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good morning, america. the dow hits a new high but the president's poll numbers hit a new low as he backs a sweeping new proposal to slash legal immigration in half, giving preference to english speakers and skilled workers. >> the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong. >> fireworks in the briefing room. those massive wildfires turning deadly. a firefighter killed battling the blaze. oregon declaring a state of emergency and flames threatening uc berkeley's campus forcing them to cut power. now a new warning as record temperatures climb even higher this morning. summer camp scare. 40 children rushed to the hospital after a chemical leak in a swimming pool. kids overcome by the fumes. the building forced to evacuate. an investigation now under way. and overnight, the
terrifying moment a bungee ride malfunctions at a county fair leaving a man dangling upside down. >> why isn't that ladder moving? >> two other people trapped high above filming the whole thing. firefighters coming to the rescue. finally pulling them to safety. we do say good morning, america. that had to be a scary moment at that county fair in california and thankfully everyone including that man is okay. >> can you imagine? he dangled upside down for about 20 minutes. we'll have a lot more on that coming up. but we are going to begin with the latest from washington where the white house is facing backlash over that plan to cut the number of immigrants in half. heated debate in the briefing room over the statue of liberty and its meaning and this comes as a new poll shows the president's approval rating at an all time low, just 33%.
of americans think the president is doing a good job right now. 61% disapprove. >> he will meet with his supporters at a campaign-style rally in west virginia tonight. that rally coming as questions grow over the new immigration bill and our senior white house correspondent cecilia vega has the latest from washington. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: hi, robin, good morning to you. president trump says the legal immigration system in this country has not been fair to american workers and citizens but, both republicans and democrats on capitol hill say the impacts on the economy from this proposal would be so negative, it's a nonstarter. fireworks in the white house briefing room. >> the notion that you think that this is a racist bill is so wrong. >> reporter: president trump's senior policy adviser stephen miller pushing a sweeping new immigration proposal, one that would slash legal immigration into the u.s. by half and change a system that allows most legal immigrants to enter the country based on family relation, instead giving admission preference to english speaking and skilled workers. miller sparring with reporters over just how far the proposal would go.
>> the statue of liberty says give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. it doesn't say anything about speaking english or being able to be a computer programmer. >> i don't want to get off into a whole thing about history here, but the statue of liberty is a symbol of liberty and lighting the world, it's a symbol of american liberty lighting the world. the poem was added later. it's not actually part of the original statue of liberty. >> reporter: the white house says the president is making good on a campaign promise. >> the green card reforms in the r.a.i.s.e. act will give american workers a pay raise by reducing unskilled immigration. >> reporter: aides brushing off questions about contradictions in the president's own use of immigrant labor at his florida clubs including mar-a-lago. last year, the president defending his organization's request for more unskilled workers. >> during the season it's very, very hard to get employees, in fact, it's almost impossible and what we do is we sometimes have to bring people in. >> reporter: the white house also facing tough questions
about whether the president told the truth when he claimed to receive phone calls from people who never actually called him. after that political speech to the boy scouts last week -- >> fake media. fake news. >> reporter: the president told "the wall street journal" the head of the boy scouts personally called him to say it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them and they were very thankful. but actually, the speech angered so many the boy scouts were forced to issue an apology and yesterday they said there was no phone call. the president also said mexico's president called to praise his work on the border. >> they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they are not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment. >> reporter: mexico also says there was no call. so we asked the white house. >> why did the president say that he received a phone call from the leader of the boy scouts and the president of mexico when he did not? did he lie? >> no, on mexico he was referencing the conversation that they had had at the g20 summit.
in terms of the boy scouts, multiple members of the boy scout leadership following his speech there that day congratulated him, praised him. >> reporter: but the president specifically said that he received a phone call from the president of mexico. >> they were direct conversations, not actual phone calls. >> reporter: and the president's making headlines for another reported comment. he reportedly told members of his golf club in bedminster, new jersey, that the white house is, quote, a real dump. well, he is now pushing back on that with a tweet saying, quote, i love the white house, one of the most beautiful buildings, homes, i have ever seen but fake news said i called it a dump. totally untrue. so, robin, he's saying he never made those comments. >> and he'll be heading away from the white house. he is going to have his first extended vacation since taking office, going to be away for a couple of weeks. >> reporter: yeah, robin, and it starts tomorrow. he'll be gone for a couple of weeks heading to bedminster, but, look, nothing unusual.
most presidents take an extended trip around this time. well, he has gone there and there will be construction. major construction happening here at the white house. >> thank you, cecilia. more from jonathan karl. let's start out with the poll that we just showed. 33% approval now for the president, all-time low, and you see this happening as the president is now focusing solely and really on his core supporters, his hard-core trump supporters. like with that immigration announcement yesterday. >> reporter: yeah, he still is popular among republicans and this is clearly aimed at that base because, george, it is not based -- is not aimed at actually passing something. that bill was first introduced by those two republican senators back in february. it still doesn't have any other co-sponsors. i think that if that were brought up for a vote right now in the senate, it would be lucky to get more than 30 votes. certainly no chance of actually passing. >> the poll we showed 58% of americans think the president tried to derail or obstruct the russia investigation and these questions over russia, one of the reasons the president really
had no choice yesterday but to sign that bill that imposed sanctions on russia. >> reporter: yeah, he clearly didn't like it. that signing statement that he issued with it said a number of provisions that were clearly unconstitutional. george, another reason he didn't have a choice is the numbers. look at the numbers. that russia sanctions bill passed 97-2 in the senate and it passed 419-3 in the house. if he had vetoed it, if he decided not to sign it, it clearly -- congress could have overridden that veto. >> and they would have done it. no question about it. we are seeing signs that general john kelly imposing his control over the white house. we read about that report that he's called the attorney general, jeff sessions, assuring him that his job is safe. >> reporter: yes, we know he did that. i'm also told that there's more order in the west wing in terms of meetings, the flow of information in and out of the oval office and, george, there have been some changes on the national security council.
