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making news in america this morning, former fbi director james comey comes out swinging at president trump calling him unethical and untethered to the truth comparing the trump presidency to a forest fire. this morning, what comey's new book reveals about the days after the inauguration, what he says the president requested and what comey now regrets about the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. breaking overnight, word president trump is about to pardon a top aide from the bush administration convicted in the scandal that exposed an undercover cia officer. teen tragedy. a 16-year-old calls 911 trapped in his van desperate for help. >> something has gone terribly wrong. >> but help never came. this morning the outrage and the investigation. those stories, plus the nfl cheerleader suing for what happened after she admitted to
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being a virgin. sobering news about alcohol and how much is too much when it comes to your long-term health. and another '90s sitcom may be making a comeback. the hit show next in line for a reboot. and we do say good morning, everybody, on this friday. former fbi director james comey's new book is rocking the political world with his blistering criticism of president trump and some behind-the-scenes revelations. >> trump supporters are already calling into question comey's credibility. there's even a new website launching called lyincomey.com created by the republican national committee. abc's janai norman joins us from washington with the details on all of it. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. in his new book james comey describes president trump as a deeply flawed person and leader and characterizes his presidency as a, quote, forest fire and he
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shares what he says happened before he was abruptly fired last year. the former fbi director is sharing his story, james comey comparing president donald trump to a mafia boss at a last-minute dinner arranged at the white house one week after the inauguration. >> he called me at my desk at lunchtime and asked me was i free for dinner that night and then he said how about 6:30 and i said, whatever works for you, sir. >> reporter: comey claims it's at that dinner president trump told him i need loyalty. i expect loyalty writing he thought to himself the demand was like sammy the bull's cosa nostra induction ceremony. just a few months later the fbi director was fired by the president. in the book "a higher loyalty," comey describes an emotional call he received from then homeland security second, now white house chief of staff john kelly. comey says kelly told him he intended to quit in protest because he didn't want to work for dishonorable people who would treat someone like comey in such a manner.
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in one excerpt from the book comey writes, this president is unethical and untethered to truth and institutional values. his leadership is transactional, ego driven and about personal loyalty. comey also expresses regret about how he handled the hillary clinton e-mail investigation writing, quote, i'm sorry i couldn't do a better job explaining to her and her supporters why i made the decision i made. and comey writes that he urged john kelly not to quit arguing the country needed, quote, principled people around this president, especially this president. the white house has said it doesn't intend to comment. diane and kendis. >> all right. that's janai norman for us live in d.c. thanks, janai. you can hear comey in his own words during an exclusive interview with george stephanopoulos sunday night at 10:00, 9:00 central here on abc. we are learning more about the investigation into the president's personal lawyer, michael cohen, including conversations he had before and during the 2016 campaign. sources tell "the washington
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post" cohen often recorded those conversations using digital files and would repeat -- reportedly replay them for colleagues. "the post" says trump's allies are concerned the recordings may have been scooped up in the fbi's raids on cohen's apartments and offices. this all comes amid growing questions about hush money paid during the presidential campaign and whether payouts were used to influence the election. the latest allegation involves a former doorman at trump's world tower and his own uncorroborated salacious story involving trump before he was president. abc news has learned that president trump has already signed off on pardoning a key figure from the george w. bush white house. scooter libby served as vice president dick cheney's chief of staff. in 2007 he was convicted of lying to the fbi and obstruction of justice in the case of valerie plame, a former undercover cia officer whose identity was leaked to the public. then president bush commuted his 30-month sentence sparing him prison time but did not pardon
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him. now to the tensions with syria. the u.n. security council will meet this morning in a last-ditch attempt to avoid a u.s. led missile strike. investigators are working to confirm if chemicals were used in that attack that killed dozens of civilians. this was in a suburb held by rebels fighting the syrian president bashar al assad. but one american ally now says they have the proof. abc's molly hunter is live for us in london again this morning. molly, good morning to you. >> reporter: kendis, good morning. that's right, french president emmanuel macron says he has proof that it was the syrian government who carried out that chemical attack. now, macron is not revealing his evidence but reports say blood samples from some of the victims tested positive for a nerve agent and for chlorine. now, defense secretary james mattis says a decision on a strike hasn't been made yet. mattis says he believes chemicals were used in the attack but there needs to be actual evidence. yesterday president trump said a decision would be made fairly soon. a much different tone from his
