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breaking news in america this morning, the governor of puerto rico announcing his resignation overnight. the crowds in san juan erupting in cheers after weeks of demanding that he step down. the governor's message and what happens next. new fallout from robert mueller's testimony. president trump claiming vindication. >> you could say it was a great day for me. >> despite mueller saying he did not exonerate the president. >> absolutely, that was not a hoax. >> the new reaction this morning plus mueller's warning about russia already meddling in the 2020 election. breaking news involving jeffrey epstein. the financier accused of sex trafficking reportedly found injured in his jail cell barely conscious. plus, the wrong person to mess with. a woman chases a man after he
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allegedly flashes her. >> i'm going to get you, darling. >> what she says happened next. caught on camera, a quick thinking firefighter grabbing a tarp to catch a falling dog. and forget the holidays. ♪ have a holly jolly christmas >> why some say the most stressful time of the year is just a couple of weeks away. good thursday morning, everyone. let's get right to that breaking news. puerto rico's embattled governor is stepping down after nearly two weeks of massive protests. >> in a major about-face, governor ricardo rossello made that announcement on facebook shortly before midnight announcing that he will leave office next friday on august 2nd. >> protesters started cheering, waving flags and singing after hearing that the governor had decided to quit. residents of the u.s. territory had vowed to keep protesting until he stepped down. [ cheers ]
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overnight celebrations on the streets of san juan, puerto rico. the island's embattled governor announcing his resignation in a late night facebook post. the crowds erupting after the announcement. abc's victor oquendo is there. >> the governor just made it official moments ago, and the streets here erupted. this is the happiest we've seen this crowd in nearly two weeks. that's the governor's mansion just that way. they'll be celebrating all night. >> reporter: protests have grown in size and intensity for the past two weeks. demonstrators have been calling for ricardo rossello to step down since a profane group chat between rossello and his aides was leaked. >> the governor is no good. he should be -- get rid of him. get a good man in there, okay. peace for everybody. >> reporter: rossello apologized for the chats, which contained nearly 900 pages laced with sexist and homophobic language but many called it the last straw after the island's severe
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debt crisis, corruption charges and slow recovery from hurricane maria. the protests on the island sparking several in the continental u.s. as well with chants of ricky resign echoing in new york's grand central station. the resignation comes a day after a judge in puerto rico issued search warrants for the cell phones of several government workers involved in the chats. many of the governor's aides have already resigned due to the fallout from the scandal. and puerto rico's next governor is expected to be justice secretary wanda vasquez. normally it would be the secretary of state, but he's among the many officials to resign amid the so-called chatgate scandal. >> and the mayor of san juan released a statement moments ago saying she's prouder than ever and puerto ricans have shown the world that there is nothing that a people united cannot accomplish. moving on to our other big story this morning, reaction to robert mueller's long awaited appearance on capitol hill making good on his promise to stick to his report. >> the former special counsel repeatedly offered up one-word answers denying both parties the
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sound bites they were looking for. he defended the investigation saying it was not a witch-hunt and mueller made it clear that he did not exonerate president trump. >> still, top democrats stopped short of calling for impeachment and the president took a victory lap. abc's trevor ault has the details from washington. good morning, trevor. >> reporter: good morning, kenneth. good morning, janai. now that robert mueller's long awaited testimony is in the books, both parties are focusing on how to move forward. the democrats are insisting they're going to stay the course, but republicans are saying now is the time to turn the page. following a marathon day of testimony from special counsel robert mueller, house speaker nancy pelosi calling wednesday a milestone. >> this is very serious. today was very important. >> reporter: but the speaker still not budging on impeachment for now. >> i think that if we go down that path, we should go in the strongest possible way, and that's all i'm going to say about the subject. >> reporter: the president with a much stronger reaction calling mueller's testimony a big day for the republican party and for
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him. >> what he showed more than anything else is that this whole thing has been three years of embarrassment and waste of time for our country. this was a very big day for the republican party, and you could say it was a great day for me but i don't even like to say that. >> reporter: over more than six hours in the hot seat, mueller largely referring to the specific wording of his report though on multiple occasions refuting some of the president's claims about the investigation. >> did you actually totally exonerate the president? >> no. >> well, your investigation is not a witch-hunt, is it? >> it is not a witch-hunt. >> would you agree that it was not a hoax, that the russians were engaged in trying to impact our election? >> absolutely it was not a hoax. >> reporter: democrats zeroed in on possible obstruction by the president including trump allegedly ordering his former white house counsel don mcgahn to fire mueller. >> your investigation actually found substantial evidence that mcgahn was ordered by the
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president to fire you, correct? >> yes. >> reporter: but republicans questioning mueller's credibility. >> it's starting to look like having desperately tried and failed to make a legal case against the president, you made a political case instead. >> i don't think you reviewed a report that is as thorough, as fair, as consistent as t front us. >> reporter: heading into robert mueller's testimony, 92 democrats had said it was time for impeachment proceedings against the president to begin, and after these hearings yesterday, no new democrats jumped on board. this was billed as potentially game-changing testimony, but one representative telling abc news that nothing has changed. janai, kenneth. >> and, trevor, the president hailing those republicans as warriors who defended the country. trevor, thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. and robert mueller delivered a dire russian warning about russian interference in our elections despite repeated denials from president trump. >> and mueller cautioned that other countries are developing the capability to meddle as well. he said it's ongoing and
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expressed fear that it may be the new normal. >> it wasn't a single attempt. they're doing it as we sit here, and they expect to do it during the next campaign. >> mueller also condemned the president's praise of wikileaks for releasing stolen democratic emails during the 2016 election. he is said to call it problematic as an understatement. now to another provocation from north korea firing two short-range missiles into the sea. these latest launches follow president trump's historic meeting with kim jong-un last month at the korean border where they agreed to resume nuclear talks. abc's martha raddatz has more on what's at stake. >> reporter: this missile traveled about 260 miles, which is similar to the two that the north launched last may. president trump downplayed the missile launches in may. in fact, on monday president trump boasted that there had been no missile or rocket testing and that his relationship with north korea is very good.
