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making news in "america this morning," the release of the mueller report, sparks a new political war in washington. democrats citing disturbing evidence of obstruction, while the president declares victory. this morning, the big takeaways, and what happens next? and press secretary sarah sanders speaks out overnight, facing new calls to resign after admitting she made up a story. weather alert. at least three people killed, as severe storms slam the south and march east. the areas getting hit the hardest, just in time for the holiday weekend. breaking overnight, a massive fire erupts at this church in florida, as we learn new details about the man arrested with cans of gas at st. patrick's cathedral in new york. the investigations this morning. new trouble for facebook ceo mark zuckerberg.
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word that regulators may hold him accountable for privacy breaches, just as news breaks about a breach at instagram. and attack on the golf course. a man attacked by a bobcat jumping on to his back. the gluten-free shocker. what you're really being served at restaurants. and what is an epic winning streak? another record for this "jeopardy!" champion. and now, we learned quiz show success runs in the family. from abc news in new york, this is "america this morning." >> good friday morning. thank you for joining us. we begin with the new political battle brewing in the aftermath of the mueller report. the white house and the president are claiming victory as democrats cry foul. >> the report details efforts by president trump to seize control of the russia investigation and fire the special counsel. the report has also lifted the curtain on some of the chaos and lack of truthfulness coming from the white house. >> it's a great day in america. >> reporter: this morning, the
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white house is taking a victory lap after attorney general william barr has released the redacted version of the mueller report. >> what we've been saying for 2 1/2 years is finally totally vindicated. the president is completely exonerated. no collusion. no obstruction. >> reporter: the president is also claiming vindication. >> i'm having a good day, too. it was called no collusion, no obstruction. >> reporter: president trump defiantly tweeting, i had the right to end the whole witch hunt if i wanted. i could have fired everyone, including mueller, if i wanted. i chose not to. i had the right to use executive privilege, i didn't. the 448-page report details a 22-month investigation. special counsel robert mueller found no evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the president or his associates in russian meddling in the 2016 election. but mueller declined to clear the president of 11 possible instances of obstruction of justice. the report describes the moment the president learned that a special counsel had been appointed. the president slumped back in
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his chair and said, oh, my god. this is terrible. this is the end of my presidency. i'm expletive. the report finds the president then tried to intervene in the investigation. the report says his efforts were mostly unsuccessful because the persons surrounding the president declined to carry out his orders. according to report, the president pressured the then-white house counsel don mcgahn to get mueller fired. the president called mcgahn and directed him to call the acting attorney general, rod rosenstein, and say the special counsel has conflicts of interest and must be removed. mcgahn recalled the president telling him, mueller must go. mcgahn refused, and would rather resign than trigger a saturday night massacre, a reference to the watergate scandal. at the time, the president denied he was trying to oust the special counsel. >> mr. president, have you thought about or considered leading to the dismissal of the special counsel? >> i haven't given it any thought. >> reporter: mueller wrote, if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts, that the president did
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not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. legal experts say the report makes it clear there's significant evidence the president may have obstructed justice, even though it was not conclusive. >> it's hard to find obstruction of justice when you're talking about a president who has wide power and authority to fire someone. most importantly here, is they applied justice department precedent, which says that you cannot indict a sitting president. robert mueller made it clear that was very important. >> reporter: the report also finds numerous incidents where the president's aides made statements to the public that were not truthful. in may 2017, white house press secretary sarah sanders was asked about the firing of fbi director james comey, and claimed that countless members of the bureau had lost confidence in comey. but while under oath, sanders said that statement was not founded on anything. overnight, sanders responded to critics slamming her for lying to reporters. >> i acknowledged when i had a slip of the tongue when i used the word countless. it's not untrue.