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previous statements which sounded like an attack was imminent. the president and military leaders are weighing options to strike light or go heavy. experts say there may be many factors to consider. >> it will probably be a short, quick, hard punch to the assad regime and that could be it. it all depends on how the russians react and how the syrians react in response. >> reporter: there's also evidence now that syria and its ally russia are repositioning assets, warplanes and naval ships, to attempt to prevent them from being attacked and possibly prepare for a counterstrike. now, guys, here in london prime minister theresa may has won approval for a military strike from parliament. she spoke to president trump last night. she says they'll work very closely together and so we wait. kendis. >> that we do. a tense weekend ahead. molly, thank you. prosecutors in the bill cosby sex assault trial are facing a potential setback. former model janice dickinson admitted on the witness stand thursday that she fabricated part of her memoir including a
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story about how she rebuffed cosby's advances. dickinson claimed cosby drugged and raped her in 1982. the chief accuser in the case andrea constand takes the stand today. just days after a protest over water supplies in flint, michigan, there are new concerns this morning about chicago and lead in the water in that city. an analysis by "the chicago tribune," the newspaper, found toxic lead in the tap water of nearly 70% of homes recently tested and 30% had concentrations above the level allowed in bottled water. critics say homeowners need financial help replacing lead service lines that run from the street. the city says it's been proactive and says the water supply exceeds epa standards. we've got everything from wildfires to blizzard conditions in the national weather today. let's take a closer look at your friday forecast. blizzard and winter storm warnings have been issued in more than half a dozen states, dangerous conditions are
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spreading from nebraska and south dakota into the great lakes. people from iowa south to texas are also facing severe storms. meanwhile, oklahoma is facing what's being called a potentially historic wildfire threat because of dry, windy conditions. more than 135,000 acres have already burned forcing some evacuations. a hunter is now reported missing. most damage was northwest of oklahoma city. coming up, the new proposal to give teachers a 20% raise. also ahead, president trump takes a new step to save the post office. and out of this world, what a nasa spacecraft caught on
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we're back with a solemn nighttime procession on cape cod after a police officer was killed in the line of duty. 32-year-old sean gannon was shot while serving a warrant. he later died at the hospital. the suspect is in custody. police say he has 111 prior criminal charges in the state but he was out on probation. >> unbelievable. most teachers in oklahoma are returning to school today after ending a nine-day strike. they admit they did not persuade state lawmakers to boost education funds. they say they'll focus now on supporting candidates who favor their goals. the teachers did win a $6,000 raise but they got that before the strike. in the meantime, a victory for teachers in arizona. the governor there is proposing a 20% raise for them by 2020. president trump is creating a task force to review the post office. this comes two weeks after he criticized amazon and claimed the postal service loses an average of $1.50 on every amazon package delivered. experts say the real problem is the pension system. the task force has 120 days to
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issue recommendations on how to make the postal service's finances sustainable. and in what could be a major reversal, president trump is reconsidering the transpacific partnership. he withdrew from the trade deal just days after his inauguration but republican senators and governors from the midwest argue that partnering with other asian countries could counterbalance a potential trade war with china and the president says he will only rejoin the tpp if the deal is better than the one offered to president obama. some stunning new 3d images. the planet jupiter's north pole engulfed in what appears to be firestorms in this image. the images captured by the juno spacecraft. but to most of us, an untrained eye, it looks a lot like a piping hot pepperoni pizza. >> or cheetos. >> or cheetos. >> or cotton candy. can you tell i'm hungry? >> yeah, pizza. when we come back, the nfl cheerleader suing over what
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happened when she admitted to being a virgin. also ahead, a rescue at sea. how two teenagers saved a couple and their two young children. and up next, a teenager is crushed to death inside his minivan despite calling 911 for help. why that help never came.
