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>> we love you millennials. get out of here. go. >> good morning, america. race against time. oh, my god, mom! >> new video showing those terrifying moments trapped in the mudslides. the fast and raging rivers of mud carrying away this car with people inside. the devastation and death toll growing this morning. as rescuers search for survivors. and now that dangerous storm system moving east. dozens of states from the dakotas to maine facing alerts right now. what are you doing? >> this teacher now telling her side of the story after she was handcuffed and arrested asking why the superintendent was getting a raise but teachers weren't. >> you just pushed me to the floor. >> all the outrage and fallout this morning. murder mystery. police discovering the body of that ivy league student who went missing over winter break. now new clues about what may
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have led to his death and what we're now learning about the friend he was with just before he disappeared. and that abc news exclusive, tonya harding one-on-one, now hitting the ice with our amy robach nearly 25 years after that incredible triple axel and that incident with nancy kerrigan. what she's dreaming of doing next on skates revealed first on "gma." >> good morning, america. and good morning, america. what a horrifying situation in california this morning. let's look at those pictures right now. you see the devastation right there. it is so widespread and the death toll is growing. >> unfortunately that is true, george and more than a dozen people are missing. search and rescue teams and family members are still out there looking for their loved ones. >> 400 homes have been damaged or destroyed and many of those
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homes still standing won't have water for months. our senior national correspondent matt gutman is there again in montecito for us with the latest. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, robin. it's hard to imagine that where i'm standing was once a manic e manicured lawn, at stately oaks, and you can see the boulder field that submerged that house, and this boulder field extends well over a mile downstream. you can understand why rescuers tell us they haven't been able to reach a full quarter of the homes here, and why they expect the death toll here to rise. i want to give you a sense of the power of these mudslides to crush, and this is a toyota. it looks like it through a metal compacter. this morning, chilling first videos of the montecito mudslides. >> close the door! >> reporter: marco farrell venturing outside as a motorist pulls up. >> the flash flood is right there. get out of here!
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go! >> reporter: panicked and panting, he sprints inside to warn his family. >> wake dad up. wake up! >> reporter: his fear justified. that series of debris flows sweeping away cars, debris reaching up to the second story of some homes, so far at least 17 lives lost with another 17 reported missing. >> it was very stunning to see the extent of the devastation. we realized that this is going to be a long and difficult journey for all of us. >> reporter: this morning, what remains is a landscape transformed and the desperate search for families. >> josie! >> reporter: hayden was looking for his mother, josie. later he would learn that she was one of the victims. >> i don't know why she didn't stay upstairs. >> reporter: on tuesday on that same street, glen oaks, we found robert riskin searching for his mother, a prominent realtor. >> i'm fighting with all my heart to find her. >> reporter: on wednesday he was back with a search party of family and friends including
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rebecca's sister, theresa. >> we know she is down there. >> reporter: we gave her a ride to search with a professional team of rescuers. but officials say 500 members of search and rescue teams were picking through the debris including julie kirk-purcell and her dog, zero. we saw them earlier squeezing through this window, zero perched on her shoulder and we met up with them again later. when you look at everything, 360 degrees from where we are, is it even possible, do you think, that somebody might have survived this? >> possibly. >> possible, yeah. >> absolutely. >> reporter: with no water and no power, squadrons of helicopters had to airlift hundreds of residents stranded in an area called romero canyon which is still impassable this morning. back on glen oaks street after a couple of hours of searching hayden and teresa started talking. until that moment they were complete strangers. now united in grief and buoyed by that embrace.
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we just learned sad news in that, is that teresa's sister has passed away. there is no electricity here, no gas and no water. you understand why officials tell me that this area has been thrust into the stone age, robin. >> still so unbelievable what's going on there. okay. michael? >> we're also getting a look at just how devastating the mudslides are from above. abc's kayna whitworth flew over the disaster zone with the coast guard to see how widespread it is. good morning, kayna. >> reporter: michael, good morning. i'm here with the coast guard right now at point mugu, and they were the first ones to respond to this disaster because they were the only ones that could get up in the air. now, in the 24 hours after the mudslides they assisted in some 29 rescues and when you look back here, this is the chopper that they used and back here that's where the rescue swimmers sits. normally they assist in a water rescue but in this case they've been dropping them onto the roof
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of people's homes, now i went up with the coast guard yesterday and i spoke with a lieutenant who says this is the most impactful storm that he has ever experienced in his career. the landscape unrecognizable for people that live there and with so many people still missing, the coast guard will be very busy in the next few days with their search and rescue efforts. michael. >> and, kayna, has the coast guard been using any new tactics during their search and rescue efforts? >> reporter: you know what, michael, after their first trip out they came back and they bought these. it's an ax. you're familiar with that. but what they need these for is when they only can get on the roof of somebody's home and they need to gain access inside the home. this is something they would normally use in a hurricane situation. michael. >> all right, thank you, kayna. i guess by any means necessary to get in and rescue. >> that's right. now to ginger and that winter storm is causing all kind of devastation on the move, right? >> right.
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as that energy heads east, it's now hitting cold air, and this is what ast doiit is doing to interstate 70 in colorado. this is silver thorn or near silver thorn. people slipping and sliding and unfortunately i think we'll see more of that. then on the southern end of it, this is just west texas where the gusts were close to 70 miles per hour. this is a far stretching storm. a lot of states are involved here in the winter storm alerts and actually if i can have max, there we go, click ahead for me. from houston to dallas, oklahoma city, chicago has a winter storm advisory and then you start to get into the northeast because this thing will keep tracking to the east and watch as it times out. it's really friday into saturday where i'm concerned about not just snow but ice and i'm talking the type of ice that you slip and slide like a rink all over. look how all that pink stretches from maine back to memphis. this is going to be a big one going into our weekend. >> look that is way. >> sure does. we're going to go to the white house now where president trump is on a pr offensive in the wake of that blistering new
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book, "fire and fury." taking to the cameras every day taking questions and taking aim at the russia investigation. our chief white house correspondent jon karl has more on that and, jon, the big headline yesterday, the president is backtracking on his willingness to meet with special counsel robert mueller. >> reporter: yeah, george, back in june i asked the president point-blank if he would be willing to speak with mueller under oath. he said, 100%, yes. it's something he reiterated again as recently as last weekend but when he was asked again yesterday, he said we'll see and he suggested there would be no need for an interview. george, there are two problems with his reasoning there. he said it's been proven there is no collusion. well, it hasn't been proven that there's no collusion. none of the committees have concluded one way or the other on that question and collusion is only one of the things being investigated. another big one is obstruction of justice. >> the president up and tweeting again on the russia investigation this morning. he talked about it a lot in those answers yesterday calling it a democratic hoax. he really seems obsessed and determined to get his side of the story out as mueller keeps