we have had now three departures of people brought into the national security council by michael flynn way back in the beginning of this administration clearly some changes there reflected by kelly coming in. >> jon karl, thanks very much. robin. >> all right, george. now to that dangerous heat wave bringing triple-digit temperatures fueling massive wildfires and ginger is tracking the latest developments for us. good morning, ginger. >> good morning. we're now at almost 5.5 million acres burned year to date and the state of oregon, the governor there declaring a state of emergency. dozens of large wildfires raging throughout the west. a firefighter killed battling a blaze in montana. 7,000 acres burning in the diamond creek fire in northern washington state. voluntary evacuations at the university of california, berkeley, after a brush fire came close to the football stadium. helicopters dropped water from a nearby reservoir. and look at the sky line of
portland, oregon, a smoky haze blanketing most of the state. check out the before and after of seattle, those are not clouds on the satellite, by the way. that is smoke. all this as the northwest braces for another day of record-breaking heat. a mad rush for fans and ac units in a region that's not used to this. store shelves empty. hospitals ready for a rare increase of heat-related illnesses. >> we're ready. we have systems in place to call in additional health care workers. >> and it's not just the afternoon high, the overnight lows in the upper 60s and low 70s, way out of the ordinary for this region. you still see the red flag warnings in place that go all the way through northern california. excessive heat warnings, heat advisories that go south of monterey there and air quality, it is bad and getting worse in a lot of these places from british columbia, fires into washington state, some of it making it all the way to minnesota. that historic heat, again, could see an all-time record possible in salem, oregon, today at 109, george. >> okay, ginger, thanks very
much. we're going to turn now to that terrifying chemical leak at a ymca pool that sent dozens of children to the hospital struggling to breathe. abc's steve osunsami is on the scene in durham, north carolina. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning to you, george. this was a frightening moment for parents who had children here. they were watching on tvs in some cases as their kids were being hauled out onto the sidewalk and into the street being treated for chemical exposure. north carolina authorities this morning are trying to explain to parents how a summer camp trip to the pool turned into a hazmat scene where dozens of children had trouble breathing. >> literally smell the chlorine in the air. >> reporter: it happened at the ymca in downtown durham, north carolina. the building had to be evacuated after reports of a chemical leak at its indoor pool. >> some children began complaining about nausea and breathing issues and our camp staff immediately contacted ems and began notifying parents. >> reporter: first responders soon learned that the children were overcome by dangerous chemicals leaking from pool
equipment that had poured onto the floor. >> real strong smell started coming off the water so after five minutes i got out and all these kids got in. >> reporter: authorities say the leaked material was sodium hypochlorite, a chlorine-based chemical used as a disinfectant in pools. >> at this point in time that's what it appears to be, some type of mechanical issue. >> reporter: 40 children between the ages of 6 and 12, and 2 adults, were rushed to local hospitals, struggling to breathe, vomiting and rubbing their eyes. >> all depends on the level of exposure how long you were exposed to it. how severe that might be. >> reporter: the cdc says pool chemical injuries sent 5,000 americans to emergency rooms each year and more than half of those hurt are children. six of the children who appeared to be in the most serious condition at the pool were treated at local hospitals and sent home overnight with their families. the ymca says they're not sure when they'll re-open here and they also point out that this time they believe the chemicals were spread through the air and not through pool water as you might expect. robin.
>> all right, steve, glad the children are doing better this morning. and this morning we also have new details about that tragic explosion at a minneapolis high school. a gas leak collapsing part of the building, killing at least two people trapping others inside. abc's alex perez has the latest. >> reporter: overnight, authorities working to secure the scene of that explosion that gutted part of this school building. >> we have windows that were blown out, flames and fire and building collapse as well. >> reporter: 10:20 wednesday morning, administrators and students were inside at minnehaha academy in minneapolis. basketball and cross-country practice had just wrapped up when the massive blast went off reducing the middle portion of the building to rubble. >> there was a huge explosion, smoke went up, knocked most of us kind of back. >> reporter: the explosion authorities say ignited when a crew accidentally pierced a gas line. >> another staff said, hey, you know, we're smelling gas. we need everybody out and it was
literally seconds after that that there was a big explosion. >> reporter: first responders rushing in searching for survivors. outside frantic parents desperate for any information on their kids. nine adults rushed to the hospital. >> very lucky. it would have been dramatically worse if school was in session. >> reporter: this man walked out alive as he reunited with his wife. >> this is a day of extraordinary heartbreak in minneapolis. >> reporter: overnight, officials recovering the body of school janitor john carlson. also killed in the explosion school receptionist ruth berg. ♪ overnight, a vigil remembering the woman who had worked at the school for 17 years. and investigators say in some ways they are very lucky. had this happened just a few weeks from now the building would have been packed with students getting ready for the start of the school year. george. >> it is still so sad, okay,
alex, thanks very much. we're going to move on now to that giant cyberattack on hbo. the fbi has been called in after new signs that the hack, which stole a script from "game of thrones," is far worse than it first appeared and t.j. holmes has the story. >> reporter: good morning. we hear about a massive hack at hbo, not long after the season premiere of their crown jewel "game of thrones" and the concern is immediately that is the season going to be leaked? is it going to ruin it for fans? now it turns out that a few leaked episodes or scripts from "game of thrones" might just be the beginning of hbo's problems. the fbi is now reportedly investigating the massive cyberattack on hbo, believed to be the biggest industry hacking ever. >> it's hard for me to fathom. it really is. >> reporter: sunday night, hackers stole 1.5 terabytes of data, that is seven times bigger than the 2014 attack on sony pictures, and equivalent to about 500 hours worth of movies. >> all they know how to do is steal things they can't build or grow themselves. >> reporter: the hacker said the greatest leak of cyberspace era
just hours after "game of thrones" aired its third episode to a reported 30 million viewers worldwide. the hackers also claimed they accessed the channel's internal network and e-mail system saying they posted stolen information online but adding to the mystery they did not issue a ransom demand. overnight, hbo's president told employees we do not believe that our e-mail system as a whole has been compromised, but the forensic review is ongoing. >> you better get to work, jon snow. >> reporter: in the past 72 hours, unaired episodes of "ballers" and "room 104" and written material claiming to be from the final season of "game of thrones" surfaced online. >> the question is, can any company, hbo or not, ever be fully hackerproof? they're certainly going to try. >> let me give some perspective. 1.5 terabytes goes over our heads. we're talking about potentially in that much data 100 million
pages of documents could fit into that data so, he said it wasn't compromised as a whole, the e-mail system, but they don't know how many individual e-mails. could be embarrassing. >> this is way bigger than the sony hack and that led to weeks of stories. >> weeks of stories, the head of the studio being -- losing a job over it. this could be massive and embarrassing for hbo. >> wow. >> could be. >> t.j.,, thanks very much. amy has the other top stories including a medical breakthrough. researchers say they may be one step closer toward preventing inherited diseases. scientists in oregon say they have safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos which is a medical first. that gene mutation causes a rare heart disease but they stress for now their work is lab research only. we're going to have a lot more on this coming up in the 8:00 hour. in the meantime, on wall street the dow is beginning the day at a record high after surging past the 22,000 mark. corporate profits, including a strong report from apple, fueled
those gains. the dow is up 23% since the presidential election. but overnight, an indication the rally could be fading. global stocks were mostly lower. well, ford engineers are in massachusetts today inspecting police suvs that have tested positive for carbon monoxide after another crash. in this case an officer passed out behind the wheel of his ford explorer hitting another vehicle. the officer was hospitalized and ford says police equipment installed in the vehicles could be the problem. hundreds of police suvs have been pulled off the roads across the country. and a dramatic crash caught on camera in tyler, texas. take a look at this small plane as it loses control and, wow, crashes onto a highway just yards away from a police car. a student pilot and a flight instructor were injured. and finally, i got to ask, when is the last time you replaced that sponge in your kitchen? well, a new study tested them and because it's the breakfast hour we won't get into any details about what the testers found but just so you know those sponges are a lot dirtier than you think. rinsing them doesn't kill all
the bacteria, even putting it in the microwave to sterilize it doesn't work. the bottom line, scientists recommend you should replace your sponge every week and so as soon as i am off the air, i am going to the store and buying a steady supply. i did not know that. >> every week. >> every week. >> all right. >> wow. >> you had to ask. let's get to ginger. flash flooding in the northeast. >> by the way, ben won't let us use sponges for that very reason. we have to use reusable paper towels we wash all the time. real quickly, flash flooding, massachusetts to maryland, there was damaging wind and look at edison, new jersey, up to four inches along that warm front, could see tornados, damaging wind possible in chicago. let's get to those stormy cities now brought to you by sprint.
