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guess. looking at all the pictures. >> it looks fun, though. >> yes. >> we hope you have a great good morning, america. a new twist in the border battle. the white house floated bussing migrants to the districts of political foes. overnight the startling new report. whistleblowers say the white house pushed for the bussing of detained immigrants from the southern border to the streets of sanctuary cities in an effort to punish political rivals like house speaker nancy pelosi. also this morning, wikileaks founder julian assange defiant after being dragged out of the ecuadorian embassy, charged with diplomatic secrets. his fight to avoid extra reat this morning the u.s. from that deadly spring blizzard. five states on alert after the record-breaking storm dropping more than two feet of snow, wreaking havoc on roads. new trouble for michael avenatti. the lawyer who took on president trump now facing the possibility
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of decades behind bars. accused of stealing millions lavish lifestyle. wendy williams taking a stand. the talk show host now filing for divorce from her husband of more than 0 years. what we're learning about the outcome she vowed would never happen. to infinity and beyond! >> and new this morning, disney plus finally revealed. the vault of your favorite classics unlocked for good. brand-new stories from the "star wars" universe, marvel's "avengers" and inside pixar like you've never seen it before. and look who just joined the family. >> homer simpson here. >> get ready for a whole new world. >> i'm kidding. watch this. watch out. good morning, america. great to have you with us on this fent, disney plus.
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yeah. >> plus is coming. >> a lot of excitement right here in the building because we're going to hear from the disney folks later in the show. we have a lot more a lot of news to get to starting with the big headline out of washington. a big revelation on the border battle. the trump white house pushed for detained immigrants to the streets of sanctuary cities like san francisco. immigration officials are calling it illegal and unwise. our chief white house correspondent jonathan karl has the story. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. it sounds too outlandish to be true but the white house is confirming there was consideration given here to a plan to take undocumented immigrants across the border illegally and move them to the streets of cities governed by democrats opposed to the president's immigration policies. the plan reported first by "the washington post" and confirmed by abc news would have transported the migrants to so-called sanctuary cities where local leaders have a policy of not cooperating with federal immigration officials. the idea was first raised in
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november shortly after the midterm elections when the president was raising alarms about caravans of undocumented immigrants coming from central america to seek asylum in the united states. >> the democrats want open borders and they want these people coming in. many of those people are criminals, okay? >> reporter: the plan, which would have moved migrants to districts represented by political foes of the president including nancy pelosi was reported to congress by whistleblowers within the department of homeland security according to "the washington post." "the post" reports the white house asked the department of homeland security to review the idea in an email that added, there is not a white house decision on this. in a statement released just after the story broke, the white house said, this was just a suggestion. it was floated and rejected which ended any further discussion. but the white house asked dhs again to explore the idea in february in the midst of the lis over funding for the border wall.
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overnight, speaker of the house nancy pelosi's spokeswoman said in a statement the extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty cannot be overstated, using human beings, including little children, as pawns in their warped game to perpetuate fear and demonize immigrants is despicable and in some cases criminal. a senior department of homeland security official tells abc news that the president himself raised this idea directly with then-secretary of dhs kirstjen nielsen. nielsen asked the legal team at the department of homeland security to review the idea. they flatly rejected it, cecilia, saying it is simply illegal. >> a lot of tough questions for the white house later today. jon karl, thank you. we turn now to the latest on wikileaks founder julian assange in custody right now in england. and this morning he is battling extradition to the u.s. where he's charged with hacking u.s. military and diplomatic secrets. abc's david wright joins us now from london.
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david, you're hearing more about the questions so many have been asking, why now? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. we're learning today that the effort to remove assange from this embassy has been in the works for some time. but sources tell abc news that assange himself learned just yesterday morning that they were throwing him out. even as british police were already here ready to drag him out. and we're told that as they did drag him out, he yelled out saying that they're just pawns of the u.s. government. julian assange defiantly threw his supporters the thumbs up as the british police van arrived at the courthouse for what's likely to be the first of many hearings. this, on the heels of that very public arrest in london thursday. a friend of assange, pamela anderson, tweeted, he looks very bad. to his defenders, assange is a
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radical whistleblower for the duj tall auj. >> this is a dark day for journalism. >> this sets a dangerous precedent for all media organizations and journalists. >> reporter: but in court, the judge took a different view, calling assange a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests. u.s. authorities have wanted to arrest him for nearly a decade, ever since wikileaks first published a trove of stolen military secrets including this video of u.s. forces killing iraqi civilians by mistake. u.s. officials say assange helped chelsea manning, a former soldier, crack password-protected files on a classified government computer, a charge that carries a five-year prison sentence. the indictment does not mention wikileaks' more recent role during the 2016 election disseminating democratic emails stolen by russian hackers. during the campaign candidate trump said he was a fan. >> this just came out. wikileaks, i love wikileaks. this wikileaks stuff is unbelievable. this wikileaks is like a treasure trove. >> reporter: now, not so much.
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>> mr. president, do you still love wikileaks? >> i know nothing about wikileaks. >> reporter: assange is scheduled for his next court appearance may 2nd. that will be his first opportunity to address the extradition request. cecelia? >> all right, david wright, thank you. joining us now, our chief legal analyst dan abrams. let's do a deep dive. this is the debate, is assange a journalist or is assange a thief? the u.s. government has to walk a very fine line here. >> the indictment walks a fine line here. the indictment tries to ensure we don't have to answer that question right now because the indictment does not accuse him of publishing. the crime is not the publishing of the information. he wasn't charged under the espionage act for example. what he was charged with is for assisting chelsea manning in trying to crack a pass word. and trying to help her get access to information she wouldn't have had access to in her role at that time.
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and from the government's perspective that has nothing to do with journalism. it has to do with trying to hack into a server you didn't have access to. and that's a crime. >> one thing that surprised a lot of people about this indictment is that it didn't mention wikileaks' involvement in the 2016 election. the publication of those russian hacked emails of top democrats. why not? >> because as of right now we don't know that there's any evidence that assange worked with the russians to hack. remember, what we're talking about in the manning case is actually working with manning to help hack. there's no evidence right now that we have with regard to assange and that with the russians. >> but there may be more coming from the government. >> there could be more coming. this could be the first step. >> okay. >> dan abrams, thanks. now to the deadly spring blizzard that's pounding the midwest. snow is still coming down this morning. there's more than two feet of snow in some areas and whiteout conditions as well that are wreaking havoc on roads. abc's alex perez is in st. cloud, minnesota with the latest. good morning, alex.
