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making news in america this morning, breaking overnight, a massive bomb rocks kabul. dozens of people are dead. the explosion happening near several western embassies. the video just coming in. we have breaking news that two airports, a plane is forced to land after a laptop catches fire and passengers run to safety during a man's three-hour standoff with police. several stories breaking involving the president. comedian kathy griffin apologizing after she was featured in an anti-trump photo and the president's midnight tweet we will ders the internet. why you'll hear covfefe today. and it's turning out to be a very busy morning on this wednesday.
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we'll start with breaking news in afghanistan. a deadly explosion going off in what is considered a highly secure part of kabul. it is lined, of course, with foreign embassies. >> afghan officials say a suicide car bomb killed more than 60 people and injured rough think 300. that blast went off in the height of the morning rush in what's considered the city's safest area. >> you can see some of the early images we're getting quite a powerful blast that blew out the windows and destroyed more than 50 vehicles. that death toll expected to rise. the nationalities of the victims are not yet known, of course, we'll continue to stay on top of this breaking news. that explosion in the heart of kabul this morning. and also breaking overnight a midair scare for jetblue passengers flying from new york to san francisco. the plane forced to divert to grand rapids, michigan, after a passenger's laptop battery caught fire. >> i was stunned. i knew something was going to happen because, you know, lithium batteries catching on fire when you're up at 38,000 feet, you can't help but think
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that, you know, we've got to do something. >> a frightening scene there. after a three-hour delay the plane resumed its flight to san francisco where it touched down just moments ago. also breaking overnight a police standoff is over after shutting down parts of the orlando airport for nearly three hours. a 26-year-old ex-marine waved a gun at police officers in the car rental area and police say he pointed the weapon at his own head and then asked officers to shoot him. luckily neither the police nor the man fired any shots. in fact, it turns out the gun he was holding was fake. he was trying to commit suicide by cop. he will now undergo a mental evaluation. developing kathy griffin apologizing amid the growing outrage over that anti-trump photo that she posted to social media. >> the comedian admits she crossed a line and made a mistake but her troubles could be far from over. now that the secret service is investigating. >> hey, everybody, it's me, kathy griffin. >> reporter: overnight she issued an apology for this
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controversial photo shoot of the comedian staring coldly at the camera while holding a fake decapitated head of president trump and posted it to social media and the backlash was swift, donald trump jr. tweeted disgusting but not surprising. imagine a conservative did this to obama at potus. chelsea clinton said this is vial a vile and wrong. it sparked outrage across the political spectrum. the outrage even reached the secret service. overnight it confirmed it's investigating say each alleged or perceived threat has to be investigated thoroughly which taxes secret service manpower and resources that could be utilized elsewhere. griffin has been a strong opponent of the president but appears that wasn't always the case. here she is embracing him three years ago when she was a contestant on "celebrity apprentice." hours after griffin put out a video apologizing. >> i sincerely apologize. i'm a comic. i crossed the line.
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i went way too far. i made a mistake and i was wrong. >> griffin has been a part of cnn's new year's eve co-hosting wi with anderson cooper. cooper said he thought it was disgusting. they're valuating their new year's eve coverage. president trump is taking aim at the media yet again as his inircircle comes under more scrutiny. after midnight he tweeted this unfinished thought writing despite the constant negative press covfefe, we assume he was trying to write coverage. >> everybody has been trying to decipher what he fepts. it came as lawmakers looking into russian meddling contacted the president's longtime lawyer and now there's word that michael flynn is now ready to cooperate. kenneth moton has the latest from washington. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and diane. no word on covfefe but it's heating up in the russian investigation. the senate intelligence committee gave its power to the top republican and democrat to issue subpoenas.
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this morning, trump advisers under the congressional microscope. >> it's going really well. >> reporter: ex-national security adviser michael flynn will give up some documents in the senate's expanding investigation into russia's election meddling. a source tells abc news a narrow subpoena made it easier for flynn to cooperate without waiving his fifth amendment rights. the congressional probe also now focused on president trump's confidant and personal attorney michael cohen. cohen told abc news he declined an invite to testify saying the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered. >> i would say to mr. cohen that we will issue a subpoena and he will be compelled to come and speak. >> reporter: the senate also wants to question former white house and campaign aide boris epshteyn. >> we love trump. >> reporter: but the president's son-in-law and adviser jared kushner is under increased scrutiny. investigators want to know why he met secretly in december with officials of the new york branch of a russian bank previously
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known as a u.s. base for criminals and spies. the white house asked if and when he knew he was trying to set up back channels with russia before taking office. >> i think that asupers a lot. i would say mr. kushner's attorney says he has volunteered to share with congress what he knows about these meetings. >> reporter: the white house did not deny he tried to set up secret communications only pointing to top administration officials who say back channels are an appropriate part of dip problem si. >> back to covfefe, the internet is having fun with it. breaking news from syria. an isis target was hit. russia says it fired four missiles from two warships in the eastern mediterranean sea and russian defense officials say those missiles hit heavy weapons and isis fighters near the ancient city of palmyra. the russians say they alerted the u.s. about those strikes. now let's take a look at today's weather.