good thursday morning. i'm abc7 news meteorologist mike nicco. partly sunny, a little humid, a little warm and a thunderstorm threat today. pretty unusual, huh? cloudy, mild to warm tonight and an outdoorable weekend coming our way. today, mid-to-upper 60s at the coast, 70 in san francisco, 79 in oakland and then 80s to 90s for the rest of us. tonight kind of mild once again, upper 50s to upper 60s. coming up, that terrifying close call at a county fair. a man dangled by his feet on a bungee ride for at least 20 minutes. he is okay. but we'll tell you what went wrong. wh went wrong.
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hey, good morning to you. i'm natasha zouves from "abc7 mornings." firefighters are continuing to look out for hotspots following a wildfire in the berkeley hills. it charred about 20 acres near the lawrence berkeley national lab yesterday. if you're headed to that area, grizzly peak boulevard will be closed today. an inmate firefighter is recovering after tumbling 50 feet down a steep hillside. officials tell us he fell after encountering a hornets' nest. let's go to alexis smith with traffic. good morning. we have a crash blocking on the dumbarton bridge, westbound 84 in menlo park right around university. this is involving a motorcycle. we're not sure about injuries yet, but we have one lane down, and yeah, we are still backed up all the way almost to 880. drive times, no issues on
good morning! let's check out the heat advisory. it's until 9:00 this evening up in our hills and mountains, but look where we live, most of us, kind of warm this morning, 60s and 70s, even 81 in los gatos. temperatures running 15 to 20 degrees warmer than average. we've got a few radar returns out there. not reaching the ground, but the threat of a thunderstorm is still possible today, under, well, a pretty cloudy sky today. temperatures 60s at the coast, 80s around the bay and 90s inland. the threat fades tomorrow and so does the heat by the weekend. natasha? >> mike, thank you. coming up, how your safety may be at risk when using those popular apps to sell your stuff. that's next on "good morning america." we'll have another abc7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on our free abc7 news
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stay here, i'll go ahead. welcome back to "gma." check out that scene from "wonder woman." huge success in the box office. also got a great score on rotten tomatoes. we have just been talking about it there. that site can make or break a film. you're a fan. >> i check rotten tomatoes before i go or don't go to a movie and a lot of people use it to decide what they should see. "the emoji movie" saw a lot of success but its tomato meter rating it's at 6%. >> 6? >> yeah, like, really bad. but it pulled off a huge studio success so we're going to tell you what studios are doing now so you maybe don't use that as a reason why you go or don't go to a movie. >> larry hackett will help us break it down.
also right now, the white house backing a new bill that would cut legal immigration in half and give those priority who speak english and skilled workers. that plan sparking fierce backlash but the white house is sticking by it saying, it's part of the president's plan to fill his campaign promise. massive wildfires sparking a state of emergency in oregon. turned deadly in montana. firefighters are battling the blaze fueled by record heat out west and now those temperatures are climbing, can you believe it, even higher. right now, we'll look at that dramatic rescue in california overnight where three people were stranded on a bungee ride at a county fair. one dangling upside down for 20 minutes and abc's jim avila has the story. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, george. august is, of course, the heart of fair season across the country. lots of fun on the midway but, overnight, up in ventura, lots of unwanted excitement. >> all the way back. >> reporter: frightening moments at a county fair in california. a bungee cord ride malfunctioned causing this man to dangle 30 feet in the air for 20 minutes.
