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anything. they really could. what is this? nothing at all? good morning, america. overnight, crews bring down what was left of that collapsed apartment building in florida. the rest of surfside standing tower demolished. >> it really needed to come down because it was impinging upon the effort to rescue everybody in that pile of debris. >> a new building evacuated. nearby cities launch reviews of their high-rise buildings as that tropical storm takes aim at florida. elsa on the move. ginger is tracking the path. holiday homecoming. millions of americans traveling this morning. airports bracing for the biggest crowds since the pandemic and with drivers heading back home, the worst time to be on the road. hitting a wall? as the white house celebrates our progress in the fight against covid, a new poll showing how hard it will be to
convince the majority of unvaccinated americans to get the shot. and in the uk, as we come on the air, the palace announcing duchess kate is self-isolating after being exposed to the virus. pope francis recovering this morning after what the vatican is calling scheduled surgery just hours after delivering his sunday blessing. amy robach is live in vatican city with the latest on his condition. britney spears bombshell. a new report saying the superstar called 911 the night before her courtroom testimony saying she is a victim of conservatorship abuse. the reporters who broke that story join us first on "gma" this morning. showstopper. the fireworks at ocean city, maryland, going off early canceling last night's celebration. the investigation into what caused the accidental explosion. thor swims with the sharks. >> any sharks? >> probably. >> chris hemsworth's once in a lifetime dive. your first look just ahead.
and "good morning america" from pennsylvania, and the birthplace of our nation, philadelphia, celebrating our independence as the state reopens after the pandemic. we're live from the city of brotherly love. good morning, america. it's so great to be with you on this monday morning. i'm whit johnson alongside eva pilgrim, will reeve. a lot of people recovering this morning. some still celebrating in times square. >> yeah, right outside. >> exactly. >> another sign we're getting closer to normal here, the fireworks in new york city. incredible, just one of the places across the country celebrating july 4th. >> and now the rush is on. millions of americans on the move this morning trying to get home. you are looking live at dallas love field airport. that's from our affiliate wfaa. we'll tell you what you need to know right now. also this morning, the latest on pope francis' planned
procedure. amy robach is live standing by at the vatican with the latest on his recovery. that is just ahead. but first, though, we begin with that news overnight, crews demolishing the rest of that collapsed apartment building in florida as tropical storm elsa takes aim at the state. officials fearing it would cause the rest of it to collapse. our trevor ault is in florida for us with the very latest. trevor, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. on its face this seems like a pretty radical idea, right? creating more rubble and debris to help you search the debris pile you already have but officials here in surfside insist this was the safest way forward and also a necessary step for them to access every corner of this site so they can continue their search for survivors or at the very least closure. >> here we go. >> reporter: this morning, surfside, florida, champlain tower south is entirely rubble. overnight, dim legislation crews setting off control blasts inside support columns. moments later what was left of
the building was gone too. officials say the implosion was guided away from the rescue site to try to preserve the area where people could still be buried. >> bringing down this building in a controlled manner is critical to expanding our scope of the search and rescue effort. >> reporter: rescue workers had been heavily hindered by fears the rest of the building would come down on top of them especially with tropical storm elsa closing in on florida. in the moments before the implosion, the community and first responders coming together to honor the victims, lighting the night with candles and lights in lieu of fourth of july fireworks. this morning, search efforts can now resume for the 121 people still unaccounted for. crews gaining access to a third of the debris they couldn't reach before. >> it really needed to come down because it was impinging upon the effort to rescue everybody in that pile of debris. >> reporter: but the demolition comes at a cost. survivors of the collapse now losing their homes, many having fled with only the clothes on their back. >> this is not about losing property.
this is about trauma. >> reporter: surrounding cities now launching extensive reviews of their high-rise condo buildings. this weekend, two new buildings ordered evacuated including westview towers in north miami beach. its 300 residents told to leave because an engineer found the building structurally and electrically unsafe. >> coming home and i realize all this commotion and that's when i realize that i have to get out. >> reporter: and the miami-dade county mayor said the search and rescue operation would resume as soon as the site was deemed secure after the demolition. she insisted that would not take long and, of course, as we know every second counts in this search. eva. >> trevor ault for us there in florida, and now to the latest on tropical storm elsa lashing cuba right now with powerful winds and torrential rain as it takes aim at parts of florida. ginger is tracking its path. good morning to you, ginger. >> reporter: good morning, to you, eva. less than 24 hours until florida
starts to see those impacts and so we are right on tropical storm elsa. let me bring you the pictures from over the weekend, though. barbados, remember, they had that 86-mile-per-hour max gust and 62 homes collapsed, and a thousand people are reporting damage from that. flash flooding in kingston, jamaica, so you know it made its way through the caribbean. and does have impacts. high surf in puerto rico. the pictures keep coming in and i think we'll see the same ready to pass cuba. you can see the position there. it's got 65-mile-per-hour max sustained winds. it will likely stay a tropical storm, as it comes up close to tampa, clearwater, st. pete by tuesday morning, and into the afternoon, and then it goes into the big bend, so cedar key, some areas there that flood easily will see significant rains then it will move off into the georgia, south carolina for thursday into friday into the mid-atlantic. so rain is the number one impact, i think, two to four inches overall, up to a half foot and of course we'll see
some gusty winds and rising surf. will, i will be tracking it. >> all right, ginger, a wet and windy week ahead. thank you for tracking that. now we move to the holiday travel rush that's under way this morning. nearly 50 million people on the move after celebrating july 4th. our transportation correspondent gio benitez is live at newark airport. good morning, gio. >> reporter: hey, will, good morning. yeah, we told you right here that this weekend would break pandemic travel records. that's exactly what happened and today could be the biggest day yet. take a look right now at the scene at dallas love field airport this morning. thanks to our affiliate wfaa, big crowds already lined up to fly this morning. this rush capping off an incredibly fast rebound for air travel. more than 6.2 million were screened at u.s. airports since thursday and listen to this, on both thursday and friday, tsa screened more people than it did on those same days in 2019 before the pandemic even began. and after friday set a new single-day high for most passengers since the start of the pandemic, at least one airline ceo told us he expects
today to break that record. the roads were packed too. it's tough to say exactly how many drivers were out there but experts believe that about 44 million people hit the roads. again, that's more than in 2019. even as the national average for gas soars to $3.13 a gallon. >> it sounds like it's going to be a grind to get home. with everybody hitting the road today. gio, what exactly is the worst time to be on to road today? >> reporter: all right, look, so if you're getting on the road this morning you're probably okay. the earlier the better. but if you wait till this afternoon, especially between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m., grab some snacks and get ready to wait in that traffic. >> all right, good luck and safe travels to all. gio, thank you. whit. will, turning to the coronavirus emergency. president biden with a speech on the fourth of july talking about the progress made in combating the virus. take a look. >> covid-19 has not been vanquished. we all know powerful variants have emerged like the delta
