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making news in america this morning, under pressure. growing calls for president trump's labor secretary to resign over his role in a plea deal with multimillionaire jeffrey epstein in a sex trafficking case. what we're learning about the accusations involving young girls and what the president is now promising. murdered over rap music. police say a white man killed a black teenager because he felt threatened by the music he was playing. this morning the new push for hate crime charges. a midair nightmare. >> we are declaring emergency. we will need crews out there on the roll out. >> what passengers on this delta flight saw during an emergency and what the flight crew told them to do. plus, new details on what caused the death of a beloved disney actor at the age of 20.
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a major announcement in the entertainment industry. the future of "friends" and netflix and why seeing your favorite shows may soon get harder and more expensive. and plastic shaming. a creative and embarrassing way to get people to stop using plastic bag, but does it go too far? good wednesday morning. thanks for joining us. we begin with a growing political fallout from the arrest of financial mogul jeffrey epstein on sex trafficking charges. >> labor secretary alexander acosta is facing new calls to resign over his role in a 2008 plea deal that allowed him to avoid federal prosecution for allegedly molesting teen girls. >> president trump is expressing sympathy for acosta but now is distancing himself from epstein, a man he once called a terrific guy. trevor ault has the new details
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from washington. >> reporter: yeah, so the source goes back 11 years when jeffrey epstein struck a deal to serve less than two years in prison and avoid a possible life sentence in an investigation involving 40 teenage girls and this deal was orchestrated by a now prominent member of the trump administration. against labor secretary alexander acosta, president trump standing by his secretary for now. >> you're talking about a long time ago and again it was a decision made i think not by him but by a lot of people. >> reporter: top democrats and multiple presidential candidates calling for acosta to resign in the wake of indictment of disgraced financier jeffrey epstein charged with sex trafficking girls as young as 14. some of the new allegations also part of an old investigation into epstein for more than a decade ago where acosta served as the prosecutor in south florida. epstein struck a deal with acosta registering as a sex offender and serving just 13 months in county jail. one of epstein's alleged victims saying she was kept in the dark as the deal was reached.
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>> they were already signing the secret plea agreement with him, you know, and keeping -- keeping me out of the loop. >> reporter: secretary acosta responding to critics tweeting, the crimes committed by epstein are horrific and i am pleased that new york prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence, but a federal judge has determined acosta and his prosecutors broke the law by not informing the victims about the terms of the prior deal. >> i am calling on secretary acosta to resign. >> reporter: president trump acknowledges he knew epstein but the trump organization saying epstein was banned from mar-a-lago years ago. >> i had a falling out with him a long time ago. i don't think i've spoken to him for 15 years. i wasn't a fan. >> reporter: well, president trump says the white house is looking into secretary acosta's role in prosecuting epstein but president trump also noted that under secretary acosta the economy has done very well. janai, kenneth. >> trevor, thank you for joining us this morning.
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the battle over obamacare is playing out in a federal appeals court with health benefits for millions of americans on the line including those with pre-existing conditions. a three-judge panel heard arguments tuesday on whether a texas judge was right to strike down the affordable care act. two of the judges seem skeptical that the law's individual insurance mandate is constitutional. a ruling is expected later this summer. now to the growing calls for a hate crime investigation in arizona. police say a white man killed a black teenager because he felt threatened by his rap music. the murder has sparked outrage, even getting the attention of a presidential candidate. >> he was really god's gift. >> reporter: this morning a family is grieving the loss of a 17-year-old in arizona. >> he was out there living his life going to work, going to school, making sure he was getting everything taken care of. he didn't have just one job. he had two jobs. and was trying to get a third job. >> reporter: police say elijah al-amin was at a soda machine when michael adams walked up behind him and stabbed him to death.
