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this morning on "world news now," breaking news, out of surfside, florida. >> the rest of the partially collapsed apartment building has been demolished. but why the demolition was key to resuming the search and rescue mission. also this morning, amid the fourth of july celebrations from coast to coast, the special tribute that president biden paid to 1,000 essential workers with a barbecue on the south lawn of the white house. plus, the chilling new details in britney spears's bid to take her life back, we will bring you more from a new article and what the pop star told authorities when she allegedly called 911 in the hours before her open courtroom testimony last month. and later singing her song of joy, the heart felt encore from a talented artist from her fire escape that her loyal following can't seem to get
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enough of. it's monday, july 5th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." from the fire escape, you had the celebration in the nation's capital, right here in new york city, fourth of july felt a little more normal. >> it felt a little more normal. >> welcome. thank you. >> july 5th, a new holiday. >> a new holiday indeed. it's nice though because i don't remember what i did, everything was kind of canceled. >> same. i probably watched something on tv but i don't know. >> we will get to all of those fourth of july celebrations but first we will get to the breaking news from near miami, the demolition of what remained of that collapsed condo building in surfside, florida. >> it was brought down overnight, leaving only a huge plume of dust behind. the demolition clearing away for the search efforts at the site to resume. >> with the entire structure now
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down, search crews may be able to gain access to areas they haven't accessed since the collapse. overnight, crews demolishing the remaining structure of the partially collapsed condo building in surfside, florida. residents in the area told to close their windows and stay inside, as the demolition team uses a technique called energetic felling to bring the tower down, the blast starting from the bottom of the structure and within seconds, the building crumbled to the ground, appearing to fall away from the existing rubble where 121 people are still unaccounted for. >> gravity will pull it, almost everything straight down but it will have a little tilt to it where the material wants to stay away from the collapsed part so they can continue the recovery. >> officials deciding to bring the remaining structure down before any impacts from tropical storm elsa are felt.
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earlier sunday, officials searched for any pets left in the building. >> as soon as the building is down, and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work. >> this morning, rescue workers acknowledging the odds of finding survivors are dwindling. an experienced search and rescue operations expert telling abc affiliate wplg, he no longer believes there are any survivors under the rubble. >> the circumstances that we saw, the last few days, are too difficult for me to say that i believe there is a solid chance to find somebody alive. >> in miami beach, no fourth of july fireworks this year. instead, the city inviting residents to stand outside with a candle, a flashlight, or anything that lights up, to remember the victims and honor first responders. the official death toll from the collapse is at least 24 people. as we mentioned earlier, florida is bracing for tropical storm elsa. for millions of others, it's all
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about the trip home after the long holiday weekend. travel experts say the worst traffic is expected today, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. accu-weather's chris allen has more on the storm. >> keeping an eye on elsa, bringing in heavy rain, four to eight inches or more across cuba and as we head into the next couple of days, florida, especially the west coast, will be impacted with similar rain amounts, about four to eight inches possible. let's bring you to the track of the storm over cuba as we speak. right now and then moving into florida by tuesday morning, by the keys, and then up into the southeast coast, as we head into the midweek. diedre, andrew, back to you. >> thanks, chris. pope francis is receiving well wishes from around the world, after surgery to correct an intestinal problem. the holy see press office says the 84-year-old pontiff reacted well to the procedure, but there's no word when he will be out of the hospital. here's abc's maggie rulli.
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>> reporter: pope francis undergoing surgery on the large intestine, the announcement of the surgery coming as a surprise hours after he delivered the noon prayer in st. peter's square. he will undergo a scheduled surgery for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon. >> this was a scheduled operation but if you look back at his medical history, it's something new. he's had other problems but not this one. it is obviously something that has taken people who know him by surprise. >> i don't ver tick light is is a condition where pouches along the digestive track could get inflamed and could lead to obstruction and experts say surgery is not as common. the surgery is the first known hospitalization treatment for the pope since he was electioned to the papacy. last week, he may have hinted at a planned procedure when he
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asked for special prayers for himself. it is proving to be a busy year for the pope who returned to international travel after a 15-month hiatus during the pandemic. in march, the pope making an historic visit to iraq, meeting with the country's leaders an unprecedented sign of unity and announcing an upcoming trip to hungary and slovakia in september. >> from what i know of him, he is a man of great inner peace. he would not have gone into this operation worried, he believes he is in the hands of god. >> the vatican confirming he is out of surgery and doing well. the local media reporting key stay in the hospital recovering for another five days. maggie rulli, abc news, london. now to a consumer alert, tyson foods is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready to eat chicken. the chicken may be contaminated with the harmful bacteria listeria. at least two people have reported getting sick.
