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the east canyon fire in southern colorado is 0% contained with a red flag warning for critical fire conditions. it's burned 2,800 acres and firefighters are trying to keep it from spreading south. it was sparked by lightning. we turn, now, to a new development in the investigation into the helicopter crash in calabasas, california, back in january that killed kobe bryant. >> a new report is shedding new light on the events leading up to that deadly crash. here's abc's adrienne bankert. >> reporter: the new report on the crash that killed kobe bryant, his 13-year-old daughter gianna, and seven others, including their pilot, who in their final moments told air traffic control they were climbing to 4,000 feet. but in reality, they were falling, according to the ntsb, evidence that the veteran pilot may have been disoriented in the fog. this and other details part of more than 1,000 pages of communications now made public, including text messages sent
from the pilot, zobayan, one of bryant's preferred pilots. those who flew for the nba champion had to be thoroughly vetted and on an approved list of pilots and the aircraft was required to be a dual-engine helicopter. leading to up to the flight, employees and kobe's driver talked about weather and logistics. the night before the crew asks, does weather look okay tomorrow? the pilot says, just checked, not the best day tomorrow but it is not as bad as today. crews asking again the morning of the crash, how is weather looking for a 9:00 a.m. departure? the pilot saying, should be okay. with crew chiming in, i agree. the helicopter wheels up six minutes past the hour. less than 30 minutes later, kobe bryant's driver says, just started raining lightly here. 15 minutes later at 9:48 a.m. the crew asks, did they land? their driver responding, not yet. just minutes before that text exchange, the helicopter had already crashed. investigators have yet to determine an official cause. adrienne bankert, abc news, new
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♪ across the country the debate is growing over the removal of confederate monuments. >> there are roughly 780 confederate monuments in public spaces across the u.s. but across the south, emotions are raw on both sides about how to handle them. here's abc's will carr. >> reporter: across the south, many confederate monuments were erected first during the jim crow era, then when the kkk flourished. critics say they were meant to intimidate. supporters believe they were built to remember. >> i do believe that those monuments were put up in good faith by people who wanted to honor what they perceived to be the sacrifice of their own flesh and blood. >> reporter: chris roberts, like many others in the south, isn't shy about his confederate pride.
he's holding the state flag of mississippi, the only state flag in the united states that still incorporates the confederate battle flag. >> i still think that this should be our state flag. i don't think it should be offensive. >> reporter: the gulfport city leaders and some residents disagree. >> that flag is recognized as hatred and racism, and it needs to be taken down, put in a museum, like a lot of other older artifacts. >> reporter: on tuesday the gulfport city council voted to take down the mississippi flag and replace it with a neutral magnolia flag. >> it sounds like you have your beliefs but you also have an open mind and are willing to have a conversation. >> i realize that -- yes, and i -- part of the conversation is that we would like the true history of the south, and frankly of the confederacy, to
be known and to be explored. >> reporter: supporters like him believe the legacy of the confederacy is being turned into one based on hate and racism, even though the facts are clear that the confederacy fought in large part to keep slavery. >> if we can't agree, at some point in the democratic process, if we're going to change things, let's do it, but do it in an orderly fashion, we can do it without mob violence, we can do it without disrespecting one another. >> reporter: avery sullivan says he's fine with the monument. >> it is just a part of our history, so it really doesn't bother me that much, you know. it's not about that, it's about the people. >> reporter: it's a debate striking cities across the country. in mobile, alabama, city leaders ignored state law when they decided to take down a statue of a confederate naval officer,
sparking anger from the members of the sons of confederate veterans, a nonprofit made up of descendents of confederate soldiers, including arnold, a veteran himself, who didn't want to give his last name. >> if you would speak to veterans of different wars, not that they would have the same political or social views or opinions, but most of us, i do believe -- i'm not speaking for anyone but myself -- but i believe most of us respect the dignity and honor of the other servers. >> when you hear people say the civil war is linked to hate, linked to slavery, linked to oppression, you think what? >> well, there wasn't a civil war. the war between the states is two democratic republics. one primarily industrial in its economic interests, one primarily agrarian in its economic interests. >> when you hear people say that's linked to hate -- >> why is the soil and the climate linked to hate? the northern union practiced slavery throughout the war. >> i understand the problems with glorifying the civil war.
