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making news in america this morning, hurricane maria heading toward the u.s. inttpuremog pl p the storm is gaining strength overnight after leaving widespread damage in puerto rico and the virgin islands. new video of a rescue with three people on a capsized vessel. the storm's latest track and what it means for the u.s. the search for survivors in mexico. we have new video of people being pulled from the rubble alive three days after that earthquake. another surprise in the dramatic saga of aaron hernandez. new tests on the former nfl star and convicted killer's brain showed something that shocked researchers. was brain damage to blame for his behavior? and the iphone 8 is available today and people overseas are already trying it out. hear what they're saying this morning.
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a good morning to all. we begin with hurricane maria's destructive path through the caribbean. >> the storm is carrying 125-mile-an-hour winds as it moves north. airlines plan to resume flights to puerto rico as early as today after the island was left without power. 95% of the island's cell sites are out of service. >> fema is sending help to puerto rico today in the form of generators, water and portable shelters and two other island chains are preparing for storm's damaging wind and rain. this morning maria is gaining strength once again and packing winds up of to 125 miles per hour. it's now hitting turks and caicos and the bahamas after causing widespam dadine ag in the resort town of punta cana, locals banded together to remove fallen palm trees from this busy highway. in puerto rico the damage is catastrophic.
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homes are flooded. the entire island is without power and millions of trees are obliterated along the storm's path. abc's rob marciano made it to where the hurricane made . ll>> south of town we're seeing damage that looks like a tornado came through. clearly this is the path of the >> reporter: desperate residents are lining up for water that's being trucked in. >> we need this for the generator. we need light, we need water. >> reporter: days after the storm search crews are still working around the clock. overnight the coast guard released this video showing three people rescued from an overturned boat. in the u.s. virgin islands, the navy is helping evacuees on st. croix. the only electricity in the islands is from generators. the message from the governor is simply, we need help. >> of course, many are wondering will maria have any effect on the mainland of the united states? >> accuweather's justin povick is tracking the storm for us. justin, good morning. >> good morning. hurricane maria now churning off toward the north and the west.
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we're going to be talking about big impacts throughout the turks and caicos throughout the day and notice that bending motion toward the n north-northeast over time and most likely scenario bends its way out to sea but still possible impacts we cannot completely rule those out just yet here along the eastern seaboard. something we will watch closely in the days to come but there will be dangerous surf and swells extending north into next week. i'm justin povick with your accuweather forecast. >> justin, thank you. and now to mexico where around the clock rescue efforts are entering a third day after that earthquake. >> the death toll climbed to above 270. american experts are there right now using equipment developed after a similar mission back in 1985.ere's still some hope of finding survivors but time, of course, running short. abc's arlette saenz with more. >> reporter: the frantic search for survivors continues. three days after that 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled
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mexico city, one woman eased out of a hole in the ceiling. first her legs then slowly the rest of her body. this dramatic rescue at the enrique rebsamen school and bystanders knocking down concrete coaxing children through a gap in the wall pulling them to safety. the l.a. county fire department rescue team joining the search efforts with specialized equipment. over 50 people have been rescued but so many families still in agony waiting for word of their missing loved ones. for two days all of mexico was captivated by this flattened school. a glimmer of hope after officials said they believed a 12-year-old girl was trapped inside. abc's matt gutman on the scene with the education minister as this played out. >> the rescue teams said they made contact with her. >> they heard her voice? >> yes, yes. the rescue teams heard her voice. >> reporter: rescue crews meticulously worked for over 36 hours using sensitive microphones, digging through the
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rubble, calling for silence until a shocking announcement. there was no girl after all. officials confirmed all students at the school were accounted for. 19 children and 6 teachers died in that school. arlette saenz, abc news, washington. well, north korea is threatening to test a hydrogen bomb in the pacific ocean. the country's top diplomat says that is one possible response to president trump's u.n. speech. meanwhile, north korea's leader kim jong-un hurled a barrage of insults at the president over his threat to destroy the country. in a rare personal statement kim called the president mentally deranged, and overnight officials said they may pull out of next february's winter olympics if the safety issues aren't fixed in that region. the president has announced a new round of economic sanctions against the north. the u.s. is targeting firms and banks that do business with the rogue nation. the order also bans ships and planes that have entered north korea from coming to america for
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six months. the president says that chinese banks have finally agreed to stop doing business with north korea. and president trump is heading to alabama today to attend a rally for interim senator luther strange ahead of the gop runoff next week. the election is seen as a big test of the president's political influence because he's backing the establishment candidate. strange is running against upstart roy moore, who is favored by much of the president's political base including big names like sarah palin and steve bannon. and now let's take a look at your weather. autumn arrives at 4:02 this afternoon eastern time, but the first day of fall will look more like winter in northern california, at least in the mountains. about half a foot of snow fell yesterday in the sierra nevadas. on the first day of fall it's more like summer weather for parts of the country. 90s in minneapolis and new orleans. 86s in washington, d.c., atlanta and detroit.
