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the business owner is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to that suspect's capture. months before andrew luck's stunning retirement, patriots star rob gronkowski said good-bye to the nfl. >> and he's now speaking out about his decision to step away in march just before he turned 30. gronkowski said a string of injuries took away the fun. a quad injury in his final game, super bowl liii in february, was the final straw. >> i needed to recover. i was not in a good place. football was bringing me down. and i didn't like it. and i was losing that joy in life. like the joy. i'm sorry right now, but oh, dang. let me -- oh. i really was. and i was fighting through it. and i knew what i signed up for, and i knew what i was fighting through. and i knew i'd just have to fix myself. >> oh, you can see him get emotional there. gronkowski says he could barely
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walk after the super bowl win. he now plans to advocate for players to be allowed to use products containing cbd to relieve pain. gronk will be on "gma" later today. >> gronk is a man with a lot of heart there. turning now to the growing alarm over vaping among teenagers. >> there are dozens of reports of seizures potentially related to vaping and now one possible death. here's abc's byron pitts. >> reporter: this week illinois health officials warn that e-cigarettes can be dangerous after an adult who had been vaping died from severe respiratory illness. >> we have had 22 total cases in the state of illinois. in all of those cases they all reported a history of using e-cigarettes or vaping. and unfortunately one of those 22 cases resulted in a death. >> reporter: the cdc is also investigating nearly 200 cases of severe pulmonary illness in an effort to determine if the use of e-cigarettes is to blame.
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>> vaping has been assumed to be a safer practice than, say, smoking cigarettes. at this point we are unclear whether the injury we're seeing is associated with vaping itself, with a particular substance that these teens are vaping, or with one of the agents, oils, or solvents associated with it. >> reporter: among those hospitalized is 20-year-old alexander mitchell from utah. >> i would hit my vape easily 40 times in an hour. i was a pretty heavy vapor. >> reporter: hospitalized, alexander was kept alive by a team of doctors and advanced support machines. >> it was taking my blood from my body, removing the carbon dioxide, oxygenating it, then putting it back into my body. >> reporter: alexander's doctors believe his acute respiratory distress syndrome may have been caused by his vaping habit. now alexander, who left the hospital on july 7th, has diminished lung capacity and is experiencing short-term memory
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issues. the e-cigarette industry has surged in popularity, with juul leading the pack. its revenue is projected to exceed $3.4 billion this year, nearly triple its revenue from last year. a juul heats up liquid nicotine that users inhale. the company claims it was developed for adult smokers looking for a safer alternative to cigarettes. with flavors like mint and fruit and packaging that looks more like that of a sleek tech gadget than a tobacco product, juuls have become a must have accessory for kids as young as 12. but the potential dangers are real. just one of those flavored pods containing roughly the same amount of nicotine as a pack of cigarettes, some kids telling us they smoke up to a pod a day. >> do not assume just because you can use something inside or buy it on every corner that it's necessarily safe.
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>> reporter: in a recent interview with cnbc, the ceo of juul, kevin burns, apologized to parents of addicted teens. >> i tell them i'm sorry that their child's using the product. it's not intended for them. i hope there was nothing that we did that made it appealing to them. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, the company said they are monitoring reports of hospitalization, adding, we stopped the sale of nontobacco and nonmenthol based flavored juul pods to our traditional retail store partners last year, enhanced online age verification, strengthened our retail compliance, and shut down our facebook and instagram accounts, while working constantly to remove inappropriate social media content generated by others. we have never marketed to youth and we never will. >> they can taste like you're smoking candy. i think when you take into account the marketing, the design, the technology, it's not difficult to see why this has been appealing to teenagers. >> you're inhaling chemicals. you're inhaling chemicals that i can't pronounce. and if you can't pronounce them,
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they shouldn't be in your lungs. >> just incredible there. i hope people are paying attention. >> really paying attention, especially parents that they said, you know, this is popular with kids as young as 12, smoking a pod a day? it is unbelievable. it seems like we're doing these vaping stories almost every other day. so health officials suspect an association between vaping and lung problems. we know they say more testing is necessary. >> they haven't proved it yet but still testing it. coming up, why this labor day weekend might be the best weekend of this year to shop. l. ahh brain freeze! no, it's my teeth. your teeth hurt? sensitivity. i should do something about it. 80% of sensitivity starts at the gum line, so treat sensitivity at the source. new crest gum and sensitivity starts treating sensitivity immediately, at the gum line, for relief within days and wraps your teeth in sensitivity protection.