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on doing his work. >> reporter: which is why it had seemed he actually was expressing almost an eagerness to sit down with mueller to tell it directly to mueller. that's now in question. perhaps because of the advice from his lawyers. again in those tweets this morning he's talking about hillary clinton, talking about crooked hillary, talking about her e-mails. which is really something extraordinary. i have never seen a president a year later still talking about the opponent that he beat. >> jon karl, thanks very much. all right, george, now to capitol hill where the clock is ticking to reach a deal on protecting d.r.e.a.m.ers, the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children. our senior congressional correspondent mary bruce has more and, mary, there are some signs of progress this morning. >> reporter: robin, good morning. well, they are getting closer. the house has now released its plan, and in the senate, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle tell me they are close to a deal. they are optimistic they could have an agreement here possibly by the end of the month. now, the president has said he would sign onto whatever lawmakers can agree to, but now
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he's sending some mixed messages saying, any deal to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers has to include funding for his wall. the question here on the hill is how do you define that wall? republicans tell me they plan to deliver on some sort of wall, but that it could come in the form of more manpower-boosted barriers. overall more border security, but not an actual physical new wall, robin. >> all that yet to be determined. meanwhile, yet another influential republican has announced his retirement and what does it mean for the midterms? >> reporter: 33 republican lawmakers have now announced they are not seeking re-election. we're seeing a real exodus of gop heavy hitters here, the latest, california republican darrell issa. now, all of these exits come as the gop is facing a potential democratic wave in the upcoming midterm elections and could make what's already expected to be a difficult election year all that more difficult. robin. >> all right, mary, thank you. >> more on that from our chief political analyst matthew dowd and, matt, presidents always lose seats in midterm elections,
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democrat presidents, clinton and obama lost a lot in their first midterms, of course, george w. bush did as well, but now you've got 19 retirements in the house, more than 30 open seats and it's only january. one of several dire signs for the republicans. >> yes, as ginger likes to point out when a weather storm is brewing there's indicators that tell us what's going to happen. barometric pressure, precipitation levels, wind speed, the same is true when a political storm is brewing. and one of those key indicators is retirements and the retirements that have happened thus far especially in key seats around the country tell us a storm is brewing. the other indicator, george, is the president's job approval. there is a poll that came out just yesterday that the president tweeted this morning about a poll talking about the economy. that is an indicator that a political storm is brewing. the other thing to keep in mind when you look at these polls is the strongly disapprove is at
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35%, a3 53%, and the strongly approve is only at 26%. the motivated base against the party is stronger than the motivated base for him, and that indicates what might happen in november. >> thank you, matt. robin. we will move on to the outrage at a school board meeting caught on camera. a teacher handcuffed, arrested after asking why the superintendent got a raise but teachers did not. this morning, we are hearing from both sides and abc's steve osunsami has the latest for us. good morning, steve. >> reporter: good morning to you, robin. this has teachers across the country upset this morning, and the national education association is holding a rally for this middle school teacher today. seeing one of their teachers manhandled and handcuffed in this video has people in this community outraged. >> this is really, really a pitiful situation. >> i'm appalled at this and you should be too. >> reporter: it happened monday night. deyshia hargrave had a simple
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question. why is her local school board giving this guy, the superintendent, a nearly $30,000 raise when teachers like her haven't seen a permanent raise in years? >> a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, i feel like it's a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have. >> reporter: in video from the meeting you see school officials in abbeville, louisiana, asking her to leave saying, this was time for public comments and not a debate. >> is it against policy to stand? sir, do not. >> reporter: but no sooner than she walked out -- >> what are you doing? >> reporter: the school board's marshal had her on the ground in handcuffs and under arrest. >> stop resisting. >> reporter: hargrave said she was just standing up for what's fair. >> i was always taught that what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong and when you see something, you should say it's wrong. >> reporter: she says she will not be silenced. >> by silencing my voice they've also taken away or tried to take
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away my first amendment rights. >> reporter: both the school board president and the superintendent getting the raise are blaming the teach per. >> she is the one that made the choice that is got her arrested. >> reporter: but the superintendent now says he and the school board are getting death threats. >> there have been direct threats. you will die. people in your district will die. >> reporter: he does say he wishes things had turned out differently. >> what happened at that meeting should not have happened. should not. >> reporter: a city attorney is now refusing to charge the teacher, and the city police point out that they weren't the ones who arrested her and say it was instead a school resource officer working for the school board. robin. >> it still should not have happened. as he said, should not have happened. steve, thank you. michael. we turn to those new developments in the mysterious disappearance of an ivy league student who vanished during winter break. police have found his body in california in a park near his home and gio benitez is here with the latest and, gio, police
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are investigating this as a homicide. >> reporter: they are, michael. good morning, and now we are learning new details about what his friend said had happened that night. police say his story is pretty consistent, so this morning, the mystery. who might have killed this ivy league student? this morning a heartbreaking discovery for a california family. 19-year-old blaze bernstein who suddenly went missing last week found dead in the brush around the park where he was last seen. his parents struggling to talk about it. >> we have had people do random acts of kindness and so many friends and family that have reached out to us. >> reporter: police say they suspect foul play and are investigating the death as a homicide. bernstein left his home without telling his parents last week tuesday around 11:30 p.m. after snapchatting with a friend from high school who arranged to pick up the 19-year-old upenn student and head to a local park. according to a just released search warrant obtained by "the orange county register," the sheriff's investigator questioned that friend who has not been identified. the friend told investigators
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that the pair planned to hang out and catch up, bernstein mentioning meeting another friend of theirs from high school, but when they reached the park, he says bernstein left the vehicle and walked off by himself. according to the affidavit the friend says he waited an hour for bernstein to return to the vehicle then tried to contact him on snapchat. when that didn't work the friend says he drove off to his girlfriend's house, but returned to the park two hours later at 3:40 a.m. to look for bernstein again. police say during their questioning the friend could not remember his own girlfriend's last name or where she lived. investigators noticed several scratches and abrasions on the friend's hands which he claimed were from a fight club. he also appeared to have dirt under the fingernails. investigators have now interviewed him several times and are calling him a witness, not a suspect. and according to the search warrant, police searched the friend's rental car, and detectives noticed hiking and camping equipment, a large plastic bin in the backseat and
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a black belt on the passenger seat floor board, so no doubt here, the investigation continues. >> absolutely. >> a lot of tough clues there. thank you so much. let's go back to ginger. >> i must start you out with a video that's maybe hard to watch because this is how a lot of us felt and will feel in the coming days. this guy, oh, slipping and sliding comes out of the house from the sidewalk, hits the driveway, starts slipping and doesn't stop. just a sheet of ice and then -- >> who posted that? >> i was just wondering if it was his wife or daughter. >> that is called love. >> that is called love. we'll figure it out. we have a huge temperature roller coaster to go through in the 50s and 60s in the east coast as of tomorrow. and then look what happens. the bottom drops out, erie, pennsylvania. this is an actual air temperature on sunday, 8 degrees. your local weather in 30 seconds. first the snowy cities brought to you by burlington.
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good thursday morning. we have fog below and high clouds above. a dry day today, areas of fog most dense in the north bay on the coast, and we'll see a dry and sunnier weekend, rain coming back next week. highs today in the narrow range from the upper 50s in san francisco and oakland, 61 in san jose, 60 palo alto, 58 in vallejo. a sprinkle up north. sunny through the yeah, let's just bring that video back one more time. some questions i have. is his wife actually video taping it? >> i think it's an outdoor camera.
