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making news in america this morning, fierce backlash from the president's pick for florida governor. >> the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda. >> the controversial comment about his opponent that some are calling racist. breaking overnight, a former texas police officer sentenced for murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager. what the jury decided. dental deception. a woman under arrest accused of pulling teeth and performing surgeries without a license. how she was able to practice dentistry for years and the serious health issues at least one patient suffered. plus, the sister showdown, serena williams' big win putting her up against venus and the u.s. open accused of sexism
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after a female player is penalized for taking her shirt off while male players are frequently bare chested. the shocking cost of day care. how it compares to some family's rent. and timing is everything when it comes to caffeine. how our coffee habit is killing productivity. and we do say good morning, everyone. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm maggie rulli in for diane macedo. we begin with the firestorm in florida that may come to symbolize the partisan divide in american politics. >> the controversy erupted only hours after the two candidates won their primaries. the republican endorsed by president trump is accused of using a racist remark on live tv to compare his black opponent to a monkey. but this morning he's denying the comment was racist. >> and this all comes as the
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president is asked to explain his warning that violence could break out if republicans lose in november. abc's janai norman has the story. good morning, janai. >> reporter: guys, good morning. midterms are often seen as a key test for how the president is doing and months out things are already getting ugly, in particular in florida where the race for governor is already plagued with those accusations of racism. the president's pick for florida governor, republican ron desantis, is coming under fire. >> the last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. >> reporter: those comments on fox news attacking his opponent, tallahassee mayor andrew gillum, the first black man to win the democratic nominee for florida governor. the backlash to the comment monkey this up was fierce and swift and the head of the democratic party saying it's disgusting that ron desantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles. team desantis calling that claim of racism
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absurd but fox news' anchor saying -- >> we do not condone this language. >> reporter: critics also pointing to desantis calling gillum articulate. the 39-year-old bernie sanders-backed progressive responding on msnbc. >> let me be articulate and clear here, which is we're better than this in florida. i believe the congressman can be better than this. i regret that his mentor in politics is donald trump. but i do believe that the voters of the state of florida are going to reject the politics of division. >> reporter: president trump telling reporters he hadn't heard about the controversy but adding this about the upcoming midterm elections. >> well, i just hope there won't be violence. >> reporter: and with the possibility of democrats taking back control of the house come november, "the washington post" is reporting close allies of president trump don't think he's ready. they don't think he has the staff nor strategy to help him in a democratic takeover or with the possibility of impeachment. kendis and maggie. >> all right. some 68 days until the midterm
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elections. we'll be watching, janai, thank you. president trump announced that don mcgahn is stepping down this fall. the departure follows reports that mcgahn has been cooperating extensively with robert mueller's russia investigation, but the president insists he's not concerned about what mcgahn might tell investigators. the president saying his administration does everything by the book. and breaking overnight, a jury has sentenced a former police officer in the dallas area to 15 years in prison for the murder of an unarmed black teenager. roy oliver fired his weapon into a car full of teens as they were leaving a party last year and killed 15-year-old jordan edwards. oliver claimed he was protecting his partner, but video of the incident contradicted his statements, and even his partner testified that he never felt threatened. look at the reaction. jordan's family calling the sentence too short but said it will help them find closure. oliver's lawyers plan to appeal the sentence. there's growing outrage in
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new mexico over the release of three people linked to a desert compound where a boy was found dead and nearly a dozen other children were living in filth. prosecutors say the suspects are muslim extremists who were training the kids to carry out school shootings. but child neglect charges have now been dropped because prosecutors missed a deadline to hold a hearing that was required by state law. two of the suspects including the father of the boy found dead are now still in jail for the time being. we turn now to the emotional farewell for john mccain continuing today with a memorial service where former vice president joe biden is expected to speak. it comes as we get word that mccain's running mate from 2008 sarah palin has not been invited to his funeral. abc's marci gonzalez is in phoenix where mccain's family has been joined by thousands of people saying their final farewell. >> reporter: a first day of emotional services honoring an american icon. john mccain's sons in their