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a number of current and former fbi agents agreed with the president. >> so, what's next? there's already talk this morning of new subpoenas and more testimony on capitol hill. >> our serena marshall has more of what we can expect in the coming days. serena, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. while the report did not charge the president with any wrongdoing, politically, that is a different story. jim himes of krconnecticut says the report reads like "the godfather." another democrat called it a damning document that outlines misdeeds by the president. house judiciary committee chairman jerry nadler says it's now up to congress to hold the president accountable. >> the mueller report outlines disturbing evidence, that president trump engaged in obstruction of justice and other misconduct. the responsibility now falls to congress to hold the president accountable for his actions. >> does that mean impeachment? >> that's one possibility. >> reporter: and in a new statement, democratic leaders
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nancy pelosi and chuck schumer say mueller's report outlines a president that has been weaving a web of deceit, ies and improper behavior. but you wouldn't know any of that because mr. barr has been so misleading. so, here's what's next -- congress gets to see a less reacted version next week. house democrats have subpoenaed to see the full report with no redactions. the attorney general william barr will face questions about the report when he testifies in front of the house and senate committees. and we could hear from robert mueller himself. democrats have asked him to testify by may 23rd. the mueller report also outlined at least 12 other cases being investigated by the department of justice and the fbi. these are cases we don't even know about. now, republicans are saying that it's time to move on. "gamof but politically, janai and kenneth, this is far from over. >> so many questions still remain. serena, thank you. and "good morning america" will continue our coverage of the mueller report this morning, including a live interview with
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white house press secretary sarah sanders. breaking overnight, authorities near tampa, florida, are investigating a massive fire at a church in the town of brandon. one firefighter collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. the fire destroyed a building next to the main church. no word what caused the fire. meanwhile, new details about the man arrested at st. patrick's cathedral in new york with cans of gas and lighter fluid. officials say he had booked a one-way flight to rome. and earlier this week, he refused to leave a church in new jersey. they described him as emotionally disturbed. investigators in paris believe an electrical short circuit is likely the cause of the fire at notre dame. today's good friday observances will be held outside the church. wood planks are being used to support the walls and investigators have yet to get inside because of safety concerns. now, to the new trouble for facebook ceo mark zuckerberg. "the washington post" reports that federal regulators are considering whether to hold him responsible for his company's sources tell "the post," the ftc is looking into increasing
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oversight of zuckerberg's leadership, as it investigates the mishandling of users' private information. the report follows facebook's acknowledgment that millions of instagram passwords have been exposed. and that's in addition to hundreds of millions of facebook passwords that were stored in readable texts that employees could access. the storms pounding in the gulf coast states are blamed for killing two drivers in mississippi and a woman hit by a falling tree in alabama. tornadoes and straight-line winds flipped over parked cars, tore businesses and homes apart and caused more than 100,000 power outages. the storms could delay holiday travel along the east coast today. let's take a closer look at your friday forecast. >> good friday morning. we're tracking more severe weather across the southeast from d.c. to orlando. damaging winds, flash flooding and a few tornadoes can't be ruled out. heavy rains into the northeast and new england through our friday afternoon and into friday night. this pesky system is going to
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last through our saturday for some and even into easter sunday with some lingering showers in the northeast. we're talking some unsettled weather across parts of the plains and back into the interior west, as well, with warm and dry weather across the south. i'm accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso. coming up, the truth about gluten-free and what you're really getting at restaurants. also ahead, big changes coming to the menu at mcdonald's. the items that will soon disappear. and an attack on a golf course. a bobcat going after a golfer. a witness describes how it
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we're back with rapper kodak black using cash to cover his face after being released from a western new york jail.
