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making news in america this morning, firefight. hundreds of homes evacuated overnight. fast-moving fire on the march north of los angeles. heavy winds and dry conditions fueling the worst fire threat of the season. leaving residents with holiday lights being warned about the danger. new information about the fbi agent fired from special counsel robert mueller's russia probe for sending potentially critical messages about president trump. the key role that agent played in the hillary clinton e-mail investigation plus the new bombshell about paul manafort. sign lgu
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>> police updating on the public on a suspected serial killer revealed the interpreter was a phony. how did she get there? >> plus, oprah trikes a new tv deal. we have the details on the agreement and how many millions she stands to make. this is not your father's lamborghini. the new suv being called the world's fastest and what it will cost you. we do say good morning to you, everybody, on this tuesday. we start with the breaking news out of southern california. that deadly fast-moving brush fire exploding threatening homes forcing thousands to evacuate. >> that fire burning north of los angeles has expanded so quickly it's now covering more than 10,000 acres as it races toward the city of ventura. now, about 2,000 homes have been evacuated along with nearby thomas aquinas college. >> power outages reported across
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kabc reporter leanne suter on the front lines. >> reporter: powerful winds helping fan the flames. you can see over my shoulder here just how much of a fire line we're talking about. this is just one side of this massive brush fire. you can see the huge flames illuminating the hillsides around santa paula, california. fire trucks lining the highway as firefighters check on each and every one of these homes. we now know this fire has turned deadly. at least one person has died in a traffic accident. apparently trying to flee the flames as the blaze continues to rage out of control. this blaze has charred thousands of acres. 10,000 acres so far and counting. we now know again that at least one person has died in an accident trying to escape the fire and there are thousands of people now left without power as numerous power lines have come down. this blaze far from being under control. in s
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leanne suter, abc news. >> that is the scary part. we'll turn to washington and several developments in the russia investigation. >> president trump's former campaign chairman paul manafort is accused of working with the russian associate as recently as last week. >> this as the president is now questioning the integrity of the special counsel's office after word that robert mueller fired one of his top investigators for sending anti-trump messages. abc news learned the mueller investigator peter struck was also a key player in the hillary clinton e-mail investigation. he helped draft former fbi director james comey's public statement clearing clinton of criminal charges. comey's original draft said grossly negligent which could be a crime but sources say struck urged comey to soften it to extremely careless. this all comes as the president offers words of simply for michael flynn charged with lying to the
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general flynn, i feel very badly. he's led a very strong life. >> reporter: the president said he fired him because he lied to the vice president but a tweet sent from the president's account said i had to fire general flynn because he lied to the vice president and the fbi. the president's personal lawyer john dowd now saying he drafted that tweet. critics say it could build a case for obstruction of justice but dowd is testing out a new theory that a president cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer. and, therefore, has a right to express his view of any case. >> i think what the trump team is trying to do here is conflate the question of can he be charged with obstruction of justice ever with could he be charged with obstruction of justice for firing james comey? >> meanwhile, overnight another revelation in the case against paul manafort accused with working with another connected to russian intelligence as
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in a court filing saying they were ghost writing an editorial despite a judge's gag order allegedly looking to publish the op-ed in someone else's name to influence public opinion on manafort. and in the new filing mueller's investigators are asking them to revisit manafort's bail agreement. he remains under house arrest. breaking news out of michigan congressman john conyers is expected to say he is not seeking re-election. a family member says conyers is going to retire, not resign. another former staffer came forward overnight accusing conyers of putting his hand up her skirt in church. overnight we learned roy moore is getting new support one week from the special election. the republican national committee is now sending resources to help moore. meanwhile, one of the women claiming moore dated her when she was just a teenager has come forward claiming to have new evidence of their relationship
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abc's kend abc's kenneth moton here with the latest. >> reporter: he is getting a lot of help. steve bannon will rally with him tonight a day after president trump's endorsement. one week to go into election day in alabama. ♪ and gop senate candidate roy moore now has a powerfulal lie, president trump. the president making the call from air force one to officially endorse moore who is accused of molesting teenage girls. >> roy moore denies it. that's all i can say. he denies it. and, by the way, he totally denies it. >> reporter: he tweeted go get 'em, roy. eight women have accused him of sexual misconduct. this morning "the washington post" reporting that interviewed an accuser who says she has new evidence against moore. debbie gibson says she was 17 when she dated the assistant district attorney. gibson says she recently discovered handwritten notes from him congratulating her
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>> i was in the attic taking christmas decorations down and i noticed one remaining bin in the attic. came across a card and it was a high school graduation greeting card from roy moore. happy graduation debbie. i wanted to give you this card myself. i know that you'll be a success in anything you do, roy. >> moore has denied all allegations from all of his accusers. many washington republicans jumped ship. >> obviously not fit to be in the united states senate. >> reporter: now softening his position. >> i'm going to let the people of alabama make the call. >> reporter: 2012 gop presidential nominee mitt romney tweeted moore in the senate would be a stain on the gop and on the nation. the moore campaign called romney's comments irresponsible and the rnc is back in this race providing resources to moore in this final week. friday president trump will rally in the florida panhandle just across the alabama border.