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dress uniforms saluting his flag-draped casket carried by an honor guard into the arizona capitol building. mccain wife of 38 years, cindy, with this silent display of love. daughter meghan sobbing, comforted by her brother during this private ceremony on what would have been mccain's 82nd birthday. >> loving god, see our tears. >> reporter: leading up to his death saturday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, mccain planned out the details of this week's services including this, lying in state, a chance for the people he served as senator for six terms and as a congressman before that to say good-bye. so many putting politics aside. >> didn't always agree with everything he did but we agreed and supported him for being a veteran, and we honor him for being a p.o.w. >> reporter: linda gordon, the first in line here before 7:00 a.m. >> it's the least i could do for such a great man. >> reporter: james fein driving
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all the way from texas to be among the thousands waiting in the triple-digit heat to pay respects to a man remembered as a hero. >> just an honorable man, a statesman, and he just deserved it. >> reporter: and the tributes continue later this morning with a memorial service here in phoenix. former vice president joe biden chosen by mccain himself to deliver the eulogy. maggie, kendis, back to you. >> marci gonzalez, thank you for that report. two more priests have been disciplined in the wake of the catholic church abuse scandal in pennsylvania. one serves near pittsburgh. his allegation dates back 28 years. the other now lives in florida. both are on leave pending criminal investigations. the moves follow this month's grand jury report accusing hundreds of priests of abusing more than 1,000 children. time now for a look at your weather for this thursday morning. good morning. tired of the heat?
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well, when the storms arrive it'll break the heat, but until that storm arrives, it's going to stay hot and humid along the east coast. for the southeast, widespread isolated thunderstorms courtesy of the steamy air coming off the gulf throughout the midsouth, lower mississippi valley and in florida. for the southwest still desert dryness and heat courtesy of that high pressure system that will also dominate and create more heat throughout texas as well. i'm accuweather meteorologist paul williams. coming up, the shocking cost of day care, and it's on the rise. also ahead, an uber driver opens fire on a man during a dispute. why police say he will not be charged. an oversized load. look at that. reese witherspoon tonight dare to dream big. on friday, sept 7th, join stand up to cancer for all the inspiration all the laughter kevin heart if you change one letter in 'cancer' it becomes 'dancer', what!?
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well, someone may be sleepless in seattle after this pickup was pulled over in nearby tacoma. state troopers did not like what they called the leaning tower of mattresses driving around on the interstate. now, count them up right there. they counted 11 mattresses. the driver got a ticket for not securing the load, and the troopers tweeted out now everyone can sleep soundly tonight. >> good to know. the woman in shackles who was ringing doorbells in a houston suburb has now been found. this video from a neighbor's home security system went viral online leading to an outpouring of concern. police now confirm she is safe after a shooting that involved her boyfriend and a case of domestic violence. dozens of prison workers in two states have required treatment after being exposed to potentially tainted drugs. the workers reported feeling dizzy, lightheaded and nauseous. in pennsylvania ten facilities were affected prompting a statewide lockdown.
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and in ohio officers believe the guards, nurses and one inmate at the facility south of columbus were exposed to fentanyl, an opioid that's often smuggled into prisons. federal health officials are warning people not to eat empire kosher chicken products because of a salmonella out break in four states. more than a dozen people have gotten sick in new york, maryland, pennsylvania and virginia. one person has died. if you're looking for work construction may be the field to consider. a new report finds construction companies are now boosting salaries because of a shortage of qualified workers. and in the past year, more than 60% of firms raised pay for hourly workers. some positions can earn as much as six figures including welders and crane operators. so, this headline may not surprise many working parents. the cost of child care is skyrocketing. the average monthly cost of day care in the united states is now $1,385 per child.