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a cold front is moving through the northeast today bringing a threat of showers and even thunderstorms to western new york and pennsylvania this morning. later today, the front will slide east and bring showers and storms to the northeast around dinnertime. some storms could include lightning and heavy rain. severe storms also pounded san antonio yesterday with nearly 2 1/2 inches of rain falling in 2 1/2 hours. there were at least five high water rescues but three adult brothers were swept away and still have not been found. ariana grande is getting some high caliber help with her benefit concert for the victims of the manchester terror attack. >> justin bieber, coldplay and katy perry are some of the names on a long list of people who will join her on stage. they also include take that, miley cyrus and pharrell williams. >> the concert will take place sunday night in manchester and will raise money for those, of
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course, who were affected by the blast. fans who were at last week's concert will get free tickets. still ahead, bill gates is close to being toppled as the world's richest man by another tech tycoon. >> a suv pulls away with a man and a baby in the backseat. an explosion blows apart a street. we'll tell you what caused it.
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been conducting tests and increased the pressure too much. >> quite a scene there and also seen over the pacific, the u.s. military successfully shooting down a mock long-rank ballistic missile for the first time. all of this as north korea poses a growing threat. the critical test of the pentagon's missile defense system involved firing a rocket from vandenberg air force base in california to stop a warhead launched 4,000 miles away. they collided over the pacific ocean as planned. but there's till no guarantee it would work in a real war scenario. a heavily promoed flight from philadelphia to iceland was diverted to boston overnight. the flight was iceland air's first ever from philly to reykjavik and the mayors of both cities were on board but the miles noticed an unusual smell and when they couldn't determine what it was, they change course and landed in boston. there were no other problems or injuries reported. now the first court appearance for the suspect accused of killing two men on a train in portland, oregon.
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>> death to the enemies of america. leave this country if you hate our freedom. >> 35-year-old jeremy christian is facing two counts of felony aggravated murder and other charges. he did not enter a plea. kriths was confronted by three men after allegedly hurling anti-muslim insults at two women. he attacked the men killing two and wounding a third. the cleveland police department is taking disciplinary action against the two officers involved in the shooting of tamir rice. one is fired. the other suspended. more than two years after the 12-year-old was shot and killed as he played with a toy gun in a park. now, rice's family settled with the city for $6 million but none of the officers involved face criminal charges. rice's family now says these disciplinary charges don't go far enough. the stock for online retailer amazon opens at nearly a thousand dollars a share and that's good news for founder jeff bezos. if it keeps rising it puts him on track to become the world's richest man. he's worth about $85 billion
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we're learning more this morning about the arrest of tiger woods as dash cam video of the arrest is set to be released. >> police reports show officers found woods asleep at the wheel. the reports also say woods' mercedes was running with the brake lights on and a blinker on. it was stopped in the roadway with two flat tires and damaged bumpers. woods says he takes multiple prescription drugs following back surgery last month and said he didn't realize the mix of medications had affected him so strongly. a bit of relief for a new jersey family after they were targeted by brazen car thief. surveillance thief shows a woman pulling into a gas station and leaving it running. as she went inside. look carefully. that's when ray man sped off not realizing her baby was in the backseat. you can see the mom yelling for him to stop. the suspect abandoned the vehicle a few blocks away leaving the 1-year-old unharmed. he was reunited with his family and the suspect was actually arrested as well. a new study finding rampant
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highlights. no fighting. >> no, we got just home runs that are putting players on the precipice of history, at least one player. albert pujols, braves and angels. >> i bet i never used that word, precipice. >> you just did. pujols on the precipice of 600. >> now you're showing off. >> 599, his eighth of the season. only eight men have hit 600 home runs in major league history, pujols appears to be soon to join them. angels beat the braves 9-3. nationals and giants. bryce harper and hunter strickland did not join hands and sing "kumbaya." jeff samardzjia in the middle of the other action after the action started on memorial day monday, he was all over harper. got him twice. harper ended up going 0 for 5. three ks. left a career high eight men on base. from lee singer in research who
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♪ time to check "the pulse" starting with the big tweet from the president that is lighting up the internet. >> yes, it is, around midnight the tweet from the president's account read, despite the constant negative press covfefe. that's it. that's all you got. not clear what the president was saying but covfefe trending atop overnight. >> one twitter user showed what could be the president's new hat, make america covfefe again. >> it's got a good ring to it. a teach-shirt maker jumped on i. you could purchase a covfefe shirt. >> and a person showed it shows her dad purchasing the california license plate covfefe. >> jimmy kimmel weighing in saying what makes me saddest is that i know i'll never write anything funnier than covfefe.
