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making news in america this morning, breaking news, north korea claims its first successful launch of int intercontinental ballistic missile and the trump administration is reacting overnight as the president peeps for a major international meeting. we're live in washington. a budget stalemate is broken allowing everyone to go back to new jersey's beaches. governor chris christie making no apologies for his controversial time on the sand. go et ready for extreme conditions for your independence day. heavy storms expected across the southern plains while some are still hitting the slopes. we have your forecast ahead. and from coast to coast, the fireworks are ready for launch. we'll look ahead to the big displays honoring the nation's 241st birthday.
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a good tuesday morning and a happy fourth of july to you all. i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm nick watt. we begin with another provocative act by north korea days before a major meeting of world leaders. >> hours ago they launched its tenth missile this year. but this one is a bit different. it could be capable of reaching alaska. abc's emily rau joins us now from washington with the latest. emily, good morning. what do we know so far. >> reporter: this missile did not pose a threat to north america at any time but this is a big step. north korea claiming this as its first intercontinental ballistic missile potentially pushing closer to the goal of reaching american soil. the latest missile launch from north korea, an act of defiance from dictator kim jong-un. president trump tweeting deposit this guy have anything better to do with his life and going on to
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suggest china could take action and end this nonsense once and for all. speaking to reporters in tokyo, japanese prime minister shinzo abe says he hopes to work with president trump and south korean president moon to increase pressure on north korea. and a former pentagon official weighing in on the timing of the launch with abc news radio. >> one of the reasons they're probably doing it now is that the south korean leader met with president trump last week and former president obama is in south korea. so they're trying to send a message. >> reporter: at the u.n. on monday a representative of china said his country wants to de-escalate the situation. >> currently tension is high. sooner or later it will get out of control and consequences would be disastrous. >> reporter: president trump will be meeting with the leaders later this week at the g20 summit. now keep in mind this coming weeks after an american college
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student died after sustaining unknown injuries while in north korean custody. diane and nick. >> all sure to be topic as the president meets with those leaders. thank. president trump is making phone call as he's of his trip. he returned from his golf club to celebrate the fourth of july at the white house. he has no specific agenda for his meeting with vladimir putin at the g20 summit in germany, but the kremlin said putin will return the return of two diplomatic compounds in the u.s. seized before president obama left office. and overseas, u.s. backed iraqi forces appear to be on the brink of a major victory over isis. just days away from taking back the city of mosul but some militants are digging in fighting to the death. female suicide bombers are now being strategically placed among fleeing civilians. many fleeing are so malnourished and wounded they need to be
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carried to safety. and french authorities say they stopped a potential assassination plot against president emmanuel macron. a 23-year-old man said to be a far right nationalist was arrested last week. investigators say the attack was set to take place on bastille day when macron was scheduled to be with president trump. a fiery bus crash in southern germany left 18 people dead. the driver as well as 17 passengers between the ages of 66 and 81 were killed. dozens of other passengers on the bus were also injured. investigators say the bus crashed into the back of a truck that slowed down due to a traffic jam. and new jersey governor chris christie has signed a new bud budget that ignited a firestorm. a newspaper snapped these photos of christie and his family relaxing on a beach that he closed to the public during the
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budget standoff. christie brushed aside criticism as he announced the beaches are re-opening today saying he doesn't care about political optics and will not apologize for spending time with his wife and kids. a chicago family is trying to recover from a holiday weekend boating tragedy. police say james hammond drowned while trying to save his 11-year-old nephew. the child fell out of a motorboat and into lake michigan yesterday afternoon. hammond jumped in but wasn't wearing a life vest. the child was saved but his uncle was recovered unresponsive. >> you could see the little boy bobbing in the water with his life jacket on just barely. they got out there so fast and swooped him out. >> one man fell out the boat and they turned back around and got the other person. >> the 11-year-old and two other children in the boat were okay. and boston police are so far not charging the driver of a taxicab that plowed into a group
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of other taxi drivers waiting outside logan airport. ten of those drivers were injured. they had been taking a break in a special area set aside for them. officials believe the 56-year-old driver hit the gas instead of the brake. other cabbies say the man is quiet and friendly, doesn't have a record of other violation. terrorism is not suspected. now for a look at your independence day weather. good morning. for the forecast, scattered showers and thunderstorms rumbling throughout the tennessee valley region and into the southeast down towards florida. also heavy downpours likely throughout oklahoma as well as arkansas reaching into missouri all the way up towards minneapolis and the dangerous heat persists throughout the desert southwest and throughout the west as a whole. we'll have temperatures in triple digits in montana as well as idaho and fire concerns still a big concern throughout the day. i'm meteorologist paul williams with your forecast.
