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i good morning, america. wildfires raging. california's dixie fire exploding in size. now the third largest in state history. >> it looks like a bomb went off in this area. >> a downtown destroyed. over 100 homes up in flames. we're on the ground with word of red flag warnings in the west. america's covid crisis. daily cases reaching their highest number in six months. hospitals overwhelmed with predictions of more staffing shortages even as vaccinations hit a milestone. former white house homeland security adviser tom bossert joins us live. infrastructure vote. where things stand this morning
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on the $2 trillion plan. thsete's saturday session, plus, the final extension on student loan relief. criminal investigation. a former employee of new york governor andrew cuomo speaking out after filing the first criminal complaint against the governor. the response from his legal team to the allegations. legal battle. britney spears' father fighting back over attempts to have him removed as the star's conservator. the latest finger-pointing over how the singer ended up in a mental health facility. and tops in tokyo. team usa basketball grabbing the gold. women's water polo, the amazing three-peat, and the wrestler who flipped over his big win. all the highlights coming up. good morning, everybody. happy saturday. we're going to have the latest
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on the covid surge which is pushing cases to levels we haven't seen in months. right now every single state in the country is reporting high or substantial community transmission and some are warning that major hospital systems could be on the brink of collapse if this trend continues. but first the immense battle for firefighters in the west this morning as they fight more than 100 wildfires including the third largest in california history. >> flames destroying homes, businesses and historic buildings. abc's zohreen shah is right there in greenville with the very latest. zohreen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. it is hard to believe your eyes out here. every house in this area has been brought to the ground including this one right here. you're looking at the stairs to what used to be an entryway. and everywhere you look, pieces of what used to be a home. but these are just things. two days after this fire eight people are still unaccounted fot
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california's dixie fire now the third largest in the state's history, greater than the size of houston. destroying over 100 homes, eviscerating the gold rush town of greenville. it looks like a bomb went off in this area. homes and buildings that have withstood the test of time for over a hundred years now decimated. what was once a small downtown now a ghost town. multiple people still reported missing two days later. and firefighters' work is far from over. we're just a few minutes out from greenville right now. firefighters are intentionally and strategically lighting this part of the forest on fire to try to save the remaining homes. further south the river fire exploding to nearly 3,000 acres. three people including a firefighter injured.t of t shs fore fleeing his house. >> well, it's completely gone and all our neighbors, great
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neighbors, they're leveled. >> reporter: the megadrought in the west one of the main factors for the explosive fire. lake oroville, a major source of water in the area, no longer providing resources from their hydroelectric power plant because of a lack of water. and this fire is still far from over. overnight, containment plunged down to 20%, and there are still 14,000 structures that are threatened. eva. >> zohreen shah for us there, be careful out there. some dangerous weather conditions are returning this weekend. rob is in norwalk with what that could mean for the battle against those wildfires. good morning to you, rob. >> hey, good morning, eva. triple-digit heat is returning to parts of california, that's the bad news. the good news is, the northwest at least is getting a bit of a break this weekend before their heat returns as we go into next week. take a look at this map.
