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making news in america this morning -- ongoing siege. a mall terror attack in kenya, entering its fourth day. as we learn more about the victims, including a harvard grad and a relative to the president of kenya. evacuations underway following a wildfire in southern california. the flames creeping ever closer to the homes. costly collision. a car snaps in half following a violent crash. but this isn't just any vehicle. microphone check. president obama caught having a casual conversation with his mic on. what he said about smoking and the first lady.
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good tuesday morning, everyone. the siege at a mall in nairobi, kenya, entering its fourth day. >> we are seeing some of the first pictures outside of the mall since that attack on saturday. >> we're expecting to get an update when the president of kenya addresses his nation later today. we're going to begin our coverage right now with abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: after a tense day filled with gunfire and explosions, kenyan security forces say they've taken control of west gate shopping mall and secured the hostages. overnight, they were looking for hostages, terrorists and more dead bodies. 62 people were killed, 175 wounded. the terror began around noon this past saturday. a more than o dozen armed men took the mall's entrance. shoppers and employees ran for cover. >> it took the blood. i rubbed it on my face. so that when they come there, they see like, i'm dead.
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>> reporter: among the dead, the nephew of kenyan president. >> my nephew and his fiancee were amongst those who died in this attack. >> reporter: the renowned poet, kofi awoonor. and a recent public health grad, elif yavuz, eight months pregnant. >> she was hilariously funny. she was unique. she really brought laughter and light to people's lives. >> reporter: the al qaeda-linked extremist group, al shabaab, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was retaliation for kenyan forces in somalia. al shabaab has been one of the most effective terror groups in attracting young, american men. >> i think it's surprising when you find out middle america has become a hot bed for terrorist recruiting. >> reporter: u.s. officials estimate as many as 50 americans have been recruited to the group over the last 6 years. with more than half traced back to minnesota's growing somali community. tahman bradley, abc news, washington. the situation there still
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incredibly fluid. >> abc's kirit radia joining us now, this morning, from nairobi. the security forces say they are in charge. you're still hearing gunfire. i know we've had lots of reports of that. what is going on at the moment? >> reporter: yeah. it's rather confusing. we're hoping to hear from the president soon, to clarify these things. the police and the interior ministry say they have control of the building. but security forces are combing through the nooks and crannies of the massive shopping complex to make sure that no terrorists or other people are hiding in there. i think, perhaps, the confusion may be that they're in control of the building but they can't be certain to say that the operation is over. >> kirit, something else that got a lot of confusion surrounding around it is the number of fatalities. that number continuing to fluctuate. what's the latest we know? >> reporter: yesterday, the kenyan red cross said it was 69. and then, revised it to 62. that's been up and down the last
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several hours or for the last day, i should say. right now, it stands at 62 people, some 175 injured, including 5 americans. one of them, a child. at this point, i think everybody expects those numbers are going to go up. once the kenyon authorities are able to go into that building now as they can and clear bodies out. they'll find them in areas they weren't able to find them before. and we'll find out if people were killed during that final siege when the kenyan troops went in and confronted the terrorists. >> kirit radia, reporting live for abc this morning from nairobi, kenya. thank you. stay with abc news for up-to-date information on the mall terror attack in kenya. we have live team coverage coming up on "good morning america." this morning, two men have been charged in the mass shooting in chicago, which left 13 people hurt including a 3-year-old. police say both men played major roles in the shooting but neither pulled the trigger. it happened on a basketball court late last week. it's believed to be gang-related. firefighters in southern california are battling a raging
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wildfire on the move. about 20 miles east of los angeles. the fire has burned at least 50 acres in the angeles national forest. one street has been evacuated with the flames lapping dangerously close to homes, like this one. this picture tweeted by a neighbor. so far, there's no word yet on the cause of the fire. despite the looming budget crisis in washington, fema is promising that relief money for colorado flood victims will not stop flowing. vice president biden got a look at the vast damage yesterday. it is spread across nearly 2,000-square miles. nearly 2,000 homes damaged or destroyed, along with more than 200 miles of highway and 50 bridges. >> once all these cameras are gone, fema and the red cross are still going to be here till we make you whole. >> it's really hard. it's clearly very devastating. and i'm overwhelmed. >> 79-year-old woman whose house was swept away becomes the eighth victim of that flooding.
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at least six people still remain unaccounted for. 16,000 people have applied for fema relief. president obama is in new york, set to deliver an address this morning to the opening of the united nations general assembly. terror attacks, chemical weapons and nuclear safeguards are on the agenda for the world leaders. among them will be iran's new president. he's indicated that he'd like to revive relations with the united states, which has been frozen since the iran hostage crisis back in 1979. a lawsuit by michael jackson's mother will soon be in the hands of a jury. after nearly five months of testimony, the case is winding down. and jurors will soon decide whether concert promoter aeg was negligent in hiring dr. conrad murray. murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. for supplying a lethal dose to jackson. the jackson family is seeking damages that could top $1 million. new bedetails about the winner of last week's powerball
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lottery. probably most important, he's choosing to remain anonymous. officials announced that the man has cashed his ticket. they did not say whether he chose cash option or if he's spreading his payments over 30 years. it was only the second time, he says, he had ever played the lottery. >> we have to check out the dealerships in south carolina. see who rolled out with like a rolls or something. >> we're so jealous. time, now, for the weather across the nation. some scattered showers across much of the northwest, changing into snow in those higher elevations. showers and thunderstorms, from kentucky to the gulf coast. the orlando area can expect heavy downpours. >> upper 90s in the desert southwest. 90s across much of texas. high 70s in the southeast. and low 70s in the mid-atlantic region. in northern maine, it will struggle to get into the 60s. could it be true? a fast food chain will start serving a healthier version of an american favorite? >> i like the sound of that. and five-star fake. online reviews are more popular than ever. but who is really writing what you're reading?