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>> and spacex is surely hoping for good weather to launch a communications satellite tonight. >> last night the countdown for launching the falcon 9 rocket was again aborted just ten seconds before liftoff. the same thing happened the night before. it may be a computer glitch rather than an actual mechanical problem. >> i wonder if they tried restarting the computer. works every time. fireworks producers are getting ready to launch smaller rockets tonight. the biggest show in new york where macy's will launch 40,000 fireworks lasting 25 minutes. big celebrations are also planned in washington, atlanta, san francisco and several other major cities. still ahead, an emotional outpouring for a missing grad student as her accused kidnapper appears in court. also, a wet landing for a group of people in a hot air balloon. their dip into a pond was actually the least of their concerns. and venus williams breaks
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tomorrow for a bond hearing. yingying zhang has been missing for almost a month, officials don't believe she is still alive. the alleged kidnapper brendt christensen was in federal court yesterday watched by dozens of members of the university of illinois community. >> everybody is stunned. i've gotten many, many e-mails from graduate students and faculty expressing disbelief. >> he's been charged with kidnapping and if convicted, the penalty is up to life in prison. >> christensen was seen at a vigil last week for zhang. he reportedly was already under surveillance at that point. his attorney says the public has not heard the whole story and people should keep an open mind. a gunman is dead after trying to hijack a helicopter. police say he arrived at a small airport in portland and ordered a flight instructor and opportunity to get out. but officers arrived before he could take off. he then tried to run away but after a confrontation with
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police, was shot by an officer. he later died of his wounds. it's not known why he wanted to steal that helicopter. and houston police were forced to confront a naked man armed with a pesticide sprayer. the officers then tased the man and arrested him and those officers are now being praised for their restraint. that man's appointed attorney says his client was obviously not rationale. a north charleston, south carolina, mall emptied out after gunfire erupted. two men got into an argument inside a store. there was damage but no injuries. the two men have not been found. when we come back, tiger woods issues a new statement about receiving some help dealing with pain medications. we have his progress report straight ahead. and some fun facts about the fourth of july. it's not all about fireworks. ic. we are survivors. we are survivors. we are survivors.
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has closed a section of interstate 80 overnight. officials say there's heavy smoke and poor visibility which you can see there in the video. the fire was currently at 3,000 acres. earlier evacuation order, however, have beencanceled. and that should be the only problem for drivers in the west this morning. but in the midwest watch out for flooding, roads will also be wet in the tennessee valley, the carolinas, florida and the appalachians. >> flying, delays are likely in charlotte. venus williams has reached the second round at wimbledon for the fourth straight year but winning her sixth all england singles crown may be the furthest thing from her mind. >> an off-court tragedy left her in tears yesterday. james longman has more. >> reporter: venus williams overcome. after leaving the wimbledon tour in victory on monday, breaking down at a post-match press conference when asked about how she's coping in the aftermath of that getly car accident last month that killed 78-year-old
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jerome barson. >> i have no idea what tomorrow will bring. really no words to describe like how devastating and -- yeah, i am completely speechless and it's just -- yeah, i mean, i'm just -- >> reporter: this marks the first time williams has spoken publicly about the crash. the police report stating williams was at fault for violating the right of way of the barsons' vehicle. james longman, london. tiger woods now says he has completed a program. >> woods announced on twitter he recently completed a private intensive program. he admitted to problems managing medications for back pain and insomnia. the issue came to a head in may when he was arrested for driving under the influence. nba finals mvp kevin durant is taking a pay cut most of us could only dream about. espn is reporting that durant
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will agree to a two-year, $53 million deal with the golden state warriors. he could have earned nearly $32 million next season alone but taking the discounted rate allows the warriors to keep other members of their championship team. >> how generous of him. >> what a guy. there's major league baseball games all day long on this fourth of july. >> and we get some highlights from some of last night's action now from the guys over at espn. good morning, america. good morning, utica. another beautiful day this utica. >> perfect. >> we begin with baseball highlights. you were probably in bed had this ended. >> you missed maybe the most dustin pedroia play of his career. this is what necessitated it. mike napoli off craig kimbrel, tying home run. next pitch. carlos gomez, check swing, here is pedroia backing up the play and they get gomez at first.
