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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, look at these scenes. a tornado outbreak across the middle of the country. dozens of twisters leaving behind widespread damage. the new video just coming in. where it's all heading right now. the battle over health care is heating up. republicans have released details on how they want to change the system. now the white house is reacting along with both sides of capitol hill. new this morning, casey anthony breaking her silence years after her controversial trial for the death of her daughter. what she's saying about her life now. this high-flying stunt is now the subject of a police investigation. what was this motorcyclist doing jumping a highway?
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and we do say good morning on this tuesday. we start with the breaking news and terrifying tornadoes tearing through the heartland. >> on the radar you can see a sharp line of storms running south from wisconsin to oklahoma with tornadoes and damaging winds likely. already more than two dozen tornado reports and hundreds of severe weather reports. >> yeah, thousands of americans are without power this morning and hundreds of homes damaged. severe storms overnight lashing the heartland. new images coming in overnight of the devastation, the scene at johnson executive airport south of kansas city. hangars destroyed, planes flipped over on the runway. >> get away from the windows. middle of your house. >> reporter: overnight severe storms lashing the heartland. >> tornado on the ground. tornado on the ground. >> reporter: a meteorologist with our kansas city affiliate spotting a twister on the ground east of the city. bright lights lighting up the night sky as the high winds take
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out power lines. >> brian, i have power -- i have power flashes. this is a tornado that is on the ground. >> reporter: on the ground, utter destruction. golf ball-size hail pelting the area. this rooftop landing in the middle of a road and this home surrounded by debris. the roof also ripped off. >> looks like it's roping out there. >> reporter: but it wasn't only missouri. a likely twist spotted in minnesota. if confirmed it would be a record breaker. the earliest tornado ever to hit that state. and it's not over. more tornadoes and damaging windstorms are likely today. >> accuweather's paul williams is tracking the storms for us. paul, good morning. >> good morning, diane, kendis. we still have the same low pressure system that's going to bear more towards the northeast but before it does that it will cause big-time problems and quite frankly, havoc throughout both of the dakotas. going into minnesota as well as wisconsin, nebraska and into
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omaha expecting very windy conditions, winds accelerating between 40 and 60 miles per hour with or without an actual storm. kendis, diane. >> paul, thanks. president trump is making progress on two of his key campaign promises. >> yeah, things are very busy in washington. the travel ban 2.0 and republicans have released their long awaited plan to replace obamacare. here's abc's lana zak. >> reporter: after campaign promises to repeal and replace obamacare -- >> immediately repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: republicans are unveiling their replacement plan which would eliminate the said mandate and begin pulling back subsidies as well as create tax credits to buy insurance. >> it would reduce federal spending and mean more people uninsured. >> reporter: as expected democrats are opposing the plan. house minority leader nancy pelosi tweets the plan to make america sick again will do
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massive damage to misdemeanors but so are some republicans too calling it obamacare 2.0. earlier the white house unveiled their second travel ban taking iraq off the list of banned countries opening the door for people like translators who work with the u.s. government. >> this order is part of our ongoing efforts to eliminate vulnerabilities. >> reporter: protesters gathered outside the white house. >> guess what, president trump, your muslim ban 2.0 is still unconstitutional and still illegal. >> reporter: among the crowd new dnc chair who claimed the president's recent wiretapping allegations is just smoke and mirrors. >> ford to deflect attention from the fact that jeff sessions should be fired because he lied under oath in a senate proceeding, you've created a diversion. one of the oldest tricks in the book. >> reporter: unlike the last travel ban that took place immediately this one has until march 16th before administrators have to start implementing it
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and will cut in half the number of refugees admitted into the country and replaces that indefinite syrian refugee ban with a general one that lasts 120 days. kendis, diane. >> all right, that's abc's lana zak in washington. thanks. this other note, housing secretary ben carson under fire for comparing slavery to immigration. the only black member of president trump's cabinet and made the comments in his first speech to hud employees. >> there were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships worked even longer, even harder for less but they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughter, great grands grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. >> carson initially defended his comments but later posted on facebook that the slave narrative and immigrant
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narrative are two entirely different experiences and should never be intertwieped. president trump is refusing to back away from a claim that president obama wiretapped his phones despite denials from former intelligence officials. the president has yet to offer any evidence for the claim but white house press secretary sean spicer says there's no question that something happened. intelligence officials insist president obama could not have ordered any wiretaps and say trump doesn't need a congressional investigation. he can simply ask the justice department. attorney general jeff sessions has officially clari clarified his testimony. sessions defended his initial response in a three-page filing. he said he gave honest answers under oath, explaining he did not recall any discussions regarding the presidential campaign when he spoke twice with the russian ambassador to the united states. planned parenthood has turned down a proposal from president trump. the president offered to maintain the group's federal funding if it stops providing abortions.