i don't want to do that. but it's part of our history. i think it should be recognized along with other parts of our history and make it even more of an attraction for people. >> let's look at that history, right? it's ugly. it's very ugly. it's state violence. it's intimidation. it's denial of political power to people across race. >> reporter: now some are taking history into their own hands. remember that bust of john mcdonough that sank to the bottom of the mississippi? that statue was later fished out by a separate group of white men with "god bless america" playing in the background. it's unclear where the statue is. >> our thanks to will. i'm from the deep south, so i'll spare you giving my opinion or thoughts on this. i'll give you the facts. just yesterday people commemorated, five years ago, a gunman walked into a charleston church in a fuel-raged racist hate and killed nine people. and within the days following, the confederate flag was taken off the state grounds in south carolina and it's currently in a
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put your skin in the game. with a razor that puts your skin first. ♪ all right, here we go. "wait, what?" are you ready? >> wait, what? >> there it is, okay. so we know that the stands are going to be empty for these sporting events, especially when they start back up. they've already started up in some countries. fans aren't sure about the fake crowd noise that's being pumped out. right here for the aston villa and sheffield united soccer fans there. you can hear, like take a listen for a second. yep, no one's in the stands but they got that little roar there. >> that doesn't bother me at all. >> it doesn't?
>> if it was totally silent, it would be awkward to watch, don't you think? >> fake crowd noise. so essentially it's fake news. it's fake news. >> just like in comedies, canned laughter. >> yeah, that's true. >> right? >> is those laugh tracks. can we get a laugh track here at "world news now," everyone? because sometimes -- can you believe people on twitter say i'm not funny sometimes? >> who would say that. wait, what? >> ha, ha, ha, fake laugh. how about this one? flushing the toilet can apparently spray the coronavirus all over the place. >> that's just disgusting. >> wait, what? can spray a lot of things. researchers in china have used a computer simulation to show how flushing a toilet can spew -- i love that word, spew -- a plume of virus-laden aerosol droplets as high as three -- that's a lot -- >> three feet high so basically get out of the way. run when you flush that toilet. >> so are you going to do anything different with the kids when they're like, you know, go to the bathroom, tell them maybe to close -- >> close the lid, that's a good
idea, right? >> yeah, that's a good one. also, we got a missing dog reunited with the owner five months after disappearing. >> man just got a puppy. >> give me the wait, what? >> wait, what? that puppy, i believe, was microchiped. look at that dog, he's so tiny. our puppy's not yet microchiped and every time the door opens it's a freak-out. just in case little copper runs away, he's not microchiped yet. >> he's not? got to get him chipped, right? >> waiting to get him neutered. >> this one right here, so lucky to be found. i don't know what this dog was doing for five months. >> 35 miles away. >> but it made it home. >> yay. how about this missing wallaby, also returning, speaking of these animals showing back up. this one, missing wallaby resurfacing weeks later in colorado city. everybody's got pet wallabies. we had a pet wallaby story earlier this week. >> kangaroo sighting in aurora
this morning on "world news now," atlanta police officers calling out sick overnight. >> that follows murder charges being filed against the officer who shot rayshard brooks. the new details from the scene that night. his widow reacting in tears. plus the newly released interview of rayshard brooks talking about the struggles of life after jail. also breaking overnight, president trump is reacting to the allegations in a new book by former national security adviser john bolton. in it bolton says russia's vladimir putin plays trump, quote, like a fiddle. as cases of the coronavirus rise, more states allow cities to make masks mandatory. and nurses arrive from out of state to help one of the newest hot spots. the teenage siblings who went snorkeling and came face to face with a shark.
it's thursday, june 18th. they lived to tell the tale. and to tell it to you in person. andrea fujii is back here on "world news now." welcome back, friend, how's it going? >> thank you, i got the slow clap again. >> yes, yes. we've been seeing you reporting. everyone wants to know about your decor. you're reporting from home. the curtains look good. everything looks so good. >> everybody thinks it's my living room but it's actually my bedroom. >> it's your bedroom? >> it's where my voice does not reverberate to wake up the rest of the family, that's the key. if you have the random kids coming in when you're doing a live shot? >> if the camera goes a little bit to the -- >> to the left, you see my unmade bed. >> it's good to have you here in studio instead of at home. i'm pretty sure we're still
socially distant. >> thanks for having me. we begin with breaking news out of atlanta following the announcement of murder charges in the fatal police shooting of rayshard brooks. >> an unusually high number of officers in the city have been calling out sick, apparently in protest of the 11 charges filed against garrett rolfe who was fired from the force, and the lesser charges against the officer who was at the scene of the shooting. >> protesters cheered when they heard about the charges as they gathered outside the burned-out wendy's restaurant where brooks was killed. abc's steve osunsami has more. >> reporter: it's what the streets wanted. a murder charge in atlanta for the officer seen here shooting rayshard brooks in the parking lot of this wendy's restaurant last friday night. >> the first charge is felony murder. >> reporter: garrett rolfe, who lost his job a day later, accused of felony murder and ten other charges that could cost him his life if he's convicted. officer devin brosnan, who was first to arrive on the scene, charged with aggravated assault. the county prosecutor, who made the decisions, said these photos steered his thinking. pictures of former officer rolfe kicking brooks as he's dying.
