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we're back with a young man in california facing years in
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prison for impersonating a doctor. >> he may be trading in the fake lab coat of his for prison scrubs. will carr has the details. >> reporter: this 23-year-old pretending to be a doctor fooled security at the children's hospital orange county, telling them he lost his i.d., even gaining access to restricted floors. he snuck in at least seven times between april and june and alledgedly gave advice to a patient with a growth growing on his neck. he claims he did not interact with patients but after he tried to get access to the mental health unit doctors called police. >> he was wearing a stethoscope. >> reporter: he looked like a doctor. >> absolutely. >> reporter: this eerily similar to a case in 2011, matthew shy. he posed as a physician's assistant for a month. >> even had the terminology.
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>> reporter: he faces 11 years behind bars if convicted. it's possible he could have interacted with other patients. they're asking for anybody who had contact with him to come forward. will carr, abc news. now we're going to talk about a couple that we mentioned from suburban philadelphia that had until this afternoon to turn over what's left of the money they collected for a homeless man. >> this is out of the philadelphia area. you may recall john bobbitt. he filed a lawsuit claiming he has yet to receive most of the $400,000 that the couple raised through a gofundme campaign. mark demeco and katie mcclure made headlines after they vowed to help bobbitt after he gave her $20 after she ran out of gas. >> but he claims they spent more
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than half of the money they raised for him on themselves. their attorney denies that accusation. >> they have said they'll open up the books. what more can they do? >> bobbitt claims he's received only $75,000 of the $400,000. the couple claims he used some of the money on drugs and stole from them. but a judge thursday ordered the couple to hand over the rest of the cash. when we come back, a record-setting video on youtube. and elton john bursts out a tune like never before. "the skinny" is next. john bursts out a tune like never before. "the skinny" is next. all in one relief of heartburn and gas ♪ ♪ tum tum tum tums new tums chewy bites with gas relief
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♪ skinn ♪ skinny ♪ just give me "the skinny" okay, so the friday skinny is going to start with the record setter on youtube. the song we've all been singing to. ♪ >> umm -- >> i'm still learning the words. i can't quite figure it out, but i like it.
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>> you know what? it's catchy. that's the latest from the south korean boy band, bts. the song is called "idol." >> the video was viewed 45 million times in the first 24 hours after it was posted. that's the biggest music video debut in youtube history. it's only going up. some say it's been viewed about 113 million times. >> its success is not a surprise. it was the most tweeted-about celebrities in the world. they were the most tweeted-about musicians in the u.s. in 2017. >> amazing. and they're on a world tour. they're doing four sold-out shows at the staples center. they have stops in chicago, ft. worth and new york. >> who wants to go see bts? >> i'm good.
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>> come on! >> let me know how it goes. >> you and me, constance. >> we're all going. >> bts. next up, we're talking about model tess holiday who is a well-known plus-size model. the mississippi native is also a leading voice in the body positive movement. she broke boundaries when she became the first model of her size to sign with a major agency. >> she's becoming a cosmo girl. she will be on the cover in the october edition in the uk which hits news stands today. >> she recently coped with the worst mental health state of her life. but she says that's changed now. she's the heaviest she's ever been, and that's what made her finally love herself. now to detroit and today's final farewell to aretha franklin. the organizers say it will be a service, not a show. >> it caps off a week of events.
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talk about star power. stevie wonder among those who will perform. ariana grande, maybe she'll repeat the performance from earlier in the week. >> planners say the funeral could run longer than six hours. >> former president bill clinton will be there as well as reverend jesse jackson. smokey robinson remained a close friend of franklin's right up until her death. >> he visited her in her last few days while she was alive. and to elton john in a way we've never seen him before. and i apologize, it's actually sir elton john. >> he's the latest famous face to appear in a snickers commercial. check it out. ♪ ♪ don't go breakin' my heart ♪ i could -- >> wait, stop right there. >> what? >> eat a snickers. you always lose your edge when
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you're hungry. better? >> better. >> elton turning into a rapper after taking a bite of the snickers bar. he says he's long been an advocate of hip hop music and that is why he wanted to be part of the ad. finally, another brit, prime minister theresa may, her dancing tour of africa rolls on. so this is may doing her best to bust a groove with some scouts. >> she looks good. show it. this is her first time shakin' it. she was seen dancing with school kids in south africa as well. >> is this considered dancing? >> it is so dancing. i actually give her a lot of credit. she's clearly outside her comfort zone right now. >> it reminds people of the other british prime minister,
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>> roy oliver is a convicted murderer. this body cam footage capturing the moment he fired into a car full of black teens last year. senator john mccain lying in state. >> inside, as the casket is placed under the rotunda, a wreath is laid next to the casket. >> loving god, see our tears. >> when it was over, there was cindy mccain and that moment of tenderness and sorrow. >> the latest in the nuclear standoff with north korea. tensions on the rise as the pentagon considers restarting military exercises. >> are they changing their mind on denuclearization? it's possible.
