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making news in america this morning, supreme court showdown. a new fight in washington across all three branches. president obama announcing his nomination for supreme court. senate republicans already refusing to consider his choice. we're live with the latest. canceled. donald trump single-handedly shutting down the next republican debate warning of riots if he's denied the nomination and taking aim at hillary clinton. a amazing survival story. a dog missing at sea after falling off a boat for more than a month found alive. thrilling thursday, two
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overlapping on the same day, the start of march madness and st. patrick's day. good morning, everyone. happy st. patrick's day to you. it has quickly turned into a major political battle talking about president obama's desire to fill the vacancy on the supreme court. >> right in the middle is judge merrick garland who president obama tapped as his nominee. today he begins what is going to be a long road and that road ultimately could lead nowhere. >> we get the details from abc's kenneth moton joining us from d.c. good morning, kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, kendis and reena. senate republican leaders have made it clear they will not fill the supreme court vacancy until after the november election. but that won't stop the president's nominee from marching up to capitol hill today. this morning supreme court nominee merrick garland will meet face-to-face with democratic senators but it's the
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>> at a time when our politics are so polarized this is precise precisely the time to play it straight. >> reporter: it intensified the second president obama introduced his pick and the rose garden moment emotional for the 63-year-old husband and father. >> had this is the greatest honor of my life other than lynn agreeing to marrying me 28 years ago. >> reporter: the harvard educated chicago native has dedicated his life to the law. a top prosecutor in the oklahoma city bombing, nearly two decades spent serving the d.c. circuit court of appeals. also known as a moderate, a compromise in the heat of this partisan election year. >> it's at senate's constitutional right to act as a check on a president and with withhold its concept. >> reporter: he is holding his ground. the next president should pick the next justice but mitch mcconnell did take a call from
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before wishing him fell. >> any chance you'll change your mind? >> none. >> reporter: we found at least six republican senators open to meeting with garland. that includes senator orrin hatch who once praised garland. >> i didn't say he belongs on the supreme court. i said he belonged on the d.c. circuit court. >> reporter: chuck grassley announced he's also open to meeting with garland but at this point there are no signs that any of these meetings will lead to confirmation hearings. reena and kendis. >> political lines already being drawn, kenneth, thank you. well, the battle of garland's nomination will run right alongside the ongoing presidential campaign. >> after tuesday night's primary results it's looking more and more likely hillary clinton and donald trump are heading to are a showdown. both of them already seem eager for the fight. it's "your voice, your vote." abc's lauren lyster joining us live with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, reena and kendis. a closed door meeting is scheduled today in washington with some influential conservative leaders to talk
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and plot a third party run should he become the nominee. in the gop race for president a debate over the next debate. donald trump backing out prompting ohio governor john kasich to do the same. >> i've had more attention in the last two weeks than i've had in the last six months so it's fine and i'm pleased with how it's all going. >> reporter: debate host fox news then canceling monday's event in salt lake city, utah, saying obviously there needs to be more than one participant. ted cruz firing back. meanwhile, trump is swinging at different targets first the republican establishment saying an attempt to block his nomination would lead to chaos at the convention. >> i think you'd have riots. i think you'd have riots. i'm representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people. i think you would have problems like you've never seen before. i think bad things would happen. i really do. >> reporter: also attacking hillary clinton releasing this videotape mocking her as a weak
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showing her barking like a dog. overnight, clinton getting the last laugh literally appearing on comedy central's "broad city." >> oh, no, no, it's the she. >> reporter: she'll hit 11 up coming fund-raisers in 12 days. a well respected global analysis from the economist intelligence unit named a trump presidency a top ten global risk event saying it could disrupt the world economy putting it on the list along lists like the fracture of the eurozone. >> unbelievable. thank you, lauren. well, three days until spring and snow is pummelling parts of the country overnight take a look at the radar. winter weather warnings posted and snow falling up to a foot expected in parts of michigan, minnesota and wisconsin and 60-mile-an-hour wind gusts expected this morning in chicago. that same system tore through several states yesterday spawning at least five tornadoes, piles of rubble where
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county, iowa. debris hanging from the trees. yet another after another tornado tore through peoria county. the white house is demanding the release of an american student in north korea. the country sentenced otto warmbier to 15 years hard labor. he is accused of trying to steal a propaganda poster from a pi young gang hotel. josh earnest says the white house is urge ing them to grant him special amnesty. new sanctioned were filed in response of missile and nuclear tests. the washington, d.c. area and metro system re-opens after a 29-hour shutdown for safety inspections. they turned up three areas in heavily traveled parts of the system. with severe damage to power cables. you're seeing it there. a faulty cable is believed to have caused a fire that spent smoke bowering into a tunnel. it is the second busiest in the country with 700,000 rides a day.
