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police department. outreach officers who connected lopez with his daughter after he mentioned she may be in another part of the state. after a string of phone calls they were back together. >> thinking i'm in heaven. i've got my two best girls. >> for me it was -- i was that little girl -- >> don't cry. >> our kids get to know who their grandfather is. we get to try to make up for some lost time. >> it took about eight days of authorities leaving phone calls all over her town for lopez's daughter to reach back out to police. very sweet moment there. >> yeah, that's pretty amazing, coming up, we're going to tell you why coco mania is sweeping the tennis world. >> our own robin roberts' exclusive sitdown with the 15-year-old tennis phenom as she heads to the u.s. open. music♪
♪ hey now you're an all-star get your game on go play ♪ ♪ hey now you're a rock star get the show on get paid ♪ ♪ all that glitters is gold only shooting stars break the mold ♪ fantastic. any time you can start the day with smashmouth you got to do it. one of america's newest and youngest all-stars is headed to the u.s. open. >> we're talking about 15-year-old tennis phenom coco gauff, who's received a wild card to play in next week's fabled tournament. abc's robin roberts had the chance to sit down with the rising star and her family. >> reporter: coco mania has officially taken hold of t tennis world. >> it's a dream debut for the 15-year-old.
>> reporter: just last month, 15-year-old coco gauff became the youngest qualifier in history to make the main draw at wimbledon and the youngest woman to win a wimbledon match in nearly 30 years. >> she can't believe it. >> reporter: acing her first match in a grand slam tournament, defeating five-time wimbledon champ venus williams in the first round. making it all the way to the fourth round before being knocked out by the eventual champion. >> the glorious adventures of coco gauff at wimbledon. >> have you had time now to kind of reflect on what you accomplished? >> um, not really. i feel like it's harder to kind of wrap my head around it because i just looked up to her for so long. sometimes i'll tell my dad, i got to play venus, can you believe it? for me it's crazy. >> stands were full, people were cheering your name, everyone wanted a picture with you, wanted your autograph. what was that experience like. >> for me it was crazy. because growing up, i just thought about winning
tournaments and playing wimbledon grand slams. i never thought about all that would come with it. so i guess i kind of didn't really prepare myself for it, i guess. and i'm still getting used to . but to me it's just -- i mean, it's crazy how many people actually know my name. >> reporter: back home in delray beach, coco is preparing for the u.s. open. do you remember the first time you picked up a tennis racket? >> i do. i think i was, yeah, 6. and i was at home when we lived in atlanta. and earliest tennis memory i remember is me hitting against a garage. i guess that's how it started. >> when did it all sink in that, hey, i'm pretty good at this? >> always like try to push myself. i know that i'm doing well, but i don't tell myself, oh, i'm pretty good, i think, because i think i can always improve. >> you don't enter a tournament unless you want to win it, is that right? >> yeah, because i won't step on the court unless i think i can win. i think it's silly to go into a match thinking i'm going to lose or thinking that i'm lucky to be here because it took a lot of work to be here.
>> reporter: years of hard work and dedication, which in many ways is a true family affair. her parents both former college athletes. mother candi, who ran track and field at florida state, manages not only coco's schedule but those of younger brothers codey and cameron. father corey, college basketball star at georgia state, is one of coco's coaches. they always fight over who gave me the gifts, i guess. so like my dad says i got the height from him, my mom says i got the legs from her and the speed from her, then he argues that the speed is from him. >> as former athletes, you look at things you could have did better if maybe you do it, so it gives you a chance when you have children to say, okay, these are some of the things i probably wouldn't have done so make sure you don't do those things. i think that's why she's able to be successful because we always tried to give her the very best we can afford.