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the products were produced between december 2020, april, 2021, and shipped nationwide to retailers, hospitals, and restaurants. back to some of those fourth of july celebrations, president biden used july 4th to declare america is coming back together. >> it was very festive. here's part of that fireworks show in dc. highlighting the administration's largest event to date. the white house hosted more than 1,000 military families and essential workers on the south lawn. the president highlighted the success of the push to get the country vaccinated against covid-19, and he also honored the memory of the more than 600,000 americans lost during the pandemic. >> each of them meant the world to someone they left behind. and those of you who have been through all of this, know that to heal, you have to remember, we have to remember them, and we will. we'll commit to always remember them. >> the president also took a picture with the washington nationals' four presidential mascots and joking that they're
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big guys. >> and of course the white house wasn't the only place celebrating the fourth of july with fireworks, there were shows across the nation as the country celebrated the 245th birthday. >> the traditional macy's fireworks display in new york city returned after the pandemic changed things last year. the sky lit up over the east river and fireworks also went off at the empire state building. in houston, crowds came together to watch the freedom over texas celebration. this is so cool, because you know, we've been talking about it all newscast, just how this is starting to feel like the country is back, because i can't even tell you what i did last fourth of july. >> yes, it's a bit of a haze, right? it's nice to see these beautiful fireworks, people out and about outside having fun. >> i got to admit because we're on this shift and everything, i missed the fireworks, so i'm just kind of watching it. >> occupational hazard. >> we get to see them now. >> what do you think is better dc or new york? >> from the clips i've seen i think i will go to dc. >> a little biased.
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>> i will get a little pushback from the local talent here. coming up, the manhunt in a triple homicide at a country club in georgia. plus the chilling development in britney spears' bid to extricate herself from her conservatorship. the call that she reportedly placed to 911 just hours before her courtroom testimony last month. later, the dating app that now has its own restaurant. you're watching "world news now."
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over the weekend. one was a club employee and golf pro. the two other victims were found in the bed of a pick-up truck that was parked on the golf course, police say the suspect an hispanic man who hasn't been identified yet. we're learning stunning new details about britney spears' struggles. the new yorker reporting that the 39-year-old called 911 to report conservatorship abuse the night before her explosive court testimony on june 23rd. abc's megan tevrizian has more. >> reporter: this morning, new details on britney spears' so-called conservatorship nightmare and request to take back control of her life. a newly-released article in the new yorker by pulitzer prize winners ronan farrow and jia tolentino revealed on the night before britney's open testimony back in june she called 911 to report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse. >> on june 23rd, fans were able to hear from the pop star in her own words. detailing the emotional abuse
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and financial strain she's endured, the new yorker article describing how swiftly her father jamie spears was able to secure the legal arrangement, after spears had suffered a very public breakdown. friends saying the conservatorship taking maybe ten minutes. no one testified, no questions were asked. she never had a chance. that friend adding that after the arrangement was made, jamie spears would boast, i am britney spears. britney's mother saying she had mixed feelings about everything. i don't know what to think. it's a lot of pain, a lot of worry. >> since her conservatorship spears has released four albums headlined a global tour that earned over $100 million and starred in her own las vegas show but the article revealed during that time britney has been strictly monitored both personally and financially. her instagram posts edited by a third party, in rare cases posts that raised legal questions have been deemed too sensitive to
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upload. spears also said her conservatorship has denied her reproductive rights, that she wants to have more children, but she's not allowed to stop using birth control. andrew, diedre? >> megan, thank you. coming up, the encore performance by new york city's fire escape singer. after battling covid-19, the even bigger challenge that jill fiore is bravely facing down one song at a time. and how a group of west virginians slid into the guinness book of world records. you're watching "world news now." kblap
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holiday weekend, there's one very talented musician who embodies the very spirit of american music. >> during our pandemic pause, she's been sharing her gift from her own personal stage, and a fire escape right here in new york city, our own will ganss is here with some more, so she's got a pretty good concert venue. >> she does have a good convert venue. a little over a year ago jill fiore thought she would never sing again after contracting covid-19, and when we met her six months ago, she had two performances on her fire escape and now she has a bigger challenge and how her music helps her through. ♪ >> jill fiore rocked the lower east side at the height of the pandemic, from her fire escape. holding two of her fiore-ous concerts and after a brief hiatus, she's back. >> this show in particular has so much more significance.
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this one is a celebration, we're coming out of some terrible, terrible times. >> reporter: jill dealt plenty of her own terrible times, just this year. >> the most difficult thing that i have faced and gone through since the last time we spoke is the passing of my father. i was gutted. and i truly felt like just throwing in the towel on the music stuff. >> reporter: her dad austin a big part of her life and her music. >> he was so proud. he saw me making a difference in people's lives. and me just doing what i love. >> reporter: she went on to record two original songs. "down" and "decline." ♪ >> reporter: and then filmed her first-ever music video. >> doing it again. >> reporter: back on that infamous fire escape with her band on her parent's anniversary. >> how's everybody feeling today? >> reporter: a crowd quickly filling essex street. ♪ >> i was across the street at home doing some work and i hear
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the bang, the echo, careening around the lower east side. ♪ lower east end. >> reporter: and still her band bringing the music back to the street and the joy back to new york city. >> we got chills. ♪ >> you get that sense of serenity, that you're witnessing a miracle over the last year or so. >> when the show is over -- >> nobody wants to leave. the energy is still here. >> an encore of emotion for a woman whose music carried her through. >> i think if my dad could say anything, he would tell me he's proud of me and he is telling me to keep doing what i love because it makes me and others happy. >> for more information, you can check out jill's ep, and as for a fire escape concert, jill is saying another show is likely. >> and meanwhile my landlord won't let me have a plant on my fire escape let alone a concert. >> we can rock out on the lower
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east side with jill. coming up, the world's longest water slide in "the mix."
