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making news in america this morning, circus chaos. a high-wire act goes horribly wrong sending a group of performers crashing to the ground. we're live at the scene with the very latest. developing overnight, a plane ride doesn't start off as planned after hitting severe turbulence. new details about the emergency landing and the injuries on board. air show disaster. a veteran pilot attempts a tricky maneuver and loses control in front of a crowd. the new video that just surfaced and what investigators are saying about a possible cause. celebrity surprise. prom is special for any teenager but it's who showed up that made this night extra special for his girl. this girl.
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good monday morning. circus show canceled today in rhode island following a terrifying fall that injured several performers. the acrobats were attempting the human chandelier when something went wrong sending the performance crashing to the ground. >> abc's marci gonzalez is live in providence with the latest on the injuries and investigation. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning, john and diana. incredibly all of those performers survived. but such a scare for everyone who was here for yesterday's performance. this morning, investigators are still trying to figure out how this happened. a part of this circus performance meant to wow the audience, acrobats suspended about 30 feet high by their hair. no one expecting what happened next. those eight crashing to the ground on to a dancer below. >> i heard them hit the ground. it was hard. >> no net to catch their fall. the metal platform they were happening from landing on top of them. >> ladies and gentlemen,
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children of all ages, we ask that you please enjoy this intermission at this time while we situate ourselves during this accident. >> reporter: the thousands in the audience here in providence, rhode island, stunned as the lights were dimmed and first responders rushed in to help. >> my daughter started immediately, oh, my god, daddy. are they going to be okay? >> they weren't moving. they weren't getting up. we knew that there was something wrong. >> reporter: this was part of an act called the human chandelier, the ringling brothers and barnum & bailey circus advertising it as the only performance of its kind in the world. all eight of those acrobats and one other performer rushed to the hospital with broken bones, cuts and head trauma. all expected to survive. >> this shouldn't happen and we'll get to the bottom of why it happened and make sure it doesn't happen going forward. >> reporter: and the show scheduled here for this morning has been canceled. federal investigators say it could be weeks before they know exactly what is to blame for
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this accident. john and diana. >> marci gonzalez live in providence, thank you. new this morning a rough ride for passengers on board a flight out of philadelphia. the captain ordered the plane back to the airport after severe turbulence caused several injuries. the us airways airbus like this was bound for orlando. four people were taken to hospitals after landing including a flight attendant who struck her head so hard it cracked the wall. breaking overnight a destructive wildfire burning near oklahoma city is being blamed for at least one death. a man who refused to leave his home. at least six homes have burned to the ground and many more destroyed. the fire started as a controlled burn yesterday afternoon before spreading to seven square miles. it is the largest of several fires in oklahoma that have been fueled by high winds and unseasonable heat. well, the heat wave is broken for most of the plains but it is still pretty and dry from arizona to the deep south and florida. taking a look at the temperatures map, lots of orange, high temps, 93 in
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dallas, 87 in atlanta. that is more than ten degrees above normal. overseas to the worsening tensions in ukraine. violent protests have now spread to odessa, the country's third largest city. dozens of people have been killed there. abc's tahman bradley has the latest on the crisis. >> reporter: ukraine is on the brink. hundreds of chanting demonstrators gathered in odessa to protest the release of almost 70 pro-russian prisoners. the men were freed after their comrades armed with sticks and smoke bombs stormed police headquarters. they walked out with little resistance. they had been detained for their actions in last friday's bloody crashed that ended with a horrible tragedy at the trade union building. dozens trapped inside and burped to death. it it shocked the entire country. "there is no united ukraine anymore after what has happened here" this man says. the building has become a shrine with the public and even ukraine's prime minister visiting.
