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making news in america this morning, pure devastation, a new view of the disaster zone in california. nearly two dozen fires raging. >> we have at least a dozen guys that have lost their homes. >> an entire city evacuated. more lives lost. and now dangerous winds are picking up again. the president versus the press. trump takes aim at the tv networks suggesting their broadcasts rights should be challenged. and what steve bannon is now saying about the odds of president trump being removed from office. breaking overnight, did harvey weinstein's company know years ago about sexual assault allegations against him? new questions as the scandal takes a new turn. the boy scouts for girls? parents responding to the big change. >> there's no harm in seeing a girl swing an ax. >> but not all think it's a good
idea. plus, the famous luxury label changes its name. and an elk sandwich? one fast food giant's new idea. and we do say good morning, everyone, on this thursday. we're going to start with the breaking news in northern california's fire zone. heavy winds pushing the flames into new territory as the death toll rises. >> nearly a dozen fires are tearing through wine country forcing entire towns to evacuate. at least 23 people are confirmed dead and officials say the worst is far from over. abc's maggie rulli joins us from santa rosa. maggie, good morning. >> reporter: dan and kendis, good morning. overnight new evacuation orders have forced thousands of more residents to flee their homes and those who are allowed to come back are often finding this, their homes, their cars, everything completely destroyed.
22 fires are still burning in california pushing firefighters to their limits, unable to gain control of the flames they battle against the wind. >> we're trying to make a path forward so it comes up to that path and then stops. >> reporter: the numbers are staggering. over 170,000 acres, roughly 4 times the size of d.c. have burned. over 20,000 displaced. over 3,500 structures damaged or destroyed. residents who have been able to return to their homes are finding there's nothing left. >> everybody's house is gone. >> reporter: but this iraq war veteran did find one cherished item he came looking for. >> your personal dog tags. >> yeah, the ones i deployed with. >> wow. >> after i deployed i gave them to my dad. and he had them hanging in his man cave. >> reporter: in the heart of wine country, officials went door to door in calistoga county urging residents to get out. >> everybody says it's the wind that's going to come our way and
we, you know, might end up losing the house. >> reporter: the wine industry in california employs hundreds of thousands, and right now it's too early to estimate the damage these fires have done to the $50 billion a year industry. >> this is where all the wines remain and ferment. >> reporter: while most are burning in the northern part of the state, several fires have broken out further south closing major highways around los angeles. we are in the middle of another red flag warning right now. that's the highest possible alert issued by the national weather service and there have been firefighters out here all night long working 24/7 trying to make sure that devastation like this does not happen to yet another neighborhood. now, in addition to trying to save all of these homes, firefighters are also working to save historical artifacts and hirst tore cal landmarks. in particular there's one particular spanish mission, a
church dating all the way back to 1823. it is just one of many treasured sites here in sonoma and the surrounding areas. crews have been removing artifacts trying to save them. it is a race against time and these winds are just continuing to pick up and the air remains very dry. diane and kendis. >> the firefighters definitely have a challenge out there. maggie rulli out there for us. thanks, maggie. now to washington where president trump is poised to sign an executive order on health care today. it's expected to offer americans more health insurance options with cheaper rates and promote competition. it could affect small businesses that band together to buy insurance, but some experts say the order may further destabilize the obamacare markets. we're expecting more details later this morning. and the president is also poised to make a big announcement on the iran nuclear deal. >> he's launching a new attack on the media, which critics call an attack on the free press while he makes a new push for sweeping tax cuts. abc's lana zak is covering it all, and it is a lot. she joins us now from washington. lana, good morning.
>> reporter: good morning to you, diane and kendis. there's no shortage of stories coming out of washington now. the president on that last point has previously said that nobody loves the first amendment more than he does. but his latest words have people wondering if he actually is intending to threaten the very freedom of the institution he claims to love. as the president campaigned for his tax deal -- >> we want lower taxes, bigger paychecks. >> reporter: -- he also hinted at a major foreign policy change. >> i'll also be announcing, as you know, my statement and what we'll be doing with respect to the iran deal speaking of badly negotiated deals, okay. >> reporter: abc news has learned the president is expected to decertify the iran deal as early as friday. but democrats and some republicans disagree saying it's the best way to get international inspectors into those nuclear sites. >> as flawed as the deal is, i believe we must now enforce the hell out of it. >> reporter: earlier in the day the president vented his
frustration with an nbc report that claimed u.s. secretary of state rex tillerson called the president a moron after he suggested increasing the u.s. nuclear stockpiles. >> i never discussed increasing it. i want it in perfect shape. that was just fake news by nbc. >> reporter: the president going further on twitter suggesting nbc and others could lose their ability to broadcast tweeting with all the fake news coming out of nbc and the networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their license? bad for country. in response, fcc commissioner jessica rosenworcel tweeted not how it works and freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. hope my fcc colleagues can all be on the same page with r79 to the first amendment. at least one prominent republican is firing back against the president's perceived threat to the media. ben sasse saying to the president, quote, are you recanting the oath you took on january 20th to preserve, protect and defend the first amendment? diane, kendis. >> yeah, ben sasse with a critical statement overnight. thank you, lana.