if she decided not to play again, fine, we'd be satisfied we did our very best to give her opportunities to be successful. >> what advice do you have to give to parents who have children participating in sports, whether at the level of coco or little league? >> my biggest thing with her is, be grateful that you have the opportunity to play. my biggest advice to parents is, be appreciative that you are able to cheer your child on to victory, or in defeat, and be able to hug them if they lose. one of the biggest things with coco is that you're going to act accordingly on the court. make your country proud. you're representing people, and you're representing yourself, more importantly. >> reporter: for coco's proud grandparents, watching her rise has been a thrill and a joy. has it been surreal for you all as well? >> oh, i can't believe it. i was teasing coco, look, g-ma can live off just the crumbs from your table. >> how does everybody chip in and help out in this regard? >> where i'm concerned, the mom and the dad have made some
really good decisions and i know that. whatever they ask me to do, i'm willing to do it. they really put their time in coco. so she can achieve a dream. >> what are your dreams? >> my tennis dream i guess is to be the greatest of all time. my dad always told me that ever since i was a little girl, that one day i would change the world with my racket. so i hope that i can do that, and i'm already thinking of ideas on how i can. >> what kind of ideas come to your mind? >> i think a big focus for me is mental health. i think i want to push that more, i guess, especially now, on social media it's a little bit, i guess, toxic, i guess. so i think that, especially being young, that it's important that people kind of recognize it, that it's an issue. >> when people are watching you play, what do you want them to feel? >> for me i want them to feel that anything's possible. and honestly the sky is the
limit -- actually, the sky isn't the limit. you can go as far as you want. i think anything, any age, any point in time in your life. >> a big, big thanks to robin for that story. coco just came storming on the scene. >> amazing, yeah, yeah. >> she beat venus. everybody knew her name after that. >> that's true. already a household name at 15 years old. >> 15 years old. and so great seeing, i mean -- you can see why she's probably so good. >> yeah. >> both of her parents, college athletes. >> it's in the genes. >> obviously no matter which genes she got from which parents. >> right. >> very cool to see her whole family engaging and behind her as she makes this triumphant run. >> right. and i wanted to clarify. so i played tennis in college. not to bring up -- the point is not that i'm also good because i'm not, she would dust me. >> yeah. we knew that. >> i'm a very tall man. >> uh-huh. >> i'm 6'4". my serve was considered reasonably fast at the time. >> okay. >> if i hit it as hard as i could, i could hit maybe 110. >> oh, wow. >> the 15-year-old has hit it
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♪ all right, it is time for "weird science" on this wednesday morning. we're going to start with a 500-year-old mummy of an inca girl that has been returned to bolivia. take a look at this picture. >> oh! >> yeah. i knew -- >> hair's still intact. >> yes. and, i mean, they say that it was really well -- okay, let me start from the beginning. >> okay. >> so 129 years ago it was donated to michigan state university for their museum. so now it's being returned to bolivia. some 500 years old. they say that it was preserved really, really well, that the
hair looks like it was just recently combed and braided, that the hands are still clinging to small feathers. like you said, there are even some teeth. these images are creeping me out a little bit. >> do you want to move on? >> i guess i'm impressed how they were able to preserve it. >> yeah. >> but it's a little -- >> the 500-year-old mummy has whiter teeth than me. that's a little punch in the gut. >> they did really well. >> good job to the university of michigan and bolivia. we want to move on to the world's oldest web cam, we're saying farewell. >> not quite as old as that mummy. >> not 500 years, 25 years, though. 1994, that's how long this has been running. the san francisco fog cam. can you guess why they named it that? >> it looks for fog in san francisco, and they first had it, what, on aol or something? >> probably. >> people logon to see?
>> you had to plug in your hotmail password. >> you had to get in the chat rooms. >> you had to dial up and watch fog roll in and that was counted as entertainment in 1994. >> and it was buffering the whole time. nasa confirms there will be a mission to jupiter's moon, can you guess the name? >> no. >> europa. jupiter has a lot of moons, right? is that the one with all the moons? yes. lots of moons. and that they -- i know you just saw the spot on jupiter. that's how you know it's jupiter, it's got that big storm spot. nasa's been talking for years about sending a probe to europa. i used to like astrology in second grade. >> not astronomy? >> oh, yeah, that's what i meant. >> your horoscope or the planets? >> both. both of them. now it's locking down plans. the administration is developing a 2023 launch to try to get to europa.
or call your doctor. because... this morning o"world news now," fbi on alert following another mass shooting threat. >> this time a florida teen taken into custody for alledgedly threatening to shoot up his school. how authorities tracked him down. as president trump sends mixed messages on whether there will be a tax cut to boost the economy, he's canceling a planned trip to denmark. it has to do with the potential purchase of greenland. we'll explain it all. summer storms. powerful tornados touched down in the midwest, leaving a path of destruction and that same system is headed east. acweather's tracking the troubling threat. and new this morning a stinky save. a police officer helping a skunk in distress and then -- paying a putrid price in return.