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>> the president canceled mike pompeo's trip to pyongyang tweeting we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization. shortly after that, sounds of fury out of north korea, accusing the united states of double dealing. russell crowe. this is how we're used to seeing the 54 year old oscar winner. here's a video he just posted. >> oh, my gosh. what is going on. what? >> he captioned it, the actor resets number one, the correct use of jazz hands. >> take this, russell crowe. jazz hands! did it work? >> it worked even better the second time. >> jack disappeared. he's like, poof! whoa. it looks like the irish offense this weekend. >> oh. >> too soon? >> go eagles.
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good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm maggie rulli in for good morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm maggie rulli in for diane macedo. here are the top headlines we're following on "world news now." a blown tire on a tractor-trailer is blamed for this horrific crash in new mexico. the truck crossed the median on interstate 40, crashing head on into the bus headed for phoenix. the ntsb is investigating. a united nations watchdog says iran is still complying with the main requirements of the 2015 nuclear deal. it comes after president trump pulled the u.s. out of the deal calling it one-sided. president trump is making it easier for small businesses. the goal is to allow for businesses to join up with each
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other. and california may soon be the first state to require women on corporate boards. lawmakers approved the measure, now it heads to the governor's desk. companies would have to have at least one woman on their board of directors or face a fine. those are some of our top stories on this friday, august 31st. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> i like how this year has gone. it was january. february. >> march. >> hey, it's august 31st. september, hello. you're looking cute, girl. >> good-bye summer. back to school. whoop-de-doo. >> but we have a busy weekend ahead. we're going to begin with the love and respect for john l
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flight. >> he will lie in state in a matter of hours as the public gets a final chance to pay respects. his casket arriving at joint base andrews last night. and secretary mattis was there greeting his wife, his widow and young kids as well. it capped off an emotional day. ♪ amazing grace ♪ how sweet the sound ♪ that saved >> i always thought of john as a brother. we had a hell of a lot of family fights. [ laughter ]
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>> senator mccain, it has been a true honor to call you friend. we are all better for having known you. rest in peace, my friend. ♪ twas grace that taught my heart to fear ♪ ♪ and grace my fears relieved >> he could not stand the abuse of power. always about basic values, john, fairness, honesty, dignity, respect. ♪ the hour i first >> john mccain. in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit. ♪ when we've been there ten thousand years ♪
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♪ bright shining as the sun >> and abc news will have live coverage later today. the senator lies in state at the u.s. capitol. we'll bring you his service tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. eastern. jeff sessions' job is safe for now. but when asked by bloomberg news if he'll keep sessions after the midterm elections in november, the president declined to comment. he's also continuing to rail against the special counsel, calling it an illegal investigation. a new report suggests that the president was involved in a plan to buy decades of damaging stories on himself before the presidential election. it involves a treasure trove of dirt reportedly kept under wraps by his good friend at the national enquirer. here is kyra phillips. >> reporter: he was donald
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trump's secret weapon. publishing mogul, david pecker, whose supermarket tabloids like the national enquirer. tore into stories. >> this was a magazine that frankly, in many respects should be very respected. >> reporter: sources say pecker told investigators he also worked with michael cohen to buy and bury the stories of women claiming affairs with the billionaire and that trump knew about it. one of those women, former playboy playmate karen mcdougal. >> there were real feelings between the two of us. >> reporter: trump has denied the affair. but there is news the enquirer had a lot more dirt on him than just the mcdougal story. the tabloid had been collecting information on the president since the '80s and during the campaign trump and cohen wanted to buy it all themselves.
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just weeks before the election cohen secretly recorded a conversation with trump and the two men seemed to discuss buying the inquirer's trump files from david pecker. >> i need to open up a company for the transfer of all that info regarding our friend david. >> reporter: they sound worried the information could fall into the wrong hands if pecker were to leave the enquirer or worse. >> it's all that stuff. you never know where -- >> reporter: the deal never went through. cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations. >> pecker has been granted immunity and president trump continues to insist he's done nothing wrong. kyra still lphillips, abc news. president trump's canceling next year's pay raises for civilian federal workers unless congress reaches a budget deal he accepts.
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he's invoked his emergency authority, saying he needs to hold down the growth in federal spending. more than 2 million government workers are supposed to receive a 2.1% pay increase on january 1st. summer vacation has been extended for more than 75,000 students in washington state. teachers in seven school districts in the southern part of the state are on strike demanding higher pay and even more may walk out soon. in seattle, teachers have authorized their union to call a strike unless they get a new contract. the final weekend of summer kicks off today and tens of millions of people have big travel plans. >> let's check in with julia weiden for the forecast. >> we're keeping an eye across missouri for potential for thunderstorms that could cause flash flooding. meanwhile in the tropics, watching a wave that's bringing soaking downpours.
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and for labor day weekend, we're looking at a steamy couple of days for the northeast. maggie, kendis? >> julia, thank you. fingers crossed for a nice weather labor day weekend. after nearly $30 billion and three decades of labor, one of the nation's largest civil works projects is finally complete. a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the locks and dam on the ohio river. it took more than 45 million labor hours to complete. a federal judge has given grizzly bears a reprieve. a ruling blocked plans for the first grizzly hunt in 40 years to take place in idaho and wyoming. the white house removed special protections for grizzly bears last year. it stays in place for two weeks. the hunt was scheduled to begin tomorrow.