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♪ let's dance the last dance tonight ♪ and the last dance of summer is quickly approaching. >> while you're getting your shopping list together for your big labor day barbecue, you might also want to include a new car, maybe. here's abc's gio benitez. >> macy's labor day sale.
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>> reporter: labor day sales under way from coast to coast. if you're looking for a new car, you're in luck. 2020 models will be released in the fall so right now you can get a great deal on a 2019 model. >> it's time to save on the last of the 2019s. >> reporter: and you'll have the widest selection to pick from. it's also a good time to shop for major appliances. best buy putting that sale price tag on washers, dryers, and stoves, 40% off. >> mattress firm labor day sale -- >> reporter: if you're in the market for a new mattress, mattress firm is offering better zs for a lower price, king for the price of a queen, queen for the price of a twin. and summer's not over but labor day sales are known as summer clearance events. up to 60% to 80% off summer clothing and outdoor items like barbecue grills. it's a good time to stock up for next year's beach season. gio benitez, abc news, san jose, california. >> our thanks to gio. i'm still amazed how cool it
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wednesday morning so it's time for "weird science." we're going to start with a space plane that we don't know much about, a mysterious classified nasa plane. but we do know this, that it just broke a record, apparently. >> what i do know is -- >> the x-37b space plane broke a new spaceflight record, surpassing the 17 days, 20 hours, 42 minutes its predecessor spent in orbit just a couple of years prior. >> air force notoriously tight-lipped about that bad boy. >> what's it for?
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what are you guys doing with it? >> hm. >> apparently it's 20 years ago. what we also know is they were trying to come up with something that would ferry people across the globe in a matter of hours. so possibly like a space shuttle type thing. >> we haven't done it yet. >> so maybe it's -- >> what's at area 51? >> i think they are using that to ferry aliens out, back into space. >> maybe. hey crowds out there, get us some answers. sticking with nasa, and you know, the outer space world, the nasa chief says that pluto should still be a planet. poor pluto. >> i know, pluto's been out there, it's been demoted. i remember when this happened. >> oh my gosh, it's been 13 years since pluto's fall from grace. >> yeah, since we said, you're just too tiny out there. >> poor pluto. >> but apparently -- >> jim bronstein said -- >> hey, it as planet, we should call it that. >> put some respect on. >> pluto, i've always been rooting for you.
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mars, uh-uh. hey, a hole in one again by this little tyke. a perfect putt by this little one here. >> all right. >> he's so tiny. >> oh my gosh. >> but he can make some big shots. >> holy cow. >> wait for it, wait for it, wait for it. >> whoa, whoa, whoa! >> and there it is. and nissan apparently develops a -- wait. >> okay, the lil boy did not just make that on its own, it's a self-driving golf ball, guys, come on. >> nissan develops that self-driving golf ball for struggling players who putt perfectly every time. >> look, the ball even reverses and goes back in. >> but i thought that little boy there just -- >> he made it look pretty cool. you know, fall is coming. >> it is. >> autumn's just about here. >> sure is. >> 28-acre corn maze. get your apple cider, pumpkin doughnuts, then get lostor days. see you in the winter. >> look at that, just
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this morning on world news now, a state of emergency. >> tropical storm dorian is setting its sights on puerto rico. people all over the island, some still reeling from hurricane maria, are making final preparations for the storm. plus the new alert, why florida may be next. speaking out, more than a dozen women sharing how jeffrey epstein coerced and abused them. hear who they want brought to justice since epstein is dead. historic church fire. crews battle flames for hours on end to try and save a 115-year-old church. we'll show you what's left behind. plus how do you beat the back-to-school blues? with a warm welcome home. see the special way one teenager is greeting his little brother every day. it's wednesday, august 28th.
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good wednesday morning. thank you for joining us. >> so cute. i love starting off the morning with something like that. >> is that how you used to greet your siblings? >> no, not at all. instead they were babies so i just took care of them. >> oh, that's so sweet. >> just rocking them, feeding them, making sure they survived, the usual. >> we will get to all of that. >> coming up later this half hour, but we do begin with the two tropical storms in the atlantic. forecasters think newly upgraded erin will bypass the u.s. east coast and hit southern canada. >> dorian seems headed for puerto rico strengthening to a hurricane. the dominican republic is also under hurricane watch. florida may be feeling dorian's power this weekend. >> this is all that's left of a road on the island of martinique about 400 miles south of puerto rico. many other streets are also flooded after dorian hit the
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island. >> in puerto rico the beaches are empty and the stores are full as residents and tourists stock up for the approaching storm. >> and this group of south florida first responders assisting puerto rico has expertise in swift water rescues. abc's maggie rulli has more. >> reporter: final preparations are now under way in puerto rico. tropical storm dorian is gaining strength and could become a hurricane. the island of puerto rico is in its crosshairs. people on the island are gathering whatever supplies they can. >> just to have enough water and camping food. >> reporter: preparing for what they fear could be the next devastating hurricane. still fresh in their memories, 2017's hurricane maria, a strong category 4 storm packing 155-mile-an-hour winds and killing nearly 3,000 people. this storm knocking out power to much of the island for months. abc's victor oquendo was on the ground for maria, and he's back there now.
