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making news in america this morning, a candlelight march at the university of virginia. the large crowd called for peace and understanding in the same place white nationalists gathered a week ago. that gathering followed an emotional memorial service for the woman killed in last week's chaos. president trump facing new fallout from his comments about charlottesville and concerns beginning to grow about a big rally being planned for this weekend. we're live in washington. also, a potential break in the case of natalie holloway. what her father is saying about human remains that he recently found after a tip. the powerball jumbo jackpot swelling overnight. no winner after last night's drawing so how big it is it now?
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a good thursday morning. i'm diane macedo. >> i'm ryan smith in for kendis gibson. we begin with a powerful show of solidarity and peace in charlottesville, virginia, just days after the city erupted in violence. >> hundreds descended on the campus singing together and honoring those who died. that gathering happened in the same spot where white supremacists had just spewed hatred and gathered just the weekend before. >> the vigil playing out as president trump faces more fallout. abc's emlay rah has the latest from washington. good morning, emily. >> reporter: good morning. president trump's latest comments really the last straw for a lot of the country's top ceos. the fallout tipping for president trump as the charlottesville community comes together. >> but still like dust i'll rise. >> reporter: less than a week later hundreds gathered once again. ♪ let it shine >> reporter: but this time in the name of peace.
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>> we're here to take back the lawn from this student generation. >> reporter: the show of support coming as president trump continues to lose backing from the business community. >> i think there's blame on both sides. you look at -- you look at both sides. i think there's blame on both sides. >> reporter: those comments setting off another wave of backlash. trump who sold himself as the businessman president forced to shut down his major business advisory councils amid an exodus of corporate leaders. a key advisory council of top ceos from powerhouse companies like pepsi, ge, ibm and walmart, even voting to disband informing president trump who quickly tweeted. rather than putting pressure on the business people of the manufacturing council council & strategy & policy for rum, i am ending both. thank you all. the ceo of apple is taking eight i step further announcing a million dollar donation to two civil ryes groups and telling employees he does not agree with
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president trump's comments. diane and ryan, back to you. >> that's abc's emily rau reporting from washington. thanks. sorrow an anger over charlottesville followed vice president pence to latin america. dozens of people mostly americans gathered for a vigil across the treat from the hotel he was staying and had signs denouncing hate. a controversial rally on saturday and organizers are calling et a free speech rally. but there is some concern because some of the people who appeared in charlottesville had been scheduled to speak in boston. still organizers say they do not support hate groups and are not affiliated with the organizers of the charlottesville protests. boston officials warn that the rally will be shut down if it gets out of control. >> respect this city because we respect your right to come in and speak. so if we're going to respect your right to come in, we expect you to respect our city, our people, the people that live
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here. don't pass hate. don't pass judgment on people. >> all marchers will have to adhere to conditions including a ban on any weapons, backpacks or even sticks. >> the grieving parents of heather heyer, the car attack victim in charlottesville are calling for calm in the wake of her death. >> mark heyer and susan spoke about their daughter during yesterday's memorial service. susan asked mourners to make a difference. heyer made a call for peace. >> she wanted to put down hate and for my part, we just need to stop all this stuff and just forgive each other. >> say to yourself what can i do to make a difference and that's how you're going to make my child's death worthwhile. i'd rather have my child but by golly if i got to give her up we're going to make it count. >> more than a thousand people gathered for that memorial just a half a mile from where heyer
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died. >> we have new details about the past of the man charged with killing heather heyer. 911 cran scripts obtained by abc news reveals james alex fields assaulted his mother who uses a wheelchair. two reported incidents in his early teens. he is being held without bail on a number of charges including second degree murder. the man some are blaming for president trump's response to charlottesville is speaking out. steve bannon is now slamming the far right as irrelevant saying, quote, i think the media plays it up too much. these guys are a collection of clowns. >> abc news has learned the investigator leading the special counsel's russia probe has left. it's the first reported glitch in robert mueller's probe. the agent is now working with the fbi's human resources department. it's unclear why he left or if the move was voluntary. the unexpected departure comes as the investigation appears to be intensifying. a search is on for five crew members missing. the black hawk went down during
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a routine training exercise on tuesday night and that's after losing radio and visual contact with another chopper. now, search and rescue crews found and collected pieces of the helicopter's fuselage and a helmet in the debris in a field over oahu. now for a look at your weather. an out of break of severe storms spawned seven tornadoes in minnesota including this one in southwest minneapolis. hurricane gert is now a category 2 storm with 105-mile-per-hour winds. it should start losing steam later today as it tracks farther out to sea but still triggering dangerous surf and rip currents along the new england coast. three tropical waves still have the potential to develop in named storms over the next several days, be careful if you're hitting the beach. and it is official. the nation's got a major case of
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powerball fever. now, no one hit the jackpot last night. the next saturday night with an estimated jackpot of, hold your breath, $510 million. >> a cash value of more than $324 million. but winning all that money is a pretty big long shot. the actual odds are 1 in nearly 300 million. >> i'll take those odds. coming up, the annual list of the nation's friendliest cities is out. plus, the woman who survived weeks in the woods on her own is speaking out in our exclusive interview offering some new details about her life-threatening ordeal. incredible images from overseas. that tumble nothing a raging river. the details straight ahead.