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the president of planned parenthood pointed out they're not allowed to use funds for abortion and say it will always make digs about health and lives without interference from politicians. the country is now accused of banning malaysian citizens from leaving north korea. malaysia responded with a similar ban in an escalation of the dispute over the killing of north korean leader kim jong-un's half brother which happened at malaysia's main airport last month. and breaking this morning a stunning admission from north korea. just one day after the country's provocative test launch of four medium rank melissa north korean state news reported that it was practice for a strike on u.s. military bases in japan. three of the four missiles landed off japan's border. this comes as the u.s. delivers its anti-missile defense system
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in south korea. strong winds in the meantime. the western plains are fanning wildfires. in northeastern colorado hundreds of homeowners are waiting for potential evacuation orders. a fast-moving fire near the wyoming border has tried 30,000 acres and 3 homes and another along the kansas/oklahoma border has destroyed some farm buildings. several communities have been evacuated. coming up a major new finding about autism and who it may affect. casey anthony speaking out about the day her daughter disappeared as well as her life now years after that high-profile trial. plus, some serious questions are being raised about richard simmons, one of his former friends is now talking about why he hasn't been seen in years
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dramatic time lapse video of low clouds rolling into and out of denver international airport. the photographer here paul thompson capturing it over a period of five minutes and compressing it into just 38 seconds. >> such a cool video. snapchat stock value may be disappearing as fast as its messages do. after opening at $24 a share then surging 44% on the first day of trading the stock was down yesterday below the opening price. no analyst recommends buying the stock right now. it'll be years before snapchat shows a profit and user growth is apparently slowing. the issue of transgender bathroom access heating up. trying to pass what they call the texas privacy act. now, it is similar to north carolina's law requiring people to use public rest rooms according to their biological sex and the supreme court has
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declined for now to hear the case of gavin grimm from virginia suing to use the boys bathroom at his high school. turning no you to that deepening mystery surround fitness guru richard simmons. >> rumors swirl and it's now been years since his close friends have seen him in person. this morning that leads to a big question, where is he? here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: he sweated to the oldies for decades. short shorts and that smile. february 15th, 2014 simmons didn't show for class. hasn't been seen in public since. many friends say they haven't heard from him. the serial style podcast missing richard simmons trying to figure out what's going on. >> i haven't talked to anybody who thinks richard simmons is fine. >> reporter: his pr agent told us we didn't cooperate nor collaborate. the truth is richard is fine and willingly enjoying his life outside the spotlight while still working behind the scenes to help those millions who
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desperately need his love and assistance. these unfounded attempts to diminish the legacy of this true american treasure are simply shameful. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> and there will be more about richard simmons later this morning on "good morning america." and when we come back the motorcyclist's high-flying stunt over a highway is now being investigated as police ask some serious questions about what in the world he was doing. a major mistake in a marathon. could be costly for some runners. stay with us. o m g ten years later, nothing's really changed. it's time to snap out of it. hello moto. snap on a jbl speaker. put a 70" screen on a wall. get a 10x optical zoom. get excited world. hello moto. moto is here. the moto z with moto mods. visit to discover today's hot deal.
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the great lakes to the appalachians and watch out for snow in minnesota as well as north dakota and the northern rockies and slippery roads in the northwest. if you're flying expect airport delays in new york, philadelphia, boston, washington, atlanta and detroit. >> yeah, absolutely. to florida now and casey anthony's talking about the death of her 2-year-old daughter for the first time since her trial. >> it's been almost nine years since caylee anthony disappeared and six years since the murder trial ended in her acquittal. anthony sat down with the associated press and >> everyone else has their theories. i don't know. >> so your parents had her. >> my dad did. what i was told. i don't remember too much of what happened. i'm okay with myself. i sleep pretty good at night.