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is just crippling and the entire state of colorado under air quality alert and here's where we expect some of that smoke to continue with over 100 large fires burning in the west. anybody downstream all the way into the upper midwest will see some of that smoke. here comes the heat not just for california but much of the intermountain west, temperatures up and over 100 degrees over the coming days, and summer heat is certainly here to stay. dan, back to you. >> we'll come back in a few minutes. we're going to turn now to the latest on the pandemic. 50% of the american population is now fully vaccinated according to the cdc. even so, the country recorded 120,000 cases on friday. that's the highest single day case total in six months, this is putting a lot of pressure on hospitals as you might imagine, and janai is right here in times square with much more on that. janai, good morning. >> reporter: dan, good morning. there are now more than 63,000 americans hospitalized with covid-19 nationwide. on average, nearly 8,000 americans are being admitted into hospitals each day with
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covid as the u.s. faces its steepest and most significant isor, a vari covid-related nt. surge sweeping the country growing more dire. hospitals inundated with covid patients. in florida, long lines for testing and vaccinations as the state smashes pandemic case records. >> this will be bad not only for the people of florida, it will be bad for the rest of the country. >> reporter: the florida hospital association warning six in ten florida hospitals are expecting a critical staffing shortage within the next week. in texas, frontline workers are drowning in the cascade of new covid cases. in harris county officials raising its threat level to red this week. >> our icu population is increasing at a rate we had seen or we had not seen since the worst part of the worst wave
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we've had in this community. >> reporter: in houston, the ceo of harris health system calling it crisis mode. in the city where one hospital had to transfer stephanie lopez's 11-month-old daughter ava. >> it's something that i wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. it's nothing i wouldn't want any other mother to go through. >> reporter: stephanie telling me she felt heartbroken and helpless as her infant was airlifted to a hospital 150 miles away alone because there were no available pediatric icu beds in houston. >> was there a point when you were thinking the worst? >> yeah, there was -- like whenever i got out the car and she wasn't responding to me, she was just unconscious. she wasn't breathing, my heart dropped. >> reporter: like ava, pediatric hospitalizations are up 3 1/2 times what they were a month ago. the rise in cases in children prompting new jersey to reverse course. governor phil murphy announcing
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they will require masking in schools. >> anyone telling you we can safely re-open our schools without requiring everyone inside to wear a mask is quite simply lying to you. >> reporter: experts pointing to the silver lining in the dark days of the delta variant surge they say still lies ahead. rising vaccination rates, up 25% in the last week. in florida, where vaccination rates in many areas remain low, one family remembering 28-year-old marcus davis by trying to save other lives. marcus was unvaccinated when he became infected and died. outside his wake his family holding a vaccination clinic. >> don't wait too late to get it. get it now. he didn't have a fighting chance, but you can. >> reporter: and as florida struggles, other states also currently seeing high case rates like louisiana, arkansas and alabama have also seen the largest increases in vaccination numbers. the country now averaging more than 800,000 vaccine shots every
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day. whit. >> some small progress in all this. all right, janai, thank you. joining us now from washngton, d.c. is abc news contributor tom bossert, former homeland security adviser. it's good to have you. we just heard in janai's report that some are experiencing staffing shortages. how bad do you expect the surge will get and what should the biden administration be doing about this? >> good morning, whit. this is really bad. if this pace continues for the next four or five days, which it seems it will, the hospital systems in florida and louisiana will collapse. that's how bad this is. and by collapse, i mean they will be full. their icus and their hospitals, they will be turning away patients, and if we see a hospital system in a state or multiple states in this country move to what we call crisis of care standards, where they have to essentially triage who gets in to get care and turn people
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away saying i'm sorry you might benefit from care, but we're full, that would be bad not only as dr. fauci said for the states and patients but for the entire country. >> we should also point out protections can change depending on how people behave, mass vaccinations at least in the long term, but it's in the short-term urgent situation we're seeing. you mentioned at the federal level but there is a political divide between some states and the biden administration. what should governors and local officials be going, steps they should be taking in these hot zones right now? >> let me make sure i clarify here. in some states, in some regions in this country, florida, louisiana, texas is looking bad, all through the gulf coast, i believe it's too late for any meaningful mitigation. in other words, there is so much disease that what we're seeing is a mathematical certainty and not a function of uncertainty with the spread of this disease and what the federal government and local governments should be doing in those places is unfortunately focusing on
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consequence management and they should be getting their hospital systems and the federal government should be helping with this, with their national disaster medical system, in a position to augment those health care workers to handle a surge capacity to support their definitive care shortages and to start thinking about moving patients to other places to help them where the hospitals will be full. now, that doesn't mean that applies to the entire country. if you're in the northwest or in the rust belt, even in the northeast or northwest, with washington as an exception, i'm watching the numbers there look troubling, mitigation is not too late and so a return to distancing and mask wearing and a strong push for more vaccinations is extremely important but there is a difference. >> we don't have much time for this last one. but i want to get to it. many are trying to draw comparisons to the delta variant surge we saw in the uk where cases peaked sharply and then came back down. do you expect to have a similar outcome in the u.s.?
