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making news in america this morning, donald trump jr. defending himself over claims of collusion with russia. as some republican lawmakers voice their concerns, the controversy likely to follow the president on another foreign trip starting tonight. we're live in washington. we have new details about that deadly military plane crash. hear why mississippi's governor has issued a warning about the widespread debris field. a close call in san francisco bay. some boaters getting up close and way too personal with a whale. and baseball games, all-star game nine innings was not enough. we have highlights in the extended midsummer classic.
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took them a while but they wrapped it up. >> they did. >> as we say good morning on this wednesday we'll start with donald trump jr. speaking out overnight hours after posting the e-mails that led to his controversial meeting with a russian lawyer. >> in an interview last night he said he never told his father about that meeting. he also said in retrospect he would have done things differently. >> abc's janai norman is following the developments for us from washington. good morning, janai. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. some democrats are saying those e-mails are clear signs of collusion and even some republicans are expressing concerns over trump junior's willingness. >> donald trump jr.'s e-mails. for some the fire where there's already smoke. >> this is moving into perjury, false statements, and potentially treason. >> donald trump jr. was openly salivating about the prospect about getting damaging information from the russians. it is certainly evidence of collusion. >> reporter: the e-mails
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released by trump jr. show on june 3rd acquaintance rock goldstone told him the crown prosecutor of russia offered to provide the trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate hillary and her deals with russia and would be very useful to your father. this is obviously very high level and sensitive information, but it's part of russia and its government's support for mr. trump. minutes later he responded thanks, rob. i appreciate that. if it's what you say, i love it. especially later in the summer. is that evidence that the trump campaign knew that russia was trying to interfere? >> no, i don't think so, no. >> reporter: on fox news' "hannity" he maintained it was much ado about nothing. >> in retrospect i probably would have done things differently. >> reporter: two weeks after that meeting he dismissed suggestions the trump campaign had anything to do with russia. >> it's disgusting, it's so phony, i can't think of bigger lies but that exactly goes to show you what the dnc and what
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the clinton camp will do. they will lie and do anything to win. >> reporter: and from the white house a short statement from the president saying my son is a high quality person and i applaud his transparency but "the new york times" says donald trump jr. only released those e-mails after learning of their plans to release them. diane and kendis. >> janai norman following a lot of developments there in d.c. and, janai, some lawmakers are calling on donald trump jr. to testify before congress. he says he's happy to cooperate. >> the president's son may have violated a campaign law as abc news chief legal analyst dan abrams explains. >> well, it's not going to be the smoking gun for the larger investigation that robert mueller is doing but the question of is this criminal with regard to donald trump jr., there's a strong argument to be made that this is a technical violation of campaign finance law. >> donald junior's lawyer's says he did not wrong and robert
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mueller will examine the meeting. the president is heading to paris where he'll celebrate bastille day with the french president emmanuel macron. the two leaders are at odds over climate change and the president's decision recently to withdraw from the paris climate accord. but they're hoping to find common ground on terrorism and defense. protesters plan to voice opposition with what's being called a no trump zone. >> and senate republicans work on their version of a health care reform bill a top senate republican says an obama tax increase will likely stay in place. john cornyn says they have two levied by president obama on couples making over $250,000 a year. analysts say those two alone yield $23 billion a year. meanwhile, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is delaying the chamber's summer vacation and says he's cutting the august recess in half so they can focus on health care reform among other legislative
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agenda items accusing democrats of obstructionnism and lack of cooperation. the search continues for wreckage from a military plane that crashed in rural mississippi. governor phil brian is warning people not to remove the debris which is scattered over several miles. now, this comes after reports of people actually taking items from that crash site. the marine corps kc-130 plane was taking an elite special operations unit across the country for training. that unit was based in north carolina. all 16 on board were killed. foul play not suspected. we're getting a look at a major moment in america's missile defense program. this military video shows the first successful test of the thad system against a rocket. it managed to intercept a missile fired over hawaii from one that was fired over alaska. it's similar to those being developed by north korea. the newest wildfire in the west has left its mark. the fast-moving grass fire destroyed at least one large
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home in the hills near san jose and damaged another. 11 other high-end hopes have been evacuated as a result. in southern california the jennings fire has destroyed at least 400 acres and forced hundreds of evacuations. at least for a time it closed an interstate in the san diego area. and there are currently 55 active large fires in 14 western states. and this was the view as a husband and wife escaped a wildfire in western canada. it started in heavy smoke and then turned frightening as their car is surrounded by flames. more than 200 fires have burned 150 square miles and forced 14,000 evacuations. similar concern overseas where wildfires on the slopes of mt. vesuvius caused fears of another massive eruption at the famed volcano. these dramatic images coming in early this morning although it is an active volcano the last eruption was during world war ii. now for a look at your
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weather. the radar shows us some severe storms moving through the upper midwest. cities from chicago to erie, pennsylvania, could get a direct hit. the entire region could see damaging winds, hail, a few tornadoes. heavy rain could cause flash flooding. you could be looking at more scenes like this in the southeast. heavy rain caused this flooding in montgomery, alabama. not only were cars partly submerged, the water also made its way into the state capitol building and high winds snapped up a tree on the capitol's grounds. well, surf's up south of los angeles. >> a tropical storm is bringing huge waves to the wedge in newport beach in orange county. world famous surfing spot by the way. tropical storm eugene is bringing waves of 8 to 10 feet to shore. that by the way is not the biggest the wedge has ever seen. but it was enough to bring out
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the surfers as well as spectators there. >> enough to keep me on the shore. still ahead the world's largest drinks maker is trying to get a little more green. we don't mean money. also the blooming medical business right across the border. hear the reason why americans are flocking to muller city. new details in the search for the missing young men near philadelphia. a person of interest is now free.