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>> all right, kenneth moton for us in d.c., thank you. the administration's travel ban will go into effect after being upheld by the supreme court. the justice as loued the ban on travelers from six mostly muslim countries to be enforced while challenges moved through the lower federal courts. now, earlier decisions had exempted people from those countries who claim a bona fide relationship with someone in the united states. that exemption will no longer apply. time now for a look at your weather on this tuesday morning. a prewinter storm is slamming parts of the upper midwest. wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour have created blizzard and even whiteout conditions across parts of minnesota and the dakotas. dumping up to a foot of snow in some areas. the latest radar shows a line of severe thunderstorms stretching nearly 1400 miles from north texas into northern michigan pushing warmer temperatures east and replacing them with a blast of arctic air. take a look at some of the te
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much more news just ahead including word of a mass shooting plot foiled by police. the reason why u.p.s. drivers are protesting just as the busy holiday season gets under way. oprah winfrey strikes a new
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the second time was a charm as cues finally were able to demolish the possibility yak silverdon't in michigan and used new explosives to bring it down monday after a failed implosion sunday. we turn to a developing story from jacksonville, florida, where a 69-year-old man is in custody accused of planning a mass shooting at
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islamic center. he expressed anti-muslim opinions arrested after law enforcement raided his home in a sting operation. the suspect allegedly telling an undercover officer that he would, quote, keep shooting muslims while driving past the center. an off-duty officer was shot and killed while serving a warrant taken into custody after a standoff with police. 58-year-old kenneth copeland is the first police officer in the city of san marcos killed in the line of duty. >> he is a hero. in terms of days off he worked just about every day off. to provide for his kids and because, he knows that we're shorthanded and need the help. his picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him. >> officer copeland leaves behind a wife and four children. police describe the shooting as an ambush-style attack. dozens of u.p.s. drivers made a special delivery
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boston. they showed up to protest their 70-hour workweek. their union says the schedule is not safe and u.p.s. says it complies with federal rules and the drivers are paid time and a half. delivery volume this year, this time of year is nearly double the normal level. oprah winfrey is no longer the majority owner of the cable network she started own. she gave up the majority stake to discovery communications which already held a 50% share but oprah will remain ceo and retain a significant minority interest. discovery paid $70 million for that deal. >> not bad. payday for oprah. a former contestant on "apprentice" is back in the news this morning coming up why she's suing president obama -- >> president trump. >> president trump. also the sign language fraud at this important police news conference. new detays this morning about the phony interpreter and her criminal past. the violence and controversial hits in the monday nigh
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we turn to the first lawsuits being filed after president trump's executive order to shrink the size of two national mon manies in utah. it is the biggest rollback of public land protection in u.s. history. supporters say the monuments were a federal land grab. the first lawsuit challenging the order has been filed by environmental groups would claim the action exceeds the president's authority. the navajo nation and other native american tribes also plan to sue. many are concerned about potential oil and gas drilling on the land. the outdoor clothing company patagonia used their website to protest the move saying the president stole your land. arguments will be heard in a defamation lawsuit brought by former contestant on "apprentice." summer zervos claims he grabbed her and kissed her. zervos filed the suit after trump called her claim a lie. the judge in new york will decide if the suit can proceed.
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raised in tampa, florida after an interpreter for the hearing impaired during a news police conference was a fraud. the police chief was announcing the arrest of a suspected serial killer but the sign language interpreter's gestures made no sense. experts say it was all gibberish. >> a lot were invented signs and i wasn't able to understand what she was saying. most of the time it just looked like she was singing but not using actual signs. >> tampa police say they did not check the woman's credentials. she has several fraud convictions on her record. we're hearing from the basketball player from south carolina state university who went into cardiac arrest during a game over the weekend. ty solomon says he was talking to a teammate on the bench when he suddenly collapsed. a team trainer immediately started cpr as you can see and first responders used a defibrillator to try to revive
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he has met those who saved his life saying, i love those guys. >> perfect timing. i just was glad what happened happened because i could have been with one of my teammates in the car and would have been a whole different situation. >> solomon says he had no previous cardiac issues before saturday's collapse. an nba star steph curry is using crutches this morning after spraining his right ankle. he says x-rays on the ankle show no serious damage. it's unclear if he'll play in the warriors next game. the nfl suspended rob gronkowski for one game after a late hit on a buffalo bills player sunday. pepping his appeal gronkowski will miss monday night's game against miami. meanwhile, last night chris boswell kicked a game-willing field goal just as time expired. final score, 23-20. pittsburgh's ryan shaziey suffered a back i
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cincinnati. vontaze burfict was carted off after being hit by one of the steelers. a tough game for them all around. the new suv being called the fastest in the world. also ahead the scientific breakthrough that could make matt damon's movie "the martian" a reality sort of. plus, the new internet sensation, the box stunt, the cheerleader who started the sensation explaining how to do it.