variant. but the best defense against these variants is to get vaccinated. >> the president pushing for vaccinations, but the country is falling short of his vaccination goal. just over 67% of the adult population receiving at least one dose of the shot. and a new poll finds many may never get one. our stephanie ramos is at the javits center vaccination site with more. stephanie, good morning. >> reporter: whit, good morning. president biden welcomed a thousand essential workers and military personnel to the south lawn this weekend to celebrate independence day and independence from covid exceeding his prediction from march that fourth of july get-togethers this year would look a lot more like they used to, even though the country is just shy of the 70% vaccination goal, but this weekend, the virus and the delta variant still gripping parts of the country and areas populated by
people who refuse to get vaccinated. the administration ramping up those efforts to try and reach those people, whit. >> but stephanie, that new poll shows it could be a real challenge to reach some populations in this country. >> reporter: exactly, that view, abc news/"washington post" poll really lays out just how challenging it will be. three in ten adults in the latest abc poll say they have not gotten a coronavirus vaccine and definitely or probably will not get one. in this group, a broad 73% say u.s. officials are exaggerating the risk of the delta variant and 79% think they have little or no risk of getting sick from the coronavirus. the administration certainly has their work cut out for them. whit. >> progress with still a ways to go. stephanie ramos, thank you. eva. now to that washington monument crash. a man accused of trying to drive his car into a group of pedestrians crashing it onto the grounds of the monument. kenneth moton is there live with
the details. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, eva. investigators are looking into this terrifying incident as an intentional act. this is the path that suv took right before slamming into that retention wall just yards away from the washington monument. u.s. park police say a new jersey man, identified as 38-year-old joseph dessin, was behind the wheel of that vehicle plastered with stickers and signage, they say saturday night he struck a security barrier and drove toward a crowd of people on the sidewalk. incredibly no one was hit. sources tell abc news the motive is under investigation, but this suspect has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon which was the vehicle and destruction of government property. of course, this happened just 24 hours before the return of one of the biggest fourth of july celebrations in this country. a major security event with increased law enforcement as thousands of people made their way to this national mall this holiday weekend. this incident also comes three months after a man slammed his car into a barrier at the
capitol killing a capitol police officer. the new jersey man from this incident is expected to be in federal court later today and we could learn new details, whit. >> kenneth, thank you. now to pope francis and that planned intestinal surgery. here's a live look. this is at gemelli hospital in rome where he is recovering in a special papal wing. the vatican says the 84-year-old reacted well to the procedure and our amy robach is right there in vatican city with the latest. amy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, whit. yes, we have just learned pope francis is in good condition. he's alert. he's breathing on his own. we've been told that his surgery lasted approximately three hours and barring any complications, the hope is that pope francis will be out of the hospital seven days from now. this morning, pope francis remains in the hospital following what his vatican officials are calling scheduled colon surgery. the holy see press office saying
the operation went well with the previously unannounced procedure raising concerns about the 84-year-old pontiff's health. >> 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's obviously something that has taken people who know him by surprise. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the news coming just hours after the pope appearing in good health delivered his sunday blessing to thousands in st. peter's square. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the surgery was performed at rome's gemelli hospital. the holy see press office releasing a statement saying pope francis was being treated for diverticular stenosis of the colon. diverticulitis is a condition where small bulging pouches along the digestive track,
become inflamed or infected which can lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain and bloating. pope francis has been in relatively good health in recent weeks maintaining a busy schedule. on sunday he announced he would travel to slovakia and budapest in september. >> it obviously expresses his own confidence that the problem he's been dealt with right now is one which will not prevent him from going on a foreign trip in just over seven, eight weeks. >> reporter: now, this is the pope's first major health challenge in the eight years since he took over the papacy. he does, however, suffer from sciatica, which can cause leg and back pain, but relatively he is in good health, whit. >> and amy, pope francis seemed to hint that something like this was coming. >> reporter: that's right. pope francis may have actually given his followers a little bit of a hint that he had this planned surgery coming up. the sunday before last when he was addressing the crowds he asked his followers to pray for him and certainly they are doing that today, whit. >> absolutely, amy robach for us right there in vatican city, thank you.
let's bring in our chief medical correspondent dr. jennifer ashton. dr. ashton, good morning to you. it's great to see you as always. how common is this ailment and how serious the surgery? >> well, whit, good morning. diverticular disease, as amy was saying, the outpouching of the large colon incredibly common, some estimates citing that half of people over the age of 50 will have some degree of this but this complication of diverticular disease, incredibly rare to uncommon. single-digit percentages of people who suffer from diverticular disease so to have surgery for something like this is pretty rare. >> and as amy noted in the story there, he is 84 years old. so what will his doctors be monitoring for now that the surgery is over? >> well, first of all, whit, just because a surgery is scheduled or elective does not make it not potentially serious and in general, an 84-year-old, someone in their 80s, even someone in vigorous good health at baseline general anesthesia,
any type of surgical procedure, the goal is to return to a preoperative condition as quickly as possible, watching for infection, getting him walking around and eating slowly. they'll be taking their care with this patient for sure. >> the vatican saying he did react well to the surgery. dr. ashton, thank you so much. we appreciate it. will, over to you. now we turn to the holiday weekend sales. the fourth falls on a sunday this year. the holiday is extended into the 5th today. with that many of those big savings continue so deirdre bolton joins us with the deals still out there for the taking. good morning, deirdre. >> reporter: good morning, will. that's right. if you were having too much fun with family and friends yesterday, and you didn't scoop up any bargains, do not fear. there are still a few out there. so, bed, bath & beyond, you can still save up to 50% on a lot of the store including kitchen items like keurig coffeemakers and pots and pan sets, best buy,
select appliances from whirlpool and lg on sale, and you can actually save more there if you buy a bundle of appliances instead of just one. macy's offering between 20% and 60% off women's swimsuits, handbags and jewelry and you can save up to 20% off with a special online code, will. >> last year the pandemic basically wiped out holiday shopping. so how much are americans expected to spend this time around? >> according to the national federation of retailers, we're actually expected to spend at least what we did in 2019 so before the pandemic hit, that's about $6.5 billion. early indications, what we spent the most on so far in the last 24 hours probably not surprising, food, alcohol and fireworks, will. >> all right, deirdre bolton, thank you. i know i spent a lot on hot dogs. i didn't even get to have one. >> there is still time, will. there is a cart outside.
