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this morning on "world news now," severe weather with this morning on "world news now," severe weather with fires and floods in the west. millions are under flash flood alerts as drenching rains are triggering mudslides, prompting one interstate to close indefinitely. also this morning, the covid summer surge. the delta variant spreading throughout the country, as dr. fauci warns things are going to get even worse. why he is saying that. plus, the nhl star skating into hot water. his wife accusing him of betting on his own hockey games. and even worse, what the nhl is saying this morning. and later, is it a goat or a work of art? the man behind these perfectly coifed goats in "the mix." it's monday, august 2nd. >> announcer: from abc news,
this is "world news now." i thought i had a decent coif. but that goat is showing me up. >> it is. anytime we mention goat, is it simone biles? i it -- oh, actual goat. >> an actual goat for once. >> is it a goat? that's funny. i can't wait to see it. we'll answer that question, right? is it a goat or is it a work of art? let's go ahead and jump in with this half hour, beginning with millions bracing for more extreme and dangerous weather out west. >> storms could cause flash flooding, dust storms and mudslides. mudslides trapping more than 100 people on interstate 70 through glenwood canyon over the weekend. dozens were forced to take refuge in a tunnel. that portion of the highway is closed indefinitely because of extensive damage. this morning, dangerous downpours swamping the west. monsoon rains inundating parts of arizona, triggering flash floods and creating terrifying scenes like this.
entire neighborhoods transformed into rivers, as fast-moving storm waters sweep through the streets and into homes. >> within a couple minutes, it was overflowing. >> reporter: a similar scene in california, after a rare downpour caused serious flooding in joshua tree. meanwhile, the wet weather creating this unprecedented mudslide in colorado. trees and debris, trapping dozens of cars and stranding some drivers for days. the thick mud more than ten feet deep in some spots. colorado officials saying they don't know when the highway will reopen. but the flooding is not the only hazard from these storms. lightning strikes sparking new fires in california, as firefighters battle blazes across the state. this fire in montana has burned more than 65,000 acres, becoming
the largest fire in the state. the flames moving so fast, even this herd of elk struggled to escape. now, experts warn that a new round of storms are expected to bring wind and lightning, but little rain. a combination that could create the perfect storm for wildfires. colorado authorities are urging drivers that use interstate 70 or other high country roads, to bring supplies, including water, snacks, flashlight and blanket, just in case they become stranded. accu-weather's meteorologist marvin gomez joins us now with more on the day's outlook. good morning. >> good morning. the moisture moves from the four corners across the northern rockies. and that will continue to be the trend for our monday afternoon. flash flooding continues to be a concern, especially in colorado. now, a little farther south, across the desert southwest, the temperatures are on the rise. heat-related weather alerts already in effect. and for the middle of the work
week, we are tracking another storm, that's going to bring some gusty winds. and this will elevate once again, the risk for new wildfires. now, across the southeast, we are tracking some heavy downpours, monday, tuesday, into wednesday. localized flash flooding will also be a possibility in this part of the nation. mona? andrew? >> marvin, thank you. turning to the spike in covid cases across the country, prompting a blunt reality check from dr. anthony fauci. the delta variant spreading rapidly, he is warning that things are going to get worse. abc's janai norman has the latest. >> reporter: as the lollapalooza festival in chicago comes to a 90% of attendees were vaccinated and time will tell of any possible covid spread. >> obviously, we'll know more in a week to ten days. but we have to keep pushing the fact that the unvaccinated are
the people that are at risk. >> reporter: this weekend, marking a six-week steady rise in covid cases across the country. more than 76% of u.s. counties now reporting high or substantial transmission rates. hospital admissions surging to more than 6,000 a day, the highest number of patients since february. dr. anthony fauci warning that things will get worse. >> we're looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we're seeing the cases go up. that's the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated and this would not be happening. >> reporter: an internal cdc document obtained by abc news, suggests the delta variant is more contagious than the common cold. the person with the common cold infects two to three people. the average person with the delta variant could be expected to infect five to nine people. in austin, texas, there were seven icu beds available for a