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but this launch could further complicate any new talks between kim and trump. >> north korea's desperately seeking relief from crippling sanctions. some say launching missiles may be kim's way of showing the u.s. what will happen if negotiations fail. breaking news this morning involving wealthy financier and convicted sex offender jeffrey epstein. there are multiple reports that he was found on the floor of his new york jail cell in a fetal position. an investigation is under way. he was reportedly found semi-conscious and had marks on his neck, and he's reportedly been placed on suicide watch. epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges and was denied bail last week. also breaking overnight, rapper a$ap rocky has been charged with assault in sweden. prosecutors say the entertainer and two other men with him during a street fight in stockholm will stay in jail until they're brought to trial. they've already spent 20 days behind bars, and that case has drawn the attention of fellow
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recording artists, even president donald trump. investigators say their decision is based on witness statements and video not available to the public. time now for a look at your weather this thursday morning. there are more than 100 active wildfires raging across the west and alaska burning more than 2 million acres. 11 states are reporting large active fires. arizona has the most with 11. forecasters are worried the flames will expand with soaring temperatures in the west. looking at today's high temperatures, it's in the 80s in new york and washington, d.c. 80s from seattle to los angeles and 107 in phoenix, but here in the northeast, looking pretty nice. coming up, the major food chain joining the meatless craze. also ahead, a new threat for notre dame months after the devastating fire. why the weather in paris could cause the cathedral to collapse.
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but first the haunting new hours before she went missing. what investigators are now
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breaking overnight, an attempt to make history over the english channel has fallen flat. a french inventor trying to make the first crossing by hoverboard crashed shortly after takeoff. he is okay this morning. it was the same device used this month during bastille ceremonies in france. we turn to new video of that ole miss student murdered in mississippi allegedly at the hands of a fellow college classmate. surveillance footage shows 21-year-old ally kostial leaving a bar the night she was last
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seen. her body was found the next day near a lake shot multiple times. police have charged 22-year-old brandon theesfeld with her murder. overseas the death toll is climbing from that tainted alcohol scare in costa rica. 20 people have died from drinking alcohol contaminated with methanol. 18 of those victims were costa rican. none have been identified as americans. the government has confiscated about 30,000 bottles of alcohol suspected to be poison, and people have been warned to avoid several brands of liquor. a heat wave is threatening notre dame cathedral in paris. there are fears that soaring temperatures could cause the fire ravaged ceiling to collapse. so far there are no signs of deterioration, but the cathedral's chief architect is worried that the waterlogged stones will dry too fast in the heat and fall apart. the centuries old cathedral was nearly destroyed by a fire in april. the meatless craze is coming to dunkin formerly known as dunkin donuts. the chain is adding vegan sausages to its breakfast menu in manhattan before taking them nationwide. the offering will come from the
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company beyond meat whose ceo says plans are in the works for plant-based bacon and steak. more than a dozen restaurant chains have added meatless products in the past two years. >> can i get an amen? >> i'm so glad there's something for you. >> yes, yes. >> but keep the meat. coming up, the in-n-out burger mystery finally solved. also a toddler hops on a conveyer belt and goes for a wild ride. how it happened and what his mother is saying this morning. and forget silver and gold, the 2020 olympic medals are unveiled. wait until you hear what they're actually made of.