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all right, we are back with "the mix" and an early start to independence day, in the bay state. >> oh, yes. so you had residents of fitchburg, massachusetts, and that's just outside of boston, kicking off the nation's 245th birthday, by throwing it all back. all the way back to 1776. >> and they did it at 5:30 in the morning. traditional firing of a cannon. so how about that for an alarm clock? not just any cannon by the way, this is a civil war era napoleon 12-pound cannon. it's real. >> it is real. heavier than most bowling balls for those needing a little modern context there and of course loaded with explosives. >> and they dressed in authentic period costumes which is the coolest part. >> good fun. why not. and so next to the perfect place
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for your next bumble date, how about bumble but the restaurant? the dating app is set to open bumble brew, it promises to combine the convenience of a casual cafe with the ambience of a restaurant and wine bar at night. >> okay, so a lot of promises. of course, a lot of yellow, so bring your own shades. the restaurant is going to be in the red hot neighborhood in lower manhattan. >> bumble brew will welcome for breakfast starting july 24th and expanded hours later in the summer. >> nothing says first date than bumble. you got to be extra brave. next to a group of intrepid west virginias sliding into the record books. >> literally. slip and slide has broken the world record for the longest water slide in the world, 2021 feet. >> there was a record and then suddenly natural light was like hold my beer. see what i did here? and employees participated in the record-breaking thrill ride
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of a lifetime. >> the previous record 2,006 feet 10 inches and set in 2015 so it took a couple of years. finally, do not look down. >> a steeple jet captured video of himself carrying out maintenance work on the spire of one of the tallest buildings of new york city. giving me vertigo. my stomach is flipping a little bit. that's 36-year-old james marxberry, he told stories that he was inspecting stainless steel panels from the very top of the building, all the way down, to the 72nd floor. you know it's high when you are talking about going down to the 72nd. >> and i don't want to look down, even though it is just a video. to the very top of the chrysler building where he is, it is more than a thousand feet so for reference that is 100 stories. >> yes. he looks so relaxed, too. he's just like yes, this is what i do. >> you have to be born with no fear of heights to do this, right?
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>> and a very strong stomach. extremely strong sto
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breaking this morning, on "world news now," crews bring down the rest of the collapsed surfside condo building in florida, in a controlled demolition. the decision to speed up the implosion was rushed due to fears that tropical storm elsa could cause it to further collapse, putting rescue teams in danger. the latest on search and recovery efforts ahead. we continue to track elsa, packing powerful winds and torrential rain, as it takes aim toward florida. the storm is already blamed for several deaths across the caribbean. we have the latest accu-weather tracking. america celebrates with a bang. from sea to shining sea. as president biden wishes the nation a happy fourth of july, and hundreds of drones light up the night sky to honor team usa.
