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making news in america this monday morning, new challenges for president trump and his new white house chief of staff. john kelly moves into the west wing today as the trump administration deals with new provocations from russia and north korea. we are live in washington. new details this morning about an alleged terror plot in australia. hear the latest on how the suspects allegedly planned to use poisonous gas, and steps being taken to keep flights here in the u.s. safe. breaking overnight, a massive manhunt after a jail break in alabama. authorities working hard through the night to recapture them. and an epic comeback by the u.s. women's soccer team facing defeat against a rival. s they shot, they scored, they won.
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we do say good morning, everybody, on this monday. big changes and new challenges for the trump white house this morning. >> retired general john kelly is officially taking over as white house chief of staff today as president trump tries to hit the reset button going into another busy week. abc news kenneth moton has the latest from washington. kenneth, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. after that surprise announcement on twitter, president trump's new chief of staff will be sworn in today and his to do list is already long. today general john kelly will take the reigns of trump white house. >> john kelly will do a fantastic job. >> reporter: the homeland security secretary replacing chief of staff reince priebus, hoping to bring order off six months in office for trump. >> he brought kelly in for the same reason he brings in successful businessmen and generals. >> reporter: this week set to be a busy one for the new chief of staff. two u.s. bombers flew over the
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korean peninsula. japan and south korea joining the force against north korea after it launched another intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the u.s. mainland. >> reliability equals credibility which means we have to take this threat seriously. >> reporter: trump blamed china in a tweet saying they do nothing for us against north korea. we will no longer allow this to continue. >> any military action we take would probably trigger a war. >> reporter: the president expected tonctions against russ. the bill already sparking retaliation by president vladimir putin who kicked hundreds of u.s. diplomats out of his countr estonia reassuring allies that russian aggression in the region is unacceptable. >> our allies in eastern europe states of america stands with them. >> reporter: despite russia meddling in the u.s. election, president trump objected to the new sanctions bill approved by congress but we're told is expected to sign it soon.
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>> that's kenneth moton for us live from washington. thanks, kenneth. and president trump is refusing to give up on health care. the president is urging republican senators to keep working, tweeting that the world is watching. and after saying let obamacare implode, he's threatening to end payments to insurers designed to cut costs for lower income americans. meanwhile, john mccain is back in arizona following his dramatic no vote on the gop bill. he's scheduled to start treatment for brain cancer today. overseas australia is on alert this morning after an alleged terror plot. reports indicate that the suspects planned to use poisonous gas to take down on airline. extra security measures including intense screenings causing plenty of airport delays across that country this morning. >> reporter: investigators scrambling to examine evidence of an alleged plot to bring down an airliner, heavily armed police summoned hazmat suits, others wearing gas masks
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aaustralia sydney, australia. four men arrested. >> we believe it's islamic inspired terrorism. >> reporter: officials believe the terror plan involved an improvised device. sources tell abc news that american intelligence officials are closely monitoring the case because of suspected communications between the alleged plotters and isis. chilling new details from the newspaper, the australian. the suspects allegedly constructing an explosive device using poisonous gas that would kill or immobilize everyone on the aircraft. abc news has not verified this report. >> if australian media reports are correct, this would be the first time that we've seen any sort of terrorist act that involved gas on an airplane. >> reporter: airports across australia intensifying armed patrols, warning passengers of vigorous security. >> the heightened security measures that have been undertaken at our airports have been done on the advice of our security agencies which are the best in the world.
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>> reporter: jennifer eccleston, abc news, london. more violent clashes are expected in venezuela today as opposition leaders call for a protest against president nicolas maduro's newly elected constitution assembly. an explosion in caracas wounded at least four police officers as thousands protested yesterday to rewrite the country's constitution. electoral authorities said more than 8 million people voted in favor of maduro's power grab. one candidate up for election was shot in his home. stunning images from taiwan after two typhoons hit within a 24-hour period. absolutely amazing. more than 100 people were injured after the first typhoon struck, and several parts of the island nation are under water from the twin storms. thousands without power. those storms are triggering land slides as well.
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now for a look at your weather. there's a muddy mess to clean up across some parts of west virginia after flash flooding over the weekend. the hardest hit areas received about four inches of rain in just two hours. residents reported several feet of water in their homes and the mud left behind in some areas is being measured in feet. meanwhile record heat is building across the west. plenty of triple digits temperatures from today through the middle of the week. heat advisories, watches and warnings are posted from washington all the way down to southern california. the mayor of nashville, tennessee and her husband are mourning the loss of their only child apparently to a drug overdose. mayor megan berry said her 22-year-old son max died this weekend. he graduated from college only last month. in a statement the berries asked for privacy as they mourned their loss.