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he probably told her he fell and she went back and got it so the world can see. >> she was the one. she said she couldn't stop laughing. >> all right. >> because he's okay. >> he was doing pretty well there for a few seconds. >> that's right. coming up here, caught on camera. disgraced movie mogul harvey weinstein slapped in the face at dinner. we have new details about that incident this morning. and the flu is spreading. the whole school shut down for days after 160 students call in sick. how fast can it spread in the office? we'll take a closer look at which spots are most at risk. and more from that abc news exclusive. tonya harding back on the ice with amy. she is returning to the sport she loves and we will have more on what she is planning to do now at 47 years old. that's coming up. here's the story of green mountain coffee roasters sumatra reserve told in the time it takes to brew your cup. let's go to sumatra. where's sumatra? good question. this is win. and that's win's goat, adi. the coffee here is amazing. because the volcanic soil is amazing.
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good thursday morning to you. i'm natasha zouves from "abc7 mornings." the faa is investigating yet another close call at sfo, this time involving an aeromexico flight. a controller noticed it was headed toward the wrong runway. on that runway was a flight packed with passengers. the faa said the pilots were using a guided system often used in bad weather. no response to our request for comment on the incident. let's check in with sue hall for the traffic. >> the north bay you can take a look at san rafael, those taillights headed southbound, disappearing in the fog. we have fog over the waldo grade, and we are getting reports of an accident at the
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bay bridge toll plaza. that one is partially blocking a lane. metering lights have been on since 5:23.
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good morning to you. we're waking up to some patchy fog around the bay, quarter mile visibility around petaluma, three miles in concord. it's 52 in concord as well as mountain view. today we'll have partly cloudy skies east bay, south bay, possible sprinkle in the north bay, numbers in the narrow range near 60 and a sunnier weekend. >> thank you, lisa. coming up, tonya harding is speaking out. what she says one of her new goals is. that is next on "gma." we'll have another abc7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app and
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paula faris' moves during that. >> i don't think america wants to see those. it would car their morning. >> i don't know what it was but you were feeling it. >> i think it was something like this. i'm sorry, everybody. i didn't mean to subject you to that. the headlines are following. the storm is heading east and millions in its path. expected at the east coast by tomorrow. and former president obama back in front of the cameras. you see him there for a new netflix interview with david letterman talking about dad dancing. >> i think the key is what we call staying in the pocket. >> sure. [ laughter ] >> staying in the pocket. >> you got to stay in the pocket because i think everybody here knows dads who get out of the pocket and they're trying stuff that they can't really pull off. and, you know, they start doing like karate kicks and all kinds
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of stuff. >> really, karate kick. >> is that one of the things you do? [ laughter ] >> good to be an ex-president. >> remember in "hitch" he was talking about how you have to stay right there. stay in the pocket. that's another way of phrasing it. we turn to the latest on harvey weinstein and that new tmz video showing a stranger slapping him in the face at a restaurant in scottsdale, arizona. paula, that's the reason she's there. she has more on that. good morning, paula. >> that man reportedly had asked weinstein for a photo and weinstein declined. later when the man was leaving, he asked a friend to record the encounter you're about to see. >> don't do that, man. don't do that. >> reporter: it's the slap felt from scottsdale, arizona to hollywood. >> don't do that. >> reporter: in this video obtained by tmz. >> get your [ bleep ] out of here. you're a [ bleep ] piece of [ bleep ]. >> reporter: accused rapist, harvey weinstein, slapped onnot
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once, but twice by a drunk patron at this ritzy sanctuary resort where private cottages can go for $4,000 a night. his dinner with his sober coach is one of the first times the disgraced movie mogul has been seen in public since october. >> guys, i'm not doing okay. but i'm trying. >> reporter: when he reportedly went to an arizona treatment center for addiction and was later spotted in this photo obtained by tmz sporting a blond wig dining at a restaurant an hour and a half from the clinic using the alias, nick starr. "people" magazine reports he is taking treatment seriously, a source saying, he only gets time off for meals. he is basically 24/7 in treatment. but even that isn't enough to save his marriage. "the new york post" reporting weinstein and his estranged wife of nearly ten years have agreed to an eight-figure divorce settlement. this just days after the golden globes where chapman's
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like marchesa once ruled the red carpet but this year not a single major star wearing that line. instead, opting to wear a sea of black outfits supporting the time's up movement. the one-time king of those events barely mentioned at sunday's awards show. >> i think it's time to address the elephant not in the room. harvey weinstein isn't here tonight. >> reporter: now, as for the encounter weinstein did not report the incident to police. he simply left the restaurant. as you can recall more than 65 women have accused him of sexual harassment, assault or rape. his camp denies any allegations of nonconsensual sex but a rare public appearance for weinstein. >> yeah, it was. all right, paula, thank you. we get more of amy's exclusive interview with tonya harding airs tonight on abc and this morning, amy, i didn't know that you were a skater. >> well, i'm not. i think if you look closely you'll see it was just -- i was doing my best not to fall on the ice. i did hit the ice tentatively with tonya who was banned for life from the u.s. figure skating association after she pleaded guilty to hindering the
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prosecution in the nancy ker kerrigan case. she was also strip ed of her 1994 championship title but now she is back on the ice and she knows how to skate impressive as ever and reaching for a new goal. this is kind of like when people are swimmers they get in the pool. they're home. are you home on the ice? >> absolutely. i mean this is my sanctuary. i just love it so much. that's why i'm here. >> reporter: tonya harding says she's been lacing up her skates on and off for the past couple of years, but now her trips to the rink are becoming more routine. how do you feel when you're on the ice? >> well, wonderful as long as i'm not on my butt. because i have taken a few hard falls and stuff. i know that i have to take things slower. want to get back and do the things i love to do which is my triples. >> reporter: those days may not be far off for the 47-year-old. watch closely. >> good girl. >> reporter: you'll see glimpses of that powerhouse athlete that
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captured the world he attention over two decades ago. why do you want to do the triples again? >> because i can. i know that sounds a little arrogant. i always feel like i'm always trying to prove it because people say there's no way you can do that. well, you know what, i can do this. >> you did all that you did and you achieved everything you achieved under the worst of circumstances. wouldn't you say? >> absolutely. >> no money. abusive relationships and yet you kept going. >> i'm not going to let people stop me from doing what i love. people always telling me that i'm going to not amount to anything, not going to be anything, i'm fat, i'm ugly, i'm stupid. and yeah -- >> you're going to prove them wrong. >> absolutely. i may be blonde but i didn't fall off the turnip truck backwards. i can skate backwards, though. >> reporter: now happily married with a young son, tonya says she's been given a second chance at life and is ready to put the
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past behind her. >> i started at 39. had my son at 40. so the first half of my life i'm actually maybe getting a do-over. so that's why i'm here. >> and tonya says her son who is 6 years old has been on the ice once, but has been showing interest. asking to practice with her. she says he knows that his mom was olympian but the rest of the story will have to wait until he is much older. >> did you try backwards? >> no. i was just so happy -- i was like, i didn't fall. i just felt that was my olympic feat. >> "truth and lies: the tonya harding story" airing tonight at 9:00 eastern on abc. coming up, everybody, flu emergency. the deadly virus spreading quickly around the country. going to tell you how you can avoid those danger zones at work. we'll be right back. >> danger, danger.