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seeing plenty of green today, of own. with it being st. patrick's day that means it's time for the 255th edition of new york's annual st. paddy's day parade. >> 2 million people either will watch it or march in the parade. about half of the official groups in the parade are marching bands. the grand marshal is former senator george mitchell. >> an important voice there, george mitchell there. >> yes. well still ahead, a major change coming to america and american made cars. and new this morning flames shooting from a refinery, hazmat crews rushing to that scene. how a balloon likely caused this. plus special bond.
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dramatic images of a private yacht engulfed in flames in the u.s. virgin islands. it filled the sky with plumes of smoke. the u.s. coast guard helped tow the yacht to a remote location so crews could contain the fire. no injuries reported. authorities are investigating the cause. also burning part of an exxon mobil refinery near los angeles. massive flaring at the plant was a result of a power interruption apparently happening when a my lahr balloon hit a power line in that area. hazmat crews called in and roads nearby were closed. the same plant that suffered an explosion last february. well, a major safety step is being announced by automakers agreeing by 2022 to make automatic braking standard and on large suvs and pickups by 2025. automatic braking uses cameras
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the way and slow or stop if the driver does not react. that could cut impacts by 40%. hoverboards are being banned and not over safety. they're blocking them that infringe on segway patents. a number of makers are based in other countries like china. segway's initial complaint involved 13 companies but at least five have settled. those efforts to keep airline fees in check failed. they tried to prohibit airlines from setting unreasonable fees and also wanted the transportation department to establish what is reasonable. can't stand that on my -- what i pay for an airline ticket. >> then you have to pay for --s if. >> all the extras. >> yes, seat belts. when we come back brazen prison break hoisted to freedom by a helicopter. a quick thrive thinking clerk saving a baby seconds
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surveillance video from monday night in florida capturing a car fleeing police careening over a bank flipping over and bursting into flames. month. two teenagers inside were hospital. when they were released they were arrested. well, there will be wet roads there in florida this morning as well as along most of the gulf coast.
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northeast. slippery around the northern great lakes and mountain snow in the northern rockies. if you're flying on this st. paddy's day, morning airport delays possible in minneapolis, no luck of the irish there. well, we are learning disturbing new details about the fatal shooting of a maryland officer outside a police station. >> authorities say jacai colson mistook him as as a threat. he was wearing plain clothes and michael ford opened fire at the station and he was charged with second degree murder. a brazen prison break that turned into a comedy of errors. struggling to climb to a hijacked helicopter and freedom. one almost makes it to the top, even gets a hand from a partner in crime only to fall a minute later. the chopper tries taking off but failed. all of this while the unarmed guards are watching and recording the spectacle prevented by praisen policy to
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guns may be involved. they flew off and were quickly caught. well, sudden passing overnight. frank sinatra jr. has died. he guyed yesterday of cardiac arrest while on tour in daytona beach, florida. as a teen he was kidnapped. his family paying for his release. he then followed his famous father's footsteps into the music business eventually becoming his dad's musical director and conductor. he most recently did voice work on "the family guy." frank sinatra jr. was 72. alarming moment caught on camera. a story clerk grabs a baby before her mother falls to the ground during a seizure. rebecca montana handed the baby to a customer as she rushed to help the mother. the woman is fine now and so is the baby. thanks mostly to montano. some are calling her a hero but the grandmother says that she was just trying to do good. and another heartwarming save. a beloved dog luna returned
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fell overboard in the pacific ocean and was presumed that she had drowned. the dog turned up tuesday at a navy base 70 miles off san diego. yesterday luna was happened over to the owner's best friend who will care for the dog until the owner returns from out of town. >> just absolutely incredible. swimming there. all right. well, we call today thrilling thursday earlier because today, st. patrick's day is also the first big day of march madness. we now know the full march madness field of 64 so let's get hoop highlights from espn. steph curry just scored again. >> scored in bunches, once again warriors taking on the knicks in oakland. the warriors trying to get to 50-0 in their last 50 regular season games at home and, well, testify is going to step. 12 for 20 from the floor. 8 for 1 from three including that one. history kick louse shot of the night which he seems to have
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though he didn't play in the fourth quarter. and the warriors win again at home, 32-0 at home this season. they're taking on san antonio saturday on abc. >> he didn't play in the fourth, knicks didn't play in all four quarters. michigan is advancing to get notre dame. this is your first four or whatever fancy phrase they're using it this year. zach irvin there. pat burt there. wrong there, that was irvin there. this is burt here for the tie. no. it was harrison who started it out. wolverines win and advance. >> that's all we got. back to you. >> friendly reminder to everyone at home aren't brackets due at noon today. >> yes, got to get them in. i have sunni os being get -- they're not in it. kansas, who do you have have. >> the women of uconn. >> okay.