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according to court records adams told investigators he heard elijah listening to rap music in the parking lot saying the music made him feel unsafe and he needed to protect himself and the community from the victim. >> supposedly what he said is that his music had reminded him of others who attacked him. >> reporter: this morning civil rights group are calling for hate crime charges against adams with more than 100,000 tweets containing justice for elijah including one from presidential candidate writing rip, elijah. >> my name is michael paul adams. >> reporter: records show adams was released from prison just two days before the murder after serving a 13-month sentence for aggravated assault. his lawyer says the arizona department of corrections should have given adams access to mental health services after his release. >> this is a disabled person and he's been released into the world and left to fend for himself. and two days later this is where we are. >> reporter: in response, the department of corrections says
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adams was given information about where to find help for mental illnesses but the department says it had no legal authority over him after he was released. as for elijah's family, they say mental illness is no excuse. they say hate motivated the murder. >> so the fact that someone is trying to claim that that's the reason why my brother's life was taken, it's just an excuse and it doesn't help. it doesn't -- it doesn't lend any type of consolement like it doesn't help at all. >> there is no hate crime statute in arizona but a judge can impose a tougher sentence if it's determined that a hate crime was committed. delta air lines is trying to figure out why an engine failed during a flight from atlanta to baltimore. this is what passengers saw out the window. a piece of the engine still bouncing around inside. the captain told everyone they had lost an engine. flight attendants starting preparing passengers for an emergency landing even telling them to loosen their collars and take off their glasses.
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>> after we heard the boom, we just saw all this smoke come up into the cabin, and that's when we really started freaking out. >> i texted my mom, i love you. i texted my dad, i love you. >> the plane was diverted to raleigh durham and landed safely. the engine will now be taken to atlanta for the investigation. the death of an american scientist in greece remains a mystery this morning. suzanne eaton's body was found inside a world war ii bunker on the island of crete. her family thinks she may have become overheated while running or perhaps she fell. an autopsy will be performed. homicide detectives will lead the investigation. back here in the u.s., new flooding concerns in the heartland. this is the scene around kearney, nebraska, after nine inches of rain in some areas. floodwater was four feet deep forcing some evacuations by boat. meanwhile parts of the south are now bracing for a possible tropical storm that could dump more than ten inches of rain. let's take a look now at your wednesday forecast. good morning.
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low pressure sitting over the warm gulf waters likely to develop into our next tropical system over the next 24 hours. we're tracking heavy thunderstorms across the southeast. lots of heat and humidity into the mississippi river valley. that low drifting westward throughout the rest of the week bringing flooding downpours to the louisiana and texas coastline. we're also talking some severe thunderstorms from the midwest into the great lakes with damaging wind gusts and hail possibly through our wednesday afternoon and evening. i'm accuweather meteorologist adam del rosso. coming up, a plan to offer free college tuition to more students. a consumer alert. the lawsuit over hotel prices and fees and how one major chain allegedly deceived customers. big news about "friends" and netflix. why it could transform the entire streaming video industry.
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>> put what on? >> the last suit you'll ever wear. >> that was actor rip torn along with will smith in "men in black." torn's career in movies, tv and on stage lasted seven decades. he won an emmy for his role on hbo's "the larry sanders show." torn died yesterday. no cause of death was given. he was 88 years old. now to a major scare inside a super 8 motel. nearly 50 people had to be rushed to the hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at the motel in winnipeg, canada. more than a dozen people were listed in critical condition, but they're now recovering. the leak set off an alarm in the boiler room. carbon monoxide levels were nearly 20 times over the limit. marriott is facing a lawsuit accused of deceiving customers on room prices and fees. the washington, d.c. attorney
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general claims the hotel chain's advertised rates were often misleading because they didn't include the fees that guests had to pay when booking rooms online. those charges are sometimes called destination fees and can be as high as $95. the suit claims nearly 200 hotels charged the fees. the company is not commenting. a new plan to offer free college tuition this morning. the university of texas says it will offer full scholarships to some students from low income households. the school has set up an endowment that will fund scripps for instate students for families who earn $65,000 or less a year. about 20% of students are expected to automatically get them beginning next fall. another popular show leaving netflix and could signal a huge shift in the streaming video industry. at&t which owns warner media including hbo has pulled "friends" off netflix so it can run the show on its own streaming service which will be called hbo max and follows the recent announcement that nbc