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compare that to the median rent that's paid in the u.s., which is now $1,500 a month. that's a difference of only $115 a month. if you've already started drinking your first coffee of the day, quick, put it down. it turns out we're consuming coffee all wrong. two former google employees wrote a book on how to stay focused. you should wait until 9:30 a.m. for your first cup because they say caffeine doesn't do much for your body first thing in the morning. that's because of hormone levels in your body right after you wake up. they recommend having a second cup of coffee before lunch to prevent that groggy feeling you get in the afternoon. >> anybody who is awake at this hour has no idea what it's like to work a 9:00 to 5:00 or -- >> we're on our seventh cup already. >> -- have to wake up. coming up, the record deal for one of the most popular players in the nfl. but first a woman is once again getting accused of pretending to be a dentist even performing surgery on patients with no training. why she wasn't convicted the first time. later, if you're looking for
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about getting vaccinated against whooping cough. we're back with this brawl you see erupting on a flight in spain. passengers were about to land in ibiza when they say a drunk woman started performing lap dances on passengers. one man took exception to her slapping his girlfriend on the head, and that's when things got ugly. the woman and several other people were arrested. >> i wonder if alcohol played a role. >> no, probably not. >> to ibiza, no, probably not. all right, back to this country and to central florida now where an uber driver says he shot and killed another man in self-defense in what has become florida's latest stand your ground case. >> the confrontation was caught on video and authorities say from what they've seen, this case should serve as a warning to anyone in florida with a short temper. abc's steve osunsami explains. >> reporter: the video florida
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police are sharing is from the dashboard of the uber driver. 38-year-old robert westlake who is in the middle of a fare and happens to be a recent police academy graduate legally carrying a sidearm. for reasons he doesn't understand, the driver of this pickup truck who's been tailing him suddenly pulls in front of him. out jumps 34-year-old jason boke who just left this bar in dundee after a fight with his girlfriend. he thinks she's the one getting the ride. but police say she's still at the bar and the young woman in the backseat is a stranger. >> i say something? >> you know i got a pistol. >> reporter: when he threatens the driver with a gun that police never found, the driver shoots the man and he dies. >> he came towards me shouting he's got a pistol. >> this is a justifiable homicide all day long. >> reporter: police sharing these texts to the girlfriend where he promises to find her and beat up her driver. >> here's a message for the hotheads. don't do that stuff.
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good people carry guns, and they will shoot you. >> reporter: this stand your ground law has some people in florida outraged. but police say that this case is textbook. prosecutors are reviewing it. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. authorities have charged a georgia woman with pretending to be a dentist for several years, drilling and pulling teeth and even performing surgery despite having no training. krista szewczyk is facing felony charges including practicing without a license, insurance fraud and forging prescriptions. she denies performing the procedures and says that she's a victim of a personal vendetta from the district attorney's office. prosecutors say she's been practicing for at least seven years. >> each one of the victims has different operations that were performed on their mouths. these including teeth extraction, including crowns placed on, and when those are done incorrectly, they obviously will end with infections and more like having to remove the
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tooth completely. >> one of her former patients says he ended up in the emergency room from the swelling after he had two teeth pulled. szewczyk was first accused in 2012. reports say that case was determined to be too much of a conflict of interest to pursue charges because her husband was a sheriff's deputy. in sports the latest edition of tennis' sister act is all set. venus and serena williams will meet tomorrow in the third round of the u.s. open. both took their second round matches in straight sets. this is their first meeting since last year's australian open, when, remember, a pregnant serena beat venus. the u.s. open officials have now apologized for what is being called a sexist decision. this week alize cornet realized her shirt was on backwards after a heat break tuesday, so you see she took it off and turned around on the court and put it back on. for that she got a code violation. a number of men had their shirts off in the heat but they were not disciplined. cornet says she's ready to move