it's wednesday, august 21st. help out a skunk? >> i know. >> you end up stinking. >> no good deed. >> no good deed goes unpunished, yeah. good wednesday morning. we've got trevor in with us again. >> day three. kenneth moton will be back on monday. >> you got good sleep? >> no. but i'm here. and i'm awake. and those are the two qualifications to be on the anchor desk. we begin this half hour with yet another string of mass shooting threats in three separate states. >> in florida, police arrested this 15-year-old with his mother by his side there. investigators say he threatened to shoot and kill people at his high school in daytona beach. >> these new arrests follow three other recent thwarted attacks. abc's victor oquendo has more. >> reporter: you're watching police body cam video of a 15-year-old florida boy whose face has been blurred being arrested in front of his mother
by two officers for allegedly threatening to shoot up his school. authorities reading that threat aloud to the teen and his mother. >> i avow to bri my father's m-15 to school and kill seven people. >> he didn't do anything wrong. he's still a little boy. he's not one of the crazy people out there doing stuff. >> reporter: police releasing the 15-year-old's mugshot, which we've blurred. his comment was reported to the fbi. a written threat is a second degree felony in florida. across the country, police say they potentially thwarted several mass shooting threats. in indianapolis, 38-year-old truck driver thomas matthew mcvicar was arrested. authorities say they stopped him less than a week before he planned on attacking a church in memphis. police say mcvicar said, i was thinking about shooting a church up but i'm afraid how it will affect my family in the flesh after i'm gone. and in seattle, 35-year-old eric lin arrested for allegedly writing on facebook that he would kill all hispanics in miami and other places. these three arrests make at least six mass shooting threats in the last few days. including 20-year-old james
reardon from ohio who police say threatened to shoot up a jewish community center and posted this disturbing video on his instagram. and this dramatic police body cam video. tristan wicks in daytona beach shores after he allegedly texted his girlfriend his intentions to shoot as many as he could, writing, a good 100 kills would be nice. while the fbi warned of potential copycats after el paso and dayton, no motives have been revealed in any of these six cases, authorities questioning them all and continue to urge the public to be on the lookout. victor oquendo, abc news, miami beach. >> our thanks to victor. also this morning we're learning about the arrest of a new jersey man prosecutors say had a cache of weapons in his home. >> state police say they found a stockpile of assault weapons and ammunition in joseph urbino's van after it crashed last month. we want to get to the severe
weather that's threatening millions this morning. >> there is a lot of activity on the radar. take a look at this. stretching from the midwest to the mid-atlantic and south of the great lakes. >> and this morning officials are surveying the damage here after three confirmed tornados tore across iowa. at least one ef-1 has been confirmed in tracy, plus two other unrated tornados in lacona and badger creek state park. >> take a look at this ominous crowd creeping across central illinois. the storm had winds gusting up to 50-miles-per-hour. adam del rosso has more. >> janai, trevor, good morning. we are talking some more storms across the northeast. some of those strong to severe as we head into the afternoon. around philly and new york, northward into new england. we're going to watch for damaging wind gusts, hail, flooding downpours possible across the southeast as well. lots of humidity in the atmosphere. it's going to lead to storms popping up into the afternoon
hours. we're also talking some storms across the four corners region with monsoonal moisture working back in. we're also going to be talking about record-breaking heat across parts of the desert southwest. president trump now confirms he is considering a tax cut. >> it could be a temporary reduction in payroll taxes. a cut in capital gains tax, maybe. or even something se. it comes amid increasing concerns about the u.s. economy with most economists saying the economy is slowing. but the president says that has nothintoth it. >> we're looking at various tax reductions. but i'm looking at that all the time anyway, tax reductions. that's one of the reasons it's such a strong economic position. we're right now the number one country anywhere in the world by far. >> so the president added a recession is far off but acknowledged his trade policies with china might lead to some short-term economic pain. he also again pushed for an interest rate cut by the federal reserve. and new this morning president trump is calling off his trip to denmark after the prime minister rejected the idea of the u.s. buying greenland. the president had been scheduled to meet with the danish queen
and business and government leaders in early september. trump had openly acknowledged his interest in acquiring greenland but white house officials have been downplaying the seriousness of the consideration. denmark has said the territory is not for sale. an urgent manhunt continues for the person who fatally stabbed a cal state fullerton administrator. police released surveillance video and this sketch of the alleged suspect. investigators say the suspect may be injured because of that attack. we have more now from abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: police releasing this surveillance video of who they say is a killer on the loose. the first images of the suspect in a violent homicide on the cal state fullerton campus. authorities say this video shows the suspect running from the parking lot where 57-year-old steven chan, a retired college administrator who was working as a consultant on campus, was found on monday bleeding to death from multiple stab wounds. police releasing this sketch of the suspect, an asian man in his mid 20s with black hair, wearing dark clothing. he was seen driving off in this
black newer-model bmw. officers using bloodhounds to scour the scene. >> this was a targeted killing. sadly we believe that the suspect came here specifically with the intent to harm the victim. >> reporter: police also say they found a backpack underneath the victim's car. >> inside the backpack was an incendiary device. also found inside the backpack were multiple items that one would potentially use to kidnap somebody. >> reporter: those items reportedly include zip ties and wigs. police say it's very likely that the killer has cuts and lacerations to his own hands. and right now investigators say that anyone connected to the victim is being considered a possible suspect. adrienne bankert, abc news, los angeles. we here at abc news love to showcase videos of good deeds. the truth is sometimes being nice stinks. >> i'll say. a cambridge, massachusetts police officer found that out the hard way. early monday he responded to a call about a skunk that you see right there with a yogurt cup stuck on its head.