carnivalgoers recording the scene from the ground. 19-year-old robert rodriguez seen twisting and writhing as he hangs by his feet waiting for firefighters to extend a ladder. as the sun sets, rescuers slowly bringing him down exhausted, but uninjured. >> i see the ladder coming towards me slowly and the guy i guess loosened me up and i lied down on the ladder and all the firefighter tried to do was unhook me and then he let me relax for a bit. he let me catch my breath. >> reporter: two other men, 25-year-old eddie rodriguez and a fair worker also tuck in the cage above. eddie snapchatting the incident. >> leaning back both hands on the rope. now the courage just to get his feet off the ledge and actually start the descent down. >> reporter: firefighters bringing in ropes to lower them one at a time onto an inflated landing pad. >> he's safe, he's safe. >> reporter: county fairs and
karn carnivals under extra scrutiny after last week's deadly accident on the fire ball ride at the ohio state fair. fairgoers captured this video of the ride swinging back and forth spinning in the air before the car suddenly snaps off. hurling riders into the air. one man died after falling 50 feet from the ride. no word yet on why the ride stopped in midair. fair officials are investigating. it was opening night and tonight, if you've got the stomach for it, the rest of the midway is open. george. >> you got the stomach. >> you got to be careful at those fairs. >> you sure do. now to a new report about the dangers of not buckling up, especially if you're in the backseat. a surprising number of adults don't do it. abc's eva pilgrim is in the backseat of a car on the new jersey turnpike with a closer look. good morning, eva. >> reporter: good morning, robin. we tell the kids to buckle up no matter what but when it comes to us grown-ups, when we ride here
in the backseat, not so much. well, if you think you don't have to buckle up, new research is now saying you better think again. when you slide in the back of an uber or lyft, even your own car, many adults are not doing one critical thing. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: buckling up. according to a new survey from the insurance institute for highway safety adults riding in the backseat are far less likely to buckle up than when they're sitting up front. >> we've been telling people for years that it's safer in the backseat and we should put our children back there but people have gotten a misunderstanding about the safety of the rear seat. >> reporter: experts say you should buckle up on every trip. take a look at this crash, a family not wearing seat belts. the father and son in the backseat violently thrown from their seat. and watch as this unbelted woman on the left goes flying into the window. the other woman in the car was wearing her seat belt. >> when passengers in the backseat aren't buckled up, they're putting themselves at
risk but they're also putting other people in the vehicle at risk. >> reporter: drivers are twice as likely to be killed in a crash when the left backseat passenger is not wearing a seat belt. watch this crash test demonstration. the unbelted dummy in the backseat slams into the driver who hits the air bag and steering wheel, a 35-mile-per-hour impact. interestingly enough, those surveyed said they were more likely to put their seat belt on if their friend was driving than if they were to get into a ride sharing app like uber or lyft. robin. >> oh, my goodness. i mean, thank you so much, eva, for that. that demonstration really incredible. >> you're putting everyone else in the car at risk. not just yourself. coming up here, the $10 million lawsuit. why kanye is fighting in court to prove he's mentally ill.
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we are back with that blockbuster lawsuit from kanye west, the rapper's erratic behavior causing him to cancel 21 shows, landed him in the hospital, and now he's demanding $10 million from his insurance company to pay up for the missed shows. linsey davis has details. good morning, linsey. >> reporter: good morning, george. kanye's touring company says it's simple. they paid hundreds of thousands in insurance premiums in the event kanye was unable to complete his concert tour and say now the insurance company
doesn't want to pay up and his use of marijuana is their excuse not to. kanye west is slapping an insurance company with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. ♪ ♪ can only make me stronger >> reporter: the suit filed by the touring company for west, very good touring, claims insurance company lloyd's of london failed to pay him nearly $10 million after the rapper's "saint pablo" tour was canceled last year. >> get ready 'cause the show's over. >> reporter: last november west literally dropped the mic. abruptly ending this show. weeks after he learned midshow his wife kim kardashian had been robbed in paris. >> i'm sorry. there's a family emergency. i have to stop the show. >> reporter: two days after he canceled the tour, he was hospitalized for eight days in a neuropsychiatric hospital. in court documents very good touring says west's hospitalization was included in the accidental bodily injury or illness insurance it obtained for his tour. but the insurance company has
yet to pay the claim. >> kanye might be, you know, outrageous and everything like that but he did have a physician testify that this was, indeed, real. >> reporter: west's medical condition is unknown. but his occasional outbursts have been well documented, from his infamous vma appearances. >> i'm going to let you finish. i have decided in 2020 to run for president. >> reporter: to his meandering heart on his sleeve "ellen" confessionals. >> i'm sorry for the realness. >> reporter: the insurance company allegedly says his eccentricities and even mental health aren't a factor. according to west's attorneys, the insurers suggests his medical condition was caused by smoking marijuana. something west has rapped about in several songs. ♪ just rolled a weed up until i get me some ♪ >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, lloyd's of london said we cannot comment on the specifics of this legal case but the reputation of the market has been built on our meeting obligations quickly and effectively. the touring company says it would like to have a jury settle the matter.
george. let's talk to dan abrams about it. thank you, linsey. as she said it's simple, he paid a lot of money for insurance. needs them to pay up. >> it's not a frivolous lawsuit. the specific contract says accidental injury or illness that prevents him from performing and it has to be signed off by an independent medical official, which they say it has been, also has to be approved by the underwriters. so there is definitely wiggle room there for them to say, okay, even if it's true that an independent doctor signed off on his condition, there are a lot of questions still. how long, remember, he missed something like 21 shows, is the doctor saying that he needed to miss all of them, et cetera. >> right, and meanwhile, the insurance company is saying, no, this was about kanye's marijuana use, is that their best argument? >> well, that's what kanye's team is saying, the insurance company did say.
my guess it's not in the lawsuit that in the contract there's probably an out for drug use, and so, the insurance company may be saying, look, if there was drug use here, we don't have to pay. the question is going to be, can they demonstrate there was drug use, what kind of drug use, those will be the sorts of issues that will have to be determined both before the case starts and if it ultimately goes to trial. >> you think this will go to a jury? >> no, i think it will settle. you know what, and lloyd's is already talking in ways that we tend to mediate these things. these are the things we like to resolve and other insurance companies have paid out here so i would expect that there would be a settlement. but that's clearly what lloyd's is pushing for in delaying this payout. >> okay, dan abrams, thanks very much. robin. >> all right, george, thank you. coming up on our big board, how hollywood is trying to get you into theaters and stop rotten tomatoes' ratings from spoiling their success. come on back. ratings from spoiling their success. come on back. we are not victims.
