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making news in america this morning, several breaking stories overnight including the historic flooding in louisiana. tens of thousands of people rescued after more than 20 inches of rain, and it's not over yet. a wildfire forces thousands of people to evacuate in northern california destroying homes along the way. one man survives by getting in his pool as the flames engulf his yard. cars burned. at least one person shot and a police officer hospitalized. a second night of protests following a deadly police involved shooting. and people running for safety at one of the country's busiest airports. officers came in with guns drawn as all flights were grounded. we have the latest on what caused this security scare.
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everyone. it's been a busy overnight hours for us. we're following several breaking news stories starting with the epic floods in southern louisiana expected to get worse today. >> overnight the number of people being rescued nearly tripled in size to 20,000. parts of the area received over 20 inches of rain since friday. >> and this new video, take a look. a boat full of people making its way through a flooded street. only car roofs peeking above the water. abc's ray raimundi has the latest. >> reporter: this drone vio giving a snapshot of parts of baton rouge, louisiana, submerged underwater. >> i roger that. >> reporter: u.s. national guard helicopters swooping in to rescue this man and this little boy from the rising floodwaters, just 2 of the more than 20,000 rescued in southern louisiana. the federal government officially declaring louisiana as a major disaster. >> obviously this remains a very serious event, a historic flooding, and it remains ongoing. >> reporter: cars submerged
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>> i'm going to break this window. >> reporter: dramatic rescues like this one captured all across southern louisiana. >> get my dog. get my dog. >> your dog? >> get my dog. >> reporter: this man rescuing a woman after her convertible sunk underneath the rising waters. interstate 12 a major highway now a makeshift river complete with a ten-mile stretch of abandoned cars. >> as you can see behind me, a actually flooded. we've been here for about 30 hours now. >> reporter: the national guard moving in to rescue those trapped. more than 10,000 people now in shelters. this woman lucky to escape the floods with her two daughters. >> i just wanted to get out. i'm like, it's not going to stop. once i saw it coming up my steps, i'm like, i didn't plan on it being this high. we got to get out. like my kids got to be safe. >> reporter: in the midst of the disaster, extraordinary acts of courage from flood victims. >> oh, lord.
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neighbor, some delivering water. others passed out food. ray raimundi, abc news, new york. and the region's rivers are cresting, which means more flooding is likely. the storms are still active and moving up from the gulf of mexico bringing in more heavy rain today as well. >> yeah, so clearly we're in the thick of a busy weather pattern right now. accuweather's paul williams tracking it all. good morning. >> good morning to you as well, diane, kendis. a high pressure system will keep it hot, steamy throughout boston, new york down towards d.c. but here's what's in the wings, afternoon, evening thunderstorms from richmond all the way towards columbus covering the ohio valley region, and it reaches down towards the deep south as well. in fact, this is widespread rain that's going to be in the midst of heavy downpours and likelihood of some flash flooding to occur. gusty winds with these as well. winds accelerating up to 45 to 65 miles an hour. kendis, diane. >> all right. our thanks to paul. and now to the other breaking news story we're following, this one from northern california. a fast-moving fire known as the
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in northern california forcing thousands of people to evacuate. officially ten homes have been destroyed, but eyewitnesses report seeing others on fire. commercial buildings and a post office have also been burned and another 1,000 structures are in danger right now. one resident taking shelter in his swimming pool. >> just about 20, 15 minutes or so, it got intense, smoke and fire and sparks just blowing for awhile here. >> well, the fire has burned at least 3,000 acres, and we're told it is 5% contained. that same area was devastated by a wildfire nearly a year ago. a second day of protests in milwaukee ended with shots fired and at least two people injured, one of those people was rushed to the hospital after being shot. the other was an officer injured after his patrol car was pelted with rocks. the violence marked the second day of unrest in the city, though, there was less widespread destruction of property than we saw with saturday night's rioting. protesters are angry over the deadly police shooting of a