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the country could be moving closer to civil war and the government blames russia. kiev fears the east is lost. pro-russian militants have seized almost every town and the violence has gotten worse but the u.s. ambassador to ukraine suggested friday's incident could be a tipping point. >> i think at this point the whole country is trying to figure out what happened, how to pull together and how to make sure that those who are trying to divide the country will not be successful. >> reporter: the u.s. is urging russia to withdraw from ukraine but vladimir putin is keeping tens of thousands of troops across the border. >> putin has successfully dismembered the ukraine by using special forces and intelligence agents to disrupt the ukraine. i fear now that there will be a civil war. >> reporter: ukraine's prime minister blames police in odessa for friday's violence. he says they did nothing to stop the bloodshed. john and diana. >> tahman bradley live in washington. thank you. going back to the drawing board in search of malaysia
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airlines flight 370. experts will re-examine all data gathered in the hunt for the jet to ensure search crews are looking in the right place. so far not a single bit of debris linked to that plane has turned up. the estranged wife of l.a. clippers owner donald sterling says she supports the nba's move. her new statement follows the controversial comments that got sterling a lifetime ban from the league. shelly sterling also says she supports the league's effort to find a new ceo to oversee the clippers organization. the team tries to put the distraction beside when it opens its second round playoff series against oklahoma city. another big honor for former president george h.w. bush crossing party lines. lauren bush accepting the john f. kennedy profile in courage award on behalf of her grand of father. the award recognizes mr. bush for taking action by raising taxes to confront the deficit even though it was unpopular. coming up, recipe change. the controversial ingredient coca-cola did now removing from
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a popular sports drink. an air show disaster. a plane goes down in front of a large crowd. what might have contributed to that crash. plus, post-fight chaos. fans crushed following a boxing match. what caused people to panic causing that stampede.
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controversial ingredient from its powerade sports drink. brominated vegetable oil is linked to a flame retardant and banned in japan and europe. a mississippi teen started an online petition that forced pepsico to take bvo out of gatorade and now coke is following suit. and on this cinco de mayo, don't be surprised if your margarita comes without a lime. that's because prices are at historic levels for the traditional mexican holiday. those prices have surged in about -- to about, rather, ten times higher than usual since december. all right, some proof that spider-man can still sling it at the box office. "the amazing spider-man 2" destroying the competition over the weekend taking in $92 million. but that's less than other films in the "spider-man" franchise. last week's box office champ, "the other woman," dropped to second. "heaven is for real" was third. all right, when we come back, a not so usual suspect. the full-on manhunt for a fire chief. and a new must-have look. that fashion trend started by the donald sterling saga
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that that is something i could do each day to help protect the enamel of my teeth. pronamel is definitely helping me to lead the life that i want to live. welcome back. taking a look at the roads this morning, slick streets in mountain passes in the northwest. wet rides at times in mississippi and ohio. showers dampen roads from new england to western new york and pennsylvania. also slippery in virginia and north carolina. and it should be a great day for flying. there are no expected weather-related delays. all right. now to that air show tragedy that killed a veteran pilot. some questions are being asked this morning about how long it took fire crews to arrive on that scene. >> yeah, one witness claims it was five minutes before they got there, during which time the plane was engulfed in flames. >> here we go. ♪ he's getting closer and closer. watch it. hey. >> reporter: joy turned to sadness at the travis air force base show. the crowd knowing right away something was wrong.
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>> all right, everybody, stand still. stay right where you are. >> reporter: thick black smoke billowed from the wreckage. two rescuers at the travis air force base show rushed to the scene, but it was too late. at the controls of the vintage biplane, 77-year-old eddie andreini, a well-known stunt pilot who had won awards in the highest recognition from his peers. he was killed doing what he loved. >> he was inverted cutting a ribbon. >> reporter: that means andreini was flying upside down close to the ground. no spectators were injured because the crash and fire took place away from the massive crowd, which was estimated to be 100,000 people. organizers canceled the rest of the show immediately sending everyone home. as for the investigation into what went wrong, the conditions are already being looked into. >> if we look at yesterday, the winds were much gustier, stronger gusts down the runway. what i can tell you is the winds were approximately 10 to 15