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netherlands have managed to simulate martian soil to give birth to two worms. those worms in the soil made from volcanic rock are giving new hope that farming on the red planet may be possible one day. >> whoo-hoo. >> two words. it's a start, people. "time" magazine unveiled its top ten finalists for the person of the year ahead of tomorrow's big reveal. >> after claiming he turned down the honor president trump made the short list along with some of the people at the receiving end of his twitter attacks. he's up against special counsel robert mueller whose investigation he calls a witch-hunt and former nfl star colin kaepernick who he's repeatedly criticized for protesting during the national anthem. >> also on the list north korean leader kim jong-un, amazon founder jeff bezos and the so-called d.r.e.a.m.ers, immigrants who came to the u.s. as children. >> there's trump and then there's the anti-trump list, i guess. lamborghini is out with an ultra fast suv. >> that did a little different. the 2019
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190 miles per hour and can go 0 to 60 in less than 3.6 seconds. >> it can empty your wallet as well even faster. prices start at $200,000. who's with me? >> all you, buddy. finally a cheerleader from texas is the newest internet sensation thanks to her jump over an invisible box. check out the video that launched ariel olivar to internet fame. >> so did you see that? >> let's watch it again. >> pat the box. >> and, over. >> okay, so she says that it was only her third time to try this move. she then posted it online. and, of course, it went viral understandably. she's letting everyone in on her secret. >> ooh. >> it's all just kind of one motion. just keep this leg in the air the whole time in the same act spot, so i will
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whole thing works. like so. >> okay. so it's easy enough. just pretend as -- you just don't move one leg. requires a little bit of dexterity there. she taste she has no idea that the video would get so popular when she posted it. but it really has caught on with so many different. >> all these different people are posting their own videos of them doing it and you said you thought it was easy, so -- >> i know you did it earlier. >> i practiced your moves so here -- righthappening right no in southern california. while you were sleeping-- hundreds of families forced out of their homes. and this is why. this huge wildfire, now burning out of control near santa paula. at least one person is dead. firefighters say the strong winds are feeding the storm and making it hard firefighters say the strong winds are feeding the storm and making it hard to predict, where
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also breaking this morning-- michigan representitive john conyers preparing to announce that he will not seek reelection amid allegations that he has sexually harrassed several former emplyee. that is according to the new york times. conyers, the longest-serving member of the house of representatives, is expected to make an official announcement on the radio later this morning. another prominent republican-- coming out against senate candidate roy moore. mitt romney, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, tweeted "no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity." president trump endorsed moore monday -- but refused to answer a question about it while in utah. republican senators say alabama voters will have the final say, when they head to the polls one week from today. good morning washington. toss to vj former white house strategist steve former white house strategist steve
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strategist steve
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strategist steve bannon will be back in the district today.. as the keynote speaker at a convention for african american entrepreneurs. organizers say bannon will speak to attendees on how they can become more successful with strong conservative and pro-business policies. mew legal problems for former fox news host bill o-reilly. a former producer at fox news has filed a lawsuit against him and the network for breach of contract and defamation. rachel bernstein claims o-reilly violated a sexual harassment settlement by
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and extortionist. fox news fired o-reilly in april after it became public the network settled six harassment lawsuits for tens of millions of dollars. back here-- two arlington teachers facing charges for having marijuana on school grounds. "luke lloyd" and "michael diaddigo" were both arrested last week. both taught at "taylor elementary school" in arlington. police tell us they searched both the school - and a car parked on school property. both teachers are now suspended - pending the outcome of the investigation. the show will go on for "house of cards". netflix confirming that there will be a sixth season - but it will happen without kevin spacy. in october actor anthony rapp came forward - accusing spacey of sexual misconduct, when rapp was 14 and spacey was in his 20s. since then, several people have also accused spacey of misconduct. the final season will focus on "claire underwood", instead of "frank underwood". it starts filming early next year. instagram wants you to think twice before snapping a pic with a member of the animal kingdom. the company i
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that include tigers, koalas and other wildlife. wildlife conservation groups say animals that take photos with tourists can suffer from human contact. photos with babies and and cute puppies are still fair game. it's xx and we're just getting started. breaking right now-- winds whipping around a huge wildfire in souther california-- sending thousands running in the middle of the night. an update on the conditions coming up. good morning washington. we are following breaking news in
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