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>> no matter how strong dorian is, the power grid, it's at risk here. >> it is, it's fragile. and everyone knows that. >> reporter: many homes across the island still only shielded by these blue tarps. >> when it rains, what does it look like? >> there come in a lot of water. a lot of water come here. >> reporter: this time around fema says they're ready. >> fema took a very aggressive stance for dorian, that it's the first system of the year, and we understand that the island is still very fragile. >> reporter: they say they're deploying more than 3,000 people and stockpiling five warehouses with vital supplies, ready for whatever dorian may bring. maggie rulli, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to maggie there. we are all thinking about puerto rico this morning. right now it's the lull before the storm in puerto rico. >> take a look at this san juan beach that appears peaceful, partly because people are elsewhere getting ready for dorian this evening. >> accuweather's adam del rosso is tracking dorian. >> gd morning. dorian continuing its slow westward track across the
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caribbean, making its way closer to puerto rico as it remains a tropical storm. we will feel impacts on the island late today into tomorrow. that also includes the dominican republic where we could have hurricane-force wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour leading to power outages. there's also the threat for flash flooding with more than 8 inches of rainfall possible across western portions of puerto rico. the storm's going to continue its northwestward track through the day on friday, potentially strengthening into a category 1 hurricane by the end of the day. it will turn a little bit more westward and potentially make landfall late sunday somewhere in florida. heavy rainfall and strong winds are expected. >> our thanks to adam. overnight, president trump declared an emergency for puerto rico and ordered assistance for local authorities. >> but earlier he seemed to complain about having to help the u.s. territory, tweeting, wow, another big storm heading to puerto rico, will it ever end? he added that congress has
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approved already $92 billion for recovery from hurricane maria. >> but actually congress has only allocated $43 billion and only about one-third has reached the island. puerto rico might get the other $50 billion over the next 20 years. but congress has not approved that yet. there's a new development in the legal battle over president trump's tax returns. in newly filed court papers, deutsche bank says it has tax returns related to a congressional investigation into the president, his children and his businesses. they stopped short of saying that they are in possession of his tax returns. deutsche bank's filing was in response to a subpoena issued by two house committees this spring. the president's attorney calls that subpoena unconstitutional and says he will continue fighting it in court. ethics watchdogs are criticizing attorney general william barr for booking the president's washington, d.c. hotel for a holiday party. barr says he's paying for the $30,000 event for 200 people out of his own pocket. the justice department tells abc news the whole thing was cleared
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by, quote, career ethics officials. news of the party comes just days after the president floated the idea of holding next year's g7 summit at his golf club in miami. so even as the fires rage in the amazon rainforest, the disaster is overshadowed by politics. the presidents of france and brazil are in an increasingly nasty and personal dispute. >> president trump came to the defense of brazil's bolsonaro saying he's working very hard on the amazon fires and in all respects doing a great job for the people of brazil. >> bolsonaro has said he will not accept more money from the g7 countries unless france's emmanuel macron apologizes for calling him a liar. later his spokesman said brazil would accept foreign aid as long as it controlled how the money was used. >> more fires have been reported in the amazon this month than at any point in a decade. rain that would help put out the fires is not expected for weeks.
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a day of reckoning in a new york city courtroom. more than 20 of jeffrey epstein's accusers shared their stories of how he coerced and abused them and skirted efforts to bring him to justice. many of the women said that the hearing was the closest they'd come to getting their day in court since epstein died by suicide last month. they urged prosecutors to pursue his co-conspirators. >> it was both empowering and infuriating to know that the person who i needed to hear those words is not here to hear them. it makes me sick to my stomach that there's perpetrators out there that obviously helped him in many ways. >> epstein's attorneys expressed doubts that he died by suicide. they say his injuries were much more consistent with assault than suicide. attorneys also noted that epstein was not despondent or despairing before his death. actress lori loughlin and her husband appeared in court. as expected they waived their right for separate attorneys despite a warning from the judge that sharing the same lawyers is a potential and actual conflict of interest.
