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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 star reportedly
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called 911 just last month and does someone have control over r what she posts on instagram? a fireworks display explodes hours before a fourth of july celebration. how did it happen? and celebrating in style. mark zuckerberg's must flag waving surfing celebration. ♪ west virginia, mountain mama ♪ good morning, everyone. i'm andrew dymburt. >> i'm deidre bolton. mona is off. we begin with some stunning scenes overnight from surfside, florida. the part of the collapsed condo building that had been standing is now just a pile of rubble. >> the demolition happening quickly late last night, explosive flashes and moments later a huge plume of dust. now the difficult work of searching for victims can resume and crews will possibly be able to get access to areas they haven't gotten to yet. overnight crews demolishing the
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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 straight -- 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 their recovery. >> reporter: 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 down and once the site is deemed secure, we will have our first responders back on the pile to immediately resume their work.
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>> reporter: this morning, rescue workers acknowledging the odds of finding survivors is dwindling. an experienced search and rescue expert telling wplg he no longer believes there are any survivors under the rubble. >> the circumstances as we saw the last two days are too difficult for me to say professionally that i believe that there is a solid chance to find somebody alive. >> reporter: 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 added to the tributes and the miami beach fire department tweeting, simply, quote, we're with you, surfside. now to the latest on tropical storm elsa. a tropical storm watch has been issued for parts of florida. so the storm is thrashing cuba with gusty winds, torrential
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rain that is after slamming into several caribbean islands killing at least three people and leaving a trail of destruction. hurricane elsa strength devastated barbados, downed trees and causing massive power water outage. a closerer look coming up in minutes. but first the nation's independence day celebrations playing out amid concerns about covid-19. president biden hosting the largest event of his presidency so far at the white house and calling on unvaccinated americans to get the vaccine. abc's elizabeth schulze is in washington with the details. elizabeth, good morning. >> reporter: hey, good morning, andrew. with covid restrictions lifted across the country, millions of americans are celebrating a return to normal this holiday weekend including president biden who says america is coming back together. fireworks on the national mall celebrating independence day and the celebration at the white house marking progress in the nation's independence from the coronavirus. [ applause ]
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>> this year the fourth of july is a day of special celebration for we're merging from the darkness of years. >> reporter: in the largest event of his administration, president biden hosting a barbecue for 1,000 military families and essential workers and honoring the more than 603,000 american lives lost to covid-19. >> to heal you have to remember we have to remember them, and we will. >> reporter: the event coming after the biden administration missed its goal of 70% of americans receiving at least one vaccine shot by july 4th. the cdc reports 67% of u.s. adults have had one dose. and 58% are fully vaccinated. and a new abc news/"washington post" poll finds those among unvaccinated 74% says they're unlikely to get a shot. >> my fellow americans, it's the most patriotic thing you can do
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so, please, if you haven't gotten vaccinated, do it, do it now. >> reporter: the call to action all the more urgent with the highly contagious delta variant now identified in all 50 states accounting for more than 26% of new covid cases nationwide. >> we are seeing increases in cases in those areas in the country where there's lower vaccination rates. >> now those concerns are getting amplified as u.s. road and air travel reaches prepandemic levels. travel experts say to try to avoid busy roads, try to drive home before 1:00 p.m. >> elizabeth, thank you. well wishes for the pontiff recovering from surgery this morning hours after he appeared in st. peter's square. abc's julia macfarlane live in london with the latest. good morning, julia. >> reporter: deidre, good morning. that's right. pope francis was admitted
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yesterday to the gemelli poly clinic, a local teaching hospital in roam. the vatican details his surgery was a scheduled procedure on his large intestine adding the 84-year-old pope diagnosed with symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon meaning he had a narrowing in his large intestine. an update said the holy father reacted well to the operation which was conducted under general anesthetic. and this morning italian media reporting the pope had a quiet night last night and that he's expected to remain at the hospital for several more days. now, it's believed to be the first hospital admission for the pope since he was elected to the papacy back in 2013. however, the holy father had been seen to be in good health sunday morning and carried out his usual sunday duties greeting members of the public from his balcony at st. peter's square and giving his sunday angelus blessing and also at that address announced details of his next foreign trip in september
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to hungary and slovakia. >> thank you very much, julia. authorities still looking for a motive in a frightening incident at the washington monument. a new jersey machine charged with driving an suv toward a crowd of pedestrians saturday night. now, no one was hit. the suspect heads to court today to face charges of assault with a deadly weapon and destruction of government property. time now for a closer look at your monday morning weather. well, good morning. we are keeping a close high on elsa moving through cuba and eventually heading up to southern florida where we're already bracing for elsa here. heavy rain and wind. most of the heaviest action on the west coast but get ready for it from tampa all the way up into the southeast coast as we head into the midweek period. there's going to be those impacts. the wind, yes, but more so the heavy rainfall, anywhere from a good 4 to 8 inches possible for tampa. for accuweather, i'm chris nallan.
