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get set. would have solved it. thanks for inviting us into your home tonight. that is it for this "special report." fair, balanced and unafraid. tonight famous expert on gunshot wounds backs up george zimmerman's account of the shooting. but will the jury buy it? plus, the san francisco plane crash. the interview with the pilot who was at the controls. >> we're looking at everything now. all of the issues are still on the table. >> investigators say the cockpit crew may be able to give some answers about what was actually happening in the seconds before impact. and why they didn't react to the trouble before it was too late. plus, three women who say they spent years locked in the house of a mad man. now they are speaking publicly for the first time. >> i want everyone to know how happy i am to be home
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with my family and my friends. thank you for the support. >> i'm looking forward to my brand new life. >> shepard: tonight, the ohio survivors talk about what's next. >> but first from fox this tuesday night, a defense expert is now backing up george zimmerman's claims about what happened when he shot trayvon martin. the witness is a forensic pathologist. and he says he can tell a lot just by looking at the teenager's chest wound and the gunpowder residue. >> the wound itself, by the gap, by the powder tattooing, in the face of the contact of the clothing indicates that this is consistent with mr. zimmerman's account that he -- that mr. martin was over him, leaning forward at the time he was shot. >> shepard: a long day of testimony for that witness.
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he was clear cut. the defense team argues that george zimmerman shot trayvon martin in self-defense. prosecutors, of course, call it murder. and they point out that expert can't actually determine who started the fight. >> you can't testify as to who threw the first punch. >> that's correct, sir. >> in fact, you can't really testify whether there was a first punch thrown. >> that's correct, sir. >> shepard: by the way that doctor has 40 years of experience and says he charges about 400 bucks an hour for his testimony. he has also testified for defense at other big murder trials, including drew peterson and phil specter. juries convicted both of those men. we have team fox coverage tonight. trace gallagher on the issue of race in this trial. first, let's get to phil keating who is outside the courthouse in seminole county, florida. phil, today the defense addressed george zimmerman's claim that -violently attackedent that
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him. >> first the assertion that trayvon martin smashed his head we peteedly into the sidewalk something not independently supported by appear aeyewitness. head photos taken in the house after he shot martin. he testified that they're consistent with zimmerman's claims that he was pummeled and nose broken. but on cross-examination he said he fully expects such a beating to leave blood on the fists of martin and that was when this jury was, again, reminded there was no george zimmerman blood or d.n.a. on trayvon martin's hands. >> shepard: phil, after the jury left today, the attorneys continued to argue over what amounts to. >> anna: immigration a hollywood style animation. >> yeah. in fact two hours after these jurors went off to secret hotel for the tonight. the jurors are still upstairs behind me arguing over am immigration. the animation was used by the defense just like was used to make the film
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"avatar" with actors wearing body suits. the expert here that created this says it shows martin punching zimmerman first and the fatal shot all behind the town houses in zimmerman's neighborhood. the maker says his actors depict martin and zimmerman while wearing body suits. their movements were all based on police reports and witness accounts. the state objects to this entirely saying these are partial eyewitness accounts trying to match up with a 911 call screams in the background nothing can be timed perfectly. the judge has yet to rule on this in the morning. mark o'mara zimmerman's attorney will call a few more witnesses and some time tomorrow, shep, rest their case. >> shepard: phil keating in central florida. the issue of race in this case has played a significant part in the trial. explicitly as undercurrent that slips into the state's narrative. prosecutors have said george zimmerman profiled trayvon martin as a criminal. and they have played previous phone call zimmerman made to police to support suspicious
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characters. each who, with, was black. but prosecutors are not the only ones who can use race to try to prove a point. today the defense insinuated that race may have played a part in the initial charges of george zimmerman. team fox coverage continues. trace gallagher live for us. the defense here, trace, was trying to show that there was tension between city leaders. >> yeah. in fact, former sanford police shep bill lee, shep, has testified that city manager a man named martin bonapard. lee said he recommended the 911 calls where screams can be heard in the background trayvon martin. they should hear them individually instead of as a group to avoid influencing each other's decision. the city manager did exactly the opposite. listen. >> was it your decision? was it the mayor's decision as to how that would occur? >> the decision was made just to allow them to hear