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that is quite a sight. he and three associates were arrested at the canadian border on drugs and weapons charges. investigators say they had marijuana and undeclared guns. they are free on bond. "the national enquirer" will soon have a new owner. hudson news heir james cohen is picking up the tabloid for a reported $100 million from american media. the sale comes after david pecker was accused of burying stories harmful to president trump and trying to blackmail amazon founder jeff bezos. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell says he will introduce a bill to raise the national smoking age from 18 to 21. his proposal includes all tobacco and vaping items, saying it's a health issue that's one of his top priorities. the cdc reports nine out of every ten smokers try their first cigarettes by age 18. a new concern for people who must have gluten-free meals. a new study finds 32% of restaurant foods labeled gluten-free actually contain gluten. eating gluten can be dangerous for people with celiac disease
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or other gluten-sensitive conditions. the worst offenders were pizza and pasta. say good-bye to premium burgers and chicken. mcdonald's is ditching the premium sandwiches to focus on old standards like the quarter pounder. mcdonald's came up with the signature burgers to match moves by competitors. the fancy sandwiches cost more and slowed down service lines because they took longer to make. what about the milkshake machines? >> i was going to say, don't get rid of the mcflurries. coming up, uber rolls out new safety measures. but first, the new court ruling on whether parents can be forced to vaccinate their children during the measles outbreak. and exclusive video of the cave rescue in tennessee to save one of the most elite divers in the world. ask about xeljanz xr, a once-daily pill for adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis or active psoriatic arthritis
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bratchley found an air pocket the size of a room. he was covered in mud and waiting for help when diver edd sorenson finally reached him. it happened 40 feet underground. >> bratchley was missing for more than 24 hours. but he is okay. we turn, now, to a new court ruling in the measles outbreak. a judge has upheld a controversial vaccination order in new york. >> it comes as more schools are shut down and more parents are facing big fines. this morning, measles are on the rise. most of the infected are unvaccinated children. and now, new york city is taking drastic measures to stop the spike in cases. >> this is our 29th week fighting the measles outbreak here in rockland, the longest lasting current outbreak in the entire nation. >> reporter: the health department has ordered that adults and children who live, work or go to school in four zip codes to receive an mmr vaccine within 48 hours. and last night, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by parents fighting the mandate. the city has already issued
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summons to three parents whose children were found unvaccinated. the city has also closed four more schools amid the current outbreak. meanwhile, in michigan, health officials confirmed they found patient zero, the unidentified man who they say spread the measles virus to dozens of people. a detroit rabbi posted this video to spread awareness. he says he recently recovered from measles after being exposed by a visitor at his synagogue. >> before we knew it, we had a first wave of 20 people in our community with measles. almost all of them between the ages of 30 and 62. >> reporter: freeman said he was shocked to learn that the vaccine he received in the 1960s no longer protects him. and he's not alone. the cdc says some people vaccinated between 1963 and 1967 should get revaccinated because it may no longer be effective. >> they had not perfected the vaccine until some times in the '70s.
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i, and most of the 41 others from our community, who came down with the measles, had only received a single, first-generation vaccine. >> and the cdc says, when in doubt, get another shot. the vaccine is 97% effective. another booster, they say, won't hurt. uber is rolling out a new safety procedure to make sure riders get in the right cars. it's sending new safety alerts that include a driver's name, photo, license plate number and the vehicle make and model. the feature is being rolled out after the murder of a south carolina college student who got into a man's car she had mistaken for her uber ride. a head-over-heels landing near indianapolis. look at that. it left a pilot with minor injuries. a plane tumbled over after hitting a wet, grassy area on the runway. the pilot said he didn't know the runway had flooded after heavy rain. a connecticut golfer survived a terrifying attack from a rabid bobcat. the state's first attack in five years. the cat jumped on the man's back at the mohegan sun golf course.
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a groundskeeper saw the victim rolling into a bunker. and then, he said a member of the golfer's group tried to fight off the animal with a club. >> we assumed it was two fighting. when we got up, we were a little shocked with what we saw with the cat and the gentleman. >> wow. the man was treated for scratches. police tracked down the bobcat. they believe it attacked a horse earlier that day. in sports, the nfl is admitting it made a big mistake with the tampa bay buccaneers' new schedule. the team will go 49 days between home games. during that stretch, they will travel 20,000 miles, including a trip to london. and in the nba playoffs, an easy win for the warriors. last night, they held on to their big lead over the clippers. the final score, 132-105. the 76ers and spurs also won. up next on "the pulse," the ultimate typo. first, the record-smashing "jeopardy!" champion goes for yet another win, as we learn something very interesting about