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abc's eva pilgrim has more. >> reporter: lori loughlin and her husband presenting a united front, walking into a boston federal courthouse with their heads down, unlike past appearances when the actress smiled for the cameras. they have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges, accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters accepted to usc as recruits for the crew team. >> do you guys have any comment? >> reporter: their lawyer saying the couple didn't write checks to individuals, instead giving money directly to the university, its athletic department, as well as a charity once run by rick singer, the alleged mastermind of the admissions scheme. a source close to the family telling "people" magazine that loughlin honestly didn't think that what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field. and there's a lot here on the line. loughlin and giannulli are both facing 40 years behind bars if they're convicted on these charges. eva pilgrim, abc news, boston.
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>> our thanks to eva there. so you might want to check your child's water bottle brand before packing lunch today. >> contigo issued a voluntary recall for 5.7 million kids' cleanable water bottles. there are concerns the spout can detach and become a choking hazard. the water bottles you need to look out for have a black spout face and cover. they have been sold at costco, walmart, and target. no injuries have been reported. >> but as they head back to school, make sure you take a look at those. you could say a lack of ammunition has brought a cease-fire in the chicken wars. >> popeye's announced via twitter that it has run out of its much-hyped chicken sandwich at all its locations. >> chick-fil-a would never. >> the chicken message read, y'all, we love that you love the sandwich, unfortunately, we're sold out for now. the sandwich started an online
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war with chick-fil-a and led to huge walk-up and drive-thru lines across the country. no word on when it will return. people on twitter are going off, they're saying, how? how do you run out of -- you hyped this up so much, why were you not ready? >> mmm-mmm, that's why i said that chick-fil-a would never. i don't eat chicken. and i don't go to either of those restaurants. but i have to say the best part of this has been the social media. the memes. >> the memes are hilarious. >> so good. >> some of the memes i've seen are not appropriate, people. >> right. but that means that they're real fun though. >> somebody said, y'all are going to milk this and treat it like it's the mcrib, huh? like, limited time. >> those lines are still out there. coming up, why today is the best day of the year to crack into that '92 cabernet. plus adoption scam. how some couples desperate for a child are getting played on social media.
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under control this morning at least one person was injured after flames erupted at the greater bible way temple yesterday afternoon. a daycare inside the building was evacuated. the cause of the fire is under investigation. reports say workers were on the roof of the 115-year-old church when the fire started. now to ohio where we're seeing new images from that high-speed police chase in dayton that killed two young children. >> a stabbing suspect stole a police cruiser and sped down the street in reverse, crashing into several vehicles. here's our friend diane macedo. >> reporter: alarming new video of a stabbing suspect leading police on a chase in one of their own vehicles. police say they were responding to reports of a crash when suspect raymond walters jr. jumped into the officer's cruiser. the suspect was tased but was still able to speed off backwards. dash cam video shows him apparently hitting a parked car, smashing into the front of the pursuing's officer's car, then racing away. police say he hit over 100 miles per hour before slamming a car
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with three people inside, then colliding with a minivan carrying seven children, six from the same family. >> we're going to need at least two medics, we have two children under the vehicle. >> reporter: two children died, a third remains in critical condition. the children were leaving the library after returning a book. >> at the rate of speed he was traveling, the inevitability of a crash is almost guaranteed. >> reporter: police say officers were not pursuing the suspect at the time of impact. they're now investigating if drug use was involved and say the incident started when the suspect stabbed his father and stole and crashed his truck after learning he was being taken to a mental health facility. the suspect has not yet been charged. police say walters was on active parole for a robbery and was released from prison earlier this month. diane macedo, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to diane. new this morning, a colorado couple had to fight for their lives when a bear and her two cubs broke into their home. >> just look at the battle scars the 71-year-old man was left with.
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the bear clawed his stomach and swiped his nose in the attack. it was his wife who came to his rescue with a baseball bat, swinging with all her might. >> i felt like that i had like a lightning bolt in my body that was driving that ball bat. i was so scared. it was like -- and i am not a weak woman, okay? i'm old, but i'm not weak. >> just incredible there. the couple managed to drive the bear and cubs out of their home. that mother bear was caught and euthanized. but dna tests are pending to make sure it was the right bear. good thing that wife was there and really went after the bear to save her husband. >> absolutely. i'm questioning because they did euthanize it but they're not sure it was the right bear, but hopefully it was. coming up next, the social media adoption scam that's leaving behind a trail of tears and broken hearts.
