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good morning, america. intention to invade. president biden now convinced russian forces are preparing to attack ukraine in the coming days. the last-ditch attempts at diplomacy, secretary of state blinken and vice president harris in europe even as alleged false flag operations are under way in ukraine. we're on the ground in the region with abc's martha raddatz asking the secretary of defense about a u.s. response. impact on america. how a russian invasion in ukraine could affect us here at home. u.s. officials warning american businesses to be vigilant and the concerns about rising gas and food prices. what you can do to cut costs. sentencing backlash. outrage from the family of daunte wright over a judge's decision to sentence former
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officer kim potter below the guidelines for their son's death. >> i am so sorry. >> daunte wright's family joins us live exclusively this morning. mandate rollbacks. nearly all states announcing plans to lift indoor mask mandates in most public places. the growing calls for schools to follow and the fda's request before rolling out pfizer's vaccine to children under 5. cold medals. team usa fighting brutal conditions on this final weekend of the olympic games to snag spots on the podium. plus, the u.s. team making history in pairs skating. incredible journey. four military vets completing a 3,000-mile journey rowing across the atlantic. >> yes! >> why they did it and who is benefiting from their remarkable feat. >> yes! good morning, america.
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happy to have phil lipof with us here this morning. >> i'm happy to be with you on this busy morning of news. >> very busy morning. a lot to cover as tensions escalate in ukraine. president biden's latest comments signaling a shift in u.s. thinking. the president saying he is now convinced russia has decided to invade its neighbor and that an attack could happen in the coming days. a u.s. official says between 40% and 50% of russia's troops are in attack position right near the border with ukraine. it follows intensifying shelling in eastern ukraine and russian-backed separatists called for a mass evacuation of that area claiming an attack from ukraine was imminent. >> but president biden says that claim defies basic logic. the u.s. accusing russia of multiple false narratives here as a pretext to invade. this morning we have team coverage from the white house and from belarus as the russian military holds exercises near the border, but we start with abc's ian pannell inside ukraine with the very latest. ian, good morning.
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>> reporter: yeah, good morning, whit, that's right. these are very serious days. if these warnings are true from the biden administration, then this country is now facing a potentially devastating conflict and potentially scenes that haven't been witnessed in europe since the end of the second world war. this morning, ukraine appearing on the brink of war. president biden warning a russian invasion is imminent and bracing for the worst. >> we have reason to believe the russian forces are planning to and intend to attack ukraine in the coming week, in the coming days. we believe that they will target ukraine's capital kyiv, a city of 2.8 million innocent people. >> reporter: the administration claiming false flag operations are under way in parts of eastern ukraine where kremlin supported separatists are calling for a massive mobilization of fighting age men. and the evacuation of women, children and the elderly. the rebels accusing ukraine of preparing to launch an attack which the west warns could be the pretext for a russian
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invasion though the rebels offering no proof. in the separatist-controlled city of donetsk, a reported massive explosion, but an ap reporter on the scene finding just a single destroyed car. russian separatists accused of staging the incident. between 40% to 50% of russia's troops are in attack positions near the border with ukraine according to u.s. officials. these new satellite images showing russian military activity close to ukraine's borders. key locations across belarus, crimea and western russia seeing recent helicopter deployments, additional ground attack aircraft and air defense units. president putin doubling down on the false narrative without evidence claiming the situation in eastern ukraine is escalating. today last-ditch attempts at diplomacy in munich, germany, where many of biden's security team are gathering. >> we understand and we have made clear that we remain open to diplomacy.