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♪ ♪ ♪ baby, you're a firework ♪ welcome back to "gma." you are looking at the july 4th fireworks in philadelphia. gorgeous and this morning, we ae there live for "rise & shine" pennsylvania. highlighting how the state is re-opening and the resilience of the people there helping to bring pennsylvania back better than ever. eva knows something about philly. >> i ate my way through philly when i lived there several years ago. lots of good food to get to there. i put on like 20 pounds. much more of that ahead, but first the top headlines we are following. overnight, crews demolishing the rest of that collapsed apartment building in florida. officials fearing tropical storm elsa would cause the rest of surfside's standing tower to fall. now, this morning, the search for the 121 people still
unaccounted for can resume. also right now, the white house marking our progress in the fight against covid welcoming a thousand essential workers and military personnel on the south lawn this weekend. this as the nation falls short of that vaccination goal with just over 67% of adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine. and a massive voluntary recall from tyson foods of nearly 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken products after a usda investigation. you can find out more about that on the cdc website. and a mishap giving beachgoers an early fourth of july show in ocean city, maryland. workers were setting up last night. the fireworks went off, and some workers suffered minor injuries. no word yet on what caused them to go off but the fireworks shows were, in fact, predictably i would say canceled. and we've got a lot more ahead including the pool
warning that all parents need to hear how to keep your children safe. chris hemsworth swimming with sharks. we've got a first look at that. that's all coming up. eva? >> not bad television there. >> certainly not. >> eyes glued. we begin with a bombshell report about britney spears and an article from "the new yorker" alleging for the first time that the superstar called 911 to report alleged abuse the night before that dramatic court testimony. we'll speak to the reporters in a moment, but first, kaylee hartung has the latest. good morning, kaylee. >> reporter: and good morning, eva. "she never had a chance." that's how one source described the circumstances of the hearing that put britney under the conservatorship 13 years ago. now, a new in-depth investigation with sources from her inner circle sheds new light on what "the new yorker" calls the conservatorship nightmare britney has been living under. ♪ >> reporter: this morning, new details revealed about the conservatorship britney spears has been living under for more than a decade. in a new article in "the new yorker" pulitzer prize-winning author ronan farrow and co-author jia tolentino writing
that just hours before britney's bombshell 20-minute statement in court two weeks ago, the pop star called 911 to report she was a victim of conservatorship abuse. they write that night members of spears' team began texting one another frantically worried about what spears might say the next day and they discussed how to prepare in the event she went rogue. it was at that court hearing when fans got to hear from the 39-year-old herself, describing how she's been isolated, exploited, embarrassed and demoralized by the conservatorship that's controlled her life and finances for the last 13 years asking that it be terminated. a conservatorship is typically granted for the elderly or someone unable to care for themself. "the new yorker" reporting that in 2008, a judge gave power to a team including britney's father after a hearing lasting just ten minutes. the day after britney was committed to a hospital for a second time.
caught in a bitter divorce and custody battle and a former friend of the spears family whose testimony helped create the conservatorship, now telling "the new yorker," she regrets her actions. "at the time, i thought we were helping and i wasn't, and i helped a corrupt fan seize all this control." according to that former friend her mother lynne thought it would only last a few months. when she was asked last month she said i don't know what to think. it's a lot of pain, a lot of worry. >> reporter: the article also revealing how involved britney is in what's posted on her social media admitting in court she lied online pretending to be happy when she's not, and "the new yorker" explaining, her captions must submit them to a company that controls the account. britney is not supposed to discuss the conservatorship. spears has earned millions while under conservators' control but in 2012, while wrapping up a $1,300 dinner, she told a friend she couldn't afford to pay her
half of the bill. alt the time, she was working as a judge on "x-factor" but said she was limited to a $2,000 weekly allowance no matter how much she earned. now, among the bills britney spears does have to pay according to "the new yorker," is a $520,000 a year fee to her court-appointed attorney. and yet again, according to "the new yorker," multiple sources tell them that they feel his loyalty is more so to the conservatorship and jamie spears than to britney. her next hearing is scheduled for july 14th, eva. >> kaylee hartung there for us, thank you. here now with the reporters behind britney spears' conservatorship nightmare from "the new yorker," jia tolentino and ronan farrow. thanks for being with us. so much to break down on this story. ronan, let's start with you. that 911 call you reported on made the night before her court date last month. had britney spears ever called 911 before and why now? >> this appears to be a new escalation in the case and, you know, in accordance with what we learned in her testimony the
next day which is she really did describe this in terms of criminal abuse, she said my family members and management involved in the creation of that legal structure should go to jail. she said this in court. we know this from her and it obviously reinforces that, that she, it seems, wanted to create a legal record of that complaint and we also know from other subsequent publications confirming our reporting on this in the last couple of days that officers were dispatched in that moment so it seems like we know now that testimony emerged from a moment of her being distraught over this arrangement. >> and, ronan, to counter that jamie spears has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and says he only has his daughter's best interest at heart. >> and that is a complication inherent in so many cases of alleged conservatorship abuse, eva. this is a family that i think sincerely says that they have her interests at heart. a family that probably believed at various points they were
