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right now on "america this morning," andrew cuomo now a criminal defendant. the former governor of new york charged with a misdemeanor sex crime, but now confusion over who made his summons public after authorities said there was no final decision to charge him yet. president biden landing in rome overnight, then meeting the pope at the vatican. all this while the president's economic agenda at home hangs in the balance. democrats forced to push back the time line for a vote on his spending bill. why biden says the days ahead will, quote, determine his presidency. breaking overnight. flights temporarily grounded at l.a.x. hundreds of travelers lining up outside. new details on the security scare that triggered it all. reality star robbed. expensive handbags, jewelry and
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watches stolen during the home invasion. what police are saying. plus, a new ancient human species discovered. where scientists say they lived 500,000 years ago. and from the bus tour specifically designed for nappers to another wild ending in the nfl, to the 10-year-old pulling off the unthinkable. >> oh, my god. >> it's friday, october 29th. good morning, everyone. we begin with former new york governor andrew cuomo facing a misdemeanor sex crime. >> court documents show cuomo heading to court next month accused in a sex assault involving a former staffer, but there are questions over who made the court summons public. >> a report in "the albany times union" newspaper claiims the complaint was issued before a final decision t c had been made.
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overnight, the cuomo camp reacted to the report. this morning, the first criminal charges filed in the sexual harassment investigation involving former new york governor andrew cuomo. a judge in albany slapping cuomo with a summons demanding the disgraced governor appear in court next month on one misdemeanor count of forcible touching, a charge he denies. the charges filed by the albany county sheriff's office stem from an alleged incident at the governor's mansion in december of 2020. investigators say cuomo forcibly placed his hand under the blouse of an unnamed victim and onto her intimate body part intentionally and for no legitimate purpose. >> he put his hand up my blouse and cupped my breast over my bra. >> reporter: the alleged victim's name is redacted, but cuomo's former executive assistant brittany commisso spoke out earlier this year about the alleged incident. commisso is 1 of 11 women to publicly accuse cuomo of misconduct. >> he didn't take responsibility. he almost still had the attitude as though he is the victim when he is not the victim, he is the victimizer. >> reporter: on the day of his
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resignation in august, cuomo was defiant on the claims but apologized to those women. >> this is not to say that there are not 11 women who i truly offended. there are. and for that, i deeply, deeply apologize. >> reporter: now, new questions over the handling of the criminal case. overnight, commisso's attorney revealed the sheriff's department filed the complaint without her knowledge. and prosecutors say they were also caught off guard. cuomo's attorney calling the sheriff's motives, quote, patently improper writing in a statement, the sheriff didn't even tell the district attorney what he was doing. this is not professional law enforcement, this is politics. cuomo is expected to surrender to police next week. if found guilty, he faces up to a year in jail and would have to register as a sex offender. next to president biden back in the international spotlight this morning as his domestic agenda remains in limbo. the president is meeting with the pope today ahead of two global summits. he arrived in rome overnight after announcing a framework for
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a trimmed down social policy and climate package. but he has yet to lock down enough votes. >> we're going live to rome in a moment, but our team coverage begins with abc's faith abubey in washington. good morning, faith. >> reporter: hey, good morning to you, andrew. president biden took a last-minute trip to capitol hill to try to close the deal on his domestic agenda before that trip. even house speaker nancy pelosi told democrats not to embarrass the president, but in the end, the president did leave without a deal. overnight, president biden landing on the world stage just hours after house lawmakers punted a vote on the senate passed bipartisan infrastructure bill. >> too many no votes for the bill to pass. >> reporter: the president's social spending plan also far from a done deal while democrats continue clashing over the details. before jetting off, the president making a stop on capitol hill and then offering a new framework of the spending package in hopes progressives and moderates will finally rally to get it across the finish line. >> this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people.
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>> reporter: the $1.75 trillion framework includes money for free universal pre-k, extending the child tax credit, money for child and elder care and expanding medicare to cover hearing. there's also $500 billion for action on climate change including tax incentives for electric cars and building charging stations. >> if you took any one piece of it, it would be transformative and historic. >> reporter: but progressive democrats are bristling at what was left on the cutting room floor like free community college and paid family leave. >> bamboozled. >> we put paid leave in, it's in, it's in, it's in, and then all of a sudden at the last minute somebody said it's out, and i'm going to fight every single moment to try to get this back in. >> reporter: the president had hoped the fight on his domestic agenda would be behind him with a win in his pocket as he begins his foreign trip, but this morning the negotiations continue. >> if we make these investments, there will be no stopping the american people or america. so let's get this done.