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knots, and that will also be part of the investigation. >> reporter: eddie andreini's website has videos of him pursuing his passion, spinning, dipping, diving, even in the same plane clearly at home among the clouds. now, that witness we mentioned before also says that plane skidded some 500 feet before it stopped. in pennsylvania, a propane heater being blamed for carbon monoxide deaths of five people including three children. the victims were guests staying in a cabin over the weekend. police say the mother of the two kids had left the cabin early in the morning after a night of partying. they don't believe there's any evidence for any criminal charges. the family of a california woman found stabbed to death is begging her fiance to turn himself in. a manhunt is under way for orville fleming, a state fire chief. police suspect him of killing sarah douglas who was found dead in the home that they shared. she was on the phone with her sister when she was attacked. fleming's pickup truck was found abandoned. there's been no sign of him. officials at the mgm grand in las vegas are investigating
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the chaos that followed a boxing match there. fans panicked when they heard a noise that sounded like a gunshot, and they rushed to get out and find shelter. more than 50 were hurt. two dozen were taken to hospitals. the noise was a wall or partition in the food court that was falling over. there's a warning to parents about those popular baby gates. a study just released shows 2,000 american children go to the emergency room after falling through or climbing on safety gates every year. the number of injuries has tripled over the past 20 years. researchers remind parents to use the bolted in type of gate at the top of the stairs. all right. it's time now for some sports. >> plenty of playoff action to show you. we get all the highlights from our guys over at espn. good morning, america, and welcome to "sportscenter." i'm steve levy. the nets and the raptors played a dandy of a game seven. it went down to the final seconds up in t.o. that's toronto, people. the nets and the raptors, 6.2 seconds left, kyle lowry gets the inbounds pass. gets to the lane, three brooklyn
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jerseys surround him, and paul pierce blocks him. a clean block by paul pierce. pierce didn't score a single point in the second half. he had more fouls than points in the second half. his only block of the game is this one. the nets move on. they'll face the heat starting tuesday. drake is sad about it. but he'll still host the espys. all right. check it out. mavs and the spurs playing their own game seven. this was over in the second quarter. spurs already up by 25. tony parker, the steal to kawhi leonard filling the lane. spurs beat the mavs and face the blazers in the next round. what do you say we hit the ice. third period, penguins lead the rangers, 1-0. they're on the power play. henrik lundqvist makes the save on james neal, but jussi jokinen is there to bang home the rebound. the penguins are going to win this 3-0 thanks to a shutout by marc-andre fleury. 22 stops. still no goals for sidney crosby or rick nash for that matter this postseason. for more, check out
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"sportscenter" live, 9:00 a.m. eastern time over on espn. an amazing goal from one of the greatest soccer players on the planet is our "play of the day." it happened yesterday in spain. >> it's pretty awesome. sit back, watch and listen. >> score! >> check it out. slo-mo. >> oh, wow. >> back-kicked it like a backhand with your foot. >> like he wasn't even -- >> yeah. >> -- going to do that. >> anyway, cristiano ronaldo of spain's real madrid, it was his 50th goal for the team this season, arguably his most amazing. >> his 50th goal of the season. >> yeah. >> usually it's like 0-0 for these things, right, like 0-0 they have a match that goes for three hours. he's got 50 goals. >> that is why he makes the big bucks. >> amazing. >> that was pretty awesome. it looked like he was shutting a door like he walked out of his house and he forgot to close the door. you know what i'm saying? how is that? i can do that pretty good. shut the door with the back of my foot. >> kick a goal?
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>> the soccer ball thing, not so much. >> not so much. >> all right, and they were going bananas in southern minnesota over the weekend. gorillas storming the streets of north mankato. not the real apes. more like a thousand people sporting monkey suits. >> they all took part in the annual gorilla run. and the goal was to smash the guinness world record for the most people gathered while dresses as apes, and all of it was for a good cause, to raise money for children with disabilities. so they keep records of people who gather in ape suits. >> yeah, you hold a world record. >> believe it or not, i was on another show once upon a time and they had this record for eating m&ms with chopsticks. i think they created it just for the half hour i was on. >> you won. >> i beat one person and became the world record holder. guinness gave me a little thing. >> i need to find something to do for the half hour we're on television, and i will also hold a world record. i'm going to put a tissue in my news for a half hour. >> chew gum and read the news. you'll be the longest gum-chewing newscaster. >> in the guinness book of world records. >> correct.
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until somebody beats it. the next minute. >> so you're in the book. >> i suspect i was in the book for about a split second. >> but you have a plaque, and that's what's important. >> i had it. a one-time record holder. up next "the pulse," by the way. buzzing overnight surrounding kim and kanye's relationship before they make a big splash tonight. and too close for comfort. a whale comes dangerously close to a fishing boat. across america, people are taking charge of their type 2 diabetes... ...with non-insulin victoza. for a while, i took a pill to lower my blood sugar, but it didn't get me to my goal. so i asked my doctor about victoza. he said victoza works differently than pills, and comes in a pen. and the needle is thin. victoza is an injectable prescription medicine that may improve blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes when used with diet and exercise.