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nearly 80 here in new york, so some will want their winter parka. others can keep their summer tank tops for another day. >> they can keep their parka. well, still ahead right herelar cereal is , puy poa bringing back artificial colors. and the newest iphone released today, but some photos or some people, rather, overseas already have it, so see how long one customer waited in line to be the first person in the world to get it. plus, a hunter is rescued after being lost for several days. how he stayed alive in the wilderness.
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facebook has agreed to turn over more than 3,000 russian linked ads to congress. the political ads ran during the presidential campaign, and most of them either praised donald trump or criticized hillary clinton. facebook's ceo mark zuckerberg says he doesn't want facebook's tools used to undermine democracy, and he's vowing to make it harder for anyone to interfere in the future. >> i don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. that's not what we stand for. >> zuckerberg said the company will be more transparent about its ads, and they plan to hire 250 more people to work on election integrity. and a disturbing new study has been released about the flint water crisis. records show fertility rates in flint plummeted and fetal death rates spiked dramatically after the city switched the source of its drinking water which increased the amount of lead in it. babies born to mothers who drank the lead-tainted water were also about five ounces lighter than the state average.
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cvs is taking action to help end the opioid crisis and will limit prescriptions to seven-day supplies for new patients. prescriptions for them typically last for 20 days and they will also reach out to doctors about prescriptions that appear to be excessive. the cvs brand manages medications for nearly 90 million people. u.p.s. expects to hire about 95,000 workers for the holiday season. now, most of those employees will be package handlers, drivers and drivers' helpers. u.p.s. seasonal workers stay on the job, though, from november through january. over the past three years about one-third have been taken on permanently. trix cereal is making a comeback complete with artificial coloring. general mills is bringing back classic trix to stores next nth. the cereal went natural last year eliminating artificial colors and flavors but a spokesman says customers missed the, quote, vibrant colors and nostalgic test of the original.
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it's iphone 8 day but apple may have curbed the enthusiasm for its new gadget. the device hits u.s. stores today, just six weeks before iphone x makes its debut but some experts think it will drive down 8's initial sales this weekend. there's at least one person looking rward to the 8's release. that guy, a man in australia, waited in line for 11 days to be the first to get the phone this morning. he took to twitter after saying the new portrait lighting mode for the camera is, quote, amazing. >> woo. does that mean good selfies? >> yeah, exactly -- except he didn't put out a selfie. >> all right. when we come back, some new claims from aaron hernandez's family saying he had the most severe case of brain damage linked to football ever seen in someone his age. and an emergency alert system for earthquakes credited with saving lives in mexico so why doesn't it exist here in the u.s.? ,
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well, americans are now working amid the rubble of mexico's earthquake. more than 60 crew members and 5 dogs have joined the search and rescue efforts since tuesday's quake. more than 50 people have been pulled from the rubble alive in mexico city, and, of course, mexico is right there on a quake zone, so they know there will be another big quake there. >> but at least mexico has quake early warning systems in place. one is being developed in the quake-prone area of california but has been delayed. abc's nick watt has the details. >> reporter: the quake that just killed more than 200 people in mexico could have been even more deadly if not for this. that siren, a national early earthquake warning system. but here in california, a widespread alert system simply does not exist, not yet. >> so this building is actually the only residential building in the united states to be equipped with earthquake early warning.
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>> reporter: a pilot project works like this. the usgs has a shake alert system, sensors that instantly relay info to companies like early warning labs. two to five seconds for usgs, about a second for you guys warning. >> yeah, and that's how we outrun an earthquake. >> reporter: they're testing the system for hospitals and a smartphone app. >> this is a test. >> it tells me how big it was, how bad the shaking is going to be where i am. >> reporter: nick watt, abc news, los angeles. now to a stunning finding about former new england patriot aaron hernandez. researchers say he suffered from an extreme case of the brain disease cte. they're calling this the most severe case ever seen for someone so young. he was just 27 years old in april when he committed suicide in prison while serving a life sentence for murder. an attorney for hernandez's family has now filed a lawsuit against the nfl and the patriots claiming both are hiding the
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true dangers of football. >> hindsight is 20/20. you look back, and there's certain things that we may have noticed but you don't know. deeply troubled, deeply saddened and i know for a fact the entire family, especially shayanna, is deeply troubled by this whole thing. >> cte can cause violent mood swings and other disorders. during the trial that landed hernandez in prison, cte was not raised in his defense. the nfl and the patriots have not commented about the new lawsuit. the police chief of oklahoma city is planning to meet with advocates of the hearing impaired after a deaf man was shot and killed by an officer. it happened when police tracked down a pickup truck that was involved in a hit-and-run. now, they say the driver's son, 35-year-old magdiel sanchez, confronted them holding a metal pipe and he was shot after ignoring orders to drop the pipe. neighbors say they were screaming to the officers that sanchez was deaf.