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>> reporter: hey, good morning, michael. for a lot of people, it's day three of blizzard-like conditions and heavy snow. i want you the take a look at this from a different angle. you can see the snow mounds are growing. and crews are working around the clock to keep up. this morning, the blizzard pummeling the midwest, wreaking havoc across six states, turning deadly. in st. cloud, minnesota, an overturned car, tractor-trailers facing the wrong way, highways nearly invisible to drive in. listen as roaring winds and chunks of hail pound windows. wind gusts knocking down light posts. and even this trooper directing traffic around this jack-knifed semi. overnight over 200 miles of i-29 shut down from the canadian border down to south dakota due to no visibility and hazardous driving conditions. earlier on the interstate semitrucks sliding into ditches and this truck submerged in water. near fargo, this tractor-trailer carrying at least six cars
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needing to be pulled back onto the road. and take a look at this, the flooding across roadways, a rare occurrence from a storm that crippled almost half of the country. in colorado, one person was killed near denver's airport and a state trooper was injured when his cruiser was hit by another car. watch as this gas station goes dark in minnesota where over 14,000 still remain without power. and lightning illuminating chicago's skyline as this monster storm pushes east. and that is the good news here. the major parts of this storm finally moving on out of here. george? >> thank goodness for that. alex, thanks very much. now to new trouble for michael avenatti. the former lawyer for stormy daniels and foe of president trump is now facing dozens of charges for stealing millions from clients. if convicted, avenatti could spend decades behind bars. whit johnson with the details. good morning, whit. >> reporter: george, good morning to you. michael avenatti says he's made powerful enemies over the years but prosecutors pulled no
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punches, characterizing the flashy lawyer as a thief, a fraud, and a liar, who took advantage of his own clients. this morning, brash celebrity attorney michael avenatti now fighting for his own freedom. prosecutors accusing the man who once considered running for president of stealing millions of dollars from clients to fund a lavish lifestyle. from reportedly sporting a watch worth tens of thousands to a flashy race car business and this private jet now seized by the feds. >> it is lawyer 101, you do not steal your client's money. >> reporter: avenatti soaring to fame by representing porn star stormy daniels in a case against president trump. the attorney facing 36 charges including wire fraud, tax fraud, bank fraud, and perjury, in what prosecutors describe as a complex web of lies and financial back channels between his law firm, troubled seattle coffee company, and other businesses. >> typically in the form of payments designed to string along victims so as to prevent
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mr. avenatti's financial house of cards from collapsing. >> reporter: in one case jeffrey johnson, a paraplegic man, won a $4 million settlement from l.a. county. the indictment claiming avenatti hid that money from his client for years, giving johnson just enough for rent at an assisted living facility. if convicted, he could face up to 335 years in prison. avenatti is also facing federal charges in new york, accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from nike. and avenatti is also firing back on twitter saying, quote, i intend to fully fight all charges and plead not guilty, but a long legal battle ahead for him. >> for sure. whit, thank you. we turn now to new developments in the jussie smollett saga. overnight the city of chicago officially sued the embattled h
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,jussie what about an apology? >> reporter: after being largely out of the public eye, "empire" star jussie smollett appeared this week vacationing in hawaii, a world away in chicago, the city formally filing a civil complaint against smollett after his refusal to reimburse the city for what it says are more than $130,000 in police overtime costs accrued. the city says dozens of officers and detectives spent weeks investigating what they call false claims about that alleged attack. >> i don't know if y'all been reading the blogs and all that foolishness but it's kind of been a tough week. >> reporter: the filings also alleging a specific timeline of the january 29th incident, claiming that smollett planned it with brothers abel and ola osundairo only four days prior. the documents also claim smollett was in direct contact with the brothers about an hour before the attack that night and the following morning.
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prosecutors announced they were dismissing all 16 counts against smollett, enraging city officials. >> given that he doesn't feel any sense of contrition or remorse, my recommendation when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words i'm accountable, for the hoax. >> reporter: we've reached out to smollett's team. they have not had any comment on this. his attorney says he denies making any false statements. the city is asking for $130,000 which could triple and they're tacking on legal costs which the city has accrued. >> thanks, stephanie. >> thanks, stephanie. now to the celebration of 33-year-old rapper and activist nipsey hussle's life. more than 20,000 packing into the l.a. staples center for his memorial service, the first and only one held there to honor an entertainer since michael jackson's. his girlfriend lauren london gave this touching tribute. >> his soul was majestic. he was the strongest man that i ever knew. a gentle father. a patient leader. a divine light.
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he was brilliant. he researched everything, completely self-taught, constantly seeking knowledge. >> and a letter from president -- former president obama was read. it said, while most folks look at the crenshaw neighborhood where he grew up and see only gangs, bullets, and despair, nipsey saw potential and hope. he really invested everything he had back into the community. it's a big loss. >> you can see the community giving back right now. >> exactly. switch gears to news at home. disney unveiling disney plus. it will bring movies and shows direct to you. bob iger promises it will be a game-changer for consumers. and adrienne bankert had the chance to sit down with him and talk about it. >> reporter: for the first time ever the disney vault is unlocked forever. >> that's a big deal. all disney in one place, never existed before. that's going to disneyland every day of the week. >> reporter: the groundbreaking streaming service disney plus will be the new permanent home to disney's entire catalog of
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movies, classics like "mary poppins" -- ♪ a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down ♪ >> reporter: snow white -- ♪ with a smile and a song >> reporter: and "the little mermaid." ♪ under the sea, under the sea ♪ nobody beat us try us and eat us under the sea ♪ >> reporter: the new service also will be the only place to find films from marvel, pixar, and "star wars." it will also be the home of an expanded "star wars" universe, the new series, "the mandalorian" set to premiere later this year. we sat down with disney chairman and ceo bob iger. >> someone asked me today on a scale of 1 to 10, what is this? i said, i don't know, 15. >> what's the magic behind disney plus that will separate it from other streaming services? >> i think those brands. and the connection that people have to those brands. this sets us apart from the rest of the world because of that
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connection that people have to these beloved storytellers, really. >> homer simpson here, proud addition to the disney family and soon appearing on disney plus. >> reporter: the extensive library includes hit shows like "the simpsons," films like "the sound of music" and exclusive original programming which will include two new marvel series, one based on "falcon and the winter soldier." >> when do we start? >> we just did. >> reporter: another starring loki. what would you saw this is? is out a reimagination? a transformation for the company? >> this is an extension for the company of what it has done for 96 years which is tell great stories that entertain the world, people of all generations, that because the stories that we tell tend to touch people's hearts, they kind of live forever. what we actually try to do is not live up to their expectations. we try to exceed their expectations. >> reporter: disney plus launches in november. it will cost $6.99 a month and
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the movie behind us, here, "captain marvel" will be the most recent release added to the library from day one. pretty exciting. >> really exciting. all right, adrienne, thank you. also this morning, talk show host wendy williams is filing for divorce from her husband of more than two decades. we have the latest on that ahead but first let's go over to rob. hey, rob. good morning, everyone. we are going to reload the atmosphere after this blizzard exits tomorrow. severe weather threat from houston, dallas, memphis. freeport in the bull's eye. tornados possible. time now for your weekend getaways brought to you by adp. good morning.