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we are back now with those new concerns about the flu. it's spreading across the country and an entire school in north carolina now closed for the rest of the week after 160 students reported cases in one day. t.j. holmes is here with a closer look at how to protect yourself. >> all right. strahan, we don't have a choice, me you, robin, george, robach, we have to be around each other today just like millions of people have to go to an office and spend all day with co-workers who could potentially be sick. yes, you want to avoid that person coughing or sneezing on
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you, but there are some things in that office you need to avoid before you even get to your desk this morning. >> reporter: with flu fears spreading across the country -- >> tonight we're told it could be nasty. >> why is it so powerful this year. >> we've been telling you about the severe spike. >> deadly flu bug appears to be making a comeback. >> reporter: so many of us worry about catching the virus at work. >> i take hand sanitizer with me everywhere i go. >> i teach my students to sing the whole a.b.c. song while watching their songs. >> reporter: we brought this doctor to our "gma" offices to point out the work danger zones and how not to get sick. somebody with the flu, yes, comes in here, sneezes on the hands, put it on the door. >> yeah. >> how long can that live there and keep infecting the co-workers? >> the flu can live up to 24 hours on the door. >> reporter: in 20 minutes we saw 33 people come through these doors and if just one is sick one university study finds that when one person comes to the office sick more than half the surfaces and other employees in that office could be exposed to the virus after about four hours. what do we need to keep in mind
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when coming in the front door? >> don't touch the door with your hands. you can push it with your elbow, back, anything that won't touch your face afterwards. >> reporter: and once you get inside, be careful in that elevator. >> you can see the entire building start getting sick if one person comes in and touches a few of these buttons. these bad boys are nastier than toilets. >> every time you get off of an elevator, you actually need to wash your hands. >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: he says it's hard to tell who is coming down with the flu. wash your hands and be careful no matter what. >> the flu and cold look alike in terms of symptoms. this is what i like to call a high traffic area so if you're going to come into a worktation that's public in a high traffic area you got to wipe that bad boy down. >> reporter: keep in mind germs can linger in the air for up to 30 minutes after a person with the flu has passed through. even in big areas like the conference room during aour afternoon meeting. >> in the wintertime when the air is drier they linger for
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longer so actually if you were here before the meeting started, sneezed and then you sat down you could still get some of those germs hanging around. >> reporter: what about during the meeting? >> if you're going to have to sneeze allergies or not sneeze into your elbow. that way it will stay there. >> reporter: how far do you need to stay away from a sick person. >> infectious shows. >> you are the infected. you got the flu. i'm a foot from you trying to have a conversation, it's uncomfortable. >> you don't want to be this close anyway. >> we never talk like this but common sense tells you don't want to do that. let me back up a little bit. let me get three feet away. surely this helps me out. not even in the slightest according to studies. let me get six feet away from stra. surely there would help you out. they have done nothing to prove by being this far away you are less likely to con at that time the flu virus. not just a matter of you sneezing or coughing, just conversation and breathing and i can still pick up the flu from you. keep in mind, folks -- >> i got different airflow than everybody else. you may have to get 300 yards away. go ahead, t.j.
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>> let's just say 0 feet away, over there. you can still cough or sneeze and a droplet will make it over there. not saying how likely it will be. >> all the way over here? >> they can still get sick from you. >> t.j., why don't we just go home now? >> you make a good point, george. that's what they say, everybody, go home. do not be in the office if you're sick. >> this is not a, you know, a handkerchief. this is a mask. what if people wear these? >> doesn't help you from getting sick. >> does not. >> whoa. >> thank you, t.j. now we're throw it to robin. >> i give it back to you. hey, coming up next, this is "gma." we are going to take a look behind the scenes of how we really get on the air every morning, the wonderful people behind the scenes that make it happen every morning. are holding you back, and your current treatment hasn't worked well enough,
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good thursday morning. i'm natasha zouves from "abc7 mornings." let's check in on your foggy forecast with meteorologist lisa argen. >> hey, natasha. 50-minute delays at sfo, but a lot of pretty pictures to show you. 53 san francisco as well as gilroy. mt. tam, you can see the low clouds. the high clouds, fog in the north bay, and low 50s this morning in livermore. then we'll look for the fog to lift and reveal some sunshine. highs near 60. look at the fog coming off of the bay bridge in san francisco. that's what you're driving through. it's a mess and soupy out there. otherwise this problem at the dumbarton bridge, the westbound toll plaza just clearing out. >> a rock star says he is losing his hearing. find out who that is next on
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. those dangerous and deadly mudslides in california. new video now showing horrifying moments. people were trapped. neighborhoods swallowed whole by raging rivers of mud. cars carried away with people still inside. now the race against time as rescuers frantically search for survivors. we're live from the disaster zone. another big winter storm heading east, snow, ice and flooding all in the forecast. dozens of states from the dakotas down to mississippi and all the way to maine on alert right now. ginger tracking it all. also this morning, the teacher inspiring a health revolution after his own heart attack. he overhauled his diet and his life. now hundreds of his colleagues are jumping in. they are jump starting their own health. the facebook group that are all part of it keeping everyone on track. are you ready for the ten-day challenge?
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remember this moment that changed two lives? twin sisters reunited for the first time since their adoptions right here on "gma." it's been one year since they met. what they've learned, how they're close, they're here live again this morning. ♪ this is "gma." our 24-hour race to take you behind the scenes, what really goes into getting every morning on the air. >> have you ever seen "star wars" where they're in the trash compacter and the walls start closing in? we've reached that part of morning. >> the triumph, the turmoil. >> i'm going to check in with the producers here because my story has been changed already three times. >> and the clock just keeps ticking. all so we can say, good morning, america. ♪ ♪ your kisses sweeter than honey ♪ you saw what happens behind the scenes. good morning, america. happy thursday. great to have you back. >> yeah, great. and we cannot wait. can't believe it's been a year. >> i know. >> since the twins met here live on "gma." what that first year has been
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like together. celebrating their birthday together. they're 11 years old and now gracie and audrey are here again live. >> a lot of tears a year ago. >> remember that? >> yeah, went by really fast. but before we get to that, we'll get to the latest on those devastating california mudslides, our senior national correspondent matt gutman is back with us from montecito, california, with the very latest. good morning, matt. >> reporter: hey, good morning, michael. it's first light here and that desperate search is resuming, but once you get through the mud flows, it cam paompacted what w toyota. it looks like it has been. there is concern about the people still missing and with our second camera, i want you to see our debris field. it extends about a mile in that direction, and check out this house. it has been swallowed whole by this fieldf boulders here, and overnight, we have this new
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video of the mud flows themselves. coming right down the street. you can hear the panic in this man's voice. >> close the door! >> reporter: he tries to wave away that white van. another car did not make it. you see it gliding down one of the streets. 17 people so far confirmed dead. another 17 are reported missing. that number is expected to rise, and hundreds of people had to be evacuated by air from one of the remote canyons here. now when you look at this entire debris field, you understand why rescuers haven't been able to reach 25% of the homes out here, and why they do fear the worst. one official telling me that no water, no gas, no power here. it's one reason montecito has been thrust back into the stone age, mikchael. >> thank you, matt. a long way to recover from that. that same storm system is now making its way east. ice, snow, flooding in the
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forecast and, ginger, it's already starts. >> minutes away into the rockies. that's why you see a line to get the chains on the trucks in vail and interstate 70, slipping and sliding just west of denver. so keep that in mind as you go through the next couple of days. if you are highlighted by any color on this map, you may end up seeing major travel issues, especially on the roads. wind is all the orange there for the deep south plains, minneapolis to chicago, louisville to pittsburgh, up into parts of the northeast under flood watches or winter storm alerts because of this, the low comes through and i think you're going to see an icy commute tonight for places like just west of nashville, memphis up through cincinnati or even toledo. and then by tomorrow morning, it moves east, and you could see up to a half inch of ice as we go into the weekend, and that makes for a rough commute friday night and saturday. >> boy, it sure looks like it. ginger, thanks very much. to capitol hill and those talks on protecting the d.r.e.a.m.ers, the nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the u.s. as children. senior congressional correspondent mary bruce back with more on the story and, mary, they seem to be closing in on a deal. the big question is going to be is it something the president can sign?