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agencies and software company to contain a attack that is effecting companies around the world. >> reporter: the massive attack hit hours before the beginning of the holiday weekend. a russia based hacking group deployed this. confirming it suffered a sophisticated cyber attack. contract services to hundreds of small businesses. cyber security firm says the ransom ware spread to 30 companies. more than 1,000 of the companies clients mostly small businesses have been impacted. by the hack in the u.s. and over seas. telling the 40,000 customers to disconnect software immediately. >> we believe we have addressed the issue. we're actually 100% confident we know how it happened. >> if russia did carry out the attack.
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this could increase tension wpt u.s. weeks after president biden met with vladimir putin. warning him washington would hold moscow accountable. >> if it is, either knowledge oe and consequence of russia, we will respond. >> the division of the department of homeland security is monitoring the attack. on the heels of major attacks by hackers believed to be based nd russia. including a pipeline and meat supplier. russia denied any involvement in both attacks. >> thank you. a consumer alert. recalling nearly 8.5 million pound of ready to eat chicken. it maybe contaminated with listeria. two people have gotten sick. the products were produced between december 2020 and april
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and everything. the board walk is shut down. the beach and everything. it's crazy. >> the cause is under investigation. the local fire chief said safety protocol prevented additional injury. >> police in georgia are investigating a triple murder. at a country club near atlanta. three victims fatally shot on the golf course. the suspect hasn't been identified. or located. >> a block buster article in the new yorker shedding light on the britney spears and the controversy. we're learning new details about the strained relationship with her father. we have more. >> this morning, new details on spears so called conservatorship nightmare and taking back control of her life.
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an article reveals on the night before her open testimony back in june, she called 911 to report herself as a victim of conservatorship abuse. on june 23, fans heard from the pop star in her own words. detailing the emotional abuse and financial strain. the new yorker article describing how swiftly her father was able to secure the legal arrangement. after spears had suffered a very public break down. a friend saying it took ten minutes. nobody testified. no questions asked. she never had had a chance. jamie spears would boast i am britney spears. her mother saying she had mixed feelings about everything. i don't know what to think. it's a lot of pain and worry. since her conservatorship, she leased four albums. headlined a global tour earning
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when we begin with the fourth of july tradition. that being the hot dog eating contest. >> talk about ta strong stomach. the contest was held in front of a crowd. chestnut won his 14th title. set a new world record. 76 hot dogs in ten minutes. >> it's not just the amount. but to do it in ten minutes. wow. as for the women. michelle picked up her first championship. eating 30 hot dogs. >> unique house for sale. in florida. near tampa. >> everything looks completely normal. four bedrooms, out door pool. and an oak tree right in the middle of the kitchen. what? >> i like this. it was built around the tree. the online listing doesn't mention it. nothing to see here. listed for $900,000. >> all right.
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checking the top stories, pope francis said to be recovering well after undergoing surgery. the pontiff was suffering from diverticulitis of his colon. the surgery required him to be placed under general anesthesia. no details have been released as to how long the procedure lasted or when he will be released from a hospital in rome. overnight in surfside, florida, what was still standing after the condo building collapse was demolished. the rest of the structure coming down leaving behind a huge plume of dust. the building's destruction was carried out ahead of the possible effects of tropical storm elsa. florida bracing for tropical storm elsa, a tropical storm watch has now been issued for several parts of the state. the deadly storm now menacing cuba with torrential rain, 60-mile-per-hour winds, 180,000 people were evacuated amid flooding concerns. today's weather, summer
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temperatures returning to the northeast. stormy across the midwest, showers and thunderstorms in parts of the southwest. heat advisories in the pacific northwest. and finally america's highly anticipated post-pandemic pause celebration for the fourth of july. >> here will some of the sights and sounds of the patriotic displays from sea to shining sea. ♪ o say, can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? ♪ ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ o'er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ were so gallantly streaming? ♪
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♪ and the rockets' red glare ♪ ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ o'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the brave? ♪
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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 step


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