the little dance they're doing. the officer stepped up, did the hard work of getting it free, and as a thank you the skunk sprayed him. the officer says multiple showers had to be taken to get rid of the smell. >> he worked hard for it too. >> he certainly did. i mean, really, it took him a minute to get that yogurt cup. >> that's an elegant dance between the skunk and that officer. >> and the skunk was so unimpressed. >> the police department said they had to deskunk his cruiser as well. >> i bet it smelled awful. >> apparently so. >> maybe tomato juice, that could work? >> how do you apply that to a car? a toss, of course. >> deskunked, deskunked. >> what was i thinking, obvious. this morning a search for two firefighters lost at sea is intensifying. >> the wife of one of the firemen is among the more than
200 volunteers searching. after the break we'll hear what she's saying about the search. later, why engaged couples here in new york who just can't wait will no longer have to fly out to las vegas to tie the knot. i'm alex trebek, here to tell you about the colonial penn program. if you're age 50 to 85, and looking to buy life insurance on a fixed budget, remember the three p's. what are the three p's? the three p's of life insurance on a fixed budget are price, price, and price. a price you can afford, a price that can't increase, and a price that fits your budget. i'm 54. alex, what's my price? you can get coverage for $9.95 a month. i'm 65 and take medications. what's my price? also $9.95 a month. i just turned 80. what's my price? $9.95 a month for you too.
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giant giant holes are opening up in the ground north of tampa, florida. at least 16, one of them 20 feet wide, have appeared since last wednesday in pascoe county. officials say some of them are growing. no one knows what's causing them, but there have been sinkhole repairs in the area over the past decade. most in 2010. >> pretty bizarre. meantime, off florida's east coast, a desperate search is intensifying for two lost firefighters lost at sea. >> family and friends of brian mccluney and justin walker hosted a vigil last night. abc's steve osunsami has the latest on the intensifying search. >> reporter: more than 200 volunteers and 75 boats are in the atlantic ocean looking for any trace of the missing firefighters. many of the searchers are firefighters themselves. some from the same firehouse in jacksonville, florida where
brian mccluney was a six year veteran. >> he would be right out here searching for anybody that was missing as well. >> reporter: mccluney and his friend, justin walker, went fishing friday and are last seen here. >> you're holding hope? >> absolutely. absolutely. this is a rescue mission. >> reporter: walker's wife is seen here getting on a search plane. >> i need to be up there, feel like i'm searching too. >> reporter: the search area is beyond massive. the two men left from port canaveral, hours south of jacksonville. authorities are searching as far as 100 miles north of this area and another 70 miles east into the ocean. on monday a volunteer found this tackle bag that belongs to one of the missing firefighters, but it was more than 100 miles from where the men went missing. stephanie mccluney hopes that her husband put the bag in the water on purpose, like a bread crumb to his location. >> he strategically took out heavy items. he only had things that he knew
we could identify. >> there's a bit of talk about a debris field, but authorities say they can't put too much stock into that because there's plenty of trash in the ocean. they do say they found the cover of a cooler that may belong to the two missing men. steve osunsami, abc news, jacksonville, florida. >> our thanks to steve. the complicated case of a pennsylvania man freed after 22 years behind bars returns to court today. >> his name is steve gadeski. he's been in prison since 1997 for his role in a murder the year before. on monday a jury found him not guilty during a retrial thanks to a co-defendant's testimony. gadeski was grateful to be set free. >> just shocking. i didn't see that coming. usually they send you back. 23 years overdue. that's all i can really say. i got my attorney, my federal attorneys, everybody to thank for this. without them, wouldn't have happened. >> he's back in court this morning because the state parole board wants him held for a parole violation stemming from a 1990 conviction.
coming up in our next half hour, the father charged with killing a hotel worker during a family vacation is breaking his sie. >> as he fes manslter charges, hear why he says he would do it again. but first, instant elopements. we're checking out new york city's first and only after-hours walk-in wedding chapel. clean grease on more than dishes? try dawn ultra. dawn is for more than just dishes. with 3x more grease cleaning power per drop, it tackles tough grease on a variety of surfaces. try dawn ultra.
wedding invitations because they're too expensive to attend these things. >> i have been there. on average just being a guest at a wedding costs upwards of $370. the other sad news is the same study found that 62% of the time, declining an invitation to a friend's wedding cost the guest their friendship with the couple. >> you know -- when some people didn't come to my wedding? >> you burned them? >> no, i was like, oh, that sounds good to me, that's one less wedding we've got to go to. >> cuts the numbers down? oh, reciprocal? >> yeah, sounds good. >> this was a give and take thing. >> i think weddings are tough to go to. >> i love weddings. invite me to your weddings, people. if you want janai to go and she's unavailable, i'll come in her stead. while traditional weddings are costing more and more, one woman in new york is out to prove you don't have to break the bank to have the ceremony of your dreams. >> our will ganss went to see if nyc's newest wedding chapel has what it takes to make this the next romance capital of the world.