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is pulling "the office" off netflix for the same reason it launches a new streaming service. "friends" and "the office" were the two most watched shows on netflix. coming up, a home run controversy in the major leagues. also ahead, important news for dog owners. a warning about a sugar substitute found in many consumer products and the danger for your pet. but first the investigation into a cruise ship tragedy. a little girl falling to her death. why her family now blames the cruise line. it's tough to quit smoking cold turkey. so chantix can help you quit slow turkey. along with support, chantix is proven to help you quit. with chantix you can keep smoking at first and ease into quitting. chantix reduces the urge so when the day arrives, you'll be more ready to kiss cigarettes goodbye. when you try to quit smoking, with or without chantix, you may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms. stop chantix and get help right away if you have changes in behavior or thinking, aggression, hostility,
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wiegand fiercely fighting back against reports the indiana toddler slipped through her grandfather's arms while playing near a window on this royal caribbean cruise ship. >> this was preventible. >> reporter: the 1 1/2-year-old died sunday afternoon after plummeting 150 feet from deck 11 of the "freedom of the seas" docked in san juan, puerto rico. chloe's grandfather claiming he walked her to the glass window bank near the children's water park area seen in this video from a cruise earlier this year. >> there's a wood railing right there. he puts her up on there thinking she will bang on the glass and it's going to be great and she goes to bang on the glass. the next thing he knows she's gone. >> reporter: chloe's grandfather had no idea this window was open. according to her family, chloe loved to look through glass, face against the boards at her big brother's hockey game. the puerto rican police commissioner saying investigators are interviewing
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her family members and the lawyer saying the cruise line should have done more to ensure the safety of the ship's youngest passengers. >> you're not supposed to have an opening like this that has an opening greater than four inches. this is a giant gaping hole. why are you going to put this hidden danger in the middle of a kids' area. >> reporter: royal caribbean telling abc news that they are assisting local authorities. the wiegands demanding to see the surveillance video. >> a video is worth a thousand words. >> reporter: their attorney tells us they have not yet decided whether they will file a lawsuit. they still want to see the surveillance video from the ship and have many more questions they want answered first. erielle reshef, abc news, new york. >> our thanks to erielle there. new information this morning about the death of 20-year-old disney star cameron boyce. the actor died of a seizure in his sleep. his family now confirms he suffered from epilepsy which affects more than 3 million people in the u.s. it disturbs the nerve activity in the brain. most patient live full lives.
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experts say each year one out of every 1,000 people with the disorder suffers a sudden death. boyce's friends and co-stars have posted tributes online praising his talent and charity work. for the first time in the united states a baby has been born using a deceased woman's transplanted uterus. most womb transplants involve living donors but the cleveland clinic said it wanted to use a deceased woman's uterus to eliminate any risk to the donor. mother and daughter are doing well. experts say about 1 in 500 women of childbearing age cannot give birth because of problems with the uterus. a warning to dog owners. the fda is spreading the word about a sugar substitute that can be deadly. it's called xylitol. it can be found in breath and toothpaste. a dog that ingests xylitol could die within one hour. turning to sports the commissioner of major league baseball is denying accusations
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♪ it is time to check "the pulse." we begin with a texas teenager who is a real inspiration. >> he wants to be an nfl quarterback, and he's a double amputee. 14-year-old calder hodge is already playing for his houston high school wearing prosthetics. he was born without tibia bones and his legs were amputated as a toddler. >> to honor everything he's achieved so far, he got a big surprise during football camp. >> this is awesome. i didn't do nothing to deserve an espy. it's just a god given blessing. >> wow. he was presented with an honorary espy award. calder says he's never doubted his ability to play football. he says if you put your mind to it, you can do anything and he is proof. >> the espy awards air tonight so inspirational there. >> yeah, hats off to you. >> quite a young man.
