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making news in america this morning, faith and politics. donald trump responding to the pope saying he's not a christian while john kasich has an emotional connection with a voter. plus, hillary clinton and bernie sanders and their neck and neck race in a key battleground state. the latest just ahead. no justice. vice president joe biden, what he said overnight about replacing antonin scalia. how he may hold the key to the next person to sit on the supreme court. twisting inferno. a grass fire transforms into a tornado of flames. multiple wildfires threatening the western communities this morning. and the latest on that terrifying helicopter crash. the chopper crash landing into the waters of pearl harbor. the investigation into what exactly happened.
good friday morning. in the countdown to the south carolina primaries and the nevada caucuses, the candidates are stepping up their attacks hoping to sway those undecided voters. >> and then there's the clash that's pitting donald trump against pope francis, and it is taking a new turn this morning. when the pope said trump's plan to build a wall between the u.s. and mexico was not christian, trump fired back calling the pope disgraceful, but overnight trump backtracked a bit. >> it's "your voice, your vote," and abc's ray raimundi gathering the latest overnight starting with the democrats. >> reporter: the stakes couldn't be higher. the presidential hopefuls hot on the campaign trail. the democrats crisscrossing through the state of nevada. >> have an election that's about real change, not -- not promises you can't keep. >> the eyes of america will be on nevada.
>> reporter: both democratic candidates facing voters at a televised town hall meeting answering tough questions on topics like immigration, privacy and their records. >> maybe it's that senator sanders wasn't really a democrat until he decided to run for president. he doesn't even know what the, you know, last two democratic presidents did. well, it's true. it's true. you know it's true. >> if anybody thinks that a member of the united states senate or the united states house has to agree with somebody in his own party who's president, well, you know, all of the time, that is not my understanding of democracy. >> reporter: on the republican side, john kasich, jeb bush and donald trump face-to-face with south carolina voters. at issue, religion and comments the pope made criticizing donald trump. >> was there a moment when you first heard the pope had said something about you that you thought, maybe i'm going to have to ask for forgiveness? >> no, no, look, i --
[ laughter ] i have a lot of respect for the pope, but i would say that i think he was very much misinterpreted. >> reporter: and going into both contests this weekend, the latest polls in south carolina show donald trump still far ahead of the pack while in nevada hillary clinton and bernie sanders are still in a statistical tie. kendis and reena, back to you. >> abc's ray raimundi. ray, thanks so much. thank you for joining us this morning. well, trump found himself stumbling for the right words when he was confronted about the war in iraq. the republican front-runner has made his opposition of that war a cornerstone of his campaign, but in a newly uncovered interview with howard stern from 2002, trump said that he supported the invasion. when he was asked about that statement last night, trump claimed that he didn't remember the interview. >> it was probably the first time i was asked about it. by the time the war started, i was against it, and shortly thereafter i was really against it. >> trump also refused to say whether he thought president george w. bush was lying when he said that iraq had weapons of
mass destruction, a charge he leveled at the last republican debate. and one touching moment on the trail yesterday. ohio governor john kasich giving a long hug to a college student who told kasich that he gave him hope. brett smith said that a friend had recently committed suicide. his parents divorced, and his dad lost his job. kasich told the young man, the lord will give you strength, i promise. >> a very unusual moment and touching one there. in washington, d.c., a final farewell begins today for the late supreme court justice antonin scalia. scalia's body will lie in repose in the great hall of the supreme court. he died on saturday during a trip to texas. president obama and the first lady will pay their respects at the court this afternoon. and vice president joe biden will attend scalia's funeral mass tomorrow, but biden says he has no interest in replacing the justice. in an interview with msnbc, the vice president said he has no desire to sit on the high court even if he was asked, but he also said, you never tell a
president for certain you wouldn't do anything. the vice president also criticized republicans for saying the president should not nominate a replacement. well, the u.s. has hit north korea with more sanctions because of its nuclear program. president obama has quietly signed the punitive measure which was overwhelmingly approved by congress last week. it comes as the u.s. and china are in delicate negotiations over new u.n. sanctions. one senate sponsor of the u.s. measure hopes that china will notice the strong support for sanctions. back here at home more than two months after the terror attacks in san bernardino, the fbi tells abc news it's still not ruled out the possibility that a third militant was at that scene. the agency is also still looking for a hard drive that was used by the shooters. agents searched the home of syed farook's brother. no arrests were made, but several boxes and a computer and other items were removed. the fbi does have syed farook's iphone, but they can't get any information out of it.