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>> reporter: yeah, george. exactly. there are signs of progress here. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are optimistic they can reach a deal here, but there's still a ways to go. congress is under a real time crunch here and now the president is sending mixed messages. originally he said he would sign on to whatever congress can agree to. now he's insisting any deal to protect d.r.e.a.m.ers also includes funding for his wall. here on the hill the question then becomes how do you define that wall? republicans tell me they're likely to deliver on some kind of a wall, but it's more likely that will come in the form of boosted border security, not an actual physical wall and republicans have to hope that that will be enough for the president. >> yeah. will the president claim victory on that? mary brurks bruce, thanks very much. coming up, the teacher who started a diet revolution inspiring more than a thousand people to change the way they eat. what his -- with his ten-day challenge. >> ten days is doable. and this is "gma." we're taking you behind the scenes to show you what happens
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they're ready. welcome back, everybody. happy friday eve, and i'm very happy to see who dat nation here in the corner. new orleans saints. you knew -- >> i knew you were going there. >> he has picked against the saints the last two weeks. >> i know you have. >> she keeps telling me to do it because they seem to win when i pick against them. everybody i pick loses. >> she also says they do their best when she doesn't watch. but you know what, we got a little "pop news" with lara spencer right now. [ cheers and applause ] >> good morning, everybody. great crowd. and good morning to you. time now for "pop news" with some serious health concerns for music legend eric clapton. overnight, clapton revealing he is losing his hearing due to years of performing. he has been diagnosed with a condition known as tinitis. it's a constant ringing or white noise in the ears commonly caused by prolonged exposure to loud sounds. does not always mean you'll lose your hearing. dr. jen tells me but in this case he says he is losing his
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hearing. in an interview though, the 72-year-old rocker says, nope, he's not letting it stop him. he can still do his job quite well. he will not stop performing, in fact, he has a few shows lined up for new york and los angeles this march. check him out. [ applause ] >> thinking about him. all right, also in "pop news" this morning, the royal wedding just four months away. what are you wearing, robin? [ laughter ] that's not what this is about. prince harry still hasn't asked his big brother to be best man. what is going on, people? so prince william is telling a uk radio host -- he told them yesterday that he's waiting and that it's becoming a sensitive subject in the family. he said that jokingly. but on a separate note here's prince william looking like he's fresh off the set of "grey's anatomy." the future king of england spending yesterday observing robotic surgical procedures on cancer patients at the royal marsden hospital.
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of the experience, he said it looked like a very high-tech version of playing video games. i would say life-saving video games. and then finally, coca-cola making a bold move in an attempt to put a little fizz back into flat sales. the company adding four new flavors to its classic diet coke line, ginger lime, feisty cherry, zesty blood orange and twisted mango. i gave each of you a flavor. did i go classic? >> does this flavor fit our personalities? twisted mango, is that what you think of me? >> think what you will, twisted mango. cheers. cheers we didn't touch. so in each skinny 12-ounce can you get one of these flavors and the coca-cola company says the new flavors were developed over a two-year period, and the process included over 10,000 interviews with millennials,
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narrowing down the winners from an initial batch of 30 different flavors. the new diet cokes hit shelves later this morning. taste test, robin roberts. >> i'm sticking with lacroix. >> better than that. >> twisted mango? >> i'm twisted. >> mine tastes like a cherry coke. >> how was yours? >> fine, cherry coke. >> cherry coke. >> after taste. >> all right, coke, good luck. [ laughter ] i believe that's all we have today. "pop news." >> you got to wrap before coke starts calling. >> i know. >> i'd drink them. good for them trying new things. >> absolutely. >> cheers. we'll move on to this morning's "gma" cover story. it's about the teacher trying to spark a new movement on health. doug schmidt issued a ten-day challenge to eat a plant-based diet and already over a thousand people have joined it and a support group on facebook. diane macedo here with the story. diane, he resolved to make the change after a near fatal heart attack. >> reporter: that's right.
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he wasn't even 50 and another scare that same year and knew he had to make a big change. boy, did he. 60 pounds later he says eating a plant based diet has not only transformed his physical appearance, but overall wealth and wellness and now he's convinced over 1,300 people to join him. he is the teacher inspiring a revolution with his incredible weight loss and new lease on life. >> i've had people who they came to me and said, doug, i hear maybe you can help me with this issue. >> reporter: it started in 2008 after what doug calls a widow maker heart attack at age 49. >> all of a sudden i got a tightness in my chest and then the nausea kicked in. >> reporter: at 225 pounds he knew he had to make a big change and put aside his favorite foods. >> maybe a couple of eggs, a couple strips of bacon, i loved my cheese. for dinner, nothing like a good baguette with bruschetta. side of steak, some mashed potatoes. have a glass of wine. there was always cookies. there was always cake. there was always pies. then snack on some ice cream
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before going to bed. equal portions one cup to one cup. >> reporter: instead he switched to a plant-based diet. >> you're giving up a lifetime of eating habits and it's hard to change those. >> reporter: diet centers around plants have become a health food craze and beyonce and jay-z are reaching for the greens. >> the evidence is overwhelming. you can use diet and lifestyle to treat and even reverse disease. >> reporter: 39% of americans say they want to eat a more plant-based diet and it can make a big difference when it comes to improving health. >> diet is probably the single most important influence on health across the lifespan in the united states today. >> reporter: for schmidt his new eating habits helped him lose 60 pounds over three years. >> my day starts with a bowl of oatmeal with flaxseed, hemp seed, banana, strawberry, raspberry, blueberries. >> reporter: and he says he no longer has to take medications. >> i feel truly like i'm in my 20s. i have so much energy.