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the onus is on russia at this point to demonstrate that it is serious in that regard. >> reporter: and next week, secretary of state blinken and russian foreign minister lavrov set to meet if russia doesn't invade ukraine. on the ground here, this senior lieutenant telling abc news that the military is ready for what could come. the officer telling abc news she stands ready to defend her homeland against a possible russian invasion. well, that's what you'll hear from many ukrainians, not just those in the military. vice president harris due to meet with ukrainian president zelensky who interestingly chose to leave the country against some warnings and go to this conference in munich, but all eyes are on the next few days to see whether the russians, the ukrainians, the biden administration or nato blink, whether diplomacy can save the day or whether war in ukraine is now unavoidable. eva. >> all right, ian, thanks. i'll take it. and elsewhere in the region russia is building up troops along the border with ukraine and conducting massive military
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drills. abc's james longman live for us at a military base in belarus where russian troops have been carrying out some of those drills. james, good morning. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, phil. we've just witnessed huge russian military drills at this base in belarus, part of what nato has said is the biggest russian buildup of troops as the end of the cold war. there are some 30,000 russian troops here. they've traveled some 6,000 miles across russia to be here. we've seen a tank, helicopters, airborne units, ballistic missile launches. i mean, they have capabilities to reach some 300 miles from here. it is not just what is over this morning, people. it is what is covert as well and satellite images show some of the units here are not in their designated positions, that is western intelligence agencies. they've seen by satellite there
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are some field hospitals near where we are now. now, you heard president bidd ss worries that an attack on kyiv, the ukrainian capital is possible. where we are here is possibly the place from which an attack would be staged because we are that close to the ukrainian capital. now lukashenko, the belarusian president and putin have been meeting today in russia to witness yet more military exercises, all of this is intended as a show of strength, a demonstration of st what is possible to threaten ukraine. the big question is whether or not any of these forces are actually used. phil. >> all right, james, thank you. abc's martha raddatz spoke with the secretary of defense, general lloyd austin, on the u.s. response in the event of a russian attack on ukraine. >> you are meeting with u.s. troops today. we were talking to some of those u.s. troops. they're not going into ukraine. but what is the possibility of some sort of engagement for them if vladimir putin moves into ukraine, which is right next door?
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>> president biden has been very clear about, you know, the fact that we're not going to employ forces in ukraine, and we will make sure that we do everything possible to protect our troops and our polish partners so that there isn't a spillover cross boundary. but this is something that we'll be on the lookout for, and we'll be thoughtful about making sure that we've taken the right steps to try to prevent that. >> you can watch more of martha's interview with general austin tomorrow as she anchors live from ukraine in a special edition of "this week." phil, turning to the white house now accusing russia of cyberattacks in ukraine, which officials say could be a precursor for any military invasion. maryalice parks is at the white house for us this morning and, maryalice, the administration is also putting american businesses on alert. >> reporter: whit, that's right. white house officials for the first time yesterday said that they did think russia was behind the cyberattacks earlier this
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week targeting ukrainians' defense ministry and banks and they're asking american businesses to make sure they are prepared in case russia ramps up cyberattacks against the u.s. too. the white house on high alert for possible cyberattacks against ukraine and the homeland saying russia is to blame for recent cyberattacks in ukraine, russia denies the claim. >> while of limited impact this recent spate of cyberattacks in ukraine are consistent with what a russian effort could look like and laying the groundwork for more disruptive cyberattacks accompanying a potential further invasion. >> reporter: the administration saying there is no specific cyberthreat against the u.s. right now, but calling on private american companies especially those in charge of crucial infrastructure like power and water to be ready. >> we urge all private sector partners to exercise incident response plans and put in place the cybersecurity defenses like encryption and multifactor authentication that make
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cyberattacks harder for even sophisticated cyber actors. >> reporter: u.s. businesses and consumers could also feel economic ripple impacts if russia were to invade ukraine. potentially even more supply chain disruptions and spikes in energy prices. >> russia is a commodity giant. they may not have great technology and they don't have a silicon valley like we do, but they put out a lot of raw materials. >> reporter: russia is one of the world's leading oil exporters and also with ukraine produces key materials used to create computer chips and circuits. u.s. officials say sanctions would not take direct aim at russia's oil and gas exports, but the white house is quickly working with energy producers to try to prepare for shortages if russia cuts off supply or if pipelines are disrupted. >> we've succeeded in largely compensating for any shortfall that could unfold. >> reporter: and, of course, front and center on everyone's mind in washington is the potential human toll. white house officials are deeply concerned that there could be hundreds of thousands, if not
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millions, of displaced people and refugees. it could be a humanitarian crisis throughout the region and beyond. eva. >> maryalice parks for us there at the white house. in other news now, protesters gathered outside the home overnight of the judge who handed down the sentence of former police officer kim potter. the judge giving potter less than two years in prison for killing daunte wright last year in a traffic stop. his family devastated by the sentence. they will join us in a moment for an exclusive interview, first, though, abc's stephanie ramos has more on the case from minneapolis. good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: eva, good morning. the former minneapolis police officer who says she confused her handgun for her taser when she fatally shot daunte wright last year was sentenced to 16 months in prison and the judge saying it was an extremely difficult decision. >> today the justice system murdered him all over again. >> reporter: former minnesota
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police officer kim potter who says she mistakenly fired her gun instead of her taser at 20-year-old daunte wright sentenced to 16 months in prison and 8 months of supervised release, well below the range under minnesota sentencing guidelines for first and second degree manslaughter. the judge saying that in her 20 years on the bench, she has never seen such an unusual and sad case involving a respected officer. >> this has been an extremely difficult decision. >> reporter: prosecutors requested about seven years in prison for potter while potter's attorneys argued for a lesser sentence, stressing her remorse for wright's death and that she didn't have a criminal record. it was just two months ago when jurors during the trial were shown graphic body camera footage from when the 20-year-old was pulled over for expired tags and an illegal air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. police say officers tried to arrest wright for an outstanding warrant. >> taser, taser, taser.