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i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. sunshine and warmth return today. they peak tomorrow and then our coldest day will be monday when some showers arrive, and even warmer temperatures next week. here's a look today. mid mid-60s along the coast and tonight inland. look at the rebound in we have a whole lot going on this friday morning. we'll tell you about wendy williams when we come back. stick with us. and i recently had hi, ia heart attack. it changed my life. but i'm a survivor. after my heart attack, my doctor prescribed brilinta. it's for people who have been hospitalized for a heart attack. brilinta is taken with a low-dose aspirin.
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investigators about work he did for ukrainian officials after being hired by paul manafort. in a video he released overnight, craig denied any wrongdoing, vowed to fight the charges. he's due in court this morning and could face up to five years in jail if convicted. an unexpected sight at a red sox game. that's a drone flying over fenway park in boston last night. it certainly caused distraction on the field. boston batter mitch moreland even needed to take a minute to collect himself. see it there. but ultimately, it may have been a good luck charm. moreland hit a game-tying double and the sox came back to win 7-6. police and the faa are now investigating that unauthorized flyover. that's a distraction when you're playing. >> they didn't buy a ticket. they still wanted to see the game i guess. thank you, cecilia. now those new developments for talk show host wendy williams, the star filing for divorce from her husband of more than two decades weeks after revealing she was living in a
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sober halfway house. deborah roberts is here with that. good morning, deborah. >> reporter: good morning, michael. bn a tough cup of week for wendy williams, the talk show host known for her tongue and dishy interviews, is now in the thick of her own personal drama which could have a big impact on her business dealings. it's an outcome wendy williams vowed would never happen, but after a sometimes rocky two decade marriage, the daytime diva filing for divorce from kevin hunter, her long time manager, producer of her namesake show. citing irreconcilable differences. on thursday fans may have noticed she was wearing a different ring on her finger. and offering no comment on her relationship. the news comes after williams' return from a two-month hiatus to deal with a fractured shoulder and complications regarding her graves disease. then she denied any marital strife. >> i'm still very much in love with my husband. and anybody who has been married
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for 5 minutes or 500 years, you know -- marriages have ebbs and flows. marriages are not easy. >> reporter: yet the 54-year-old has long been candid about her marital troubles, revealing in her 2003 memoir, "wendy's got the heat," that she learned of her husband's alleged infidelity shortly after the birth of her son kevin jr. in 2000. >> it has made our marriage -- and i know this is cliche but it's true. it's made our marriage stronger. i love him and he loves me and we addressed it head on. >> reporter: the rumors never died, yet williams remained committed to her marriage. >> you can believe what you want but -- okay? all is well in hunterville. don't believe the hype. and if there was hype, believe me you, i would let you know. >> reporter: the impending divorce is just the latest in a series of personal struggles for williams. >> the truth -- um --
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>> reporter: last month, raw and emotional, the talk show host revealing she's been struggling with her sobriety and living in a sober house. >> lights out by 10:00 p.m. so i go to my room and i stare at the ceiling and i fall asleep to wake up to come back here to see you. so that is my truth. [ applause ] >> reporter: well, this new truth, this personal split, could become a professional problem for her. in addition to being her manager, williams' husband helped her start a production company and is one of the executive producers on the show. so could be a little tough to untangle. >> really integrated into the business so what does that mean for the show? >> well, and some people are asking that question. at this point her spokesperson is saying they remain committed to bringing an entertaining and topical show to viewers, so at this stage they're staying the course. she talks about it a lot so people will be listening to hear what she's going to say. >> wishing her well. thank you. >> thank you, deborah.
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the latest on the college admissions scandal. the harvard grad at the center of the scheme is set to plead guilty this afternoon for his role in faking standardized test scores for wealthy students, including felicity huffman's daughter. linsey davis is here with the details. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, george. he is the 36-year-old test-taking genius who reportedly raked in $230,000 for changing test answers for college-bound students. mark riddell has apologized for his involvement in this massive college admissions scheme and today plans to enter guilty pleas on two counts for what he has called needless actions. he was once touted for his tutoring prowess and skills on the harvard tennis team. this morning mark riddell is gearing up for a match at a much different court, federal court, as he plans to plead guilty to mail fraud and money laundering charges for his involvement as the go-to standardized test-taker in the varsity blues scandal. according to prosecutors, riddell worked for this man, singer, the alleged mastermind
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behind the multimillion-dollar college cheating scheme. >> getting into the right college will set the trajectory for the rest of your son or daughter's life. don't leave it to chance. >> reporter: authorities claim singer paid riddell about $10,000 a pop to either take college entrance exams for his clients' children or correct their answers afterward. >> he was just a really smart guy. he did not have inside information about the correct answers. he was just smart enough to get a near perfect score on demand. >> reporter: court documents point to actress felicity huffman as just one of the parents who used riddell's services. riddell allegedly flying from his home in tampa to los angeles to proctor the s.a.t. for huffman's oldest daughter sophia in 2017, ultimately raising her score to a 1420, about a 400-point increase from her psat exam. huffman, who is now pleading guilty, says her daughter knew absolutely nothing about her actions. prosecutors say last july author jane buckingham claimed her son was too sick to travel to take
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his a.c.t. riddell flew to houston to take the test on his behalf. buckingham even providing riddell this handwriting sample from her son and requesting a sample test to have her son take at home so that he would believe he had taken the test. riddell achieved a score of 35 out of 36. buckingham has also pleaded guilty. prior to his arrest, riddell was an alum and director of the college entrance exam preparation at the prestigious img academy in florida. riddell saying in a statement, i'm profoundly sorry for the damage i've done and grief i have caused those as a result of my needless actions. but denying any bribery. saying, i absolutely never bribed anyone. riddell was terminated from img academy. they say none of its students or parents were involved in the scheme. he could face as many as 20 years behind bars and a quarter of a million dollar fine but prosecutors are recommending a punishment at the lower end of the guidelines.
