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>> do stick around for "good morning america" this morning. making news in america this morning, a widow's grief. president trump speaks with the wife of a fallen u.s. soldier. but this morning that very call proving controversial. hear the comments causing the growing backlash. health care deal. an agreement on capitol hill to pay insurance subsidies for obamacare. >> this agreement avoids chaos. but this morning the uncertainty surrounding the deal. breaking his silence, the hotel security officer who confronted the las vegas shooter tells his story. >> i went to go lift my pant leg up, and i saw the blood. >> jesus campos explains what happened in the hallway the night of the vegas massacre. plus, a wild crash. what sent this truck careening into the ocean. and your mother was right. you should make your bed. it could make you a millionaire.
good morning, everyone. we begin with that growing controversy overnight. the president's words to a pregnant widow facing harsh criticism. >> he reportedly told the widow of a fallen army sergeant that her husband, quote, knew what he signed up for. now, the question now is was that remark taken out of context. abc's serena marshall has more on this from washington. serena. >> reporter: kendis, diane, good morning. president trump reached out to all four families of the fallen soldiers from that deadly attack two weeks ago, but that one phone call raising questions. a grieving widow six months pregnant and a flag-draped coffin. the remains of her husband u.s. army sergeant la david johnson returned home. the soldier with the elite u.s. army special forces, one of four
who died nearly two weeks ago in niger. only an hour before, president trump calling myeshia johnson offering condolences, but according to democratic representative, frederica wilson, in that call the president told the grief-stricken johnson he knew what he signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway. >> so insensitive. >> reporter: by her own admission, wilson only heard parts of the more than five-minute call. >> you don't say. he is the president of the united states. this is a soldier who gave his life for his country. >> reporter: according to the white house, the president's conversations with the families of american heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private. but the new controversy coming after the president defended his claim that other presidents including president obama did not ever personally call grieving families of fallen soldiers. >> i mean, you could ask general kelly, did he get a call from obama? >> reporter: kelly doesn't talk about his son's death and wouldn't go on the record.
obama aides not disputing the white house's claim but say kelly attended a white house breakfast for gold star families where he sat at the first lady's table. after some initial backtracking, president trump appears to be standing by his initial comment that previous administrations never called the families of fallen soldiers. those previous administrations though say they used a combination of phone calls, letters and in-person meetings to express their condolences. kendis, diane. >> serena marshall live from washington for us. thanks, serena. in the meantime, the president is sending mixed signals about a last-ditch effort to reform obamacare. the senate is working on a new bipartisan deal to restore subsidies that help low-income americans get insurance. the short-term deal reached by senators lamar alexander and patty murray would cover $7 billion over years, but the president says a different fix is needed. >> this is a short-term solution so that we don't have this very dangerous little period including dangerous period for
insurance companies, by the way, for a period of one year, two years. >> this agreement avoids chaos, and i don't know a democrat or a republican who benefits from chaos. >> the tennessee senator there. now, the deal was announced hours after president trump declared the affordable care act dead. now, without the subsidies, insurance companies say premiums will go up. the justice department says it will fight a new ruling that blocks the third version of president trump's travel ban. the order affecting eight countries was supposed to go into effect today, but a federal judge in hawaii ruled the administration did not show a clear link between a person's nationality and their potential threat to the u.s. and former white house press secretary sean spicer has now been interviewed by special counsel robert mueller's staff as they look into possible russian interference into the election. now, spicer is known for his extensive note taking during his time in the white house. a major development in the nation's opioid crisis. for the first time the u.s. government has indicted chinese
nationals on charges they manufactured tons of fentanyl and other narcotics. fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin. now, investigators say most of it comes from china where it's legal. of the 64,000 drug overdose deaths in the u.s. last year, 20,000 are blamed on fentanyl. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein spoke with our pierre thomas about the unique problem in confronting these drug traffickers. >> one of the challenges we face is that because fentanyl is a chemically produced drug, it's produced in a lab, if we prohibit a particular type of fentanyl, a particular molecular construction, the chemists can just make a slight modification so that the new version is not identical to the previous version, and so that chemist labs are staying a step ahead of us in that respect. >> with no u.s. extradition treaty, the two chinese nationals who have been indicted will never face charges. rosenstein says he's optimistic