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>> reporter: potter firing a single bullet into his chest. the former officer then collapsing to the ground inconsolable. in court friday potter looked directly at the wright family and apologized. >> i am so sorry that i hurt you so badly. my heart is broken and devastated for all of you. >> reporter: and after the sentencing, wright's parents upset with the judge's decision. >> we are standing here to say that we're very disappointed in the outcome. >> and we still every night sit around crying waiting on my son to come home. >> reporter: so many raw emotions here in minneapolis. the judge yesterday trying to draw a clear distinction between kim potter and derek chauvin who was convicted in this same
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courthouse of murdering george floyd. the judge saying potter did not use her knee to pin down a person who was gasping for air, instead, the judge calling potter's actions a tragic mistake, eva. >> stephanie ramos for us there, thank you. and joining us now for an exclusive interview are daunte wright's parents, katie and aubrey wright, along with the family's attorney, ben crump. thank you so much for being with us this morning. >> thank you. >> mrs. wright, i want to start with you. what went through your mind when you heard that sentence? >> anger, i was very upset. i was in disbelief that the person that killed my son less than a year ago was going to spend less time in prison than 20-year-olds on marijuana charges. >> the judge said this was, quote, a cop who made a tragic mistake drawing her firearm thinking it was a taser and ended up killing a young man.
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that was her explanation for the lighter sentence below the court guidelines. mr. wright, what kind of sentence were you expecting? >> i was expecting more than what she received. you know, it was a little bit easier to sleep at night thinking that, you know, she was going to be convicted and serve a little time but, you know, nothing could -- i don't know what -- i don't know. i just thought she was going to get more time than what she did. that was like a slap to the face. >> and i know, mrs. wright, you've previously said you wanted to see justice served. do you feel like with this sentence that you were able to get justice? >> no, i feel like the justice system failed us. it failed my son. it failed our community.
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it's telling, you know, the public that my son's life wasn't worth at least even the sentencing guidelines. going below that was not okay. >> and, mr. crump, i want to ask, is the family considering any other legal action in this case? >> well, we're going to bring a civil action in this matter, certainly, because it's outrageous. we believe what happened in the sentence, there are black people who have greater sentences for selling marijuana than this white police woman got for killing this young black man, and it's very troubling because you think about the fact that a black police officer in that same courtroom in 2019 who was convicted of a lesser charge, manslaughter 2, was given 12 1/2
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years when he killed a white woman in the very similar manner than kim potter because he was trying to protect an officer's life too and he was very remorseful but he didn't get that consideration. the white woman when she killed the black man, she got all kind of consideration, and that's why so many black people continue to say that there are two justice systems in america, one for white america and another for black america. >> and, mr. and mrs. wright, i have to ask you, where do you go from here? what do you do next? >> well, the fight isn't over. we're going to continue to fight in our son's name and continue to fight so that we -- no more 20-year-old black men are getting, you know, shot and killed in the street for simply having an air freshener, expired tags. >> mr. and mrs. wright, mr. crump, thank you so much for joining us this morning. whit. eva, we move now to another story we've been following, the
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pandemic and the relaxing of covid guidelines nationwide. all but one state now lifting or planning to lift mask mandates, and while case numbers are down sharply from the previous week, the country is still recording an average of more than 2,000 deaths per day. let's get the latest now from abc's elwyn lopez. [ crowd chanting ] >> reporter: this morning, a growing push to roll back covid restrictions. all but one state, hawaii, announcing plans to lift indoor mask mandates in most public places, and schools are dropping those mask mandates in at least four states. >> it's going to be odder and odder when we see packed sports stadiums with nobody wearing a mask and basketball games and then yet kids still masking in schools. i think we're going to lift mask mandates in basketball arenas, we can probably lift mask mandates in schools. >> reporter: others set to ditch them in the coming week. >> we're at a pretty powerful moment where we take another step to normalcy. >> what's another month going to do? what's another two weeks going to do?