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on. >> everybody apologized to me very quickly in less than 24 hours, so, you know, i really appreciate it this morning. so now it's not a big deal anymore. it could have been. >> the women's tennis association said cornet did nothing wrong and the u.s. open says it regrets the ruling. there's a new record in the nfl. aaron rodgers is once again the highest paid player in the league after signing a four-year deal worth an estimated $180 million. well, up next in "the pulse," a tribute to froot loops. also ahead, an unusual excuse for why one u.p.s. driver failed to deliver a package. plus, the first date that ended with a first kiss that saved a man's life. life. tries to get in my way? watch me. ( ♪ ) mike: i've tried lots of things for my joint pain. now? watch me. ( ♪ )
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♪ time for "the pulse" on a thursday and we're getting our first look at a life-saving first kiss. >> it's so romantic. max montgomery and andi traynor were on their very first date when max suffered a heart attack but andi, who was a doctor, started performing cpr, which turned out to be their very first kiss. now, max is doing much better that he's had open heart surgery but he did say he was a little embarrassed in the ambulance when he thought who wants to date someone who just had a heart attack. it worked out well. >> it did. if you're looking to make a love connection that doesn't involve cpr, you might just want to hop on an airplane. a new study found that every 50 people find love on an airplane. more than half surveyed say they started talking with a stranger on the plane and that conversation for 1 in 50 ended up in love. >> meeting a soul mate at 30,000 feet is easier than in a bar. a man in north carolina who was a u.p.s. driver had
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good morning, south bay. le let's get up and get going. >> good morning. it's thursday, august 30th. natasha is off this morning. >> let's see what our weather looks like this morning from meteorologist mike nicco. >> ran into a little more cloud cover and drizzle this morning. >> sure did. >> definitely the clouds are back but so are the milder temperatures. look at this, a lot of 60s, low to mid 60s from napa and novato, vallejo, over towards concord. oakland 65, danville and cloverdale in the upper 50s and a little cooler. another day of very comfortable afternoon conditions with mid to upper 60s along the coast, low to mid 70s around the bay and a few springing of 80s inland. accuweather 12-hour planner next. here's alexis. in mike. we are working on confirming
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something in the south bay with chp. a couple moments ago a sig alert issued for 680 and al laan rock. we are working on getting this confirmed. it was there and then disappeared from the board. i'm hoping abc 7 news reporter mccann so mccann -- matt keller can sort this out for us. >> good morning. you can see behind us the chp has blocked off the on ramps to 680 at alan rock avenue. they have the whole freeway closed to berryessa road. that is a big deal for people driving this morning. they are looking for evidence on the freeway as we speak. there was a shooting earlier. an officer told me they first got the call fromt 30 a.m. a man told investigators he was driving in his honda accord between mckey and berryessa when someone shot at him.
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the man was hit and able to drof off 680 to the 7-eleven parking lot. multiple bullet holes were found. the man was taken to the hospital to be treated. no word on his condition but he was talking. the chp expects northbound 680 to be closed from alan rock to berryessa road for about 30 to 40 minutes. hopefully by 5:00 a.m. it will all be reopened. reporting live here in san jose, matt keller, abc 7 news. >> thank you. and more problems for bart this morning, officers found a young man dead inside a bathroom surrounded by drug paraphernalia at the bay fair station in san leandro. the discovery was made just tr not stion pic activity. few details are known about the man although they think he's likely in his 20s or 30s. bart has been dealing with ongoing problem of people using drugs at stations on trains and
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leaving needles behind. >> bart is making progress on another big problem, and that is keeping the stations clean. bart overhauled cleaning standards earlier this supervisors have to do inspections that look for graffiti and areas that need emergency cleaning. bart has hired more cleaners and crews are assigned to zones within the stations they service. good morning to you if you're just joining us. a quick update on your weather and traffic. hi, mike. >> hi. let's talk about the lack of fog, we have it this morning. visibility 8 to 10 miles, pretty much unlimited. we have the cloud cover, it is back. you can see the gray on live doppler 7 and yeah, you may run into a little drizzle this morning. it's very isolated, though. so we'll go mainly cloudy at 7:00. temperatures in the low 60s. we'll stay in the 60s through noon because of the slower sunshine. it's not going to be quite as bright or warm for your lunch as yesterday. 60s at the coast, 70s

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