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$24.5 million opening weekend, despite a tomato meter rating hovering around a dismal 7%. >> wait, what? >> reporter: how? well, sony marketers cleverly embargoed all reviews until just hours before the movie actually opened. so that awful rating posted so late it couldn't destroy opening weekend. >> monkey business. >> reporter: 7% means a pitiful 7% of critics like it, ouch. that should matter, a recent national research group study suggesting seven in ten people say they're less likely to watch a movie with a very low score. this summer, "baywatch" had a low score. >> how many gold medals do you have? probably zero. >> reporter: "wonder woman" helped by a high one. >> stay here, i'll go ahead. >> reporter: last year fandango began featuring tomato meter scores, and the influence of it
has since soared. delayed reviews take the tomato out of play. for "good morning america," nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> larry hackett here. so, larry, that indication from fandango shows that rotten tomatoes is pretty powerful. >> a study done three years ago or this year that three years ago would look at it and now u.s. 36%. one-third of the people are checks out rotten tomatoes before they see a movie. >> "the emoji movie" had a bad rating but did very well at the box office. >> people wanted to go, it was a family movie, and it becomes review proof. >> but that strategy that they used in releasing the embargo on all that. >> this has been going on for years, sometimes they embargo them so they don't have reviews. they know if they're not reviewed it won't be good. they've been doing it for a long time. what's fascinating about it is, if you look at yelp or tripadvisor, if you don't want to serve my bad food for a
couple of days before they find out. >> have other movies defeated a rotten review from rotten tomatoes? >> "suicide squad" did. remember, studios still have massive marketing departments where they have, you know, all kinds of ads. they have, excuse me, people on morning shows who come to talk about their movies. they do this and know what they're doing. >> when you see a good raiding from rotten tomatoes, you see it pretty much everywhere. when they have a good rating. they don't want to talk about when it's a bad rating. >> of course they don't. they had great quotes in the old days. the technology is different. that's all. coming up, the new questions about that medical breakthrough. how researchers are one step closer trying to prevent diseases in human embryos. and it's thursdays, great "deals & steals" to make your life easier. look at that one for dogs. you're more than just a bathroom disease. you're a life of unpredictable symptoms. crohn's, you've tried to own us.
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hey, good morning to you. i'm natasha zouves from "abc7 mornings." i know if you like heat, you were happy yesterday, so let's check in today with meteorologist mike nicco. hey, mike. >> well, we've still got the heat, natasha, a little humidity out there, too. those are the clouds you're seeing, and the slight chance of a thunderstorm. 65 half moon bay, 70 san francisco, 90 in san jose and santa rosa, 79 oakland and mid-90s inland. bay bridge series wraps up tonight. 7:15 first pitch, dropping down to 61. unusually calm for at&t park this time of year. here's my accuweather seven-day forecast. storm chance really fades tomorrow, then temperatures back to average, so the heat will fade by saturday. alexis? okay, we have a new fatal crash on eastbound 580 in the dublin area just before you get to hacienda. it's not a blocking situation, though. it went about 30 feet off the roadway. so, if you see some activity on the shoulder, i don't think it will slow you down, but
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. wall street hits a new high as the president's poll numbers hit a new low and backs a new proposal that would slash legal immigration in half sparking fireworks in the briefing room. abc news exclusive. americans and prescription pills. we're taking more than any other time in history. the dangers so how can we take control of our health? parenting alert. social media camp. teaching teens how to become online influencers but is it giving kids a leg up and only pushing them to care about their popularity. ♪ it's never too late to say sorry. justin bieber's apology to his fans, the superstar finally speaking out after abruptly cancelling his tour. what he's saying about his future and his decision to take
time off. ♪ plus, halle berry is here live. all that as we say good morning, america. good morning, america. sunny thursday here in times square. great to have you all with us. >> and since it's thursday that means we have some major "deals & steals" for you. take a look at these precious little babies, they're modelling one of this morning's bargains. a backpack for your pup and tory has got great products. up to 58% off. >> i think our daisy would like that one. more on that ahead. first, top story in our morning rundown, president trump getting behind a new plan that would cut the number of legal immigrants coming to the u.s. in half. that plan is meeting fierce resistance and cecilia vega has the details. good morning, cecilia. >> reporter: hi, george. there has been fierce pushback immediately from both sides of the aisle in congress. what this bill does, the plan
would give admission preference to english speaking and skilled workers. the white house says this is president trump making good on a campaign promise but, critics are not backing down on this one, even the u.s. chamber of commerce. the washington post publishing leaked phone calls. in one call the president urged mexico president to stop talking about how mexico would refuse to pay for the border wall. in the call with australia's prime minister, the president called himself the world's greatest person that does not let people into the country. he said he had been calling leaders all day and that, quote, putin was a pleasant call. this is ridiculous. the president said, he won the new hampshire because quote, new hampshire is a
drug. >> it does seem to be on people's minds. cecilia, thank you. going to turn to the other top story in our morning rundown. that scientific breakthrough, american scientists for the first time have successfully eliminated a genetic disease from human embryos. abc's diane macedo is here with those details. good morning, robin. >> reporter: good morning. this is a milestone that could one day erase hereditary conditions. researchers led by a team in oregon fixed a disease-causing gene in human embryos. the research targeted a heart defect but experts say in the future the same approach could potentially prevent a whole list of inheritable diseases and, if that embryo develops into a person, not only do they not have the condition, they also won't pass it on to their kids. still the revelation is raising ethical concerns that the science may one day be used to create designer babies but the biggest question now is safety and while these embryos did well they were destroyed early on so we need a lot more research before we know how viable this
really is in the long run. >> still much work to be done but still at this point. >> always. >> all right. diane, thank you. now amy with the rest of the morning's headlines. good morning, guys. a state of emergency has been declared in oregon as crews battle several wildfires in record heat. the temperature today could hit 109. dozens of fires burning in the west including in montana where a firefighter was killed by a falling tree. today investigators will be at the scene of an explosion that destroyed part of a minnesota private school killing two people and injuring several others. they say construction crews may have ruptured a gas line. a receptionist and a janitor died in that explosion. a manhunt is under way for a northwestern university professor who's now wanted for murder. police in chicago say professor wyndham lathem and another man are considered armed and dangerous. the victim was found stabbed in his apartment and police say he did know his victim. new details about a near disaster at san francisco's airport where an air canada
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great to be here. great to see everybody up here on this thursday morning. we like to say happy friday eve. >> yes. >> can i show my new friend, kay? one year cancer-free today. one year cancer-free today. so happy for you. [ cheers and applause ] yes, yeah, you did it. you did it. so, kay, this "pop news" is for you. let's do it, everybody. we'll begin with this guy, justin bieber, the 23-year-old singer posting a long and revealing letter on instagram overnight, clearly written by him, not his people, speaking out for the very first time after canceling the remainder of his world tour. he says, to fans that, hey, he let his insecurities get the best of him at times but that he is ready to break free from his past mistakes and move forward stronger and healthier. bieber also said he needed, quote, to take some time to be sustainable in my career and to grow into the man i want to be. the husband i eventually want to
be and the father that i want to be. he finished the note saying, quote, i know this is very grammatically incorrect but it is from the heart and i think there's something special about imperfections. [ applause ] i mean, well said, justin. >> well said. you forget how young he was when he was brought into this and how young he still is. >> still young. >> and so many years to go. >> justin and all you 20-somethings, insecurity is what ten years is all about. so -- >> when you're a superstar -- >> yeah, and he started so young so good for him. >> wish him well. >> yeah, wish him the best. onward and upward as robin says. also in "pop news," rihanna's clara lionel foundation is teaming up to support children in malawi focus on education, the one kilometer action initiative will fund scholarships for girls through the singer's global scholarship program and donate bikes to make getting to school easier. i think that's fantastic.
