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making news in america this morning, breaking right now, part of the famed bellagio hotel in las vegas up in flames. the dramatic video coming in overnight. also breaking right now an explosion rocks a college campus injuring at least four people. what investigators are saying on the scene. the mother of all bombs, the u.s. military's biggest weapon ever used other than a nuclear bomb dropped on isis targets in afghanistan overnight. we're learning about casualties as many ask the question, is president trump sending a message to other countries? we're live in washington. trapped for hours, 80 feet in the air, passengers on a roller coaster stuck and it's not the first time it's happened on this ride.
and we do say good morning on what's turning out to be a busy friday morning. i'm kendis gibson. >> i'm linsey davis in for diane macedo. a huge fire along the famed las vegas strip. >> it broke out at the bellagio hotel on the strip and in full view of people enjoying a balmy night in sin city. overnight flames shooting into the night sky over the las vegas strip. a fire ripping through a shopping area at the bellagio hotel. firefighters getting the call around 10:45 local time. las vegas boulevard, the strip, packed at the time with visitors. many of them capturing the massive fire on social media. the flames raining down from the roof but the fire despite being located just steps from the bellagio's famed fountain was difficult for firefighters to knock down. the vegas strip shut down, it would be more than 20 minutes before fire crews could get the
flames under control. at the same hotel just last month, four burglars some in animal masks smashed their way into a high-end jewelry store, some are still on the run. this morning as authorities try to figure out the cause of the fire, they say no one at the 4,000-room hotel was injured. authorities there in clark county in nevada tell us the cause is still under investigation. we're going to continue to watch the developments in that breaking story. also breaking overnight, an explosion on a college campus. at least four people were hurt. one critically in the blast at the university ofhere is no damage to any buildings. right now the fbi is sending personnel with explosives expertise to the scene. the united states is facing a serious of hot spots around the world. it's putting the new administration to the test. >> president trump returning to his mar-a-lago estate for the easter weekend after praising the military for a massive bomb
attack in afghanistan. u.s. forces used the mother of all bombs for the first time targeting isis with the biggest nonnuclear weapon in its arsenal. this morning the pentagon says at least 36 militants were killed. >> some say the strike was meant as a warning to north korea but officials there remain defiant amid speculation they're about to test-fire a nuclear weapon and abc's maggie rulli joins us from washington. good morning, maggie. >> reporter: good morning. what a week for president trump. having to deal with one foreign policy test after another. and heading into the weekend, it seems like north korea could jump to the top of his priority list. it's president trump's latest foreign policy threat. deals with the fallout from an expected nuclear weapons test in north korea which could occur as soon as this weekend. >> north korea is a problem. the problem will be taken care of. >> north korea's got to change its behavior. >> the time for action is now. >> reporter: america's top military leaders say north korea's increasing pace of missile tests in the past six
months have made the situation urgent. according to monitors the latest satellite images show a north korea nuclear test site primed and ready for a launch expecting it saturday as the nation prepares to celebrate the birth of the nation's founder. the u.s. is countering with a show of military strength. moving an aircraft carrier strike group into position near north korea. and in what may have been a not so subtle warning to the hermit kingdom the use of this massive 22,000 pound bomb nicknamed the mother of all bombs, it's the biggest nonnuclear weapon ever used in combat by the united states. on thursday, the u.s. dropped it on eastern afghanistan targeting an isis cave complex. >> this was another very, very successful mission. >> reporter: a pentagon official tells abc news it was the right weapon, the right target and the desired effect. experts say there may have been a secondary effect, sending a signal to america's enemies.
>> a message to them is no matter how much you hide, no matter how deep you dig, we can still get you. >> reporter: in a response north korea's vice foreign minister blames the united states for making things more complicated and says washington has become more vicious and more aggressive since donald trump took power. kendis and linsey. >> tense times between us and the north korean government. thank you. the white house is pushing back against criticism that president trump has flip-flopped on several key positions. the president reversed course on china deciding not to label the country a currency manipulator and on the same day changed his mind about nato saying it was no longer obsolete. press secretary sean spicer described the president's reversals as reactions to changing circumstances. >> i think you can look at what you're referring to as a shift in a lot of ways. by that i i mean i saw a couple instances with respect to nato being one of those shifts
yesterday. if you look at what's happened, it's those entities or individuals in some cases are issues evolving towards the president's position. >> the president also shifted his position to consider reappointing federal reserve chair janet yellen and he switched to a favorable view of the export/import bank. overseas and a mass evacuation under way in syria this morning coordinated by the government as well as the opposition. they're moving 10,000 people from fourtowns besieged by that civil war. dozens of buss are taking them to other syrian cities in hopes of escaping violence and hunger. it is the first of several rounds of evacuations planned for hard hit areas. and the syrian president bashar al assad is denying that this horrific chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people ever took place. assad claims the whole story was fabricated so the united states would have an excuse to bomb its air base. now, even though u.s. officials say there is solid forensic evidence proving it was all real he's dismissing the
heartbreaking images of the dying children as a hoax. >> what they did at all, we don't have arsenal. we're not going to use it. >> assad's claim is believed to be part of a russian propaganda campaign spreading fake news. #syriahoax was twepdzing on twitter. two secret service agents were fired for allowing a mace carrying intruder on to the white house grounds. it took 16 minutes to catch the man after he scaled a fence last month and made it to the rear entrance of the white house before being caught. the president was not there at the time. both of the terminated agents had been with the secret service less than two years. still ahead, big plans for tesla. the new vehicles we could soon see on the road. >> plus, a senator holes his first town hall in months and he gets an earful.