>> reporter: tom hanks and meg ryan atop the empire state building. nicholas cage and cher at lincoln center. new york city known for its cinematic romance. >> we're new yorkers, we don't have time for this [ bleep ]. >> reporter: welcome to instant elopements. new york city's first and only after-hours walk-in wedding chapel. donna marie san severo, aka rev d -- >> my dear friends, we are gathered here today -- >> reporter: -- is the only one offering a spot to tie the knot in new york city when city hall is closed, late into the night and on weekends. >> it's the city that never sleeps. how are you the first person to have come up with this idea? >> i don't know. when my husband and i came up with the idea, we really were just like, oh, this has to exist.
and he went on a tear trying to find it somewhere. and he was just like, babe, you're not going to believe it, it doesn't exist. really? we can do this. >> reporter: so they did. ♪ viva las vegas >> reporter: doing the important research, taking a trip to the walk-in wedding capital of the world, las vegas. >> we walked into every single chapel on the strip and off the strip. we said, we can do this and we don't need elvis, we're new york city, who needs elvis? vegas is more like, come on, come on. >> reporter: not here. >> yes, it's going to be a short ceremony. but we are going to make it as personal and as cozy as we can. it is a nice moment and it should be a nice moment. >> reporter: when clients come in, they have their pick of anything and everything they see in the chapel to make their ceremony a little more personal. bouquets and bowties and a variety of veils. >> okay, good morning and welcome. >> reporter: tanya and oscar, a couple renewing their vows in honor of their third anniversary, giving their ceremony a bit of a heavy metal flair. something they might have missed
out on elsewhere. >> you have like customization. that's very important. especially, you know, in new york city. that's not an option, you have to go to city hall, which we considered at one point. we wanted our wedding to fit us and not do traditional things. >> reporter: rev d. says most of the folks coming are tourists who didn't realize city hall isn't open on weekends. couples like oscar and tanya, who never wanted a traditional wedding in the first place. >> i think that people are gravitating away from traditional weddings because traditional weddings suck, they're boring. i'm sorry, but i want it to be so personal to the couple that people come up to me afterwards and go, that was so them. ♪ >> so on top of being new york city's first and only after-hours walk-in wedding chapel, instant elopements is working on getting the guinness world record for world's smallest wedding chapel. rev d. told me they're tied with the record holder that has it right now. >> she is spot on about weddings. >> she didn't beat around the
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or if i'm not working, you know, just roll. it's perfect for me. i'm busy philipps, and i'm fearless to face anything. ♪ ♪ all right, ♪ all right, it's time for "the mix." i've got some issues with this first guy that we're going to talk about. >> okay. >> so he's been branded as mr. tinder. he has finally found love online. it's not will ganss, mr. tinder. he has found love after 14,600 failed matches. >> oh! >> on tinder. there he is, stefan-pierre, supermodel at nemesis model agency, matched with more than 14,000 women. and then ended up meeting his new girlfriend offline. >> so, i mean, but he couldn't have gone on dates with all of them, right? >> no, and he couldn't -- there's no way he was using any type of discernment. >> right. >> just going, all right swipes
what can i get my numbers up to? work a little harder, stefan-pierre. >> you're not impressed? >> no, no. >> at least he found love, good for stefan. >> yes, everyone deserves it. the words that make us hungry. there's a new list out. see if they make you hungry. ready? tinder. not tinder, tender, tender. succulent. crispy. moist. i'm just kidding, that's not on the list. but if you're talking about cake -- >> in the right circumstance. >> oh, what? melting, juicy -- >> maybe, does it? i don't know. they don't make me hungry, nope. >> that's fine. what do we got here? >> ken liked that. >> yeah, as he should. that was great. people are particular with the word moist. we've got a break dance-off, which is always a hit, between a boy and a police officer. this is in denver. okay, so the kid comes to play. and the officer's going to match
it. >> whoa! officer friendly is pretty good. >> yeah. and then that's jaden. showing off his skills. >> yeah. >> they can both bust a move. >> yeah. wow. really, they both can. >> okay, jaden. >> not bad. >> we see you. okay, and then from that dance-off to a sing-off with a dad and his daughter. >> yeah. >> that's so cute, and we've got a lot of time for it. >> it's the best. ♪ it's a move it's a move y'all ♪ ♪ i'm every woman >> yes, she is, every woman. and we all need a hype man dad like this. >> yes. be your kid's cheerleader. this is great. >> and she's so into it. >> talk to them, y'all. ♪ >> we're just going to leave you with this. >> yeah, that dad makes me want to sing. >> right? you want to try it, trevor? >> off-air, perhaps. >> trevor's every woman just like this little girl, hitting the notes and everything, ready?