china will do more to help. president trump's nominee for drug czar has withdrawn his name from consideration. congressman tom marino came under fire for his role pushing a law that weakened the dea's power to crack down on drug companies making suspicious drug shipments. now, the justice department may ask congress to repeal the law. and in los angeles this morning emergency crews are fighting a fire at the chevron oil refinery near l.a.x. airport. the fire reportedly broke out after an explosion at the refinery, and flames were threatening storage tanks. residents nearby were advised to close their windows. chevron says the refinery is the largest on the west coast. new details about the deadliest hot air balloon crash in u.s. history. investigators say the pilot's poor decision-making caused the crash that killed 16 people. several medications were found in his system including valium and oxycodone. that's prompted investigators to urge the faa to change a policy that allows balloon operators to fly without being medically certified. florida's governor is defending his decision
to declare a state of emergency before an appearance by a prominent white nationalist. richard spencer is set to speak at the university of florida. now, the governor is hoping to avoid a repeat of the deadly protests in charlottesville by calling up more security resources. the security for the event could cost $500,000. now, let's take a look at the weather on this wednesday morning. we're seeing some new video here showing a waterfall in england being blown backwards. >> oh, wow. >> this, by the powerful wind from former hurricane ophelia. nearly 200,000 customers in ireland still don't have power after the storm. now here in the states, the temperatures in the northeast will be back into the 70s today. the northwest will be in the 60s with up to a foot of rain there in the next few days. not bad, and the readings around the great lakes will be about 10 degrees above normal. 70 in chicago.
if you're heading to the gym at this hour, listen up. this is a strange one. apparently too much exercise can kill you. researchers at the university of illinois, chicago, found that white men who work out more than 7 1/2 hours a week are nearly twice as likely to suffer from heart disease than those who work out less than 2 1/2 hours a week. now, those same experts say that too much exercise may cause stress on the arteries.
they apparently did not find the risk among black men or perhaps other minorities. johnson & johnson has scored a major legal victory in a case that claimed its talcum powder causes cancer. an appeals court in missouri tossed out a $72 million verdict against the company. jacqueline fox blamed the powder for causing her ovarian cancer. in 2016 a jury ruled in her favor, but the appeals court said the alabama resident should have filed the lawsuit in her home state, not missouri. the decision could affect several other pending lawsuits. well, that big hollywood sex assault scandal has now apparently spread to harvey weinstein's brother. a showrunner for the weinstein company's tv drama "the mist" says bob weinstein sexually harassed her several times inviting her to dinners and up to his hotel room. bob weinstein's attorney says the woman's claims are, quote, riddled with false assertions. in the meantime, sexual harassment allegations have forced the head of amazon studios, roy price,
seen there to resign. it comes just days after reports that his fiancee lela fineberg called off their wedding, which was set for next month. two airport security officers have been fired for dragging a passenger off a plane in chicago. david dao was removed from the united flight in april after refusing to give up his seat. one officer was fired for using excessive force and another for tampering with the report. two other officers were suspended. and automated cars could soon be cruising down the streets of new york city. >> apparently. general motors and cruise automation are planning to test autonomous cars in the big apple next year. they would be the first fully self-driving vehicles in the state, and here's a crucial detail. there will be an engineer behind the wheel and an observer in the passenger seat. i'm sure that's good news based on some of the driving that we already have in new york city. all right. well, there is a new development in the national anthem protest controversy. coming up, hear what the nfl commissioner is now saying. but first the hotel security guard shot during the las vegas
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heard rapid-fire, and at first i took cover. i felt a burning sensation. i went to go lift my pant leg up, and i saw the blood. that's when i called it in on my radio that shots have been fired and i was going to say that i was hit, but i got on just to clear radio traffic so they can coordinate the rest of the call. >> wow, and you see stephen schuck there who is sitting next to him says campos saved his life and the life of another hotel guest by keeping them out of the path of the gunfire. that episode of "ellen" airs today. now we turn now to an important warning for anyone putting their home up for sale. a man in colorado says he believes teenagers saw pictures of his house online and then broke in throwing a massive party. video on social media shows dozens of teenagers dancing, drinking and trashing the place. the owner says damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars.
