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>> definitely has. be kind with your jokes. is this the time to tell him that thi right now on "america this morning," breaking news, another mass shooting in america. >> back up. there's a shootout. >> and this time a child is once again among the many victims. the latest from southern california. also this morning, the fallout from the emotional testimony at the derek chauvin trial. >> oh, my god. >> the witness accounts and chauvin himself heard for the first time defending his treatment of george floyd. legal analysts weigh in on where the case stands right now. disturbing scenes at the southern border. young girls dropped from atop the 14-foot border wall. these girls just 3 and 5 years
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old. what we're learning about them and their mother. doses delayed. the new manufacturing problem plaguing johnson & johnson's covid vaccine and why sarah palin is now urging people to mask up. play ball, the different protocols at washington parks across the big leagues for opening day today. and from a record making stunt by this kayaker to a high school set up inside a macy's department store to something we never knew about mcdonald's chicken nuggets, all the trending stories for your thursday morning. good thursday morning, everyone. i'm mona kosar abdi. >> i'm andrew dymburt. kenneth is on assignment. we begin with breaking news, the nation's mass third shooting this time in southern california. >> police say four people dead including a child and a fifth person in critical condition after a gunman opened fire inside a commercial building in the city of orange. >> witnesses living in the
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normally quiet neighborhood say they were stunned to hear gunfire. >> there's about ten gunshots. the cops running right there, look at that. >> word of the shooting triggered a massive police response. heavily armed officers swarming the scene. and armored vehicles blocking the streets. officers say when they showed up the shooter was still firing. >> upon arrival the officers discovered shots that were actively being fired and our ivers did engage in an officer involved shooting and discovered four victims that are deceased. one of those victims does include a child. >> police say the shooter is in critical condition. there's no word yet on a possible motive. more information as we get it. we turn now to minneapolis and the derek chauvin trial. >> the former police officer charged with killing george floyd has been heard publicly for the first time defending his treatment of floyd on that fateful day. his statement part of a series of graphic videos shown in court.
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this morning legal analysts are weighing in on where the case stands, but first a warning, some of the images that you're about to see are disturbing. this morning, day four derek chauvin trial with more witnesses set to take the stand after a day of dramatic and emotional testimony wednesday. including from charles mcmillan, a neighbor who saw george floyd struggling and urged him to comply with the officers. >> i was telling mr. floyd, mr. floyd, just get in the car >> reporter: mcmillan was heard on the police body camera verd in court. >> i'm not trying to win. >> reporter: george floyd needed to plead with the officers as he refused to get in the backseat saying he was claustrophobic. >> don't do me like that. >> get in this car. we can talk. >> i'm claustrophobic. i'm claustrophobic, man. >> reporter: the officers then pulled him from the car. >> get in the car. >> i'm not getting in the car. aagh.
