footage. of the construction site. >> it's a city block. >> yeah. you'll get to get behind the wheel of the "millennium falcon." and experience an epic battle between the first order and the the resistance. it's scheduled to open sometime next year. sam, good news for you. they're also building this in disney world, florida. >> fantastic. fantastic. >> so you'll have easy access. >> i hope they have a space bar. where you walk in and they have all those characters. >> the cantina. >> and the cantina music? yeah, i hope they have that. >> i'll put in a strongly worded letter on your behalf. and to the shelter giving a new meaning to the term bark-a-lounger. the humane society in galesburg, illinois, wanted their pups to feel more at home.
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so they came up with a brilliant idea of putting old recliners in their cages. they put out a message to the community. everyone chipped in. donated their old furniture. the shelter says the pets absolutely love them. >> that's awesome. >> they say the dogs are sending licks in -- >> chilling. >> i love the photos coming out of this. >> that's great. >> dan, just so you know. they don't discriminate. the cats got chairs, too. >> and they were rapidly destroyed, i'm sure, by the cats. >> and cats are not as cute as dogs, so they didn't send those photos. >> wow. >> wow. >> did they have bunnies? she has a bunny. >> i'm going to have a word with them about that. >> let's say, people working at shelters all over the country are doing important work. thank you so much for "pop news." see you here tomorrow morning on "gma." have a great saturday, everybody. good luck with setting your clocks back tonight. >> oh, yeah. no sleep. >> forward. >> guard.
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abc7 mornings. too all news, all morning. >> good morning, everyone. i'm chris nguyen. happening today, residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the october wildfires are invited to a festival covering topics including how to maximize insurance benefits and how to
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protect yourself when hiring a contractor. also happening today, the city of santa rosa will hold a free chipping even for owners who have burned trees on their property this. green waste will be chipped at no cost. crews will be out from 9:00 until 2:00 today in nag saw waugh park near fountain grove. they will also be in coffee park tomorrow. happening today, hundreds of volunteers will help feed the hungry on the peninsula and overseas. a private company called dream dinners is hosting today's fight against hunger event. volunteers will assemble 50,000 meals. 33 thouz will go to haiti. the other subpoena,000 will be distributed locally to the is a mayor tan house in san matteo. it runs from 10:00 this morning until noon at hillsdale high school. let's get a check on the weather with meteorologist lisa argen. >> showing green in the north bay. some mist and driz cell likely. the real rain is in southern california. we have fog.
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visible at one mile along the coast. delays at sfo. most of the fog confined to the north bay. here's a look from mount tam. lots of clouds. high and low clouds. mid 50s in san jose. from the east bay hills cam ration look at all the layers there. 52 in napa. 54 in concord. milder this morning, two to five degrees milder. but we are going to hang onto the cloud cover. we will detail how close the rain gets coming up. up next, authorities identify the gunman who took three women hostage before killing them and himself at a veteran's home in yountville. veteran's home in yountville. we will have the latest in ♪ ♪ i can do more to lower my a1c. because my body can still make its own insulin. and i take trulicity once a week to activate my body to release it, like it's supposed to. trulicity is not insulin. it comes in a once-weekly, truly easy-to-use pen. the pen where you don't have to see or handle a needle. and it works 24/7. trulicity is a once-weekly injectable medicine
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is right for you. ♪ ♪ good morning bay area. let's get up and get going. >> this is abc7 mornings. >> it's saturday, march 10th. good morning, and thanks so much for joining us. i'm chris nguyen. let's start with our first look at the forecast. here's meteorologist lisa argen, tracking live doppler 7 for us. >> hi chris. good morning. we have layers of clouds, low and high level clouds. also a little bit of moisture in the cloud deck here. could see sprinkles from sears point to marrinwood, highway 101. and further to the north around yountville and mount ellen, it's not measurable precip because the area of low pressure is down to the south. that's where the active weather will be a. spotty area of drizzle or mist are possible for us. otherwise arc mild start with 54 in concord and hayward. from the beach you can see all the cloud cover. we will hold

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