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the push for a tribute continues for another species. >> peta was asking the state to place this tombstone at the scene of a truck accident last week where, quote, countless sensitive crustaceans experienced an agonizing death. >> you see the granite stone there and what it says. maine's department of transportation refused saying signage isn't permitted on the road due to safety concerns. >> what about the lobsters. it's like you don't even care about crustaceans. >> i admire them just like the next person. we'll talk about it later. coming up, keanu reeves and winona ryder are together again. and harvard university, a claim that they discriminate against asian-americans.
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this is the aftermath of a roof collapse at a 16th century church in the heart of rome. it's located on the edge of the roman forum, one of their top tourist sites. thankfully, it was closed at the time, but they sent in sniffer dogs to make sure no one was trapped beneath the rubble. the church has only been used to celebrate weddings. get this, it was built in 1598. >> it does appear it was a beautiful church. heather locklear faces new charges stemming from her alleged attacks on police officers. she's accused of hitting officers who arrived at her home for a disturbance in june. she was already facing charges for allegedly kicking police at her home in february. she faces eight years in prison if convicted on all of those counts. and brad pitt is getting personally involved in problems his foundation built. homes built by the foundation
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have major electrical and plumbing problems. some residents have complained of headaches and other illnesses. and now we turn to a landmark case. it centers on the issue of race and admissions. >> it pits asian-american students against harvard university. the justice department is weighing in and so is brad mielke. >> we've seen several recent cases where white students say they're not getting into colleges because of reverse discrimination. we're not used to seeing that argument from minority groups, and right now the justice department is siding with a group of asian-american students who are saying that the reason they didn't get into harvard is because there were too many qualified asian students. an editor with inside higher education says race was definitely factored in here. the question is how much. >> the students are saying they were denied admission because they're asian-american, that
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harvard favors other students over asian students, like black and latino americans. harvard says that it isn't on a formula of grades and test scores, but on the basis of what they call holistic admissions where everyone is looked at for a range of qualities. the students have since found out that on average they have higher s.a.t. scores and grades than do some of the students who are admitted. but then harvard says it's not because you're asian, it's because they have, in fact, favored alumni children and athletes. >> this could go all the way to the supreme court. and a lot of colleges are backing up harvard here. this case could affect a lot of schools around the country. you can hear more about race and admissions on "start here" later this morning. check it out on apple podcast or your favorite podcasting app. >> definitely is an unusual
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ well, this is it, our final installment of our summer rewind. >> no! >> i know you loved it. >> but it means fall is coming. >> fall forward? >> uh-huh. >> we've been looking at our favorite summer pieces. and this friday is our final one. >> we head a half-mile away to broadway to meet the new star of "the lion king." here's rachel scott. ♪ >> reporter: the iconic song has been heard around the world. for more than 20 years, "lion king" on broadway has been roaring on. and now a fan who watched the show years ago is taking center stage. there's a new lion coming and he
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can't wait to be king. it is getting a fresh face, a new simba. and we meet him. we met bradley in his dressing room. see how he's adjusting. >> right now because i'm in week three, i'm still going through notes making sure, don't forget this, bradley. >> reporter: his role comes with high expectations. ♪ more than 95 million people have seen the hit musical. so no pressure for the new kid on the block, right? >> the first year i saw it on broadway in high school on a school trip. and now to be playing simba, it's really mind-blowing. >> reporter: even in such a legacy role, bradley is looking to bring something new, and that starts with the preshow warmup. >> one of my best techniques is using a straw, a simple plastic straw and you sing through it. ♪ you're on your way.
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>> reporter: next, a look at the costumes that of course are only fit for a king. >> the robe, in the show, rafiki puts this on simba. >> reporter: what's dancing with it like? >> fling it out, stand proud and roar. he's king. >> reporter: king, this guy. the director has a unique challenge, using puppets and masks, she bridges the gap between the actors and the animals they play. >> the puppet and human become one. it's not a puppet show. it's a broadway show with real actors and real dancers, but you're seeing that, and also through the eyes of a puppet. >> reporter: reinventing the cartoon is harder than it looks. it's natural to do the lift.
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and now we are on the stage. >> on the broadway stage. yeah. >> reporter: we made it. >> we made it. right here is the pride rock. >> reporter: as bradley begins his journey as simba, he hopes others are inspired by it. >> i hope they leave the show feeling powerful, no matter what they've been through, they can get through it. >> reporter: a full circle moment for bradley who often had to remind himself as a little boy he was the one watching from the audience. all these seats are empty, and i'm already nervous. from broadway, rachel scott, abc news. >> our thanks to rachel. rachel's admission, after the piece aired, she was with us on set, and she admitted that singing through the straw was more difficult than it seemed. >> i can attest it was much more difficult to sing through the straw. especially that ♪
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that part. coming up, we have "insomniac theater" and a wedding trip from hell. what the critics have to say. hell. what the critics have to say.