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your car, and the answer might surprise you. abc's chief national correspondent matt gutman joins us from los angeles. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, cecilia, good morning. with climate change making severe weather and downed trees so much more common, our experts tell us you're going to see a lot more of these, downed power lines. 110 volts can kill someone. and these can typically carry 13,000 votes. i learned it's not just the powerlines themselves that are energized by all of the ground around them. 24 power lines toppling in washington state just days ago, crushing this car and trapping a couple inside. incredibly they escaped with only minor injuries. sparks flying after a tree brought down this power line in new jersey last year. >> oh, my gosh. >> reporter: it landed right on
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lauren feldman's car. >> i was terrified. my first instinct was to open my car door and to get out. >> reporter: doing that might have electrocuted her. miraculously a gas company worker happened to be in the area and told her to stay put. this is that technician and lauren says he saved her life. >> what might seem like nothing to him was really everything to my family. >> reporter: to learn how to escape a possible live wire, we head to the pse & g training center in edison, new jersey, where we set up all the ingredients for a worst case scenario. a crippled car, a downed power line obviously with the juice turned off, and for good measure, a simulated engine fire. there is smoke billowing up in this car. first a breakdown of the danger from safety expert joe wallace. you touch this, you're dead. >> yes. >> reporter: it's not just the wire that's charged. it's also the ground around it, up to 30 feet in every
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direction, which is why experts say the number one rule when encountering a downed power line, stay in the car and call 911. would there be any time in which you want to just get out of the car? >> say the vehicle is on fire, then yes. >> reporter: if it comes to that, he says there's a right way and a very wrong way. my inclination would be to just get out of the car. you want to get away. touching the ground even with just one foot while still in contact with a potentially energized vehicle could cause electricity to flow from the car through my body, essentially turning me into a human jumper cable. now, the correct way. i can touch here, right? >> correct. >> reporter: the bunny hop, standing up and jumping clear of the car with your feet together. then the shuffle. >> short steps, as small as possible. >> small as possible. it may look silly but because
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energy flows in one foot and out the other, keeping them together eliminates or reduces the chances of a potentially deadly charge from entering my body. once you lift, then you create the potential for a circuit and then you get shocked. >> correct. >> reporter: he says you want to do that for at least 30 feet to clear that shock zone. might take awhile but it might save your life, too. now, we put it to a test during a simulated engine fire. we pump the car full of synthetic smoke. if this were real the smoke would kill me if i stayed inside. i've waited here, called 911. but now i've got to get out of this car because it's really dangerous. so i open the door, stand up. i've got to take my hop with two feet, landing, and then shuffle out. our expert also said if you do open counter a downed power line or pole, also assume it's
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energized. it might not always look like it does in the movies with sparks flying everywhere. the next thing you want to do is alert everybody around you that there's a downed line and to get away and then you want to back up yourself. you do not want to you absutve escape. >> really good advice, matt, and i'm glad you're in that car because i was going to ask you to show us that shuffle again zbp i'm not getting out of this car. but you have to admit, it was a good shufl. >> well done, matt. >> thank you. all right, thank you to matt for that. coming up, everybody, when we come back, we have our play of the day. now might not be the best time to ask yourself are my bones strong? life is full of make-or-break moments. that's why it's so important to help reduce your risk of fracture with prolia®. only prolia® is proven to help strengthen and protect bones from fracture with 1 shot every 6 months. do not take prolia® if you have low blood calcium, are pregnant, are allergic to it, or take xgeva®. serious allergic reactions,
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it's 8:00 a.m. new weather threat this morning following that deadly spring blizzard. six states on alert after the storm dropped more than two feet of snow. now parts of the south bracing for strong tornados. rob tracking the latest. excitement growing as the world waits for baby sussex, expected to arrive any day now. how harry and meghan are breaking royal tradition from princess diana and duchess kate. why they're keeping the birth private. ♪ so wake me up when it's all over ♪ "gma" health alert. the usually popular allergy treatment that could have you saying so long to shots. is the new treatment as effective? dr. ashton is here live. ♪ celebrate good times come on dwyane wade live. it's a slam dunk morning here at "gma." the basketball legend sitting down for an exclusive first
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interview since retiring. how he's celebrating with his wife gabrielle union and their baby. what she said to him right after his last game, and what's next for the all-star athlete and his family. the force is strong this morning. >> "star wars," yeah! >> "gma" is live from the epic "star wars" celebration in a galaxy far, far away. r2-d2, bb-8 taking us behind the scenes, and we are saying good morning, america. good morning, america. thank you guys for being with us on this friday morning. we hope it's off to a great start for you. >> that "star wars" experience looks really cool. very excited to see more on that coming up. we are also excited to see and hear from the stars of disney on broadway performing live. they've got an ama of disney br hits from east
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favorite songs like aladdin, "frozen." it's going to be great. >> do you think "let it go" will make it? >> i've heard of that. >> we might have a little bit of that. we have a lot of news to get to including that startling new report in the border battle. the trump white house pushed to bus detained immigrants from the border to sanctuary cities to punish political rivals like house speaker nancy pelosi. it was rejected by immigration officials. i want to go back to jon karl for the latest. good morning, jon. >> reporter: good morning, george. this is one that sounds too outlandish to be true but the white house does confirm that there was consideration to a plan here that would have transported those migrants across the border illegally, taken them and set them free in cities governed by democrats who are opposed to the president's immigration policies. the plan reported first by the "washington post" and confirmed by abc news would have
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transported the migrants to so-called sanctuary cities where local leaders have a policy of not cooperating with federal immigration officials. the idea was first raised in november shortly after the midterm elections when the president was raising alarms about caravans of undocumented immigrants coming from central america to see asylum in the united states. >> the democrats want open borders and they want these people coming in. >> reporter: a plan which would have moved migrants to districts represented by political foes of the president, including nancy pelosi, was reported to congress by whistleblowers within the department of homeland security, according to "the washington post." "the post" reports the white house first asked the department of homeland security to review the idea in an email that added there is not a white house decision on this. in a statement released just after the story broke, the white house said this was just a suggestion that was floated and rejected, which ended any further discussion. but the white house asked dhs again to explore the idea in february in the midst of the government shutdown when the president was battling democrats over funding for the border wall.
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a senior homeland security official tells abc news that the president himself raised this idea directly with then secretary of dhs kirstjen nielsen. nielsen asked a legal team at the department to review the idea. they came back and flatly rejected it, saying it would be illegal. meanwhile, speaker of the house nancy pelosi is out with a statement on this saying condemning the white house for considering ideas that she called, quote, despicable and in some cases criminal. george? >> i think we can expect a lot more details and congressional hearings. john carpal jon karl, thanks ths very much. we turn now to the latest on the new weather threat following that deadly spring blizzard. parts of the south now bracing for strong tornados this weekend. let's go back over to rob. >> this blizzard hitting the midwest hard. look at the winds taking this trooper that was directing traffic, the winds blowing him and sliding him across the ice. that hurts. banged up and bruised but no worse for the wear. meanwhile, snow melts so spring flooding on top of this blizzard.
