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making news in america this morning, gop debate without the front-runner. donald trump wasn't there, but his presence was felt. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. >> the big moments of the night, winners and losers, we're live in iowa. new this morning, under arrest in the investigation of three men escaping from a southern california jail, a woman accused of helping the inmates, her connection to that jail. monster sinkhole swallowing part of the highway. the hole widening and the collapse caught on camera. and going viral, wearing a speedo and his medals, why did michael phelps show up to a basketball game like that?
hey, everyone, good friday morning. let's get right to the top story here, that unusual republican debate just three days until the high stakes iowa caucuses and the front-runner, well, he wasn't there. >> yeah, so seven top candidates agreed to show up and be quizzed by fox news moderators, but donald trump refused because he didn't like one of the moderators, megyn kelly. >> so, who did that decision help and who did it hurt? abc's lana zak joins us from des moines with "your voice, your vote." good morning, lana. >> reporter: good morning, reena, and good morning, kendis. yes, you know, donald trump wasn't even on the debate main stage, but there was still plenty of memorable moments, however, most of them were about donald trump. it was the final debate before the first votes are cast in iowa and the national front-runner was absent. >> let's address the elephant not in the room tonight. still, donald trump's influence was felt. >> everyone on this stage is stupid, fat and ugly. now that we've gotten the donald
trump portion out of the way. >> reporter: but ted cruz's jokes soon turned tense. >> chris, i would note that the last four questions have been, rand, please attack ted, marco, please attack ted, chris, please attack jeb, jeb, please attack jeb. let me say this -- >> it is a debate, sir. >> if you guys ask one more mean question, i may have to leave the stage. >> reporter: setting marco rubio up for the first of several applause lines. >> don't worry, i'm not leaving the stage no matter what you ask me. >> all: usa, usa. >> reporter: just a few miles away trump held his own event. >> i didn't want to be here, i have to be honest. i wanted to be about five minutes away. >> reporter: and said he raised millions for veterans. >> will i get more votes? will i get less votes? nobody knows. >> reporter: while back at the debate without trump, the candidates took on issues from abortion. >> let's get rid of planned parenthood funding. >> reporter: to immigration. >> you used to support a path to citizenship. >> so did you.
>> reporter: and how is this for a wild card, the debate moderators were actually prepared for the possibility that trump could arrive even after the debate started. i have to tell you, nothing like this has happened in recent years in iowa, and it really led to a very memorable evening. >> yeah, we didn't know what was going to happen. >> reena, kendis. >> it was very interesting. lana zak live in des moines, lana, language you so much. >> it truly has been exciting. it does appear at this hour that donald trump's decision to skip the debate might be paying off a little. >> experts say that this debate was a front-runner's easiest win yet. without trump's presence there was no obvious standout candidate. and according to abc political consultant matthew dowd -- >> i think the biggest winner of this politically was donald trump. i think if you pick somebody on stage, i think rand paul actually did the best. i thought marco rubio won the first half of the debate but faded in the second half, but if you had to pick somebody that did well and seemed to do best without donald trump there, it was rand paul. >> and if you're looking for
concrete numbers, an important poll will be released tomorrow from "the des moines register." dowd says if trump holds a lead in that poll, he'll likely win the iowa caucuses come monday. okay, and get this, last night trump still dominated the chatter on social media. >> during the debate he was the most talked about candidate on twitter and the most searched on google. on facebook these were the most talked about issues, immigration topped the list followed by isis and islam and muslims. and, folks, stay with abc news for complete coverage of the debate. more analysis later on "good morning america." >> and we should note that the next republican debate will be right here on abc, saturday, february 6th in new hampshire moderated by "world news tonight" anchor david muir and "this week" co-anchor martha raddatz. >> and in case you haven't had your fill of debates yet, the democrats add one more, hillary clinton and martin o'malley have agreed to another debate before the new hampshire primary on february 9th. that's a reversal for clinton who originally tried to keep them at a minimum. now she says she's waiting for sanders to agree. abc's jonathan karl asked sanders what's up.
>> i wanted more debates from day one. >> reporter: i know. >> gee, a couple of months ago the clinton people weren't interested. i wonder what has happened now that they want more debates? what do you think has changed? >> well, what's changed is that clinton used to be the clear front-runner. now sanders is surging. debates can be risky for anyone in the lead. so, stay tuned to this one. a teacher has been arrested for providing material support to those three escapees from a southern california jail. nooshafarin ravaghi taught english as a second language at the jail. she's suspected of giving the inmates planning tools like google maps. authorities also released the photos of this van. it was stolen, and they say the escapees may be living in. the four remaining militia members still at the oregon wildlife refuge say they'll leave if no one is arrested. the group's leader, ammon bundy, has urged everyone to go home. the fbi, meanwhile, released this video which shows the group member lavoy finicum being shot by the state police. they say finicum was killed
after twice reaching for a loaded weapon. the so-called affluenza teen ethan couch is in a texas juvenile detention center this morning. couch and his mother fled to mexico in december after a video surfaced appearing to show him at a party where people were drinking alcohol. that would be a probation violation for his 2013 drunk driving accident that left four people dead. now, later today, a judge expected to decide whether couch should be moved to an adult jail until a hearing next month. well, the west coast is bracing for another el nino driven storm. looking at the radar you can see the storm taking shape. this weekend showers likely in san francisco, phoenix, las vegas, as well. and the heaviest rain may fall from los angeles to san diego. well, still ahead, spreading explosively, new concerns about the zika virus causing birth defects. and the earth opening up along a highway. the massive sinkhole expanding. plus, grounds crew fail. workers preparing the field for super bowl 50, well, they're now
bad luck for with would-be bank robber who ran into the bank manager at the front door. that manager who would not let go of the door even when the masked man banged on the door with his gun but he quickly gave up and ran away. police there in north carolina still looking for him. the latest on the zika virus. the head of the world health organization sounding the alarm saying it's, quote, spreading explosively. here in the u.s. at least 31 cases in 11 states all contracted before coming back to the u.s. the mosquito-borne virus is linked to birth defects.
