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making news in america this morning, new fallout from the firing of the fbi director. does the president have secret recordings of his conversation with james comey? senators are now demanding answers while president trump moves toward naming comey's replacement. developing right now, possible round two of this weekend's massive cyberattack. why experts say new problems could emerge in just hours. new this morning, north korea releases new images of its latest missile test. it's also claiming that missile could have carried a nuclear warhead. hear how the white house is responding. and caught on camera, a cake controversy on board a flight. the family and the airline telling two different stories. good morning to you all.
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i'm diane macedo. >> and i'm kenneth moton in for kendis gibson. we begin with the search for a new head of the fbi. >> as the justice department interviews possible candidates for the job, president trump is facing bipartisan criticism. >> lawmakers are calling on the president to turn over any tapes he may have of his conversations with james comey. abc's lana zak has the latest from washington. good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning to you, kenneth and diane. you know, the new fbi director will require senate confirmation but with the white house's changing stories about why the previous director was fired, senate democrats are threatening to withhold confirmation until a special investigator is appointed. the hunt is now under way for a new fbi director. as candidates arrived at the justice department for interviews, the president said james comey's replacement could be named sometime this week. >> i would encourage the president to pick somebody we can all rally around including those who work in the fbi. >> reporter: on "meet the press" republican senator lindsey graham said it's time to clear the air.
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>> but i think it's time to call the fbi director before the country at large and explain what happened at that dinner. you can't be cute about tapes. >> reporter: the tapes in question, those referenced by the president in a friday tweet storm when he wrote, james comey better hope there are no tapes of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press. >> we got to make sure that these tapes, if they exist, don't mysteriously disappear. >> if, in fact, there are such recordings, i think those recordings will be subpoenaed and i think they'll probably have to turn them over. >> reporter: for his part president trump declined to answer questions about those referenced tapes at a golf course sunday. >> mr. president, are you recording any of your meetings in the white house, sir? >> reporter: there are still weighty questions remaining about the motivation for the firing of comey and what it means to the ongoing investigation into russian election influence. members of congress are hoping to hear from comey himself who visited the theater and posed for a picture with the cast over the weekend. and we may still hear from the man at the center of the storm. abc news has learned that james
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comey is willing to speak publicly. you know, his associates say he's not after publicity, but he does want to be able to answer some of those questions about his record. kenneth, diane. >> and there are so many questions surrounding this whole story. many people looking forward to hearing from james comey, no doubt. abc's lana zak live from washington. lana, thanks. and president trump's revised travel ban is back in the hands of a federal appeals court. three judges from the ninth circuit are set to hear arguments today as the administration appeals a hawaiian judge's decision against the executive order. in march, that judge blocked the president's ban that would have affected travel from six muslim ma outcountries. president trump called it a case of unprecedented judicial overreach motivated by politics. the appeals court is the same one that blocked the president's first travel ban but today's appeal will be heard by a different set of judges. a worldwide cyberattack is likely to get even bigger today. the so-called wannacry ransom virus has already affected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries.
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it exploits a flaw in an older version of microsoft windows. many companies and organizations haven't updated their operating systems yet. the bug won't let users access their files unless they pay a fee to the hackers. although it has brought major companies in europe to a standstill, few have paid the ransom. >> i think, you know, 20,000, 30,000 worth of dollars only, i would never recommend you pay a ransom because you're dealing with a bunch of crooks. you'll never know they'll do what they promised to do anyway. experts warn wannacry may spread as more return to work after the weekend. president trump has ordered homeland security to look into who is responsible for the global cyberattack. >> microsoft says homeland security may not have to look very far. the company's president says the code to exploit the flaw was developed by the national security agency and then leaked to the public. he says nsa should have worked with microsoft to fix the problem rather than stockpiling the code for its own purposes.