population of 2.3 million people. >> those people unvaccinated, they're being overwhelmed by this and having to go into our icus. >> reporter: in nebr vaccinedheshwa diagnosed with covid-19. she is now speaking out from her hospital bed. >> i could have saved myself and my family so much by having gotten the immunization. >> reporter: and louisiana is now seeing the highest case rate in the country. the emergency system in new orleans, so overwhelmed, they're running out of capacity to answer 911 calls. >> it's tough right now because several other communities across louisiana and across the state are having the same strain locally. >> reporter: and there's concern about the threat to children. most of them not yet eligible for the vaccine. the children's hospital of new orleans now treating ten kids with covid, three of them in intensive care. >> all we have to do to protect
our children is wear a mask and get a vaccine. we do so many more things to protect our children. this is easy. this is a no-brainer. >> reporter: the number of people here in louisiana getting their first dose of the vaccine has tripled in the last three weeks. i spoke with the director of the new orleans health department, who says that's good, but not good enough. hospitals here are inundated. and the average number of hospital admissions has gone up by nearly 500% in the last month. janai norman, abc news, new orleans. >> our thanks to janai. millions of americans financially impacted by the pandemic fear they can be forced from their homes now that a ban on evictions has expired. overnight, the senate completed the text of that sweeping infrastructure bill. abc's maryalice parks has more. >> reporter: senators optimistic that the infrastructure bill will be passed by the end of the week. >> the idea here is to produce an outcome, a real bipartisan agreement. >> reporter: senators in
washington, for a rare weekend session. >> when you see chuck schumer and mitch mcconnell voting for the same thing, it's unbelievable. >> reporter: but the house has already left for a six-week re push from progressives, the eviction moratorium, protecting millions of americans expiring. it's credited with keeping at least 2 million people in their homes during the pandemic. >> there is a tsunami coming. a lot of families will be hurting. >> reporter: this woman in atlanta, found an eviction notice taped to her door already. she is caring for her daughter with special needs. she owes $1,600 for july. >> i didn't realize it would happen so soon. >> reporter: progressive democrats on the steps of the capitol, hoping to put pressure on house speaker nancy pelosi to call the house back. >> if we don't get what we're asking for tonight, this is the end. >> reporter: senator pelosi agrees to extending the moratorium.
it's not clear if democrats have the votes on this one. they are focusing, instead, on helping the states to get the money out the door that's already been allocated to renters and landlords as soon as possible. maryalice parks, abc news. former president trump is building a massive campaign war chest. but he has not confirmed if he will make another run for the white house in 2024. new disclosure reports show trump's political committees have $102 million of cash onhand. and his team claims to have raised more than $80 million of that in the last six months. it's unclear how much was trumped from last year's donations. some of the cash can be used to help republicans in the 2022 midterms. and a huge parting gift for graduates at florida a&m university. fau was the latest historically it became the latest historically black college to pay off outstanding student debt. $16 million of it. the school's president made the announcement to the class of
2020 that was canceled last year because of the pandemic. >> that's a graduation gift. >> that's a huge graduation gift. now, to the scene of extremes in british columbia. >> this man was captured riding a hydrofoil surfboard through thick smoke of a wildfire. that fire is not threatening homes or businesses and the surfer gets relief from the smoke. >> there's so much happening in this video. >> right. >> what? what is it? a hydrofoil surfboard? >> yeah. i think it is one of those that lets you surf on the surface. >> i've seen those before. and then you have the smoke in the background. yeah. a lot of extremes here in british columbia. >> it's a lot. and coming up, the deadly wildfires that are now racing across turkey. here at home, the nhl star that is denying allegations of his own wife, claiming he bet on his own hockey games. what the nhl is now saying. wayback machine to look at
wildfires are raging across turkey. the fierce flames forcing tourists and residents to evacuate popular beach destinations along the mediterranean coast on sunday. at least eight deaths have been confirmed, extreme heat and strong winds are complicating efforts to fight the flames. arson is suspected in some of the fires. now, to the accusations of betting and game fixing coming from the estranged wife of evander kane, the top scorer on the san jose sharks. here's megan tevrizian. >> reporter: one of the nhl's biggest stars, denying allegations made by his wife who claims that he bet on his own hockey games. the wife of evander kane accusing the sharks player of losing games for a gambling profit. >> she claims he was throwing his own games. and not only are nhl players banned from betting on games. but the idea that they are influencing the outcome is something the nhl absolutely does not want.