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it's normal so it's normal to do something about it ky natural feeling the lubrication you want nothing you don't get what you want ♪ ♪ time for "insomniac theater" ahead of the labor day weekend, a big holiday weekend. the box office offerings are a little slim. >> we're going to start with "operation finale" which opened earlier. they travel to arrest adolf eichmann. he was caught a few feet from the house he was living in under an assumed name. >> i am ricardo tenant. >> do you recognize the man in this picture? >> i can't see him clearly.
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>> the man in this picture is you. >> eichmann is played by oscar winner ben kingsley, it is getting a solid 61% on rotten tomatoes. the weekend warrior calls it a political thriller that's relevant to the times. but the paper says it's like a long story told to you by the least-interesting person in the bar. ooh. >> ah. that's too bad. they had a big promotional campaign. it looked fairly entertaining or good. next though to the reunion of keanu reeves and winona ryder. they play two absolutely miserable people who attend a destination wedding as the title suggests. so they travel to the event together. once they arrive, their negative attitudes isolate them from the happy guests.
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that forces them together more than they'd like. >> i used to love this song. >> do you want to dance? >> i used to love this song. >> i said used to. why, you want to dance? >> of course not, i hate dancing. it's moronic and a complete waste of time. i just thought maybe you wanted to dance to get your mind off of things. >> i don't, and it wouldn't. >> so it's a feel-good movie. it gets a lukewarm 38%. one writes, while team glum and glummer clearly deserve each other, their audiences deserve better. one writes this is probably a movie best watched with a couple glasses of red or not at all. >> the two of them are still great. i still might see it. >> it sounds so depressing and boring.
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this morning on "world news now," the horrifying crash on the highway. >> the people trapped after a tractor-trailer collides with this greyhound bus. the death toll rising. the nation bids farewell to senator john mccain. after emotional tributes in his home state of arizona, the senator is flown to washington to lie in state at the capitol today. a bombshell in the harvey weinstein scandal. new accusations that a major tv network tried to kill the story to prevent reporters from ein. and on the hunt for a giant lizard. it has one florida family terrified.
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who can blame them? luckily it's a friday, august 31st. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> what's funny about that is i only saw the video. i didn't know the rest of your script there, and i already knew what state it was. >> from florida. >> i already knew it was going to be from the sunshine state. >> we had super sized snakes earlier this week and now super sized lizards. >> a lot of super things from florida and we thank you for it. we start with that horrific bush crash in new mexico. it involved a tractor-trailer and greyhound bus full of passengers. >> at least seven people were killed. you can see the front end of the bus, it was completely ripped off. debris was scattered across the highway as rescue crews desperately tried to reach the victims. >> clayton sandell has more on what authorities believe caused
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all of that. >> reporter: a horrific accident triggering a desperate race against time on a new mexico highway to save the injured. officials say a bus with 48 people on board and a tractor-trailer appear to have collided along interstate 40. >> a semi truck was traveling eastbound on i-40 when it blew out a tire. the semi truck lost control, crossed over the center median. the truck and the bus collided head on. >> reporter: the front of that bus completely sheared off, parts of it in pieces. next to it the tractor-trailer also torn apart. its cab upside down. a former volunteer firefighter driving by the scene jumping into action. >> i saw a lot of people lying on the ground and saw how crushed the bus was and just saw a lot of chaos and devastation. >> reporter: rescue workers using ladders to get inside the bus looking for any injured passengers. more than 40 people rushed to nearby hospitals. the ntsb launching a go team to
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investigate. the interstate temporarily shut down. traffic backed up as far as the eye can see. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> a ntsb team is expected there later on this morning. turning now to neighboring arizona. where there were some tributes for john mccain, and they do continue today after he was eulogized as a true hero. the casket arriving at joint base andrews last night this suburban d.c. the defense secretary, several senators, mccain's staff were all there as the military plane touched down and today mccain will lie in state at the u.s. capitol where he served more than 35 years, giving the public another opportunity to say good-bye to him. here's elizabeth hur. >> reporter: senator mccain
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arriving to a solemn ceremony by a military honor guard. secretary mattis also paying tribute with the mccain family. this marking the senator's final journey to washington after leaving arizona, his adopted home state. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: where earlier in the day -- >> i fought the good fight. i have finished the race. >> reporter: family and friends. >> i'm black. he was white. [ laughter ] i'm young. he wasn't so young. [ laughter ] >> he celebrated differences. >> reporter: -- honored the six-term senator for his values in life. >> he could not stand the abuse of power. >> reporter: while vice president and his closest friend joe biden praised mccain for his patriotism. >> he believed in the american people. to paraphrase shakespeare, we shall not see his like again.
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>> reporter: and the moving memorial service. ♪ i did it my way >> reporter: coming to a close with frank sinatra's "my way", music mccain chose himself. mccain's body will now lie in state at the u.s. capitol, which will be open to the public later today. that's after a ceremony where vice president pence is scheduled to speak. maggie and kendis? >> yeah, elizabeth, joe biden's son bo died of the same kind of cancer as mccain. him speaking getting emotional. we will cover his service and memorial tomorrow. a producer who quit nbc news is accusing the outlet of blocking the harvey weinstein story before it was brought to light. rich mchugh spent months working on the story.