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he says a leak was inevitable. north korea is prompting new concerns over its latest missile launch. that country claims it has a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. leader kim jong-un is seen in new pictures celebrating the successful launch. he's quoted in state media as calling it the most perfect weapon system in the world. kim says he will use it to target the u.s. if provoked. it flew for 30 minutes and traveled about 500 miles before landing in the sea of japan. >> it's the first time we've seen any military missile go this far, but we can be sure that the north koreans are trying to make this missile nuclear capable. because these missiles are getting more and more capable, shooting up towards russia allowed them to test the maximum range of this particular missile. >> this was the seventh missile test since president trump took office. in a statement the white house called north korea, quote, a flagrant menace and is calling for tougher international
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sanctions against the country. emmanuel macron is now the president of france. the winner of last week's runoff election was inaugurated yesterday. at 39 he is the youngest french president since world war ii. in his speech macron promised to lift french spirits as it helps again lead the world. he's getting right to work. today he meets with german chancellor angela merkel in berlin. now for a look at your weather. it may be the middle of spring but it was snowing in central maine yesterday. today it's raining throughout new england. severe storms are possible from western oklahoma and texas northward into the upper midwest. very strong thunderstorms could produce some large hail, damaging winds, even possibly a tornado or two. meanwhile, a new storm system is moving into the pacific northwest bringing rain and cool temperatures into washington and oregon, and you may also see some snow possibly in the cascades.
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the chicago area's cook county jail was in lockdown yesterday and officials are blaming mother's day. >> more than 200 corrections officers called in sick. about a third of the daytime shift. a significant number of the evening shift also didn't show up. >> the same thing happened last year on mother's day and also on father's day. the sheriff's office says the beautiful weather didn't help. >> wow. still ahead, the winner of the miss usa pageant starts her reign with controversy. plus, a family kicked off a jetblue flight. they say all because of a birthday cake. and a guy who admits he's very lucky to be alive all because of what siri did to help him out. we'll be right back. him out. we'll be right back. today there is only one park for every 14,000 americans. connection to nature is a right
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investigators this morning are trying to find the cause of a massive fire that destroyed a historic new york city synagogue. you can see that thick black smoke over the city skyline. it took crews two hours to bring that fire under control. thankfully no injuries reported. more demonstrations in charlottesville, virginia, as the city debates the removal of a statue of confederate general robert e. lee. a group held a candlelight vigil overnight. it was in opposition to a saturday night rally protesting the statue's removal. >> so, that group was led by white nationalist richard spencer. they arrived at the park carrying torches and chanting "we will not be moved" and city officials then spoke out against the protesters. >> what a lot of this -- the alt-right and these extremists who are trafficking in this kind of theatrics want is more oxygen. so i really want to deny them that oxygen.
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i do value diversity, tolerance, difference, that is the source of our strength. that's the source of the country's strength. that's the source of our greatness, and we will not stand for this kind of despicable behavior. >> in april the city council voted to sell the statue but the judge ordered the city to wait six months. charlottesville is just the latest southern city debating the removal of a confederate symbol. students at a baton rouge high school are mourning the loss of the school's quarterback days before graduation. police say that 18-year-old, his name is bryant lee, he was shot at a party over the weekend. they say he wasn't the intended target. lee was an "a" student and planned to study engineering in college. he hoped to make the football team as a walk-on. the battle of safety versus privacy is coming to a head over a new device called a textalyzer. that device allows cops to see if a driver's cell phone was in use at the time of a crash. new york, new jersey and tennessee are all considering legislation to allow the device. but privacy advocates worry that
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these textalyzers might gather all the personal information from a driver's phone. the company making the device says it's about nine months away from being finished. a new hampshire man says siri gave him a life-saving assist after his mother's house exploded. >> christopher boucher used the electronic personal helper to call 911. the blast earlier this month left him with severe burns to his face and his hands so he couldn't actually dial 911 himself. he managed to get to his car and then he asked siri to dial 911. >> boucher asked siri to do it for him because, hey, everybody needs a little help and siri was able to do it, and guess what, he's expected to recover. when we come back, the guy who is giving take-out a new meaning. and a special night at yankee stadium. we'll hear from derek jeter as his number 2 is retired.