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♪ i've co s ♪ i've come so far to find you ♪ so far to find you welcome back. so many couples look far and wide to find that special child they hope will make their family complete. >> but increasingly couples are facing a new and growing danger, deception and those looking to exploit their desperation. >> reporter: social media is changing the landscape for adoption, allowing birth mothers to connect with potential adopters. but for one family, the unthinkable became their reality. samantha and david stewart wanted nothing more than to have a family, and after trying for years, the couple turned to adoption. >> we met with a director of our agency that we went through. she advised us to create online profiles we could use to put ourselves out there in hope that some birth mothers would come
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across our profiles. >> reporter: naomi palace broke the story for the bbc. >> it's increasingly common for people to adopt on social media. there's lots of benefits to it. but i think it's opening up passages for people to take advantage. >> reporter: so that's what the stewarts did, they set up an instagram account and soon after a connection. >> we were ecstatic. >> i called my parents. and told them, hey, you're going to be grandparents. >> reporter: quickly their excitement faded when they realized their connection was too good to be true. >> i would receive nasty messages saying, this isn't going to work, we're going to find somebody else. >> reporter: after more and more just didn't add up, it became clear that there was no baby and they'd been tricked. >> it was grieving a child that didn't exist. it was really hard. >> it was purely emotional manipulation, emotional neediness and just very hurtful behavior with no really clear
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purpose. >> she's not asking for money, she's not asking for anything material. she's just doing this to be mean. and flip your world upside down. >> reporter: and for the stewarts, there is hope. they were recently placed with a baby and are in the final stretches of finalizing their adoption. >> he is the best thing that's ever happened to us. he's a little miracle baby. we're very lucky. a lot of people's story doesn't end like this. >> so this has impacted a number of families, many of them left grieving. for that family, the stewarts, they say as soon as parker took his first breath, they were healed and it was all worth it. >> that silver lining there, it ends on some good news. but for so many families, it is not good news. and the difficulty of being able to adopt is increasingly getting harder for so many families, for same-sex families, for heterosexual, for all families just trying to have a complete family and loving family and
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♪ red red wine time fe mi" you know that song. because it is national red wine day. >> whoo! >> are you feeling it? >> uh-huh. >> so red wine includes -- name a few of them without looking. >> okay. cab. >> yep. >> that's my favorite. rose doesn't count? >> no, it does not. one more. come on, the main one. >> shiraz. >> merlot. >> oh, yeah. >> pinot noir. cabernet sauvignon. >> one more time? >> cabernet sauvignon. when i'm in those fancy restaurants? i'll have the cabernet sauvignon.
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>> lord have mercy. >> 12% of americans say they have finished a bottle by themselves. 8% of americans say wine is their beverage of choice. >> right. coffee until a certain time, then you switch, right? >> to the red wine, wine, wine. >> there you go. sounds good. put up, put up. okay, so there is a teen who is doing something really good in the midst of these chicken wars. you know the long lines at popeye's to get that -- >> popping off at popeye's. >> to find out if it's better than chick-fil-a's sandwich. david ledbetter, he's 17, he's not old enough to vote himself but he decided to take advantage of all those people in line and help them get registered to vote. >> smart. >> yes. so smart. he said, you know, that he always wants to engage with the community. this piqued his interest after seeing some young people at a caucus meeting. and he decided, hey, this is a
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way i can help out. good for him. >> smart young man. >> love this. >> if you can line up for anything. >> right. >> materialistic, for a chicken sandwich, you can line up and register to vote. >> right. >> so -- not just register. >> but make sure you get out and vote. >> actually vote. that's smart. i saw a lot of people on social media talking about that like oh, criticizing who were lined up but saying, are you registered to vote? >> now many people can say yes. >> taking action there. speaking of teens, this teen, got a little brother, goes off to school. when the kid comes home he greets him. >> oh, where's waldo. >> every single time with a different costume. and we've shown some video of this before. we've told you about this story right here on abc. but it's still happening today. every single day, even when he comes home today. >> how many costumes will he have? >> i know, he's going to run out soon. >> this is an investment. >> he's in louisiana doing his part to help brother with the whole back to school process. and from that brotherly love to a little less love in australia.
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this morning on "world this morning on "world news now," bracing for tropical storm dorian. people in puerto rico are still recovering from hurricane maria, and now they're getting ready for dorian's heavy rains and strong winds. we have team coverage. also this morning, the justice department facing questions after attorney general william barr booked a holiday hotel at one of president trump's hotels to the tune of $30,000. new this half hour, a tactic to stay out of contact while out of the office. >> just how many americans are lying about the kind of wi-fi reception they have while on vacation. it may shock you. and how 17 times turned out to be the charm for our friend gayle king and her nephew cameron harrison.
