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you can't stop watching. >> have a great day, everybody. making news in america this tuesday 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, remember her, 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. so, what was this motorcyclist doing jumping a
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and we do say good morning on this tuesday, everyone. 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 more tornadoes and damaging winds likely. already there are 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. >> brian, 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 under the night sky as high winds take out
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power lines. >> i have power flashes. i'll take it as it is moving east. >> 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 twister also 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, we're 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. you have the travel ban and also 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 -- >> to immediately repeal and replace obamacare. >> reporter: -- republicans are unveiling their replacement plan which would immediately eliminate the individual mandate and begin pulling back subsidies as well as create tax credits to help americans buy insurance. >> the result would have the reduced federal spending under the bill is likely to mean more people uninsured. >> reporter: as expected democrats are opposing the plan. house minority leader nancy pelosi tweets the gop plan to
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make america sick again will do massive damage to millions. 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. [ chanting ] >> reporter: protesters gathered outside of 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 tom perez who claimed the president's recent wiretapping allegations is just smoke and mirror. >> in order 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. that's 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
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have to start implementing it and it will cut in half the number of refugees admitted into this 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 for us live in washington. lana, thanks. this other note, housing secretary ben carson under fire for comparing slavery to immigration. carson is the only black member of president trump's cabinet and he 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, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. >> carson initially defended his comments but he later posted on facebook that the slave narrative and immigrant
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narrative are two entirely different experiences and should never be intertwined. 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 clarified his testimony from his confirmation hearing. 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. the president of planned
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parenthood pointed out they're already not allowed to use federal funds for abortions. she said her organization will always stand for women's ability to make digs about their health and lives without interference from blisses. malaysia has come out accusing north korea of taking its people hostage. 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 range ballistic missiles, 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 just off japan's border. this comes as the u.s. delivers its long delayed anti-missile
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defense system to south korea. >> you have about 50,000 americans right there at those bases in japan. strong winds in the meantime. the western plains are fanning wildfires. in northeastern colorado hundreds of homeowners are now just waiting for a potential evacuation order. a fast-moving fire near the wyoming border has destroyed 30,000 acres and 3 homes and another along the kansas/oklahoma border has destroyed some farm buildings. several communities have been evacuated also. coming up, a major new finding about autism and who it may affect. and 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 be
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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 the cloud movement 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 is heating up in two southern states. republican lawmakers are joining forces 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
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sex, and the supreme court has declined for now to hear the case of gavin grimm, the transgender student from virginia suing to use the boys bathroom at his high school. turning now to that deepening mystery surrounding fitness guru richard simmons. >> rumors swirl and it's now been years since even 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 from a former friend trying to figure out what's going on. >> i haven't talked to anybody who thinks richard simmons is fine. >> reporter: simmons' 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. and a major mistake in a marathon. it could be very costly for some runners. stay with us. r, 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 some airport delays in new york, philadelphia, boston, washington, atlanta and detroit. to florida now and kaci anthony 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 kaci was acquitted of murder. anthony sat down with the associated press and said she knows many people still think she killed her daughter. but she insists she still has no idea what happened to her and is still trying to find out. >> 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 genetic material was revealed in a study of autistic people and their relatives. doctors in canada 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 probably liked this but authorities in california sure don't. take a look at this stunt motorcyclist. it happened just 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
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video to the instagram page of a motocross fan. >> got to get that film. >> yeah. new york city police have made an arrest in an on camera attack on a reporter. this is what happened to wabc's cefaan kim on friday night. 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. he's a u.s. army reserve sergeant. >> he kept his cool in that space. now some sports. 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. we got some nba action for you. >> kawhi leonard, stop, pop, drills it. i mean, harden and leonard both had 39. look at ginobili. i can't believe what i just saw. going the other way, leonard, number two, right there.
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blocks harden and then that goes down, foul is called. leonard goes to the free-throw line. i mean, this was outstanding ball from the two and three seeds in the west right now. spurs, they're on a massive win streak and they 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 they're going to take a look at him at the cleveland clinic and see if he'll play again this season. fourth quarter, heat up five, dion waiters banks it in. waiters hit 24 points in the first half and finished 29. the heat win it 106-98. miami has now won 19 of its last 23. erik spoelstra doing a fantastic job. >> erik spoelstra from portland, oregon. >> back to you.
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>> all right. one bad turn could cost runners hoping to get into the boston marathon. >> the lead motorcycle at last weekend's woodlands marathon near houston made a wrong turn. that cut nearly a mile off the course. now, runners are worried that their types to qualify for the boston marathon will be just tossed out. woodlands officials are now hoping they'll be allowed to submit adjusted times. big-time stars reportedly getting ready to give the pentagon papers the hollywood treatment. and the reporter is putting some of the players to shame at the nfl combine and wait till you see what she was wearing. th. strong muscles, all in one. highly digestible, and a taste he loves, all in one. purina one smartblend is expertly blended... with 100% nutrition, 0% fillers, always real meat #1.
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bot reportedly in talks to tar in a film about the pentagon papers and "the washington post's" role in publishing them. >> unbelievably they've never teamed up in a movie before. the papers you may recall exposed america's role in the vietnam war. the tentative title is "the post." the three have a total eight oscars so they're good. the man of steel is back in his familiar spot on hollywood boulevard. >> so, christopher dennis has dressed 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 he 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 one. it's not all about the impressive performances from the nfl stars.
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>> no, check out detroit lions reporter tori petry motoring through a 40-yard dash in under 6 seconds. and fellas -- >> beat some of the players. >> she did it in heels. >> boom. >> bravo to her. good job. i mean, that's really impressive because most of the players were doing it in 4 seconds, 4.2 seconds. how fast can we get to camera one?
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all right, good morning to you. it is tuesday, march 7. >> yes. was there any sound there? was that not -- >> it was quiet. >> it wasn't just you. >> time to get up and get going. >> good morning, north bay. >> kind of a soft open this early in the morning. >> easing on into it. how's it looking this morning. >> not going to hit you over the head with a sledge hammer. little bit of fog out there. it is cooler this morning so you want to dress appropriately. hi, everybody. let's take a look at live doppler 7. fog around novato, temperatures are a little bit cooler to the
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springs neighborhood to see how the clean-up is going. some roads remain closed, some apartments still off


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