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an suv driver got quite the scare this weekend in seattle. a collision left his vehicle dangling over the edge of an interstate overpass. it was above the on-ramp below. luckily a tow truck driver quickly hooked a cable to the suv and managed to keep it from falling. >> and roads will be wet again there in the pacific northwest today as well as in new england but drivers should watch out for flooding in the central plains. roads will also be slick in the upper midwest. if you're flying airport delays are most likely in minneapolis and boston. well, yet another airline is defending itself after a confrontation with passengers. this incident started over where to store a birthday cake. the airline says the father became aggressive. >> the family was kicked off that flight but the family says they did nothing wrong. abc's adrienne bankert has more. >> reporter: new video hitting the turbulent airline industry. >> it's all right, baby boy. >> reporter: a plane evacuated. a family kicked off over cake.
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>> we didn't do anything. >> reporter: flight attendants asking the burke family to move their cake from an overhead bin reserved for emergency equipment to under a seat. >> i had to move my bag. >> but we moved it. but we followed the directions. >> reporter: before cameron burke starts recording, an argument erupted. >> you know, when she told me i was not being noncompliant i said, ma'am, have you been drinking. >> reporter: jetblue saying the family refused their repeated requests, yelled at them and made false accusations about a crew member's fitness to fly. it's the latest airline drama. in april a mother bawling after an american airlines crew member nearly hit her with her stroller. members of the flight attendants union speaking out saying these videos paint them in an unfair light because they don't show everything that happened. adrienne bankert, abc news, new york. california school officials are trying to stop a massive norovirus outbreak. nearly 1,000 students, teachers
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and staff in yolo county near sacramento are sick with the highly contagious virus. health officials say it's spreading at an alarming rate. parents of sick children are told to keep them out of school for two days after symptoms are gone. we've seen russian president vladimir putin doing judo, horse back riding, playing hockey and now this. putin was in beijing yesterday to meet with the leader of china, but before the meeting, this happened. ♪ putin apparently played two songs, both of them, he said, were from when he was a child in the late 1950s. and onlookers were stunned when a helicopter landed on the lawn next to a mcdonald's in sydney, australia. the pilot just ran in, grabbed his meal, off he went. just took right off. the pilot says he had permission to land there. aviation officials are now
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investigating anyway. i guess he didn't need the drive-through. >> he did not. a fly-through. >> i don't think they have those. but maybe they do. >> right. time now for some sports. >> let's get highlights now from our friends at espn. good morning, america. kevin conners, lisa kerney. and so it goes that the golden state warriors keep on keeping on. at least they have not lost this postseason. >> well, popovich was asked about how you beat this team coming in. he said, pray. well, he did a lot of praying then because they got off to a hot start. spurs, warriors, game one of these western conference finals. in the third, kawhi leonard, though, scary moment here. comes down on the foot of zaza pachulia and reinjures that left ankle. he did leave the game, did not return and left with 26 points, 8 boards and then it just turned around. after trailing by as many as 25, warriors up one. 15 seconds to go. steph curry hits the runner and golden state goes up three and hangs on to win it, 113-111, the final. curry finishing with 40 points.