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they've got a two whammy across north dakota. parts of the dakotas over two feet of snow and there's an ice component to this as well. sioux falls, roll down the window and got to bust through that ice there. this pushes across the east and we'll get rain tonight and tomorrow morning. next storm reloads and this is going to be potentially dangerous i think during the day tomorrow. i mentioned this earlier, dallas through houston, new orleans, through memphis, shreveport in the bull's eye, potential tornados here and sunday getting up towards columbus, cincinnati and towards atlanta. this is a little more what we would expect for april. unfortunately, it could be a wild weekend, guys. >> busy, thanks. >> thank you, rob. coming up, how harry and meghan are breaking royal tradition with their baby's birth. we'll talk about how it compares to princess diana. and basketball superstar dwyane wade is here live fresh off retiring and how he's celebrating with wife gabrielle union and their family. >>'t waifoat incredible performan celebrating 25 years of disney on
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] happy audience this friday morning. welcome back to "gma" and welcome all of you. are you having a good time this morning? [ cheers and applause ] >> it's going to get better later. jennifer garner is here. she's going to be here live. right now diane macedo with "pop news." >> hi, everybody. good morning. we're going to start "pop news" off today with a photo that's got us all shook up. check out how "fuller house"
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star john stamos celebrated his son billy's first birthday, matching elvis presley outfits. stamos wrote one year ago tonight our little king was born. stamos already passed on his love for elvis to his "full house" character jesse so hopefully passing it on to his son as well. his wife shared her own birthday love with this pic taken at disneyland writing, i'm so grateful to be your mama. i think we all know what uncle jesse would say to that. have mercy. of course we're all wishing little billy a happy first birthday. happy birthday, billy. lots of love to the stamos family. we move on now to oprah winfrey getting fashion tips from captain marvel's brie larson. the two met backstage at the women of the world summit in new york on wednesday and oprah is loving the oscar winner's outfit, particularly her half tucked in sweater. take a look. >> oh, i love this half in half out thing too. >> yeah, i learned that from "queer eye."
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come on, you got to do the french tuck. got to do the french tuck. >> you learn a few things. >> taught me everything i know about a french tuck. >> you can see the belt which is what i like. >> i like it and that's what -- but i've never seen it. >> wow. >> larsen played it totally cool, then turning to whoever was shooting the video saying, you got that, right? i need that footage, very important footage. she credits tan france, the fashion expert from "queer eye" for the french tuck. france saw that video and is also playing it totally cool posting a whole bunch of exclamation points, alluding to a few words i can't say on morning television. and oprah, if you need a stylist, tan is happy to oblige. finally, brad pitt made an
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appearance at a los angeles county board of supervisors' hearing and it wasn't research for an upcoming role. he was there to speak an agenda item 41 lobbying for more funding for the redesign of the l.a. museum of art and like everyone else he had to adhere to the time limits. no special treatment. check out the moment he was cut off by the board chairwoman. >> i can't say enough about him. i see my time is expired -- >> it gives me great pain to say, wrap it up, mr. pitt. it kills me to say that, but wrap it up. >> we actors suffer from ver bossty. >> we only do one take here. >> that's pretty good. let's go, mr. pitt. he wasn't the only famous face at that meeting. diane keaton was also there to lend her support to the museum and they must have been persuasive. the board approved over $117 million in funding for that project.
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>> that's good. >> they had to wrap it up but they got the funding they were looking for and with that i will wrap it up. that is "pop news." >> thank you, diane. [ applause ] we move on now to our "gma" cover story. harry and meghan breaking with royal tradition by keeping the birth of their baby under wraps. amy is here with the details. hey, amy. that's right, good morning, guys. harry and meghan saying they're not going to make any public birth announcement until they've, quote, had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family. that is a big change from will and kate and prince harry's own parents. >> reporter: this morning as prince harry continues to perform his royal duties, the excitement is mounting for the arrival of baby sussex. harry and meghan doing things their own way, keeping the plans around the arrival of their baby private, according to an official statement by buckingham palace. there was no such privacy for will and kate. the media circus famously camped outside the lindo wing for all three of their children.
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they followed in the footsteps of princes william and harry's mother princess diana who said she felt like the whole country was in labor with her. >> when princess diana had william and harry and princess kate had george, these are children who are directly in the line of succession. so there is more expectation that milestones in their lives will be shared as public moments. >> reporter: it was harry's aunt, princess anne, who kicked off the tradition of having a post baby photo snapped on the steps of london's st. mary's hospital. but it was his mother, princess diana, who made that moment iconic, posing with william and later with harry. similarly, each time kate gave birth she stepped out glowing with motherly pride. >> every time kate came out she looked amazing but actually there were people who criticized her for that, who were saying that this created high expectations on new mothers. >> reporter: now we know that we won't be seeing meghan on those steps or outside any hospital. this couple has said they want some time to themselves as a
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family before they share any images of their bundle of boy. >> they clearly don't want to be swayed by what has gone before, particularly when there is no actual official reason for them to be. >> and so we will see baby sussex when the parents are good and ready to share their joy and excitement with the rest of the world. in the meantime we'll all be wondering how he's doing and where she's going to have a baby, whether it's at home or in a hospital. well, we are all just going to have to wait and see. michael, i heard a big cheer when i was doing my reporting but i'm assuming it wasn't about my reporting. no? >> you can take that cheer for yourself if you like, amy, if it helps. but i think it was for our "gma" exclusive, because i am here with the newly retired nba superstar, dwyane wade. [ cheers and applause ] he is a three-time nba champion, a finals mvp, an olympic gold medalist and on top of that he's a basketball legend.