pictures of officer brosnan standing on the shoulder of the man. >> officer rolfe actually kicked mr. brooks while he laid on the ground, while he was there fighting for his life. >> reporter: it all began with a call that brooks was asleep at the wheel in the drive-thru of the restaurant. officer brosnan gets there first. >> hey. sir. what's up, man? hey, your parked in the drive-thru right now. hey, sir. all right, you good? >> yeah. >> reporter: brooks wakes up and moves the car into a parking space. officer rolfe arrives, and this is now an alleged dui. >> mr. brooks, will you take a preliminary breath test for me, yes or no? >> i don't want to refuse anything. >> it's yes or no. it's completely up to you. >> reporter: when brooks refuses arrest, it gets physical, you see him wrestle a taser from one of the two officers. it's when he's seen here,
reaching back with the stun gun and pointing it at the officer, when officer rolfe fires. in a statement, rolfe's lawyer says his client heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. fearing for his safety and the safety of the civilians around him, officer rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of mr. brooks that presented to him, mr. brooks' back. >> do we care about the protesters and solve the issues they have? or just care about using sacrificial lambs to act like we're doing something? >> reporter: the prosecutor says there's a lot more to the story, that brooks was 18 feet away when the first shot was fired, that the taser brooks wrestled away had fired all its rounds, and that rolfe yelled "i got him" after firing the deadly shots. brooks' family says this was the starting point of justice. >> i was very hurt. i didn't imagine being there, because i don't know what i would have done if i would have seen that for myself.
but i felt everything that he felt just by hearing what he went through. and it hurt. it hurt really bad. >> yes, we appreciate and we commend the d.a.'s office for charging these officers appropriately. but that's just step one. >> reporter: the district attorney says that the first officer who arrived on the scene has agreed to turn state's witness, but that officer's lawyer says that's not true, that he has not agreed to testify, he has not agreed to plead guilty, and didn't even pull out his gun to use it. the family of mr. brooks, they are planning a funeral. steve osunsami, abc news, atlanta. >> steve, thank you. we're now hearing rayshard brooks in his own words. just a few months ago, he talked about life after serving time in jail. brooks opened up about the impact on his family and how he wanted a better life. he also took responsibility as he talked about owning and learning from his mistakes. >> you do some things that's
wrong, you pay your debts to society. and that's the bottom line. and you know, i just feel like -- some of the system could, you know, look at us as individuals. we do have lives, you know, where -- it's a mistake we made, you know. and, you know, not -- not just do us as if we are animals. >> brooks was interviewed by a company called reconnect which focuses on criminal justice reform. we'll have more in our next half hour. senate republicans have unveiled a policing reform package sparked by the death of george floyd and other african-americans at the hands of police. the bill, called "the justice act," was introduced by senator tim scott, the only black republican in the senate. it calls for de-escalation training, a national database to track police misconduct, and restricts the use of chokeholds. democrats who introduced a more sweeping bill call the gop legislation inadequate. president trump is slamming former national security adviser
john bolton after suing to block his tell-all book. on twitter overnight, the president called bolton a, quote, wacko and says his book is made up of lies and fake stories. bolton's book paints trump as ignorant of basic facts and easily manipulated by foreign adversaries like vladimir putin. bolton offered up more details in an exclusive interview with abc's martha raddatz. >> how would you describe trump's relationship with vladimir putin? >> i think putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle. i think putin is smart, tough. he plays a bad hand extremely well. i think he sees that he's not faced with a serious adversary here. and he works on him, and he works on him, and he works on him. i don't think he's worried about donald trump. >> bolton also calls the president erratic, irrational,
foolish, and stunningly uninformed, believing finland was part of russia, and unaware britain is a nuclear power. martha's full interview with john bolton airs this sunday night right here on abc. now to the coronavirus. nine states across the south and west hit new highs on tuesday. one of those states is arizona, which is changing its guidance on wearing masks. the governor has given local governments authority to require residents to wear masks in public. several nurses from colorado are now in arizona to help treat virus patients. more are expected in the coming days. on the positive side, new york city is expected to move into its second phase of reopening on monday. that means bars and restaurants can offer outdoor dining and stores would be allowed to welcome customers inside. also governor andrew cuomo says his final daily virus briefing will be tomorrow. with more, here's abc's victor oquendo. >> reporter: florida setting record highs of new cases two days in a row. crowded beaches in jacksonville. many people not wearing masks, which are not required. the governor blaming the rise of cases on increased testing, but dr. aileen marty of florida
international university disagrees. >> the bottom line is we're seeing more hospitalizations and that's not from increased testing, that's from real people who are needing hospital care. >> reporter: tulsa, oklahoma, setting a daily record for new cases as the city prepares for the president's first rally since the pandemic hit. people are already lining up outside. tulsa's mayor saying any rational person would have concerns about the rally. one local health official thinks it should be postponed. >> so many people are over covid, but covid is not over. >> reporter: the governor insisting the rally will go on safely. the president's campaign says masks are recommended but not required, asking attendees to sign a waiver clearing the campaign of responsibility if someone gets sick. presidential hopeful joe biden blasting trump's coronavirus response. >> instead of leading the charge to defeat the virus, he just basically waved a white flag and has retreated. >> reporter: new cases on the rise in 20 states plus puerto