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>> lisa, what a night in the bronx. sunday night, yes, the yankees lost game two of the doubleheader but really the big story was derek jeter having his number 2 jersey retired. >> you know, i learned that time flies, memories fade but family is forever. and i'll be eternally grateful to be a part of the yankee family, so i can't thank you guys enough. thank you very much. >> the great derek jeter, teammates from bernie williams, jorge posada, mariana rivera, andy pettitte, joe torre was there. >> and he is officially retired. have a great day. >> number 2, respect. >> yes. up next in "the pulse," a special necklace that had a big secret. and a history-making skydive. a senior citizen who isn't letting age slow him down. and on our facebook page, get the details about the new charity created by rapper nicki minaj meant to help students in need. that's on
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he's ok, yeah! unitedhealthcare ♪ time for "the pulse" and we start with the new miss usa. she is 25-year-old kara mccullough of the district of columbia. >> she is the second straight miss d.c. to win the pageant. mccullough is a scientist at the u.s. nuclear regulatory commission. >> but her reign starts with some controversy. so during her q&a, mccullough called health care a privilege instead of a right. that sparked some strong online reactions both in support of her statement and against it. she was also asked whether she's a feminist. she said she doesn't like the term and she's for equal treatment of all people. that also is earning her some support and some critics this morning. you know those q&as can be very
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tricky. >> yes, you're put on the spot there. >> you are. 30 seconds, answer, give me world peace. >> i want to know how you've never run into her. you guys went to college in the same town, and now you live in the same city. >> we do. maybe i will see her soon in her duties as miss usa. >> there you go. next to a couple now engaged and the role a special necklace played in their lives. a guy named terry made it for his girlfriend anna for their one-year anniversary. >> now, she wore it every day for a year and a half everywhere they went, which luckily included when they traveled to scotland because terry decided to spring a very big surprise there. >> get this. there was an engagement ring inside the necklace the whole time. after she said, yes, she told terry, i could have lost it then called him a name we can't say here and it wasn't beyonce. >> i could have lost it you beyonce idiot. something like that. right? >> something like that. >> anyway luckily she didn't
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lose it and big, big congratulations to them. creativity points for you. >> way to go, terry and anna. and a world war ii veteran has taken a big leap into the record books along with three generations of his family. >> 101-year-old verdun hayes is now the oldest person to ever take part in a tandem sky dive. look at him go there. hayes took the plunge from 15,000 feet with his son, grandson and two of his great grandkids. >> hayes fought on d-day and started skydiving when he turned 100. >> way to go, mr. hayes. >> more news after this. what about the people i care about? ...including this little girl. and what if this happened again? i was given warfarin in the hospital, but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i asked my doctor. and he recommended eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. yes, eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding
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ready or not, here monday comes. 4:27 on this may 15th. >> we're going to have a cool weather once again and a chance of rain coming up in the forecast and then heat, 90-degree temperatures. we have got it all for you. first, let's focus on today. live doppler 7, dry out there. a beautiful picture this morning. mid-40s to low 50s, and then low to mid-60s around the bay and inland at noon, mid to rupp 60s at 4:00, and 50s everywhere, so grab a coat if you are headed out at 7:00. not too many people out at 7:00 this morning. >> here's a live look outside at the bay bridge toll plaza. maybe a little stack up if you
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are paying cash this morning. you can see we have green just about all the way around. westbound 205 to good morning, i am tracking breaking news in san jose. overnight there was a huge two-alarm fire, and took firefighters nearly an hour to knock things down, and look at this, huge flames coming out from the top of the home, and some people nearby, trying to help out the firefighters and put out the fire with a garden hose. a fire was a two-story home near 24th and san antonio, and plus the back of the house as well. there was a lot of damage to this house. no one was hurt. right now the red cross is helping out the two people that lived there and no word on a cause. reggie, back that you. it's happened again.
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police in the east bay are investigating a highway shooting. >> this time two people were hurt on highway 880. matt keller is live for us in hayward. matt. >> reporter: good news for commuters this morning, the exit ramp and the on-ramp here at witten avenue off of southbound 880 is open and it was closed for several hours overnight but a doubling incident while two people were shot while traveling inside their truck, a gray tacoma, and it was traveling around 9:00 last night and was taking the off-ramp when another vehicle pulled up on the drive side and someone open fire, and they were taken to the hospital and are stable with nonlife-threatening injuries. no witnesses have come forward at this time and they don't have a description of the suspect's vehicle. chp is asking you to give them a
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call if you saw something. the fbi and chp are holding a news conference with leaders to discuss the installation of cameras on two freeways in the waeb. the news conference will be held at 9:00 at the supervisor chambers. >> grief counsellors will be on hand at a union city high school today to help with the loss senior. >> it was 2:30 a.m. and a mother and daughter were in this toyota making


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