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look at him falling down. just the presentation of mind to even be there backing up the play and then the incredible athleticism to get him at first. fast forward to the 11th. andrew got all of that or enough of it anyway. red sox in dramatic fashion win it in 11, 7-5. >> 76ers are playing in utah. foltz, 17 points in 22 minutes. 11 in the fourth and the celtics win. >> happy fourth of july, everybody. enjoy the day, for john buccigross, i'm kevin connors, good morning america. >> thanks, boys. now a bit of christmas in july. some people in california are ditching the beaches and barbecues to hit the slopes this independence day. >> yep, skiers and snowboarders are out in droves at a resort in squaw valley. it's hot enough there to wear t-shirts, shorts, even bikinis
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yesterday ahead of today's big showdown. >> the favorite, joey "jaws" chestnut tipped the scales at 221 pounds. chestnut says most people think of competitive eating as just sitting down for a big meal but that's not how he goes about it. >> i kind of model my training similar to a marathon runner and slowly build up to eating more and more hot dogs, train my body to tolerate it and push it to an extreme limit so i attack the contest with -- like it's a sport. like i'm really making my body work for me. >> too bad he is an athlete. >> joey, you're not an athlete. you're not a marathon runnerment i'm not buying it. i love what you do. come on, mate, enough. >> i think i know a few other people who would disagree with you also. yesterday's z burger annual independence burger eating championship in washington, d.c. went down and we have a winner. >> marley skylar took the top
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spot, the mother of four won it for the third time eating 21 burgers in 10 minutes. >> athlete. >> athlete, marathon runner. >> trained hard for that one. >> all right. a more sophisticated story now. today is actually a very special fourth of july because it's also the 20th anniversary of the arrival of pathfinder on mars. >> pretty cool stuff. there were some big cheers at nasa's jet propulsion laboratory when they learned that that lander had successfully made it and it made quite an entrance, i might add. >> pathfinder bounced onto the martian surface and opened to release its sojourner rover which conducted experiments before it went silent. they sent back more than 17,000 pictures from the surface of mars. >> still sounds like an amazing accomplishment today. i wonder how they felt about it 20 years ago. >> yeah, unreal. >> big deal. finally, some fun fourth of july fun facts, shall we? did you know only john hancock signed the declaration of independence on july 4th of
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>> ♪ >> good morning, everyone, i'm matt o'donnell. it is 4:27 a.m., tuesday july 4th and here's what's coming up on "action news." a handshake deal late last night breaks the budget deadlock in trenton. closed beaches and parks will likely be opened just in time for this july 4th holiday. the city of philadelphia rolls out the red, white and blue carpet for fourth of july festivities. a live look from sky6. we could see some partly sunny skies when the sun comes up, slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm. i'll have the latest with dave murphy and accuweather. we'll take a look at traffic to see if anyone is out there on the roads. we'll get you ready for the fourth of july. all next on "action news." >> ♪ ht up the sky. cities and towns all across the country will host traditional displays, the biggest of which happens in new
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york city and wabc's lucy yang takes a look behind the scenes. >> reporter: millions are expected to ooh and aah over the annual macy's july fourth celebration. the largest fireworks show in the country. >> july 4th so i'm super excited to see what they have tomorrow for us. >> reporter: in an effort to razzle and dazzle macy's is promising 60,000 bursting shells, new colors in the rainbow, flashier smiley face, all perfectly choreographed to patriotic tunes. >> this year we're working with the west point band and it is their centennial so we felt it was so fitting to have a military band work with us to really create that patriotic score. >> reporter: however, not all eyes will be gazing at the sky show, hundreds of police officers including 400 new graduates will be deployed throughout the city. given the high density crowds and the symbolism behind independence day july 4th is an obvious magnet for terrorists.
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>> thanks, lucy. san francisco has a big show planned. >> hoping for a better show than last year, cornell barnhard of our station tells us why. >> fireworks shells are being launched into launch tubes for one of the biggest spectaculars on the west coast. >> 10,000 effects that will take place over the 25 minutes, in a rank of altitudes from deck level of the barge all the way up to a thousand feet in the sky. >> reporter: jeff thomas says the computer's synchronized show will dazzle folks along the embarcadero unless an uninvited guest shows up like last year. >> everybody asks about the fog. that is certainly -- we're in san francisco so we know that it could be here so we try to get that variety of altitude. >> reporter: fog or no fog the show must go on. >> from last year they got fogged out but i'm optimistic tomorrow will be a nice clear night and everybody can enjoy the show. >> good luck, san francisco, happy fourth of july, everyone.
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning, it's 4:30 a.m. on this tuesday the fourth of july. tam is off. nydia han joins us and developing this morning. >> a gruesome discovery has police trying to figure out how the remains of a baby earned up on a philadelphia sidewalk. >> it's back to business for new jersey state government. governor christie puts early morning ink on a budget deal ending a three day state shutdown. >> farmers in pay say they pennsylvania say they are having trouble keeping a sweet summer staple in stock. happy fourth,

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