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>> reporter: well, the white house officials say they are confident that both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and the spending package will both pass soon, however, they have yet to detail a time line. >> all right, faith, thank you. now let's turn to abc's karen travers at the vatican. karen, the president arrived amid a chaotic scramble on capitol hill. will that hang over the trip? >> reporter: absolutely, andrew. the president before he left for europe did not take questions from reporters at the white house and before getting on air force one, so, andrew, this is absolutely going to be something that reporters ask the president about when he holds a press conference here in rome and likely again in scotland depending on what develops over the next couple of days. andrew, the president really ramped up his efforts to try to get this across the finish line. in those days leading up to his departure for europe, he met with joe manchin, he met with kyrsten sinema, he even traveled up to capitol hill again to sit down with house democrats, and he told them, according to sources, that his presidency will be determined by what
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happens in the coming week. the white house really wanted the president to come here to europe with a victory. they did say, though, he can still stay engaged with members of congress while he's traveling. there are phones here, they say. but, of course, he has a very busy schedule over the next three days here in rome, and then it's on to a climate summit in scotland, andrew. >> karen, let's talk about this trip for a minute. what's the significance of the president meeting with the pope? >> reporter: this is a very big meeting for president biden and for millions of american catholics. the president, of course, is just the second catholic president. he is very devout and attends mass every week. this is a very big thing for him and this is actually, andrew, the fourth time that he'll be sitting down with pope francis. they developed quite a friendship, a relationship. he has a picture of him and pope francis on the desk in the oval office and he's talked about how much pope francis meant to his family in the wak of the death of his son beau biden. this is not just personal, though, andrew. this is also some politics. the white house says the president and the pope will be talking about the covid-19
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pandemic, climate change and poverty. >> all right, karen travers covering it all in rome for us, thank you. breaking overnight. a security scare at los angeles international airport. hundreds of people wound up on the airfield after evacuating a terminal as police responded to reports of a person with a gun. two people were detained. officials say no shots were fired, and no firearm was found. three people required medical attention. one of them went to the hospital. new york city's vaccine mandate for municipal workers is going into effect in just a few hours. the police commissioner tweeted last night that more than a thousand members of the nypd received their first covid shot yesterday, but some employees are still protesting the requirement. workers who don't comply will be put on unpaid leave. investigators believe the christian missionaries hostage being held in haiti are alive. a source says police have received what's called proof of life relating to the 16 americans and 1 canadian. it's unclear when it was received. the missionaries were taken hostage nearly two weeks ago. the gang is demanding a million
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dollars of ransom per person. all right, time now for a look at your morning weather. so after battering much of the southeast, a storm system is moving into the northeast today with the threat of heavy rain. thousands are still without power in massachusetts after a powerful nor'easter earlier this week. more than 300,000 are in the dark, and those power outages are expected to last into the holiday weekend. dozens of schools across the state were forced to cancel classes yesterday, and looking at today's high temperatures, 50s in the northeast. 70 degrees in dallas. 81 in southern california. 85 in miami. coming up, the queen's first public appearance since her health scare. also ahead, new fallout in the nhl sexual assault scandal. the head coach now resigning. what's next in the investigation. plus, the big name change at facebook. what it means for billions of users.