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the officer who pulled the trigger is now on leave. a 61-year-old hunter is back with his family after three days lost in a minnesota forest. he dangled below a helicopter while being flown to safety. now, luckily when he was lost in the woods, he had enough food with him, he was also able to light a fire and that helped rescuers find him using a thermal imaging camera. happy to report he is just fine. well time now for some sports. >> there were plenty of points on thursday night football. we'll get the highlights from espn. good morning. it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. stan verrett with linda cohn.ot? >> an exciting game for sure. rams against the 49ers in san francisco. you know, on paper it wasn't supposed to be exciting but it turned out to be one of the most exciting games of the year. jared goff to todd gurley and each had three touchdowns but the 49ers would come roaring back trailing by 8. carlos hyde runs into the score
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on fourth and goal and 49ers miss that two-point conversion. more excitement as san francisco does the unthinkable and recovers an onside kick. aaron donald sacks brian hoyer to seal the win, and rams hang on to win by two. indians taking on the angels. cleveland still hot. they lost that one game after the 22-game win streak but winning again. francisco lindor, a big reason why, a three-run shot for him, his 32nd of the season and sweep the angels and win, 4-1. five in a row and they've won 27 of their 28 games now. >> they have to keep it going because it all matters in okay, right? >> absolutely. that's all from here. back to >> sounds yogood. up next in "the pulse," the four-legged hero in mexico that people can't get enough of. and tom brady's secret to not getting sunburned. sunburned. copd makes it hard to breathe.
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♪ time now for "the pulse" and we're going to start with a four-legged friend doing life-saving work. >> her name is frida and she has become a national hero in mexico looking especially cute in her little goggles or doggles as they call them and her booties, of course, the 7-year-old lab has helped rescue several people in the earthquake zone already and also found a dozen people after the previous earthquake in southern mexico two weeks ago. >> she got tons of fans online actually. one who says frida for president. >> oh. >> all right. >> got a nice ring to it. and patriots quarterback tom brady can do many things but getting a sunburn apparently isn't one of them. >> so, this was a strange one. it's in his new book. brady claims he's immune to
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sunburns because he drinks 2 1/2 gallons of water every day. >> but it's apparently not just the water, brady also is promoting the use of electrolyte drops, which he encourages people to use in their own water. it impfo isnttaor t protecting your sun from skin do not include hydration. >> maybe because he's just covering his face with a giant, you know, jug of water. >> i also don't think that's how sunblock works. >> or as suggested here, his wallet. >> oh, yeah, that might actually be effective. okay, now to a rare accomplishment for a teen golfer that many pros can only dream of. >> yeah, 17-year-old ben tetzlaff hit two holes in one during just one round. he was playing with his high school golf team when he shocked them and himself on the 2nd and 6th holes. >> that's -- it's hard enough to even just do one. >> yeah. >> in a round. just so you know, the odds are 67 million to 1.
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good morning and welcome to friday. >> yay. >> september 22nd. also this is -- and, mike, correct me if i'm wrong, the last morning of summer and then it'll be the first afternoon of fall, is that right? >> yes. 1:02 p.m. we'll all run outside and say, welcome. >> and drink pumpkin spice latte. >> sure. that's the new tradition, isn't it? you told us there's no real pumpkin in it. we'll talk about that later. let's talk about the weather. hi, everybody. did you leave the windows open last night? temperatures up to 11 degrees cooler this morning. what your neighborhood has and how you should dress when you step outside this morning. how about 40s and 50s in many areas. places like santa rosa, napa,
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novato, los gatos. 50 in fairfiel sanjose, oakland, 57. san francisco and hayward, 56. let's see how that morning commute's going with alexis. >> well, we have some overnight construction that could slow you down in the east bay. to the southbound side until 23rd and 29th. they are working on that 23rd avenue overpass once again so you'll definitely want to stick to 580 if you're heading out the door now. they should have this wrapped up in 30 minutes. i will keep my eye on that. we have some construction on highway 13. we'll talk more about that. >> thank you. rescuers are racing against the clock trying to find survivors in mexico. three days after the earthquake. >> they're still pulling people alive. more than 50 rescued so far. rescuers are singing the national anthem whenever they recover a body to honor that person's life. the death toll has risen to 273
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people including 137 in mexico city itself. yesterday officials announced shocking news, a 12-year-old girl thought to be trapped in the rubble didn't exist. all children at the school are accounted for. a parulopaising money for the victims of the mexico earthquake. the owner owns a restaurant in mexico city. it is serving free food to rescue workers and volunteers. the bathrooms are open to the public along with free wi-fi and an area to charge cell phones. >> it has channelled my sadness and frustration for not being there in a very positive way. >> the restaurant will charge $100 for sunday brunch and drinks this weekend. that fund-raiser will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. all of the money will go to the red cross, unicef and the mexican volunteer rescuers organization. if you want to help the victims we have made it easy for you.
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we have links to multiple charities accepting donations. check abc 7 news.com for the information. divers will try to locate several shipping containers that slid off a cargo ship into oakland's outer harbor. sky 7 was overhead soon after 11 empty containers went in yesterday afternoon. crews secured the ones that they could spot so they wouldn't drift away. some did sink. the coast guard were guiding ships around the area as a precaution. port officials are not sure how the containers fell into the harbor. harbor. it's 4:30. it was a little breezy yesterday. you can see it is still breezy in our hills but that will not translate like yesterday in our valleys. look at our temperatures, 51 to 56.

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