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on wednesday night his farewell season, it's been called one last dance. it came to an end with players and fans sad but celebrating the man known for his greatness on and off the court. let's hear it again for him right now, mr. dwyane wade, what's up, man? as i said to you a second ago, welcome to the other side of retirement from sports. we saw a party the other night. tmz had a little video of you, your wife gabrielle union, justin timberlake. you guys were getting it in after your final game. so have you recovered from that party? >> i did. it took me like -- okay, so i had a hangover. i admit, it's my first hangover i've ever had in my life. >> really? >> yeah, and it sucked. terrible. it was awful. >> if there's a time for you to deserve it, it's now. >> thank you. >> you really deserve it now, man. >> thank you. [ applause ] >> that last game when you walked off the court after your last game and just being with
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some of your clo lebron, carmelo, chris paul, those guys surprised you and were at the game, what was going through your mind? >> well, myself -- the banana boat crew, we always talk about how it's bigger than basketball. and i think we've continued to show not only the world but we continue to show the next generation of athletes how much bigger it is than basketball. so them guys being there for my last game, being over there cheering, talking to me the whole game, it was so dope and cool and i'm so appreciative of it. walking off i did a lap with my wife around the court and i just wanted to thank the fans because they made this last season like a movie for me and i'm just appreciative. >> you were with your baby girl and your wife. what did you say to them and what did they say to you? >> i'm so lucky to be in the situation where i have a 5-month-old daughter. i've been wanting a daughter my whole life and god didn't give her to us until this moment, until this time. and it was so fitting that i had
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the opportunity to end my career with me carrying her. if you see pictures, we dressed alike. [ applause ] yeah, but, um, i'm just -- once again, i'm just so filled with so much gratitude. i'm filled with so much love and so much appreciation for the people who have supported me through this process. it hasn't been easy. everybody on tv gets to see the good part of you for the most part. they get to see all the other stuff, and they've loved me through it all and i'm thankful for them. >> you talk about all the people that supported you but you support so many other people. what you did on the court was outstanding but what you've done off the court is even more outstanding. more than just an athlete, more than just a basketball player. budweiser put together a video and i watched it and i cried when i watched it. people thought i was joking until i sent it to them. we have a little clip of it so check this out. >> without you and your full tuition scholarship, none of this would have been possible. >> you're not wade the basketball player, the legend.
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you're the human being that took the time and on his own wrote my brother's name on his shoe and you cared. >> when you bought your mama that church, you don't even understand the lives that you changed. [ applause ] >> you have to -- you watched that entire video and i tell ya -- you didn't know -- >> no. >> -- that they were there. >> no. >> some you've never met before but you've impacted their lives. your wife posted on instagram, our hero, bigger than basketball. what was it like for you to hear their stories and realize the impact you had? >> you go through life and do things but you don't really understand the impact that you're really making. for me, each individual that came out, i just was in awe that i'm put in this position to be able to help so many families, so many individuals, so many
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others because i remember being like that family. i remember being that kid that needed someone to come along and say the right words to me, to give me inspiration, to help feed my family, to help us have christmases and all these different things. for me to be in this position and my family to be in this position to give back to others is so special. i always go by the creed -- my coach always told me in college to much is given, much is required. my mom told me it's bigger than basketball and i live by that. [ applause ] >> what's next? >> you tell me. >> besides getting -- well, first thing you should do is get over the hangover. that's first. >> for me, the one good thing about what i've been able to do, i got so many things going on already. i just signed a lifetime contract with a leading brand, my shoe and apparel brand in china. [ applause ] thank you. i'm focusing on growing. i just started my own sock company, parkway.f differt
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things i have a lot of partnerships and relationships and i want to make sure they continue to grow and outside of that i need to sit down with you and talk about how i get to look like this and make all that money you making. >> you're doing all right for yourself, mr. wade. one thing that you guys did which i always admire, you exchange jerseys with players throughout the season, this farewell season. so i wanted to do a little something like that with you if you didn't mind. >> yes, i would love that. >> fellas, bring them out here. i know it's two different sports, man, but the love is the same, brother. there we go. all right. congratulations, man. >> thank you, appreciate it, man. thank you guys. >> dwyane wade, everybody. now over to rob. former great athletes make great broadcasters. dwayne, you're welcome back here any time. he's fast but these guys are faster.
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what happens when you combine skiing with paragliding. this is what happens. a couple red bull athletes out there on the french alps. this is mount blanc during the height of the winter, great day. they're cruising 50, 70 miles per hour, doing flips. are you kidding me? these guys are bananas. incredible athletes out there. give it up for them. good morning. i'm abc 7 news meteorologist mike nicco. sunshine and warmth return today. they peak tomorrow and then our coldest day will be monday when some showers arrive, and even warmer temperatures next week. here's a look today. mid mid-60s along the coast and 70s tonight inland. look at the rebound in all right. it is now time for our "gma" health alert, this one for
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allergy sufferers. more than 50 million americans battle allergies every year, me included. abc news stephanie ramos has a look at a new treatment that could help. >> reporter: 24-year-old steven is a lifelong allergy sufferer. >> i tried getting allergy shots as a kid but my body reacted too much. i wasn't able to continue that. >> open your mouth. >> reporter: steven is part of a rising number of patients finding relief with immunotherapy tablets, an alternative to the way doctors traditionally treat allergies with weekly or monthly shots. >> the shots have to be done in the doctor's office, whereas the tablets are safe enough that they can be done from home on a daily basis. >> reporter: a new survey from the american college of allergy, asthma and immunology shows that 73% of allergists now prescribe the tablets called sublingual immune no therapy or
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to some of their patients. steven says he's already seeing an improvement with his allergies. >> i used to sneeze two or three times every morning when i wake up. that's pretty much gone away. >> dr. jennifer ashton joins us. good morning. >> good morning. >> i was surprised to read this. six leading cause of chronic illness in the u.s. is allergies. >> oh yeah. >> a lot of options out there to treat them. >> and this is the key, this is about 30 million americans. i talk about it in three steps. so one, the environment. when you come home, take your shoes off. if you have pets, stay away from them or make sure you're washing them because they're carrying pollen. and take a shower before you go to bed so that all that green pollen doesn't wind up on your pillow. the second thing, over the counter treatments, very effective. they can be nasal sprays, tablets. this is first line, you can go to your pharma there's a whole allergy section. the last thing, your immune system. you want to get ahead of this, cecilia, and this is where all the excitement and the focus is, is priming the immune system before you start to get symptoms. >> let's talk more about these
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tablets. a lot of people take shots for allergies. what do the tablets do? >> if you look at this chart and compare them head-to-head, they're effective in 40% to 60% of allergy sufferers but they don't have to be given in the doctor's office. they're just as safe. they do take three to five years but as you can see, they really do the same thing. so a lot of excitement for this. >> patient comes to you and says i've got really bad allergies, what do i do, what's your advice? >> i see this all the time in my office, cecilia. i say get ahead of it. don't wait for the symptoms to start. start treating the allergies before the symptoms. >> thank you. from one amazing jennifer to another, jennifer garner is here live, coming up. amazing jennifer to another, jennifer gardener is here live, coming up. here live, coming up. ner is here live, coming up.