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convention center in mesa. the republican sparred with the crowd on a number of issues including president trump's policies and health care. >> -- has no business in -- >> i don't happen to agree. i think the free market system -- >> i hope behind that smile you're doing some serious soul searching listening to these people here tonight. i would suggest you take another long drink of water because you're going to need it. >> thanks. >> water and a shot of something else. senator flake is seeking another terminix year. new details about the injuries to the doctor who was forcibly removed from that united flight. dr. david dao suffered a concussion and a broken nose and lost two front teeth in the incident. his lawyer claims he will need reconstructive surgery. dao has been released from the hospital. his attorney says dao is likely to sue united. he spoke to reporters in chicago along with dao's daughter.
>> we were horrified and shocked and sickened seeing it on video made those emotions exacerbated. >> what's unfortunately occurred here in dr. dao's case is rudeness, bullying customers has gone the next step now. >> united says it's ceo and others have called dao numerous times to apologize but dao's attorney claims they have not heard from the airline. tesla has big plans to go bigger. the electric carmaker will unveil a semi truck in september and ceo elon musk says the company will also show off a pickup truck within two years. they are also planning an electric bus but no time line was given for that as yet. when we come back the new details in the case of that missing student and the teacher accused of kidnapping her. the teacher's family speaking out.
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on reality tv. but it did on the latest episode of "survivor." the two contestants involved in the incident were jeff varner and zeke smith. they were at a tribal council deciding who from their tribe was going to be voted off and that's when varner went too far. >> why haven't you told anyone you're transgender? what i'm show something a deception. >> but that's personal. >> i didn't want to be the trans "survivor" player. >> and you are. >> and i feel like i am. >> varner apologized but was sent home without a vote. cbs says the episode provided an unexpected dialogue about acceptance. there will be more about the uproar that the incident sparked on "good morning america" today. new york giants quarterback eli manning is in the middle of a legal fight over memorabilia. several collectors are suing manning, the giants and others claiming they provided items
that were supposed to be game worn but actually were not. a new court filing in the case includes e-mails that may confirm that. the giants lawyer says the whole thing, quote, is just the latest misguided attempt to defame manning's character. well, a couple of sporting events last night. the fans got more than they paid for. >> in one case they got a lot more. highlights now from espn. >> welcome to our "sportscenter" studio. i'm chris hassel. that's chris connors. this baseball game went deep into the night. >> deep florida. south florida, mets and marlins having at it. top of the 16th inning, it was tied at. until that was d'arnaud goes deep. second home run of the year for him. we were not done. bottom 16, marcell ozuna with a chance to win it in the bottom of the 16th.
oh, he gave it a ride but the mets win, 9-8. game one of a sexy little first round match-up between the maple leafs and capitals. ovechkin had a chance to win for the caps later. give him a late lead in the third. it went just high. we go to overtime. ovechkin wasn't the hero. it was tom wilson who caught it, put it down and sent everybody home happy in the nation's capital. capitals had a 1-0 series lead. the blackhawks won to the predators in the west. the nba playoffs begin saturday 3:00 eastern on abc. you'll see lebron going up against the pacers. for chris hassel, i'm kevin connors. >> thanks, fellas. up next in "the pulse," have the simpsons predicted the
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>> good morning, i'm brian taff, it is friday, april 14. philadelphia police are stepping up patrols after teens are ram domly attacked at a carnival. two airmen are accused of sexually abusing a runaway and keeping her on base. it is cooler today, but easter sunday will be warmer. who have the exclusive accuweather seven-day forecast and traffic coming up next on this friday morning. "action news" is up next. pacific northwest. so most of the late night comics took the week off except for jimmy kimmel and conan o'brien. >> both had fun with sean spicer and the united airlines mess. here now your "friday funnies."
>> a turkish airline crew helped deliver a baby on board a flight. that's nice. yeah. and then in keeping with the times the baby was dragged from the plane by security. >> what was happening on the ground at mar-a-lago the weekend when this weekend when he ordered both an air strike and dessert while dining with the president of china. >> i was sitting at the table, we had finished dinner. we're now having dessert and we had the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake that you've ever seen. just launched 59 missiles heading to iraq. >> headed to syria. >> yes, headed toward syria, yes. >> listen, wherever we bomb, the point is this was a -- the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake. >> white house press secretary sean spicer has apologized for his hitler comments and admitted he screwed up.
that's what he said. i don't think spicer learned his lesson because he then said even hitler didn't screw up as badly as i did. weird. >> he should stop talking about hitler. >> trump administration contacted pbs to ask -- after saying they want to cut their funding they contacted them to ask if they would provide costume characters for the easter egg roll. that's like your boss saying, i know i just fired you but can you work overtime sunday. >> easter is where christians celebrate the return of jesus. yes, unfortunately this year jesus can't return because he's middle eastern and he has been detained at the airport. >> ah, harsh. >> some reason i'm craving chocolate cake. >> i was going to say i'm in the mood for some chocolate cake and peeps. >> that's right. happy easter, everybody. that's what's making news in america this morning. >> enjoy the rest of your passover.
>> good morning to you it is friday, april 14 i'm brian taff. >> i'm jeanette reyes, matt and tam are off today. here's what we're following for you. police in delaware county surrounded a scene of a shooting that sent a person to the hospital. teens randomly jumped by a group of girls at a carnival. >> united states dropped the biggest bomb ever with the exception of a nuclear weapon. >> let's go over to david murphy and karen rogers on this friday morning. hi, guys. >> reporter: good morning, guys we're off to a decent