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adding bayer aspirin can further reduce the risk of another heart attack. because my second chance matters. be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. next this morning a search for answers following the death of a teenager in a parking lot of his school in cincinnati. >> yeah, the boy became trapped inside his own van and then called 911 for help. and out of respect for his family, we won't play the actual recording of his voice. overnight a stunned ohio community coming together after a tragic accident mourning the loss of 16-year-old kyle plush. on tuesday afternoon he called 911 panicked, gasping for air saying he was trapped inside his car in the school parking lot. he said, i probably don't have much time left so tell my mom i love her if i die. >> we need police and fire to start toward seven hills school at 5400 red bank. >> reporter: police were dispatched arriving within ten minutes but found nothing.
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>> i just looked in the van. i didn't see anybody in it. >> they suspected it might have been a prank. at some point plush called again saying this is not a joke. i am trapped inside a gold honda odyssey van. send officers immediately. i'm almost dead. sheriff's deputies also responded. for six hours, though, no one could find plush. finally at 9:00 p.m., six hours after the first 911 call, a family member found him dead inside the car. >> something has gone terribly wrong. >> reporter: the cincinnati police chief says the dispatcher did not relay to officers some critical information plush provided. >> i'm not certain at this point if we're talking about an equipment malfunction or some type of other user error possibly but we're going to do an investigation to get those answers. >> reporter: that dispatcher now suspended amid several investigations, so what went wrong inside the car. cincinnati.com created this animation. it's believed plush was leaning over the folding third row bench
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seat grabbing tennis gear when it flipped and pinned him upside down inside that trunk space. in a letter to parents the school remembered him as a young man of keen intelligence, good humor and great courage. such a loss for that community. the gps coordinates police had were within feet of where kyle was found. some city officials have claimed in the past that cincinnati's 911 system was plagued by poor management and a lack of training. >> such a tragedy. >> yep. and two teenagers in florida are being called heroes this morning after saving six people whose boat had capsized. mason baker and will coffin were fishing in the florida keys when they saw that boat upside down. the six people including a 4-year-old and a baby strapped to a woman's chest were in the water. the teens along with will's uncle raced their boat into position for the rescue. >> we definitely knew that we had to get the kids out of the water first and they were our main priority and once we had them in the boat, we then began to take the other people out of
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the water. >> if no one else was there, i don't know what would have happened. >> that quick thinking paid off and got everyone in the boat and called the coast guard. everyone is okay. more changes could be coming to hollywood because of the harvey weinstein scandal and other harassment cases. the screen actors guild is now asking executives to stop holding meetings and auditions in private hotel rooms. the union says that's allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors. a former nfl cheerleader is suing the league and her former team claiming she was not allowed to talk about her religion or virginity. kristan ann ware was a dolphins cheerleader for three seasons and she says her religious views were suppressed, at times mocked by her coaches and claims her coaches didn't want her to place any faith-based messages on social media. >> we were told that our opinions didn't matter and that people just wanted a pretty girl in a uniform and they told me that i was not allowed to talk about my virginity to anyone. that i couldn't even admit
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it, just keep it quiet and then i was told i wasn't allowed to mention god. >> in a statement the dolphins said, we hold every member of our organization to the same standards and do not discriminate as it relates to gender, race and religious beliefs. and ware's attorneys also represent cheerleader bailey davis. davis filed a federal complaint claiming cheerleaders and players are held to different standards. davis says she was fired after posting a picture of herself in a one-piece outfit. the saints deny gender discrimination. to baseball now and the league is handing out swift punishment for that yankees/red sox brawl. boston pitcher joe kelly has been suspended six games. tyler austin, you see charging the mound here, well, he got five games. both players and two others were also fined. kelly and austin are both appealing. up next in "the pulse," another popular show from the '90s may be coming back. and also ahead, how much is too much alcohol when it comes to your long-term health? a new study says it's found the answer.