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pope francis is hospitalized in rome after undergoing intestinal surgery. the pontiff greeting worshippers in saint peter's square just hours before. what we know about his condition. and later in "the skinny" america celebrates in music with a star-studded capitol performance and a brand new anthem from toby keith. the surprise headline from blake shelton and gwen stefani. it's monday, july 5th. ♪ >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." and good monday morning, that is a scene from our nation's capital, as millions celebrate independence day. we're so glad to have you with us here this morning. deidre bolton joining us. a beautiful shot. fireworks in my honor. you lined that up when i join you. thank you. >> and new york city, too, just
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for you. >> but we do hope that you had a happy, healthy fourth of july, we've got a lot to get to this hour, we're actually going to begin with some breaking news overnight from surfside, florida. >> a huge pile of rubble is all that is left from the condo building which partially collapsed, so it was demolished last night. allowing for the search for victims to resume. right now, the death toll from the disaster is at least 24 people, with 101, 121, rather, unaccounted for. >> the decision to take the building down was made as tropical storm elsa approaches florida. it's not expected to have a direct impact on the surfside area, but high winds could have caused problems for search crews. what had remained of champlain tower south in surfside, florida, after the deadly collapse on june 24th, brought down by demolition experts, sarch and rescue efforts have been paused, as crews prepared for this demolition. >> over the past 48 hours, our
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unified command unit has been working tirelessly with the demolition experts to quickly and safely prepare the building for demolition and to create a safety plan. >> with many still unaccounted for and possibly buried in the rubble, the demolition team using a technique called energetic felling to try to bring the tower down and away from the debris. >> the gravity will pull everything straight down, but it will have a little tilt to it, where the material wants to stay away from the collapsed part, so they can continue the recovery. >> officials have said once the building is down, they would be able to expand their search to previously inaccessible areas. >> emotions are high because everybody wants to get somebody alive. >> the israeli colonel golan vach, an experienced rescue operations expert, says he no longer believes there are any survivors under the rubble. >> the circumstances that we saw in the last few days are too difficult for me to say personally that i believe there
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is a solid chance to find somebody alive. >> in miami beach, no fourth of july fireworks this year. instead, the city inviting residents to stand outside with a candle, a flashlight, or anything that lights up, to remember the victims and honor first responders. overnight, some of those first responders adding to the tributes, the miami beach fire department tweeting, simply, quote, we're with you, surfside. tropical storm elsa battering cuba, after slamming several caribbean islands, killing at least three people. >> torrential rain triggered dangerous flooding in jamaica making roads nearly impossible to drive through. elsa unleashed heavy rain and gusty winds in barbados, downing trees and blowing the roofs off homes and businesses. >> meanwhile, millions of holiday travelers are making their way back home, travel experts say the worst traffic is expected today between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. accu-weather has more on the forecast. >> diedre and andrew, we are
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talking about elsa here that is rolling through cuba right now. and what does this mean for the southeast coast? well it is going to come into florida, the west coast specifically, southern florida, into the tampa area, as we head into your tuesday and wednesday, bringing in heavy rain and wind, and then up the coast, the carolinas, before it heads out to sea. it's going to be bringing a lot of rain though, four to eight inches possible or even a little bit more. diedre, andrew? >> thank you. and pope francis is said to be recovering well after undergoing surgery. the pontiff was suffering from diverticulitis, in his colon, the surgery required him to be placed under general anesthesia, no details released as to how long the procedure lasted or when he will be released from the hospital in rome. at least a thousand companies in the u.s. and around the world being affected by a damaging ransom ware attack. those companies many of them small businesses, rely on i.t. software company for services.
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experts believe a russian group is behind the attack, the same group that is believed to behind a similar attack on meat producer jbs foods. let's get to some of those fourth of july celebrations and a nod to nathan's famous hot dog eating competition in coney island and because of that, i am going to attempt my own record here of eating i guess 79 hot dogs. just kidding. i guess i could do maybe 20, maybe. >> 20? >> that's still a pretty high bar. we will take a look at this. unlike last year, the contest was held in front of a crowd on coney island. joey chestnut, reigning champion, winning the 14th title, with a new world record. 76 hot dogs in just 10 minutes. besting his previous record of 75. now, unfortunately, espn experienced a bit of technical difficulty, the feed went dark or rather blue, denying viewers the opportunity to watch chestnut set that record. >> what's going on?
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>> 20 of them. >> nobody could see that. we had technical difficulties, too. >> we had technical difficulties. it's the breakfast of champs. >> you still have yours, i see. what's going on over there? >> i am going to save it to go with my coffee. i didn't really want to take away your competitive edge. >> i just had 20 hot dogs. you didn't see it on camera but i promise you, it happened. >> joey chestnut had 79? 75? >> champ. 14 years in a row. yeah. okay. >> well, coming up, when we come back, right, lots of good stuff. we will keep talking about the fourth of july, and unfortunately there was also a premature fireworks explosion in ocean city, maryland. >> the stunning booms heard from coast to coast, and the celebration that many americans have been waiting for, for more than a year. and later in the skinny, the star-studded spectacular. how the 41st annual broadcast of
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a capital 4th featured something for everyone. you're watching "world news now." fourth,
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call now! take a look at this. an independence day accident in a maryland tourist spot was all caught on camera. >> one person was hurt after fireworks went off unexpectedly in ocean city yesterday morning, hours before the town celebration. the city's board walk is closed until a safety inspection is finished. the town's fireworks shows were canceled. no word yet on what caused the accident. turning now to america's highly-anticipated post-pandemic pause fourth of july celebration. >> a lot of people were waiting. >> it is looking a lot different from last year. >> indeed. patriotic displays from sea to shining sea, some of the biggest and most spectacular fireworks and our own will ganss has a little more. >> those are real fireworks. >> yes, still going on.
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>> special mute ones. >> exactly. president biden welcomed a thousand essential workers and military personnel on the south lawn this weekend to mark independence day. an independence from covid exceeding his prediction from march that july 4th get-togethers this year would look more like they used to but the country just shy of that 70% vaccination rate goal. >> katy perry. ♪ baby you're a firework. >> today, we celebrate america. >> in honor of the fireworks, president biden giving remarks from washington, d.c. >> happy fourth of july, america. god bless you all. and may god protect our troops. thank you, thank you, thank you. >> the president and first lady throwing their biggest party at the white house this year, welcoming 1,000 people, including military families, and essential workers, for a fourth of july barbecue.