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oh, man. please, officer, please, please. >> take a seat. >> please. please. >> take a seat. >> i can't. i can't joke. i can't breathe. >> reporter: they pulled floyd to the ground. chauvin with his knee on floyd's neck. a witness is later heard pleading with officers to check his pulse as floyd lay face down on the pave many. back in court charles mcmillan breaking down as he heard george floyd on that video calling for his mother. >> mr. mcmillan, do you need a minute? >> oh, my god. >> can you just explain sort of what you're feeling in this
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moment? >> i can't. feeling helpless. i don't have a moment. i understand him. my mom died june 25th. >> reporter: also on that body camera video the first publicly heard defense of officer chauvin's actions in his own words. >> i got to control this guy because he's a sizable guy. looks like he's -- >> reporter: jurors also saw video of george floyd before the tragedy unfolded inside the convenience store. chris martin who worked there said floyd was friendly but appeared to be high. he says floyd paid for the cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill and told his manager who called the police. the store worker then watched the tragedy unfold and
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he says he felt guilty. >> what was going through your mind? >> disbelief and guilt. >> okay. why guilt? >> if i would have just not taken the bill this could have been avoided. >> legal analysts say chauvin's defense team says there was resistance from floyd even if it was passive resistance. chauvin's unemotional demeanor could hurt his standing with the jury. it continues today at 10:30 on abc newslive. we have new information about the scandal surrounding florida congressman matt gaetz. investigators are looking into allegations that gaetz had a sexual relationship with at least one minor including a 17-year-old which he denies. now sources say the investigation is looking into the congressman's conduct in the other case but in other states
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as well. kevin mccarthy says he's waiting for all the facts. turning to the pandemic new quality concerns delaying johnson & johnson's covid vaccine. meanwhile, sarah palin is speaking out after testing positive for the virus. ike ejiochi is here with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrew. millions of doses of the johnson & johnson have apparently been ruined because of a mistake at a factory. it could take weeks to recover. this morning "the new york times" reports workers in a baltimore, maryland manufacturing plant actually mixed up ingredients for the johnson & johnson vaccine possibly ruining 15 million doses. the company says none of the vaccines in question made it into circulation. politico reports the biden administration was aware of the problem two weeks ago and getting the facility back on track could take weeks. >> two, three. >> reporter: it comes as it's revealed it's 100% effective on kids as young as
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12 and now testing on 5 to 11. >> maybe by there summer they should be available for the preteen and young teenagers so parents should be ready to get their kids vaccinated. these will likely be safe and effective vaccines and could help kids get through the summer and certainly into school. >> reporter: a fourth wave of the coronavirus is looming. hospitalizations nationwide up 6% in the last week. still authorities are easing more covid restrictions. georgia's governor is limiting more limbs on gatherings. more americans are also traveling. united airlines now reports its first profitable month since the pandemic and delta will stop blocking middle seats on may 1st to accommodate more passengers but overseas, a more dire picture. france extending its lockdown and in brazil cemeteries can't keep up with the bodies as variants of the virus and lack of testing fuel a covid nightmare. abc's victor oquendo is in sao paulo. >> covid testing isn't free so for the poorest people
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who live here in tight quarters one test can cost about a third of their monthly income. >> reporter: sarah palin is urging people to take the virus seriously after testing positive telling "people" magazine, i strongly encourage everyone to use common sense to avoid spreading this and every other virus out there. the cdc confirms it is the third leading cause of death in the united states behind heart disease and cancer. mona. >> ike, thank you. a massive fire spread through this pallet yard in southern california. the smoke and fire engulfed it in compton forcing several evacuations. no word on the cause. time now for a look at your thursday weather. it could be a rough commute with showers and storms from washington, d.c. to new england. the interior northeast will see snow, nearly a foot in some places. checking today's highs, 50s in new york and boston, upper 60s from the northern
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rockies to texas, but the cold isn't over yet. check out these windchills for tomorrow morning. it will feel like it's below freezing in atlanta and even colder farther north. coming up, no more recharging. the new phone battery that could last years. but first a bizarre twist in the tiger woods crash investigation. and up next, the shocking scene. young children dropped from the top of the border wall and abandoned.
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back now with this video from detroit. a fire truck slamming into a van at a gas station sparking a fire. seven people were injured. the truck had just clipped another vehicle on the way to a call. now to the disturbing scenes
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at the southern border. we're learning more about the children scene on video dropped over the border wall. here's abc's megan tevrizian. >> reporter: this morning, stunning images from the southern border showing the horror of human smuggling. an apparent smuggler on the mexican side drops a young girl off the border plunging 14 feet landing on her stomach. moments later a second and loy 3 and the sister of the other one from ecuador. the man seen running off with a second person back into mexico. authorities jumping in to help after seeing it unfold live on a surveillance camera and rushed the girls to a hospital and contacted their mother who is here in the u.s. >> they are healthy. they're good. they were eating a banana and some orange juice we gave them. >> reporter: that area is now
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seeing about 100 unaccompanied minors. >> they're treating human beings like a commodity just to make money. no one gets to that border without a coordinated and organized effort with cartels and criminal organizations. they are managing the flow of people. >> reporter: our cecilia vega recently spoke to an official about how savvy smugglers can be. >> how organized are these smugglers? >> i think they got spotters. i'm sure they know where we're at. >> reporter: authorities in south texas rescued this 6-month-old girl after they tossed her and her mother into the rio grande mother. the mother from honduras paid $3500 to cross. homeland security secretary alejandro mayorkas releasing a statement late wednesday calling human smugglers' behavior criminal and morally reprehensible. nearly 18,000 migrant children are you now in u.s. custody and more are testing positive for covid-19. officials say border facilities are overcrowded and are not able to conduct their own covid testing. andrew, mona.