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>> i'm so glad you asked. that's exactly the mistake that's being made here. no, we are seeing a quite different and worse response to the delta variant in the united states. if you look to the icu numbers, that's the important metric right now, we are seeing per million an admission rate in the united states 300% greater than what the british experienced at their peak, and we're not yet at our peak. >> wow, all right, tom bossert. thank you so much for your time this morning, important to think about as we move through this latest surge. we appreciate it. eva, over to you. >> thank you, whit. a key vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is just hours away. it could determine if there will be more marathon sessions before the trillion-dollar spending bill can pass. abc's white house correspondent maryalice parks is on capitol hill with the political wrangling and there to explain it all for us, good morning, maryalice. >> reporter: good morning, eva. guy, it is august in d.c., which means it is hot and humid, but it is not just the temperatures that are rising, so are the senators' frustrations.
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we had thought that we might see a final vote on this bipartisan infrastructure deal today. that is now looking much less likely. there are few republicans that are still trying to slow roll this thing. they don't like that the latest estimates show this will likely add to the nation's spending deficit. still, we are expecting senators to pass this bill before going on recess even if the process spills over into next week. a reminder that this $1 trillion infrastructure bill includes billions to expand rural broadband, replace lead pipes, invest in rail, bridges, airport and expand infrastructure for electric vehicles. that long list you see there is still much smaller than the president hoped for and white house sources tell us president biden had been asking for updates every single day, sometimes multiple updates a day and calling lawmakers to keep the pressure up. it's been six weeks since the president came out and shook hands and said that there was a deal, and even after it passes here in the senate, obviously it
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has to then go to the house and there the president faces a different challenge because we know that some progressives are still threatening to hold this up and try to make last-minute changes again, dan. >> this deal is not yet done, maryalice, thank you very much for your reporting this morning. meanwhile, the white house is touting the latest unemployment numbers showing employers added 943,000 jobs in july. abc's deirdre bolton is here in new york city with a look at the gains and, of course, the question, will growth stall in the face of this latest covid surge? deirdre, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. for the moment unambiguously positive. that is how one economist described the very latest report. so not only did we see more jobs added to the u.s. economy in july, more numbers as well for june, they were revised higher so jobs grew across almost all categories, leisure and hospitaltality and education were the two standouts, so leisure and hospitality, this
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was the group obviously that was the hardest hit during the pandemic, bar, restaurants closing, being restricted and including jobs added in the arts, entertainment, recreation, so it's truly a sign of life that they are hiring now in such big numbers. next biggest category where jobs were added, education, schools keeping more workers on their payroll. many think in anticipation of an in-person school year for all ages. now, the caveat to this, the delta variant. all of these strong june and july data points were measured before the delta variant spread and most economists agree that this is the biggest risk to growth. if more americans don't feel safe outside their homes, they tend to spend less and consumer pe pending spending is two-thirds of our economic activity and big implications on how and what they spend on. speaking of spending, students a little bit more leeway. the biden administration extending pandemic relief for student loan debt through january 31st, 2022.
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the administration says it is the final extension. the department of education saying the extension will give borrowers time to plan and resume payments and reduce the risk of delinquency and default. whit. >> deirdre bolton, thank you so much. we appreciate it. we do move overseas now and the wildfires in greece that are forcing thousands of evacuations there with flames inching closer to athens. abc's ines de la cuetara has the latest. >> reporter: that's right, whit. more than 50 fires still burning across greece right now. take a look at this. we are 45 minutes from downtown athens. that hillside completely charred. those flames sending plumes of smoke in the sky and that helicopter has been trying to put those flames out all morning. this is the scene across greece right now. thousands of residents told to evacuate. in one part residents were roused from their beds in the middle of the night and told to get to safety. we spoke to one resident here in the suburbs of athen yesterday. she was torn about what to do.