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good morning, north bay. let's get up and get going. good morning, i'm alexis smith from abc 7 mornings. the b.a.r.t. board of directors is debating the best way to keep passengers safe. the b.a.r.t. managerial located $2 million in the proposed budget for more police officers, but some are asking for unarmed ambassadors or convicts who would be trained to de-escalate situations. we have some red in the traffic mass after a really slow start. a typical backup here with this emergency road repair, so several miles of traffic that will cost you 20 minutes. 680 through walnut creek, we did
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have some debris in the roadway. it looks like
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temperatures are responding to that earlier sunshine. we're in the 40s and getting into the mid-50s. in fact, the commute is going to be great today other than south of theing to be breezy this afternoon. all right, we've got fireworks tonight at oracle. it starts at 7:15, dropping into the mid-50s. look at the warmth this weekend,
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alexis. >> looks good to me. thanks, mike. we'll have another update [ cheers and applause ]te welcome back to "gma," and we have a wonderful guest with us this morning. we've loved her in everything from "13 going on 30" to "dallas buyers club" to "love simon." please welcome jennifer garner. [ cheers and applause ] ♪ i love it >> nice to see you. i guess i'm bringing these out. hi. nice to see you. hi. >> you come bearing treats. >> i do. oh, i'm going around. hang on, hold the phone. coming back, okay. yes, this is, you know, just a little kid food, baby food in case you need some.
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>> i do. i need a pick-me-up. they say you should always try to stay a kid, right? >> that's right. >> you're so busy. you're an actress but also you're a business woman. and i love this, you are the co-founder and chief branding officer of once upon a farm. >> mm-hmm. >> where do the ideas for these products come up? >> gosh, they come up from everything from -- you know, if you think what holiday is coming up next, thanksgiving, what are we growing on the farm. we've got some lovely squash, what is the flavor profile, it's so much fun. >> can i have one? >> yes. a smoothie. >> some of the food, some of the ingredients come from your mom's farm, your mom's family farm? >> yeah. my mom's family farm is in locust grove, oklahoma. it's been there forever. my uncle just switched jobs and became a farmer so that he could grow food for our little
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company. it's so much fun. there's nothing -- the fun thing is there's like -- this is the only thing in this, omega veggie is apple, carrot, beat, ginger, flaxseed. there's no filler, sugars, concentrate. >> you have th a smoothie today. >> oh, good. [ cheers and applause ] >> i want to talk a lot more about this in a moment and you also have a really big announcement you're going to surprise us with. that's a hint. but first there's an anniversary that i've heard about. this month marks 15 -- you're like, what did they pull out of the closet. >> i know. >> 15 years since "13 going on 30." [ applause ] >> any favorite memories from that? such a great movie. >> it was the cast, judy grier, working with judy. we had so much fun together. she was my frenemy and we're still really good friends. >> you're still friends from the movie? >> yes. >> that's great. >> could we see a sequel? >> like "15 going on 50?" simmer down, leave well enough
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alone. [ applause ] >> cap it at 30. >> i like that, 15 going on 50. we talked about it earlier with the farm, but you always post videos on the farm and everything but i hear you have a complicated relationship with your chickens. >> oh, my gosh. i do have -- i have chickens and then we got more chickens and now we have a lot of chickens. yes. and so i love them and they're also chickens. >> you get a lot of eggs? >> we do. we get so many eggs. if you come over, you're going home with eggs. >> love it. >> that's for sure. >> i want a drum roll. you got this big announcement. >> okay. well, the exciting thing is that when we first started this company, john foraker, our amazing ceo and i had a mission in mind and the whole company is very mission focused and that is that this can't just be for kids
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like mine or kids who can afford the upper echelon of food. you want -- if there's something that is this good for a child it has to be available for ever [ applause ] thank you. we have been working really hard and we're the first refrigerated farm fresh baby food available with wic which is woman, infant and child. so we're excited. >> that will make a huge difference. >> yeah. so far -- we're working -- it's a process. so far it's west virginia, my home state, florida and connecticut. but we're going to knock down state by state. >> a great start. >> we're excited. >> so needed. >> that is fantastic. and we were showing you're a farmer at home as well. did you know you're a trend setter? female farmers up in the united states by more than a quarter. >> isn't that awesome? that's so cool. >> that's great. >> we know that you are a business woman, as you said. we also -- and actress obviously. we saw recently that you're a musician.
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instagram post. >> what did i do? >> you were in a high school marching bad. >> i was. i grew up in the marching band. for some reason every year i played something for my friend reese witherspoon on her birthday. >> and who doesn't love -- i mean, look at that. who doesn't love a marching band. >> did you have this ready to go or did you have to dig deep in the closet to pull that out? >> that's not my uniform. i don't have my high school marching band uniform. but i did order a uniform online. it's easy. >> and your birthday is next week. >> my birthday is next week. [ applause ] >> your birthday is next week so we wanted to kick off the celebration right now. do you mind? >> what are we going to do? are we going to have cake? >> it's a surprise for you. so we want to welcome the hyde park high school marching band.
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> oh, my gosh! ♪ ♪ >> we'll be right back, everybody. i've slain your dreaded dragon. for saving the kingdom what doth thou desire? my lord? hey good knight. where are you going? ♪ ♪ climbing up on solsbury hill
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♪ grab your things, salutations. coffee that is a cup above is always worth the quest. nespresso. tis all i desire. did thou bring enough for the whole kingdom? george: nespresso, what else?
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we're all excited for this one. we're back now with that massive "star wars" celebration, the ultimate fan experience where "star wars" devotees from all over the world headed to chicago to see celebrities and surprises from a galaxy far, far away. you knew we were going to say that. paula faris is there experiencing it all. good morning, paula. >> hey there, cecilia. i'm all up in this experience. we're at the "star wars" celebration in chicago. look at the lines of people all the way down waiting to get in this morning. typically by celebration we know something about the movie but with episode 8 we don't know the title, haven't seen a trailer. we're completely in the dark. but fans i spoke with, they don't seem to mind.
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>> "star wars," yeah! >> reporter: "star wars" biggest fans are united for the "star wars" celebration in chicago. >> whoo! >> reporter: from fan selfies. >> can you say cheese? >> cheese. >> cheese. >> reporter: to light saber dueling and crazy costumes. >> i guess you woke up like this, right? >> i did. >> reporter: i felt like i was in a galaxy far, far away. >> may the force be with you. >> how do you feel about being in the dark about episode nine. >> honestly, the less i know about it, the more excited i am because anything could happen. >> reporter: we tried to get some secrets from a fan who made r2-d2 but no luck. r2, do you have any secrets that you can dish about episode nine? >> reporter: we sat down with anthony daniels who has played cp30 since the first "star wars" movie back in 1977. >> my favorite line of his is still "we're doomed." >> we're doomed. >> he's always in the wrong place at the wrong time, poor guy. >> are you a major character in nine? >> you know you're not allowed to ask me. >> i just did.