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next one grocery store's controversial effort to get people to stop using plastic bag. >> a store in vancouver is trying to shame customers into bringing their own bags so its plastic bags feature embarrassing fictional logos including one for colon care and a weird adult video store. >> under each logo is a reminder to use a reusable bag when you shop. their popularity has prompted them to make canvas bags with the same logos. i don't know what's embarrassing about colon care. >> you walk around with that on your back. some california firefighters who battled a massive wildfire last year are closer than ever and the proof is in the baby boom. >> 12 babies including three sets of twins have been born to firefighters in redding, california, since the historic carr fire broke out nearly
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one year ago. >> the wives say they grew closer while their husbands were risking their lives. >> they say they're like one big, big, big, big, happy family. preparing for a whole bunch of play dates. three sets of twins. >> i feel like there is a phoenix message about rising from the ashes. new life. i love it. >> i like that, kenneth. finally every family has that one kid who's always standing out, and this family in wisconsin is no exception. >> so mom snapped this picture of her three boys at a museum where they went fishing for rubber fish. so the fish you see there, they're not real, but look at the 18-month-old. he decided to take a bite. >> he's like, what, i don't know. what's going on? she didn't notice. mom didn't notice because she was trying to get the other boys to look at the camera, so he's like, i don't know what you're talking about. >> always that one kid. and here's a moose. ♪ the heat is on >> keeping it cool. >> that moose spotted chilling out by this sprinkler in alaska during the record heat recently. >> i mean they did have -- their temperatures were in the 90s and
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breaking news. 4:27, a chaotic night for police in san francisco and the east bay. three people fall victim to gun violence. video of a san francisco dad calling 911 on an african-american man has gone viral. the caller said people have got the encounter all wrong. a car plows into a church and it doesn't stop there. a police officer on the scene is hurt when another car crashes his. good morning, on wednesday, july 10th. a lot of tough going on. >> we're glad you're here with us. mike nicco kicking off with the temperatures. >> we're in the upper 50 toss mid-60s, from 58 in santa rosa and san francisco and 59 in clear lake and half moon bay and
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everybody else in the low to mid-60s so that will spring board to a warmer afternoon away from the coast where we have mid to upper 60s in the san francisco and mid to upper 70s around the bay and look at those 80s, low to mid-80s in places like ukiah and antioch and morgan hill. fog we're watching also. and we'll talk about that coming up next with the accuweather 12-hour planner. here is alexis. >> a couple of slow downs in the usual places. no major incidents. to the central valley -- i think anyway. >> apparently they want us to take it, alexis we'll get back to you. we're tracking developing news in san pablo, a police investigate underway. >> we are live at police headquarters with what we know so far. ancer. >> reporter: good morning, i just spoke with san pablo police and they have confirmed they are investigating a fatal shooting that happens on stanton avenue. just a few hours ago -- this
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happens sometime after 10:00 police say when they arrived on scene they found a 22-year-old male victim in the middle of the road suffering from a gunshot wound and the man died on the scene. they say there are no other victims at this time and believe this was a targeted shooting. police are not releasing the victim's identity pending notification of the family and they are asking anybody with information to contact san pablo police. abc7 news. we have developing news in san francisco bay view neighborhood. police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead an another man wounded. this happened just after 11:00 last night on jennings street between van dyke and wallace avenue. officers have a crime scene near at yosemite and keith street. it is unclear if the two crime scenes are related and we're
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still waiting for more information. it is coming up on 4:30, if your just joining us, let's get an update on weather and traffic. >> hi, let's talk about the fog, thicken around petaluma and penn grove on 101 and it stretches into healdsburg and everybody else with low clouds out there. and you could see from the exploratorium camera, you couldn't see the top of the salesforce hour but it will hang around. temperatures 57 to 64 so starting off warmer so a touch warmer with partly cloudy conditions at noon. 71 to 75. we'll hang in the low to mid-60s at the coast and hit 76 to 84 under a mostly sunny sky for our bay and inland neighborhood and a comfortable evening in the way. 71 to 73. day two of the warming trend. 100s, may be possible this weekend. i'll talk about that coming


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