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why it took even a network television host three days to get her hands on popeye's new chicken sandwich in "the skiy" on this wednesday, august 28th. 17 times, gayle? >> where did you find those popeye's? >> we know you're busy. >> oh my goodness, we're impressed. >> we can't wait to talk about that. also her nephew has a special connection to us here on abc. we do begin with a fierce storm barreling toward puerto rico right now. >> the path of tropical storm dorian has turned a little and it's expected to pass over the u.s. territory later today. forecasters warn that practically the entire island will get sustained tropical winds, tropical storm-force winds, possibly even hurricane-force winds. >> shelters are ready to receive evacuees while residents stock up on essentials. >> most airlines are waiving fees to change travel plans involving the caribbean.
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already 40% of today's flights to and from san juan have been canceled. abc's victor oquendo is there. >> reporter: final preparations are under way in puerto rico. officials warning residents, dorian is heading straight toward the island. hurricane maria fresh in the minds of the millions of american citizens who live here. the strong category 4 storm made landfall nearly two years ago packing 155-mile-per-hour winds, killing nearly 3,000 people. the storm knocking out power to much of the island for months. >> no matter how strong dorian is, the power grid, it's at risk here? >> it is, it's fragile, everyone knows that. >> reporter: flying over the island we could still see blue tarps covering many roofs. we're in southern puerto rico. we're told there are 26,000 homes just like this one with a blue tarp acting as a roof. if you come this way you'll see what it looks like now. when it rains, what does it look like? >> coming a lot of water.
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>> reporter: fema saying they're much better prepared than 2017, stocking five warehouses around the island like this one we saw in 2018 with vital supplies at the ready. in florida, after record-breaking rainfall this summer, officials now testing water pumps and emptying canals. residents across the state are sandbagging, bracing for a possible hit labor day weekend. dorian could bring up to 8 inches of rain to puerto rico along with life-threatening flash flooding, tropical storm-force winds, and very dangerous surf. victor oquendo, abc news, puerto rico. >> there are actually two tropical storms in the atlantic right now. >> accuweather's adam del rosso is tracking both of them. >> we're tracking tropical storm dorian as it slowly makes its way toward puerto rico later tonight and into tomorrow. we will feel impacts on the island as well as the dominican republic with hurricane-force wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour possible.
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a threat especially across western portions of puerto rico where we could have up to 8 inches of rainfall. westward as it strengthens, possibly into a category 1 hurricane, before making landfall somewhere in florida late in the day on sunday. regardless of where it goes, heavy rain and strong winds are expected. we also have tropical storm erin off the east coast of the u.s. it's not expected to make landfall but we could see rough seas along the coast. just as dorian closes in, the department of homeland security is moving money away from agencies including fema and the coast guard. >> dhs is transferring $271 million of, quote, unassigned money for use at the southern border. the money will be used to increase the number of beds for detained migrants. it will also be spent on temporary facilities for holding asylum case hearings. house speaker nancy pelosi called the move stunningly reckless. the secretary of defense has approved 20 more miles of wall along the u.s./mexico border. the 30-foot-high section of wall
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does not require new funding. it is being paid for with some of the $2.5 billion of pentagon money that's being used for wall construction. and attorney general william barr is taking some criticism over part of his holiday season plans. >> barr has booked the presidential ballroom at president trump's hotel in downtown washington, d.c. for a private party in early december. as kyra phillips reports, it has ethics watchdogs in an uproar. >> reporter: over the past 24 hours, president trump emphatic, he's not trying to cash in on the presidency. >> i don't want to make money. i don't care about making money. >> reporter: but new questions. "the washington post" reporting attorney general bill barr is spending upwards of $30,000 to throw his holiday party at the president's washington, d.c. hotel. he says he's paying for the 200-person bash out of his own pocket. the justice department telling abc news it was all cleared by, quote, career ethics officials.
