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right now on "america this morning," trump on the attack calling on the attorney general to investigate the bidens before election day. the president now claiming biden will bring doom and depression if elected. former president obama overnight releasing a new video, his message as he hits the campaign trail and the new investigation in minnesota. reports that military veterans are being recruited to guard polling sites. a bombshell in the breonna taylor case. what a member of the grand jury is revealing about the investigation into the police officers who opened fire, and our exclusive interview with one of the officers, why he says race had nothing to do with it. rocky landing. nasa's historic mission to land on this asteroid is a success. what they hope to learn.
plus, brawl on board after a passenger refuses to wear a mask on this flight. a campaign for civility. how two political rivals, one republican, the other a democrat are actually coming together before election day. and snowed in already. the snowstorm setting records and what to expect today. good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm mona kosar abdi. >> i'm andrew dymburt. kenneth is off. we begin with the race for the white house one day before the final crucial debate. >> president trump is on the attack calling on the attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the bidens. the president also taking aim at "60 minutes" anchor lesley stahl after cutting their interview short. >> all of this coming as the pandemic rages across the country. more than 20,000 people have died in the last month.
new york is now urging residents to avoid nonessential travel to neighboring states. meanwhile, the white house says these 31 states are now in the so-called red zone due to their infection rates. >> let's begin our coverage with abc's faith abubey. she has the latest from the campaign trail. faith, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, mona and andrew. the biden campaign is hoping for a big boost in pennsylvania, so later on today former president obama will hit the campaign trail and bring their message there. meanwhile, president trump is stepping up his attacks. with less than two weeks until the election, president trump on a swing state blitz. [ crowd chanting ] in erie, pennsylvania, last night he claimed if elected joe biden will shut down the country and postpone vaccines. >> this is an election between the trump super recovery, which is happening right now, and a biden depression. we're rounding the turn on the pandemic. it's ending. normal life, that's all we want. >> reporter: trump also telling the crowd he wouldn't have had
to campaign in erie if it weren't for the pandemic. >> four, five months ago when we started this whole thing because before the plague came in, i had it made. i wasn't coming to erie. i mean i have to be honest. there was no way i was coming. >> reporter: the event was scheduled to be first lady melania trump's first campaign rally in months but she canceled due to a lingering cough following her covid diagnosis. in a town hall before the rally, president trump was asked if he would have done anything differently in response to the pandemic. >> not much. look, it's all over the world. you have a lot of great leaders, a lot of smart people. it's all over the world. it came out of china. china should have stopped it. >> reporter: now new details are emerging about the president's interview with "60 minutes," which was cut short tuesday. the president claiming the interview was fake and biased and he threatened to release a white house account of the interview before it airs on sunday. trump also posted a six-second video clip of lesley stahl writing, lesley stahl of "60 minutes" not wearing a mask in the white house after her interview with me.
much more to come. we're told stahl wore a mask up until the start of her taping and it was taken immediately after the interview ended. >> have you guys stand right beside the door. >> reporter: it all comes as early voting shatters more records, 35 million americans have now cast a ballot. at this time in 2016 that number was just 5.6 million. in harris county, texas, early voting is on track to beat the total turnout in 2016. as for joe biden, he's off the trail preparing for tomorrow's debate where a new rule will mute the candidates' microphones during their initial answers to questions. biden calls the change a good idea. >> i think there should be more limitations on us not interrupting one another. i hope he's going to come prepared to talk about what he's for, but my guess is he's going to signal that it's all going to be about personal attacks. >> reporter: overnight former president obama releasing this video hours before his drive-in rally in philadelphia today.