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we're seeing heartbreaking images from sierra leone after a building collapsed into raging water below. devastating mudslides have already killed nearly 400 people there. the red cross estimates another 600 people are missing. also overseas a manhunt is under way in london for a gang of jewel thieves on motorcycles. video of their daring heist in broad daylight shows them using a sledgehammer to smash their way into a luxury jewelry store and grab a still unknown amount of valuables and make a speedy getaway. no one hurt and so far no arrests. natalie holloway's father is revealing a possible break in her disappearance in aruba. dave holloway says a tip led him to find human remains behind a house on that caribbean island. the family is awaiting the results of that test and she disappeared while vacationing
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with friends. the high-profile case was never solved but vander sleuth is serving 28 years in jail after being convicted of murdering a different woman. two flight attendants were rushed to the hospital after becoming ill. they were overcome by the smell of nail polish remover but it's the third hit by odor within the week. a group representing airline workers say they're getting more issues about odors and they're working on the issue. new details about that giant elm tree that collapsed in new york's central park. injuring a mother and her three young sons. authorities say it suffered from a decay of its root system and added that the tree had been regularly inspected. most recently last fall and there were no visible signs of decay or disease. >> strange. lots of cities have beautiful scenery and beautiful trees, great things to see and great things to do but conde
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this fiery wreck is causing headaches for commuters in overland park, kansas. the driver likely had a medical episode before crashing. he was able to escape thanks to help of good samaritans but the portion of that highway still closed. roads will be wet nearly everywhere east of the mississippi river with flooding conditions across the great lakes and wet roads through the lower midwest and into texas. >> if you're flying airport delays are most likely in detroit, chicago, and memphis. now, police have all but given hope of finding a young alabama woman missing for nearly a month and found the two men she was last seen with and arrested them for burglary but there was no trace of her. >> and then cops say what was practically a miracle happened and abc's steve osunsami has the story. >> reporter: 25-year-old lisa theris says she's lucky she's alive. she says the poison ivy still stings.
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>> it was all about finding a road or finding a person. >> reporter: she and her father showed her the walking stick she found that helped her make it out of the forest. >> it helped me out a lot. >> reporter: she had been missing for 25 days when a woman driving down a country road saw what she first saw was a dead animal and called police. >> i couldn't even hear any cars the whole time i was out there until the end. >> do you think you were drugged? >> it would make sense but i'm not sure. >> you don't know. >> i don't know for sure. >> what do you think? >> i think i heard that maybe so. >> reporter: steve osunsami, abc news, troy, alabama. >> steve will have much more on that story later on on "good morning america." production of "mission: impossible 6" is on hold as tom cruise recovers from an injury he suffered on set. we showed you the video earlier this week. the 55-year-old leaping from a building during a stunt and coming up short. slamming into the side of ray building. yeah. turns out that cruise broke his
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ankle and paramount says production for the film has shut down until cruise's full recovery. we hope it's a speedy one. it was a night of good and bad for aaron judge of the yankees. first the good. judge crushed his american league leading 37th home run of the season giving the ypgs the lead against the mets. >> latter in the ninth he struck out for the 33rd game in a row. the dubious record for the most consecutive with a strikeout by a nonpitcher. just means he's swinging for the fences and he's obviously doing it. >> you can't win the lotto if you don't buy a ticket is what my coach used to say. enough with baseball and my coach. let's get highlights from espn. good morning. >> america. >> she's nicole. i'm neil. how is my hair? >> stellar. it's all real too, i hear. >> yeah. >> east coast bias so i get to go first. red sox looking to sweep the cardinals. trailing 4-3 runners on first and second. two outs.