>> they don't value, you know, anything. they don't value people's hard work, their property, any of it. >> real estate experts say as soon as you put your house on the market, consider installing a security system, and make sure your broker is using it, and consider installing video surveillance signs all around your home. speaking of surveillance, those cameras captured a frightening moment for one man in coastal maine. watch this. that truck hurtling down an incline right into the ocean. now, police say a possible brake failure caused the man to lose control, but he managed to roll down the window and swim to safety. well, the nfl will not force players to stand during the national anthem. team owners huddled with players at nfl headquarters on tuesday. president trump has called on owners to fire players who kneel during the anthem. but the players say they're protesting social injustice, not the actual anthem. for now league officials say they will continue to support
the players. both sides described that as productive. >> let's talk about sports right now. dodgers and yankees are the big winners in the baseball playoff. meanwhile, the nba season is under way as well. highlights from espn. >> good morning, morning people. he's stan. i'm neil. boy, tough start for the celtics. gordon hayward dislocated his ankle, fractured his tibia five minutes into the game, awkward fall under the basket, scheduled to have surgery. then under 20 seconds to play, jalen brown, no, ball will bounce around. goes to irving with lebron james on him. no, sir, and the cavaliers win it by three. the warriors host the rockets up in oakland. the warriors took their first lead at 2-0 -- after 2-0 up by one here. kevin durant wins it, though, and the warriors win. what? oh, wait, i got that wrong. the warriors don't win because
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♪ good morning. it's 4:27 on this wednesday, october 18. natasha is off today. the rest of us here to serve you. thanks for being there. >> hi, good morning. let's start things off with mike nicco. mike, how is the weather today? still fires raging so still concerns. >> and there should be for air quality, but it is getting better, and the reason why you can see it that quarter-mile visibility at santa rosa and petaluma. i like how earlier alexis asked me, is that fog with a bit of excitement because she knows it will be cooler today and the air will be cleaner and she is exactly right. let's take a look. you can see, yeah, he's back if you like to call him carl the fog. temperatures cooler, in the 40s. dress appropriately. we'll be in the 50s at the
coast. 67 to 69 around the bay. 72 to 76 noon to 4:00 inland. temperatures getting closer to average. good morning, mike. we do have a dense fog advisory for golden gate bridge this morning not looking terrible on this camera at the moment. you can see it is out there today and as we flip over to our traffic maps, the visibility layer on. i just had to double-check and make sure, this is where we had all those fires burning, santa rosa, petaluma, the fog thick along the 101 corridor. slow down and take it easy. we'll check on drive times up next. okay, alexis, thank you. this morning fire crews are making more progress at containing the north bay fires. >> the nuns fire is 87% contained. the tubbs fire at 87%, also. the atlas fire at 80% and the pocket fire is holding steady at 58%. full containment expected by friday. now to mendocino county where the redwood valley is 70% contained and sulfur fire is 92%
contained and cal fire estimates full containment there by november 1st. and now south to the santa cruz mountains where the bear fire is still burning. >> at last check it was only at 5% contained. people are still out of their homes right now. abc 7 news reporter matt keller is live in felton. matt? >> reporter: good morning, jessica and reggie. the hope is that firefighters will get the bear fire under control and that these people will be able to return home but unfortunately for some of them there is no home to return to. we got the latest numbers from cal fire and here they are, four structures destroyed and about 150 in danger. bear fire at 271 acres and 5% contained. one woman we spoke with said embers were already on her driveway when her family decided to leave. >> my husband said if there's anything that you want, you'd better take it now because that's it. and so i grabbed my dad and my
brother's urn. >> reporter: the same evacuations are still in effect this morning. >> they are patrolling the area overnight. several road closures and shelters and if you need that information abc7news.com. >> dublin residents are waking up in their homes after being evacuated yesterday by fast moving grass fire. sky map 7 showing you exactly where the fire was burning and how dangerously close it got to homes near fallon road. the 116-acre fire started at about 4:00 p.m. crews aggressively attacked the fire, that included air drops and fire retannrdant to slow th flames. that fire is now 75% contained. it is 4:30 on the dot. if you are just joining us
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