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them. >> was there any consideration given to the idea of playing to those individuals separately one separate from the other so as to not affect their view or what they heard whether a they heard one to the other: >> there was not. >> he also said that he asked to be in the room at the time those tapes were played but he was not allowed nor were any of his police officers and as we know the city manager ended up firing chief lee, shep, before or just after those tapes were played. >> shepard: trace, explain how the prosecution countered that. >> they were simply saying that the city manager and the mayor were trying to be courteous to the family of trayvon martin. the city manager says at the time those tapes were about to be released to the entire public. so their thought was to make sure before the public could hear them that the martin family should hear them first. listen. >> the bottom line was that
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it was the decent thing to do to play it for the family before it was release to the public. >> that was intent. >> that's why it occurred the way it did; is that correct? >> that is correct. >> he also said the reason the family didn't d. not want the police in the room at the time because they wanted privacy. he did not address the firing of chief lee at all today. shep? >> shepard: trace, emotions are running high over this case. in fact, the developer of a mobile video game called angry trayvon reports it's pulled the app. from online stores after outrage from critics and it featured a gun toting vigilante who wore a hooded sweatshirt. federal investigators have finally questioned all four pilots involved in saturday's deadly plane crash in san francisco which killed two teenage girls and injured more than 18 others. the head of the national transportation safety board reports that the commanding
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pilot who sat next to the leading pilot was on his very first trip as a flight instructor. meanwhile, one of the flight attendants is now being called a hero. she was the very last person off the plane and today she described her experience and how she led passengers to safety. >> my brain was very clear and i planned what i had to do immediately. actually, i was not thinking but acting. as soon as i heard emergency escape, i conducted the evacuation. when there was a fire, i was just thinking to extinguish it not thinking it was too dangerous or what am i going to do? >> shepard: the main pilot had very little experience flying the aircraft boeing 777. it was also his first flight into san francisco international airport. claudia cowan live in the news in san francisco tonight. claudia? >> >> shepard, federal investigators spent several days interviewing the flight crew. there were actually three pilots in the cockpit at the time of the landing. and the lead pilot was serving as a flight instructor for the first
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time while he was overseaing the pilot who was flying the boeing 777. this was their first flight tow together. none of them realized there was a problem with the airspeed until it was too late. meantime ntsb investigators also describe the debris field. >> when you get down to the sea wall, can you identify where the first strike took place. first landing gear impacted the sea wall and then the tail. >> and the head ofation anna airlines arrived in san francisco just a few hours ago and was mobbed by reporters as he was ushered out a back door. he didn't have anything to say today but yesterday described as quote intolerable. media reports that pilot inexperience may have been to blame for this fatal crash. he and other south korean officials will be working with the ntsb as this investigation continues to unfold. shep? >> shepard: claudia, a
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county coroner says we won't know for two or three weeks the autopsy results of one of the teenage victims. he said those results should show whether an emergency vehicle did in fact strike and kill her after she got off the plane. well, just in tonight, brand new, the new england patriots tight end aaron hernandez reportedly admitted, admitted that he fired the shots that killed his friend. that's just some of what we're learning from just released court documents in the murder investigation. now, the patriot's owner has made his first public comments about the case and we'll have all coming up. plus, the emergency alert system. it is vital for officials to inform us about public safety threats on tv and radio. but there is a new report out that shows hackers could hijack those warnings. and think of the possibilities. it's all ahead from the journalists of fox news on this tuesday fox report. mother. mother!