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man had a gun and that they have the video to prove it. also breaking overnight, reports of a shooting at new york's jfk airport shut down operations and sent people running for cover. a loud noise prompted a report of gunfire at terminals used by american airlines. while officers were seen running through the airport with their guns drawn, you see people there in the terminal dropping to the ground. the terminals were evacuated, and a nearby highway was shut down. frightening scenes there at jfk but the gunfire was actually no injuries. donald trump is looking to get back on message today as he lays out his vision for defeating isis. this after spending a lot of the weekend tangling with the media. trump's now facing a blistering new op-ed suggesting a landslide defeat is possible. the op-ed comes after trump blasted "the new york times" for an article about turmoil in his campaign. >> the newspaper's going to
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maybe we'll start thinking about taking their press credentials away from them. >> and trump's campaign manager is now the focus of another "new york times" article. investigators in the ukraine told "the times" they found secret ledgers showing $12.7 million in an undisclosed cash payment designated for paul manafort. manafort had consulted with ukraine's pro-russian political party. his lawyer says he hasn't received any such payments. and vice president joe biden is hitting the campaign trail with hillary clinton for the first time. they're holding a rally in his hometown of scranton, pennsylvania. now, scranton has been a democratic stronghold, is hoping to capitalize on their area's economic stagnation and anger over illegal immigration. clinton's support among the working class there has been eroding, so she's hoping biden can help. well, let's get on now to the olympics and simone biles in action again today looking to build on her third gold medal performance. >> biles came out on top in the vaults last night. she now has two more events to go, the balance beam today and the floor routine tomorrow. if she can medal in both, she'll be the fst american gymnast to
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round of games since 1904. >> history in the making. it is an olympic three-peat for usain bolt. the jamaican sprinter hangs on to the title of world's fastest man beating out american justin gatlin in the 100 meters. bolt is the first man or woman to win the event in three straight olympics, and have you seen this photo? bolt, even before the final, this is a shot of him smiling as he pulls away from his opponents in his semifinal heat. now while bolt has a "what, me worried?" look on his face, the other three guys look a little stressed out. >> what's so remarkable about that photo too, it's not like he was in the lead the whole time but sort of pulls ahead at the end. so, to have that much confidence when you just finally get out in front, great, great photo. >> that's why he's one of the greatest. >> speaking of the greatest, let's take a look at the medal count, shall we? the u.s. leads the way with 69 overall, and the americans also lead in the number of gold
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well, still ahead, more news from rio. gold medalist ryan lochte talking about getting robbed at gunpoint. plus, a little girl snatched away from a campsite. hear how her family's quick thinking saved her from a lion. and a pilot forced to ditch his plane in the water during an air show. how those people on the beach
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four boaters including a child had to be rescued after their boat capsized off the gulf coast of florida. when the coast guard arrived they were clinging to the hull of the overturned boat with their life jackets on. breaking news in the arrest
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police officer. royheem deeds is accused of killing officer tim smith shot to death after he left his patrol car in the town of eastman. smith would have turned 31 today. three couples from mississippi were victims of a plane crash in alabama this weekend. the group was returning from a dental convention in florida when their plane went down. investigators say the pilot issued a distress call before crashing in a wooded area near the tuscaloosa airport. and now to a dramatic crash landing in england. a small plane was forced to touch down along a beach during an air show. the plane hit the water hard and flipped upside down trapping the pilot, but onlookers came to the rescue and turned the plane over. the pilot walked away with no serious injury and the plane appeared to be relatively unscathed, as well. >> nice landing. twitter may bring its football games to apple tv. the mini blogging service recently won the right to livestream thursday night nfl games. now twitter is reportedly in
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which would let millions of that device's users watch the streams. and "suicide squad" held on to first place at the movies despite a huge drop-off from last week. "suicide squad" took in about $44 million. the raunchy "sausage party" surprised with 34 million and "pete's dragon" from our parent company had $21.5 million. when we come back, a boat sinks in the middle of the night. hear why these guys have a red cooler to thank for saving their lives. >> interesti. action after her cubs take a tumble over a waterfall.