pursuing her best interests but what we reveal is also other conversations and records at the time show that there were complicated motivations beyond britney spears' well-being playing into this. >> jia, you take us through the history of this arrangement. based on the conversations that you've had, do you think it was legitimately meant to help her in the beginning? >> so everyone we spoke to agrees that britney was in genuine crisis in 2008 and her parents were sincerely concerned about her well-being and a change was necessary but i'll just point out there is a vast spectrum of assistance and structure that exist between struggling through crisis unsupported and entering a probate conservatorship of the type she's under which is specifically and exclusively intended for people who will not get better. because conservatorships involve another person or people maintaining significant daily control over basically all aspects of your personal, medical and financial life they
are highly vulnerable to abuse even in the type of arrangement they're intended for, the elderly or people with profoundly disabling conditions. >> ronan, let's talk about this conservatorship. you describe it as severely limiting spears' freedom. what does it do? and the thing for so many of us that's hard to kind of put together, how is this possible for a person who headlined a tour and made $130 million? >> well, that's exactly the question, eva. this is someone who is extremely high functioning and tests the outer edges of to whom this kind of a legal restriction should be applied. right now, britney spears' basic economic and legal rights have been ceded to others around her including her father and a court appointed individual and she's saying, i have some issues that need to be worked out in therapy but i do not deserve to lose all my basic rights. at one point in her testimony in court she said i have an iud in me, i have birth control in me and i'm not being permitted to
remove that and i want to have a child. these are basic questions of body autonomy and a woman of around 40 who, you know, many people looking at the amount of money she's making and the amount of performing she's done over the years of the conservatorship i think in a very valid way say, hey, is this right, is this what we do in our society when people have mental health issues. >> you point out both of these incidents that led to questions about her mental health, they stemmed from her desire to see more of her own children, wanting to be a mom. it was a big part of her testimony in court in june. >> yeah, i think it's important to note that those two incidents the night she shaved her head and the night she hit the paparazzi's car with an umbrella directly proceeded with her driving to kevin federline's house asking to see the children trailed by photographers and being turned away. i'll just point out at the time of that breakdown, she's 26, and
had two children within about a year of one another, she got divorced while nursing her 2-year-old second child, and she was so famous that photos were making up a quarter of the revenues for some photo agency, you know, paparazzi followed her around everywhere she went and jumped out of moving cars, chased her on foot, they shot long-range photos into her backyard. every mistake she made made national news and many we spoke to suspect she had postpartum depression and don't remember anyone speaking to her about it and i can just say, if i had experienced even a day of early motherhood under the circumstances that she did, i would have self-medicated and i would have broken down. >> early motherhood, a divorce, the combination of all those things with the paparazzi, just a lot to take on, jia tolentino, ronan farrow, thank you so much for being with us this morning. whit. >> thanks. >> fascinating conversation. still ahead here on "gma," that summer safety warning. the alarming new report on children and pool safety. why kids are at an increased risk.
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back now with a summer safety alert. back now with a summer safety alert. an alarming new report on children and pool safety. warning the pandemic is putting kids at an increased risk. erielle reshef has the details. >> reporter: this morning, the consumer product safety commission reporting child drownings are on the rise. the agency warning the pandemic has meant kids are at increased risk this year. >> it was really hard for people to access swimming lessons last year, and from what i understand this year, it still remains
challenging because things have booked up early. >> reporter: drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death of children ages 1 to 4. johns hopkins reporting the cases of child drownings continue to increase. >> year over year we've almost doubled our drownings unfortunately. >> reporter: for children ages 5 and under, 83% of them were at residential pools. >> it's every parent's worst nightmare. >> reporter: last year emily was isolating with her family in california. she thought her daughter addie was with her husband jordan working from home. she discovered addie had actually wandered to the family pool. >> she was on her side, she was not breathing. >> reporter: addie was without a pulse for 20 minutes. emily, a former emt, performed cpr with her husband until an ambulance arrived. >> i thought this is never going to happen to us. >> reporter: doctors feared addie would have brain damage but she was awake within 24 hours. her pediatrician calls her recovery miraculous.
>> say thank you. >> thank you. >> reporter: and tells them doing cpr made all the difference. >> she goes, no, you saved her life. you and dad saved her life. >> reporter: now they're hoping to raise awareness about pool safety. >> learn cpr. >> reporter: experts warn it's important to have multiple layers of protection. >> make sure you designate someone to keep an eye on the children in and around the water each and every time. >> reporter: make sure there are proper barriers, covers and alarms on or around any pool or spot your child may have access to. >> as pools start to open up, i think it's very important for parents to sign their children up for swim classes and get them learning how to swim. >> and experts say remember that kids can drown without making a sound. they can be silent so as you heard there, designate a water watcher to keep an eye on the pool at all time, guys. >> very important, erielle. thank you so much. coming up next our "play of the day."
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that is our ike ejiochi with the philly phanatic mascot, they're having a great time this morning. cheers, fellas. ike's telling us all about pennsylvania's resilience as it reopens. that's coming up. >> like they're having a little conversation. not sure they understand each other just yet. >> "rise & shine" is a universal language. >> exactly. exactly. a fun morning and also a busy morning here, and we're following this as well. the latest on the pope's health after his planned surgery on sunday. amy robach is standing by live in vatican city with more on that. but first, we have a lot of news this morning starting with that news overnight. crews demolishing the rest of that collapsed apartment building in florida as tropical storm elsa takes aim at the state. trevor ault is in florida this morning with the latest. good to see you again, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, again, eva. this demolition originally scheduled to take weeks, instead crews made it happen in about 48 hours. a controlled blast designed to bring that standing structure down and away from the collapsed rubble so now a full search and operation -- search and rescue operation can begin.