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>> shepard: just in to fox news. a bombshell on aaron hernandez the then new england football player accused of murder. hernandez admitted that he is the one who fired the shot information from just unsealed court documents in which one of two other men arrested in the case claims the third suspect told him hernandez admitted that he did, indeed, fire the deadly shots. these documents show that some seized from aaron hernandez home include a rifle for which he did not have a license and live ammunition for that rifle. aaron hernandez stands accused of what prosecutors call the execution-style murder of odin lloyd on the right-hand side of your screen here, a jogger discovered lloyd's body last month in an industrial park not far from aaron hernandez' home in massachusetts. meanwhile, the owner of the patriots has broken his silence on the charges against aaron hernandez. lots of new information in tonight and jonathan hunt, the chief fox report correspondent is bringing it all together. first, what else have we
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learned from these just-released documents. >> 156 pages released in all, shep. and as well as the details of all the evidence of the cops apparently seized during their severance. they also lay out in these documents clearly regard as key. when cops first went to aaron hernandez house before the arrest you see are being made here. they started talking to him and he apparently said what's with all the questions? and then walked back into his house divide being told cops were investigating somebody's death. according to the warrant, quote. mr. hernandez slammed the door and relocked it behind him. mr. hernandez did not ask officers whose death was being investigated. mr. hernandez' demeanor did not indicate any concern for the death of any person. one other interesting fact, shep, from these. during those police searches, they went to his hometown of bristol
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connecticut. apparently there they found a vehicle wanted nection in july of 2012 double homicide. these documents say that that vehicle was rented in hernandez name. that is all new from these documents tonight, shep. >> shepard: the investigation explodes. what is the pats boss saying. >> robert cross speaking out for the first time about. this he apparently summoned several boston reporters to his office he believed he was a good kid. the patriots organization hadn't had any problems with him. he went on to say, quote: if this stuff is true. then i have been duped and a whole organization has been duped. he spoke to me about wanting to be a role model in the hispanic community. i believed him. he knew how to push my buttons. robert kraft, the owner of the patriots as shocked it seems as everyone else
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within that organization and, indeed, right across the nfl, shep? >> shepard: jonathan hunt in new york tonight. more fake warnings about a zombie apocalypse could soon pop up on tv screen that word from security research firm. it reports that hackers could indeed hijack certain parts of the emergency alert system. government agencies, of course, use it to warn about severe weather or other time sensitive emergencies. you will often see those messages on the bottom of the screen here. the researcher in charge of this new study sestak admissions would need to reengineer parts of the system to fix the problem. back in february, folks in montana heard this alert during a daytime talk show. civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living. the tv station official says it was apparently a hack. it seems there were no zombies after all. well, a disappearing tweet raises questions about the nsa leaker, that ed snowden guy. and where he might be
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>> ed snowden has not accepted an offer of asylum from venezuela. that's according to wikileaks of all things. earlier today a russian politician tweeted that the former national security agency contact contractor had order. the tweet vanished a few seconds later. nicaragua and libya offered asylum. ed snowden is hanging out in the transit zone at moscow's airport. it's been a long time.