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since it opened, the trump international hotel and other trump properties have been under scrutiny from ethics watchdogs. and the president hasn't been shy about promoting his businesses. yesterday announcing plans to host the next g7 meeting at his miami golf resort. >> with doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings, we call them bungalows. they each hold from 50 to 70 very luxurious rooms with magnificent views. we have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants. it's like -- it's like such a natural. >> reporter: the president says his team scouted out a dozen other options before deciding his own hotel was the best one. kyra phillips, abc news, the white house. >> our thanks to kyra there. a former google executive has been charged with stealing self-driving car trade secrets from the tech giant. federal prosecutors say anthony levandowski stole confidential files when he left in 2016. he allegedly shared those
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secrets with google's rival, uber. levandowski denies any wrongdoing. uber is cooperating with investigators. oxycontin maker purdue pharma is offering up to $10 billion to settle claims that it's responsible for the nation's opioid crisis. the offer involves more than 2,000 lawsuits, including cases by state and local governments. the deal would settle allegations that purdue engaged in deceptive marketing about the deadly and addictive drugs in order to make money. the measles outbreak is not over. the cdc reports there were 12 new cases last week for a total of more than 1,200 cases this year in 30 states. that's the most in decades. the majority of cases are among people who were not vaccinated. a new poll finds about half of us fib to our bosses when we say we can't get wi-fi on vacation. >> according to the annual vacation confidence index, 49% of americans said it's okay to
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lie about cell and internet access when taking time off. the main reason is so-called email creep, when work time starts encroaching on personal time. two-thirds of respondents considered it a major problem. >> yep. >> 100% on this desk right here considers it a major problem. >> oh, yeah, look. if you send an email and i'm on vacation, you guys should not expect anything. >> i'm thinking last week when i was on vacation, did i check email? i think i probably creeped on you once? you said something, i said, what's she talking about? >> yeah, but that's expected. millennials ranked the highest in workers in terms of staying connected during time off. y'all, we got to do better. >> turn those phones off. >> yeah. yeah. just put the phones away. coming up, the royal who's introducing the world to his companion who is not his wife. but first tennis phenom coco gauff's big win at her u.s. open debut.
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wimbledon star coco gauff survives her first match at the u.s. open. the 15-year-old dropped her first set to another former world junior number one before winning in three sets. another possible win sets up a possible match against defending champ naomi osaka. go coco. >> it was exciting, it was thrilling, everybody was talking about it on social media. remember we said, when weeks or months ago, it's not the last we've heard of her. >> nope. >> look, we're right. >> there she is, uh-huh. hey, conspiracy theorists have a new target, late apple founder steve jobs. >> jobs died in 2011 after battling cancer but a picture shared on reddit sunday of someone resembling the tech icon has some thinking he's alive and well in egypt.
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the person who posted the photo didn't provide details on where or when it was taken, but i mean, if you see that picture, you see what they're talking about. >> it is a profile shot. >> right. >> if we saw the full -- >> yeah. >> hm. there is another royal making headlines this morning. >> the palace in thailand stunned many there by releasing dozens of photos and a biography of the king's consort, who is not his wife. this morning people in thailand admit they were surprised with the release of dozens of candid photos showing their new king and his official consort, or companion. the 34-year-old is seen sitting at his feet, participating in military activities, and even flying a plane wearing a camouflage sports bra. she's also a major-general in the king's bodyguard corps. but she is not his spouse. the queen is the 67-year-old king's fourth wife. they got married in may days before his coronation. the queen made an official appearance on "women's day" earlier this month. official portraits of the royal
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couple are seen around bangkok. the king's u.s.-born father and predecessor died in 2017. at the time he was the world's longest-reigning monarch and revered by his people. criticizing the royal family is punishable by up to 15 years in prison which may explain the muted response to the photos of the king's consort released monday. shortly after, the royal website crashed. they also show the pair with the king's dog, who has his own military uniform. that dog so is cute there, all dressed up. >> it has a military uniform? >> i know, that's what people should be talking about, right? so this is -- it's interesting. i'm not judging. >> me either. >> people probably are judging the way that i said the king's name because that name was hard. i sat there and i listened to pronouncer over and over. and so my apologies to the people of thailand if i did not say the king's name right. i didn't attempt to say the consort or --
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>> why are you showing me? accept his apology and let's go ahead and move on. >> so yeah. when we come back, ed sheeran's eye-popping payday. and the hollywood a-lister who got stuck on an elevator for two hours. o got stuck on an elevator for two hours. s next. but some air fresheners use heavy, overwhelming scents. introducing febreze one; a new range of innovative air fresheners with no heavy perfumes that you can feel good about usg in your home to deliver a light, natural-smelling freshness. febreze one neutralizes stale, stuffy odors and releases a subtle hint of fragrance like bamboo or lemongrass ginger. to eliminate odors with no heavy perfumes, try new febreze one. brand power. helping you buy better.