not only the education but here's how you can actually get to that education. the 2017 harvard humanitarian of the year recently shot a documentary on her trip to the african country where she met with students, teachers, government officials as an ambassador for the global partnership of education. i like "pop news" today. >> yeah, 2 for 2. >> feeling it. bring it home, baby. >> that's right. you know what, i am going to bring it home. i love this guy. so ron howard is continuing, it looks like, a beloved tradition on his next film casting his little brother clint in a cameo in the still-untitled han solo movie. a "star wars" fan asked the director about including his sibling and howard replied, quote, you won't be disappointed. you guys know that clint has been in so many movies. we looked it up. ron has directed i think 42 movies and clint has been in over 15 of those movies.
i think i'm getting it right. i have the stats here, yeah, 16 of more than 30 movies. so more than half. so he's been in "splash," "frost/nixon." he was supposed to be a cameo. turned out to be somewhat of a breakout performance in "apollo 13." now this stand-alone hans solo film centered on the early life of the character made famous by harrison ford is scheduled for a may 25th premiere with ron howard at the helm. [ applause ] and a little clint thrown in. i think that's so fun. it's fun to look for him in these roles. he always has a little glimmer in his eye. >> you notice that too. thanks so much. we turn now to our exclusive new look at -- a new consumer report. a study has been out and it is showing about prescription drug use. it shows a majority of americans are taking pills, more than any other time in our recent history, and our senior medical contributor, that's why i walked
over to here to be with dr. jen ashton. a little workout in. what is it saying? how much are we taking as americans? >> kind of a report card on our general health, how many prescription medications americans are taking and we're not that healthy. we're not doing that well. we are getting a lot of prescriptions from doctors but i think people are also asking for them a lot so about over 55% of americans taking four or more prescription medications, about 75% of us taking over the counter. we tend to think that doesn't count, it does. and let me show you why that's a problem. ideally, you have a symptom and a disease and illness, you take a medication to balance good therapeutic effect with side effects. one medication, you're doing okay. the more you add, it has the potential to tip that balance and maybe treat the condition but also side effects cause all those things really potentially go up. >> you're one of those doctors filling out the prescription forms. so what's the crux of the problem? >> i mean, i have a pen and a pad and here's the issue that i see kind of in the trenches.
problem with extremes. i see a lot of patients on too many meds that they may not need anymore and then i see the other end of the spectrum. i see people who really need prescription medication and are afraid to take it, have been misinformed. suboptimally managed. i'm interesting in teaching people how to think like a doctor. what does that mean? four questions. you're suggested to take a medication ask what are the risks of taking this medication, what are the risks of not taking the medication, and what are the benefits of the treatment, and what are the benefits of not treating it. when you start to ask those questions, then it can become a lot more clear whether you actually need it. >> how do we take more control in the amount we're taking? >> document. so starting keep a log of the medications that you're on and then you want to review that log with your health care provider. this can be one of the most important things you do at those visits. i think it's critically important to check for interactions, not just drug/drug interactions, but drug/food interactions. there are good online sites that
are free that you can do that. and you want to ask your health care provider, what is the end point here? some people do need medications indefinitely but others don't and so you want to ask is there a stop point. >> you have to be careful about the stopping cold turkey. >> 100%. we say it all the time and you gave great medical advice. you never want to abruptly stop a medication without talking to your health care provider. if you are thinking of stopping speak to that health care provider and/or your pharmacist who is a great resource and come up with a time line. sometimes we taper down a half a dose, every other day or every third day. think of alternatives. if you're taking a sleep aid, maybe get a new mattress or meditate. may not need the medication. >> all good info there. thank you. george. we have a "gma" parenting alert now and it's about a new camp in california that's training teens to become internet stars. abc's kayna whitworth has the details. >> business strategy but it's fun. ♪ >> reporter: a truly unique summer camp straight out of hollywood. ♪
>> reporter: parents from around the world send their kids to southern california in the hopes that they will become the next social media star. it's not cheap. the ten-day immersion camp costing more than $2,000. ♪ this is your world >> reporter: some kids like sofia montero and her 900,000 youtube subscribers are well on their way to internet stardom. >> so, you want to be -- >> i want to be a singer like big. >> reporter: sisters katelyn and kylie from rural idaho are just beginning their journey. >> we have like 16 subscribers. >> reporter: how many subscribers would you like to have on youtube? >> i'd like to have like a million, that would be really cool. ♪ i am in misery >> what are you hoping to learn? >> i'm hoping to learn how to market myself better. >> reporter: instagram, a favorite of most of the campers, youtube a close second. most of them expressing their interest in learning how to blog.
>> i think i just want to blog my acting journey. >> uploading videos. >> reporter: studying under the likes youtube star and author michael buckley kids are schooled on how to master social media. >> i thought that parents would have such an adverse reaction to this. that really does not seem to be the case. >> there is a disconnect. sometimes between the parents and the kid and why is my kid spending so much time online and i always tell the parent, screen time equals learn time. >> reporter: but experts caution parents about letting their children create an identity based on internet popularity. >> parents should be wary about creating an online identity that's only about popularity. i want parents to help their kids cultivate an online healthy identity. i want them to connect online and i want them to be creative online. i don't want the goal to be completely about how many followers and how much money can they make. >> reporter: for "good morning america," kayna whitworth, abc news, los angeles. >> good advice there. now, let's go to ginger.