an eye-opening comment in the meantime, from former white house strategist steve bannon. he was quoted as saying he believes president trump has only a 30% chance of serving his full term in office. an apparent indication of his concern about him being removed from the white house. abc news learned the las vegas shooting rampage was under way when hotel security called police and officers did not reach the 32nd floor until after the shooting had stopped. a lawsuit filed on behalf of shooting survivor paige gasper is questioning the response time line. the suit points to a six-minute gap between the shooting inside the hotel that left a security guard killed and the time the shooter started firing out of the hotel into the crowd, but gasper's money says it's not money she's after. >> our driving force is wanting change in practices and security. when we buy a ticket to an event, we need to know that our safety is considered and protected. >> their attorney points to the
fact that no public address system was in place to warn the concert audience and help them evacuate. and now let's take a look at your weather for this thursday morning. a day of contrast lies ahead in the pacific northwest. rain is expected along the coast and at lower elevations but up in the cascades there could be up to 14 inches of snow in some areas. temperatures in portland and seattle will be in the low 50s, still hot in phoenix and across the southeast. readings will be in the mid 80s in new orleans, atlanta and miami. and we'll finally get a touch of fall here in the northeast. 64 here in new york. 54 in boston. still hot, though, in miami, 85 there. well, coming up, the world famous luxury brand changing its name. not a lot of people are happy about it. first some disturbing details in the fraternity hazing
ten young men have been arrested in the suspected hazing death of a college freshman in louisiana. police say max gruver was singled out during a fraternity pledge event and forced to drink 190 proof liquor. a coroner's report says his blood alcohol level was 0.495. that, by the way, six times the legal driving limit. one of the ten fraternity members has been charged with negligent homicide. the other nine charged only with misdemeanor hazing. >> hazing is not being charged
with a murder or the death, and i think that's something that really needs to be kept in perspective, the individuals that are being charged with hazing are not being charged with his death. >> attorneys for at least two of the fraternity brothers deny any wrongdoing. we have an exclusive first look at a new investigation into the opioid crisis among veterans. "newsweek" is out with a cover story looking into why veterans have been twice as likely to die from accidental opioid overdoses as civilians. they spoke with service members who blamed the v.a. for overprescribing opiates for more than a decade before cutting them brack drastically with patients with severe chronic pain. they describe a, quote, fearful environment for those who speak up. the "newsweek" story hits newsstands tomorrow. prison officials in oklahoma have come up with a new way to try to solve cold cases. they've issued playing cards. the decks have pictures of victims in unsolved cases from 1978 to 2013. they are sold to prisoners in hopes the inmates will help
crack cases. the decks are reminiscent of those bearing pictures of officials in saddam hussein's government during the iraq war. coming up, why it's a big day for bruce springsteen. but first a mother jailed for refusing to vaccinate her son suffers another setback in court. and up next, the new effort in hollywood to hold harvey weinstein's former company accountable as his sex scandal takes a new turn. with a new report. and my hygienist says it does but they're not all the same. with a new report. said, look 's shaped like a dental tool with a round brush head. go pro with oral-b. oral-b's rounded brush head surrounds each tooth to gently remove more plaque. and unlike sonicare, oral-b is the only electric toothbrush brand accepted by the american dental association for its effectiveness and safety. my mouth feels so clean. i'll only use an oral-b. oral-b. brush like a pro.
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>> reporter: new video from tmz of disgraced movie mogul harvey weinstein on the streets of los angeles with police on the scene. the lapd tells abc news they were called to the area after a family dispute involving weinstein and his 22-year-old daughter. no arrests were made. meanwhile, authorities are left answering questions about why weinstein was not prosecuted after this secretly recorded audio during a 2015 nypd sting operation. >> why yesterday you touch my breast. >> oh, please. i'm sorry. come on in. i'm used to that. >> you're used to that? >> yes, come in. >> no, but i'm not used to that. >> i won't do it again. >> reporter: the manhattan d.a. defended its decision not to prosecute. >> obviously he has some serious issues and the tape is terrible. but i as d.a. have to be guided by the evidence and the elements of the crime. >> reporter: now hollywood is hush-hush no more. similar stories are shared by more than 20 women who say they were sexually assaulted, harassed or raped by weinstein.