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♪ skinny just gimme the skinny we're going over what diane said when she sings that. >> so we thought diane says "skinny skinny the skinny." but apparently -- >> gio benitez said it's just ♪ gimme the skinny ♪ >> so we've learned something today. time now for "the skinny" starting with the new numbers just out from ed sheeran's record-breaking "divide" tour. >> the british singer/songwriter tour what is already confirmed as the highest-grossing tour of all-time, beating u2, guns n' roses, and the rolling stones, has wrapped up an overall gross,
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get this, $775 million. >> well, sheeran sold 8.9 million tickets on six continents. shows in iceland were so popular, 1 in 7 people attended. >> ed sheeran is the man. >> how many people are in -- >> approximately population of anaheim, california. >> how did you know that? next, stars, they're just like us. and just like us, they even get stuck on the elevator. >> aquaman himself, jason momoa, got stuck on a crowded elevator. >> crowded. >> for two hours with his dog and his friends. they all eventually got out safe and sound, and luckily he had a supply of m&ms and he shared
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with his friends. >> so he didn't like ration them out. like two here, two -- >> what kind were they, peanut? that is important. next to a friend of our show feeling the pain that so many popeye's fans have been feeling. >> it all started out sunny enough for our friend gayle king and her nephew, one of our own, "gma" producer cameron harrison, as they set out to try popeye's new chicken sandwich. >> so the two tried out 16 locations, all sold out, and then finally chicken nirvana. >> waiting in line. look, lots of people. i'm this close, i'm in striking distance. this is so tacky i couldn't even wait to take a bite. let me tell you something,
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popeye's, bravo. >> this is not tacky. popeye's stores across the country have been running out of the sandwich, which launched just this month. the company promises the sandwich will be back soon. >> that video was hilarious. i double tapped it immediately. next to a hilarious scene from the stands of the u.s. open here in queens, new york. >> a mystery woman, yep, there with the blond hair, was so wowed by spanish tennis player there -- >> look at her. >> sorry ladies, he is taken. he is engaged to a spanish model. can we see that video again?
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i love how she is captured, her natural reaction seeing him. oh, eyebrow raised. that is hilarious. how would you like to take a vacation "breaking bad" style. >> huh-uh, no drugs. the house in which walt and jesse squatted to cook their meth during season five is now available as an airbnb. >> the house is located in albuquerque, new mexico, of course. and its ad says it can host 17 people. it features four bedrooms, 12 beds, three bathrooms, a barbecue grill with an outdoor patio and fire pit, and a pool table. >> and get this, it's listed at only 259 bucks a night. i guess for 17 people that's good. >> do they leave the meth cooking suits behind? the suits. no drugs, you guys. >> right, it does not come with drugs. coming up, the businessman who's building an ice cream
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not a place for me in this world. >> reporter: there is now. dallas businessman tom landis who founded howdy homemade ice cream knew exactly the kind of workers he was looking for. >> it jumped out, this is what the restaurant industry needs. >> reporter: an ice cream shop tailor made. >> everything in the entire restaurant was designed for people with special needs to succeed. >> reporter: even the cash drawer. only bills, helps simplify transactions. they make 34 different flavors of ice cream, and they make their customers smile. the workers grateful. >> i really appreciate the freedom of expressing myself. >> waking up to ice cream is really a blessing come true. i'm surrounded with not just ice cream, but with good employees. >> i think i've taught them how
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to work, and they've taught me how to live. >> reporter: and this from ann marie. >> never take no for an answer. grab what you're passionate about and make it happen. >> reporter: which is exactly what tom did for his workers, and in turn what his workers are now doing for that community. >> the next flavor going to central market is chocolate banana. >> tom has really inspired me to greatness. >> reporter: and the ice cream shop in dallas we can't wait to get to. >> this one's for you. >> so amazing. >> oh, that's a good one. >> that's a good one indeed. you heard dallas, they also have a location in salt lake city, so visit howdy homemade. >> love the advice, don't take no for an answer, grab what you're passionate about, go after it. and how could you not love waking up to ice cream? >> i know. more than 30 flavors? i need some of that. >> love it.
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>> making news am america this morning. >> stay with us for "gma." happening now in america this morning, bracing for dorian. the tropical storm expected to grow into a hurricane bearing down on puerto rico in a matter of hours. president trump now approving an emergency declaration. this morning, the biggest challenge for fema. the worries about the island's power grid and the tens of thousands of people still living under tarps since hurricane maria hit two years ago. what we're learning about preparations. a potential blockbuster settlement. the maker of oxycontin in talks to settle thousands of lawsuits for billions of dollars. what the company's former president said about selling the drug and how powerful it is. developing

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