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♪ we can't stop talking about this guy. "the pulse," starts with another dominating win for the reigning "jeopardy!" champion. >> james holzhauer won $74,000, pushing his total winnings to nearly $772,000. >> and "jeopardy!" can thank him for big ratings. wednesday's episode, a bigger audience than any show in primetime. people a he does it. also, it seems game shows run in his family. his wife, melissa, was on "who wants to be a millionaire?" five
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years ago. and she won nearly $30,000. >> really racking it up with these game shows. >> maybe they just go to a lot of trivia nights together. right? it could be that. >> we're tired of winning free drinks. we want the real cash. >> we want the dollars. they're good at it. a warning about the next story. please don't try this at home. don't do it, ever. >> that's the lesson for a little boy that called 911 to get a soda from mcdonald's. >> isaiah hall had a real craving, which we can relate to. but his grandmother was asleep. he found an old, deactivated cell phone, hooked it up to the wi-fi and made the call. the dispatcher was shocked but reached out to an officer on duty. >> 911, what's your emergency? >> can you bring me mcdonald's? >> i'm sorry, what? >> can you bring me mcdonald's? >> no, i can't bring you mcdonald's. >> we all thought it was really cool that officer patterson went
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over there with the mcdonald's. it kind of made our night. >> i figured, i'm driving past mcdonald's on the way there. i might as well get him something. >> what was it like when the police officer brought you mcdonald's? >> it was something funny. >> there you go. the officer and isaiah's grandmother had a long talk with him, explaining that 911 is only for serious emergencies and never for late-night cravings. that's for other apps and things. but the fact he was able to connect to the wi-fi and make this call, that's a smart kid. >> shows a real craving. real craving. >> earlier, we were talking about mcdonald's. i would call 911, if the milkshake machine was down again. why is it always down? >> only if the machine is working are we going to mcdonald's. >> police, come fix this. some contractors in florida apparently needed their job spelled out better. >> a crew outside of miami had some issues painting a school crossing. the workers misspelled school. you see it right there. >> it was done under a school
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breaking news. a deadly officer involved shooting in fremont. we'll take you there live as investigators try to figure out what happened. democrats are planning their next steps after the release of the mueller report. meanwhile, president trump is claiming victory. and uber rolling out a new safety feature to make sure riders get in the right vehicle. good morning. it's friday, april 19th. we made it to friday. >> good friday holiday. a lot of folks have a three-day weekend. >> it would be nice, wouldn't it? i noticed our time when we come in a traffic difference. today i noticed a lot less people. >> nobody is driving this morning. >> we're going to bring warm weather to a lot of areas again. sorry, jessica, the warm weather you had in san francisco is not going to be there again today.
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>> it's gone? >> temperatures are still very mild from the low 50s around san francisco, novato, to 60s around places like oakland and concord. the cool spot is half moon bay at about 46 degrees. you see the clouds along the coast. 63 in half moon bay to 65 in san francisco. closer to average. and you can see mid to upper 70s around the bay and low 80s inland. we'll take a look at the accuweather 12-hour planner next. here is sue. a look at the danger spot of the morning. the golden gate bridge, fog is very, very thick there and you do need get across. just a heads-up for you coming off the waldo grade. it's not too bad once you get into the city past tpa oave a fog advisory there. san mateo bridge looking good for about a 15-minute ride across the span over to foster city. overnight road work is the big issue at this time. we'll come back with some updates on that in just a bit. thank you, sue. we start with breaking news. an investigation in fremont
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after three officers shoot and kill a suspect. >> it happened just before 11:00 last night near washington hospital. that's on civic center drive and mowry avenue. reporter amy hollyfield is live near the hospital with what we know this morning. amy? >> reporter: hi, good morning. we are right in front of washington hospital. you can see police are still here on the scene, and they still have civic center blocked off. they are still here investigating. this did happen just before 11:00 last night. they tell us three officers were involved. they have confirmed that the suspect was shot and killed, but listen to the dispatch call from last night. you can hear as police talk that even after the shooting they were still on edge. they were moving in very slowly. >> the suspect has stopped moving but the firearm is under his right arm underneath his body. so we're going to have to hold here for a few.
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>> reporter: they have not said what led to the shooting but you hear he did have a gun. we are expecting a briefing from officers, an update, within the hour. stay with us as the story it continues to develop. reporting live in fremont, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> amy, thank you for the update. right now 4:30. if you're just joining us, a quick update on weather and traffic. mike? all right, we're going to take a look at what's going on with live doppler 7. a sneak peek of the commute planner there. it kind of revolves around the fog which as sue was talking about is creeping across the golden gate. it started half moon bay. it will make a deeper push inland today than yesterday. you can see the winds are pointing away from the water and towards the land. bas w head through the into morning commute. your best chance of not dealing with fog now in places like the


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