>> reporter: kane's wife posting, how does the nhl let a compulsive gambling addict still play when he is throwing games to win money? the player firing back, i have never gambled/bet on hockey, never gambled/bet on a sharks game, never gambled/bet on any of my games and never thrown a hockey game. >> pete rose takes another big step for baseball immortality. >> reporter: the allegations drawing comparisons to pete rose, who was banned from major league baseball for life, after betting on games. >> punishments are very severe. they can range from the cancellation of a player's contract to indefinite suspension. >> reporter: evander kane says the two are in the process of getting a divorce and this isn't the first time his gambling is in the headlines. in january, he filed for bankruptcy, claiming to have $1.5 million in gambling losses in the last year. he was also sued in 2019 by a las vegas casino for allegedly
failing to repay a gambling debt of $500,000. the sharks' forward is just three seasons into his seven-year, $49 million contract. the nhl says they are aware of the allegations made by kane's wife. and they plan to conduct a full investigation. andrew? mona? >> all right, thank you. >> these are serious allegations. i think it's worth pointing out one more time here, that kane adamantly denies the accusations. and he says he will be cooperating with the nhl's investigation. >> the nhl says they are taking this very seriously. they said the integrity of our game is paramount and the league takes these allegations very seriously. of course they do. >> there will be more to come and we will find out. coming up, timeless gadgets from years gone by. our friend dick debartolo will open up his collection to show us his sony walkman. yeah, the walkman. and the first consumer digital
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♪ i don't mind ♪ welcome back to "world news now." today, we're taking a trip down memory lane. no time machine necessary. but we have other machines from years gone by. >> exactly. i have dick's gadgets warehouse. it's a warehouse full of gadgets. they're fun things like, the original sony walkman. >> reporter: wow. >> incredibly sounding super walkman.
>> i paid $180 for it. now, on amazon, it is selling between $500 and $1,000 used because it was featured in "guardians of the galaxy." ♪ >> reporter: what's next? >> this is fantastic. the first consumer digital camera from casio. the list price was $999.99. under $1,000 camera. >> reporter: barely under $1,000. >> exactly. no flash. no memory card. when i was playing with it, i thought, wait a minute. look at what the lens can do. you can take a selfie. the atomic clock. radio-controlled. i have not touched it -- since 1985. okay? it still has july. it's a day off. the time is -- within an hour. but this was amazing at the time. it was 180 bucks. finally --
>> reporter: last but not least -- >> the ipod nano. ♪ now, you have 1,000 songs in the nano that is one-fifth the size of the original. and this was $249. and that was back, september 2005. >> this, i remember very well. oh, yeah. >> you had one? >> reporter: i don't know if i had one. but the cool kids had one. >> then you didn't have one. >> reporter: listen, being this is a trip down memory lane, do you mind if we go out disco dancing? >> yes. i never gave up disco. i have my own mirror ball. i have dancing mirrors, a fog machine. i have a bubble machine. typical things you find in an office. in a "mad" magazine. >> reporter: in a "mad" magazine. my office, not this special. our thanks to dick debartolo.
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♪ time, now for "the mix," starting with one world war ii veteran finally honored for his acts of bravery after 75 years. >> 95-year-old retired army private first class ubaldo cisnaro was presented with the bronze star outside his home in los angeles three quarters of a century after it was first awarded to him. >> his son, joel, said his father was never learned about the award and was never able to take part in a medal ceremony until now. >> joel looked up his father's name on the 8th armored infantry division web site and saw the medal had been awarded.
so glad he was able to be presented it. now, to an out-of-this-world spectacle over turkey. >> cameras captured what appeared to be a meteorite burning bright over the coastal city of ismir. >> clips of the other worldly scene have begun to generate online speculation that the green-tinged fireball was a ufo crashing down to earth. >> other more grounded claims from experts suggest the meteorite's strange alien hue was the result of the presence of nickel in the space rock. i'm not buying it. it's aliens. >> one of the funniest things i saw this weekend, what if ufos are just billionaire aliens. >> traveling into space. elsewhere in turkey, where one shepherd isn't getting around when it comes to keeping goats looking stylish. >> we're talking about goats this time.
>> not simone biles. >> he has showed clips of his livestock's hair styles over social media. >> he has transformed the goats into works of art in just a matter of minutes. this looks like it takes hours. >> it looks like it takes hours. and it looks like the videos that barbers make after their client's hair is done. with skills like that, one person may be forgiven for saying he is a bit of a g.o.a.t. himself. >> does the goat come in and say which style they want. >> and get to the clippers. to a scene out of bikini bottom captured during a deep sea diving expedition. in the atlantic. >> the national oceanic and atmospheric administration showed this video of a sponge and a starfish saying, a real-life spongebob and patrick. >> that's a reference to spongebob squarepants. >> noticeably missing,
right now on "america this morning," the summer surge accelerating. daily covid cases in the u.s. now topping 100,000 for the first time since winter. long lines once again forming at testing sites. dr. anthony fauci warning things are going to get even worse. bipartisan breakthrough. overnight senators unveiling a $1 trillion infrastructure bill to rebuild america's roads and bridges. what happens next and why some democrats in the house are already signaling that they don't approve of this version of the bill. going for gold. team usa adding more medals overnight in tokyo as a new world's fastest man is crowned, plus one athlete saying she was taken to the airport against her