this this morning on "world news now," mixed messages from president trump. it appears he's backing away from supporting enhanced background checks on gun purchases. hear what he told the nra's chief on a lengthy phone call. still developing, an arrest in a mass shooting threat. a teenager in police custody for allegedly threatening to shoot up his school. this morning we're learning this isn't the only mass shooting plot that was stopped recently. new this half hour, a plastic water bottle ban is in effect. >> find out which airport has applied the rule to restaurants and vending machines. we've finally decoded the name of the new james bond movie. why fans are hopeful the upcoming 007 might pay homage to james bond classics of the '70s.
that's in "the skinny" on this wednesday, august 21st. got a favorite james bond of all time? >> yeah, that game for m-64. >> "golden eye." that's not what i was asking but that's a good answer. i was going to say pierce brosnan. but i like your answer. >> i liked pierce brosnan in "mrs. doubtfire." thank you for joining us this morning. we begin with the economy and president trump announcing he is considering a tax cut. >> he told reporters he's always thinking about that. he denies a recession is on the horizon but says the federal reserve should be doing more to bolster the economy. economists are worried it's the trade war with china that will hurt the u.s. economy. abc's cecilia vega has his response. >> reporter: president trump
defending his trade war with china, saying it's worth it even if it hurts the economy. >> whether it's good for our country or bad for our country short-term, long-term it's imperative that somebody does this. i am doing this whether it's good or bad for your statement about, oh, will we fall into a recession for two months, okay? the fact is somebody had to take china on. the smart people say, thank you very much. and the dumb people have no idea. >> reporter: the president standing his ground, despite growing concern his trade war could help bring on a recession. a new study says the president's 10% tariff on chinese goods could cost american families an additional $1,000 each year. the white house now trying to tamp down economic fears during a re-election campaign, but their messaging far from consistent. aides insisted a payroll tax cut is not on the table. >> is economic expansion? >> it's not being considered at this time -- >> reporter: but just hours
later -- >> payroll tax is something that we think about and a lot of people would like to see that. and that very much affects the working -- the workers of our country, and we have a lot of workers. >> reporter: still, the president insists there will not be a tax cut any time soon. he's promised tax cuts before for the middle class. ahead of last year's midterms. only to abandon the idea after election day. but passing a payroll tax cut may prove difficult on capitol hill. republicans have long been opposed to the idea of a payroll tax cut after his massive one two years ago. cecilia vega, abc news, the white house. >> thank you, cecilia. also trump is again backing away from more thorough background checks for gun buyers. >> instead he told reporters gun violence is a mental health problem, and the u.s. already has very strong background checks. abc news has also confirmed president trump had a lengthy conversation with nra chief wayne lapierre. that's what the president told lapierre, he did not support universal background checks.
but that does not mean background check legislation is off the table. and in talking with reporters, the president also mocked congresswoman rashida tlaib's grief over not visiting her grandmother in the west bank. >> tlaib got tearful after she spoke about how she and her family have been treated by israel. president trump said tlaib was, quote, grandstanding. >> notice for the first time, tlaib with the tears. all of a sudden she starts with tears, tears. and i don't buy it. i don't buy it. i don't buy it for a second. i see this person who's crying because she can't see her grandmother. she could see her grandmother, they gave her permission to see her grandmother, but she grandstanded and she didn't want to do it. >> the michigan democrat has been a vocal supporter of boycotting israel over its treatment of palestinians. israel said tlaib could only visit her grandmother if she promised not to talk about that.