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catherine herridge in d.c. what's the reaction in d.c. >> the state department insisting today when the russian president vladimir putin said he wanted snowden to leave schlarb as soon as possible. russia was saying they didn't want negative fallout. >> they said they didn't want this to exact our relationship. we have a lot of the issues we are still working on. they have the opportunity to do the right thing here, absolutely. >> also today the leaders of boliviaia, cuba, ecuador, nicaragua and venezuela protesting this incident to the united nations when the bolivian president's plane flying from moscow last week was forced to make an unscheduled landing after rumors snowden was on board. the state department issuing this request for provisional arrest if snowden gets to venezuela but it seems unlikely venezuela's president will cooperate based on today's statement, shep. >> shepard: cat, some rare public comments today from a judge who once oversaw surveillance programs. >> that's right. we heard from a former top judge with the national security court who says it's not a real court because only the government
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is represented. >> the fisa process is exparty, which means it's one sided. and that's not a good thing. the judge needs to hear both sides of a case before deciding. >> on those 50 plots, the nsa director claimed were descrupped with the help of the sweeping collection of american phone records the aclu says the claims not supported by the facts and the public something mislead again. >> if there is some case out there to which this information was, in fact, crucial, i don't think the government has pointed to it yet. >> and those who support the nsa's collection of phone records, the so-called metadata say the concerns are overblown. >> i think of a dragnet as a collection of mass amounts of content, communications, not met he that data. i think there is a critical difference between content and metadata and i think the constitution recognizes that. >> and the national security court judge robertson also saying that
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these secret courts work best had when they decide individual surveillance cases not when they have to sign off on mass programs like the phone records, shep. >> shepard: all right, catherine, the man who could be the next fbi director says he would support more transparency when it comes to government surveillance. he is james, he also defended the nsa at senate confirmation hearing today. >> i'm not familiar with the details of the current programs. obviously i haven't been cleared for anything like that and i have been out of government for 8 years. i know as a general matter that the collection of metadata and analysis of metadata is a tool. >> shepard: he had a confrontation with two top white house aides back in 2004 in former attorney general john ashcroft's hospital room. back then he was acting a.g. and refused to sign off on warrantless wiretapping. analyst predict the senate will confirm him. the firefighter who survived last week's
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out-of-controlled wildfire in arizona today offered a prayer for all of his teammates who died. that came at a public memorial service near prescott. >> first to stay on the line i should answer death's call or bless my hot shot crew, my family, one and all. thank you and i miss my brothers. and we're here today to remember them and i love my family, all of you that are out there. thank you for supporting me. [ applause ] >> shepard: 21 years old. he was serving as a lookout at the time. the flames killed all 19 others, including 18 members of his own crew. you can see 19 sets of fire fighting gear right there on the stage, including helmets and boots and tools which the fire chief gave to the families of each man who died. vice president biden was among those attending today's memorial and he spoke. well, after years of delays
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right now, get whole-home installation for just 37 bucks. >> shepard: possible tampering in that run away train disaster near the american border. now they have opened a criminal investigation into the matter. the cops will not say what the evidence is. but they say they have ruled out terrorism. officials tell us they have now confirmed 15 people died after those tanker cars carrying oil crashed into the heart of a town on saturday. the explosions also described some 30 buildings. i'm shepard smith. this is the fox report. >> it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. and we're following some major developments out of egypt. where thousands of protesters of that country's president have gathered again outside a mosque in cairo. this nearly a week after the military removed him from office in a coup. meanwhile, two golf -- gulf
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states are putting a lot of money behind that coup. saudi arabia today pledged to give egypt's new interim government read the military $5 million in grants and loans a short time after the united arab emirates promised to give $3 billion. the white house has said so far there are no plans to cut off the more than a billion dollars in military aid that we give egypt each year. it's also important to note here president obama has not called that country's military takeover a coup. though it is. and our laws prevent us from sending non-humanitarian aid to governments that result from military coups. some american lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have recently called for the suspension of u.s. aid to egypt so it's a big mess. and greg palkot is on it live for us tonight. greg, egypt's interim government also made some big political moves today. >> yeah, shep. it was some big political news delivered quicker than expected, we are told, maybe to calm down some