>> here we go. >> reporter: this morning, surfside, florida's, champlain towers south is entirely rubble and overnight, demolition crews set off controlled blasts inside support columns. moments later what was left of the building was gone too. officials say the implosion was guided away from the rescue site to try to preserve the area where people could still be buried. >> bringing down this building in a controlled manner is critical to expanding our scope of the search and rescue effort. >> reporter: rescue workers had been heavily hindered by fears. the rest of the building would come down on top of them. in the moments before in the moments before the implosion, the community and frst responders coming together to honor the victims, lighting the night with candles and lights in lieu of fourth of july fireworks. this morning, search efforts can now resume for the 121 people still unaccounted for. crews gaining access to a third of the debris they couldn't reach before.
and those search and rescue operations that, of course, have to pause because of the extensive prep work for the demolition. we haven't yet received official word that the search has started back up again, but the mayor of miami-dade county said she expected the rescue to begin once again very quickly after the demolition. whit. >> still an agonizing wait for those families there. trevor ault for us, thank you. we do turn now to pope francis and that planned intestinal surgery. the vatican saying he reacted well to the procedure. our amy robach is in vatican city with the latest on his recovery. amy, good morning. >> reporter: that's right, whit. good morning to you. just hours after his sunday blessing here in st. peter's square, we found out that the pope headed to the hospital. the 84-year-old is now recovering in the gemelli hospital here in rome in a special papal wing. this morning, pope francis remains in the hospital following what his vatican officials are calling scheduled colon surgery. the holy see press office saying
the operation went well, but the previously unannounced procedure raising concerns about the 84-year-old pontiff's health. >> this was a scheduled operation. but if you look back at his medical history it's something new. [ speaking foreign language ] >> reporter: the holy see press office releasing a statement saying pope francis was being treated for diverticular stenosis of the colon. diverticulitis is a condition where small bulging pouches along the digestive tract become inflamed or infected which can lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain or bloating. relatively good health, in recent weeks maintaining a basis schedule and on sunday, he announced that he would be traveling to slovakia and
budapest in september. >> the problem he's been dealt with right now will not prevent him from going on a foreign trip in seven, eight weeks. >> reporter: we've been told barring any complications the pope should be released from the hospital in seven days and it appears the pope may have given us all a bit of a hint the sunday before last when he asked his followers to pray for him. whit. >> all of that coming together, much more clarity on what that means now. amy robach for us, thank you. will. >> all right, whit, this morning, the new headline about the duchess of cambridge and covid. kensington palace saying she came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for covid-19. she is not experiencing any symptoms. duchess kate is now self-isolating at home. she was due to join prince william at an event to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of britain's national health service today, but had to cancel. and coming up, that massive ransomware attack. more than 1,000 businesses affected. what to look out for on your personal computer. and it's time to "rise & shine" in pennsylvania. we are eating our way through the city of brotherly love highlighting how small businesses are bouncing back. >> that's kind of torture watching ike eating there. we'll get some food in the studio as well. plus, country singer jimmie allen joins us live.
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♪ ♪ getting some help with the little one, from her biggest fan. some real face time. just an amtrak away. welcome back to "gma" on this monday. hope you're having a great independence day holiday as we "rise & shine" from pennsylvania this morning. tomorrow on "gma," philly native patti labelle joins us to show off some of her cooking skills. her food is amazing. she's been on the show before. definitely looking forward to that. >> part of philly's famous broad street has been named patti labelle way in her honor. and just so you guys know, when
you go on broad street, if you are going towards city hall, it's called going up broad street. >> good to know. and just more directions to the food places. >> yeah, yeah. we will go to our cover story. that massive ransomware attack this holiday weekend carried out by a russian based group being called possibly the largest security breach ever. deirdre bolton is back with more on who may be affected and how to protect yourself. good morning again, deirdre. >> reporter: great to see you, will. unfortunately, it's probably the small and medium size businesses that are most affected by this hack. kaseya provides i.t. management tools for about 40,000 companies of all sizes and i spoke with the ceo this weekend. he said he's really thinking most of the businesses that have 10 to 12 employees. it's part of why they hire kaseya in the first place. in other words, they're not big enough to have their own i.t. department. the silver lining, though, is that kaseya shut down the system pretty quickly as soon as it suspected a breach. so less than 1% of the companies' clients were
affected. as to who did it officially unconfirmed but reports from independent research groups cite the group that hacked jbs earlier this year and demanding payment or ransom from the affected companies, and kaseya is helping out its client companies by working with the fbi. now, as for protecting yourself or your business, here are four tips from the experts. continuously rotate your passwords. do not use the same password on every application. make sure your system is up to date so that it's to say download updates then pay attention to alerts and analytics. so call your provider company if you see something out of the ordinary, just call the company before you give new information. will. >> all right, deridre, thank you and it sounds like great tips and could have been a whole lot now to president jimmy carter and first lady rosalynn carter celebrating 75 years of
marriage. the couple sat down exclusively with steve osunsami sharing the secret to their long-lasting love story and what they learned along the way. >> reporter: this is a love story where the first few pages were written in rural georgia. >> when i first date had a date with her, the next morning i told my wife -- my mother that was the girl i wanted to marry. >> life with jimmy carter has been an adventure. >> reporter: in a rare interview, president and mrs. carter tell us they're planning to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary with a large party in plains, georgia, with 300 people invited. >> well, turned out to be too big. but i think it will be okay. >> so tell me about this anniversary. >> we try to share as much as we possibly can do. different, you know, exciting and enjoyable things like bird
watching and downhill skiing and fly-fishing, things like that. >> you've gone fly-fishing recently? >> yes, i went last year. >> we have a little pond in front of our house and i go out and cast. >> reporter: he's turning 97 and she's turning 94. he jokes that she turned him down the first time he asked for her hand in marriage. >> my impression wasn't she was dating all the other boys in the county. they were not 4f. >> they were all 4f. it was wartime but i had promised my father on his deathbed that i would finish college, but he was persistent and i gave in. >> abc now projects carter is the winner with 272 electoral votes. >> reporter: their adventure took them to the white house in january of 1977. >> as jimmy said earlier there's no way that we would be here
tonight with jimmy president of the u.s. without your help. >> reporter: it was a difficult four years. after hostages were taken at the american embassy in iran his presidency ended after just one term. >> president carter, you say often that marrying mrs. carter was the pinnacle of your life more than any presidency. >> oh, yes. that was the most important thing in my life. it was -- it was happy and joyful and obviously longlasting. every night we try to make sure we completely reconcile from all the arguments during the day when we go to bed for 75 years of marriage. we have always grown deeper in our love for one another. i think that's an extraordinary thing that doesn't happen to very many couples but it certainly happened to us. >> reporter: for "good morning
america," steve osunsami, abc news, plains, georgia. >> and their love story such a beautiful love story, right? we want to thank the carter center. you can see more of steve's exclusive interview with former president and first lady carter on "gma3" and abc newslive and also on hulu. >> i love what they said about reconciling their disagreements and arguments at the end of every day. one of the secrets to long-lasting love apparently. thanks for that story. now to "rise & shine" in pennsylvania. we are in the heart of american history this morning. philadelphia living up to its nickname the city of brotherly love as the city bounces back, our ike ejiochi is there live, ike, good morning to you. ♪ >> reporter: good morning, whit. good morning, everyone. you said it yourself. we are "rise & shining" right here in the city of philadelphia. the city of brotherly love and it's that love, that neighborly love that really helped the businesses here not only in philadelphia but all over the state of pennsylvania bounce back.