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>> reporter: this despite cdc's recommendations for universal masking while covid-19 transmission remains high with some of those most vulnerable raising concerns. this as the fda waits for more data before rolling out pfizer's vaccine to children under 5, the agency needing to better understand how well the third shot works for the youngest age group in the face of omicron. and on friday, covid hitting the u.s. surgeon general and his family, vivek murthy tweeting, when you have been as safe as you can getting covid-19 can be frustrating and disappointing. with cases declining nationwide, utah and california now taking the lead to move from a pandemic to an endemic phase. >> let me be clear that this is not the end of covid, but it is the end or rather the beginning of treating covid as we do other seasonal respiratory viruses. >> reporter: and, guys, in boston you no longer have to
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show proof of vaccination indoors. the mayor there saying that the data shows they are ready for this next step. phil. >> all right, elwyn, thanks so much. i was in boston last week and people raising their eyes about that but time now for weather. rob marciano joins us. >> hey, phil, good morning, guys. welcome to the desk. good to see you and be back in studio. we had a little blizzard come through minnesota. look at this. state troopers on the side of the road shutting things down, 65-mile-per-hour winds there. in parts of north dakota they had to shut down i-94. this is wisconsin, boy, this was a really bad wreck here. there were ten people injured. 36 or 39 cars piled up there and in indiana, i-65 was shut down for a time there. you can see it backed up. this is the low, not a whole lot of moisture with this, but a lot of wind energy and it's coming through the great lakes right now. winter weather advisory up for chicago, that will be dropped soon and then wind advisory for much of the northeast. this thing comes back with a little snow.
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the deadline for them to be fully vaccinated is march 1. the clinic is open today and tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., walk-ins are welcome. let's get a check on the forecast with lisa argen. lisa: good morning. chilly in the inland valleys. three degrees colder from the north to the east bay. look at that blue skies. 50 downtown, 30 nine half moon bay, and look at the beach, glorious. the rest of us near 70. much cooler tomorrow. kumasi: thank you. thank you for joining us.
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the winner is john williams for "star wars." ♪ [ applause ] welcome back. with that iconic "star wars" theme as john williams took home the academy award for best original score. more than four decades, think about that, hollywood dreams will come true when the oscars air on abc on march 27th, and the force is still very strong, get the reference, with williams, the composer heading back to the "star wars" universe with a major new project, and we'll have all the details in "pop news," that's ahead in our second hour. >> excited about that. >> what a tease. >> "star wars" nerds. stay tuned. >> we watched all them and all the extras. here's a look at some of the headlines we're following right now. the national archives confirming that some of the trump white house documents recently
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retrieved from mar-a-lago were classified and referred the issue to the justice department. the agency also accused the trump administration of improper social media recordkeeping. also right now, major league baseball postponing the start of spring training games until at least march 5th amid the continuing lockout. the mlb saying in part that without a collective bargaining agreement in place, we must postpone the start of spring training games. the players association is crying foul on this, saying nothing requires the league to delay the start of spring training. a collective sigh of relief here. mexican avocados are coming back, exports. the favorite green fruit were briefly suspended last week after a u.s. health authority inspector received a phone threat which the mexican government was investigating, but now the u.s. embassy in mexico and the usda announced that avocado inspections in mexico and exports to the u.s. have resumed. >> thank goodness. the panic was starting to set
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in. i loaded up on guacamole after the super bowl. >> it happened right around super bowl. >> exactly. >> it had already shipped. >> exactly. >> you know, our brunch plans. >> yeah, yeah, in much better shape now. glad to hear that. still ahead here we started this half hour with the winter olympics and some of the last medals of the games being handed out on this final weekend of the events. abc's maggie rulli joins us from beijing with more. maggie, good morning. >> reporter: heywhod morning. yeah, the games here might be winding down but team usa, they're fighting until the very end adding more medals to the leaderboard. overnight, team usa snagging two spots on the podium in men's free ski halfpipe. fighting brutally cold conditions and high winds the commentators were calling a tube of terror. david weis out to defend his gold in the last two olympics landing back-to-back double cork 1260s and defying gravity to nab silver and 27-year-old alex ferreira laying down four double corks to secure the bronze, his second olympic medal after getting silver in