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it's rather a nice medal, isn't it? >> queen elizabeth returning to work with an online appearance presenting an award to a poet. she's only doing light duties on advice of doctors. she'll send a message to world leaders in scotland instead of attending. now to the sex scandal rocking the nhl. the coach of the florida panthers has resigned one day after a player claimed the coach ignored his sexual abuse claims 11 years ago. this morning, new fallout stemming from the scandal involving the chicago blackhawks. florida panthers head coach joel quenneville resigning after an investigation revealed he had knowledge of a players abuse allegation in 2010, when he was
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coach of the blackhawks. >> i buried this for ten years, 11 years. >> reporter: on wednesday, kyle beech coming forward as john doe, the former player who sued the team, claiming the former video coach, brad aldrich, sexually assaulted him. beech reported the assault to high ranks team officials. >> i watched the leadership, management group enter joel quenneville's office to have a meeting about it. >> reporter: but aldrich remained with the team through the stanley cup victory in 2010, only leaving after being given an ault may tum. he maintains the encounter wan consensual. in 2013, he was convicted on sex charges involving a minor. >> i felt so guilty that -- happened t in t same breath, ar
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the next month, to get to this point, i owe him the greatest thanks ever. because he also gave me the power to come forward to tell my story, to tell my truth. >> reporter: quenneville saying -- >> reporter: the gm and vice president of the team resigned earlier this week as a result of the investigation. and the team was fined $2 million. the nhl is still investigating the allegations to determine if other members of the blackhawks organization will face consequences. starbucks workers are moving one step closer to union representative. the national relations labor board okayed a union at three stores starting next month. if approved, they would be the first in the u.s. to unionize. the coffee giant opposes unionization. facebook is rebranding itself, unveiling a new name and
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logo. ceo mark zuckerberg announced the company will be called meta, reflecting the vision around technology known as the meta verse. a 3-d reality space for people to interact outside the physical world. facebook, what'sapp and instagram will still remain under the company's umbrella. also ahead, police releasing new details about a reality star becoming the victim of a home invasion. i've lost count of how many asthma attacks i've had. but my nunormal with nucala? fewer asthma attacks. nucala is a once-monthly add-on injection for severe eosinophilic asthma. not for sudden breathing problems. allergic reactions can occur. get help right away for swelling of face, mouth, tongue, or trouble breathing. infections that can cause shingles have occurred. don't stop steroids unless told by your doctor. tell your doctor if you have a parasitic infection. may cause headache, injection-site reactions, back pain, and fatigue. ask your doctor about nucala. find your nunormal with nucala.
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back now with a dramatic rescue in austin, texas, after a scaffolding malfunction. emergency crews coming to the aid of two people stuck in the air with gusty winds. they were lowered safely to the ground and no one is okay. intense moments on capitol hill, as leaders from some of the world's biggest oil companies were grilled by house democrats during a hearing. ceos from exxonmobil, bp, chevron and shell pushed back against accusations that the industry misled the public about climate change. they all testified climate change is real, saying that their companies are taking steps to address the crisis. >> at chevron, we've been very clear about where we stand. we accept the scientific consensus. climate change is real, and the use of fossil fuels contributes to it. >> i agree that climate change is one of the biggest challenges that we have in the world today, which is why at shell, we're in
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action. >> you are powerful leaders at the top of the corporate world, at a turning point for our planet. be better. >> carolyn maloney, chairman of the reform committee, said she would be issuing subpoenas to get information not provided at yesterday's hearing. a terrifying ordeal for a wealthy reality store in los angeles. robbers broke into the mansion of "real housewives" star dorit kemsley. they threatened to kill her before making off with a trove of her valuables. >> reporter: this morning, los angeles police are investigating the home invasion of reality store dorit kemsley from the "real housewives" of beverly hills. >> i won't settle for anything less than everything. >> reporter: police say the 45-year-old was in her encino home sleeping with her children wednesday night when three men, dressed in dark clothing, broke
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inside. it's not clear how they entered. the helicopter video shows a glass door shattered. investigators say kemsley was held at gun point while in bed and ordered to show the men her valuables. police say fearing for her life, kemsley complied. the bandits made off with handbags, jewelry and watches, worth about $1 million. no one inside the home was injured. >> home invasion right here in the neighborhood was-on-unsettling event, because it's a pretty quiet neighborhood. i mean, nobody really talks to anybody here. very little traffic. >> reporter: kemsy ley is not t first housewives that broken into. kemsley has not spoken publicly about her experience yet, but ramona singer from the "real housewives" of new york posted her support on social media, saying, sending you lots of
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time to check "the pulse," and we begin with what may be one of t msing links in human evolution. >> researchers have discovered what's believed to be a direct ancestor of modern humans species of ancient man that walked the earth some 500,000 years ago. it was found in ethiopia and just named the homo bodoensis. i hope i said that right. next the so-called napping bus. >> it's happening in hong but it should be happening right here in new york city. it is a bus ride that covers a 47-mile route in five hours but there's no destination. passengers are just supposed to use it to get some sleep. >> the customers are given eye masks and earplugs to improve their chances of dozing off during the ride. apparently their homes are sometimes too small. >> i guess so, right. you go on a bus. next the 10-year-old pulling off an amazing scooter stunt. >> don't try it at home. >> yes! >> oh, my god. >> wow! >> little tyler getting emotional after landing a double backflip on his first attempt.
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