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mookie betts, off the monster and bogart will score. jackie bradley coming around from first, always fast, gets around the tag at home. molina, yadier molina can't get him. ball isn't in his glove so wouldn't have counted anyway. red sox walk it off, 5-4. sweep complete. you can go. >> no photographers were injured in the making of these highlights. you had a walkoff. the dodgers were in trouble. they were down going into the bottom of the ninth. you know what, the dodgers weren't in trouble because they're just -- they're having one of those seasons. logan forsythe, cody bellinger scores from first. 4-2 becomes 4-3 and then route 66 says walk this way. walk this way. yasiel puig scores forsythe and barns, dodgers come back with their 51st home win.
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51 games over .500 which is a lot. >> that is a lot. the dodgers are having an historic season and may not be crying in baseball, but it'll be tough not to after watching. >> sorry to the gentleman out there but a young man named jordan tossed what could be the worst ceremonial first pitch in history. watch. last night at fenway, yeah, he does not get it down the plate, instead he hits a cameraman behind home plate. >> that never feels good. the guy whose name is tony later tweeted thank the lord it was just a bit outside. >> tony actually caught a photo of the ball coming in as it was heading toward him. up next in "the pulse," a freak of nature. an easy way to get another carrot for your diamond ring. >> fan also have to do without a certain snack during falcons games. we'll explain. on our facebook page a warning for "game of thrones" fans who might be thinking about getting a siberian husky because
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>> good morning i'm tamala edwards, it is thursday, august 17. here's what's next on "action news." a philadelphia police officer is involved in a car wreck overnight. we have the latest on his condition and what happened moments before the crash. many are keeping an eye on the former statue of mayor rizzo after protesters want it taken down. those stories and traffic and accuweather ahead on "action news." the country with showers across the lower midwest, but it'll be sunny, dry and just all aboard comfortable across the west. and finally this morning, an inexperienced and poorly equipped kayaker nearly lost his life in powerful rapids in
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alaska. onlookers tried to pull him out but they couldn't. >> it took an incredible act of heroism to save his life and it was all caught on camera and marci gonzalez has the story. >> reporter: daniel hartung's wife warned him setting out on his first whitewater kayaking trip was a bad idea. >> we got a swimmer coming down. >> was she ever right. just minutes into his journey down six-mile creek near hope, alaska, he was thrown from his kayak. legs quickly trapped beneath a log. >> he is pinned. he's caught. >> reporter: fellow kayakers began a rescue with time quickly running out. >> the more i tried to extract myself the lower my head went until i was not able to breathe anymore. >> reporter: rescuers threw him ace rope but his strength was gone. >> i just came to the realization that i was not going to get out of this by myself and that this is probably the end. >> reporter: that's when a stranger object die ya jenkins
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jumped in putting his own life at risk going underwater and pulling hartung free. >> i just knew at that point there was no way that i could let this guy die. >> reporter: rescuers performed cpr and other than a broken ring hartung was okay. for jenkins who turned 33 that day there was no better present. >> i said to him, nobody dies on my birthday. >> reporter: for hartung's wife a loving "i told you so." >> she was so thankful that i was okay, but she has given me a lot of good advice since then. >> reporter: marci gonzalez, abc news, los angeles. >> and people familiar with the event say that that man who had to be rescued had a kayak that was built for calm waters like a lake, let's say instead of raging rapids and he was wearing a bicycle helmet. >> not safe at all. luckily they were on hand to save him. dangerous situation indeed. >> that man who saved him was actually taking the day off. he was going to participate and chose to relax instead and got the call that he was needed. good thing he came
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>> good morning it is 4:30 a.m., thursday, august 17. here's what we're following on you. >> a rough night for a philadelphia police officer who wound up a situation he was trying to avoid, a car crash. >> police are patrolling the area around the statue of former mayor frank rizzo, the action cam at the scene the officers at the ready. this after protesters insist it be taken down. >> federal government office offers alarming new statistics regarding


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