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but this holiday weekend, the country is coming up short of president biden's vaccine goal of 70% of americans receiving at least one shot. according to the cdc, 67% of american adults have had their first shot, and 58% are fully vaccinated. meanwhile, the rest of america celebrating independence day. from texas, to tennessee, the crowd excited. >> we're excited that we actually have a fourth of july this year so looking forward to a good time. >> in maryland, this truck lighting up prematurely, and in aurora, illinois, the skies blazed. some 350 drones lit up the sky to honor the olympians on team usa. during the jonas brothers performance. the mayor of new york sharing this video, and the fireworks proving a decent view for the ride back into the city. meanwhile, back in our nation's capital, the president and first lady applauding the display. and pentatonix hitting all of
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the right notes during the capitol fourth of july celebration ♪ >> seasons of love. >> had to sneak pentatonix in there. the fireworks displays both in washington and here in new york city marked the return to normalcy for so many, no mask, no social distancing, but the down side, three in ten adults in the latest abc poll say they have not gotten the coronavirus vaccine and definitely or probably will not get one. >> and different from last year, not pictured, probably the hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of barbecues. >> that's right. >> personal celebrations that people were able to have. >> i saw you scarfing down those hot dogs just a second ago, andrew. >> they're not sitting right. when we come back, the star-studded fourth of july broadcast that also included kermit the frog. >> who's better than kermit? and also this weekend, the big headline out of oklahoma, blake shelton and gwen stefani, "the skinny" is next.
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♪ ♪ time now for "the skinny" starting with the independence day celebration for america. >> pbs's annual salute to the nation a capital 4th featured star studded performances from places across the country hosted by vanessa williams, from jimmy buffet and gladys knight to kermit the frog. and singing a special love song to america, the new male artist of the year, jimmy allen. ♪ slide on over ♪ shine like the wheels ♪ red, white and blue, baby. ♪ apple pie ♪ lighting me up
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♪ whole world watching ♪ baby you're my american heart-breaker. >> allen clearly upstaging kermit the frog with a patriotic message to america from the three astronauts aboard the international space station. also in time for the fourth of july, a brand new song by toby keith. >> but happy birthday america is more than just the song, it's got an edge. keith told fox news that his words and the words in that song reflect his frustration with our leaders putting our democracy in danger. ♪ every time i go to town and ♪ every time i go to town and vote ♪ i just come home with the blues ♪ the lesser of two evils ♪ is all we ever get to choose ♪ >> he says he wrote the song while on the back of a boat
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enjoying fireworks last july. >> and next in a headline that is finally putting all of those rumors to rest about blake shelton and gwen stefani. >> the couple has officially tied the knot. it happened on saturday at shelton's ranch in oklahoma, where sources say the new york post, or rather, sources tell the new york post, that shelton had built a chapel just for the event. >> and this was stefani's second trip down the aisle, she was married to rocker gavin rosedale, for 13 years, with whom she shares three sons. and this is shelton's third marriage, first to his high school sweetheart and then two country star miranda lambert. and this weekend's ceremony was small and intimate, reportedly mostly just family. >> we wish them well. another celebrity couple that has two marriages between them. >> after a day out with the kids, jennifer lopez and ben affleck jetted out to the hamptons for some alone time. >> so the couple was caught on camera walking, arms around each other, both wearing shades of
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beige, the newly rekindled romance. is it so? because j. lo's most recent ex, her ex-fiance alex rodriguez just last month reportedly moved into a rental, a $5 million mansion by the way just a mile from lopez's hamptons abode. >> okay. >> read the tea leaves there. >> and finally to another jennifer going viral this weekend. >> this is amazing. her doppelganger, so tiktok user lisa tranel has caused a social media sensation with her impression of jennifer aniston's "friends" character rachel green. >> and one follower says she looks more like rachel than jennifer aniston there. >> that is aniston on the left and tranel on the right. and tranel says for the record i don't really think i look like jennifer aniston and my family doesn't either. i beg to differ though. >> that angle right there. if you just showed me the picture on the right, i would have told you that that is jennifer aniston. >> same.
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all right. coming up, a slice of americana on an island up near the canadian border of all places. >> a visit to mackinac island is just like a journey back in time.