all weekend you could just see people packing outdoor spaces, even indoor spaces having so much fun myself included. take a look. ♪ pennsylvania. one of the original 13 colonies. >> good morning, america. >> reporter: and the birthplace of our nation is steeped in history from famous battle sites to bustling metropolis, pittsburgh, the steel city and philadelphia, the sixth largest city in the nation, a major tourist destination celebrating food. >> listen, you can't come to philly without eating crab fries. >> reporter: sports. and, of course, american independence. hey, right behind me is the liberty bell. want to know the story about the crack, it happened on a practice run. yeah, imagine being that guy. the declaration of independence asserting america's right to freedom and the constitution of the united states signed right here at independence hall. >> hey, look who i found here. good old benjamin franklin.
>> ike. i do excellent. >> philadelphia, quite the city. >> of brotherly love. >> of brotherly love. >> i had the opportunity to really help build this city. i helped found with many of my friends, i helped found a university and a hospital and a fire department. >> reporter: over 40 million people a year visiting philly before the start of the pandemic. >> guys, thank you so much for waiting. >> reporter: many coming to iconic john's roast pork run by john bucci. covid decimating his business and much of the philly restaurant scene with 252 restaurants permanently closing here. >> all of a sudden, we can't take -- we can't let people in the building because it's so small. we only were taking phone orders. it was a disaster. >> reporter: it took months to get permanents to build an area for window service. the eatery suffering until another one came to the rescue. unemployment hammering philadelphia, but while covid forced many philly businesses to shutter, it opened doors for others.
>> to be a sanitation worker in philadelphia is to be a hero. >> reporter: philly trash man terrell first posted to instagram after angry residents complained of trash delays last summer. sharing an inside look at the everyday life of a sanitation worker. >> the pandemic added 30% more output in trash. people were just angry. they were wondering why their trash was piling up. kids weren't able to ride bikes on the street. >> get out and get this trash. >> reporter: his posts going viral. next, the 32-year-old raising $32,000 to get his fellow workers proper ppe. now, he's running a nonprofit trash to treasure, bridging the gap between the people and workers on the front line. love, it's in the air at love park and the love for pennsylvania is coming back. this brass band snapped on philly came together during the pandemic providing some distraction during shutdown. >> we've been playing in the street and playing for the people and we've been doing it since august and haven't stopped and trying to give back
to the city that gave us so much. >> reporter: mask mandates just lifted. the outdoors haven't looked like this for quite some time. even good old ben is feeling spirited. >> rise and shine, pennsylvania. >> reporter: now, philly is a phenomenal food town. i've been eating all weekend since i've been here. the pants are a little tight. i'm not happy about this, but i didn't want to be the only person enjoying this, so as the new guy i decided to bring you guys back a little something special from philly. got you some cheesesteaks from john's roast pork for you to enjoy. i would have brought back some bassett's ice cream. something tells me it wouldn't have traveled very well. >> we'll take the cheesesteak. smart move too, ike, and we should also point out we have had you doing reports on the weekends, but this is your first report on weekday "gma." welcome to the team. it's great to have you, ike. all right, we will see you soon. >> thank you. now, though, let's head over to ginger once again, good morning. >> oh, welcome to him. this is great. okay. i do have some not so great news to share with you.
let's start with video from over the weekend that is unrelated to the tropical storm. but in tampa, where they had some flash flooding there, you've been super saturated in a lot of places and you're about to get a whole lot more on the order of more than a half foot thanks to elsa as it makes its way over to cuba that was the update. it's just starting to get out to cuba. it will pass just west of key west, and then go toward clearwater, st. pete, and into the big bend tuesday night into wednesday. we have drizzle waiting for you outside. sunshine for the bay and inland aired areas. a heatwave begins with heat inland and the risk of heat illness getting moderate to high. enjoy the temperatures. mainly 80s inland and 70s around the bay. low to mid 60s coast into san francisco., 50s
now to nat geo's shark fest now to nat geo's shark fest making a splash for its ninth year, kicking things off with a documentary special "shark beach with chris hemsworth." the movie star making a daring dive taking us on a once in a lifetime mission to uncover the science of shark behavior. >> in australia where i live we've just had the worst spate of fatal shark encounters in a century. >> reporter: australian thor actor chris hemsworth is trading in his hammer for a wet suit to kick off nat geo's annual shark fest in "shark beach with chris hemsworth." >> any sharks? >> probably. >> yeah. ♪ >> i hope you fall off. >> reporter: his mission, finding out how humans and sharks can peacefully co-exist. >> i want to find out if we can live together without doing each other harm. >> reporter: the one-hour special will feature hemsworth digging into the science of sharks. >> should i be nervous? >> reporter: going on a dive with legendary shark expert and
conservationist valerie taylor. >> oh, wow. >> reporter: talking with pro surfer mick fanning about his firsthand encounter with a shark. >> then all of a sudden i just get hit from this side. >> and learning about all the latest experiments and technologies. >> hi, boys. >> chris, welcome aboard. >> reporter: to try and prevent deadly shark attacks. >> the aim is to develop a safer surfboard with an electrical shark deterrent built into it. >> we want to know how many sharks are in the population. who their mums and dads are. who their brothers and sisters are. >> reporter: all while never losing sight of the absolute beauty these fish possess. >> it's such a privilege seeing these massive creatures up close. >> we're all so fascinated by sharks. you can tune in to the biggest shark fest ever spanning six weeks and airing across four networks and disney plus. it all starts with the one-hour special "shark beach with chris hemsworth" tonight at 9:00, 8:00
building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. i'm kumasi aaron from abc7 mornings. we are waiting to find out what might have sparked a fire that burned dangerously close to homes in martinez. flames threatened homes and backyards just west of interstate 680. you can see heavy smoke coming from the brush what if you could push a button and less carbon would be put into the air. if there were a button that would help you use less energy, breathe cleaner air, and even take on climate change...