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good morning. i'm jessica castro from "abc7 mornings." making headlines, the owner of a san jose art and music studio may face additional charges after being accused of producing child pornography. police believe el verde nguyen had a camera inside the restroom of his business. nguyen owns the enlightenment studio on toyon avenue near mckee road. they claim the camera captured illicit images of a child under 10 and suspect there could be traffic now. hi, alexis. >> hey, good morning. we've got heavy traffic in the south bay. we had an earlier crash northbound 87 near curtner. that's gone, but we have a new one around 280. heavy traffic, crawling along at
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update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app and abc7news.com. join us weekdays fro ♪oin us weekdays fro back to "gma." what a wonderful audience we have and we are happy to have on set this thursday morning a very, very special, beautiful, talented guest. she stars in the intense new thriller. you must see this, "kidnap." give it up for halle berry. [ cheers and applause ] >> hi. >> hi. >> halley, nice to see you. >> oh. >> good to see you. >> good to see you. thank you. >> have a seat. >> oh, my goodness. >> i haven't been here since you've had an audience. it's been way too long. it's amazing. >> i think you're very
comfortable at the anchor desk because that was maybe one route you were going to take at one time. >> i wanted to be comfortable here, yes, i did. it was my passion. i thought that's what i would do with my life. >> did you ever try it? >> did i ever try it? no, not really. but i can try it now. >> yeah. >> i think things have worked out well for her, don't you? the route you took. [ cheers and applause ] i watched this the other night. my heart was pounding. there's one point i put my hand on my chest -- >> i know the scene. >> and i could feel my heart doing this. >> it's every mom's, every parent's, i think worst nightmare so it's real for all of us like what would you do if you saw your child snatched before your eyes close enough to see but too far to do anything about it. what would you really do? you know, and hundreds of kids are kidnapped every day so it's real and it was so real for me being a mom too.
every day it was visceral. my emotions were here and i just thought the horror and i think like our character every mom would go far. >> it came through on the scene. >> you can really fight. >> i can. how do you know that? how do you know that? >> i've only heard it. >> no, but you really went through training and things like that. >> well, not so much for this movie but i just in general i do hand combat training just i'm the kind of person that if something really goes down i want to be that mom that can really have a fighting chance for my kids and myself. i think every woman should know self-defense and combat training and i think it should be mandatory if you have children, you should learn how to protect yourself. [ applause ] >> but you know, just the way you phrase it when something goes down, like don't mess with halle berry. because if something goes down, she's ready for it. >> not my kids.
no. >> should we take a look? >> let's do it. >> you guys want to see it? >> yeah. >> oh, my god. >> no. stop. stop. my kid. my kid. >> that was -- oh. [ applause ] i'm telling you. >> the tension that you feel there is nothing. there is -- i mean -- >> but i have to say it's a lot of tension. there's action, action but at the end of the day this mom saves the day and it's so rewarding to see how a woman would do it. i know men save the day all the time and we love our men, i mean, i love men too. been divorced three times so -- you know i do. i do. but -- [ applause ]
>> but it's nice to see a woman save the day the way we do it with our female sensibility. yeah. >> it's been really exciting. >> this is the summer of the woman. >> yeah, it's the summer of the woman. [ cheers and applause ] >> yeah, ladies. >> great audience for that. you know what, we also see you drive or we think we see you drive in this movie. what is going on? >> i'm playing around there. i'm not really driving. there's this formula 1 race car driver rigged to the top of my minivan and he is controlling the speed and the wheel. i'm just sitting there horrified >> that's got to be scarier. >> it's got to be. >> you're out of control there. >> yeah, and i just get in that car every morning and, god, i hope these men ate breakfast. i hope they've had their coffee. and they're prepared because going like 100 miles an hour and having cars coming at you about 100 miles an hour peeling off in front of you like -- my heart. >> zero control. >> zero.
i'm strapped in. i can't even get out if i wanted to. >> you have to have a level of faith in their abilities. >> yeah, so that's real terror we see in your face. >> that's not acting. >> this was terror to me reading this. talk to me about this thing that you did at comic-con. had something to do with a pint of whiskey. >> see, i was going to come here -- yeah, i was going to come here -- >> this might be a typo. a pint of beer, right. >> no. i was going to come here and challenge you ladies -- >> ooh. >> but i thought it might be a little too early to chug whiskey. but channing tatum dared me in front of thousands to drink a pint of whiskey. >> oh, my god. >> i'm the kind of girl, if you dare me to do something then i just got -- >> challenge accepted. >> i got -- >> that can't be. oh, my goodness. [ cheers and applause ]
>> how was the rest of the afternoon? >> the rest -- it was awful. the rest of it was a blur and awful. >> so that's a good life lesson, kids. >> good life lesson don't never do that anywhere. >> all of that was for another film. >> yeah. >> called "kingsmen." >> which is getting a lot of buzz. >> yeah. [ applause ] >> first one was so great. >> the first one was amazing. matthew vaughn just really knows how to -- >> look at you. >> oh, god, oh, god, look at that. yeah, the hairdo, man. the hairdo. matthew just knows how to make this movie. it's so -- it's like bond for, you know, the new millennium, i think, bond on 5.0 speed and it's really a fun, fun ride. >> and you know bond. >> i know bond. >> halley, it is always such a pleasure to be in your presence. >> we love this movie. >> "kidnap," one of the sweetest, talented. "kidnap" hits theaters tomorrow. coming up, the woman behind a
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at the portland zoo. they were keeping everybody cool, fire hoses on the elephants. that's how they had to do it and so many other things they're doing to keep them cool. today they'll be even a few degrees warmer than that. see, all you got to do is climb into ice or dive into that cold pool if you're a polar bear, seattle, portland, everybody baking then starts to moderate. good morning. i'm meteorologist mike nicco. check out the cloud cover dominating our forecast. a little humid and warm to hot once again in your 12-hour day planner. slight chance of a thunderstorm is possible. 50s and 60s that weather report brought to you by starbucks. >> here or here? thank you, ginger. want to tell you about an amazing jewelry brand that's not only thriving worldwide, it's always giving millions of dollars to charities across the globe. so many have alex and ani bracelets on their wrist but you may not realize how impactful it
is. i recently sat down with its founder and ceo and let me tell you, she is really taking care of business. alex and ani is an american jewelry empire. and it's the vision and creation of carolyn rafaelian. >> what we represent as a brand is positive energy. >> reporter: founded in 2004, the jewelry company turned lifestyle brand includes a now best-selling charm bangles, necklaces, rings and accessories featuring the sign, symbols and precious metals. that is a purpose and meaning behind everything. >> uh-huh. >> what do you think it is about your designs? >> i mean everything we do, it has an element of something meaningful, something if you want to call it spiritual but it's anything that resonates with that certain person. it's alex and ani. it's designed to connect you. this is brilliant. everything has to be so accurate. i love the colors. it's not just slap a symbol on a