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they were about to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation when he was told to stand down. he says those orders came from the highest levels of nbc. it was unethical and a massive breach of journalistic integrity. in response, nbc news says at the time the story wasn't ready for broadcast because none of the alleged victims were ready to go on the record. the allegation that it tried to outright kill the story, they say is a lie. a system could grow into a hurricane by monday. >> for more on the weather, let's go to accuweather's julia weiden. >> we are watching for severe storms across the north central region as a cold front drops its
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way through. we're watching potential for high gusting winds and heavy downpours, possibly even producing tornados. now meanwhile, in the tropics, we see a wave here that's bringing intense rain to the region. this will press on into the southwestern u.s. as we head into early next week. for labor day we are watching storms across florida and the gulf coastal region. a look elsewhere around the country, and we are expecting hot and humid conditions for the northeast on labor day. maggie, kendis? >> well, julia, thank you. labor day is around the corner. many are wondering about gas prices. the news headline is that they're ticking up in time for millions to hit the road this weekend. the national average is $2.84 a gallon, 48 cents more than this time last year. it's also the most expensive price on labor day weekend in four years. analysts don't expect prices to drop significantly anytime soon.
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there's another big controversy at the u.s. open. this time involving an alleged pep talk. >> it happened during the second round. the australian was trailing when he appeared to get a little cheering from the umpire. he got a pat on the back. he told him this is not you and urged him to try harder. >> he went on to win the match, sparking accusations that the umpire gave him an unfair advantage. that's weird. >> he said he liked me. i don't know if that's encouragement. but he's telling me, this isn't a good look. i know what i was doing out there wasn't good. >> actually, what he was doing, if you saw that sound bite right there, he was telling him, i don't know about the eyebrows and that little shave in the middle. >> you just don't look good
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right now, your fashion. >> your edge game is completely off, nick. it is now being investigated. >> cat suit, and now women taking off their shirts and now the umpire? >> getting crazy. well, now we're going to talk about that lizard. scary is not a word you normally think about when you talk about lizards, they're kind of cute. this one is terrifying. >> wildlife officials say it's a monitor lizard, and it's a jurassic park sized seven feet long and weighs an estimated 150 pounds. it's been on the prowl around home in the town of davey. >> the owners are worried because they have two small children. trappers have left out chicken as bait, but so far, the lizard
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won't bite. >> he's a vegetarian. >> he's not even native to florida. they will come up the toilets pretty soon. >> that's a big toilet. coming up, a warning for anyone who stays in a hotel. be careful about how you check out. you need to hear one couple's story about how they fell victim to scammers who ran up their bill and cost them thousands. also ahead, arguably the most popular burger chain in america. in and out. but this morning, why there are growing calls to boycott them. >> and you can find us on facebook, wnnfans.com. twitter, abc wnn. you're watching "world news now." wnn. you're watching "world news now." there's also a lot to know. part a that's your hospital coverage, part b is all the doctor stuff... the most important thing to know? medicare doesn't pay for everything. and guess what that means... yep...you're on the hook for the rest. that's why it's important to consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan,
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three people are under three people are under arrest after protests over a confederate statue in north carolina. opponents and supporters of the silent sam monument faced off overnight. pepper spray was used to tame down the crowd. those who opposed silent sam far outnumbered its supporters at that protest.
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the chairman of the california democratic party is facing criticism after calling for people to boycott the fast food burger chain in and out. it comes after they donated to the state republican party. it turns out this is not the first time the company has contributed to republican cause. even some staunch democratic voters say they will not give up their double-doubles from in and out anytime soon. now to a nightmare for a couple in chicago. when they checked out of a hotel they found out their bill was for thousands more than it should have been. >> scammers somehow gained access to the reservation and extended their stay and ran up a huge bill in the process. >> i am so upset and angry, and i feel vulnerable. >> reporter: a hotel hijacking that caused this couple's bill to skyrocket. hayley wells and her husband spent four nights at this w in chicago.
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>> a weekend that was supposed to be fun turned into something that i don't want to think about. it makes me sick. >> reporter: she says days after arriving home in omaha, nebraska they received a second bill from the hotel. >> for a total of $6,539, and saying i was checking out that morning. >> reporter: charges for things like phone valets, phone chargers and a whole lot of room service. days after she checked out and placed her keys in the dropbox. >> they basically told me i was responsible for all these charges, and it was because somebody, a name i don't even know, had been added to my reservation. i didn't add anybody to my reservation. >> reporter: wells says she offered overwhelming evidence to the w that shows they were home when the hotel room was being used, including her original checkout bill, airplane records, time stamped surveillance video from their home. >> how does it make you feel that the hotel doesn't believe you? >> it makes me extremely upset.