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>> megan, thank you. investigators say they know what caused tiger woods' car crash, but they can't reveal it. the l.a. county sheriff claims there are privacy concerns and that's why it will not be made public. woods has to sign off before it is released. a california company designed a new battery that could last a decade. the power for the so-called forever battery comes from nuclear waste. the company says it can be used for nine straight years in smartphones and other devices without recharging. they hope to develop it by 2023. coming up, paying more for everyday household items, the prices on the rise. should college athletes be made. the arguments at the supreme court. higher stroke risk due to... afib not caused by a heart valve problem. so if there's a better treatment than warfarin,... i want that. eliquis. eliquis reduces stroke risk better than warfarin. and has less major bleeding than warfarin. eliquis has both. don't stop taking eliquis without talking to your doctor as this may increase your risk of stroke.
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now weighing in on the big business of college sorts. >> oh, it's over. >> reporter: the justices heard opening arguments wednesday in a case centered around the ncaa can continue limiting th benefits paid to student athletes. current current rules scholarship money offered is capped even though the games are generating huge profits for the schools. >> where does this go? it goes to millions and millions of dollars in salaries to the athletic directors, to the coaches, to palatial stadiums. >> reporter: the ncaa argues it needs those payment limits to preserve the amateur status of competition and a ruling against them would threaten the critical distinction between professional and college sports, but the justices grilled the ncaa lawyers on the league's business model. >> schools that are naturally all gotten together in an have- organization, an organization that has undisputed market power and they use that power to fix
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athletic salaries at extremely low levels. >> why does the ncaa get to define what pay is? >> reporter: the case is not about whether students can be paid salaries but it's part of a larger debate about compensation for student athletes. six states have already passed laws allowing student athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness. as for the case at the supreme court just cyst sonia sotomayor expressed concern about the long-lasting effect it could have. >> how do we not that we're not destroying the game as it exists? >> reporter: but most of the justices appeared willing to side with the players. a ruling expected in june. it's opening day in major league baseball. all 30 teams will be in action, and each ballpark will have different covid protocols. the texas rangers will open at 100% fan capacity which president biden calls a mistake. the yankees and mets will open at 20% capacity.
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boston's fenway park only 12%, all tickets will be digital and many ballparks are going cashless. a megadeal in baseball. espn reports the mets and francisco lindor agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract. coming up, what we never knew about mcdonald's chicken nuggets. also ahead, no field trip. the high school students going to class inside a 's. .. ...but that demands the return of small moments illness attempts to steal. ♪ dignity demands a rapid covid test, ♪ because we all need an answer to move forward. ♪ dignity demands your heart stays connected to your doctor, so you know it's beating as it should. ♪ it demands a better understanding of your glucose levels, so you can enjoy movie night. ♪ and knowing your baby
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at 5:00, a child is among four people killed in a mass shooting in southern california. we'll show you the scene this morning. 7 million more people statewide will now be allowed to make appointments today. but don't expect it to be easy. >> pfizer releasing brand new data about its vaccine today. and sports fans returning to bay area stands for the first time in a long time. the opening day for the oakland a's. good morning, everyone. welcome to thursday, april 1st. >> mike, i know we're glad the game is a little later, because it's hot today. >> yes, the boys of summer, and it will feel like it. they're back, and so are the potential for record high temperatures. live doppler


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