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ey look absolutely great. that's what's making news in america this morning. making news in making news in america this morning, state of emergency. catastrophic wildfires raging in california. the death toll rising overnight. residents fleeing their homes. new fires igniting. hundreds of people missing, the growing concern at this hour, and we hear from a nurse who escaped from a burning hospital. election cliff hanger. a statewide recount under way in florida as two major races remain up for grabs. tensions rising on both sides of the aisle. >> bill nelson is a sore loser. >> he is impeding the democratic process. >> now the president suggesting fraud as the deadline for a final count approaches.
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breaking overnight, a u.s. navy fighter jet crashes. into the ocean, the rescue effort off the philippines and the latest on the crew. plus, the big brewing lawsuit going to court today between pabst blue ribbon and millercoors. allegation -- also, the new push by companies to implant microchips to improve security. and stressed out? helping people blow off some steam on this monday morning. good morning on a monday. i'm kendis gibson. >> and i'm lynda lopez. we begin this morning with the historic wildfire emergency in california and the death toll rising overnight. 31 people are now confirmed dead statewide. more than 100 are still missing. >> the so-called camp fire is now tied for the deadliest in california history, and it's already the most destructive
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with an entire town leveled. look at those scenes. now the columns of smoke are visible from space, blowing out to sea from both northern and southern california where one fire is now 15% contained, but today more heavy winds are expected. >> reporter: this morning, historic wildfires burning on both ends of california. >> right now we're seeing a great retardant drop. >> reporter: in the south, more than a quarter million people have been ordered to evacuate. officials here describing a hurricane of fire obliterating entire neighborhoods. >> when you come up into this community now, it looks like, you know, it's a war zone, just demolished, burnt up houses. >> reporter: watch as the intense heat and wind hurl debris, raining down on people trying to escape. >> oh my god. i'm surrounded by fire. i'm surrounded by fire right now. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: the fast-moving flames burning everything in their path from this mobile home park in cornell to multimillion dollar mansions in malibu. the actor, gerard butler
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tweeting this photo after he returned to what's left of his home, one of many celebrities including robin thicke and shannon doherty who have also lost their homes. in northern california, the so-called camp fire has leveled nearly the entire town of paradise. >> how close did the flames get to your property? >> they're all around me. what do you mean? there is nothing left. >> reporter: it's now the most destructive fire on record in california, gutting nearly 7,000 homes and buildings. >> there ain't nothing to go back to. we're basically homeless right now. >> reporter: cars turning into tombs. at least five people have been found dead in their vehicles after trying to flee. more than 200 people were unaccounted for overnight. abc's will carr is in paradise, california. >> so many people had to jump out of their cars and make a run for it. so search and rescue crews are going car by car. when they clear them, they put a pink ribbon on and then move down the road. >> reporter: even a local hospital is in ruins. this nurse was there as fire surrounded the building.
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>> i called my husband and i just said, i -- i don't think i'm going to make it out of this. it's coming in too fast. i got out of my car because i knew i was going to die if i stayed in my car. the back of my pants were on fire, and i reached my hand out in front of me, and there was a fire engine that i grabbed onto. i banged on the side of the door and two firemen came out and picked me up, extinguished my pants and put a fire blanket on me. >> reporter: governor jerry brown is now pressing the white house for major disaster declaration. >> this is not the new normal. this is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years. >> those wildfires are being fueled by heavy winds across the state. we'll have an update on the weather forecast in a few minutes. we turn now to florida and the race to recount votes with the senate and governors races
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still undecided. the senate race, one of the most closely watched in the country, is down to a razor-thin margin and now there is a new legal battle this morning. abc's kenneth moton has details. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, lynda. yes, the attention is on florida and the democrat-leaning counties of florida where there are allegations of theft and fraud. this week, protests are expected to heat up in florida. [ chanting ] as the state continues the methodical recount of more than 8 million ballots, concerned all counties won't be able to get it done ahead of thursday's deadline. >> the election equipment that we have, the potential of conducting all of these is impossible. it is impossible. >> reporter: the recount triggered by law over the weekend. the races for governor and senate within a half a percentage point. by just 12,500 votes, bill nelson, democratic senator, is trailing his republican opponent, and current governor rick scott who was on fox news sunday. >> senator nelson is clearly
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trying to try to commit fraud to win this election. >> reporter: president trump also weighing in with no proof tweeting, trying to steal two big elections in florida. we are watching closely. the state's department of law enforcement and secretary of state say there is no evidence of fraud. >> the evidence is that rick scott and ron desantis have won. in fact, andrew gillum can see it on the night of the election. >> reporter: the democrat in the governor's race, andrew gillum has rescinded that concession. gillum is being led by 33,000 votes. >> if you have assuredness that the state chose you, then you would want every single vote to be counted. >> reporter: democrats here in washington and florida are expressing concern about governor rick scott, demanding he recuse himself from taking any actions as governor in the recount. there have been several lawsuits against election officials in broward and palm beach counties. >> kenneth moton, thanks so much. house democrats are apparently ready to investigate
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president trump's hush money payments during the 2016 campaign. those payments were made to stormy daniels and the playboy bunny karen mcdougal. both claim they had affairs with the president, and a democratic aide on capitol hill says democrats will use their subpoena power to look into those payments when they take control of the house next year. breaking overnight, a navy fighter jet has crashed into the pacific. the faa team hornet went down northeast of the philippines. two crew members were safely rescued. the fighter was based on the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan," the cause of the crash is under investigation. it's the second crash from the reagan in less than a month. and a new sign of diplomacy on the korean peninsula. south korea has begun the so-called tangerine air lift. military planes full of the fruit were flown to north korea today, fulfilling a promise made during a recent summit. it's one of the many agreements aimed at lowering tensions between the countries. back in this country, time now for a look at your weather for this monday morning.