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>> reporter: the w says they take information security very seriously and have measures in place to protect guest data. we are aware of this matter, have been in touch with the guest directly and are investigating. due to privacy, we are unable to comment further. >> this is a fairly common scam. >> reporter: they can access your information by grabbing your keys after you check out and adding themselves to your reservation. >> turn the key cards in, get a receipt, walk away knowing you have proof that you checked out of the hotel and any additional charges aren't yours. >> do want to thank our chicago station abc 7 for reporting on that story, and a good reminder to be careful with your hotel cards. >> i never check out of a hotel. >> now i realize you need to check out. >> yeah. >> that's something you have to do. >> a good reminder, yes. coming up in the next half hour, a legal victory for colin kaepernick in the fight against
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as as you can see, the lights are back on on broadway there in times square as well. it honored, though, overnight one of the greatest playwrights of all time in its own unique way. >> the lights on broadway theaters were dimmed for neil simon. >> there's his name. he died over the weekend at 91. during his decades-long career, simon was nominated for 17 tony awards. he won three of them. hits include "barefoot in the park" and "odd couple". aretha franklin's funeral is expected to last more than six hours.
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>> a tribute concert was held last night and reporter alan campbell was there. ♪ >> r-e-s-p-e-c-t. respect. i'm going to remember that. >> reporter: 6,000 people packed shay park amphitheater to pay tribute to the queen. >> she is the queen of soul. she has touched every aspect of my life. my mom has always played her music. it shaped and molded my life. >> reporter: nearly 40 performers took to the stage remembering aretha franklin. for who she was and what she meant for music. >> this is just fabulous how the world has come out to see her and show approval of what she's done. ♪ freeway of love >> reporter: the concert selling thousands of tickets in less than ten minutes.
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>> i felt the love from the whole city and the support of detroit, how everything is just coming together for all of us. >> reporter: it was a star-studded event with celebrities, performers and family all remembering aretha franklin. >> it just speaks a lot to the legacy that she is, that so many people would take the time to honor the queen. >> reporter: folks say this tribute concert is a perfect way to honor the queen of soul. >> aretha would love to be here to see this. i'm sure she's smiling down on everybody, like wow. >> no doubt, indeed. it's so cool to see so many detroiters come out and pay respect and homage to one of their own, even though it was her adopted hometown. >> the celebrations are only going to continue. her family says it's going to be a service, not a show, but the lineup, including people like jennifer hudson, faith hill. ariana grande was added recently, stevie wonder. >> jesse jackson expected to speak along with bill clinton.
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>> why is he wearing a helmet. it's 18 miles. don't worry, i got it. >> hang on tight. >> hang on tight, everybody. >> it's weird how they made the driver out of legos as well. it's weird. your dream is answered right there. >> it's not for sale, though. >> test model. now to asheville, north carolina. and this bear is our mood basically on a friday. there you have, just a bear swinging in a hammock. the woman who shot this said the bear had previously been seen in the hammock and returned and the bear was just like, i'm chilling. what, what? what's going on? polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars ♪ ♪ all the weather, all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the world news polka ♪ if you're an insomniac ♪ and a good night's sleep you lack ♪ ♪ do the world news polka
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this morning on "world news now," a capitol tribute. the ceremony planned today after john mccain's final flight from arizona to washington. new details on a powerful explosion that rocked a chicago water plant, and the desperate rescue effort to free several workers who were trapped when the roof collapsed on top of them. new this half hour, a former college student facing charges of impersonating a doctor. >> how he gained access to a children's hospital at least seven times. and redefining the term viral. the biggest boy band perhaps in the last decade, sorry one direction, but bts set a new record with its latest song, and i love it.
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it's friday, august 31st. from abc news, this is "world news now." >> just when i -- just when i -- >> just when you thought it couldn't get any better? >> yes, took the words right out of my mouth. there couldn't be anything more annoying than bts, bts playing and maggie just like -- >> oh, i'm sorry, is the weekend starting or is it not starting? >> it's a holiday weekend. >> nothing says a holiday weekend in america like korean pop. we'll get to bts a little later on. we are honoring an american hero in john mccain this weekend. saying a final farewell, his body arriving in the nation's capital for the final time. >> he will lie in state today and thousands will get a chance to pay their respects. >> his casket arrived at joint base andrews on a military plane along with the mccain family.