rico, and 15 states are reporting increased hospitalizations. alarming new statistics. the cdc says hispanic americans could make up one-third of all cases, despite being 18% of the population. african-americans are more than four times more likely to be hospitalized with coronavirus than white people. the world health organization says that commonly used steroid that's helping treat patients in the uk should not be used to prevent covid-19 or on mild cases, but it is showing promise on the most severe patients. >> victor, thank you. russia is going to new lengths to protect president vladimir putin from the coronavirus. >> a spokesperson confirms special tunnels have been installed in putin's residence and two more in the kremlin. visitors go through tunnels where they are disinfected with aerosol before seeing the russian leader. >> the tunnels were installed at the height of the outbreak. putin said last month the worst of the crisis has passed. some experts question the government's numbers. not bad with the tunnels. line them up, make them go
through there. >> i would take a tunnel in my house any day. >> this is before the pandemic, right? just to spray down the kids. >> any day, exactly, with aerosol. right now their government in russia is saying on wednesday that they have less than 8,000 cases, the lowest daily number since april. but of course those numbers could be questioned by some. >> exactly. coming up, a rare bear attack in southern california. plus the star of "that '70s show," danny masterson, now charged with three counts of rape. when those assaults allegedly occurred and what his lawyer is now saying. later, the skyrocketing number of calls to police across the country over illegal fireworks.
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officials say this bridge is so unsafe, even boaters should stay away from it. it carries u.s. 1 across a river near stuart, florida. a piece of concrete fell from it this week and cracks were discovered. the bridge is now shut down, causing a commuter nightmare. the coast guard also has issued a warning for boaters. actor danny masterson has been charged with three counts
of rape that allegedly occurred while he starred in "that '70s show." his attorney says he is innocent of the sexual assaults between 2001 and 2003. he was released from jail in los angeles after posting more than $3 million bail. masterson, a scientologist, has blamed the accusations on an anti-scientology vendetta. he was fired from the netflix series "the ranch," when allegations were first made in 2017. a coroner says a heart condition appears to be to blame for the sudden death of a congressman's young wife. kentucky republican andy barr's wife, carol, was 39 when she collapsed at their home in lexington. she leaves behind two daughters, ages 7 and 9. barr was elected to congress in 2013. in southern california, wildlife officials are investigating a rare bear attack. a 19-year-old woman taking a nap in her backyard woke up to find the bear mauling her. >> the bear really viciously
started to scratch her and then started to bite into her. and the only thing she could do is to grab her laptop and start hitting the bear with it. that managed to break the bear loose. and she ran inside. >> that is slightly terrifying. attacks like that, though, are very rare. this attack happened in the city of sierra madre. investigators collected bear dna from the woman's wounds and are checking to see if it matches that of a bear trapped nearby. >> incredible. and very scary. just taking a nap, fell asleep. i was thinking about how -- i've fallen asleep, as well. she's got a laptop, falls asleep, wakes up, a bear's attacking her. >> just to put it in context, it's not like she was sleeping in beverly hills. she's at the base of the angeles national forest, sierra madre. close to the forest. >> glad she's safe. coming up next half hour, the changes to several of america's iconic brands. why the company behind aunt
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♪ a growing number of americans are setting off a record number of fireworks. >> and the sheer rise in numbers is setting off alarms among local officials from sea to shining sea. our own firecracker, will ganss, is here with more. hi, will. >> good morning, you guys. in boston in the month of may, calls to police about illegal fireworks were up 2,300% from what they were last year. in cities across america the problems getting even worse. even news crews like our own can't interview people without being interrupted by the booms. >> i actually posted -- you can hear it. they just go off now about this time, throughout the rest of the
night. >> you would think we're at war. >> reporter: a sparkly, shiny new problem exploding in communities across the country. in philly -- >> we're disrupted night after night after night with loud booms. >> reporter: in new york -- >> then you got these boom, boom, booms like at 12:00 at night. everyone i've talked to has just said, it has to stop. >> reporter: this tweet from tennessee. i know that's not fireworks i hear, we are not about to do that here in nashville. in boston, police recorded 1,445 fireworks complaints in the first week of june alone, compared with only 22 in the same week of last year. and in cali, the long beach police confiscating about 200 pounds of fireworks in just 1 day this week. why the boom in complaints? one theory is folks stuck at home are using their free time normally spent at restaurants or the movies, well, blowing stuff up. >> it's very -- like it's just annoying. >> reporter: and don't forget fourth of july falls on a saturday this year, so fireworks sales were already up.