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she had been living here for 18 years and she said she was scared but she couldn't bring hrself to leaving her home behind. rest sent -- residents told to heed those warnings. they're revealing the first casualties linked to those fires. when you talk about what's fueling it, it is the scorching heat so greece currently that's in three decades. temperatures at one point hitting 115 degrees, and that combined with the strong winds is what is making for fires to break out and spread rapidly. and that's the case not just in greece but across the mediterranean region. we're seeing that in turkey, italy, albania. in turkey those fires turning deadly and turkey actually reporting its worst wildfires to date. guys? >> thank you for that report. let's get a check of our weather here at home. rob marciano is in norwalk, connecticut. we know too well about the weather conditions for fire in this country. >> yeah, i mean, in california alone six of the seven biggest
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fires in california history on record have been just in the past year, so that's alarming stuff, and july was alarming globally. when we see what's happening in europe right now, we also have concerns with severe weather. we have four dozen severe storm reports yesterday especially across the midwest, and that's where the action will be today with this little cluster of thunderstorms. it's going to be expanding as we go through the afternoon with this wave that's going to crank across the corn belt there. severe thunderstorms along the warm front, along the cold front and anywhere from western parts of nebraska and kansas. all the way up to minneapolis and lacrosse. large hail and isolated tornado not out of the question and some of these are going to have some heavy rain with them. could see maybe two, three, maybe four inches. st. louis, lacrosse, maybe frances: good morning. i am abc 7 meteorologist frances dinglasan. there is another air-quality advisory today. temperatures during the 7:00
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hour will be in the 60's and 50's. by this afternoon, the clouds will pull back to the coast, but we will see hazy sunshine. the sea breeze will start to pick up, so temperatures will be a little bit cooler compared to yesterday. inland areas in the low 90's and also around the bay, mid low 70's, and at the beaches, mid to low 60's. >> we are into august which means we're getting into the meat of the hurricane season. some activity in the tropics. talk more about that in the next half hour. guys, back over to you. >> you could be in for a busy few months. i hope not, but it could happen, rob, thank you very much. guys, as you know, i like to talk sports on a saturday morning so let's turn now to the olympics. it's the final weekend of competition in tokyo. team usa adding to its medal count on the track and the men's basketball team clinching gold overnight. abc's kenneth moton is right there in tokyo with the highlights. kenneth, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, dan. we're inside that basketball arena. it was olympic revenge for team
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usa men's basketball and an upset defeat by france at the start of the games but after all the concerns about the americans before and at the start of tokyo 2020, they finished strong. this morning, after a turbulent start in tokyo, team usa men's basketball taking home the gold. superstar kevin durant leading the team to victory in a close one against france, final, 87-82 earning the 16th gold medal won by u.s. men's basketball since the sport started in the olympics in 1936. in the water, team usa earning its third straight gold medal in women's water polo. overnight a big day for track and field for the usa. molly seidel in her third marathon run unexpectedly securing bronze becoming the third american woman ever to medal in the event. team usa took silver in the
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women's 4x100-meter relay behind jamaica who claimed the second fastest time in history. in the men's 5,000-meter american paul chelimo diving across the finish line narrowly claiming bronze. and with this bronze medal finish in the 400-meter dash, allyson felix hit a major milestone, becoming the most decorated female olympian in track and field history, now with ten olympic medals. and wrestler gable steveson finishing his tokyo olympics run in style celebrating his gold medal win with an impressive backflip. i got to work on my core. the number one player in women's golf, nelly korda won by one stroke to bring home gold. alexand alexander schauffele did it. so that's an olympic clean sweep for team usa golf. taking a look at the latest medal count it is china with the most gold medals.
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on this final weekend of tokyo 2020 but the u.s. has the most medals overall. guys. >> so fun to watch. history in the making. it's been great. kenneth, thank you so much. we appreciate it. still ahead, a former employee files a criminal complaint against governor andrew cuomo. what she is saying this morning. plus, britney spears' father is fighting back. what jamie spears is saying in newly filed documents. the latest covid surge is changing ways cruise lines do busy.asngerhodxpec when they step on board. we'll be right back. "good morning america" sponsored by state farm. like a good neighbor, state farm is there. jake from state farm, i'd like to formally extend my gratitude for the russell rate on my insurance. do you mean surprisingly great rates from state farm? i don't believe in accepting help. but i'll make an exception. here's the deal russell, there's no special rate. these prices are for everyone.