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this followed an emotional service in phoenix where the former vice president joe biden and others reflected on his life. here's terry moran. >> reporter: john mccain's final flight arrived in washington, d.c., an honor guard waiting. earlier, they lined the streets and highways of phoenix for one last moment in arizona with their late senator. ♪ amazing grace >> reporter: at the church where he worshipped, senator mccain remembered and celebrated. larry fitzgerald, the great wide receiver of the arizona cardinals. >> i'm black. he was white. [ laughter ] i'm young. he wasn't so young. [ laughter ]
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>> he celebrated differences. he embraced humanity. >> reporter: and joe biden, a political opponent for so long but a friend first. >> i always thought of john as a brother. we had a hell of a lot of family fights. >> reporter: biden praised what he called mccain's ageless code. >> he could not stand the abuse of power. always about basic values, john. fairness, honesty, dignity and respect. >> reporter: and the former vice president saying mccain's fierce patriotism is what has struck a chord. >> he believed in us. he believed in the american people. to paraphrase shakespeare, we shall not see his like again. >> reporter: mccain himself chose the music. frank sinatra's "my way" rorter: and then to the d e arl
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guard saluting him for his final flight to washington. in washington, john mccain's casket will rest on the same old wooden platform that held abraham lincoln's, and the public will have one last time to pay respects where he served for 35 years. terry moran, abc news, phoenix. >> and as mccain's body returned to washington, president trump was in evansville, indiana drumming up support for a senate candidate there. it was his first rally since mccain's death, but he did not mention mccain last night. the president was criticized earlier this week for raising the flag at the white house so soon after the senator's death, but last night before heading to indiana he insisted to bloomberg news that he did properly honor mccain. >> we had our disagreements, and they were very strong disagreements. i disagreed with many of the
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things that i assume he believed in, but with that being said, i respect his service to the country. >> in that interview, the president went on to deny that he missed an opportunity to unite the country after mccain's death. he also refused to comment when asked if mccain would have made a better president than barack obama. at least seven people have now died after a bus crash on a busy highway in new mexico. authorities believe a tractor-trailer lost control after blowing a tire and slamming into the bus head on. many of the injured passengers remain in critical condition. the bus was heading from albuquerque to phoenix. we turn to a devastating explosion at a water plant in chicago. ten workers were injured when the concrete roof came crashing down. firefighters had to go to extraordinary lengths to rescue them from the rubble.alex u >> reporter: just before 11:00 a.m., an explosion reported at this water purification plant in chicago. a huge portion of the roof
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collapsing. ten employees buried in the rubble. >> we got a total collapse of the structure. >> reporter: the collapse, authorities suspect, triggered by a buildup of methane gas, a massive response from emergency teams working to free those inside. teams quickly able to rescue eight employees. 20 minutes after arriving, crews rescue another employee. on a stretcher, he's rushed to medics. but one man remains trapped. his leg fractured and dangerously pinned underneath all that debris, unable to move. >> concrete roof, concrete i-beams. >> reporter: some 75 rescuers working, some with their ears pressed to the rubble until
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finally they are able to reach the remaining employee. >> we tunneled in about 40 six feet below the collapse. we had to remove some concrete, cut some concrete. we sent two paramedics down. >> reporter: at one point, first responders fearing they may have to amputate his leg, but after two stressful hours, that man finally brought out alive. authorities were actually able to get two medics inside that space where the employee was trapped and able to give him an iv and prevent him from going into shock. alex perez, abc news, chicago. a california man is charged with threatening to kill reporters at the "boston globe" because of their criticism of president trump. 68-year-old robert jayne is accused of calling the newsroom more than a dozen times all just in august. allegedly calling the paper the enemy of the people. president trump has often used that phrase to describe journalists. federal agents seized more than 20 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from his home. he could face up to five years
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behind bars if convicted. former quarterback colin kaepernick has picked up a big win. an arbitrator saying the case can continue because he and his team produced enough evidence that the league and its owners conspired to keep him off the field. the 30-year-old hasn't played since 2016. that season he began protesting by kneeling during the national anthem. that means that his case can now head to trial. just in time for one of the busiest weekends on the road, there's a new ranking of the best drivers in the nation. allstate looked at the driving records of people in 200 biggest cities. >> we have the best and the worst. what's notable are the three cities at the bottom of the list. we're talking about the worst drivers of them all. you see the numbers there. the worst, baltimore. second to worst, boston, that's where i learned to drive, don't judge.
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and on the third, washington, d.c., which is a repeat of number one. >> but it's kind of wired. d.c. is such a small little city. we both lived in d.c. i think d.c. drivers are -- >> have you ever driven on the l.i.e.? >> well, yeah, the long island expressway? that's a mess. >> shout out to the best as well. brownsville, texas, kansas city, kansas and boise idaho. that's not fair. that's wide open space. >> the rankings were based on average years between claims and likelihood of claims compared to other cities. >> don't worry, boston, i've got your back. coming up, the plus size model on the cover of a magazine hitting stands today. her surprising admission about loving herself. but first the man accused of lying his way into a hospital and seeing patients.e qu >> you're watching "world news
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we're back with a young man in california facing years in prison for impersonating a doctor.
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>> he may be trading in the fake lab coat of his for prison scrubs. will carr has the details. >> reporter: this 23-year-old pretending to be a doctor fooled security at the children's hospital orange county, telling them he lost his i.d., even gaining access to restricted floors. he snuck in at least seven times between april and june and alledgedly gave advice to a patient with a growth growing on his neck. he claims he did not interact with patients but after he tried to get access to the mental health unit doctors called police. >> he was wearing a stethoscope. >> reporter: he looked like a doctor. >> absolutely. >> reporter: this eerily similar to a case in 2011, matthew shide. he posed as a physician's assistant for a month. >> even had the terminology.
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>> reporter: he faces 11 years behind bars if convicted. it's possible he could have interacted with other patients. they're asking for anybody who had contact with him to come forward. will carr, abc news. now we're going to talk about a couple that we mentioned from suburban philadelphia that had until this afternoon to turn over what's left of the money they collected for a homeless man. >> this is out of the philadelphia area. you may recall john bobbitt. he filed a lawsuit claiming he has yet to receive most of the $400,000 that the couple raised through a gofundme campaign. mark demeco and katie mcclure made headlines after they vowed to help bobbitt after he gave her $20 after she ran out of gas.