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>> reporter: now 59 he's using some of that energy to lead more than 1,300 of his teacher colleagues in a ten-day jump-start your health challenge. >> doug is there day and night for people. >> reporter: using a facebook group to keep everyone on track and offer support when times get tough. >> this changed my life and look at what i eat differently. >> everybody needs that person to lean on and if i can be that, terrific. >> reporter: clearly doug is doing something right. two years ago he had 30 participants. last year 65 participants. this year as i said more than 1,300 from school districts all over new york state. and the guidelines are simple. ten days of whole food plant based no oil and already he's planning a celebration to end the challenge where he says he hopes to convert people to use this for long-term change. >> great stuff, diane. let's talk about with dr. jen ashton. what's your take on this plant-based diet? >> i think there's definitely data that supports the heart health benefits of a plant-based diet. however, there's more recent data that shows that our cholesterol levels say is not
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totally determined by eating a lot of eggs or steaks or the foods we eat so there's been some -- >> genetics. >> yeah. a lot of it is j ngenetics, but lot of heart disease and heart health is preventive and it's lifestyle based so when you talk about plant based diet the reason it can be so healthy is it's generally low in red meat, low in animal protein, it's low in those refined sugars and starches which is not great for us and then it's very colorful. it's very high in leafy greens, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and that's always going to be good for you. >> low in red meat and animal protein. one challenge how do you get the protein into your diet? >> exactly. so many people who go completely plant based by definition wind up taking in a lot more carbs and by the way if those carbs are in the form of bad sugars, that is definitely not good for your heart. so you want to go for things like we have in front of us, the legumes, beans, hemp seeds is one of my favorite, leafy -- >> nuts can be good in
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moderation. whole grains, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli have protein in them. to be clear you have to make sure you're getting enough protein and in general some plant based proteins can be lacking in essential amino acids. >> not just about moderation but motivation. that's one of the best parts about what doug is doing. >> shabsolutely, and whether th motivation and inspiration comes from within which is always ideal or externally in the form of a support group the key is making changes that are going to really affect a major change in your life anticipate that's what you see here. the other thing, george, that jumps out that i want people to know it is a major red flag in terms of your own risk for heart disease. if you have a family history of a heart attack in someone before the age of 50, most people don't know that. that is a red flag. you can say my brother had a heart attack when he was 48. you need to get yourself to a cardiologist and be screened. >> that's when you want the extra screening? >> absolutely, that's a huge red flag. >> jen ashton, thanks very much. over to lara. ginger, i'm sorry. >> that's all right. you got a twofer as far as your "gma" moments.
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i love this first video. you say you already got a little muddy so, quinn, the dog says i got a little mud on me. why not just go for it. oh. and then dives in. i love the people laughing in the background like we'll have to clean him anyway. that's from upper st. clair township, pennsylvania. then this one, george, this is actually for you because just like you have the dachshund, look at that one watching as if it's watching himself but it's a cartoon getting so excited. that's olivia 7-year-old olivia from riverside, rhode island. you know what, dogs are making us laugh every day. we want to see your puppy. your kitten. your kid, any of your family or friends that make you laugh out loud. post your "gma" moment on my facebook page and we'd love to share with all of you. a little joy in there. let's get a check closer to good thursday morning. we have fog below and high clouds above. a dry day today, areas of fog
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most dense in the north bay on the coast, and we'll see a dry and sunnier weekend, rain coming back next week. highs today in the narrow range from the upper 50s in san francisco and oakland, 61 in san jose, 60 palo alto, 58 in vallejo. a sprinkle up north. sunny through the so excited. it's our first "deals & steals" of 2018. tory johnson in the house with great items to pamper yourself starting at just $6. love it. >> $6. so, you know, you talk about pampering yourself and we talk a lot about self-care. i feel like all of these things are good for soul care. like focusing on your soul. so starting with choose to be nice. kind of the best way to kick off the year for me. choose to be nice. it was started by a mom in boston who said she was worried about her teenage son on social media, at school. just everywhere and she found herself constantly saying the one bit of advice to him and his
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friends, to matter what they face, choose to be nice. choose to be nice. so she built this company based on that social movement and does great programs in elementary schools and middle schools to bring this anti-bullying, pro-niceness campaign. >> i love it. >> so there are hoodies, t-shirts for adults and kids. a variety of colors and just a variety of styles and colors. you can't go wrong with this one. normally $24 to $50, all slashed in half. $12 to $25. >> audience. >> don't they look great? they look great. they're looking good. another one i love is may designs. so this little book here, this is my favorite. okay, so they make agendas for 2018. fitness, budget, meal planners, all of those. the gratitude journal is my favorite and this little teeny one, you can put it in your pocket, purse, have you your name on the front and you pour your heart onto the pages. one thing a day. they allow you spaces for five
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things a day, but if you just put down one thing every day that went right, we are so focused every day on everything that went wrong and how miserable and angry we are. and it's no way to live. if you can fix one thing and take one thing and say here's what went right today, here's what i'm grateful for, reflect back on this and things will be all right. >> i agree. >> big assortment to choose from. variety of sizes, colors, pattern, styles, including the pantone color covers. $18 to 28 no$28 normally, and we slashed them in half, $9 to $14. >> really nice. two for two, tory. i love the energy. >> three, you guys are smelling these. >> yeah, we have. >> this is your favorite. >> coconut, apricot, lemon. six different scents and call them dessert for your skin. little sugar cube for the shower. >> don't eat it. >> i'm not going to eat it. >> it looks good and smells good enough to eat so when you get that all wet it's got sugar and shea butter in it but obviously when it's wet, it's going to
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feel really good on your skin. and you can use one at a time. i think quite frankly they work from experience, you could get two uses out of them. the scents are spectacular and your skin will feel fabulous. dessert for your skin. two different sizes, six scents. $12 to $24 slashed in half. $6 to $12. >> they're great. >> really nice. >> i love these. >> treat yourself. >> okay. mission. >> love this brand. >> yes. so you know mission. mission makes great atleisure wear. we have their new yoga collection here, and they have yoga accessories, towels, mat covers, headband, socks. >> what's that? >> that's a head band. >> there you go. get into it. >> i thought it was like fifty shades of grey. >> all has vapor technology that will absorb the sweat. keep you dry and cool longer. normally $18 to $85. everything slashed in half. $9 to $42.50. >> love the blue. pretty. >> look comfortable. >> okay, well, okay, you look comfy and cozy. that's what we like.
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so look at this. super fleece, feel how soft this is. soft. >> that's nice. >> we're enjoying her. so this has a pocket in there for your feet so your toesies never fall out. >> great idea. >> these are fabulous. a variety of colors, normally $40 slashed in half, 20 bucks. can't beat that. and then finally, satin pillowcases, standard size and kingsize. a variety of colors and all really great neutrals. as you and i were saying great for your hair and skin. it's just luxurious. >> anti-wrinkle. >> yes, they're also machine washable and dryable so that's easy maintenance on these. >> i'm in on these. >> normally. $64 to $68 for the pair. we have slashed them in half, $32 to $34 for the pair. so you get two of them. >> two for the price of one. >> tory, fantastic. everybody, just want you to know we adore you, thank you for coming.
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everybody here is going home with something special from mission and we have partnered with all of these great companies to get the deals. go to our website and coming up, the incredible long lost twins reunited. [ cheers and applause ] coming up, the incredible long lost twins reunited. [ cheers and applause ]
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good morning. i'm jessica castro from "abc7 mornings." right now the faa is investigating yet another close call at sfo, this time involving an aeromexico flight. the plane was coming in to land tuesday morning when a controller noticed it was headed toward wrong runway and on that runway was a virgin america flight packed with passengers. the pilots were using a guidance system useful in bad weather. now let's get a check of traffic. hi, sue. >> good morning. we'll take a look at the fog in the north bay where we have an accident southbound 101 before railroad avenue heading towards the grade, and we are seeing slow traffic back towards 116. also another problem spot
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northbound 680 near el pintado.
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good morning. you see the low clouds and the high clouds here, mt. diablo in the background, 52 san francisco, 58-minute delays at sfo and some clouds here in the north bay, near 60 today, partly cloudy as the fog lifts after 9:00. >> lisa, thank you.