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[ cheers and applause ] are you for real? >> are you for real? yes, you're for real. welcome back to "gma" on this saturday morning. it was the surprise of a lifetime for a group of kids attending camp in western massachusetts. on their last day they get a surprise visit from none other than basketball great shaquille o'neal. the 7'1" nba star -- you can't miss him -- made his way to the camp's basketball court to watch some people throwing down. >> he always looks tall next to everybody but especially against little kids. they're like up to his kneecaps. >> 7'1". >> that was a good show, for sure. we do want to look at the
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other big stories we're following this morning. happening right now, live nation, the world's largest live entertainment company, says artists performing at its venues may require proof of vaccination or a negative test result for anyone attending their concerts beginning in october. live nation employees are already required to be vaccinated before entering any event, venue or office. also right now, two men are under arrest accused of plotting to injure or kill myanmar's ambassador to the united nations in an attack that was allegedly supposed to take place on u.s. soil. now, the ambassador, a pro-democracy supporter, has been outspoken against the military coup in myanmar earlier this year. and heroic work from two new york city policemen. they jumped in to save a 5-month-old child who stopped breathing. body camera footage shows one of the officers administering cpr on the infant. the baby hospitalized but is, i'm happy to report, expected to make a full recovery. >> that's good news to hear this morning. well, we start this half
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hour with the growing legal problems for new york governor andrew cuomo. one of the women who accused cuomo of sexual harassment now filing a criminal complaint. the move increasing the possibility the governor could face criminal charges. abc's phil lipof is in new york with more. good morning to you, phil. >> reporter: good morning, eva. and you are right. this criminal complaint puts the governor in an even tougher position. already his legal team was defending him against the new york attorney general's report that came out earlier this week, which was not at all favorable to the governor, and now, as you mentioned, this criminal report filed with law enforcement. this morning, a former employee of embattled new york governor andrew cuomo known now as executive assistant number one is speaking out exclusively telling "the albany times union," quote, what he did to me was a crime. he broke the law. the woman who filed the first criminal complaint against the governor says she was forced
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to endure a pattern of inappropriate behavior including kissing, hugging and in one instance the governor reached under her blouse and grabbed her breast, the complaint filed with the albany county sheriff's department comes as a new investigation is under way into whether cuomo should be charged with a crime. >> for those who did not come forward but are now inspired to come forward, and cooperate in the criminal investigation, please reach out to our office. >> reporter: within hours of the aide's complaint being filed, the governor's legal team held a news conference and took specific aim at the allegation made by executive assistant number one. >> why did this report ignore documentary evidence, and why did they not want to tell you? the documentary evidence does not support what she said. >> reporter: his team also attacking the new york attorney general's damning report about the allegations of sexual harassment by the governor. letitia james and her team found the 11 women making those allegations credible, hitting back in a statement overnight saying, quote, to attack
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this investigation and attempt to undermine and politicize this process takes away from the bravery displayed by these women. >> what this investigation revealed was a disturbing pattern of conduct. i believe women and i believe these 11 women. >> reporter: one of the women, a state trooper who says the governor ran his fingers down her back and his hand across her stomach after specifically asking for her to join his protective detail. cuomo's attorneys acknowledge the governor did request the trooper for his detail but not for the reasons investigators are saying. >> he had been complaining about the lack of diversity on his detail. he has about 60 troopers that are on the detail. there's only a handful of women. >> reporter: cuomo attorney rita glavine wouldn't comment on the trooper's claims, instead she says, the governor will address himself. calls for him to resign have come from biden administration to some of his closest allies. no indication he is considering that, in fact he continues to defiantly deny the allegations.