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2018. ♪ over in the rink team usa's timothy leduc making history the moment they hit the ice. the 31-year-old is the first-ever openly nonbinary winter olympian dazzling the crowd in friday's pair skate with ashley cain-gribble. the pair sits in seventh place right behind team usa's alexa knierim and brandon frazier and another medal for elana meyers taylor picking up a bronze. we caught up with the four-time olympian moments after she nabbed a silver in the monobob. how does that feel? >> i still don't believe it happened. >> reporter: she tested positive for covid after she got to the olympics and was forced to quarantine for a week. >> it was a complete emotional roller coaster, trying to stay positive in isolation and trying to continually tell myself that we still have a shot. >> reporter: but she always stayed positive focusing on getting to this moment, hands raised crossing the finish line in victory. >> just like screaming and
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yelling and crying, and it was just so overwhelming and amazing. >> reporter: guys, i loved watching that moment. well, elana was supposed to be a flag bearer in the opening ceremony, but then she got covid and had to give up her spot. but some good news. elana just found out that she was chosen to be the flag bearer in the closing ceremony for team usa. i love this, guys, just a full circle olympic moment. eva. >> we will all watch her carry that flag. maggie rulli for us, thank you. now to a competition here at home and the swim record set at the ivy league championship by the university of pennsylvania's lia thomas. a transgender athlete who's seen split support even among her own teammates. abc's elizabeth schulze has more. >> lia thomas will ca 2 freestyle with a time of 1:43.12 seconds. frston friday the ivy en's cha.
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>> 3.78, so lia thomas, a new pool record, a new meet record. >> reporter: thomas who was assigned male at birth competed on penn's men's team for three seasons before undergoing more than two years of hormone therapy. struggling to define its rules for trans athletes like thomas, the ncaa reversed course on a policy this season requiring competitors to undergo a year of estrogen or testosterone suppression to be able to compete. isaac henning, a trans man with delayed hormone treatment competes on the women's team and has beaten thomas in competition. in an interview with "nightline's" juju chang he defended thomas. >> i think she's, you know, incredibly strong for doing what she continues to do as she should. you know, she deserves to be here just as much as anyone. >> reporter: schuyler bailer the first openly transgender
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athlete on a division 1 men's team calls thomas' success a step forward for trans representation. >> watching a trans person thrive in sport is amazing because we are so discriminated against, and so for her to get up there and win and break some record, awesome, right? but it's also just awesome she's able to be herself and compete. >> reporter: critics argue athletes like thomas have an unfair advantage. >> lia thomas has been through puberty, so that's ten years of having testosterone making broader shoulders and bigger lungs and strength. >> reporter: nancy hogshead-makar is a women's rights attorney and former three-time olympic gold swimmer and she coordinated a petition among thomas' penn teammates speaking out against her participation in the league championships. >> we have to make sure that whatever rules that we come up with, that they benefit trans men as much as they benefit trans women. >> reporter: with her win last night, lia thomas became the first swimmer to win two individual events in this year's championships, and she is set to
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compete for her third ivy league title tonight. she has declined our request for an interview. phil. >> all right, elizabeth, thanks. and now it's time to turn to weather again. rob marciano, i just want to say flat out i want a second crack at the trivia. that came up so fast, i didn't know what was happening. >> you'll have a second crack tomorrow. >> yeah. we'll let you ask the questions, and this way i'll be on the hot seat. good morning, again, guys, boy, this is not so hot more in the way of snow. in parts of kansas look at this. this is just -- the first time i saw this takes your breath away. there were some injuries albeit not serious but that is a frightening sight in kansas with the icy and snowy roads there, snow falling in squalls across ashland, wisconsin, again, not a ton of snow, typically less than 6 inches in spots, but the wind is blowing it sideways and the colder air coming in behind us, an alberta clipper that will reinforce the colder air on the east coast, minus 7, the current windchill in chicago. you got some winds that will calm down later on today