>> consumer fireworks sales are going to, you know, really have a banner year. i think the general public, due to covid, is just itching to do something. >> reporter: in cities where setting off fireworks is illegal, it's more than just a nuisance. >> we have a dog who is terrorized every night. >> reporter: petrified pets, lost sleep, open fireworks in crowded communities cause injuries. two men in new york hospitalized just within the last 24 hours due to illegal firework activity. >> since we don't know why it's being done, how do we know when it might stop? >> if you've been hearing more fireworks in your neighborhood, you're not losing it. they're real and they're "sparktacular." many are hopeful that as quarantine restrictions ease, so will the nightly fireworks. firework sales drop off significantly after the fourth of july, which is only 15 days from right now, you guys. >> yeah, let's hope that things quiet down a little bit. it's been pretty loud out there. >> yes, it has.
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♪ time for "the mix." before we tell you about an old horny turtle -- that will make a lot of sense in a little bit. i couldn't think of other words besides horny turtle. so, you really want to stick around for that. we want to talk about what we started at the top of the show, that beautiful decor by andrea fujii that we see, there it is right there. we have to tell the people what we're talking about just in case they need a little reminder, there it is. >> two inches to the left, unmade bed. >> unmade bed. >> i got to make it now. >> it looks pretty good, my friend. i was telling her a little story about those curtains there, i do like them. i actually purchased them but i took them back because i wanted a different look. now i can tell people about the horny tortoise?
>> please. >> diego. he's going back home, y'all, after he -- after his work has been done. 800 offspring by diego right here. >> whoo, he's busy. >> he was busy. he had an unstoppable libido according to the words i got here on my page. he was headed back to his native island of hispaniola. it's all part of just helping save his species. he did his work, he's done, he can take a rest. >> he deserves it. >> he really does, a lot of work there. and two words i've never put together on the air. i'm not going to say it again. >> please don't. >> okay. >> it's etched in my memory forever. >> a little too much. let's talk about some really funny video, but i don't blame these two siblings when you see this video. a brother and sister, age 16 and 13. they were diving alongside their father in new south wales. and take a look at this. >> what? that's a shark. >> that's a shark. >> wow. >> but the 13-year-old is taking video of this, and you can hear her screaming.
>> oh, yeah, hear her. >> then the shark turns around. so apparently -- >> it worked. >> if you want to get a shark go away, you don't have to poke it in its eyes, just scream. she was taking video that whole time, isn't that amazing? >> the shark just wanted to play. >> they swam to shore safely, everybody's okay, that poor shark was scared out of its mind. this family also okay, they had a very funny overreaction to a drive-through zoo experience. i've seen this video, i was crying, i was laughing so hard. listen, look at them. this kid, he actually throws up. i know. he's trying to hold it in. hopefully we'll not show you that. at one of those petting zoos, you drive up. they are having a fit. >> what kind of animal is that? >> i don't know, but they didn't like it. >> oh, it's in the window. >> it is in the window. yeah, they're okay, hopefully. and how about this alpaca there running alongside a vehicle, a police car in australia. the alpaca says, i want to help
but we're going through a challenging time right now. and while we may not all be able to come together in the same physical ways, in other ways, we're coming together like never before. because that's what "whatever it takes to build great futures" means. it means providing a safe place to go for children whose parents are on the front lines battling the virus. it means providing millions of meals for kids who previously relied on their school or a meal program which are now shut down. and it's about harnessing the power of technology to keep kids moving forward with their education. so yeah. "whatever it takes to build great futures" may mean something different right now. but whatever it is, that's exactly what we're going to keep doing.
this morning on "world news now," president trump went after john bolton on twitter overnight as details surfaced from bolton's new book. the former national security adviser levels explosive allegations, calling the president erratic, irrational, and foolish. also overnight, an interview of rayshard brooks from just last month before his shooting death by an atlanta police officer, as that officer faces murder charges. frequent flyers. this could be the future of economy class, double-decker seating. and who just got tapped to play princess diana? >> but already twitter critics are blasting the casting. who it is later this half hour in "the skinny." it's thursday, june 18th.