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>> but he claims they spent more than half of the money they raised for him on themselves. their attorney denies that accusation. >> they have said they'll open up the books. what more can they do? >> bobbitt claims he's received only $75,000 of the $400,000. the couple claims he used some of the money on drugs and stole from them. but a judge thursday ordered the couple to hand over the rest of the cash. when we come back, a record-setting video on youtube. and elton john bursts out a tune like never before. "the skinny" is next. -setting video on youtube. and elton john bursts out a tune like never before. "the skinny" is next. john bursts out a tune like never before. "the skinny" is next. all in one relief of heartburn and gas ♪ ♪ tum tum tum tums new tums chewy bites with gas relief
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♪ skinn ♪ skinny ♪ skinny ♪ just give me "the skinny" okay, so the friday skinny is going to start with the record setter on youtube. the song we've all been singing to. ♪ >> umm -- >> i'm still learning the words.
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i can't quite figure it out, but i like it. >> you know what? it's catchy. that's the latest from the south korean boy band, bts. the song is called "idol." >> the video was viewed 45 million times in the first 24 hours after it was posted. that's the biggest music video debut in youtube history. it's only going up. some say it's been viewed about 113 million times. >> its success is not a surprise. it was the most tweeted-about celebrities in the world. they were the most tweeted-about musicians in the u.s. in 2017. >> amazing. and they're on a world tour. they're doing four sold-out shows at the staples center. they have stops in chicago, ft. worth and new york. >> who wants to go see bts? >> i'm good. >> come on! >> let me know how it goes.
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>> you and me, constance. >> we're all going. >> bts. next up, we're talking about model tess holiday who is a well-known plus-size model. the mississippi native is also a leading voice in the body positive movement. she broke boundaries when she became the first model of her size to sign with a major agency. >> she's becoming a cosmo girl. she will be on the cover in the october edition in the uk which hits news stands today. >> she recently coped with the worst mental health state of her life. but she says that's changed now. she's the heaviest she's ever been, and that's what made her finally love herself. now to detroit and today's final farewell to aretha franklin. the organizers say it will be a service, not a show. >> it caps off a week of events. talk about star power. stevie wonder among those who will perform.
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ariana grande, maybe she'll repeat the performance from earlier in the week. >> planners say the funeral could run longer than six hours. >> former president bill clinton will be there as well as reverend jesse jackson. smokey robinson remained a close friend of franklin's right up until her death. >> he visited her in her last few days while she was alive. and to elton john in a way we've never seen him before. and i apologize, it's actually sir elton john. >> he's the latest famous face to appear in a snickers commercial. check it out. ♪ ♪ don't go breakin' my heart ♪ i could -- >> wait, stop right there. >> what? >> eat a snickers. you always lose your edge when you're hungry.
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better? >> better. >> elton turning into a rapper after taking a bite of the snickers bar. he says he's long been an advocate of hip hop music and that is why he wanted to be part of the ad. finally, another brit, prime minister theresa may, her dancing tour of africa rolls on. so this is may doing her best to bust a groove with some scouts. >> she looks good. show it. this is her first time shakin' it. she was seen dancing with school kids in south africa as well. >> is this considered dancing? >> it is so dancing. i actually give her a lot of credit. she's clearly outside her comfort zone right now. >> it reminds people of the other british prime minister, hugh grant, in "love actually."
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murderer. this body cam footage capturing the moment he fired into a car full of black teens last year. senator john mccain lying in state. >> inside, as the casket is placed under the rotunda, a wreath is laid next to the casket. >> loving god, see our tears. >> when it was over, there was cindy mccain and that moment of tenderness and sorrow. >> the latest in the nuclear standoff with north korea. tensions on the rise as the pentagon considers restarting military exercises. >> are they changing their mind on denuclearization? it's possible. >> the president canceled mike
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pompeo's trip to pyongyang tweeting we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization. shortly after that, sounds of fury out of north korea, accusing the united states of double dealing. russell crowe. this is how we're used to seeing the 54 year old oscar winner. here's a video he just posted. >> oh, my gosh. what is going on. what? >> he captioned it, the actor resets number one, the correct use of jazz hands. >> take this, russell crowe. jazz hands! did it work? >> it worked even better the second time. >> jack disappeared. he's like, poof! whoa. it looks like the irish offense this weekend. >> oh. >> too soon? >> go eagles.
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making news in america this morning, the horrifying scene on a highway. a bus torn apart. a tractor trailer upside down. the death toll rising overnight. what caused the semi to slam into the bus as we hear from a witness. final farewell. john mccain returning to washington, d.c. after his touching tribute in arizona. >> we shall not see his like again. >> the services being prepared and what the president said about mccain in a new interview after being criticized for his initial response to his death. holiday travel warning. a couple sounding the alarm after they received a bill for thousands of dollars after they already checked out of a hotel. how did it happen? plus, the major change for parents with young k

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