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plus, food fights get out of hand between two rival high schools. all of it, caught on camera.
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blackberry has agreed to go private. in a nearly $5 billion tentative agreement with its largest shareholder. the $9 a share cash deal comes days after the troubled smart phonemaker announced plans to lay off 40% of its global workforce. the shares peaked at $48 a share in 2008. chrysler may be setting the stage to return to the public market. it has filed for an initial public offering.
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the shares coming from the trust of medical benefits for retired workers. that trust owns nearly 42% of the company. it was set up in 2007, as a way of reducing the company's financial burden. it was never supposed to own such a large share of private stock. tech news beginning with microsoft. it has unveiled two new versions of its surface tablet. they have faster processors and longer battery life. prices start at $449 for the surface 2 and $899 for the surface pro 2. burger king introducing its lower fat, lower calorie french fries today. burger king says it's smallest order have just 190 calories. >> why do i have a feeling i won't be satisfied after that? >> not satisfied? i know. might be a problem there. is that ironic? what is that? >> i don't know what it is. satisfied. we'll have to see. when we come back, special
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comfort individualized. now, for a look at your morning road conditions. heavy rain should make for a dangerous drive around orlando. scattered showers could create slick roads in washington and oregon. and it's almost time to pull out the tire chains in the northern cascades, which could get up to a foot and a half of snow by wednesday. >> if you're flying, thunderstorms could cause airport delays in memphis, new orleans and miami. hard to believe. not everyone's entirely truthful on the internet. particularly when it comes to online product reviews. >> because so many people make major decisions based on those reviews, authorities are
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cracking down. here's abc's chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis. >> reporter: we're using them for everything. from planning dream vacations to which doctors to visit. but according to regulators, a huge number of online reviews are complete phonies. do you feel any sense of guilt or anything? >> no because i feel like these people are going to pay somebody to write a review anyways. it might as well just be me. >> reporter: kathy is 17 years old and says she's written hundreds of glowing reviews for 4 bucks a pop. how long does it take you to write a typical review? >> about three minutes to write a review. >> reporter: by some estimates, as many as 30% of the reviews you see online are complete fakes. from restaurants to hotels to toys. and new york's attorney general is fighting back. >> we're paying or just ordering their employees and the employees' friends and families to write phony reviews to inflate their profile. >> reporter: but getting a nod
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from your customers can boost the bottom line. >> we've seen studies that, for instance, a one-star increase on yelp can increase a restaurant's revenues by almost 10%. >> reporter: even sites like yelp, with rules to keep the cons out, is a difficult battle. they're telling us they will pay us $50 to write a review. >> yeah. we've -- we're subpoenaed a lot of these companies. they're popping up and we're going after them. but it's something that has to be dealt with in a coordinated way. >> reporter: do you have a review nearby that you could read to us? >> i made the appointment over the phone. and the next day, they were working on my bathroom. >> reporter: have you ever renovated a bathroom? >> no. i'm 17. >> reporter: rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. we've done a few suspicious delivery stories. babies born in places you wouldn't expect. we want you to meet two little boys. one was helped into the world by a car accident. mom and dad were racing to a miami hospital in their car when they hit another car.