no twitter critics here because we've got andrea fujii in the house. are you playing princess di? >> definitely not. don't want those trolls on twitter getting to me. >> we don't have any twitter trolls who tweet #abcwnn, do we? >> i'm scared of those. >> we love you guys. >> we begin with john bolton's bombshell book drawing the wrath of president trump. >> the president fired back at his former national security adviser overnight, telling "the wall street journal" that bolton is a liar, and saying on twitter that he was disgruntled and that his book is full of lies. the administration is suing to stop the book, which depicts a woefully ignorant president obsessed with re-election. abc's martha raddatz sat down with bolton for an exclusive interview. >> reporter: the accusations are explosive. john bolton, at the president's side for some of our country's most vital national security
decisions, calling trump erratic, irrational, foolish, and stunningly uninformed. believing finland was part of russia. unaware britain is a nuclear power. and, said bolton, trump was not always truthful. is the president lying? >> yes, he is, and it's not the first time either. >> reporter: bolton also saying the president was marked by foreign leaders, from north korea's kim jong-un, to russia's vladimir putin. bolton telling us in an exclusive interview, the russian leader, like others, was eager to meet trump alone, without advisers, so he could flatter and manipulate. >> how would you describe trump's relationship with vladimir putin? >> i think putin thinks he can play him like a fiddle. i think putin is smart, tough. i think he sees that he's not faced with a serious adversary here. i don't think he's worried about donald trump. >> donald trump, as we say, sees
himself as a dealmaker. what happened to the dealmaker in those situations? >> well, the president may well be a superb dealmaker when it comes to manhattan real estate. dealing with arms limitation treaties on strategic weapons, dealing in many, many other international security issues are things far removed from his life experience. when you're dealing with somebody like putin, who has made his life understanding russia's strategic position in the world, against donald trump, who doesn't enjoy reading about these issues or learning about them, it's a very difficult position for america to be in. >> reporter: bolton was criticized for not testifying during the president's impeachment last year, saying now, it was because the focus was too narrow and politicized, and that congress should have investigated trump for additional possible impeachable offenses, charging that trump attempted to intervene in criminal probes with foreign adversaries as personal favors
to dictators he liked. in his new book, out june 23rd, and in our interview, bolton also says he heard firsthand from trump that security aid to ukraine was directly tied to his requests that joe biden and others be investigated by the ukrainian president, which bolton says he himself found deeply disturbing. bolton saying he was alarmed at what he described as obstruction of justice as a way of life, adding that foremost on trump's mind at all times was re-election. "i am hard-pressed to identify any significant trump decision during my tenure that wasn't driven by re-election calculations." one example, says bolton, the president asking china's president xi to buy soybeans and wheat to help win the support of farmers, quote, pleading with xi to ensure he'd win.
bolton makes the point several times he did not like the way the democrats were running the hearings, which is why he said he did not testify. and he didn't think his testimony would make a difference. that is something i pressed him on repeatedly in our interview. martha raddatz, abc news, washington. >> martha's full interview with john bolton airs this sunday night at 9:00, 8:00 central, here on abc. now, to the murder charges against the atlanta police officer who shot and killed rayshard brooks. >> as a number of officers call out sick across the city, we're hearing what brooks had to say just a few months before his death about the impact of serving time. more from abc's megan tevrizian. >> reporter: this morning, new video of rayshard brooks months before he was shot by atlanta police. >> i'm rayshard brooks, 27 years of age, have three kids. you know, i'm happily married. >> reporter: in this interview from february with reconnect, a
tech startup focused on criminal justice reform, brooks talks about being trapped in the probation system. >> i just feel like some of the system could, you know, look at us as individuals. we do have lives, you know. it's just a mistake we made. >> why did the guy run in the first place? he was on probation. and our probation system is so punitive that anybody with any contact with a police officer at all is going to go back to prison. >> reporter: wednesday, prosecutors announced the two officers are being charged in brooks' death. former officer garrett rolfe faces 11 charges, including felony murder, which carries a possible life sentence or the death penalty. police body and dash cam footage shows brooks refusing arrest after police say he failed a sobriety test. brooks taking one of the officers' tasers, reaching back and pointing the taser at the officer when rolfe fires. >> the city of atlanta says you cannot even fire a taser at
someone who's running away, so you certainly can't fire a gun, a handgun, at someone who is running away. >> reporter: in a statement, rolfe's lawyer says his client heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. fearing for his safety and the safety of the civilians around him, officer rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of mr. brooks that presented to him, mr. brooks' back. the other officer, brosnan, is charged with aggravated assault even though his attorney says he didn't pull out a gun. they show rolfe kicking the man while he's dying. brosnan's attorney calls the charges irrational and disputing the district attorney's claim that brosnan has agreed to testify against rolfe. meanwhile, other atlanta police officers are now calling out sick in protest. atlanta police telling abc news overnight the department is experiencing a higher than usual number of call-outs with the incoming shift. the mayor overnight acknowledging morale among officers is down ten-fold, but calling on officers to keep their commitment to the community.