piece of jewelry and call it a day. there's so much attention that goes into every single piece we make. sometimes it's, you know, these pieces were made for just a reminder of our own personal empower many. if you want to look down on something you have that reminds you of that then so be it. it did its job. >> reporter: a manufacturer's daughter, carolyn was born into the jewelry business in cranston, rhode island. >> when i hear those machines and i smell the smell of factory, it's something that resonates with my entire dna. >> reporter: manufacturing the american dream. today alex and ani is proudly made in rhode island and here her family's factory and where she got her start. people know you, know your brand a lot because of the bracelets. >> i did not set forth to create this big company. i remember the day i turned around and i realized everybody in that factory was working on
my stuff. and that's when i had that oh no moment like they are counting on me and within seconds i realized, of course, i would. i count on me. who else would i count on ands that's how the whole thing started and i never looked back. >> the way you have carried on the family tradition in so many beautiful way, carolyn, i love the fact that your company named after two of your three daughters. >> these are my babies, the best things that ever happened to me and i wanted to show them that the sky is the limit. there's no reason to not excel in anything that you put your mind to. >> what gets through you the challenging times? >> the giggles. you know, just kind of making fun of it. not taking anything too seriously and as fast as this company has been growing it's been a challenge to, you know, keep the essence and the culture intact but it all starts from the top and, you know, i'm responsible to keep that synergy
moving and tight and beautiful and growing. so, you know, it's been rewarding. >> staying true to who you are. >> uh-huh. i don't know how to do anything else. >> carolyn's passion and drive has paid off. she was recently featured as one of forbes' richest self-made women, and alex and ani plans to expand to 100 retail stores in 2017. [ cheers ] not to mention their fierce brand loyalty. >> i feel like what i'm doing is aching a difference because i feel the company is making a difference. >> reporter: six years ago carolyn launched charity by design creating unique charms for their 48 nonprofit partners with a portion of the sale donated back to the charity. how did you come up with that concept. >> it was always something that my parents taught us as my entire life, it's something that you just understand the law of the universe, the more you have, the more you have to give. >> to have charity by design give people in recovery a family facing addiction a symbol to wear and to know they're not
alone, it's an amazing thing. >> we're feeding children around the world. we're giving water to villages that don't have clean water. we're making a difference because we exist. and i can't think of anything more powerful and that really propels everything. >> when i think about over $44 million. that's money that could be in your pocket. could be in your company's pocket. >> yeah, but what good is it there? i couldn't be sitting here with you and be excited about life. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm telling you, and the number is actually higher. $48 million. >> she's given away. >> she's given it away. we would have so much fun hanging out with carolyn. >> i said that. her energy is contagious. i love her vibe. her spirit. >> she is very generous so everybody here in the audience, alex and ani is gifting our audience a charity by design charm bangle designed for the nonprofit. everyone will get one.
>> every single one of you. >> you get a bracelet and you get a bracelet. tell them what that organization is. >> so that money goes to providing education and support to children in kenya so enjoy them and know that you are doing good and looking fabulous. [ applause ] >> lara is going to talk to the man behind one of the favorite songs this summer, james arthur is performing live here on "gma." >> thank you. ♪ >> thank you. ♪ you made me feel as though i was enough ♪ ♪ we danced the night away ♪ we drank too much
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performing his latest single off his number one album "back from the edge," for the first time ever on u.s. television, here is james arthur with "can i be him". [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. ♪ you walked into the room and now my heart has been stolen ♪ ♪ you took me back in time to when i was unbroken ♪ ♪ now you're all i want and i knew it from the very first moment ♪ ♪ 'cause a light came on when i heard that song and i want you to sing it again ♪
♪ i swear that every word you sing you wrote them for me ♪ ♪ like it was a private show but i know you never saw me ♪ ♪ when the lights come on and i'm on my own will you be there to sing it again ♪ ♪ could i be the one you talk about in all your stories can i be him ♪ ♪ oh can i be him ♪ i heard there was someone but
i know he don't deserve you ♪ ♪ no ♪ and if you were mine i'd never let anyone hurt you no i wanna dry those tears want to kiss those lips ♪ ♪ it's all that i've been thinking about oh 'cause a light came on ♪ ♪ when i heard that song and i want you to sing it again ♪ ♪ i swear that every word you sing you wrote them for me ♪ ♪ like it was a private show but i know you never you never saw me baby ♪ ♪ you never saw me when the lights come on ♪
♪ and i'm on my own will you be there to sing it again ♪ ♪ could i be the one you talk about in all your stories ♪ ♪ can i be him can i be him yeah ♪ ♪ can i be him ♪ oh can i be him ♪ can i be him [ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you. food. water. internet. we need it to live. but what we don't need are surprises, like extra monthly fees. i see you, fee, played by legendary actress anjelica huston. you got me, mark. internet for one everyday simple price and no extra monthly fees.
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the energy conscious whopeople among usle? say small actions can add up to something... humongous. a little thing here. a little thing there. starts to feel like a badge maybe millions can wear. who are all these caretakers, advocates too? turns out, it's californians it's me and it's you. don't stop now, it's easy to add to the routine. join energy upgrade california and do your thing.
hi. good morning. i'm jessica castro from "abc7 mornings." let's check today's forecast with mike nicco. hi, mike. >> hey, jessica. hi, everybody. so far, all the action has been near the coast and moving out over the ocean, but there's still the threat of a thunderstorm the rest of today and into tomorrow. high 65 at the coast, 70 in san francisco to near 80 around oakland to near 90 in the south bay and north bay and upper 90s inland. my accuweather seven-day forecast, it's going to get cooler but we have to wait until the weekend. >> okay, we've got plenty of slow spots on the roads at this point in the morning. a quick check of the bay bridge toll plaza. pretty typical commute there. then a quick check of drive times here as well. westbound 580 across richmond san rafael bridge in the green at eight and no delays for san mateo and slight delays for the dumbarton bridge. jessica? >> alexis, thank you. time for "live with kelly & ryan." we'll be back at 11:00 for the
"abc7 midday news." our reporting continues on our news app and abc7news.com. join in >> announcer: it's "live with kelly and ryan!" today, star of the new film "kidnap," halle berry. and we continue "live"'s summer selfie makeovers. and we have a performance from recording artist george thorogood. and we will announce the two finalists of the love it, share it, summer cookoff. plus, actor and dancer jenna dewan tatum takes a seat at the cohost desk. ♪ [cheers and applause] and now, here are ryan seacrest and jenna dewan
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