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>> good morning. the problem in the west, we have exceptionally dry conditions throughout all of california, especially southern california. you add onto that, gusty winds picking up even more between redding and sacramento, towards santa barbara, san diego, and then we have flood threat from jackson, mississippi going into atlanta, charlotte, richmond and will eventually end up in new york, and this is going to be a combination of rain and snow on the back end of this throughout the ohio valley region. i'm accuweather meteorologist paul williams. coming up, the popular scooter being recalled because of safety concerns. also, the beer battle brewing in court today between pabst blue ribbon and millercoors. and later, the smart trick a 10-year-old girl used to avoid
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♪i am beautiful in every single way♪ ♪words, can't bring me down♪
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♪ you're a mean one, mister. >> he is a mean one, and now "the grinch" has stolen the box office. the new film opened this weekend and made $66 million leading the rest of the competition and expectations for that matter. "bohemian rhapsody" came in second place. the most recent president to serve in the armed forces has received a veterans day honor. george w. bush and former first lady laura bush, were honored with the liberty medal by former vice president joe biden in philadelphia. the award recognizes the bushes' work with veterans. mr. bush joked about joining his father as a recipient. >> laura and i are the second and third members of our family to receive this award. the most deserving of course,
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was the first. and i'm proud to follow in my dad's footsteps once again. [ applause ] >> mr. bush served in the air national guard during the vietnam war. his father received the distinguished flying cross after being shot down in world war ii. aerosmith guitarist joe perry is in the hospital. the 68-year-old collapsed backstage during a concert in new york with billy joel. he had just played aerosmith's "walk this way." perry is reportedly alert and responsive after suffering shortness of breath. a safety alert concerning a popular brand of scooters loom scooters, taking them out of service because they could break apart while in use, and that may have contributed to two deaths. some employees told "the washington post" they reported
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the defect months ago. other lime scooters were recalled last month because of a fire risk. a bit of divorces brewing. millercoors currently brews all bottles of pabst beers, but now it wants to stop. it says pabst doesn't want to pay enough, and pabst claims millercoors is trying to put them out of business. the lawsuit over their contract dispute goes to trial today in milwaukee. well, coming up, a special honor for actress halle berry. but first, swept out to sea on a swan raft. one mother's warning to all parents after the scare of her life. and how a young girl avoided being kidnapped by demanding a code word from the suspect. the simple trick her mom taught her, next. oh, that's great sarah. let's talk about this when we meet next week. how did edward jones come to manage
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to people in need in hawaii, his home state. he is helping the salvation army. this is a good reminder that it is a good time of year to give back. >> nice move there we turn to arizona where a young girl avoided a potential kidnapping. >> she used a trick her mother taught her and it's a lesson every parent should hear. >> reporter: an urgent warning from police about potential abductions like these. children facing possible kidnapping, running, fighting, even jumping out of cars. but this morning, police say a 10-year-old girl thwarted a would-be abductor with one simple question. >> my daughter called me in tears, crying, upset and said one guy tried to take her. >> reporter: the girl's mother says she was walking with a friend near a local park where a man driving a white suv pulled up beside them. >> he told her her brother had been in a serious accident and she needed to come with him. >> reporter: instead of going with the stranger, the girl asked for the code word. >> they know who can pick them
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up and who can't, but there is always, you know, that special situation where there might be somebody they don't know or don't know well so that's why we came up with the code word. >> reporter: that's when the driver took off. now police are praising the qui quick-thinking tween and her mother. >> the mother of this child did an awesome job teaching the code word and that potentially saved that girl's life. >> experts say in these situations kids must be proactive and that it's important for parents to teach kids they don't always need to be polite, especially if they feel threatened. a florida woman is speaking out about a terrifying ordeal when she was nearly lost at sea on an inflatable swan. tara myers and her 7-year-old son were relaxing on the swan raft when the current pulled them miles from shore into the gulf of mexico. she jumped in the water and tried to paddle back to land. that didn't work, and people along the beach, lucky for them, saw them drifting and called 911, but she was prepared for