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okay. now to a toddler's wild ride at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson international airport. >> surveillance video shows the 2-year-old being swept away on a baggage conveyer belt. his mom says she was trying to get her ticket when he snuck past the counter and hopped onto the carousel. here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: a georgia toddler is recovering this morning after a shocking incident earlier this week in the atlanta airport. watch closely as this 2-year-old clients onto the baggage belt and disappears in an instant. his mother who set him down to print a ticket realizes what's happened and alerts an airline employee who promptly stops that moving belt. >> i just went blank. i wanted to jump in and try to go get him but didn't allow him. >> reporter: lorenzo's ride continues to the back. the toddler caught up with all the other bags where he enters and passes through an x-ray machine. >> i was just freaking out and i'm like, oh, my goodness, i hope he's okay. i hope he's just enjoying the ride. >> reporter: his horrifying
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travels then send him into a massive bag room where workers quickly discover him riding down the belt and rush to his rescue. >> probably 2 to 3-year-old male. he had lacerations to his arms from coming down the carousel. >> reporter: a tsa spokesperson tells abc news they will participate and assist with the broader investigation into the incident and spirit airlines says the boy passed by a section of our ticket counter that was not staffed or open at the time. but they are currently working with tsa and airport officials to ensure all protocol was followed. linsey davis, abc news, new york. now to a medical alert about breast implants. allergan has issued a worldwide recall of its texture implants because of a possible link to a rare cancer. there are 573 cases of large cell lymphoma. the allergan implants are linked to most of those cases including 12 deaths. the fda says women who are symptom-free do not need to have
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the implants removed. a suspected sexual predator found out the hard way he targeted the wrong woman. the single mom was on a jog when the man exposed himself and tried to grab her. that's when she went after him and pinned him to the ground. little did he know his would-be victim was a former israeli soldier. >> was not his lucky day because i decidesed it's just not going to happen and i decided to chase him down. i told him i'm going to get him so i'm going to get you, darling. >> good for her. i think she put the fear of god in the guy. >> the woman says she wasn't thinking. she just reacted. she's frustrated because no one stepped in to help her so the man eventually got away. american olympic swimmer champion michael phelps has seen one of his long-standing world records broken. an 18-year-old from hungary wiped out phelps' mark in the 200-meter butterfly at the world championships in south korea. he finished in just under 1:51 knocking nearly a full second off phelps' record that he set back in 2009.
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how is this for getting in the spirit for this morning's "the pulse." we begin with christmas coming early to the white house. >> first lady melania trump is planning for the holiday season and tweeted pictures for the early preparation as robert mueller testified on capitol hill. >> that tweet included the message, christmas planning has begun in the east wing at the white house. i'm looking forward to sharing our final vision for this unique tradition in the coming months. six months to go. >> 153 days to be exact. >> there you go. so the christmas season has been called the most wonderful time of the year. >> but the most stressful time is coming up for moms and dads. a new survey finds six out of ten parents think back-to-school season is the worst. >> the worst. >> top worries include whether their child will have good teachers, if their child is eating healthy food at school and if the cost -- and the cost of school supplies. >> so get out those school supply lists and start going do you know as get everything,
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. making news right now at 4:27, an incredible seen in san francisco after a car hit a fire hydrant, that vehicle nearly split in half. in the north bay a shocking case of an plal cruelty, horses found abandoned inside a sweltering trailer with no food or water. the governor of puerto rico announces his resignation. this is ten days after a scandal involving profane and homophobic text messages. >> good morning. it's thursday, july 25th. francis is here with traffic. >> and meteorologist mike nicco has a look at the forecast. >> milder than yesterday morning. look at all those 60s outside the north bay. close in san francisco at 59. half moon bay is one of the cool
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spots at 50. near 70 in brentwood and livermore and 66 in san jose, oakland, fremont, palo olto 61. we'll end up slightly -- i hait to use the word cooler. how about not as hot. reaching 70 around san francisco. you can see the upper 80s to low 80s in the south bay and north bay low to mid 90s. temporary reprieve from the 100s, but they're coming back. here is francis. >> we're starting off with slow traffic early this morning on westbound 80 as you make your way through richmond because of road work. here is a live look at westbound 80 for headlights moving through emeryville. the rest of the ride is looking good heading the the bay bridge. heading across the san mateo bridge, no problems in both direction, but there was a problem westbound 92 at industrial. we could see slowing there. right now it is looking pretty good. we'll check the drive times of
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that westbound 80 ride if my ew this morning, a violent car crash in san francisco's bayview district. it left a car cut in half. see that video? the car's engine compartment snapped away from the rest of the vehicle. the crash happened at third street and carroll avenue. three people taken to sf general with major injuries. the crash also sheared off a fire hydrant. as part of our effort to build a better bay area, we're tracking the progress on b.a.r.t. issues and big issues include bathrooms, homeless outreach and the new fair gates. >> abc 7 amy hollyfield is live at the dublin/pleasanton station. >> reporter: it's going to be a busy meeting. the first issue is one that's riders will face when they get to san francisco. that is the issue of the elevators there. homeless people have a habit of using them as bathrooms.
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it was creating quite a disgusting problem. they hired people to patrol the elevators. it's working so well, they want to add more. today they'll discuss adding them to the montgomery and embarcadero stations. another step to tackle, the board will talk about adding a homeless outreach team to the stations out here in alameda county. finally, the board will discuss the fare gates. these are to try to keep people from jumping the gate to keep b.a.r.t. from losing money from people who don't pay their fares. people have complained. they have made fun of them, not been received well. they will be taking on the issue of those fare gates today. a lot to keep an eye on. that meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. in oakland if you're interested. live in dublin, amy hollyfield, abc 7 news. >> having problems


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