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it could be as long as two weeks before the power problem on north carolina's outer banks is solved. >> tourists evacuated over the weekend. the electricity has been out for much of the area since thursday. that's when a work crew hit a power line. restaurants say they are losing huge profits during what's typically a busy time of year. and still ahead, the court case involving shrinking airline seats. what the faa was just ordered to do about it. plus suspects on the run. authorities trying to recapture escaped inmates in the dark of the night. and a frightening scene in los angeles. a lunch interrupted by an out of control van. we have the details straight ahead.
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panic and chaos in los angeles as a van plows into people who were eating outside of a restaurant. at least nine people were injured. several others are still in the hospital. investigators say the incident is not terror related. witnesses say the van swerved after allegedly running a red light to avoid hitting other cars and ended up on the sidewalk. the driver is in custody and is facing hit and run charges. most rides at the ohio state fair have re-opened after last week's deadly accident. they were closed after the fireball ride broke apart mid-air killing a teenager and injuring seven others. that ride is still closed. the ride's owner is blaming mechanical failure for the accident. airline passengers unhappy with their seat size, well, they now have a powerful new ally. >> a federal appeals court says the faa should reconsider regulating those rapidly shrinking airline seats. >> from cabin confrontations leading to scenes like this to
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delays, the cabin pressure keeps rising. one thing seems to keep shrinking, leg room. seat widths have decreased an inch and a half. not only that they say the space between seats has decreased from an average of 35 inches to about 31 inches. some bargain airlines like frontier and spirit have just 28 inches of leg room. >> the seats really were designed for the way people were in the 1950s and obviously people have gotten larger. >> a passenger group appealing says cramped planes are becoming a hazard, they slow down emergency evacuations and increase the danger of passengers develop blood clots in their legs. we have much more on this story coming up on "good morning america." twitter is reaching out to tap into a larger pool of advertisers. >> the struggling social media
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western texas, up into colorado. wet roads also for the upper midwest. >> if you are flying here in the u.s., weather related delays are possible in miami. >> hopefully no 60 mile per hour wind gusts. for the second time this summer a dream vacation has turned into a nightmare for an american family in turks and caicos. >> a wash "dc dialogud. washing shot. >> reporter: a manhunt for a gunman who shot an american tourist. they were returning to this lavish beach home when two matchinged men forced their way in, overpowering the security guard on duty. >> the security guard has been bound at the scene with his own shoelaces. >> reporter: jones, a prominent washington d.c. attorney and georgetown law professor reportedly confronting one of the intruders who then shoots
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the 57-year-old, the gunman getting away with only a laptop. jones transferred to a hospital in south florida where he is listed in stable condition. this luxury villa rents for more than $2200 a night. and gaining notoriety for violence. the crime rate on the island is increasing but the american tourist shootings don't appear to be connected. >> when you come here you don't automatically assume that nothing can happen to you because we have criminals. >> reporter: officials there insist the country remains safe and the state department has not issued any advisories for american travelers. an intense manhunt is on the way for two inmates on the run who escaped sunday evening from the walker county jail located near birmingham. ten of those inmates have been recaptured. two were in jail for attempted
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murder. a pregnant woman was among dozens of people rescued from stranded gondolas in germany. they were trapped more than 100 feet above the ryne river in cologne. one struck a support column. the mother to be was among two adults who suffered minor injuries. a fast and furious finish helped the u.s. soccer team pull off quite a comeback in san diego. they wiped out a two-goal deficit in the final ten minutes against brazil. meg megan rapinoe tied. in the 9th minute julie ertz scored after a scramble in the front. the u.s. wins 4-3. we go from football to somem espn. >> john butchccigrossbuccigross anderson. adrian beltran, there it is,
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3,000th career hit. texas range uniform to do that, first guy from the dominican republic to join the 3000-hit club. only 31 players have done it. he gets a double. texas lost the game but a beautiful day for his family. the rangers, a good job celebrating the moment, 3,000 career hits. baseball, excellent finish. kyle farmer called up to the big leagues a couple of days ago. dodgers are down to the giants 2-1. he doubles down the right field line. he's batting 1,000 in his big league career. justin turner scores. dodgers go crazy with the walk-off win. now they lead the giants by 34.5 games. >> i think they may have eliminated them. >> goodness, dodgers, 3-2. exciting time for kyle farmer. >> hope he didn't need that jersey tomorrow. baseball has officially
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welcomed three of its former players into the hall of fame. >> we're talking about tim raines, jeff bagwell and puj rodriguez. they were joined by former major league commissioner bud selig and atlanta braves president and long time executive john sherholtz. up next, a spectacular new feature in the swissal ps. and something of a mystery, who put their footprints in the wet cement? who did this? the apb that's out right now. and on our facebook page, an epic day for a doctor who took a break from having her own baby to help someone else deliver theirs. that's an people would stare. psoriasis does that. it was tough getting out there on stage.