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the worst. >> i have never been more scared in my entire life. i was not sure if we were going to keep drifting because land just kept getting farther and farther and farther away. >> well, myers says she burst into tears when she finally saw the rescue boats. she is warning other parents -- it might seem obvious, but to avoid taking rafts or large floats into the ocean. recordings from an amazon echo could become key evidence in a double murder. prosecutors in new hampshire believe an echo device captured clues in the deaths of two women. judges have ordered amazon to release any possible recordings on the echo. amazon says it won't turn over customer information unless it's served with a valid legal request. a look at sports now and the cowboys beat the eagles on sunday night football, 27-20, but the play everybody is talking about happened during the l.a. rams game. the quarterback, jared goff, threw two touchdowns. nice one there, but he also made
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a call that honored a famous oscar-winning actress. take a listen. >> halle berry. >> jumped up. the next level of quarterbacking. >> halle berry. halle berry. >> did you hear it? he called an audible -- that was halle berry. halle berry actually heard that call and tweeted, hold up. what's a halle berry? meanwhile, tyreek hill of the kansas city chiefs celebrated a touchdown, look at this, by grabbing a tv camera and getting a shot of his teammates. yeah, he got a 15-yard penalty. >> tyreek, we could use your work around here. come on through. >> that's good. >> yep. up next in "the pulse," the apology from "saturday night live." also, pop star christina aguilera gets an unsuspected rejection in new orleans. and the trend. why rage rooms are all the rage. i landed. i saw my leg did not look right. i was just finishing a ride.
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♪ it's time to check "the pulse." we begin with rage rooms. they are all the, well, you know. >> the rage indeed. apparently more people are stressed out these days and really want to smash things. rage rooms or anger rooms are opening where you throw a temper tantrum and break stuff. in some cases, it's byob, bring your own breakable. >> it works just like that scene from "office states" where they destroy that fax machine. you pay to have the equipment supplied, and the first rage room opened in japan and now hundreds are here in the u.s. >> if you have ever had a 2-year-old, the rage room -- >> your entire house. >> exactly. you can call this micromanaging. thousands of workers may soon be implanted with microchips to improve security.
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>> a swedish company is in talks with several financial and legal firms in the uk. it would provide microchips the size of a grain of rice. once fitted with them, a worker would be able to open doors and access offices with the wave of their hand. >> many unions are pushing back saying it's just a way to control workers and steal their privacy. next to the big apology on "saturday night live." >> pete davidson faced criticism, as you recall last week when he joked about congressman-elect dan crenshaw's eye patch. he was wounded in afghanistan, and this week, crenshaw paid a visit to the "snl" set. >> the reason you're wearing an eye patch right now is that you lost your eye to an ied in afghanistan during your third combat tour and i'm sorry. >> thank you, pete. i appreciate you saying that. >> so we good? >> we're good. apology accepted. ♪ just keep breathing and
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quality is worse in two minutes. it's nasty out there. you can see it on all our traffic cameras. a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. a little stack up in the cash lanes on the far right side. look at all the smoke under the lamps there on this side of the toll plaza. it is going to be another tough commute today. you can see that showing up on our visibility layer as well. as far as traffic volumes are concerned, a full closure of 880, southbound side for the 23rd avenue overpass demolition. it is scheduled to wrap up at 5:00. it looks like they may be opening lanes now. use 580 as an alternate. the death toll is increase anything butte county as the camp fire continues to burn. >> the camp fire is now tied with the deadliest fire in state history with 29 deaths reported so far. and that number could rise with more than 200 people still missing. this is the most destructive wildfire in state history.
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the flames have destroyed nearly 6500 homes. some belonging to first responders. and the fire has scorched 111,000 acres. that is nearly 175 square miles. and it is only 25% contained. as abc news reporter carlos saucedo reports, now they have the grim task of identifying the victims. >> reporter: in paradise, officials discovered six more bodies. it is getting worst by each day. thousand of people have lost everything, including first responders. hot spots burning throughout paradise illuminating what would otherwise be total darkness without power. six more bring the death toll to 29. as sheriff's officials comb through the debris, there is fear more bodies could be found.
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>> these are challenging investigations and autopsies because you are dealing with the remains of humans who have been burned. in some cases you may only have bones. >> reporter: which makes identification that much more challenging. >> there is nothing left. all my neighbors except one is gone. >> reporter: gary green stayed behind to protect his home in comical. one of those dead is his friend. >> she lived up the street from me and went to church with us. yeah, she didn't get out. >> reporter: they spent the day working to contain the fire. >> making sure that things are completely extinguished. we don't want any new flare-ups. >> reporter: dozens belonging to firefighters and officers themselves. >> i was talking to one deputy. he lost his house, lost everything. and he said i wouldn't want to be anywhere else. i need to be out here helping. >> despite these difficult circumstances, this community is

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