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are you a major character in nine? >> reporter: while he was careful to stay away from spoilers, he did give us some inside knowledge. >> does it put a bow on everything? >> i wouldn't have put it that way but probably a gold ribbon. >> do you know how this one ends? >> i believe i do, yes. >> what do you think we're going to say about this one? >> i think you're going to be satisfied. i feel satisfied. >> you watch your language. >> have you seen the film? >> no. >> you haven't? >> there's an honest answer. i read the script. basically i'm out of a job. >> wait for me. wait, wait for me. wait! >> 3po will go off in memory now. >> so this is the end of 3po? >> in a sense. >> reporter: surprisingly, 40 years after he first put on that suit, it still fits. >> it's called dieting and also going to the gym pretty much every day. i'm going to do a whole workout video in the costume. think of it. >> the 3po workout, i think you're onto something. >> reporter: okay, guys, i'm really getting into the experience, so as anthony daniels just said, we're going
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to be satisfied with the ending. he said the director, jj abrams, does a beautiful job of weaving in all the story lines. these fans, you guys are hoping to see a trailer today, right? they're hoping to learn the title and i'm going to leave you on this note. may the force be with you guys, okay? how's that? >> whoa, paula. how can we possibly top that? that was amazing, paula, thank you. got our own jedi here. over to you, rob. >> i don't know about that. nice chewbacca. thank you, cecelia and paula. look, the pollen has been bad this season, especially across the south. i want to show you these pictures in flight. this is hillary lake. she's actually a producer with our cincinnati affiliate. she was flying from cincinnati to raleigh over this lake and you can see the streamers of the pollen, the green and yellow pollen, accumulating on the lake. this is another shot of jordan lake near good morning.
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i'm abc 7 news meteorologist nike nicco. bright and cooler this morning but sunny this afternoon. above average saturday but cocococococococococococococococo yes, spring is here but coco winter is always coming, cecilia and amy. >> oh, rob, don't say it. all week long we've been counting down to the final season of "game of thrones," now just two days away. amy is our expert. you got to sit down with some stars to talk about the big finale. >> that's right. winter is finally coming this weekend and i got to talk to everyone from jaime lannister to arya stark to the red woman discussing their favorite moments, favorite fan encounters and how they would describe the final episodes. >> reporter: for the past ten years, "game of thrones" has been a pop culture phenomenon. with classic lines -- >> when you play the "game of
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thrones," you win or you die. >> reporter: -- and unforgettable moments. >> the lannisters send their regards. >> reporter: but even more iconic than the show itself is the opening. and if you thought you were the only one who sang along to the show's opening credits, think again. >> bum, bum, bum. >> that tune is so good. da, da, da, da. >> it's catchy. >> usually you fast forward through the opens, but i like to watch the open because it gets you in the mood. what do fans say to you when they see you? >> they say lord of lights or die [ bleep ] die. >> what do fans say to you when they see you in person? >> i thought you were bigger in real life. >> yeah, i thought you were taller. >> thought you were taller. >> yeah, i love padraig, he's my favorite character. >> i get a lot of, like, the north rib remembers, which i like a lot. >> where's your hand? oh, you've got two hands? >> winter is coming. we know what's coming with it.
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>> we don't want you to give anything away about season eight, but how would you describe it. >> horrible and beautiful. >> what would the two of you do if you were sitting on the iron throne together? >> the first thing i would do is completely abolish the iron throne. you'll see that this iron throne and what it symbolizes causes more harm than good really. >> oh, but it's caused so much delicious drama. by the way, in case you hadn't heard, the final season of "game of thrones" premieres this sunday on hbo. be at my house. >> we know what you'll be doing. >> party at my house. coming up next, an epic disney on broadway mash-up. you don't want to miss this one. it's a once in a lifetime to score the latest styles forg the whole family... ...and something for you. oh yeah. that's yes for less. you heard me - 20 to 60 percent off
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>> that's right and this morning we have an amazing mash-up of some of disney's biggest hits from the past 25 years performed by the stars of disney's three current shows, "the lion king," "aladdin", and "frozen." so take it away, guys. [ applause ] ♪ be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test ♪ ♪ tie a napkin around your waist and we'll provide the rest ♪ ♪ man we only live to serve ♪ try the gray stuff it's delicious ♪ ♪ don't believe me ask the dishes ♪ ♪ they can sing, our dinner here is never second best ♪ ♪ go on unfold your menu, take a glimpse and then you'll be our guest, be our guest, be our guest ♪ ♪ can you feel the love
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tonight ♪ ♪ you needn't look to find it ♪ ♪ love is where we are ♪ oh supercalifragilistic- expialidocious even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious, if you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious ♪ ♪ hum diddle little lie ♪ you'll be in my heart, you'll be here in my heart ♪ ♪ yes, you'll be in my heart ♪ from this day on now and forever more ♪ ♪
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♪ under the sea, under the sea, when the sardine begin it's music to me ♪ ♪ what do they got, a lot of sand ♪ ♪ we got a hot percussion band ♪ that's why it's harder under the water ♪ ♪ under the sea ♪ under the sea ♪ we're always out there ♪ we're always out there ♪ showing every sucker that we can ♪ ♪ feel the competition, exhibition, to be out there carrying the banner ♪ >> it's genie time.
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good morning, america! hey! ♪ mr. aladdin, sir, a wish or two or three ♪ ♪ you ain't never had a friend, never had a friend, never had a friend ♪ ♪ you ain't never had a friend like me ♪ ♪ never had a friend like me, yay ♪ ♪ why can't i see, i'm never going back, the past is in the past ♪ ♪ let it go, let it go and i'll rise like the break of dawn ♪ ♪ let it go, let it go, that perfect girl is gone ♪
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♪ here i stand in the light of day ♪ ♪ let the storm rage on, the cold never bothered me anyway ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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"good morning america" is sponsored by king's hawaiian food. we have a lot of special guests this morning including our very own lion king. diane macedo's adorable baby boy. thanks for watching and thanks to you guys for being here. it was a great morning.
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good morning. i'm alexis smith from abc 7 morn mornings. let's check in with mike nicco for the forecast. hey, mike. >> good morning. 70 degrees today. a little blustery at some of the brin bridges and the south bay bridge will be blustery at the bay. you may need a coat, 67 degrees. warmer tomorrow, a chance of rain monday, and then warmer next week. checking out the commute, we do have a new alert in the east bay. four-vehicle crash. one of those flipped over and landed on its roof. they just have the far right lane blocked, but you have a couple miles of heavy traffic approaching that scene.
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the bay meter lights still on. unfortunately, [cheers and applause] >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, actress and fashion innovator, kate hudson. and from the monster hit "game of thrones," gwendoline christie! plus, a performance from singer-songwriter dean lewis. all next on "live"! and now, here are kelly ripa and ryan seacrest! [cheers and applause] >> ryan: i don't know, that's all i know. hi, hi, hi

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