his first in-person event for the biden campaign. obama called on young people to get out and vote. >> your generation can be the one that creates a new normal in america. we can come out of this moment stronger than before. >> reporter: the department of homeland security is rolling out a new website to try to debunk election misinformation. the agency is also urging voters to have patience when it comes to election results because there's a good chance we might not know the winner on election night, mona. >> faith, thank you. undergraduates at the university of michigan have been ordered to stay home due to a surge in coronavirus cases. the emergency order is in effect for two weeks. students now make up 60% of local cases. and in houston, 16 schools have been temporarily closed due to covid cases. they were closed one day after in-person classes resumed. talks are set to resume in washington today on a coronavirus stimulus package but
senate majority leader mitch mcconnell is urging the white house not to strike a deal before election day fearing it would divide republicans. house speaker nancy pelosi says she's optimistic about a deal even though her self-imposed deadline has passed. we turn now to a major development in the breonna taylor case. she's the kentucky emt fatally shot during a botched drug raid in march. a member of the grand jury is now speaking out explaining why officers were not charged in taylor's death. also this morning, we're hearing exclusively from one of those officers. this morning, new details about what happened behind closed doors during the breonna taylor court hearings. >> the charges are commonwealth of kentucky versus brett hankison, wanton endangerment first degree. >> reporter: a grand juror breaking their silence about the case revealing the jury never even considered charging any of the officers with homicide because they weren't given the option. the anonymous juror writing in a statement, quote, the grand jury was not presented any charges other than the three wanton endangerment charges against detective hankison
explaining, quote, questions were asked about additional charges, and the grand jury was told there would be none because the prosecutors didn't feel they could make them stick. >> we focused the investigation -- >> reporter: the revelations coming weeks after a judges allowed the transcripts and recordings from the hearing to be publicly released. >> we're not going to see all the videos. just because of time. >> reporter: this interact from proildings raising more questions about how it was presented to the jury. >> they're an independent party. if they wanted to make an assessment about different charges, they could have done that. >> reporter: kentucky attorney general daniel cameron insisting the two other officers involved in the shoot wrg justified in opening fire after taylor's boyfriend fired at police saying he thought someone was breaking into the apartment. but one juror claims some people on the grand jury felt otherwise writing, quote, the grand jury didn't agree that certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in
the breonna taylor case. it comes as officer jonathan mattingly. one of the officers involved, speaks out in an exclusive interview with abc's michael strahan and "the louisville courier-journal." >> this is not us hunting somebody down. this is nothing like that. >> reporter: mattingly fired his weapon six times during the raid. he says he wants to make it clear the shooting was not about race. >> this is not relatable to a george floyd. this is nothing like it. it's not an ahmaud arbery. it's nothing like it. it's not a race thing like people want to try to make it to be. it's not. >> he reveals about what happened inside breonna taylor's apartment that night. the navy is investigating a fighter jet crash near fresno, california. smoke from the wreckage billowed into the sky after the jet went down. the navy blames a mishap during a training flight. the pilot ejected and is okay. parts of minnesota are digging out from a record snowfall this morning.
the twin cities got 7.4 inches. their biggest snowstorm this early in the season, and another storm is expected tomorrow. let's take a look at your wednesday forecast. on the radar rain overnight around the great lakes lingering snow in minnesota, wisconsin and northern michigan. those storms will bring rain to parts of new england today and heavy rain is expected in parts of florida where 2 inches are possible. looking at today's high temperatures, 70s and 60s from new york to boston. warmer across the south where it'll be dry. near freezing in the upper midwest. only 33 in great falls which already broke its october record for snow with 13 inches so far. coming up, our first look at bill cosby in prison. also ahead, the new suv making headlines.
what gm's new hummer will be able to do. but first the controversy in florida. a police officer now being disciplined for wearing a trump 2020 mask. i'm voting 'yes' on prop 19. nineteen limits taxes on seniors. it limits property tax on people like me. nineteen limits taxes on wildfire victims. it says so right here. if 19 passes, seniors can move closer to family or medical care. i looked at moving but i can't afford the taxes.