the data on it is encrypted, and apple remains firm in refusing to unlock it despite that court order. well, now google, facebook, twitter and microsoft all say unlocking the phone for the fbi might set a precedent for other cases. well, there are more than two dozen grass fires burning in eastern oklahoma. that's the most in years. officials say numerous homes were lost, but they don't know how many. the city of tulsa has been filled with smoke from the fires. firefighters are using helicopters to dump water on the fires, and officials say that the fires are not as intense now. well, more dramatic video as a huge brush fire near kansas city creates a fire tornado. the fire is on prison property, but it has closed a highway there. firefighters believe it was started by a lawn mower. so far it has consumed about 1,500 acres. it's about 75% contained. no homes are threatened at this time. okay, so it has rained every day for the past eight days in the pacific northwest, and as you can see on the radar there, it's not going to change before
the weekend is over. the latest storm will also drop another 6 to 12 inches of fresh snow on the cascade mountains. elsewhere it'll feel like spring in the midwest and the south with incredibly warm temperatures for this time of year, but strong winds will increase the dangers of more brush fires, but it will be chilly in the northeast. well, coming up, the alert for commuters, thousands of bridges in serious need of repair. and some video tough for land lovers to watch, a boat in trouble, or is it really? we'll explain. but first pothole protection. the tire-saving technology coming to a popular american vehicle. does the smell of a freshly bound presentation fill you with optimism? do you love your wireless keyboard more than certain family members? is your success due to a filing system only you understand? does printing from your tablet to your wireless printer give you a jolt of confidence? if so, you may be gearcentric.
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apparently pointing to what nasa says is a giant galaxy containing one of the largest black holes ever observed. the picture was taken by the hubble space telescope. the black hole is said to have 21 billion times the mass of our sun. well, a massive natural gas leak that sickened and displaced residents of a los angeles neighborhood for months has been plugged, and now the clock is ticking for the thousands who fled the noxious fumes to return home but despite assurances that the air quality is safe, many porter ranch residents are not so sure. some are fearful poisonous chemicals may have settled in their homes. a new study finds that more than 58,000 of the nation's bridges are in need of repair. placed end to end the deficient bridges would span from new york down to miami and include some of the most well-known and well-traveled like the brooklyn bridge, memorial bridge in washington, d.c. and the 250 most heavily traveled bridges were all built before 1970. we do have a correction to make this morning.
earlier this week in a story about the carrier company moving hundreds of jobs to mexico, we incorrectly characterized the company's reason for doing so. we said that carrier claimed it never got government stimulus money it was promised. well carrier never made that statement. instead the company said it will not be claiming a tax credit for which it is eligible. we regret the error. well a big reveal is being made today by one of the companies offering flights into space. this is a time lapse of the making of what virgin galactic calls its new spaceship 2. the first spaceship 2 was destroyed late in 2014 which during a test flight that killed one of the pilots. ground testing of the new ship starts soon and that will be followed by test flights. here's something cool. you know this winter is wilder than usual and the freeze and thaw cycle means more potholes.