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but a blustery morning today and tomorrow that filters into the i-95 corridor, 5 for the windchill down to charlotte. that's a check of what's this weather report sponsored by tuff shed. eva, fresh back from miami rubbing it in, it was nice and warm in florida. >> it was nice and warm. it was cold -- i mean chilly for miami. >> cold. >> 79 degrees, yeah. >> it's all relative. >> it was like 60s or 70s, early -- like top -- low 70s. >> it's good to have you back. >> and you have a nice glow. >> i wasn't in the sun. i don't do that. coming up on "good morning america," "gma" helping you get a handle on those skyrocketing home heating bills. and then, the incredible journey for four veterans who rode across the atlantic and
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welcome back to "gma." the spiking energy prices this winter could be a cold reality for many americans. abc's deirdre bolton is here with some ways to help slash those costs. deirdre, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, and they are rising. in fact, if you look at the price of oil hitting their highest level since 2014 earlier this week. experts say geopolitical tensions may push those prices up. it could affect everything from gas to groceries and utility bills. higher oil, electricity and natural gas prices are making americans' homes more expensive to heat. >> the heating bill right now, it doubled what it was two months ago. >> when we first moved in, our heating and cooling bill was probably about $90 a month, and i believe i got a bill last month for about 180. >> reporter: as one expert puts it -- >> there's this overall energy crunch. i don't think anything has risen to the level of severity that the situation that we're presently in. >> reporter: for sydney and her family, higher heating costs mean cuts elsewhere.
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>> we make sure that we only spend a certain amount on groceries. nate nights pretty much include pasta night at home. >> reporter: this family is trying out a different way of heating their home to keep them on budget. >> we just had decided to use the fireplace right now instead of the central heat. >> reporter: as for saving money specifically in your home, experts give us these tips, seal any cracks or gaps around doors and windows, use caulking or weatherstripping that you can find at a home improvement store. the department of energy maps out trouble spots in homes for you to target. lower your water heater's temperature. some say lowering to 120 degrees could save you up to 10% off your bill. invest in a smart thermostat to keep temperatures even. while there is an upfront cost, you could quickly make that money back in savings with energy saving modes that electronically turn down the temperature and buy surge suppressors so you can switch off the electrical current for appliances that don't need to
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veterans die of suicide. greg's brother and many of his friends among them. >> it affects mothers, dads, grandfathers, grandmothers, aunts, uncles. it's just -- the number is just really that much greater. >> reporter: the team started out in the canary islands in december, finished in antigua early last month. billy, cameron, hupp and paul rode two hours on, two hours off. >> when we were rowing down the ocean, that we never stopped understanding our why, and we never stopped understanding why it was so important to row. >> reporter: because that trip so far has raised $900,000 helping countless vets like greg who, by the way, is now manager at k9 for warriors national headquarters in florida. to say that this whole experience changed your life is one thing, but do you believe it saved your life? >> yeah, i think absolutely it
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♪ take my breath ♪ we're back now with our "play of the day." all right. check out this group date. this is organized by six wives in georgia. so as that couple arrives, the husband notices something is a little strange there. he's wearing the same shirt as the man at the table. they're like, okay, that's interesting. one after another, though, the men realize they're all dressed
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the same. turns out their wives dreamed up the prank. they look good, though. i like it. >> wait, their wives dressed all of them? >> tricked them into, hey, you wear this, you wear that, and they all dressed the same. >> the moral of the story is to dress yourselves. >> actually i still listen to my wife no matter what. >> yeah. coming up in our second hour, a lot of news to cover. u.s. warnings that russia may have begun launching a false flag operation as a pretext to invade. >> announcer: starting monday, "gma" takes you to one of the
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