>> he comes back out and he's fully naked, and that's when i just thought, what is happening? how is this happening and what is he going to do to me? >> reporter: many are now asking how this culture of complicity was able to persist for so long. actor seth macfarlane revealing he knew about the allegations for years and meant this moment at the oscars of more of a jab instead of a joke. >> congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to harvey weinstein. >> reporter: mcfarlane tweeted it came from a place of loathing and anger after his friend jessica barth told him she had been sexually harassed in 2011. weinstein has been fired and denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex. ben affleck called weinstein's sick but then rose mcgowan tweeted and told "the new york times" that she had told affleck that weinstein had behaved inappropriately with her years ago. linsey davis, abc news, new
york. and we have two more headlines concerning ben affleck who is under some new scrutiny since condemning harvey weinstein. affleck has now apologized after being accused of groping actress hillary burton on mtv in 2003. meanwhile, a canadian tv host is now defending affleck after a video from 2004 came to light showing him making sexual remarks to her. she says it was all an act for publicity. a mother from michigan has lost primary custody of her son after being jailed for five days for refusing to get him vaccinated. rebecca bredow was found in contempt of court after the vaccination dispute with her ex-husband. their son ended up getting four immunizations on monday while his mother was behind bars. now, she says that she was in shock by the court's decision to grant her ex-husband joint custody. >> i feel a little spun around right now. i'm in shock because i was expecting to get him home today. >> do you still stand by your choices that you made beforehand? >> i do, absolutely. i still stand by my choices because i stand up for what
believe in. >> reporter: her attorney plans to appeal the custody ruling. a major lawsuit in the sports world pits muhammad ali's family against fox broadcasting for $30 million. muhammad ali enterprises claims the network used ali's name and image in a promotional video that aired before the super bowl without permission. the company argues the three-minute video could have been sold to advertisers for up to $30 million. and there is no joy in cleveland this morning after the yankees finished off a stunning comeback. they climbed out of a hole against the indians last night fighting back to win 5-2. they'll now play the astros in the american league championship series. game one is tomorrow night. go, yankees. >> well, we have the cubs and nats today. coming up, an unusual choice on the menu at a popular fast food chain. l. the boy scouts not just for boys anymore. is it good for girls? a controversial name change for the expensive coach bags many of you might have at home.
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♪ time to check "the pulse" starting with a pretty big shift in policy for the boy scouts. >> this is huge. for the first time in its 107-year history the boy scouts will start admitting girls into the core program all the way up to eagle scout. they say they're responding to a growing number of requests from members and from girls themselves. >> but some of the most vocal opposition to the move is coming from the girl scouts. >> i think it's important that girls are in a girl only gender specific place for skill building. little girls and little boys are not exactly the same in terms of what they need and how they learn. >> well, critics also point out that while girls need safe spaces in which to flourish, boys also need their own safe
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it's a race against time in the north b bay as more people have to evacuate from approaching flames. the winds are gusting right now, threatening to make the fire disaster even worse. >> let's begin with the latest evacuation advisories in the north bay. >> cal fire issued three overnight in napa, solano counties. >> advisories were issued for people east of silverado trail, soscol avenue, highway 221, highway 29 and north of jameson canyon road. we have the cross streets listed on our website. palomino lakes as well as parts of windsor and healdsburg. >> in solano county, north of james canyon road and i-80, suisun valley road. these are advisories. >> there's a mandatory evacuation order for the entire
city of calistoga, parts of geyserville along highway 128 and northeast of the russian river as well as the northeast corner of sonoma. we know this is a lot of information so go to abc7news.com for specific streets and areas. >> this fire is so different from the past because it is so close to population centers, including now areas in and around the city of sonoma. >> amy hollyfield is following the tough decision for many people to stay or go. good morning, amy. >> reporter: hi, good morning, natasha. there's a hard stop right here at 7th and castle here in sonoma. you can see police are here keeping people out. here's video from last night when they had to pack up their homes and their businesses. people had to make quick decisions about when to take and what to leave behind. this issue was ordered about 8:30 last night. people were having to think about the possibility that it could all be gone when they come back. >> we were told that the fire
was getting close to the square here. i built 30 years of my business and i'm not going to let the fire take it. we're going to clear out as much as we can and hopefully if the fire doesn't get to the square, we'll move everything back in. >> reporter: look at the line of cars of people trying to get out when this order was issued. it was issued for portions of eastern sonoma county. our team did meet some people who were refusing to leave. they did pack up their cars and they say they will bolt out of here if and when they feel like it is necessary. the weather right now here is cold but not windy, at least where we are. maybe that gave firefighters a boost, a help overnight. we have calls in to firefighters to see if we can get a handle on how the night went. we're waiting to hear back. obviously they are very busy. sometimes it's easier to assess things later when the sun comes up. reporting live in sonoma, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> did you see many people still leaving this morning as you were
heading in that direction? >> reporter: no, very quiet. it's very quiet out so it does seem people left last night or decided to stay. >> at least they had some hours to time to pack up as you saw that gentleman doing. amy, thank you very much. this morning the town of calistoga is under a mandatory evacuation because of the tubs fire. last night officers went door to door urging 5,000 residents who live in calistoga to get out of their homes. the city is calling the mandatory evacuation a success. late last night officials said the fire's progression had slowed. >> one of the biggest concerns is still the wind. mike nicco continuing to track that for us. >> hi, everybody. the good news, the winds weren't as bad as sunday night and we didn't expect them to be but they're still gusting and have been staying mainly up in the higher elevations. you can see right here about 20 to 25 miles per hour inur