we've got live with kelly and ryan coming up. >> we have scarlett johansson joining us. let's take a look at what is going on weather wise. we have had some drizzle out there, measurable and higher elevations. some of it is making it down to the ground still as you can see from south bay. some of the dry drops on the lens careful. there may be a few slick spots but it will lock in some clean air through wednesday. if you are going to the game this afternoon, notice the time, 3:05 the first pitch. temperatures dropping throughout the game into the low 60s. look at the heat wave coming especially inland. thursdays through sunday. 60s and 70s along the coast during that time.
we will have another abc7 news update in about 30 ♪ews update in about 30 ♪ had to have this song. loving a little summertime. welcome back to "gma" as we "rise & shine" from pennsylvania. such a beautiful state from the appalachian trail to pittsburgh, to philadelphia, where we are live this morning and, will, you met a small business owner there. >> i got to meet dr. angela maciver for our open for business series. i was lucky enough to give her a big surprise on behalf of "gma" to help her save her small business which is booming and growing in numbers. >> we went from having revenue to zero overnight. we didn't have a path forward. >> reporter: when the pandemic hit, dr. angela maciver's small business, trapezium math was on
the verge of collapse. >> why is this not the day of the week? >> reporter: the only solution going virtual which she didn't want to do. how did you transition from the in-person model that you had started your business into an online model? >> a lot of our kids served as our focus group and they just failed and so what we decided was that we could run a technology-free math club online with the only thing that we would need is a zoom connection. >> reporter: supplying her students with an at-home math kit full of all the materials they used to use in person they were able to remotely teach what she calls joyful confidence building math. ♪ last summer we surprised trapezium with $10,000. >> oh, my gosh. >> let it out. this is -- it's a big moment. >> i just -- i don't know what to say. >> reporter: which helped keep them going by retaining staff
and continuing to teach students in a whole new way. >> online learning doesn't have to be soul crushing, you know, mind numbing for children. we were fortunate before "gma" we were like, here and then "gma" like put us here and then we're like upright. >> reporter: now, the math club is reaching and enriching hundreds of students in 17 states spanning from texas to maine and angela is not turning back. what is your message to people who are curious about trapezium? >> i want parents to know that you can starting at a very early age engage with your children in math in ways that make you feel confident. you know, as well as your child. >> reporter: and for these parents, it's been a game changer. >> my daughter looks to be challenged so versus like avoids -- avoiding it. >> she's shaping future minds and future leaders, thank you. >> reporter: but i wanted to see for myself. >> this one is the tens place. >> reporter: could these youngsters really outsmart me in math? >> oh, no! did we lose? this is terrible. no. >> reporter: so math isn't
totally my thing but as i learned with trapezium, it can be fun. and bring order to the world. >> nice job. >> reporter: for a new generation. >> math is fun. >> math is fun. i think i'll stick to words. now trapezium is giving back and they're making all of its materials on its website portal free for teachers until labor day two months from now and taking registration for fall math club. back to ike ejiochi, you've been out and about in philly. what have you been seeing and feeling there? >> reporter: well, it's been so much. everyone out here has been so excited. just to get back outside and get some semblance of normality back, the businesses, the small businesses, especially reading terminal market, that iconic place in philly, packed with people but it wasn't just the small businesses that were seeing a bounce back, large businesses too. the fireworks, people were out there and, of course, citizens bank park where this guy kind of works.
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the nationwide ride raising money for eight separate nonprofit organizations and our rob marciano is about to send them off from central park in style. rob, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, whit. i'm here with the organizers, the riders, john bladholm and chris ray. about to embark on this amazing journey, seven weeks from here all the way to oregon. john, i have known you for awhile. i know you're a big cyclist. today's leg is longer than you've ever done. why you choosing to do it now? >> i think it was our wives after being cooped up with us for a year and a half said, hey, get out of the house, stay out of the house and do something for others. i pitched the idea to chris ray. it took him two weeks to get back to me and we decided to do it and we have eight fantastic foundations to benefit. we're nervous but fired up as well. >> as you get tired, chris, what will be your motivation? >> my family definitely for sure and the community and hoping that this sparks the communities and the cities to want to do great things for people. >> i know you've both been
involved in charities your whole life. tell me about the ride. obviously we're going west today. >> we've divided the u.s. up into seven 500-mile stages so the first stage benefits the fire family foundation and we're able to visit the 9/11 memorial, a couple days ago, obviously we're coming up on the 20th anniversary of that horrific happening so we have been very humbled and have a couple of retired firefighters joining us for the first leg and hopefully we raise a lot of money to help out families that have dealt with fires. >> all right, you guys ready to do this? >> born ready. >> you were born ready. here we go. today on average, 85 miles per day and get it kick-started coast to coast to raise money for eight different organizations. you guys, rock. here we go. 3,500 miles starts right now. go get 'em, guys. that's what i'm talking about. i'm tired just thinking about it. >> yes. >> good to be on the bike. >> love that.
>> they haven't even gotten far and i'm already exhausted knowing how far they have to go. thank you for that. our next guest has played everything from a smooth talking artist in "sweet home alabama" to a pr specialist in "ford v ferrari." now josh lucas is joining "the purge" for its fifth installment. good morning, josh. >> good morning. always happy to be on "good morning america." >> we're happy to have you, so, josh, we do have to point this out. you're passing up a big milestone turning 50 years old. you look fantastic. hate to call you out on it, but if you could say anything to your younger self, what would that be? >> i was really struck because for like the six months before i turned 50 without trying to, i kept really reflecting on my life and going through, you know, career choices and everything and i think the primary thing that i took away from it was the times in my life where i didn't follow my instincts, whether it was in a relationship or in work were,
you know, when things went wrong and any time i chased money things went wrong so it was this idea of every bad film choice i made or bad relationship i got into, i had a very strong moment before i entered that journey where my heart and soul told me not to do it and i still did it. >> we've all been there. >> but you're feeling older and wiser this morning, right? there's been some debate -- >> yeah. >> go ahead. >> well, i do. i feel -- i feel -- i actually maybe even feel younger and wiser i guess is what it is, yeah. >> so there's been some debate about whether this will be the last movie in this franchise. do you think that's the case and if they were to do another, would you sign on? >> you know, i very strongly think that jason blum and james demonaco, the creator of this series really planned on ending it with this film, and when people see the movie, i think
they'll get a strong sense of that in the ending. but my understanding is that jason in talking about this film and seeing all the things that are going on and in our country and all the reasons why the purges are such interesting films is how political they are. they do the opposite of most horror films and really delve into politics and unfortunately, they're deeply cautionary tales about our times and i think as he was talking about this film doing press like i'm doing now he had another idea that struck him and, you know, i don't think it's just attempting to chase money. i think these guys are very strongly attempting to talk about some very deep and interesting concepts in our country and doing it using, you know, horror to do it or using genre to do it, that's for sure. >> josh, we have a clip from the film. let's take a look. >> what?