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it is not recommended as the first medication to treat diabetes and should not be used in people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. victoza has not been studied with mealtime insulin. victoza is not insulin. do not take victoza if you have a personal or family history of medullary thyroid cancer, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome type 2, or if you are allergic to victoza or any of its ingredients. symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, fainting or dizziness, very rapid heartbeat, problems breathing or swallowing, severe rash or itching. tell your doctor if you get a lump or swelling in your neck. serious side effects may happen in people who take victoza including inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) which may be fatal. stop taking victoza and call your doctor right away if you have signs of pancreatitis, such as severe pain that will not go away in your abdomen or from your abdomen to your back, with or without vomiting. tell your doctor about all the medicines you take
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and if you have any medical conditions. taking victoza with a sulfonylurea or insulin may cause low blood sugar. the most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, and headache. some side effects can lead to dehydration, which may cause kidney problems. if your pill isn't giving you the control you need... ask your doctor about non-insulin victoza. it's covered by most health plans. ♪ hey baby i think i want to marry you ♪ time to check "the pulse." do we hear wedding bells out there? well, twitter has been burning up overnight with friends and fans congratulating the new mr. and mrs. kanye west. that's right. the newlyweds, though, have not confirmed that they tied the knot, but several reports say it's true. >> now, of course, the big wedding is supposed to take
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place towards the end of the month in france with 200 of their closest friends. we may be able to find out more when the couple attend tonight's met gala here in new york. all right. next up, a prom surprise pulled off by a legendary olympian. >> it happened last friday near philadelphia. snowboarding great shaun white showed up along with his band for the mount st. joseph academy's senior prom. that was after carly monzo posted a proposal online. >> she didn't know he was coming. they played three songs and invited her up on the stage and posed for a ton of selfies. carly said it was like she was in a dream. >> by the way, carly's mom didn't find out until the morning of the prom that he was actually coming, and everybody kept it a big surprise from her so she was very, very surprised. >> that's pretty cool. did you know that shaun white was a guitar player? >> i had no idea he was part of a band. >> yeah. >> i just knew that he was a snowboarder. i didn't know all this about him. >> who knew? >> who knew. well, the ex-girlfriend of l.a. clippers owner donald sterling has sparked a bizarre fashion trend. >> we are talking about the multicolored visor v. stiviano has been wearing around town.
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it's a new commodity that's gone hot. sales for the so-called paparazzi shield are soaring. retailers have gone from selling a handful of the visors to hundreds in the past few days at $35 a pop. >> now, it's not clear who's been snapping up the strange head gear, but it certainly looks like a whole lot of people just don't want to be seen. what do you think, john? can i do a whole newscast? >> yeah, i think you could. and you were wearing those on the subway the other day. weren't you? >> yes. >> and those skates, as well. >> you had no idea it was me. >> those little short-shorts. >> well, that's what i wear every time i go out. a close and unusual encounter for two fishermen in california. they were angling for bass less than a mile off the southern coast when not one but two giant whales came alongside their boat. >> one man said they were so close he felt he could jump onto their backs and go for a ride. but they were frightened too because one smack of that big old tail and the entire boat could be lost, so it's a good thing they didn't jump on for the ride. >> yeah. i'd hold on to the rails when two big whales pull up alongside of you. pretty cool. >> incredible. >> for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, we'll be
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good monday morning. hope you had a great weekend. it is 4:28. >> guess what? this week is cool. >> literally, cool. >> meteorologist mike nicco has the weather. >> the winds are change are here. the wind blowing from west for east or southwest to northeast. here is more proof looking at the ferry building and the flags are blowing to oakland and emeryville. that is onshore breeze. it will bring us sun. temperatures are well below average because of the cool freezes and we will hang out in the upper 50's to low 60's and inland is around 65 to 70.
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how is the monday morning commute, leyla gulen? >> good morning, everyone, hope you had a great weekend. the bay area roads show a brand new crash that just happened, westbound 92 at foster city boulevard off of the san mateo bridge is where you will find it. as you can see the rest of the commute is looking green so we are at top speed. tracy to dublin is 24 minutes ms and four westbound antioch to con toward is 14 minutes. from san rafael to san francisco is looking good. the bay bridge toll plaza look good with a few cars stuck so a little slow but the rest of the traffic is flowing smoothly headed into san francisco. developing news, federal investigators are looking into a plane crash that killed a half moon bay pilot dug an air show at travis air force base. ones say the stunt pilot, 77
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years old, eddie andreini was flipping the plane and flew close to the ground and the plane veered and slammed into the ground. witnesses say the plane burned on the tarmac for some time before the fire crews could get to it. >> an eternity for first responders. >> why weren't they getting out there? every five seconds it seemed to take forever. >> officials say they will hook into the positioning of fire crews during the show. >> another witness at the show posted video on youtube show the plane on fire with thick smoke coming from the wreckage as first responders arrive. our reporter will have more coming up in a report in 30 minutes. we will have the latest on the air show tragedy and we have updates at


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