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>> i never touched anyone inappropriately or made inappropriate sexual advances. that is just not who i am. and that's not who i have ever been. >> reporter: all right, and so this is important, the state assembly just needs a simple majority to impeach. if that happens the lieutenant governor here in new york becomes the governor stripping governor cuomo of all of his decision-making abilities. from there it will go to the new york senate for a trial, and one final note, the judiciary committee meets again on monday. whit. >> pressure increasing on the governor, phil lipoff for us, thank you so much. we turn now to the latest developments surrounding britney spears and her fight to gain control over her own life. her father taking new steps in court as he tries to remain her conservator. abc's alex presha joins us with more. alex, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. yes, this is the latest
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chapter in a very public and a very contentious conservatorship battle. the pop star's father saying her personal conservator as recently as last month was worried that the singer was spiraling out of control. in court documents friday jamie spears' attorneys detailed a call he received from britney's personal conservator jodi montgomery on july 9th. he alleges montgomery was distraught and expressed concerned about her recent behavior and refusal to listen to or see her doctors calling her mentally sick. jamie spears alleges montgomery then even raised the option of using 5150 on the pop star, a psychiatric hold which raised his concerns. jamie spears says days later he got another email from montgomery backtracking but this is playing out as the fight to remove jamie from conservatorship intensifies and britney's attorney mathew rosengart is now petitioning to expedite a hearing to have her father removed from her conservatorship. as for the july conversation montgomery says jamie spears is misrepresenting her aing at no
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time did ms. montgomery express to mr. spears that ms. spears would currently qualify for such a hold. he does believe having jamie as conservator was having a serious impact on the singer's mental health. but this latest bombshell playing out as the fight to remove jamie from the conservatorship intensifies. britney's attorney former federal prosecutor mathew rosengart is expediting a hearing to petition that attempting to bump up the date from august 23rd to september 5th and says jamie could simply step down. if it doesn't happen he should be forced to pay all his legal fees. >> let's switch it up and get the forecast from rob marciano who is out in norwalk, connecticut. rob, good morning once again. >> hi, good morning. we are along the shores of the norwalk river which dumps into long island sound which dumps into the atlantic ocean and talk about the tropics. we have three areas of concern that we're monitoring getting
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into august, which will get us to september which is the peak of hurricane season. so things are getting definitely more active. 10% or 30% chance or 40% of one making it through and maybe make a run at the u.s. but not for at least another week. one of the reasons, warmer water temperatures up and over 80 degrees in this belt. we need that to get hurricanes cranking and wind shear that is low coming from west to east and also an af this is the time of we are we get the waves. some of them make it all the way to the u.s., hopefully more often than this year. we won't see as many make it. we'll see. >> this weather report sponsored
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and a new movie getting some scrutiny this morning, amanda knox is raising issues about "stillwater," which stars matt damon and the resemblance she says it has to her real-life experience when she was charged with murder in italy. overnight tom mccarthy, the director of the new film "stillwater," doubling down on the alleged parallels between his film and the true story of amanda knox. >> the americans did it. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: in a new interview with "variety" magazine, mccarthy says, i deeply empathize with amanda and what she went through and adding, what she seems to be raising feels removed from the film we actually made. "stillwater" is a work of fiction and not about her life experience. this comes after amanda knox fired back at the film creators for drawing comparis h >> i loved her. >> i know you do. >> but everybody thinks that i killed her. >> reporter: the new film stars matt damon as an american dad who travels to france to help his daughter who's been
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imprisoned for a murder she says she didn't commit. knox says the movie is the latest work to "rip off my story without my consent at the expense of my reputation." in an essay entitled "who owns my name," knox writing on the website medium says, does my name belong to me, does my face, what about my story? why is my name used to refer to events i had no hand in? knox and her then boyfriend raffaele sollecito were convicted by italian authorities for the 2007 murder of her roommate meredith kercher while studying abroad in italy. in 2015 they were exonerated. in 2008 rudy guede whose dna was found at the murder scene was found guilty of murdering kercher in a separate trial. last month at the cannes film festival premiere, tom mccarthy, the director of "stillwater" credited knox's story as an inspiration during the development of the film. >> i was pretty fascinated with the amanda knox case back a long
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time ago and did a pretty deep dive into it. >> in an interview with "vanity fair" mccarthy was quoted as saying, let's leave the amanda knox case behind, instead let's take the story of an american woman studying abroad involved in a sensational crime and fictionalize it. knox says if you're going to do that, don't use her name to promote it. coming up on the show, the changing rules on board cruise ships to try to avoid any covid outbreaks at sea. what passengers need to know. keep it here. yeah, i mean the thing is, people like geico because it's just easy. bundling for example. you've got car insurance here. and home insurance here. why not... schuuuuzp.. put them together. save even more. some things are just better together, aren't they? like tea and crumpets. but you wouldn't bundle just anything. like, say... a porcupine in a balloon factory. no. that'd be a mess. i mean for starters, porcupines are famously no good in a team setting. geico. save even more when bundle home and car insurance.