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>> that's when the impact happened. when the car hit, the car from behind, the baby's head came out. >> a passing nurse helped deliver baby number one. his brother was born at the hospital. and everybody is doing just fine. rival high school students in san antonio, texas, caught on video, triggering a massive food fight, are not going to be facing criminal charges. all this started after a heated football game at a hamburger franchise on friday night. the restaurant managers say they will not file charges after students from both high schools apologized. >> get the feeling that video is going to give kids ideas. >> yikes. >> we're going to see more of these. >> that doesn't look friendly. >> it looks pretty intense. no smiling there. before we show you the next one, you should know, both of the drivers involved were actually fine. watch what surveillance cameras caught over the weekend in brooklyn, new york. a sedan, wow, turning right,
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left, into the path of a lam bar geenny valued at $400,000. it broke right into two pieces. >> oh, my gosh. i feel bad for the owner. >> man. >> that's got to hurt. >> this still photo might do it more justice. check that out. that's what the lamborghini is designed to do. it's a way of dissipating the energy of the crash and keeps the people inside safe. >> keep that picture up for a second. i didn't notice that immediately. that's the back end of the lamborghini. all on the other side. i love how the winged -- >> the cool doors that go up? >> the wings doors that are up. >> like the delorean in "back to the future." >> except for split in half. time, now, for sports. peyton manning put on another show in a dominating performance. >> good morning, america. ready for a big week? he's stan, i'm neil. we're at the "sportscenter" set in los angeles. >> and peyton manning was on the
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football field in denver. that was bad news for the oakland raiders, who were also there. >> yeah. >> manning came in with nine touchdown passes already. that wasn't enough. erik dekker right there. eight yards and a touchdown for dekker. manning and wes welker. 17-0, broncos. later in the second quarter, 17-7. manning going to julius thomas for a 13-yard touchdown. and while this is really all you need to see. manning, 374 yards, 3 touchdowns. broncos win it, 37-21. they're 3-0. the pirates haven't made the playoffs since the philmore administration. looking to get in. if they could beat the cubs and the cards beat the nats, they're in. top nine, starling marte in the top nine. the jack. and the pirates up 2-1. then, jason greeley in the bottom of the ninth. this is a crazy play. marlon byrd doesn't get it. andrew mccutcheon gets it to
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morneau, to russell martin. and nate. you're so out. and the pirates are in because the nats lost to the cardinals. i got a paper cut. >> occupational hazard. that's it from here. now, back to you. >> disability. got one of those, too. >> me, too. next, "the pulse." the first elimination from "dancing with the stars." who is already out? and president obama, caught with an open mic. what did he say about his smoking habit? or about his wife? goglossophobia, is the fear of public speaking. ♪ ♪ the only thing we have to fear is... fear itself. ♪
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♪ all righty. it's time to check "the pulse." we start with the first couple that's been voted off of abc's "dancing with the stars." >> last night was latin night on the show. and all of the dancing, by football star, keyshawn johnson and bill engvall and their partners were sent home. >> and johnson was sent packing. president obama has a good reason for kicking a bad habit. it's the first lady. >> you should be afraid of your wives. president obama was chatting with a u.n. official when the subject turned to smoking. the president said he hasn't had a cigarette for about six years.
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that's because the fear of my wife. the president had struggled for years to give up smoking. >> busted. city officials in a california town are trying to make the birthplace of apple a historic site. >> you probably don't recognize it. the childhood home of steve jobs. >> and that garage, that's where jobs and stove wozniak built the first apple computers in 1976. >> it started there. a free concert shut down the streets of hollywood. >> it wasn't any concert. sir paul mccartney kicked off jimmy kimmel's new season last night. take a listen. ♪ you came along and saved my life ♪ ♪ you get along >> still sounds great. the concert had many fans
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ame is eddie metcalf.-go burst of goodness! i enjoworking in my yard and you know, i can't. i can't do that any more,'cuz i'm missing most of my lung. they did a cat scan of my kidneys, no more kidney stones. that's the good news. "but, we found a spot on your lung." that frankly scared the "hell" out of me. i hadn't smoked in 22 years. how could this happen to me? he said, "well, you know about radon gas?" we'll... you know, i heard about it. he said, "well, the second leading cause of cancer" "in america is radon, 22,000 people a year die from this." i literally left the doctor's office, got a test kit, put it in my house, and our result was 39.8. the upper limit is 4. we got to get this fixed. that was on a monday, and on wednesday, our mitigation system was up and running. well, i think everybody should have their house tested. we'd never know. we'd still be living there. i could get another tumor from it. right now, it's changing my life.
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>> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good tuesday morning at 4:28. thanks for joining us. mike has the weather. cooler today, mike? >> cooler. a touch of fall in the forecast. the breezes will pick up this afternoon dropping the temperatures up to ten degrees. the front is to the north the form of high clouds on live doppler 7 hd. they will not drop any rain. from the camera to the ferry building and the bay bridge the first forecast: mid-to-upper 70's, below average inland and breezy around the bay. around 69 to 74 and breezy at the coast in san francisco it will be 64 to 69. leyla gulen has the commute. >> in san jose we have construction blocking a couple of lanes that will last until
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6:00. this is southbound along 880 to 280 where you will find the construction project. the rest of the drive is clear and moving at top speed in both directions along 280. you are not seeing any delays. at walnut creek, 680 from highway 4 to the 24 junction it is quiet. not much in the way of congestion but it will be a nine-minute commute in northbound and southbound direction. >> we have developing news in oakland. police are investigating a fatal crash involving two vehicles following a shooting. one of the vehicles overturned last night. it killed a pedestrian at the scene. it injured a person in the vehicle that was hit. one car took off earlier from 82nd avenue where police received reports of gunfire. police are investigating a homicide. someone discovered a body on the street near 89th avenue last
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night in oakland. the victim had been shot. no word from investigators if there is any connection to the other incident. in san francisco police are investigating a fatal shooting in ocean view district that happened at 10:00 last night at randolph street. the man was shot along a muni metro route. service was rerouted. investigators have not made any arrests. >> another vigil is held for the boy hit and killed by a car while riding his bicycle. he was riding the bicycle against traffic when he was hit yesterday. officials at the middle school where he was a student immediately notified fellow students and brought in grove counselors. >> extremely sad. the young boy was very popular and well-known. >> they were all good f


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