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we'll have another abc7 news update in about 30 minutes and always on our news app and welcome back to "gma," everybody. we do have our who dat fans and we have everybody else. a great audience as well. thank you guys for showing up this morning and helping us out. >> you're a great sport. >> i love the who dat nation. >> mardi gras beads too. we're ready. we're excited for our long lost twins who came face-to-face for the very first time -- i cannot believe it was a year ago today. oh, my gosh and they were -- that was one of the favorite moments, one of the favorite moments of the year. they're back one year later. we can't wait to talk to them. but first, here's a look at what they have been up to.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: it's the moment that changed their lives forever. identical twins, gracie and audrey adopted from china into two different american families, meeting for the first time live on "gma." this video watched over 37.5 million times on facebook in the year since they've met. >> can i just touch you? >> oh, my gosh. >> oh. >> the girls arrived in the u.s. just a month apart in 2007. gracie with the rainsberry family in washington state and audrey with the doerings in wisconsin. but how did they find each other? audrey's mom jennifer became curious about her daughter's past. with the help of a chinese researcher, she discovered this photo. it shows audrey on her chinese foster mother's knee with another baby who looks just like her. >> it was unbelievable. this is stuff you read about and how could it really be that
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there are two of them? >> reporter: jennifer with the help of facebook eventually found mom, nicole rainsberry and their daughter little gracie who turned out to be audrey's twin sister. even a year later, the happy tears flow. the girls still emotional when talking about each other. >> i'm not really sure how to explain it. it's just, like, really special to have her. >> the best thing is that we get to spend time together and we get to, like, know each other better. >> reporter: when they're together there's a lot of laughter. the girls video chat or talk every day. >> hi. >> hi. >> reporter: and the families have been able to get together four times over the past 12 months, including a trip to seaworld. and their first time celebrating a birthday together. number 11. >> look at the cake. >> oh, my gosh. that's so cute. [ applause ] >> ah.
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audrey and gracie will come out in just a moment. first we want to meet their folks, nicole and scott, so good to see you again. jennifer, great. your husband is performing surgery so he could not be here. >> he could not. >> he's got an excused absence. >> he does. >> can you believe it's been a year? >> no. >> exactly to the day. >> yes. it's gone so fast. >> what has this year been like for you? >> oh, my gosh. just absolutely amazing. i mean, how we have done all these firsts, trying to fit all these firsts in in a short period of time doing all these things and it's been an experiencing year for us where we've got to know each other and figured out how to communicate and how to get the girls together and it's been a fabulous year. we're lucky. >> you've done a great job of getting them together. geographically you're not exactly close together. >> challenging. >> but, nicole and scott, what's been the most amazing thing about merging the two families?
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>> i think it's been good seeing god work through all of it and bringing us all together. so i just think it's been amazing. >> he's turned something that could -- a lot of people perceive as so tragic and obviously not ideal raising twins separately, but, you know, god's turned it into such a beautiful story and he's used so many great opportunities that the girls have been given and our families have been given to just grow closer together and get to know each other and we've had just wonderful memories already and it's only been a year. we have so much to look forward to and both families are really committed to getting them together as much as possible and communicating through -- >> you guys have -- >> -- social media and whatever. >> you inspired so many people. as you said, god is good. >> yes, he is. >> almost 40 million people have viewed the story. >> that's crazy. >> 40 million people. [ applause ] all right. well, enough about all us, how about audrey and gracie? >> let's do it. >> let's bring them out.
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audrey, gracie, come on out. ♪ it takes two to make a thing go right ♪ >> oh. [ applause ] hi, girls. how are you? come on. sit. hello, sweetie. >> have a seat, you two. >> audrey, gracie, gracie, audrey. okay. make sure it's straight here. good to see you. >> nice to see you too. >> i got to ask you, grace, tell us what has it been like getting to though your sister over this last year? >> it's been really fun. we get to do a lot of things together. we went cliff diving and, like, horseback riding. >> cliff diving. >> cliff jumping. >> adventurous. >> yes. >> adopt me. [ laughter ] sounds like a fun family. what have you found the similarities, audrey, that you all have? both of you. >> we kind of talk the same and like -- we laugh the same. >> a lot the same.
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>> yeah. >> and we both are very athletic. we like math. we like the same foods like pasta and pizza and fries. >> the carbs. >> okay, gracie, we know all these things you found out about each other. that you are similar with. but what is the one thing that surprised you about audrey? >> i'm surprised that audrey was a lefty because like she -- like i'm a righty but i part my hair on my left so i thought audrey would like part her hair on her right but it's the same. >> yes. >> the parents to see the similarities and difference, jennifer. >> they're very similar. they're very athletic and smart and they're pranksters. they're funny. they're little pranksters. >> they hid in our girlfriend's car and scared her to death. >> then we scared kaleb. and it was really funny. >> they love pulling pranks and scaring people.
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>> okay, so what is your favorite thing to do together? >> just being with each other. >> it's everything. >> wow. [ applause ] >> and the siblings are front and center right there and chloe, what's it like to have another baby sr. sister? >> it's been amazing. i love to be an older sister to so to have another little sister has been great. >> that is wonderful. >> that is wonderful. you know, it's great to see you guys here. it seems like it was yesterday. has it gone as quickly for you? i mean it seems like yesterday to us and it's been a year. does it feel like it's been a year to you too? >> no, it went by really fast. >> yeah, felt like it was just like a month. >> a month. >> a month. >> very busy. >> very active month. >> but how was that 11th birthday? was that good times? >> yeah. >> did you bring us a piece of the cake? >> look. >> come on. you can't show us a cake and not bring us a piece. [ applause ]
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>> thank you all. thank you for continuing to share your story. >> thanks for sharing it. we are grateful this last year that the "gma" family has allowed the girls to be together a few times and for expedia allowing them to travel and that's been a special thing. it allowed us to be together six times. >> most family, that's very difficult geographically. >> we're trying in our new norm to do the best we can with the girls and to be as together as often as we can so we're very grateful. >> you are part of our story now. >> you are part of our family so we love having you. this is not done yet. i have a feeling you'll be back. thank you, girls. thank you both so much for sharing this with us. we really appreciate you guys and, everybody, we'll be right back. we'll be right back.
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back here on "gma" we're about to go behind the scenes. for now a check a little closer good thursday morning. patchy dense fog around the bay, but making it milder. partly cloudy for most of you, but we could see a michael starts us off right there in the nerve center of what goes on behind "gma." michael. >> oh, you got it right,
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ginger. i am in the middle of a "gma" control room where the show is directed. it's produced back here, but i'm going to head back out to the set right now. we are pulling back the curtain on how all of this happens, and there is a mad rush to air this show every single day. our dedicated team of reporters, producers and our crew, they're all taking you behind the scenes and this is "gma." [ applause ] >> going to times square right now. show you what's out there. there it is. we are turning the corner about to get the day started. we'll see what it brings. >> what are you doing? what's going on? >> i'm writing the show. >> this is the part of the morning where it goes from peaceful 4:00 a.m. hour right over to times square. >> we're getting ready to go through some pieces and juggle and change some things on the show. and the day is young. >> i'm the promo writer so this
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morning we're teasing segments coming up. >> this is what we do every morning. he reads to us, joel osteen. something a little inspirational before he head out to the studio. >> downstairs, that's where we start off the show and go through the show with our whole tech crew. hello, everybody. >> how long have you been here? >> working here 12 years. >> here's meg. she is our wonderful set designer. she has all of the creative vision, and then these guys execute it. meg, tell us about your job and what you do here. >> any props that are on the show i make them look pretty. >> when val is doing my makeup i like to read everybody their horoscope. i have yours, molly. >> is that you? >> right now we try to figure it out. first half hour. >> we had to make a change to my piece this morning.