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nervous people here. the interim president here mansoor naming new prime minister, an economist, a former finance minister, a good credential for a country in bad economic shape. he also named former u.n. nuclear watchdog interim vice president and claimed islamists would be included in the cabinet as well. this as the man really in charge of things here, the head of the military, general abdel -- went on tv to tell the egyptians the steps to transition are clear. he was referring to the now handover of power to a democratically elected civilian rule that can -- that include elections by early next year. he also told fox to stop maneuvering. the hitch is not everyone is buying it the muslim brotherhood members were busy on tuesday burying those skills. it clashes with the military. they are demanding that reinstatement of the post egyptian president mohammed morsi and flatly reject the
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timetable calling it surrender. other factions here are not happy here as well. it is early wednesday morning now and cairo got through at least one day without major violence or clashes. one wild card though, the muslim holy month of ramadan which has just now started and is an intense religious period and as we have seen in other muslim countries it can lead to some intense and violent activity. shep? >> shepard: greg palkot with some satellite breakup. nevertheless, that new acting prime minister in egypt earned his ph.d. in economics from the university of paris. he also was a prominent critic of the former egyptian president hosni mubarak accusing him of failing to open free markets and serve the poor. remember, egypt's military overthrew mubarak back in 2011 during the arab spring protests. president obama is reportedly thinking about speeding up the withdrawal from afghanistan because talks with the afghan president harmid karzai are falling apart. image that sources tell fox
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news a recent video conference call between the two leaders was, quote: an unmitigated disaster. and the "new york times" newspaper reports president obama is now looking for closely at the so-called zero option. in other words, get every single troop out of there after next year. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon tonight. what's the thinking about whether this is a bluff or some sort of trial balloon or what? >> well, shepard, congressman buck mckean who heads the house services committee issued a statement tonight saying that administration officials assured him no zero option is on the table. what is clear is that the talks about u.s. troops staying after 2014 are stalemated. >> i'm not aware that this was a trial balloon. i can't say that for sure. >> i think it's important to note that we stated here, i think it was here but it was certainly publicly and in january that zero was an option. >> 61,000 u.s. troops will go down to 34,000 in
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february. ahead of afghanistan's presidential elections. slated for april 5th after which president karzai will be out of a job, shep. >> shepard: and, jennifer, we're learning more about when things apparently went sour if they didn't go sour from day one with that man. >> well, it seems that it really came to head during a june 27th video teleconference call. that's according to bob scales, the fox military contributor. >> i was told that that video teleconference was an unmitigated disaster. both the president -- both presidents went after each other with karzai threatening on the one hand to cut off relations with the united states because we're talking to the taliban and with the president trying to get his agenda through to karzai and karzai not listening. >> meanwhile, the taliban officials in can you tar have all been closed their offices there. they are angry that officials there took down
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their flag and their sign after president karzai balked that the taliban were setting up a government in exile, shep. >> jennifer griffin at the pentagon. more than a dozen women and children died today when a roadside bombs hit the wrong target. local militants were trying to kill government troops. but the blast hit a cartful of villagers instead. officials said an afghan soldier opened fire on nato forces at a base in kandahar killing one slovakian soldier and wounding six others. jury selection started today in the case of the u.s. army psychiatrist who says he gunned down american soldiers to defend the taliban. major nidal hasan is charged with killing 13 people, wounding dozens more of fort hood in texas back in november of 2009. it it was the worse mass shooting at the u.s. military facility ever. he is acting as his own lawyer, which means he can question survivors of the massacre. they have waited almost four years to testify, and they say they are fed up with the delays.