dr. richard besser is in brazil where the first cases in this current outbreak surfaced last summer. >> if you're looking at similar type viruses what they find, when a person recovers from that infection after about a week or so and their symptoms are gone, the virus is out of their body. so scientists don't believe that future pregnancies are going to be at any risk at all, just the current one when you're infected. >> emergency w.h.o. committee will be convened on this national health emergency. circuit city coming back. once the biggest big box technology retailer, the company went bankrupt eight years ago and now the new circuit city plans to open as many as 100 stores by next year. the stores will sell small electronics with wider inventory online and market their own brand of inexpensive computer accessories and cables just like another defunct brand, radio
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today at a texas middle school because of a suspected carbon monoxide leak from a faulty boiler. >> at least 145 were made sick and some students left on stretchers, others loaded on to buses to a hospital. they were treated and released. all the students are expected to be okay and authorities are vowing no one will be allowed in that school until it's deemed safe. a massive sinkhole has forced the closure of a main highway in southern oregon. pictures you have to see. the slide started on the freeway, the 101, around noon after a storm dumped nearly an inch and a half of rain. the owner of a nearby diner capturing it all. take a listen. >> it really moved. >> well, the sinkhole has now undermined all four lanes of the heavily traveled 101. well, the doctor who inspired the movie "concussion" says o.j. simpson may be suffering from a degenerative
brain disease. dr. bennet omalu telling "people" magazine he strongly suspects simpson is suffering from cte. the disease can lead to a wide range of behavior problems and led to untimely deaths of many former players. in 2012 simpson actually considered arguing that he had a brain disorder when asking for a new trial on armed robbery and kidnapping charges in nevada. one of the original members of the psychedelic rock group jefferson airplane has passed away talking about songwriter, singer, guitarist paul kantner. he passed away in san francisco last night after suffering from organ failure and septic shock. kantner was behind such classics as "white rabbit and "somebody to love" that you hear there. kantner was 74 years old. a mystery solved this morning after the greater new york area was rattled by what felt like a major earthquake. reports of the ground shaking stretched from southern new jersey to connecticut and even long island. military officials now say it was a series of sonic booms that
were caused by fighter jets conducting supersonic tests off the coast which broke the sound barrier. it was very scary for some people. >> yeah, it was. well, from the ground shaking on one coast to a mess-up by the ground crew for the super bowl. they're fixing a mistake this morning. >> they're preparing the levi stadium field in santa clara. and you can see the broncos end zone way off in the distance but you see the closer end zone, it was also painted with the broncos logo at one point. >> oh, come on. they forgot to paint a panthers end zone and scrubbed one of them and repainted it with the panthers logo. >> so there will be no confusion come super bowl sunday. >> yeah, but the middle they they painted super bowl 49 so they have to do that -- i'm kidding. >> well, time now for sports and some college basketball. >> with the highlights here's neil and stan at espn. >> good morning. it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. neil everett, stan verrett and big ten college basketball. >> yeah, let's go maryland and iowa.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> imagine waking up to this: a huge tree comes crashing down into a home in the east bay. the rain we are getting will make clearing that away a wet challenge. >> good morning, thank you for joining us. i am natasha zouves. >> i am reggie aqui. it is friday, january 28. i don't know why you are getting up but i am glade are. we have rain. mike? >> grab the umbrella and patience. our radar republicans are across the north bay. you can see the moist flow east motion from the dumbarton bridge north we have periods of drizzle to light rain and we have had .02" in san francisco and that is causing ponding on the embarcadero. it will an wet commute for most us but mild, mid-to-upper 50s
and hang out in the low 60s with umbrella at noon and anywhere our best chance of seeing steady rain is in the afternoon hours in the south bay but we could have rain any time today so we call it periods of rain not necessarily steady. how is it affecting the commute? >> so far, so good. we needed the windshields this morning coming from san rafael. this is 101 from 280, a nice drive. they had crews, caltran crews removing graffiti this morning. they have since picked that up. traffic is slowing nicely. san mateo bridge looking good for 15 minute drive. that is usual from hayward to foster city. we have road work in the lanes although it is drizzly and we will update that. >> breaking news, the human tree is crashed into a home in walnut creek. our reporter is live where this fell overnight. what did you 49 out, amy?
>> natasha, we just arrived on the scene to find a tangle the mess where the tree crashed through a fence. on lancaster road, it crashed at 1:15 this morning. it caused some structural damage to the home. it looks like it affected the roof and the at tick area mostly. it sounds like they say it was a very loud noise weapon the tree crash -- when the tree came crashing down. >> it is very large. we got a call from the homeowner and they thought it was an earthquake and it was a big tree, and we have personnel coming to deal with it. >> a definite shock at 1:15 in the morning. no one was hurt. the homeowner did not want to comment. reporting from walnut creek. >> we are glad they are okay. the rain is not helping what is la