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this is how i do it. the lip mike. this mike right here cancels out any noise, any outside noise. >> i'll check in with the producers because my story has been changed already three times. i just want some confirmation because i was on brady then i was moved to franco. >> back to brady. >> back to brady? >> we're exactly half an hour away from the show so this is like crunch time. >> have you ever seen "star wars" where they're in the trash compacter and walls tart closing in? we've reached that part of the morning. >> top of the show. >> right at three megabits. >> oh, boy. two-second delay. >> it's solid. it's better than it's been all morning. >> go live. 6 1/2 minutes. >> going downstairs. >> two, one. >> roll. >> here we go. >> good morning, america. what a devastating scene in southern california right now. >> so we're in a commercial break. what's going on over here? >> texting my kids to make sure they get on the school bus. >> you got to get your kids on the school bus from work. got to get them to school from
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work. >> this is kombucha. people asking this all the time. >> you don't want to smell it. >> it's good stuff. >> so about to go to the tease. look. no one rolls me like gine ttta. >> hey, sister, dear. >> robin talking about her sister on the show retiring. >> she's the reason i'm doing what i'm doing and these are tears of joy. they really are but she is such an icon there. she started a mentoring program and done so much for the community there. i really am happy. >> i don't know how you held it together as well as you did announcing your retirement. i just lost it. >> the mike that usually goes on the suit of the guest failed. our team handed him a stick mike from about 1975. >> i'm here with the audio team. the best in the business but these things happen. it's live tv. guy, what happened? >> hold on. somebody is talking in my ear. >> two, one.
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[ cheers and applause ] >> i'm sara, michael's producer. this is his routine. he takes selfies with everyone in the audience. >> they invest in us so we want to invest in them and give them personal time outside the show. it's important to me because their energy is what makes the show go. >> we have to head uptown and start all over again. >> we're going to get a good takeaway for people on how to protect yourselves from the flu. >> other than washing your hands. >> wash your hand. >> work on that next. >> the president is doing a press conference with the prime minister of norway this afternoon so i'll be anchoring the special report. it's my day job. >> i am getting ready to go on to wabc, our new york affiliate here to promote my tonya harding special. >> the president is about to have a joint press conference with the prime minister of norway. >> there are a couple of things that trump hit in the joint press conference with norway. so jon karl will put that
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together. >> we cut anywhere between 20 to 30 slates to roll each night. >> this was my editor telling me that our cut of the piece is complete. >> talking about oprah. >> who is this? >> this is kayna doing it. >> oh, great. >> we could probably use something like that. >> okay, so, yeah do that for the kayna thing. do you have the video? >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> i am creating the titles for -- these are credit titles for all the people on the show. >> what time is it? >> it is midnight. i have no idea. never know. >> hey, i was going to ask you is this recording now? >> it is. >> okay. then i won't ask you. >> we are working on today's cold open which will air in just a few hours. >> well, we're back and doing it all over again. >> we do it every single day. >> welcome back. [ applause ] >> a lot goes into this -- a lot goes into putting this show together and -- >> everybody looks too calm. >> real quiet. >> even when i was backstage even to come out to introduce this piece, i was, like, i got to get out of here.
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it's crazy back here. >> we're missing three. we're missing fonsi, angie and eddie. >> yep. >> another three. >> oh, brad. in the green room. >> they just wanted their individual time. we don't want to get in the piece. >> but i got -- >> big time. >> i do say we're so thankful for everybody behind the scenes and what they do and thankful you at home take your time out to watch the show as well so thank you guys so much and you know we'll be right back with the very funny molly shannon. [ applause ]
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woman: so, greg, it's a lot to take in. woman 2: and i know that's hard to hear, but the doctors caught it early. hi, blake! my dad has cancer. woman: and i know how hard that is to hear. but you're in the right place. man: and dr. pascal and her team, they know what to do. they know what to do. the doctors know what to do. so here's the plan. first off, we're going to give you all... (voice fading away)
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we're back now with the ultimate superstar, molly shannon. yes. give it up for molly shannon. >> yay. >> teaming up with sarah jessica parker in hbo's "divorce" and you just teamed up with another superstar of sorts to celebrate new year's. >> yes, i did.
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i teamed up with will ferrell and we hosted the rose parade. i was tish cattigan and he was cord hosenbeck and we had so much fun. >> so is it fun to still play with him coming in character to host the rose -- >> michael, it was the best. it was the most joyful experience and just being reunited with cord hosenbeck, or will was just truly the best. it was so much fun. >> we love watching everything you do. >> thanks, michael. >> i love -- >> you are sea so sweet. >> there's a love affair between us that you guys don't know. >> it's true. you are the most genuine person and i feel so comfortable with you and i was so excited -- >> thank you. >> that you were interviewing me. >> thank you. and i want to talk about "divorce," second season of the show and you, sarah jessica parker, when the show wrapped, you guys did a little singing to send the crew off after the show wrapped. >> i did. i just was being silly and so, yeah, we were always singing on set.
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sara jessica and talia and i just having fun in between takes, it was so much fun. >> well, you know what, let's take a look at the clip. this is "divorce," molly shannon, sarah jessica parker. check it out. >> you know we've been doing this exercise out of this relationship book called the positive proposition and it has totally saved us. the way the book works is you're not supposed to say anything to your partner unless it's a compliment. something positive. so because nick and i have nothing good to say it's just silent all the time and it's so sexy. >> sexy? >> silence is sexy. but i do have a question. positive proposition -- is that real. >> that is real. it's so funny. that came from a book that i read by harvel hendrickson and his wife helen hunt and they were relationship people that speak about relationships but they realized their own relationship was falling apart so they worked on trying to be nicer to one another and they
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had a rule where if they couldn't say anything nice then don't say anything at all and they said for the first few months they tried it they were just silent because they had nothing good to say. so i pitched that to jenny bix our show runner. she loved it and put it in the show so that was so cool. >> if it works it works. i like it. i love your ideas. like i said before you're so talented love having you here and season two of "divorce" premieres sunday on hbo. make sure you check it out. we'll be right back. [ cheers and applause ] and always leave you wanting will fileven more. wonder beacause one day just isn't enough. here, there is magic for days.
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"good morning america" is brought to you by edward jones. because understanding what's important to you matters. new co-host. >> yes, we do. [ applause ] >> molly. >> thank you for coming, molly and everybody at home, thank you guys for watching. we'll see you tomorrow.
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good morning. i'm jessica castro from "abc7 mornings." let's check in with meteorologist lisa argen. lisa, is it still foggy out there? >> it is, but check it out here in santa cruz, jessica. isn't this nice? 52 degrees, a beach hazard statement through 8:00. to we have fog along the coast and in the north bay. numbers are still milder this morning, and we'll see a possible sprinkle north bay near 60 today. sue. >> we're headed to danville where we have a possible sigalert with a four-car accident that has been out there blocking a lane of traffic northbound near diablo. they said if it was a sigalert it would only be about 20 minutes or so. i'm seeing very slow traffic as we zoom out to all the way back past towards dublin. >> ouch. that looks nasty. thank you. time for "live with kelly & ryan." we'll be back at 11:00 for the abc7 midday news.
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