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takata has added 2.7 million vehicles to its initial order. the company says some air bag inflators may explode with too much force and send shrapnel onto drivers and passengers. at least 17 deaths have now been blamed on the defect. the initial recall affected 42 million ford nissan and mazda vehicles. a doctor who cared for olympic and collegiate gymnasts may serve up to 60 years in prison for child pornography. larry nassar accepted a plea deal yesterday densed in november. he worked for u.s. gymnastics and michigan state university and faces trials and lawsuits for the sexual abuse of more than 100 women and girls. those accusers include u.s. olympians. coca-cola is getting greener. it is expected to announce it'll dramatically increase the amount of recycled plastic used in its bottles. the move comes amid pressure from environmentalists to recycle. new statistics show people buy more than a million plastic
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bottles globally every year. and a growing number of medical tourists from the u.s. are heading south of the border for affordable dental care. the mexican border town is southeast of san diego. it's been seeing so much dental trade that it's now been dubbed molar city. many americans who visit it say they've saved thousands of dollars. and msnbc host and former congressman joe scarborough says he's leaving the republican party on the show with his co-host and fiancee mika brzezinski. scarborough says he's becoming an independent because so many republican lawmakers aren't standing up to the president. when we come back, hundreds of skateboarders in a tense confrontation with police. new video coming in from san francisco. and a break at the all-star game. one player could get a picture with the ump. what? stay with us.
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you're looking at an apparent near miss between a sailboat and a humpback whale. it happened over the weekend in san francisco bay. this comes as federal authorities are warning boaters and jet skiers not to get too close to the wildlife in the bay this summer. checking the morning road conditions, flooding is possible in the southwest and the rockies. all the way to the great lakes. wet roads for most of the east coast and the gulf coast as well. if you're flying airport delays are possible in chicago and detroit. a person of interest in the disappearance of four young men outside of philadelphia has now been released after posting bail. >> police and the fbi are still focusing their search on a farm owned by the family of cosmo dinardo. abc's eva pilgrim has the latest. >> reporter: fbi investigators zeroing in on this field outside philadelphia using a backhoe, digging and sifting soil by hand. appearing to measure and photograph what they're
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unearthing searching for four young men missing since last week. >> i think that it's very important to hang on to hope until there is no room left for it. >> reporter: the property owned by the family of 20-year-old cosmo dinardo who authorities say is a person of interest in the mysterious disappearance of those men. 19-year-old jimi patrick was last seen wednesday. >> he was on the scheyer side but get a smile out of him. >> reporter: thomas meo, 21, marriage surjs, 22 and 19-year-old dean finocchiaro all missing since friday. dinardo arrested on an unrelated gun charge. >> we're looking for information that connects these four and may connect them to the property we're searching, connect them to cosmo dinardo perhaps. >> reporter: authorities confirming they have brought in cadaver dogs to search this property. they say they received tons of tips but they need those tips to keep coming. eva pilgrim, abc news, bucks county, pennsylvania. a large gathering of
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skateboarders got pretty out of hand in san francisco last night. residents had complained that the informal competition was blocking the street. well, police in riot gear tried to break up the crowd. that's when more than 100 skateboarders clashed with those officers. one officer and at least two skateboarders were injured. two police cruisers were also vandalized. >> wow. also in san francisco, salvage crews have started raising a sunken barge out of san francisco bay. the 112-foot barge named "vengeance" sank during a storm three months ago landing on top of an underwater francis tube. crews working in waters with zero visibility have managed to cut the barge into three sections. the entire barge is expected to be raised by the end of this week. it's up to paris and los angeles to decide which city will host the 2024 and 2028 olympics. both have said they don't want the 2028 games. now the international olympic committee has passed the torch
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saying, you know what, you two figure things out. if they can't reach a deal the committee will have to choose. the ioc announces the sites of those games in september. you decide. >> you decide. you want 2024? nope. all right, so the major league baseball season doesn't resume until friday. fans at last night's all-star game got a little more than they paid for. the highlights now from espn. >> good morning, it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. home of the espys. >> this is the all-star game. this was in miami as stan just said throwing out the first pitch, legends, hall of fame legends, all threw strikes. max scherzer throwing trikes to aaron judge. this is the real game. sixth inning, robinson cano, that's nelson cruz getting a picture with joe west and yadier molina is the photographer. >> he had his phone in the pocket at the plate? >> yeah. let's all go to nathan's, get