she would not accept the restriction. let's move to the severe storm threat across the center of the country and the northeast. >> at least three tornados were confirmed in iowa as severe storms, some packing 60-mile-per-hour winds, battered the state. at one point some 20,000 people were without power. >> take a look at this, these arm clouds hovering over northern missouri. meanwhile heavy rains and strong winds hit washington, d.c. commuters with winds so powerful people were unable to hold on to their umbrellas. >> more severe storms are possible for the midwest and northeast corridor, including hail and flash flooding. authorities have stopped another series of mass shooting plots in three separate states. police arrested a 15-year-old boy for allegedly threatening to bring his father's m-15 to his daytona beach high school and kill at least seven people. police say he made the threat in an online gaming chat room. in indianapolis a 38-year-old truck driver was arrested. police say they stopped him less than a week before he planned to attack a church in memphis, tennessee. in seattle an alleged neo-nazi
was alleged for threatening a woman. prosecutors say the 35-year-old planned to kill the woman and all hispanics in miami and other places. we're learning new details about the sex abuse accusations against jeffrey epstein. three new lawsuits have been filed against his estate. one victim alleges that epstein arranged for her to marry another woman so she could gain permanent u.s. residence. two other victims claim they were recruited and sexually abused while epstein was on house arrest. abc's linsey davis has more. >> reporter: three new accusers are taking aim at the estate of jeffrey epstein, including two women who claim they were coerced into sex with epstein during his work release back in 2009. the alleged incidents took place at his office and his home, whilstein s even wearing an ankle monitor. >> he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from new york, and continuing to engage in similar conduct literally while he was in quote/unquote jail. >> reporter: one accuser claims
she was 17 when she was first groomed by epstein in new york back in 2007. during the same time he was under federal investigation for alleged sex crimes against more than 30 minor girls. it comes as we're learning new details about epstein's will, signed two days before his suicide. $578 million, including $56 million in cash, and $18 million in planes, cars, and boats. the value of his collection of artwork and antiques still subject to appraisal. epstein's sole surviving relative is his brother, mark. by filing these lawsuits, many of their attorneys are now going after those assets. linsey davis, abc news, new york. a scandal involving racial and gender discrimination and sexual harassment has cost philadelphia's police commissioner his job. >> richard ross jr. stepped down yesterday. this move came as he and the department face a federal lawsuit. charges include that ross didn't respond to sexual harassment complaints from a female officer with whom he allegedly had an affair.
two former major league baseball players are charged with being part of a drug trafficking and money laundering ring in their native dominican republic. luis castillo and octavio dotel are among 18 linked to the network. castillo used his instagram account to deny any drug involvement. world championship dreams are still alive for a group of little league ball players from new jersey. >> so the kids from elizabeth and the team from barrington, rhode island were locked in a scoreless tie. what started as groundout to second base, new jersey moves on with a 2-0 win, rhode island goes home after a second loss. >> so exciting. >> yeah? big little league world series fan? >> no, but it's so exciting. >> for them? >> yeah, is it not exciting for you?
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yikes. >> so that is the old rental car garage at tampa international airport. it is no more. it was imploded early yesterday as part of the facility's $2 billion remodeling plan. upgrades will include new express curbsides for passengers with no checked bags, an office building, hotel, and more. weren't you stranded at that airport? >> i was stranded. i was stranded. >> and you didn't even -- you
missed the implosion for entertainment. >> i didn't get anything out of it, yeah. how about some more restaurants, tampa? on the west coast, san francisco international airport has banned single-use plastic water bottles. >> this rule applies to airport restaurants, cafes, and vending machines but there are two major loopholes. >> it applies only to drinking water in a container that's one liter or smaller. but plastic water bottles bigger than one liter can still be sold. and the ban also does not apply to flavored beverages, including sodas, teas, and juices. only water. >> yeah, so is everybody just going to have giant water bottles around? >> giant water bottles or soda. >> yeah, orange juice. >> pop, what do you call it? >> i just avoid it. where i'm from it's pop. >> me too, me too, we're normal. >> everybody wants to comment on it when you say pop. >> they trained me to start saying soda. it's pop. >> what happened to us? >> i know. a connecticut investment banker and father of three is
set to return to the caribbean island of anguilla to face manslaughter charges. >> he's charged with killing a hotel worker who he says attacked him in his family's hotel room, trying to rob them. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: the connecticut dad accused of manslaughter after killing a hotel worker at a five-star caribbean resort breaking his silence. >> it's been a living nightmare. >> reporter: scott hapgood was vacationing with his wife and three kids in anguilla in april when he says kenny mitchell came to the door in uniform claiming he needed to fix a sink. hapgood says mitchell pulled a knife and demanded money, claiming mitchell then stabbed and bit him during a struggle. hapgood's daughters ran for help. mitchell died of asphyxia and blunt force injuries. >> it was a terrifying incident. i know that i was a victim or my family was a victim here. i think the truth will come out. >> reporter: a toxicology report
obtained by abc news shows mitchell had a blood alcohol level more than twice the u.s. legal limit, and had cocaine and marijuana in his system. abc news has not independently verified the report, and authorities in anguilla would not confirm the results. hapgood says he acted in self-defense, protecting his family, something he says he'd do again if he had to. eva pilgrim, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to eva. when we come back, keanu reeves entering the matrix for a fourth time. and the new james bond movie finally has a name. "the skinny" is next. mes bond movie finally has a name. "the skinny" is next. it's the one inspired by dentists... with the round brush head. oral-b's gentle rounded brush head removes more plaque along the gumline... for cleaner teeth and healthier gums. oral-b. brush like a pro.