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their little girl was swooped up by a mountain lion. >> that's right, and just like we saw the mother bear there, this is a different kind of mama bear that jumped into action. see what happened. a harrowing tale of child versus the wild. >> we didn't think we were in danger. we just thought it was passing through, but now we know it was actually stalking the kids because they had come up for dinner. >> reporter: 4-year-old kelsi butt was out camping with her family this weekend near green canyon hot springs, idaho, when her mother put her down for a nap. >> it was after dinner i took her and her cousins to the tent. >> reporter: but kelsi wandered off and that's when her mother says a mountain lion pounced clutching her in her mouth. her mom jumped in immediately. >> it just grabbed her with its teeth and flipped her over, and so i ran to her screaming, running at the lion, and i run up to her, i scoop her, and she's just clinging to me. >> reporter: the mouain lion dropped the girl after hearing her mother scream, left
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big scare for the whole family there. to lift little kelsi's spirits, the family has given her a new nickname, puma princess. this morning police in new new york city are questioning a man in connection with the shooting death of an imam and another man as they left a mosque. investigators say the man was seen in the area where the shooting took place. surveillance video shows the gunman approached the victims from behind, opened fire and then walk away. they released a sketch of the suspect saying the motive is still unclear. neighbors believe it was an anti-muslim hate crime, but police have not yet confirmed a motive. and who needs a life preserver when you have an ice cooler. three men whose speedboat sunk at night in lake tahoe clung to the cooler and a seat cushion. their cries for help were heard on shore, and a fourth tried to swim to shore. none of the four tourists had been wearing a life jacket but luckily for them they had that cooler. frightening moments for a u.s. swimmer, ryan lochte, and
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the u.s. olympic committee says the group was in a taxi heading back to the olympic village early sunday morning when armed men posing as police pulled them over. lochte says the gunmen told the swimmers to get on the ground and he initially refused. >> and then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, get down, and i put my hands up like, whatever. he took our money. >> well, lochte tweeted his thanks to family, friends and the message went on to say, the most important thing is he and his teammates are safe and unharmed. >> now, it's kind of strange that the international olympic committee actually denied the story just a short while before the u.s. olympic committee came out and confirmed it. >> as if you wouldn't have four people there saying, we lived through it, we know what happened. had >> well, we're hearing from them directly. >> yeah. all right, time now for
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good morning, america. kevin connors, john anderson. you know, i was wondering at some point watching the 100 meters on sunday night if usain bolt was going to burst into flames he was so fast. >> he is fast and a little slower but at 29 you're allowed to do. here i will re-create the 100-meter dash right now. all right, and now we go on to baseball. mookie betts just went crazy for the red sox in this game against the diamondbacks. off zack greinke in the first. two-run shot. it's 2-0 and then he got out, and he plowed a three-run homer out there. at fenway all his home runs were over the monster. and there's a three-bagger. thank you very much. goodness me. 4 for 6, 26 homers on the year, 3 homers and 8 rbis, red sox won huge. cardinals and cubs, sunday night baseball on espn. cubs led 3-1 till the eighth inning when stephen piscotty did that off hector rondon, three-run home run. look, jumping for joy, and then what do your teammates
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home run, completely change the game, give your team a win? well, you get to the dugout, and they give you high-fives and then they chuck water in your face. that's a compliment now. it used to be, it would happen and you would say, what did i do? you would apologize. now it's nice job. >> well, there's all kinds of ways to show that you're enamored with someone and your appreciation. >> that's true. >> if i had some water, i would throw it on you now, but i don't, so good morning, america. can i get some water? >> i like that idea. >> don't you dare. up next in "the pulse," the big question at the medal ceremonies in rio, what are those trophies that the athletes are getting? >> ah, yeah. and the michael phelps face forever etched in ink. with myself, with my life. it all starts with a healthy routine.