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>> we're guessing he meant coverage. for the record we checked the dictionary, there is as many did overnight. no covfefe. >> no covfefe. there will be now. a top tennis player banned from the french open. >> it's all because of this moment. maxime hamou was being interviewed on live television when he grabs the reporter and starts kissing her neck. she keeps trying to pull away. he keeps pulling her back. the french tennis federation calls his actions inappropriate and revoked his pass for the rest of the tournament. >> wells deserved considering further measure and the reporter tells the newspaper if she hadn't been live on the air she would have punched him. >> she should have just done it. we would have had a lot more to talk about. the 90th annual discrepancy spelling bee kicks into high gear today. google issued a special map to mark the occasion. >> you see it right there. it reveals which word comes up the most when user type in how to spell in each state so just
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give you examples. in new mexico people search for the spelling of banana. in pennsylvania the most searched word is sauerkraut. believe it or not in wisconsin, the number one word people wanted to know how to spell is wisconsin. on that same map let's just be honest google misspelled the word ninety. >> apparently the word in d.c., no one knew ow to spell it. >> and we've been misspelling coverage all these years. >> covfefe, now we know. because there are options. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr. a once daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra for whom methotrexate did not work well. xeljanz xr can reduce pain, swelling and joint damage, even without methotrexate. xeljanz xr can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. serious, sometimes fatal infections, lymphoma and other cancers have happened. don't start xeljanz xr if you have an infection.
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>> ♪ >> good morning, everyone, i'm matt o'donnell. it's 4:27 a.m., wednesday may 31st. we have a lot going on this morning. we're following several breaking stories including this one. a seven-year-old girl is found unresponsive in a home where philadelphia police are already on the scene. it was celebration as the inaugural flight from philadelphia to iceland took off. but the plane was diverted overnight with mayor kenney on board. we'll have a live report to tell you will where it ended up and. a vigil is planned for an eighth grader who was gunned down in the city's port richmond section. accuweather is tracking some pop-up showers today. we can just not go a day without having some rain. "action news" is up next. >> ♪ but 71 in spokane. 291 young spellers have a very big day ahead of them as the scripps national spelling
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bee gets under way. >> it always is fun to watch. one of the most recognizable kids is also the youngest ever. abc's david muir reports. >> my name is edith abigail fuller. f-u-l-l-e-r. >> reporter: edith in march at 5 became the youngest person ever to qualify for the scripps national spelling bee. >> the room was quite large and there were 53 at that competition and most of them were probably 10 to 15. it could be very intimidating. >> b-a-e-d-e-k-e-r. >> didn't even seem difficult for her. i couldn't spell the words she spelled. >> reporter: it didn't end there.
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>> mesmerize. sass parrilla. s-arsaparilla. sass parrilla. >> correct. >> it all came down to one word. >> this the anticipated championship word -- >> the meaning of that word, knowledge. >> j-n-a-n-a, jnana. >> reporter: how did it begin? >> we had fun around the table. can you spell cat and what else can you spell? one of us threw out the word restaurant and she spelled it. how did she know that? >> reporter: tonight arriving in washington after completing a first round spelling test, she's now getting ready for her big moment tomorrow on the national stage. >> i didn't know how to spell any of those words, not one. >> jnana with a
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>> ♪ >> "action news." delaware valley's leading news program. with matt o'donnell, tamala edwards, karen rogers and meteorologist, david murphy. >> ♪ >> good morning. it's 4:30 now on this wednesday may 31st. >> and we are following breaking news. police find a young girl unresponsive while on the scene of a family dispute in olney. >> the inaugural flight from philadelphia to iceland does not go as planned. it had to be diverted with mayor kenney on board. >> only on "action news," surveillance video showing a carjacker taking off in an suv with a young child inside. >> but first up let's get going with your accuweather and your commute. david is off, karen rogers is here, matt pelman is here and the ting is here. good-- the fog is


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