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well these stunning images may look like lava flowing from a volcano but this is yosemite national park. a phenomenon far more rare. a few days every february it hits horsetail falls just right so it looks like a river fire. photographers are swarming the area lighting up social media with these gorgeous shots. >> just a reflection of the sun. that's really cool. now for a look at the morning road conditions wet roads in northern california pacific northwest and near the great lakes. lots of snow in western mountains and slippery conditions in northern new york and new england. if you're flying airport delays likeliest in chicago. well the investigation is getting under way in hawaii into that shocking helicopter crash that we've shown you. >> the chopper slammed down into the waters of pearl harbor then witnesses swung into action to try to save those on board. abc's david kerley has the details. >> reporter: it happened in just
seconds. the helicopter just short of land rolling over in the water. >> oh. >> reporter: bystanders jump in to help the five on board. a knife needed reportedly to free one of them. >> i saw from the pilot's side and backseat and saw it was twisted so instinct. >> reporter: all survived. one in a neck brace, a 16-year-old male in critical condition. the chopper coming down in pearl harbor near the "uss arizona" memorial. >> that was scary. we were thinking we would see a dead body come up. >> reporter: it was clear the tail rotor was not turning and the sound from the engine in erratic. scott rife is a helicopter pilot for kabc. >> it appears he lost power and disengaged the rotor system from the engine. may have flared too high and didn't have enough energy to cushion the landing. >> reporter: the bell 206 was built in 1979 and owned by what appears to be a one-helicopter
tour company called genesis. the surviving pilot should be able to tell investigators exactly what went wrong. david kerley abc news washington. one more item involving pope francis. his eyebrow raising comment about the zika virus outbreak. he suggested that women threatened with the virus could use contraception. pregnant mothers are among those most vulnerable to the zika virus. the pope said he believes there is a clear, moral difference between preventing pregnancy and aborting a fetus. he also completely rejected abortion as a response to the crisis. well there is a new warning about breast-feeding especially long term. children may get too little vitamin d that way. researchers say the breast milk does not provide enough vitamin d, particularly in northern climates so canadian pediatricians are recommending children breast fed take vitamin d supplements for their first year. a woman busted for trying to sneak on to airplanes has done
it yet again. mare london hartman arrested wednesday at o'hare airport held on $150,000 bond. in the past she has tried to illegally board them succeeding at least once now violating with trespassing and violating her probation. this may make you seasick. a appears this boat is in trouble but it's a training exercise. the recent film "the finest hour hours" about a real-life rescue from coast guardsmen from the same location more than 60 years ago also in rough sea. in houston a school bus comes close to being struck by a train. the terrifying encounter captured on cell phone video. the driver said the students were too loud to drive safely at first the driver was only suspended while the incident was being investigated but that investigation found that the driver failed to follow proper procedures when crossing a
railroad track. the driver was fired. and over in australia another terrifying close call captured on video. catch warefully. a man carrying a skateboard crosses the train tracks and nearly misses getting crushed by that train. the driver spots him on the tracks, sounds his horn and hits the emergency brakes after seeing the train hurling towards him. the quickly -- the man quickly runs back to the original platform. onlookers were absolutely stunned by all of this. >> oh my gosh this is so hard to watch. unbelievable. sportswise the nba and nhl seasons are grinding on and sports training under way. this weekend it's the fifth round of soccer's fa cup in england. >> yes, man u is in trouble. both our friends are back. >> good morning, it's "sportscenter" from los angeles. neil everett is back. >> hi, how are you? >> you start us off. >> i'll do the clippers across the street. that's blake griffin right there. he's not playing.
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live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. it is friday, 4:30 club. >> i am natasha zouves. >> it feels like friday. we start on the weekend and look at what is happening with traffic and weather. >> we have a few light showers across the north bay, continuing heading north. most of us are dry through the commute. as we look at dancing lights on the bay bridge, it is cooler 50 in san francisco. light rain in the north bay at noon. a few showers ahead of it. most us get showers in the afternoon. it will be dry by 7:00. we will top out in the mid-to-upper 50s. >> frances? >> only one accident if san jose southbound 101 the capitol expressway on the shoulder.
san mateo bridge is fine. no wind advisories. 680 looking good southbound through walnut creek with no slow downs on interstate 80 highway four to the maze is easy 17 minutes. >> richmond police officer gus vegas is laid to rest today after he was shot and killed in his ownn home last week. last night his family said he would have been bowled over by the outpouring of love from the community. amy hollyfield is in richmond with the goodbye. >> there will be a public memorial service for officer gus gas station at the richmond memorial auditorium at 10:00 this morning. last night friends and family gathered for a memorial hundreds of people showed up for the officer husband, father and grandfather. the family said they look at the picture and imagine him saying, this
for me and they say "all of this," is helping them deal with the grief. >> something we never in a through area would have in the we would see. my family is handling it and it is amazing. the outpouring and support is great and it is helping us get through it. >> they filled the church and the lobby with pictures remember ing officer's life serve as a liver for 15 years. the only thing he loved more than being a police officer was his family. he was gunned down in his own home. he was the father of his grandson is accused in the killing. there is a procession at 8 this mor