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one set back when hasan grew a beard which against military rules and then refused to shave it. now he is asking the judge to let him tell potential jurors that the army is forcing him to wear his uniform in court. he claims the uniform represents an enemy of islam. casey stegall is in fort hood tonight. casey? >> shepard, hasan sat in the courtroom today looking haggard. remember, is he in a wheelchair paralyzed from the waist down due to injuries he sustained on that day from those who took him out. he is now 42 years old. the potential 20 jury members or panel members as they are called in a military court martial were peppered with dozens of questions this afternoon by the judge and the prosecution. but when hasan himself had his turn to ask the questions, he had none. there is a pool of about 150 commissioned military officers to choose from for this panel from all over the united states. six of the 20 were already
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dismissed after today. this whole process we are told should last about a month. because everyone has to it agree on at least 13 panel members the trial itself is tentatively on the calendar for august 6th. shepard? >> shepard: casey, some survivors and victim's families say they are suing the feds demanding that clarify the massacre as an act of terror. right now the pentagon calls it officially work place violence. that means military victims are not eligible for the purple heart or extra government benefits. the feds say the purple heart is only for service members injured or killed by enemy combatants. the victim's lawyers claim hasan qualifies since he admitted that he killed his fellow soldiers to defend the taliban. three women, who had spent a decade as hostage in the home of a mad man in cleveland are speaking out and saying thank you. tonight, you will actually hear from them. plus, police say a woman was laughing and joking as she talked about hiring a hit man to kill her own
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at liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? one of them to have multiple miscarriages. amanda enter with a was about 16 years old when she disappeared. six years ago she gave birth to a daughter while still in captivity. in may she was the first of the three to escape the house and the one who said these words to a police dispatcher. >> i have been kidnapped and i have been missing for 10 years and i'm here. i'm free now. >> amanda berry. here is a photo of berry with her sister shortly after the escape in the just released video amanda
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berry says she is elated to be back where she belongs. >> i want everyone to know how happy i am to be home with my family and my friends. and it's been unbelievable. i want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ordeal. everyone who has been there to support us, it's been a blessing to have such outpouring of love and kindness. she also says she is getting stronger every day. mike tobin with the rest of the story. we heard from the other two survivors as well, mike. you know, shepard, i think the one thing we get from this video lee lease above all else is an impression of how these women are doing after all that they have endured. michelle knight kidnapped when she was 21 years old, the year 2002. she told police she was impregnanted, beaten and starved by castro until she miscarried. amanda berry kidnapped in 2003 when she was just 17. she gave birth to castro's daughter. gina dejesus kidnapped in 2004 when she was only 14 years old.
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none of these women expressing anger for what happened to them. >> thank you for your support. >> i will not let the situation define who i am. i will define the situation. i don't want to be consumed by hatred with that being said, we need to take a leap of faith and know that god is in control. >> they were routinely bound, beaten and sexually assaulted throughout their years of captivity. shepard? >> shepard: incredible. do we know, mike, why they released this now. >> in part because they didn't have anonymity. they were recognized quiet frequently around cleveland and people were very supportive. in response to the many interview requests they have received they decided to release what they describe as a very heart felt statement, shepard. >> shepard: mike tobin. mike, a suspect in the case ariel castro is scheduled to return to court in cleveland in just about two weeks. he faces a total of 329 counts, most of which involve rape or kidnapping.
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a woman hired a hit man to kill her husband because according to her, it was easier than getting a divorce too bad the hit man with whom she spoke was an undercover cop and it was all on video. watch. >> i don't want it to look like -- i don't want it to look like an actual motive like a murder case. >> shepard: didn't want it to look like a murder. police say the woman first approached a former coworker to do the hit and that it was he who tipped off the cops. the woman's husband was very forgiving. he doesn't want his wife to serve any jail time for the crime. she has pleaded guilty to soliciting for murder. the judge has agreed to cap her sentence at six years. he remains critical as fox reports tonight according to hospital officials in dallas. as we reported here on the top of the news last evening the grammy award singer's he is suffering from heart condition and
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travis did not undergo surgery. instead, put a device that helps his heart pump. the doctors did anyway. the did release a statement saying we are very thankful to the fans for love and support during this imtoo. rising floodwaters trap workers doing maintenance on a bridge and that tops our news in 80 seconds. china, can you see firefighters in the western province had to use a rope to get those workers caught on sandbar in the raging river. i finally pulled them to safety. days of heavy rain damaged at least 300 homes. australia. a bus slammed into an apartment building north of sydney. the cash killed the bus driver and left a man inside one apartment in critical condition. there were 11 people on the bus. some of whom suffered minor injuries. the building almost