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booking on major cruise lines even before they're allowed to board the ship. abc's trevor ault joins us from a cruise terminal in new york city with the latest. >> reporter: this morning, major changes at sea. cruise lines now rolling out new rules for passengers whether or not they're vaccinated. carnival, princess and holland america all announcing new guidelines, masks required for everyone in certain indoor areas and every passenger required to show a negative covid test before getting on board. >> everybody now is being asked to wear a mask when they're in crowded conditions, and from what i've seen of the passengers on this ship and on other ships that i've been on, they are willing to take those precautions in order to keep the ship a safe environment. >> reporter: the move comes after carnival experienced an outbreak this week despite requiring 95% of its passengers and crew to be vaccinated. a, quote, small number of cases reported on the carnival
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"vista" leaving out of galveston, texas. the cruise line saying, we have identified and tested close contacts and anyone who tested positive is in isolation. carnival's president telling abc news just last week they were willing to change their policies if needed. >> if things need to change because of the variant, then we'll adjust. we've been adjusting for 17 months. >> reporter: and with more breakthrough infections reported, and the cdc confirming vaccinated people can still transmit the delta variant, epidemiologists say before you get on board a cruise ship, you should think about the people who get can't the shot, children or the immunocompromised, people who would especially be at risk if their family members spent a lot of time in close proximity on board one of these ships, eva. >> a lot for us to consider. trevor ault, thanks. we'll be right back with our "play of the day." to consider. trevor ault, thanks. we'll be right back with our "play of the day." r fracture, now might not be the best time to ask yourself... 'are my bones strong?' life is full of make or break moments.
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the day," and it's an olympic first. nba champ javale mcgee winning gold overnight in men's baet he'sot the only family member with an olympic medal. his mother pamela won gold 37 years ago in 1984 as part of the women's basketball team in 1984. they are the first mom and son to win gold medals in olympic history. >> that is amazing. >> that's so cool. well, "gma" is two hours on saturdays. coming up, kroger, one of the nation's largest supermarket chains and their push for vaccine equity. we'll speak to the company's chief medical officer. r. >> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. >> good morning. i am julian glover. for the first time since 2020, the 49ers be welcoming fans to
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the stadium today, august 7, and dwight clark's number. today, the faithful who purchase tickets can attend the practice inside the stadium from 10:00 until noon. the event honors and ways is awareness for als patients. clark passed away three years ago after a long battle. disney plus is not just on your tv or mobile device, it is live in san francisco this weekend. the stories continue, from games and prizes to memorabilia and costumes, there's something for everyone who loves disney. the stories continue summer tour continues and disney is the parent company of abc 7. now we check in with francis. francis: most temperatures in
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the 50's and 60's, and now the sea breeze will pick up, so the smoke model shows that as the sea breeze brings cooler air and cleaner air we will see it slightly cooler temperatures and better air quality which will continue through tomorrow. most of us in the light blue, and temperatures today little bit cooler compared to yesterday , in san francisco it is 67. look for low to mid 90's inland, but we still have another hazy afternoon ahead. julian: thank you. at the news continues with "good morning
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which is serious and may lead to death. more time with her? sounds good to me. ♪far-xi-ga♪ if you can't afford your medication, astrazeneca may be able to help. good morning, america. it's our second hour. california's dixie fire rages on. now the third largest wildfire in state history. eight people now missing. the flames leveling towns as firefighters work around the clock. the latest from our team on the ground. soaring covid numbers. the u.s. hits the highest single-day case total in six months fueled by the delta variant. hospitals reaching their breaking point as the race to vaccinate takes another lap. the u.s. vaccination rate climbs to 50% of the population. how one of the nation's largest supermarket chains is stepping up breaking down barriers to get shots in arms.
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