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indulge without all the guilt. ♪ it is time to check "the pulse" and can you recognize that music because we're starting with another possible '890s tv reboot. >> helen hunt and paul reiser have reportedly signed on for a revival of their hit series, "mad about you." >> the reboot would reportedly reconnect paul and jamie buchman as they deal with empty nest syndrome and send their daughter off to college. the reboot has not found a buyer yet. >> okay. maybe 227 will be next. now some sobering news. there's a new study on how much is too much when it comes to drinking. >> oh, boy. so researchers are saying we should drink no more than one alcoholic beverage per day
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whether you're a man or woman. the researchers looked at about 600,000 people around the world who drank alcohol and studied their health and longevity excluding people with certain health issues. >> so, they found people who average more than one drink a day had a higher risk of dying earlier from stroke, heart failure and a whole bunch of other problems. cheers. >> great. >> awesome. >> thanks a lot. all right, being able to see and appreciate all the colors of the rainbow is something most of us take for granted. >> but 6-year-old cameron frank is color-blind and has never been able to tell the difference between reds and greens, that is, until his mother gave him a special pair of glasses. >> okay, i put them on. now what? >> look at your case and tell me what color that is. >> wait. are these my color -- >> yeah. >> oh, my god. this is red. oh, my gosh. this is -- and that's white. >> look at the sign up there. what's that?
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>> and, oh, my gosh, that's yellow. >> don't go out -- >> don't get so excited you walk in the parking lot. >> exactly. cameron told his mother that he plans to wear that's glasses forever. >> what a cool moment. >> yeah. finally today is a special day. it is national blame someone else day. >> yep. it's your fault. so the day is actually celebrated on the first friday the 13th of the year. it dates back to 1982 when a michigan woman's alarm clock failed to go off triggering a domino effect of bad luck and a perfect reason to blame it on someone else. >> it's his fault. it on someone else. >> it's his fault.
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good morning. welcome to friday. april 13th. >> friday the 13th. >> if you're waking up with us, you have good luck today, not bad luck. >> look at us. we're saying something. >> i believe so. >> go warriors. >> yeah, go warriors. we're also going to have a beautiful day, beautiful start to the weekend. things will change by the second half of the week end. to get you going, temperatures are cooler this morning. no rain to speak of today or tomorrow, live doppler 7 showing the fog off shores. 48 in novato, 47 in san jose. upper 40s and francisco. a mild finish and the warmest day of the week.
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good morning, alexis. >> good morning, lisa. i want to check out the bay bridge. we had a high wind advice risch used by chp around midnight. the winds are definitely dying down at this point. should not be quite as breezy as yu head into san francisco. if you are on the lower deck of the bay bridge, a disabled vehicle blocking the slow lane, the far right lane. so chp on their way to the scene and hopefully they'll have that cleared soon. that is the lighter side. so no backups there so far this morning. we do have construction delays onto the central valley. we'll head there next. we begin with the brutal beth of an east bay business owner. it has her family in shock and police outraged. >> this morning investigators are looking for the people who beat and killed a restaurant owner closing up for the nice. amy hollyfield live for us in alameda.
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>> reporter: good morning, reggie. ples say this is their top priority. calling this a selfish and vicious act. cindy lee had just closed up the family's oakland restaurant and picking up her daughter and her boyfriend at the alameda restaurant. lee was breathe ten in the head and killed. her customers say they are devastated and missed. >> i respect her a lot. i had to come in. >> it's terrible, just uncalled for. we're so sad. >> reporter: the attack happened outside their restaurant on webster industry at 10:30 friday night. police say their entire investigative team is working on this case. so far they have made no arrests and have not release add suspect description. live in alameda, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. developing news in oakland this morning, a pedestrian died
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after being hit by a car on interstate 580. it happened near high street just after 9:00 last night. chp closed three westbound lanes. all lanes were reopened about midnight. investigators have not said yet what led up to this crash. it's 4:30 if you're joining us right now. let's get a quick update on weather and traffic. lisa, what do you say? >> it is cooler this morning, no clouds to speak of. there's still just a little bit of a breeze out there keeping us from dropping into the 30s. i think we'll see 30s this morning. cooler locations already in the upper elevations in the east bay. 47 in san jose. that does translate to numbers anywhere from three to nine degrees cooler, and we will be looking at a rebound with temperatures where they should be for this time of year. look at all the sun. 6:37 the sun comes up. low 60s inland by noontime.

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