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the fries. cano wins the mvp with the home run that wins the game. >> how about twitter on the 2-2 count in between. jason tatum and his team taking on the 76ers. look at tatum. 76ers don't have markelle fultz for the rest of the summer league so tatum took over the show. boston stockpiling all those draft picks used one on tatum and you can see why, man. he can do some thing, long, athletic, able to finish. saw him hit the jumper, 15 on the night, celtics win it 88-83. boston so far yet to lose in summer league action. >> right. which really means nothing. >> up next in "the pulse," a fan's epic battle in hopes of staying dry at wimbledon. and there's no way to stay dry when the world's largest super soaker is around. how a high school student
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when it comes to heartburn, trust nexium 24hr. time for "the pulse" this wednesday and we start with shark week. 2017. it is pitting the world's greatest swimmer, human swimmer, against a shark. >> so ahead of its highly anticipated annual event the discovery channel has released photos of 23-time olympic gold medalist michael phelps diving into the clear blue water of the bahamas. >> so phelps was outfitted with a special suit with a fin giving him a slight competitive advantage against one of nature's fastest swimmers. >> okay, spoiler alert here. he didn't actually swim right next to a shark. they just timed him against the shark's time.
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shark week 2017 kicks off sunday, july 23rd on discovery. who is your money on, the shark or phelps. >> phelps, especially now that he has the fin. >> against a shark? >> against a great white, done. >> you're on. >> 23 medals. the best match at wimbledon this week, by the way, speaking of competition had nothing to do with the course. it all happened in the stands. it came during a rain delay and it featured man versus poncho. >> how does it play out? >> it took this poor fan more than 40 seconds to put on his rain gear. at one point the poncho was ahead 30-0. >> brings to mind another epic battle against a poncho, featuring a former president of the united states. >> that was actually pretty epic. george w. bush had trouble with one during donald trump's inauguration. laura bush looking on. this spectator in london was in good company. >> w. had good fun with that moment. so if you decide you want to get into a water gun fight don't do it with a former nasa
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>> ♪ >> good morning, i'm tamala edwards. it's tuesday july 12th and just ahead coming up on "action news," the search goes on in bucks county. authorities continue the painstaking look at a farm going over it for clues in the disappearance of four men. we've got the very latest. why you could seal picket lines if you're flying out of philadelphia international airport this morning. also when it comes to your weather, turning up the meet. meteorologist, david murphy is also tracking high humidity and some possible daily storms. so we've got those stories an lot more. "action news" is up next. >> ♪ and in the southwest. but 8 today in minneapolis. finally this morning, we're looking at an unconventional new way to overcome tragedy. it's something many veterans who suffered serious injuries in combat have done. >> the same goes for survivors
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of other incidents. sandra bookman tells us about the healing ink project. >> when people say get over it, there is no getting over it. >> reporter: thomas is one of only 19 people who survived being buried under the rubble of the twin towers on 9/11 having lived through and with that trauma he sees a tattoo as one way to ensure that the rest of the world never forgets. >> without even saying a word to anyone, just by showing this being at a pool somewhere or they're going to come up and they'll know and they'll think of 9/11 and it will stay in their consciousness. >> like the tattoo says he's a survivor. he endured something that most of us probably will never see. >> reporter: this is the healing ink project, a group of the city's most famous tattoo artists covering the scars of 9/11 survivors and first responders with beautiful artwork. >> helping them reclaim their body and see themselves the way they want to be perceived and not with the marking of that tragic event.
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>> reporter: healing ink introduced first to terror survivors in israel now soothing lingering wounds both physical and emotional here. gary smiley was an fdny paramedic critically injured in the collapse of the north tower and his new tattoo is in remembrance of the 343 firefighters who died that day. >> my saying is if you're talking about the memories of those we lost their memories never die. >> i know tattoos heal people because i've seen it happen. they healed me so i know it will work. >> reporter: perhaps a tangible reminder of not only pain, but also perseverance. in harlem, sandra bookman, channel 7, eyewitness news. >> interesting. >> such an amazing initiative. not only because they're now sending a message with the tattoos but covering up the scars left behind before. >> he's absolutely right of the it is a great reminder if they're seen at the pool or elsewhere that they are survivors, proud survivors.
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