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destroyed. investigators are looking into what caused the crash. argentina. truck drivers are v. gone on strike to protest a 35% tax on their wages. some 15,000 demonstrators flooded the streets of the country's capital city buenas aries. you can see them beating drums and holding signs. the strikes affecting everything from food distribution to mail and newspaper delivery. india. a sand artist put the finishing touches on sculptures of hindu gods. it's a thousand-year-old tradition in which people pulled giant cherries through crowds chanting ancient hymns. and that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. onshepard: we're voting a vote from texas' controversial abortion bill after another day of tough debate in the wake of that
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>> shepard: they have been at it a while now, lawmakers in texas are still debating a controversial new abortion bill. we were expecting a vote some time tonight. remember, a democratic state senate filibustered for around 12 hours last month to stall the bill it bans abortions after 20 weeks into pregnancy. both sides flocking to the capitol in austin. critics say it will shut down abortion clinics
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supporters say it will improve healthcare. doug in washington tonight. >> so intense is the interest in this bill that 475 citizens registered to speak last night with each of them given two minutes. that worked out to about 16 hours of testimony bottom line the texas legislature pulled an all nighter and continued all day today and continues tonight. in addition to banning most abortions after 20 weeks. the bill contain as very controversial components first that abortions be performed in ambulatory clinics which are better than most abortion clinics. >> why would we regulate our clinics differently if we are taking our child to our tonsils removed or someone wants cataract surgery verse versus abortion we want safe facilities. >> expensive and reduce the availability of abortion providers. >> and for the poor, you just happen to be up a
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creek without a paddle. you can go to the back alleys where the coat hanger is used. >> the requires doctors licensed to do abortions have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic to ensure safety in the event of complications. but critics argue that would plymouth options for rural women in that huge state. the vote could come at any moment it. it moves on to the state senate. governor perry says he has counted the votes and says it has enough to pass in both houses. shep? >> shepard: doug, thanks. dramatic rescue as grandfather and grand daughters get stuck in the middle of a raging river. that tops our news across america. oklahoma. can you see crews in oklahoma city pulling a man to safety. he was fishing with his family when a dam opened one no warning. it's one of three dams along the oklahoma river that has lights and horns. they are supposed to go off
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with when the dam lowers. a town supervisor says they test those alerts every week and that the alarm is normally loud. city workers are now inspecting it. nobody got hurt. tennessee. surveillance video captures a terrifying scene at a gas station north and west of nashville. watch as a white car plows head on into a gas pump. it bursts into flames. a man walking to his car narrowly misses being run over but can't escape the fire. he is now in the hospital with serious burns over 40% of his body. a fire marshall says it would have been even worse he had not stopped, dropped and rolled. the driver of that white car reportedly blacked out at the wheel. utah. a water main break south of salt lake city sent water shooting into the street. fire department officials say the deviser was almost 40 feet high and also shot rocks, concrete, and other debris into the air. those officials say it appears that main broke because recent heavy rains
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were just too much for the city's storm system to take. and that's a fox watch across america. >> shepard: in flee minutes i will make a huge announcement about a brand new fox news lineup and a familiar face who is coming to cable. and then there is the 24-hour tv network that's off limit to humans. it seems it's just for dogs. 24 hours a day. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn?
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>> shepard: elisabeth hasselbeck is coming to "fox & friends." she will join steve and bribe on the curvey couch beginning some time in september. of course, hasselbeck was one of the co-stars of "the view" over on abc. as for gretchen carlson, she is getting a brand new show of her own in daytime. no more 3:00 a.m. wakeup calls. all new coming to fox news in september. well, for years television has served as a babysitter
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for a lot of families. soon it will also be a dog sitter. direct tv is launching a 24-hour dog network with programs that dogs presumably like to watch. you can leave the channel on, go to work. and theoretically not worry about your dog shedding your couch. updating some of top stories tonight. former new england patriots star aaron hernandez reportedly admitted that he fired the shot that killed his friend. that's according to just released unsealed court documents. expert on gunshot wounds testified that martin was on top of george zimmerman when zimmerman shot him. on this day in 1877, the first wimbledon tournament began outside london. organizers described it as using the very british phrase long tennis meeting. at first the tournament was open only to men. 21 amateurs competed in the inaugural event starting in 1936, non-brits won the men's singles final every year except this year when andy mury took the trophy


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