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? all right, time to check "the pulse" starting with a major olympic milestone for the u.s. >> when simone manuel won the 4x100 medley relay over the weekend, the win clinched the 1,000th summer olympic gold medal to the americans. that dates back all the way to 1896, the first international olympic games in the modern era. >> okay, so that prompted this tweet from president obama, "final win for phelps. world record for ledecky. the biles. that's how team usa gets america to 1,000 golds, way to make history." >> boom. and fans around the world are noticing a break in tradition at the rio games. something is missing at the awards podium. >> yeah, so instead of getting flowers, this year winners are getting this little guy. it's a figurine of the rio olympics logo, and it doubles apparently as a holder for those well-deserved medals. organizers thought it would be nice to give the athletes
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>> well, the figurines have triggered a guessing game on social media with speculation ranging from a paperweight to a happy meal toy. >> it does look like a happy meal toy. michael phelps' intensity will live on on the leg of one of his fans. >> uh-huh. remember that death stare that he put on the south african chad le clos before the 200-meter butterfly final. >> yep. who could forget that? >> well, a man named ricky fung apparently liked it so much, he tattoo right leg. that's his leg right there on the right. fung said he wasn't even a fan of phelps before the games, but his performance this time around inspired him so much, now he's going to look at that for the rest of his life. >> yeah, it's pretty good. the toronto man said he didn't even like swimming, much less michael phelps before, but he was impressed and decided to etch it forever. >> great job by the tattoo artist. >> very good. >> more news after this. clean food.
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checking our top stories on this monday, there was a second night of violent protests in milwaukee over the police shooting of a black man. now, police say the man had a gun when he was killed and that the officer's body camera images will prove that. at least ten homes and several other buildings have been destroyed by a fast-moving wildfire in northern california. thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate. more than 20,000 people have been rescued from their flooded homes in southern louisiana, and overnight. the federal government has issued disaster declarations for four parishes. looking at today's weather, it will be very hot in the west. there will be more heavy rain throughout the south, especially in the gulf, and it will be hazy, hot and humid in the northeast. finally this morning, a heart-warming moment for a family in illinois bringing everyone to tears. >> it was a gift from a teenager and it took the man who raised her completely by surprise. abc's john donvan explains.
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began unwrapping a present at a family get-together, no one watched his face more intently than the women on either side of him, sally to the right, lauren on the left. >> how is he going to react? am i going to make him cry? >> reporter: now, joe is sally's boyfriend, a relationship that began when lauren, who is sally's daughter, was a year old already. so joe's been in lauren's life since she can remember. >> i was only with my biological father every other weekend, but i was with joe almost every day. >> reporter: and during that time, something like a real father/daughter bond formed. >> he did things for me, and he took me places. >> as the years went by, you know, i not only fell in love with sally, but i fell in love with lauren, as well. >> reporter: now, the surprise inside the box was a framed poem of appreciation from lauren, and that got joe crying already, but then he discovered the envelope with a set of legal documents inside. we'll let the video explain the
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>> i'm asking joe to adopt me. >> yes. >> reporter: people say joe's a man of few words, maybe. >> in the end she chose me, so there's no better gift than that. >> reporter: few words but perfect for this picture. john donvan, abc news. >> and it turned out to be a happy graduation gift for her as well. he, of course, said yes. everyone's happy. >> a great moment and great to see him show his heart right there. >> he same he came from a separated family so he never wanted to see another kid go through what he went through. >> congrats. >> that's what's making news in america this morning. >> do check us out at have a great monday.
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a neighborhood is up in arms over the migrates homeless population and our denver 7 crew was even assaulted by a homeless person last night. is this the result of new enforcement efforts on the 16th street mall? plus jeff co schools and this week. this is after a car crashes into clear creek canyon last night. jason gruenauer is on the scene for us this morning. any updates? >> reporter: yes. just within the last 10 to 15 minutes, that road has been we were here and saw emergency crews come through, pick up cones from the intersection,


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