oh, lord. oh, lord. back now with a confrontation over a mask policy turning violent on this delta flight. this was in miami. a female passenger was caught on camera hitting a flight attendant. witnesses say the passenger was refusing to wear a mask. other passengers cheered as she was kicked off the plane. in florida a police officer is facing discipline after wearing a mask with a pro-trump message. this was near a polling place. some people claim it was voter intimidation. megan tevrizian has more on the controversy. >> reporter: this morning, a miami police officer facing backlash for wearing this mask while voting. >> it's inappropriate. it's a violation of departmental
orders. >> reporter: the officer identified as daniel ubeda caught on camera in full uniform and the mask reading, trump 2020, no more bs. not only violating department policy but raising new concerns about voter intimidation inside a polling place. >> they have a responsibility to protect our residents and they have to do that in an impartial manner and they can't be taking political stances while wearing a uniform. >> reporter: the miami police department and miami's mayor calling the officer's actions inappropriate saying he will face disciplinary action. the mayor says officers are allowed to vote while in uniform but are banned from wearing any kind of political branding. the chair of miami-dade's democratic party, who took the picture, goes one step further claiming the officer's behavior was city funded voter intimidation and demanding the officer be suspended immediately.
but many voters seemingly have a higher standard for what amounts to intimidation at the polls. >> intimidation would be pushing me around, touching me or something like that, physical contact. >> reporter: legally speaking the officer's actions would only be considered voter intimidation if he intended to coerce or interfere with another voter's right to choose yored candidate. it's unclear how the officer will be disciplined. the mayor says the incident is under investigation. andrew, mona. >> megan, thank you. and two photos have been released showing bill cosby behind bars, one showing a smiling cosby last month. the other shows him laughing during a virtual conversation with his publicist. the images are believed to be the first time cosby's wife has seen him in two years. he is serving time for assault. general motors has unveiled the new hummer with a very new look. the old suv is being resurrected as a 1,000 horsepower electric super truck.
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an earthquake added some excitement to a meeting of iceland's parliament. the 5.6 magnitude quake hit yesterday sending lawmakers running for cover, but no injuries reported. two political rivals hoping to become the next governor of utah are teaming up to promote civility ahead of november's election. the republican and democrat are standing side by side urging people to accept the results of the presidential race regardless of their politics. >> but our common values transcend our political differences, and the strength of our nation rests on our ability to see that. >> we are both equally dedicated to the american values of democracy, liberty and justice for all people. >> we just have different opinions on how to achieve those ideals. >> the men say they can disagree without hating each other. returning to the coronavirus, we have new research on how much deadlier it may be than the flu. also this morning a new poll on how many americans are willing to get vaccinated. earlier i spoke to dr. imran ali
about these headlines. let's start with a new study that found covid patients are five times more likely to die than the flu. what do you make of these numbers? >> andrew, we always hear that the flu is more deadly than covid and it's just not because covid doesn't only affect the lungs, it affects multiple organs, so covid is a totally different disease from the flu so it's definitely deadlier and this study really proves it. >> and this really got our attention. according to the cdc the u.s. has seen 300,000 more deaths than usual this year and not just from covid. hispanic and latino communities have been especially hit hard. what's to blame there? >> these are not directly from the covid infection itself but is in due part to covid infection. a lot of patients were not able to see their doctors regularly. cancer treatments were halted, and these minority groups are, you know, more affected because
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>> now at 5:00, napa county easing restrictions for indoor businesses. the reopenings we can expect to see today. 13 days out until the election. the campaign stops ahead of tomorrow's final presidential debate and the big name stumping for joe biden today. and a red flag warning until 8:00 this morning but the critical fire danger is not ending then. mike is tracking the dry air and the wind. good morning. it's wednesday, october 21st. >> thank you very much for joining us. we're happy to see everyone here. we want to start the day off with meteorologist mike nicco. getting used to these cooler starts to the morning. yeah, they are refreshing. good morning to you, kumasi, jobina. thanks for joining us. the red flag warning goes through 8:00, mainly in the north bay mountains, not a densely populated area close enough to other densely populated areas that