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that's a copout. up next in "the pulse," nike going back to the future for its newest kicks. >> i'm trying to remain neutral. a professional baseball player. why he's walking away from $12 million. >> but you're going with uconn? (vo) if you have type 2 diabetes, you may know what it's like to deal with high... and low blood sugar. januvia (sitagliptin) is a once-daily pill that, along with diet and exercise, helps lower blood sugar. januvia works when your blood sugar is high and works less when your blood sugar is low, because it works by enhancing your body's own ability to lower blood sugar. plus januvia, by itself, is not likely to cause weight gain or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). januvia should not be used in patients with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. tell your doctor if you have a history of pancreatitis. serious side effects can happen, including pancreatitis which may be severe and lead to death. stop taking januvia and call your doctor right away if
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time to check "the pulse" and for kids of the '80s your futuristic footwear is here. nike unveiled self-lacing shoes 27 years after marty mcfly made us want our own pair. >> called the hyper adapt. 1.0 and once you step into the shoes, your shoes hit a sensor that cause it to tighten and they will be available in three colors out at the end of the year but you must be a member of the nike plus program to buy them. >> i imagine they'll probably be pretty expensive. >> i would think so but still cool. >> renaldo loves them so why shouldn't we all? a major league baseball player and devoted dad is retiring rather than take agent cutback on the team time that
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>> chicago white sox first baseman adam laroche will lose about $10 million that's left on his contract. the decision getting plenty of support from fellow players, mvp bryce harper tweeting nothing like father and son in the clubhouse. it's a family game. that. well. >> daddy standing by his son. >> although the team did say, keeps his son in the clubhouse 100% of the time. >> nothing with that. >> how about cutting a back a bit. >> nothing wrong with that. >> your kid is over there. this is a baby. a green and scaly one that only a mother could love. mary thorn of lakeland says this baby. years old. >> she hugs it, she kisses it, rambo even sleeps this her bed like they sleep together but state officials say the gator's got to go.
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they have to part and so will rambo. >> she says that he is too domesticated and just cannot survive in the wild. >> i understand her love for her child rambo. but i think one day she might worry that he finds out that he's hungry and bites her head off. >> i hope she survives that feeding time. come on. really? >> no. the florida resident and i side with the state officials. a video of a magic trick going viral. >> 5 million views all because of a baboon's priceless reaction many take a look. a man visiting a zoo standing in front of the animal and he pulls out a card and it disappears with a flick of the wrist. >> this is just priceless. look at that. the baboon's reaction amazed like a little kid. the baboon has a similar reaction when the magician makes it reappear. >> what is this? >> see. what is this magic thing?
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>> baboons are much smarter than we give them credit for. >> they know it's fake. there's no such thing as magic. >> maybe he's waiting for his fortune to be told. >> i'm going to cuddle with my alligator over there. >> more news after this. and looking good and sandwich and soup and a new personal best. and a little help and soup and sandwich and study group. good, clean food pairs well with anything. try the clean pairings menu.
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almond breeze. the best almonds make the best almondmilk. good morning tri-state i'm kathrine nero.chris is in st.louis following xavier's road to the final four in houston.breaking overnight... a warren county stepmom is in custody this morning after police say she put her four- year-old's legs in boiling water as punishment. that boy later died. police say he wasn't breathing when franklin firefighters found him yesterday morning. anna ritchie is charged with child endangering... and is being held on 100-thousand dollars bond in the warren county jail. an autopsy will the boy died.
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legendary singer frank sinatra passed away yesterday while on tour.the 72 year old died at a daytona beach hospital of cardiac arrest.sinatra was on his "sinatra sings sinatra" tour and was scheduled to play at the peabody auditorium last night.he is survivd by his sisters, nancy and tina sinatra and son michael sinatra. no traffic issues, minute-by-minute updates on and at the bottom of
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breaking news, weather, traffic... good morning tri- state at 4:30 starts right now. a teenager's life cut short. police tell us by her boyfriend.why the relationship comes as such a shock. a chain reaction crash sends a car off this bridge, sinking to the river bottom. accident reconstruction experts work to solve the mystery of exactly what went wrong it's day number one the ncaa tournament.xavier, u-c, kentucky will all be hitting the court over the next two days... as the first round kicks off.we've got previews of the big games. good morning i'm kathrne nero. chirs is in st. louis following the muskateers.we'll hear from him in just a bit. but your morning is starting of cool and tehn the day turns breezy.jennifer, is this how
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cooler out the door this morning with dry conditions means a quiet start to thursday. skies stay mostly sunny today as highs increase to 60. you will notice that winds pick up from the west this afternoon and gust up to 35 mph for a few hours. police say a 16-year-old girl was beaten to death by a man more than twice her age. this morning the family and friends of hailey hall are trying to build meaning of her passing passing16-year-old hailey hall was a sophomore at st. bernard- elmwood place high school. on february 29th police found her


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