in the meantime, brooks' family says the charges announced wednesday are a good starting point on the path to justice. >> this isn't like a celebration or a victory lap of watching these officers get charged. nobody's happy, nobody's celebrating. because this never should have happened. >> reporter: the d.a. says his office interviewed ten witnesses and watched eight videos of the rayshard brooks shooting, including surveillance, body camera, and cell phone video. kenneth? andrea? >> megan, thank you. arizona and texas are seeing a record number of new cases of the coronavirus, so they are starting to allow local governments to require face
masks in public. and some of the president's supporters are already lined up for his saturday rally in tulsa. the city's mayor says any rational person would have concerned about attending because tulsa is seeing record case increases. in an interview, the president called those increases a little spike. an airplane seat designer is hoping to create something unique to help flyers rest easy from coronavirus fears. >> zephyr aerospace is proposing double-decker seats for premium economy airline passengers, take a look at that. some travelers would lie flat while maintaining a safe distance from others on the plane. with many planes offering ample space for first class and business class travelers, the designer is hoping this would be a cost alternative. it doesn't look that bad, especially if you get to lie down, rest, take a nap. >> the problem is there is only one ladder, it looks like, so what if you're on the bed closest to the window? you just climb over the guy who's sleeping? excuse me.
>> take the ladder down as people board to get up there? >> a lot of questions. >> there are. this could be the future. we already know, first and business class, they get all the perks up there. but i heard yesterday that they're banning alcohol, too, because of coronavirus on these flights. >> that wouldn't be a bad idea. >> i think i'll take the alcohol over the seating arrangement. >> vice versa for me. coming up, new details about ruth bader ginsburg's famous workouts. first, the changes coming to some of america's most iconic food brands. aunt jemima, uncle ben's, and mrs. butterworth's over racial stereotypes. and the steamy soap opera sex scenes in the age of social distancing. y'all are really going to want to hear this one, i can't believe it, when i heard what they're doing. >> it's crazy. >> it is.
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a red-tailed hawk is recovering in suburban new york city after being rescued. two police officers found the bird stuck in the front bumper of a parked pickup truck. the young hawk is now at a wildlife center. several well-known brands that have been american homes for decades are getting a makeover. that's because of the characters on the packaging. >> for generations, frosty mornings have seemed warmer with stacks of aunt jemima buckwheats. >> reporter: this morning, a sign of the times. after 131 years, the company behind aunt jemima is retiring the brand and the image, acknowledging its origins are based on a racial stereotype. >> men, ask for aunt jemima buckwheat pancakes. mm, my, they're good! >> reporter: the name and smile originally based on a minstrel character in the antebellum south portraying a mammie, a
stereotype of a black woman happy to serve her white masters. >> it took people's deaths for this company to take a hard look at what was in front of them. >> reporter: the change coming after the national protests. and after singer kirby posted this video, now going viral, entitled, how to make a nonracist breakfast. >> not today. black lives matter, people. even over breakfast. >> reporter: pepsico saying its decision to retire the brand is an effort to make progress toward racial equality. and this morning, more brands facing scrutiny. mars, the maker of uncle ben's, saying now is the right time to evolve the uncle ben's brand. it's not elaborating on how it will evolve, only saying the company is listening to consumers. conagra also saying it will review mrs. butterworth's, adding the brand is meant to evoke the image of a loving grandmother. advocates of social justice saying these are small steps.
>> it has to be more than a trend. what is radical to me is seeing a black woman as the face of apple or ibm. not a diversity commercial or just kind of a one-off. >> as for aunt jemima, the company says its overhauled pancake mix and syrup will hit stores later this year. the company will announce a new name at a later date. >> i saw some people upset about this online, because unfortunately i read the comments. the products that are in the packaging, the bottles, will be the same, correct? >> i think so, yes. it's just the name. and the branding. yeah. because it's delicious. i hope they don't change it. when we come back, "the skinny" is next, stay with us.