>> so it's been a really busy and a really successful summer at the box office for keanu reeves thanks to "john wick 3," "toy story 4." warner brothers is announcing keanu reeves is going to be officially reuniting with "matrix" co-star carrie ann moss for a fourth installment in the series. she starred alongside him in the first three "matrix" movies. >> the film's original writer and director will return as well. production is slated to begin early next year. are you a big fan? >> yeah, weren't you saying that the original "matrix" is a seminal film in the modern sci-fi genre? isn't that what you were talking about? >> that's exactly what i said, i didn't realize you were paying so close attention, yes. you just made me sound brilliant. >> have you seen any "matrix" movies? >> no, i'm not a big movie watcher. let's talk about movies more, then.
the name is bond. you're familiar. james bond. his next movie has finally found its name as well. >> the upcoming james bond movie, which fans have been calling "bond 25" for lack of an official title, will be called, you ready? "no time to die." bum bum bum bum! it's slated to be daniel craig's last turn as james bond and rumor has it that he will turn over the infamous 007 code name to actress lashana lynch. >> the film's name "no time to die" has fans in the film franchise hoping this newest installment is going to be a nostalgic return to the earlier bond movies like "live and let die," "tomorrow never dies," and "die another day." >> you know, that name, "no time to die." i'm like, no time to work out. no time to sleep. no time to call friends. no time to die? >> well, i mean, you can't do these things if you die either. >> to be fair. >> it's an umbrella term.
>> you're right, that's true, looking forward to that one. next to a celebrity breakup and it's not one of the several from last night's "bachelor in paradise" episode. talk show host larry king has filed for divorce from his seventh -- seventh -- wife. >> you can't blame a guy for trying. the 85-year-old has been married to wife shawn king for 22 years but is citing irreconcilable differences in the petition filed yesterday in los angeles. this is actually king's eighth divorce, because he married the same woman two separate times back in the '60s. >> wow. the couple have two adult sons together. the divorce filing comes after larry king suffered a heart attack in april and a bout of lung cancer two years ago. you know, very sad. any time you have a divorce. >> yeah, listen. >> right? >> if you get married eight times, you believe in love. >> you know? look at you being positive. and obviously he believes in divorce too. >> yeah, and trying and trying again. >> there you go. >> if at first you don't succeed.
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so much to be thankful for, including his new wife, jessica. after the honeymoon his biggest test yet. >> two days later they told me i was in kidney failure, 15%, and needed a transplant. >> reporter: he needed a kidney transplant and fast. an anonymous donor was found and eddie went in for surgery. >> doing all right, eddie? >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: in that hospital room along with eddie's wife, so many of his students. >> i don't want him to ever go without knowing that we love him. >> reporter: they were there for him, and hours later, mr. hall's surgeons told his wife and his students it was a success. >> thank you, thank you so much. >> reporter: it was definitely worth that group hug. >> get in here, everyone get in here. >> reporter: he is back at school, ready for another year. >> it's night and day. i feel fine. >> he's running circles around me, i'm exhausted. >> reporter: but the story doesn't end there. eddie wanted to meet that donor
to thank her in person, and she came to his school. >> hi! it's so nice to meet you. >> reporter: she's dr. stacy lee, and she traveled all the way from montana. >> so nice to meet you. >> nice to meet you. >> how are you feeling? >> great. how do you feel? >> i feel really good. >> reporter: that donor with a message. >> you realize that there are good things too. and i really wanted to be a part of something so beautiful and so good. >> reporter: and that drama teacher grateful. >> so you gave me a good one. >> that's great. our thanks to wciv for helping with that report. good on that woman, too. >> yes, oh absolutely. a very special thanks to that station for helping us out. 90,000 people are on the list waiting for a kidney transplant. many wait three to five years. good people out there like that? >> we need all the organ donors we can get. >> we certainly do. stay with us.
babies aren't fully developed until at least 39 weeks. a healthy baby is worth the wait. happening now in america this morning, mixed messages. president trump backtracks on gun background checks. what prompted the change? plus, his statement on tax cuts contradicting his own staff. and the developing story this morning, trump abruptly cancels his upcoming trip to denmark after the prime minister refuses to discuss selling greenland. we're live in d.c. with the new details. breaking overnight, held at the border. a new push by the white house to detain migrant families for a longer period of time. what we've learned this morning. the emergency declaration outside area 51. how authorities are now preparing for an invasion of humans, not aliens, in rural