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>> r-o-c-k in the usa ♪ ♪ ♪ >> as americans r-o-c-k through their first fourth of july weekend since the pandemic, we're taking a trip to a part of america that times seems to have forgotten. >> abc's ginger zee takes us to a tiny island in michigan where the american ideal lives proud and strong. >> resting at the east end of the world's fifth longest suspension bridge, mackinac island boasts breath-taking shorelines and irresistbly quaint downtown. the island's most striking feature might just be the ban on vehicles. that's right. no cars allowed. the only way that people get
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around on this island is by bike or by horse. and it looks like our taxi is here. so this will be our carriage for the day. >> and get this, there are more horses than there are permanent residents on mackinac island. 500 to 600 of them, and that is about one horse for every two people. burt gough's family has been running jack's liberty stable where they have been renting out horses and buggies since the 1950s. the isolation of the island did make the pandemic more difficult, especially hard for the tiny community that lives here year-round. >> we're the only grocery store on the island. it's been very inspiring to service everybody on mackinac, for 135 years. >> daud's market opened since 1886, one of the oldest grocery stores in the country, it was forced to close for two months. >> mackinac island is tough and the community is great and the community pulls together. >> and you cannot go to mackinac
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island without making fudge. >> a little bit higher. come right up here. >> a nice pour. >> bob is the owner of murdich's fudge, a family legacy that started in 1887. >> a push and a shimmy. >> a little rhythm now. >> as we learn the art of making perfect fudge in a melting pot. >> this guy here from romania, he is new, and he is from the dominican republic. >> a reflection on the wild pandemic season. >> i'm making fudge now. >> on an island where people come to work and visit from all over the world. >> who would like fudge? >> i lost a lot of employees so i called my three sisters and their kids and they called their friends and we're happy to be here this year, it's going to be super busy, a lot of pent-up demand and travel. >> happy fudge day. >> our thanks to ginger zee. if you think that is a cool place to visit, you are not alone, there are only 500 full-time residents because technically the island is a state park. 82% of it is.
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this morning on "world news now," breaking news, out of surfside, florida. >> the rest of the partially collapsed apartment building has been demolished. but why the demolition was key to resuming the search and rescue mission. also this morning, amid the fourth of july celebrations from coast to coast, the special tribute that president biden paid to 1,000 essential workers with a barbecue on the south lawn of the white house. plus, the chilling new details in britney spears's bid to take her life back, we will bring you more from a new article and what the pop star told authorities when she allegedly called 911 in the hours before her open courtroom testimony last month. and later singing her song of joy, the heart felt encore from a talented artist from her fire escape that her loyal following can't seem to get
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enough of. it's monday, july 5th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." from the fire escape, you had the celebration in the nation's capital, right here in new york city, fourth of july felt a little more normal. >> it felt a little more normal. >> welcome. thank you. >> july 5th, a new holiday. >> a new holiday indeed. it's nice though because i don't remember what i did, everything was kind of canceled. >> same. i probably watched something on tv but i don't know. >> we will get to all of those fourth of july celebrations but first we will get to the breaking news from near miami, the demolition of what remained of that collapsed condo building in surfside, florida. >> it was brought down overnight, leaving only a huge plume of dust behind. the demolition clearing away for the search efforts at the site to resume. >> with the entire structure now
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down, search crews may be able to gain access to areas they haven't accessed since the collapse. overnight, crews demolishing the remaining structure of the partially collapsed condo building in surfside, florida. residents in the area told to close their windows and stay inside, as the demolition team uses a technique called energetic felling to bring the tower down, the blast starting from the bottom of the structure and within seconds, the building crumbled to the ground, appearing to fall away from the existing rubble where 121 people are still unaccounted for. >> gravity will pull it, almost everything straight down but it will have a little tilt to it where the material wants to stay away from the collapsed part so they can continue the recovery. >> officials deciding to bring the remaining structure down before any impacts from tropical storm elsa are felt. earlier sunday, officials searched for any pets left in the building. >> as soon as the building is
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down, and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work. >> this morning, rescue workers acknowledging the odds of finding survivors are dwindling. an experienced search and rescue operations expert telling abc affiliate wplg, he no longer believes there are any survivors under the rubble. >> the circumstances that we saw, the last few days, are too difficult for me to say that i believe there is a solid chance to find somebody alive. >> in miami beach, no fourth of july fireworks this year. instead, the city inviting residents to stand outside with a candle, a flashlight, or anything that lights up, to remember the victims and honor first responders. the official death toll from the collapse is at least 24 people. as we mentioned earlier, florida is bracing for tropical storm elsa. for millions of others, it's all
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about the trip home after the long holiday weekend. travel experts say the worst traffic is expected today, between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. accu-weather's chris allen has more on the storm. >> keeping an eye on elsa, bringing in heavy rain, four to eight inches or more across cuba and as we head into the next couple of days, florida, especially the west coast, will be impacted with similar rain amounts, about four to eight inches possible. let's bring you to the track of the storm over cuba as we speak. right now and then moving into florida by tuesday morning, by the keys, and then up into the southeast coast, as we head into the midweek. diedre, andrew, back to you. >> thanks, chris. pope francis is receiving well wishes from around the world, after surgery to correct an intestinal problem. the holy see press office says the 84-year-old pontiff reacted well to the procedure, but there's no word when he will be out of the hospital. here's abc's maggie rulli. >> reporter: pope francis undergoing surgery on the large intestine, the announcement of
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the surgery coming as a surprise hours after he delivered the noon prayer in st. peter's square. he will undergo a scheduled surgery for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon. >> this was a scheduled operation but if you look back at his medical history, it's something new. he's had other problems but not this one. it is obviously something that has taken people who know him by surprise. >> diverticulitis is a condition where pouchs that are along the digestive track could get inflamed and could lead to complications such as obstruction and experts say surgery is not as common. the surgery is the first known hospital treatment for the pope since he was elected to the papacy in 2013. last week, he may have hinted at a planned procedure when he asked for special prayers for himself.