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it is your monday morning pulse and we are going to start high in the swiss alps. take a look. that high. >> beautiful. >> something called the europe bridge and it has to be seen to be believed. >> all right, so it was built for hikers and is more than 1600 feet long. the bridge is being called the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world. >> it actually hangs about 280 feet above a ravine and features some sweeping views of the famous matterhorn. that's great. you can still see that from the ground, mind you. the bridge replaces another span that damaged by rock falls recently. it has a system to prevent it from swinging. >> wait, wait, what happened to the part, the one that was damaged? what happened with that one? did it fall? >> i want to know the rest of that part. >> they provide buckets along
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the way for you to throw up in. >> i really -- i hope it was properly inspected. you can go first. >> 1600 feet span. >> all right, well if you're walking across the bridge you should probably focus but you'll be forced to if you're walking the streets of honolulu. no more texting. >> i get the message. whoa, it's from you too. it's true. starting in late october, crossing the street while texting will get you fined in the hawaiian capital. it's part of a crackdown on distracted walking, looking at a hand-held device in a crosswalk will cost you as much as $99. >> here's the thing though, talking on your cell phone still fine. honolulu's mayor says he wished that he didn't have to pass this law but sometimes people lack common sense. don't you agree, kendis? >> i agree but do they have my response up there? >> a one-way conversation. i am responsible with my walking habits. >> not the texting habits.
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so a tennessee kid is now an internet sensation after making an adorable and costly mess. the 2-year-old was looking for her parents when she walked through wet concrete in the basement of the home. >> i love how she's still smiling in the photograph. the construction company shared photos on facebook. at one point her parents considered leaving all the footprints in place as a momeemo but decided they'll just leave a pair of the footprints. >> very cute. well, more news after this. n my. my 30-year marriage... 3-month old business... plus...what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i made a point to talk to my doctor. he told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. not only does eliquis treat dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis had both...
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, it is monday, july 31. we have breaking news a teenager is hit by a stray bullet inside her home. we're live as police continue to search for two suspects. caught on camera, new jersey governor chris christie gets in the face of a fan you see that there, while at a baseball game. we'll show you the video and hear from the man in the video. get ready for sunshine as we look live on sky6 live hd looking live at city hall in center city. david murphy has the forecast southwest -- as we say goodbye to july. that's up next on "action news."
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>> in 2011 he took heat for flying to his son's game in a helicopter and two weeks ago he was booed by fellow mets fan at citi field in new york after catching that foul ball. >> now he's been caught on video getting in the face of a chicago cubs fan. ben wagner from our sister station in milwaukee has the details. >> reporter: that's the very end of a confrontation between cubs fan brad joseph and new jersey govern chris christie. joseph says it started like this. >> when he was initially going up the stairs i yelled his name. he was already quite a bit past me and probably 30 feet away. i yelled his name and i told him that he sucked. >> reporter: when governor christie came back, joseph says he called him another name. >> i called him a hypocrite because i thought it needed to be said. he then turned around and walked all the way towards me and got
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up in my face for what seemed like a long time. it was probably only about 30 seconds or a minute. he was kind of kneeing me with his knee, very clear he was making contact like, oh, you want to do something, you want to start something here. >> you're a big shot. >> i appreciate that. >> reporter: joseph admits niece not a chris christie fan. he said others in the crowd had been heckling the new jersey governor too. >> i remained calm and just said i was trying to watch the game which i understand he was probably just trying to do the same thing. at the same time he is a public official and this is america and i think we have the right to say what you believe as long as it's not, you know, crude or profane. >> i think they both exercised their freedom of speech in that case. >> yeah, they -- i think so. christie got his piece and so did that guy. maybe he just wanted some of the nachos that christie was holding onto tight to. >> that's what's making news in america t >> good morning it is monday
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july 31. matt o'donnell is off, alicia vitarelli is joining us. we're following breaking news, a stray bullet shoots through a philadelphia home hitting a teenager in her live room. >> a man wanted for questioning in a shooting in delaware county may be linked to a shooting in philadelphia. >> chris christie faces off with a heckler at a baseball game. >>


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