>> honey, honey, i need to you take this. don't ask any questions. not right now. i'm going to get out of the car. i need you to lock the door, i'll be right back. >> oooh. scary there. >> well, you know, first of all, that truck was the huge -- michael bay is one of the producers of this movie, and he loves those huge semi trucks. i think they're the ones that, like, turn into bumblebee on "the transformers" so that was my co-star probably as much as anybody is that monster truck right there that i got to drive and we did all the movie really practical and we did these pretty extraordinary scenes where the cameras, all are inside the truck and you see that -- me driving that monster around for weeks and it was pretty remarkable.
but, yeah, this movie, you know, it's interesting, i would say this movie is a bit different from a lot of the other "purge" films in that it's much more, you know, an action thriller in a way than it is, i guess, a horror film. it's very, very tense, deeply -- i think fun to watch because it's much more like "mad max" i guess in a way. >> i think action thrillers can be scary as well. josh lucas, thanks so much for being with us. "the forever purge" is in theaters now. now let's check in with ginger. hey, ginger. >> hey there, eva. i want to start you off with our surf line camera in siesta key. they got to get rain gear ready, because, yes, tropical storm elsa has them in a watch at this point. a warning just south of them and you will start to see impacts by
tomorrow, late tonight it should pass west of key west then we will see heavy rain as t 50s, 60s, 70s at noon and 60s, 70s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s0s now to the book that feels like a hug. matt haig, the author of "the midnight library" back is with a collection of meditations and ruminations called "the comfort book" and i sat down with him to talk about it. >> you need to tilt your camera down. >> i'm thinking. >> even more if you can. there we go. >> that's better. >> reporter: british author matt haig understands the messiness of the human experience which he encourages and celebrates in his new book, "the comfort book," and in life. first off i have two questions.
which is bad interviewing style but, whatever. i feel like you would forgive me. >> embrace, embrace the imperfection. >> reporter: haig is known for his fiction like his recent novel "the midnight library," a "gma" book club pick which has since sold over 1 million copies in the u.s. "the comfort book" is a departure from his usual style but came at the right time. >> while i just finished "the midnight library." i always have after finishing a book nervous energy that coincided with march 2020 and i always try and write the book i most want to read at that moment and i basically wanted something comforting to write, comforting to read and to research. >> reporter: with metaphors concerning pizza, pasta and peanut bitter -- butter toast, it's a mash-up of quotes and axiom, play lists and recipes all centered around universal themes like hope. a recurring trope is nothing is stronger than a small hope that
doesn't give up. >> i just thought it would be good to have that as a little thread that's going on so even though it is one book you can dip in at any point i feel like essentially it is a book about hope and optimism. >> reporter: haig has long been candid about his struggles with mental illness, and the healing power of the little moments that define a life. >> i think without that pain i wouldn't have had that space to appreciate the small things, the best of life is available to most of us. the best of life can friendship. the best of life is eating pizza on a friday evening. these are the good things of life. >> you do draw on a lot of historical figures and their timeless teachings. how did philosophy end up playing such an important role in the creation of this book? >> in a way we're all philosophers. we all think about things from time to time. i think there is a quote in there from heraclitus. he said no man ever enters the
same river twice because it's not the same river and he's not the same man. if we're stuck in a place that stuff around us is going to change but that stuff inside us will change too. >> what do you hope readers take away? >> i don't see myself as a self-help writer because i feel like self-help implies i have some sort of magic formula on how to live. i'm sort of like writing my experiences and often trying to articulate feelings in a way that make sense to me and hopefully therefore make sense to other people. >> "the comfort book" is available tomorrow. it looks like this.
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performing for us just in a moment but, jimmie, good morning. welcome. you're heading out on tour with brad this month. tell us about the song "freedom was a highway." >> yes, so "freedom was a highway" is a song i kind of wrote, you know, just about, you know, driving my streets back home in delaware and about two guys, ash and matt. it's like -- a lot of times when it comes to country songs that look back, nostalgic songs are kind of slow. so i was like, you know, let's take that same idea but let's give people something they can bounce to a little bit. >> absolutely. we're going to bounce to it right now. jimmie, thank you so much. off his brand-new album "bettie james gold edition," here's jimmie allen with brad paisley performing that new single "freedom was a highway." ♪ >> whoo!
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building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions. this is abc7 news. good morning. i'm kumasi aaron from abc7 mornings. the popular discount bus line serving parts of the west coast is going out of business. bolt bus is shutting down operations indefinitely after low ridership during the pandemic. the bus line was known for its $1 fee and free wi-fi. here is a look at one of those areas that will see sunshine if you are thinking about going to the coast on this holiday. it is kind of cloudy there in santa cruz. it will be 72 later on but 60 everywhere else. if you will be outside, we will have sunshine around the bay. watch that burn time. we have extreme uv today which means the burn time is as short as it gets as the sun is as strong as it gets. low amounts of pollen out there. look at this, possibly four day heat wave starting thursday inland with 90s and 100s.
thank you, mike. now for live with kelly and ryan. ryan. it's live's stars and stripes celebration with kelly and ryan. today, a red, white and blue chat with the "black widow" star, scarlett johansson. and after the barbecue, chef michael symon shows us what to do with your fourth of july leftovers. plus an american performance from the american band, american authors. all next on live. and now here are your star-spangled co-hosts, kelly ripa and ryan seacrest. [cheering] aw, good morning, hello. ooh, look at that! huh? monday, july 5th, it is our stars and stripes celebration! [cheering] see stars? stripes? -celebration. -yes.