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it is proving to be a busy year for the pope who returned to international travel after a 15-month hiatus during the pandemic. in march, the pope making an historic visit to iraq, meeting with the country's leaders an unprecedented sign of unity and announcing an upcoming trip to hungary and slovakia in september. >> from what i know of him, he is a man of great inner peace. he would not have gone into this operation worried, he believes he is in the hands of god. >> the vatican confirming he is out of surgery and doing well. the local media reporting key stay in the hospital recovering for another five days. maggie rulli, abc news, london. now to a consumer alert, tyson foods is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready to eat chicken. the chicken may be contaminated with the harmful bacteria listeria. at least two people have reported getting sick. the products were produced between december 2020, april, 2021, and shipped nationwide to
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retailers, hospitals, and restaurants. back to some of those fourth of july celebrations, president biden used july 4th to declare america is coming back together. >> it was very festive. here's part of that fireworks show in dc. highlighting the administration's largest event to date. the white house hosted more than 1,000 military families and essential workers on the south lawn. the president highlighted the success of the push to get the country vaccinated against covid-19, and he also honored the memory of the more than 600,000 americans lost during the pandemic. >> each of them meant the world to someone they left behind. and those of you who have been through all of this, know that to heal, you have to remember, we have to remember them, and we will. we'll commit to always remember them. >> the president also took a picture with the washington nationals' four presidential mscots and joking that they're big guys.
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>> and of course the white house wasn't the only place celebrating the fourth of july with fireworks, there were shows across the nation as the country celebrated the 245th birthday. >> the traditional macy's fireworks display in new york city returned after the pandemic changed things last year. the sky lit up over the east river and fireworks also went off at the empire state building. in houston, crowds came together to watch the freedom over texas celebration. this is so cool, because you know, we've been talking about it all newscast, just how this is starting to feel like the country is back, because i can't even tell you what i did last fourth of july. >> yes, it's a bit of a haze, right? it's nice to see these beautiful fireworks, people out and about outside having fun. >> i got to admit because we're on this shift and everything, i missed the fireworks, so i'm just kind of watching it. >> occupational hazard. >> we get to see them now. >> what do you think is better dc or new york? >> from the clips i've seen i think i will go to dc. >> a little biased.
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>> i will get a little pushback from the locals in town here. coming up, the manhunt in a triple homicide at a country club in georgia. plus the chilling development in britney spears' bid to extricate herself from her conservatorship. the call that she reportedly placed to 911 just hours before her courtroom testimony last month. later, the dating app that now has its own restaurant. you're watching "world news now."
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investigating a triple murder at a country club near atlanta. three victims were found fatally shot on the club's golf course over the weekend. one was a club employee and golf pro. the two other victims were found in the bed of a pick-up truck that was parked on the golf course, police say the suspect an hispanic man who hasn't been identified yet. we're learning stunning new details about britney spears' struggles. the new yorker reporting that the 39-year-old called 911 to report conservatorship abuse the night before her explosive court testimony on june 23rd. abc's megan tevrizian has more. >> reporter: this morning, new details on britney spears' so-called conservatorship nightmare and request to take back control of her life. a newly-released article in the new yorker by pulitzer prize writers ronan farrow and jia tolentino revealed on the night before britney's open testimony back in june she called 911 to report herself as a victim of
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conservatorship abuse. >> on june 23rd, fans were able to hear from the pop star in her own words. detailing the emotional abuse and financial strain she's endured, the new yorker article describing how swiftly her father jamie spears was able to secure the legal arrangement, after spears had suffered a very public breakdown. friends saying the conservatorship taking maybe ten minutes. no one testified, no questions were asked. she never had a chance. that friend adding that after the arrangement was made, jamie spears would boast, i am britney spears. britney's mother saying she had mixed feelings about everything. i don't know what to think. it's a lot of pain, a lot of worry. >> since her conservatorship spears has released four albums headlined a global tour that earned over $100 million and starred in her own las vegas show but the article revealed during that time britney has been strictly monitored both personally and financially. her instagram posts edited by a third party, in rare cases posts that raised legal questions have
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been deemed too sensitive to upload. spears also said her conservatorship has denied her reproductive rights, that she wants to have more children, but she's not allowed to stop using birth control. andrew, diedre? >> megan, thank you. coming up, the encore performance by new york city's fire escape singer. after battling covid-19, the even bigger challenge that jill fiore is bravely facing down one song at a time. and how a group of west virginians slid into the guinness book of world records. you're watching "world news now."