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>> anthony is currently living with a private detective who was the lead investigator on her defense team. she says she doesn't care what people think of her. caylee would have turned 12 years old this year. and this morning we have new information about autism. researchers have discovered some new genes related to the disorder. >> the meryl was revealed in a study of autistic people and their relatives. doctors found 18 new genes related to the condition. they've also discovered people with autism have dozens of gene mutations that may have caused their symptoms. the study is strengthening the idea that autism is a genetic condition. well, evel knievel would have liked this but authorities in california don't. take a look at this. it happened outside of los angeles. you can see the biker jumping over a four-lane active freeway. potential danger. authorities say the biker didn't -- this is so california -- he also didn't have a film permit. investigators have traced the video to the instagram page of a
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motocross fan. >> got to get that film. new york city police have made an arrest in an on camera attack on a reporter. this is what happened to cefaan kim. a guy in a mask came up behind him and what you didn't see was this confrontation. kim was shoved to the ground. he is okay and now his facebook page he says a suspect is now in custody. no word yet on any charges. >> not the guy you want to mess around with. u.s. army reserve -- >> he kept his cool. for now let's get highlights from the nba from our guys at espn. good morning. it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett with neil everett. >> kawhi leonard, stop, pop, drills it. harden and leonard had 39. look at ginobili. i can't believe whey just saw. going the other way, leonard, number two, right there. blocks harden and then that goes
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down, foul is called. leonard goes to the free-throw line. i mean, this was outstanding ball -- the two and three seeds in the west right now. spurs, they're on a massive win streak and win this one, 112-110. what about the cavaliers taking on the heat in miami. i'm sorry. in cleveland. they lost in miami. on saturday, and they lost andrew bogut in this game, broken leg. fractured left tibia to be exact after playing just 58 seconds so going to take a look at him in the cleveland clinic and see if he plays again this season. heat up five, dion waiters banks it in. waiters hit 29 points, the heat win it 106-98. miami has now won 19 of its last 23. erik spoelstra doing a fantastic job. >> from portland, oregon.
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next film. tom hanks and meryl streep are teaming up. >> they're never teamed up in a movie before. the papers you may recall exposed america's role in the available war. they have a total of eight oscars between them so they're good. the man of steel is back in his familiar spot on hollywood boulevard. >> so, christopher dennis has tressed as superman for more than two decades but has been missing in action until monday. that was his first day back on hollywood boulevard since being severely beaten during a robbery. nearly a year ago. the incident left him depressed. he also turned to drugs but he eventually went to rehab and says he's now glad to be back doing what he loves and helping people. finally, one last visit to the nfl scouting combine in indianapolis. you're going to want to see this. it's not all about the impressive performances from the nfl stars. >> no, check out detroit lions
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>> ♪ >> good morning everyone. good to see you. it's 4:27 a.m., tuesday morning and here's what's coming up next on "action news." we have breaking news from west philadelphia. a man is shot by a person he just picked up to take for a ride. we'll have a live report. a man forces a woman in delaware into her in that the a robbery and kidnapping attempt and police think the same man has struck twice before. a live report on this manhunt just ahead. a magician's juggling act somehow gets him off the hook during a traffic stop. dave murphy is track something showers for parts of the area and some more springlike weather. it's all next on "action news." stay with us. >> ♪ the northeast. and a mother-to-be in south carolina sticking her neck out on the internet and upstaging
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another social media star. >> so she decided to reenact a viral livestream. you see it there in quite a funny way. here's liz cooper from our affiliate in myrtle beach. >> reporter: this is the video taking over social media. a woman in a giraffe mask showing off her pregnant belly and paces around the room, sits in a rocking chair and playing off the viral video of april the giraffe. >> hey, everybody, i'm erin dietrich. >> meet the woman behind the mask. 29-year-old erid dedrietrich. for seven minutes her husband recorded her with a $16 mask you ordered online the week before. >> i told him to keep it on live for a minute. he kept it in eight minutes. you can hear me heavy breathing. >> reporter: she says she was
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posting it for some laughs with friends. >> i did it on facebook because all my friends think i'm ridiculous and obsessed with this giraffe and there's like 8 million views and i was not expecting this. >> reporter: in less than 24 hours there are more than 14 million views and close to 60,000 comments. one woman posting, it's just like the giraffe video i just can't stop watching. for one saying this made me laugh so hard. send this to ellen degeneres. that comment alone getting close to 2,000 likes. di dietrich says she's having fun with all the hype. >> now it's a race. who will have the baby first, me or april. i'd like it on the same day. we're like friends. she's my middle of the night support. >> if the giraffe hen her have the baby born on the same day. >> mind blown. i, man, that will be the get. that interview with april the giraffe. >> when is it going to
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning everyone, it is 4:30 a.m. on this tuesday. tam is off. nydia han joins us. >> breaking overnight a driver is snot west philadelphia. we're live with details on what police think happened in the car. >> an all out search going on for moon forced a woman into her delaware apartment and tried to rob her. investigators believe he's the same person who struck two times before. >> house republicans in washington roll out their alternative to the affordable care act. we'll break down their plan. >> how about a little morning rain to deal with. we have it with meteorologist, david murphy and karen rogers.


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