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>> britain's prince charles revealed back in march he was battling coronavirus. now the 71-year-old heir to the throne is telling health officials he still has not fully regained his senses of taste and smell. >> the bbc is reporting the prince made that revelation during a visit to the hospital with his wife camilla. by the way, she self-isolated with charles but tested negative for covid-19. i feel like obviously a lot of serious symptoms when it comes to covid-19. that taste and smell one definitely gets me. i'm like, people can't -- >> that would be terrible. >> yeah, definitely. and meanwhile, twitter has been having a meltdown, y'all, a whole meltdown over who has been selected to play charles' first wife, princess di. >> get this, "twilight" star kristen stewart has been cast as the people's princess in an upcoming movie that will depict their troubled marriage. "deadline" reports the movie
"spencer" will dramatize a critical weekend in the 1990s when diana decided her marriage to charles wasn't working. >> twitter is having none of stewart, even though she's got the blond hair. users screaming things like, couldn't you have found a british actress? and they don't even look alike. >> production is expected to begin next year. what do you think about all that? >> people obviously have a lot of opinions. the call-out culture is there. i think we saw this with -- remember when they had the garfield actor guy playing spider-man, oh why, he's british, he can't play spider-man. >> she's a great actress, i just only think of her as "twilight," she's type cast, unfortunately. >> yeah. so maybe she will surprise us all. let's give her a chance, folks. next to hollywood entering a new social distancing era in terms of those steamy sex scenes. >> the soap opera, "the bold and the beautiful," is going to start using blow-up dolls. >> that is bold. >> the executive producer says
they're dusting off the dolls and dolling them up with fresh wigs and makeup. >> because they had old dolls just lying around. wait, there's more. for those intimate scenes in which plastic people will simply not do, bell says they will use the actors' spouses, provided they test negative for covid-19. "the bold and the beautiful" is the first u.s. television series to get back to work following the three-month shutdown. the cast and crew will reportedly be tested daily. >> "the bold and the plastic." >> here's a novel idea, maybe just don't have the sex scenes for a little while. >> no, you need that, it's the soaps. >> you? but with blow-up dolls? >> the soap opera fans, they are a -- a very dedicated and loyal bunch. >> a unique crowd? >> yes. so they want those steamy -- if they see one little fake little blow-up doll, they're not going to be happy. >> maybe more people will tune in, actually. >> we'll see. next, just three days away
from father's day. we're hearing from one group of kids about their very special dad loved by tv audiences for decades. >> matthew, emily, and nicky trebek. recognize that last name? they've posted an online article about their famous father, alex trebek, offering a rare glimpse inside the "jeopardy!" host's private life. >> the three were asked about what they most admired about their father. and as you can guess, they weren't at a loss for words, including meticulous, determined, persistent. >> he also made them answer everything in a answer form. and finally, a look at what keeps the notorious rbg in fighting condition. >> the personal train tore ruth bader ginsburg started training her 20 years ago when she was just 66. >> he's helped her build up her strength and help her recover from four bouts of cancer with scouts, pushups, planks, lat pull-downs, seated and standing rows and more. >> he and the 87-year-old ginsburg typically work out twice a week, doing one hour of
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♪ i'm being hunted as prey my people don't want no trouble ♪ ♪ i just want to live, god 12-year-old rising gospel singer keedron bryant whose powerful anthem "i just wanna live" who went viral last month is now set to release the song as his first official single. the young florida native began singing at 5 years old. his new single which was written by his mother, johnnetta bryant, will be released under the warner records label. powerful. turning to another powerful voice that was given a surprise helping harmony. >> a graduating college senior was about to sing the national anthem when something truly amazing happened. here's abc's david muir.
♪ o say can you see >> reporter: madison holberg was preparing to sing the national anthem for her virtual commencement at portland state university when a man walking by heard her warming up and signaled to the crew he'd like to join her. and so he did. ♪ and the rockets' red glare the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ >> reporter: madison telling us she was moved by the moment she was suddenly sharing. >> reporter: it's symbolic for what we need to do as a people and as community is to not try to out-sing the person next to you, but blend with them and harmonize with them.
♪ o say does that star-spangled ♪ >> reporter: the man walking by, emanuel henri, is a trained opera singer. he says he's grateful she was up for that duet. >> it's a beautiful moment we shared. in that moment i realized it's essential for us to raise our voices in empowerment and in love for one another. ♪ and the home of the brave >> chills. i got chills all over my body when that harmonizing started there. >> and that opera singer, henri, just happens to live a few blocks away and happened to be walking by at that exact moment. >> it feels symbolic. it seems like a message of what we should all be doing there, harmonizing. we can harmonize also on our facebook page at wnnfans.com.
have a good one. right now on "america this morning," bolton's bombshell. >> is the president lying? >> yes, he is. >> the stunning claims in the former national security adviser's book. what president trump allegedly requested from china's president. the revelation about vladimir putin and what president trump did not know about america's closest ally. the exclusive interview, plus breaking overnight, trump lashes out at bolton calling him a wacko as the justice department takes new action to stop the book's release. breaking overnight, rayshard brooks in his own words months before he was fatally shot by police in atlanta. what we've learned about his life, plus after charges are announced against the now former officer who opened fire, the concern about cops calling out sick in protest. fading away, the new claim from president trump about the