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very talented musician who embodies the very spirit of american music. >> during our pandemic pause, she's been sharing her gift from her own personal stage, and a fire escape right here in new york city, our own will ganss is here with some more, so she's got a pretty good concert venue. >> she does have a good concert venue. a little over a year ago jill fiore thought she would never sing again after contracting covid-19 and a little over month ago she had two performances on her fire escape and now she has a bigger challenge and how her music helps her through. ♪ >> jill fiore rocked the lower east side at the height of the pandemic, from her fire escape. holding two of her fiore-ous concerts and after a brief hiatus, she's back. >> this show in particular has so much more significance. this one is a celebration, we're coming out of some terrible,
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terrible times. >> reporter: jill dealt plenty of her own terrible times, just this year. >> the most difficult thing that i have faced and gone through since the last time we spoke is the passing of my father. i was gutted. and i truly felt like just throwing in the towel on the music stuff. >> reporter: her dad austin a big part of her life and her music. >> he was so proud. he saw me making a difference in people's lives. and me just doing what i love. >> reporter: she went on to record two original songs. "down" and "decline." ♪ >> reporter: and then filmed her first-ever music video. >> doing it again. >> reporter: back on that infamous fire escape with her band on her parent's anniversary. >> how's everybody feeling today? >> reporter: a crowd quickly filling essex street. ♪ >> i was across the street at home doing some work and i hear the bang, the echo, careening around the lower east side.
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♪ lower east end. >> reporter: and still her band bringing the music back to the street and the joy back to new york city. >> we got chills. ♪ >> you get that sense of humanity that you're witnessing a miracle over the last year or so. >> when the show is over -- >> nobody wants to leave. the energy is still here. >> an encore of emotion for a woman whose music carried her through. >> i think if my dad could say anything, he would tell me he's proud of me and he is telling me to keep doing what i love because it makes me and others happy. >> for more information, you can check out jill's lp "ten feet tall," and as for a fire escape concert, jill is saying another show is likely. >> and meanwhile my landlord won't let me have a plant on my fire escape let alone a concert.
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>> we can rock out on the lower east side with jill. coming up, the world's longest water slide. "the mix" is next.
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all right, we are back with "the mix" and an early start to independence day, in the bay state. >> oh, yes. so you had residents of fitchburg, massachusetts, and that's just outside of boston, kicking off the nation's 245th birthday, by throwing it all back. all the way back to 1776. >> and they did it at 5:30 in the morning. traditional firing of a cannon. so how about that for an alarm clock? not just any cannon by the way, this is a civil war era napoleon 12-pound cannon. it's real. >> it is real. heavier than most bowling balls for those needing a little modern context there and of course loaded with explosives. >> and they dressed in authentic period costumes which is the coolest part. >> good fun. why not.
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and so next to the perfect place for your next bumble date, how about bumble but the restaurant? the dating app is set to open bumble brew, it promises to combine the convenience of a casual cafe with the ambience of a restaurant and wine bar at night. >> okay, so a lot of promises. of course, a lot of yellow, so bring your own shades. the restaurant is going to be in the red hot neighborhood in lower manhattan. >> bumble brew will welcome for breakfast starting july 24th and expanded hours later in the summer. >> nothing says first date than bumble. you got to be extra brave. next to a group of intrepid west virginians sliding into the record books. >> literally. slip and slide has broken the world record for the longest water slide in the world, 2021 feet. >> there was a record and then suddenly natural light was like hold my beer. see what i did here? and employees participated in
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the record-breaking thrill ride of a lifetime. >> the previous record 2,006 feet 10 inches and set in 2015 so it took a couple of years. finally, do not look down. >> a steeple jet captured video of himself carrying out maintenance work on the spire of one of the tallest buildings of new york city. giving me vertigo. my stomach is flipping a little bit. that's 36-year-old james marxberry, he told stories that he was inspecting stainless steel panels from the very top of the building, all the way down, to the 72nd floor. you know it's high when you are talking about going down to the 72nd. >> and i don't want to look down, even though it is just a video. to the very top of the chrysler building where he is, it is more than a thousand feet so for reference that is 100 stories. >> yes. he looks so relaxed, too. he's just like yes, this is what i do. >> you have to be born with no fear of heights to do this, right? >> and a very strong stomach. extremely strong stomach.
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right now on "america this morning," breaking news at the scene of the condo building collapse in south florida. the still standing portion of the structure brought down overnight with controlled explosives. why the rush to demolish the building as rescuers resume searching for the missing residents this morning 11 days after it collapsed. tracking elsa. the tropical storm slamming into cuba overnight after causing widespread damage in the caribbean gaining strength overnight before putting florida in its bull's-eye. we'll have the latest timing and track. pope francis recovering from surgery. the vatican overnight releasing an update on his condition and the procedure. explosive new details regarding britney spears' conservatorship. why the pop st

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